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O.C. Fairgrounds no longer for sale, state says

July 16, 2011 | 10:18 am

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As the Orange County Fair opened its gates Friday, state officials said they are no longer looking to sell the fairgrounds.

Under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state Department of General Services was directed in 2009 to sell the property to help shore up California's ailing budget.

"DGS is not selling the fairgrounds now, and the Department of General Services will be considering the pros and cons of selling state properties in the coming months," said spokesman Ken Hunt.

The department was recently on the losing end of an Orange County Court of Appeal decision killing the sale of the 150-acre property to Newport Beach-based Facilities Management West, according to the Daily Pilot.

The $100-million sale had been approved by the state, but some lawmakers, Costa Mesa city officials and parties with a vested interest in the preservation of the fairgrounds sued, leading to their Court of Appeal victory.

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Photo: Animals at the Orange County Fair. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

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