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Judge puts sale of Orange County Fairgrounds on hold -- for now

November 17, 2010 |  6:30 pm

An Orange County Superior Court judge Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds to a private developer.

A consortium of businesses, led by the operator of the regular swap meet at the fairgrounds, petitioned the court to temporarily halt the $100-million sale.

Judge Frederick P. Horn ordered the state's Department of General Services, which is in charge of selling the 150-acre property to add money to ailing Sacramento coffers, to halt transferring the fairgrounds to Newport Beach-based Facilities Management West.

A hearing on whether a permanent injunction should be granted is set for Dec. 8.

-- Mona Shadia of Times Community News


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