Berardino calls for forensic audit of OC Fair Board

OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino

From the Daily Pilot we finally have news that isn’t a waste of their reader’s time. Newly appointed member of the OC Fair Board Nick Berardino has called for an audit of the activities of the Fair Board for the past three years in order to restore transparency and accountability to the board.

COSTA MESA — One of the Orange County Fair Board’s newest members is calling for a forensic audit of the group’s dealings for the last three years and a review of the property’s proposed sale.

In an Aug. 4 letter to board Chairman David Ellis and Orange County Fair & Event Center President and Chief Executive Steven Beazley, Nick Berardino called for an independent examination of the fair’s operations and transactions.

“By having a competent, independent professional review of the recent past, lift the veil on any actual or perceived secrecy, and help us become a more transparent and accessible board, I believe we will take a giant step in the right direction,” wrote Berardino, who is also the general manager of the Orange County Employees Assn., in the letter dated Aug. 4. “Only by bravely confronting the past can we successfully put it behind us. It’s what the public expects of us, and it’s the right thing to do.”

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Here is Berardino’s letter.

  5 comments for “Berardino calls for forensic audit of OC Fair Board

  1. Mosto
    August 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

    As well, let’s see an audit of the OCEA and their practices…like hiring PIs to roust high-school kids.

    • Joe
      August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Scram shill. The PI was necessary after the bad guys tried to deny First Amendment rights through sign stealing.

      Any high school kids involved would have been enlisted by said bad guys.

  2. Ltpar
    August 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Great idea and good work Nick. Unfortunately, being a minority of one on the Board it will be hard to get the light of day onto anything. It is clear that we need some fresh blood on the Fair Board.

  3. Phil
    August 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    The Fair Board already does a yearly forensic audit. Didn’t someone give “Thugadino” the memo. See this request die. If you’re going to try and pander to your union base, at least do your homework first.

    • August 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Pretty obviously not the kind of publicly transparent audit we are wanting… or there wouldn’t still be so many unanswered questions about the plot to steal our Fairgrounds.

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