Fairgrounds Sale Scab Ripped Off Again
At the meeting of the Fair Board last Thursday morning the panel charged by the Board to investigate the proposed scheme to purchase the Fair Grounds property a couple years ago on the cheap presented their findings. You will recall that the effort, in which several members of the Fair Board at the time formed a foundation to purchase the 150 acre Fairgrounds site, was quashed due, in great part, to the efforts of now-councilwoman Sandra Genis in her then-role as President of the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society, HERE.
MEDIA ALL OVER IT
Norberto Santana, Jr., Managing Editor of the Voice of OC, first announced this move in an entry on January 17th, early in the morning, HERE. He followed up after the meeting with another one, HERE. Mike Reicher of the Orange County Register covered the event HERE and Bradley Zint covered it for the Daily Pilot HERE. Read all those articles and you'll get a pretty good feel for what transpired on Thursday.
WHAT ABOUT RIGHEIMER?
One thing that's missing in these articles is a mention of the role current Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer played in this scheme. We know of his participation in "Save The Fair" web site, HERE. We also know that his commentary in the Daily Pilot under his "Rigonomics" byline back in June of 2009 may have been one of the first mentions of this scheme, HERE. Personally, I'd like to know more about his involvement. I'm curious because it was clear at that time that he was likely participating behind the scenes. Some will recall that ill-fated mistaken voice mail message left for a local reporter instead of community stalwart Rick Kapko informing Kapko that he was a lock to be a member of the Costa Mesa Financial Evaluation Committee before his appointment had been affirmed. That kind of stuff makes many of us curious.