The Orange County Fairgrounds continue to creep closer to remaining publicly controlled land. On Wednesday, Assemblyman Jose Solorio's bill (AB 35) proposing a revenue-sharing plan took a major step forward when it passed on the Assembly floor. It will next move to a vote in the state Senate.
The revenue-sharing option was proposed in hopes of preventing the 150 acres of land from falling into control of Facilities Management West–or any private company–for fear of how the land would be used, and without public accountability. In October 2010, FMW's $100 million was deemed the best offer by the Department of General Services, and it seemed the land was theirs. The sale was frozen when two appeals were filed and the appellate court is scheduled to see the case this month.