Friday, October 01, 2010

Facilities Management West Announces New Bid

In a letter dated October 1
, 2010, Facilities Management West representative Guy Lemmon told Mayor Allan Mansoor and the City Council that his investment group submitted another bid for the purchase of the Orange County Fair and Event Center in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) the State announced in August.

In his letter Lemmon told Costa Mesa officials that they responded to the RFP because of the uncertainty surroundin
g their lease/purchase deal with The City. As readers will know, that deal is hung up in the legislature, which must pass enabling legislation to consummate the deal. At this time, chances of that happening are bleak.

Lemmon mentions the hard work they've invested over the past nearly a year on the deal with The City and professed their commitment to the ownership principles being followed in that deal. We'll see...

A call to the State Department of General Services turned up only the fact that The State has received multiple responses to the RFP by the deadline, yesterday, and that a bidder will be selected on October 14th. The number nor the names and details of those bids would not be divulged.

I'm not surprised that Facilities Management West submitted a bid to the new RFP. With all the energy and resources already devoted to this project, it would have been irresponsible for them not to do so. In fact, as I read that RFP, it could actually turn out to be a MUCH better deal for them than the one with The City. They have said from the very beginning that their choice would be to OWN the Fairgrounds site - the new RFP provides that opportunity.

So, in what seems like a never-ending drama, we must now wait another two week before knowing the fate of the Orange County Fair and Event Center. More news as it happens.

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Blogger Flo Martin said...

Not good! There's something rotten in the State of California!

10/02/2010 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous wittecto said...

I guess 120 years was a good time to end the fair anyway.

Just amazed that the state takes a financially lucrative, self-sufficient, and fiscally responsible agency and shutters it.

Good bye Orange county fair, hello OC Live!

10/02/2010 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our city manager and city council really let this city down (big time!). They made absolutely NO effort to purchase our wonderful fairgrounds.

At 96 million that 150 acres was under priced, as attested by Facilities Management West's numerous offers, and their tenacious interest.

There were several ways the city of Costa Mesa could have bought the property but they simply didn't want to be bothered.

10/03/2010 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Anonymous, EVERY time I decide to let someone post here with that handle instead of expecting you to take a millisecond to come up with a pen name I regret it. Your comment shows ignorance beyond belief! It's obvious that you've not paid any attention at all to the process that's been going on for all of this year. And because you have not it's certainly not worth my time to try to educate you now.

10/04/2010 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Anonymous, if you want future comments to appear here you're going to have to pick a name... it's not hard.

10/04/2010 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous fakename said...

See, "Anonymous", it's easy... just make up a name and type your comment... not hard, even for you!

10/04/2010 09:21:00 AM  

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