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Voters approve preservation of Orange County Fairgrounds


Costa Mesa voters appeared strongly in favor of limiting allowable uses at the Orange County Fairgrounds to a fair and exhibition center, according to preliminary election results.

Measure C, which would lock the 150-acre site as the only location to host the annual four-week Orange County Fair and other mainstays including the weekend Marketplace and Equestrian Center, looked poised to pass with a strong majority.

The measure was one of Costa Mesa city leaders' tactics to keep the fairgrounds under city control after Gov. Schwarzenegger moved to sell the state-owned property last year.

If it passes, the land cannot be developed for residential or commercial uses, and any major changes to its use would have to be approved by voters.

Costa Mesa is in the midst of negotiations to buy the fairgrounds from the state in partnership with a third-party company.

Read the full story from the Daiy Pilot.

-- Joseph Serna, reporting for the Daily Pilot

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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