Newly Introduced Bill Could Prevent Orange County Fairgrounds From Being Sold

The Orange County Fairgrounds are shown in a Google Maps image on Sept. 4, 2016.

The Orange County Fairgrounds are shown in a Google Maps image on Sept. 4, 2016.

Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) has introduced a bill that would prevent any future sale of the Orange County fairgrounds.

Assembly Bill 1907, introduced Thursday, would repeal a law that allows the California Department of General Services to sell the 150-acre property or any portion of it.

“The Orange County Fair & Event Center ranks among the best in the state and has clearly been a source of pride to people across Orange County,” Daly said in a statement. “And while Gov. [Jerry] Brown has made it clear that he does not support the notion of selling the land upon which the fair and event center sits and operates, the fact that this law exists means the door remains open to a future governor with a different perspective on the issue.”

Theresa Sears, a member of the Orange County Fair Preservation Society, which opposes a sale, commended Daly’s bill Friday. She noted that it came at the behest of two Orange County Fair Board directors, Nick Berardino and Ashleigh Aitken, who serve on a task force that monitors legislation.

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