Gov. Pete Wilson has appointed a businessman from Newport Beach to a four-year term on the Orange County Fair Board of Directors, disappointing some who had urged a representative from Costa Mesa.
Jeffrey Stern, 55, of Newport Beach won the post. He is president of Superior Electrical Advertising Inc. and replaces Marian LaFollette, who left in May due to increasing job responsibilities in Northern California.
Last year, a group of residents called on Wilson to appoint at least one Costa Mesa resident to the nine-member board.
The last time a Costa Mesa resident served was from 1977 to 1980.
"It's not that I have anything against people who are appointed," said former City Councilwoman Sandra L. Genis, a candidate for the Orange County Board of Supervisors.