The Voice of OC‘s Norberto Santana, Jr, reports today on the future of the Orange County Fairgrounds.
While the drama of the Orange County Fairgrounds sale arrives at a Santa Ana courtroom on Friday, Sacramento leaders will have a unique chance earlier in the week to vote on the future of the iconic property.
They could even send judges and the governor a critically timed message by potentially endorsing a revenue sharing plan instead of a sale.
At a state legislative appropriations hearing on Wednesday, two key foes — activists with the OC Fairgrounds Preservation Society and the Orange County Fair Board — will find themselves on the same side: opposing the sale.
State Assemblyman Jose Solorio said his bill, AB35, simply calls on the governor to begin exploring revenue sharing on the fairgrounds instead of a sale.
Solorio said in addition to pushing the revenue-sharing ideal, his legislation “has created an ongoing forum in the legislature for us to inform members from other areas with the current fairgrounds sale.”
“These are real votes from the legislature on the subject matter itself, that’s a powerful thing,” Solorio said.
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