Friday, July 15, 2011

Fairgrounds Sale Officially Dead

Well, it looks like the fat lady has finally sung for Facilities Management West. In an article by several Orange County Register reporters just after noon today and updated an hour ago, HERE, the State of California is apparently no longer interested in selling the Orange County Fair and Event Center. Of course, the timing of this news, on the opening day of the annual Orange County Fair, is fortuitous.

According to the Register article, FMW has no plans to file an appeal the ruling earlier issued by the 4th District Court of Appeals. So, this news effecti
vely drives a stake in the heart of FMW, and any other potential bidder for the Fairgrounds.

I'll be VERY interested to see how the Fair Board follows through with their revenue sharing proposal they pitched to the State earlier this year. I'll also be interested to see what new developments Board Chairman Dave Ellis and the CEO, Dr. Steve Beazley, plan to propose now that the lawsuit is out of the way and the path seems clear for them.


So, let's all enjoy the Fair this year. I can hardly wait to run over there and get some Deep Fried Kool-Aid! OMG! :-)

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Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Barb Venezia’s article (July 1, 2011; Governor Appoints Union Leader to the Fair Board”

This Board is the middle brother in a family of three boys. The two oldest boys are close in age and the youngest several years behind.

The oldest boy would beat on the middle brother to show his superiority and ignored the youngest as insignificant. The middle boy would constantly challenge the older in a futile attempt to be seen as his equal; time and again the middle brother would get his ass handed to him.
Each time the middle brother retreated to lick his wounds and plan his next strategy he would kick the stuffing out of the youngest, again in a futile attempt to be seen as an equal.

The State moves on, doing what it wants to do. The Fair Board got its ass served to them on a paper plate (with a cello wrap spork attached) and the Swap-Meet sits in the parking lot, watching the street sweepers circle at $200 per hour, anticipating that which is certain to come…

7/15/2011 06:49:00 PM  

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