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June 24, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The city of Costa Mesa has reached an agreement to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state for $96 million and lease it to a private operator that would continue to stage the annual county fair. The tentative deal for the 150-acre piece of prime property was reached Wednesday after months of negotiations between Costa Mesa officials and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office. After several hours of debate, the Costa Mesa City Council approved agreements with the state and Facilities Management West Inc., a Newport Beach-based investment firm, just after 12 a.m. The sale still requires approval from the state Legislature to move forward, and it may face hurdles from legislators who have criticized an ordinance that Costa Mesa approved last month declaring itself a "Rule of Law City" when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Anh Do
Organizers of the largest Tet festival in the U.S. - an event long linked with Garden Grove - began marketing their new venue Thursday, hoping to lure more immigrants and vendors to the festival's new home at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The Lunar New Year celebration will debut Feb. 7-9 at the O.C. Fair & Event Center . For weeks, a team led by Nina Tran, president of the Union of Vietnamese Students Assn., which organizes the gathering, had scoured neighboring cities to search for a replacement after Garden Grove officials demanded more money to help host the event, forcing the group to seek another spot.
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NEWS
October 19, 1990 | MARIA NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A moderate earthquake gave Orange County a sharp kick Thursday, driving students and teachers from their classrooms, shattering windows, tossing ceramic artworks from shelves at a crafts festival, and generally spooking residents and tourists. The 10:21 a.m. quake, which measured a magnitude of 4.0, caused no injuries and only minor damage. The quake's epicenter was in the vicinity of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, according to seismologists at Caltech.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
In a victory for veterans and preservationists, a former World War II-era barracks at the Orange County Fairgrounds will be spared the wrecking ball after all. The Orange County Fair Board agreed Monday to examine relocating the historic Memorial Gardens Building, first to a temporary site and then to a yet-to-be determined, permanent location on the 150-acre fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. "This is just a tremendous and exciting effort," said Nick Berardino, a fair board member and a Vietnam veteran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Tony Barboza
The Orange County Fairgrounds was placed on the auction block Thursday in an attempt to cut into the state deficit. The state Department of General Services issued a request for proposals for the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa, giving bidders until Jan. 8 to make offers. Earlier this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed liquidating state properties -- including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison and three state-owned fairgrounds -- to raise cash to help balance the state budget.
SPORTS
May 13, 2001
Chris Manchester of Reno won the four-lap scratch main event in speedway motorcycle racing at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Eddie Castro of Ojai won the eight-lap handicap main.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2010
Live webcast Sealed bids on the Orange County Fairgrounds will be opened during a live webcast of the auction at 10 a.m. today. To see the auction, go to www.dgs.ca.gov/webcast.
SPORTS
September 27, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Miscellany Shawn McConnell of Brea won the four-lap scratch main event of the weekly speedway motorcycle racing program in front of 5,926 Saturday night at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Brad Oxley of San Juan finished second and Bobby Schwartz of Costa Mesa came in third.
FOOD
May 11, 2013
You'll be able to sample bulgur dishes and many more Turkish specialties at the Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival, May 16 to 19 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. For more information on the festival, visit anatolianfestival.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
A onetime Army barracks that was later dedicated to those who served in World War II is slated to be demolished to make room for the expansion of a popular Orange County concert venue. The Memorial Gardens Building is scheduled to be demolished later this year to clear space for a new entrance plaza to the renovated Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. "For a lot of us, it's very sad," said Bob Palazzola, president of the Costa Mesa Historical Society.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Charles Perry
There they'll stand - the Roman amphitheater of Aspendos, the tomb of the Sufi poet Rumi, the ruins of the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the ancient Armenian church of Akdamar and a dozen other wonders, all splendid in the Southern California sun. Of course, they won't be the real thing, just startlingly realistic sets covered with high-def photos of the original surfaces. But step back a few feet and you can think you're actually in Turkey - or Anatolia, to give the area its historical name.
FOOD
May 11, 2013
You'll be able to sample bulgur dishes and many more Turkish specialties at the Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival, May 16 to 19 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. For more information on the festival, visit anatolianfestival.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2011 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
In a decision that all but kills a deal to sell the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds to a private investment group, an appeals court panel has ruled that the bidding process for the 150-acre property was flawed and must begin again if a sale is to proceed. The would-be buyer, Newport Beach-based Facilities Management West, said it may challenge the ruling, issued Tuesday by a three-judge panel from the state 4th District Court of Appeal. Such an appeal would go before the state Supreme Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2010 | By Mona Shadia, Los Angeles Times
A member of the California Legislature's Latino caucus said lawmakers do not intend to block the planned sale of the state-owned Orange County Fairgrounds to Costa Mesa based on the city's controversial stance on illegal immigration. Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) of the Latino Legislative Caucus said that he and others are disappointed that the City Council declared Costa Mesa a "rule of law" city but want the best deal for taxpayers when it comes to the fairgrounds sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The city of Costa Mesa has reached an agreement to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds from the state for $96 million and lease it to a private operator that would continue to stage the annual county fair. The tentative deal for the 150-acre piece of prime property was reached Wednesday after months of negotiations between Costa Mesa officials and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office. After several hours of debate, the Costa Mesa City Council approved agreements with the state and Facilities Management West Inc., a Newport Beach-based investment firm, just after 12 a.m. The sale still requires approval from the state Legislature to move forward, and it may face hurdles from legislators who have criticized an ordinance that Costa Mesa approved last month declaring itself a "Rule of Law City" when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration.
SPORTS
October 13, 2001 | Martin Henderson
Josh Larsen, who won the last three speedway scratch main events at the Orange County Fairgrounds, will try to continue that winning streak tonight at the United States National Speedway Championship at Costa Mesa Speedway. The hot streak helped Larsen, 29, win his first season championship. Tonight's race also features five former U.S. champs, including Brad Oxley. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
The state has rejected all seven bids for the Orange County Fairgrounds in its first attempt to sell off state property and landmarks to help reduce California's budget shortfall. Bids for the 150-acre Costa Mesa site came in far below expectations. In a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday, state Department of General Services Acting Director Ronald Diedrich said it would "not be in the best interest of the citizens of California" to accept the bids. However, state officials vowed to continue looking for a buyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2010
Live webcast Sealed bids on the Orange County Fairgrounds will be opened during a live webcast of the auction at 10 a.m. today. To see the auction, go to www.dgs.ca.gov/webcast.
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