The cash-strapped State of California put the Orange County Fairgrounds on the auction block. Bids are due in January 2010. The City of Costa Mesa, where the property is located, has a General Land Use designation as Fairgrounds. If the voters of Costa Mesa do not lock in the zoning with a vote of the people it can be changed with only three votes of this or any future city council.
If the zoning is changed to residential or Retail/Office the property could be divided up and sold off into individual pieces. The residents of Orange County would lose forever the County Fair, Swap Meet, and Equestrian center – just a few of the of the uses the fairgrounds serves today.
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