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Governor Brown Signs Bill Prohibiting Sale of OC Fair & Event Center Property
Costa Mesa, Calif. (September 13, 2016) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1907, legislation authored by Anaheim Assemblymember Tom Daly, which prohibits the State of California from selling the State property that the OC Fair & Event Center currently operates on and closing a 7-year-old loophole that gave the Department of General Services the authority to sell the 150-acre fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
Formally known as Sections 3884.1 and 3884.2 of the Food and Agricultural Code, the California Department of General Services was given the legal authority in 2009 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sell a variety of State-owned sites to close what was a $42 billion state budget deficit. Daly’s bill repeals the 2009 provision that created District 32a covering the property the OC Fair & Event Center (aka 32nd District Agricultural Association) operates on and allowed the property to be sold in whole or any portion by the Department of General Services. Continue reading