It would seem that the sun would have a better chance of sneaking past a rooster than a piece of property in the San Fernando Valley remaining undeveloped.
Now an Orange County-based "consultant" has come up with a scheme to turn our Sepulveda Basin into a home for the San Fernando Valley Fair.
Let's set the record straight. Fairs and fairgrounds simply can't exist on a three- or four-day annual run. To pay staff salaries and consultant fees--to say nothing of maintenance and expansion--fairgrounds must lease their facilities to everything from automobile sales to swap meets to hot-rod shows to pop and rock concerts to God-knows-what else.
The San Fernando Valley Fair attracts some 50,000 visitors to its current site at Devonshire Downs (CSUN North Campus). However, the vast majority come for the carnival rides, games, pop music and nightly fireworks, not to look at bunny rabbits and milk goats. The truth is that a 50,000-plus attendance out of a Valley population of 1.3 million is pretty dismal, indeed. And, without state agricultural district funds (read that as tax dollars), the San Fernando Valley Fair would be long ago bankrupt.