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After vandalism attacks, California buys security system for O.C. Fairgrounds chief

March 25, 2010 |  2:48 pm

The Orange County Fair Board has agreed to pay for a security system at the home of its chief executive, who has been the repeated victim of vandalism and harassment since the state began trying to sell off the fairgrounds to reduce California’s ballooning deficit.

Steve Beazley’s home has twice been pelted with eggs, and in another incident a noxious liquid was splashed on his property.

According to fair board members, Beazley was also falsely accused of crimes against children and women in fliers that were distributed in his neighborhood.

Robin Wachner, the fairgrounds’ spokeswoman, said the incidents took place as public emotions over the proposed sale of the fairgrounds escalated.

The fairgrounds was put up for auction last year, but the winning bid was ultimately rejected as being too low.

-- Steve Marble

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