Katrina, Gary and Allan Roeder will travel to Sacramento early tomorrow to meet with the Governor's representatives at 11 a.m. to present the offer from Facilities Management West to buy the Fairgrounds. Am I surprised? Yes. Between the two proposers, American Fairs and Festivals had the most details, but there must have been a deal breaker for the negotiating "Team" to get to this monumental decision. We still have miles to go before we sleep (and promises to keep), but let's hope we get a favorable response from the officials in Sacramento. I can honestly say we have done our very best because that's just the kind of people we are in this great city. We do our very best. If things don't go our way, we know we tried.
THANK YOU KATRINA, GARY, ALLAN R., BECKY & KATHY!
May 19, 2010
Costa Mesa, California – CITY OPENS NEGOTIATIONS FOR FAIRGOUNDS OPERATOR
The City of Costa Mesa announced late today that it had selected the firm of Facilities
Management West to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement for operation of the
Orange County Fair and Event Center. News of the agreement was released by City Manager
Allan L. Roeder following marathon negotiating sessions between the City and the two top
rated proposers for operation of the site. The City is scheduled to meet Thursday with
Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office to review the status of the City’s efforts to select an
operator and arrange financing to acquire the 150 site from the State of California.
The City Manager noted that Facilities Management West has agreed to public ownership of
the property, fulfilling one of the key principles guiding the City’s effort to preserve the
fairgrounds. The exclusive negotiating agreement is one of many steps remaining in the
negotiations and subject to a final decision by the State to sell the property to the City.