Yes, the Fairgrounds could put more information about how they operate on their website. Plans to begin to post more information about operations on the Fairgrounds website were mentioned during a meeting for the 2018 budget. No specifics have been presented as to the types of information to be posted or the changes to be made. Keep asking for more information about Fairgrounds operations to be posted.
The Master Site Plan selection will be revealed on Thursday, April 26, 2018, Download Master Site Plan Notice _February_Board_Packet during a meeting which starts at 9 AM when most people have work, school, or other commitments. Despite repeated asks for evening meetings, the Fair Board chooses to meet at a time when it is hard for people to attend their meetings. The meeting time is by the choice of the Fair Board and nothing in statute says the Fair Board must meet during the day. Oversight of the planning was done by a member of the building trades whose employer can benefit from the project.
The proposed schedule is:
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Agenda items 1-9 (including Call to Order through Governance Process, workshop/training to be last governance item)
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Short recess for room re-set (if necessary)
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop/Training to commence
12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Short recess as boxed lunches are delivered for Board of Directors and members of the public
12:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Workshop/Training to continue through working lunch
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Wrap up of final Agenda items (Board of Directors Matters of Information and Adjournment)
The Fair Board does not stream or make video recordings of their meetings. This is another choice made by the Fair Board. With over $40 million in cash and cash equivalent reserves Download Financials_February_Board_Packet, there is no shortage of resources.
The Fair Board is expected to present plans to begin the process of creating a convention and expo center with year round, daily, heavy use. As the process is being led by CEO Kathy Kramer who worked on the $600 million remodel of the Phoenix Convention Center with the assistance of VP of Operations Ken Karns who helped to convert Western Fair in London, Ontario, Canada to a year round entertainment and expo center and CEO Kramer celebrated a $1 million sales month in December 2017 Download Million Dollar December_January_Board_Transcript, the project will have major impacts on Costa Mesa. The remodel of the Phoenix Convention Center triggered development of hotels and an entertainment district.
Contact Fair Board Directors Added May 3, 2018
Chair Barbara Bagneris email@example.com
Vice Chair Robert Ruiz firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashleigh Aitken email@example.com
Nick Berardino firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Cervantes email@example.com
Doug La Belle firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerardo Mouet email@example.com
Newton Pham firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Tkaczyk email@example.com
Contact VP of Operations Ken Karns
Materials from the January 2018 Fair Board meeting including meeting agenda, Powerpoint slides from the meeting, and meeting transcript are available here.
Fair Board meeting agenda for Thursday, 9 AM *** February 22 meeting is posted. Download 18_02_February_Board_Agenda
Items on the agenda include:
Master Site Plan discussion is only under Committee/Task Force Liaison Reports
Letter from Joseph Angelo of Angelo & White Law Firm
Unbudgeted Out-of-State Travel Request
Cannabis Policy Vote
Emergency Property Usage Agreements
Public Records Request Fulfillment Process
*** The Fair Board chooses to meet at this time. There is no state law requiring the meeting to be held during the daytime when people have work, school, and other obligations.
Yes. The Public own the OC Fairgrounds and paid all of the bills for the Master Site Plan process. Fair Board Directors and staff made a decision that the Public would only be granted one (1) meeting in the evening to give their input. A decision could have been made to include the Public on equal footing with the Fair Board Directors, staff and contractors, but the Public did not make the cut.
No. The OC Fairgrounds is able to make changes to their property without involving the Public, who own the OC Fairgrounds. As a State Agency, the OC Fairgrounds is not subject to the same planning and permitting processes which the Anaheim Convention Center and Resort Area are subject to. The OC Fairgrounds is considering issuing bonds, using tax increment based financing, or other public financing tools to enact the Master Site Plan. As a State Agency, the OC Fairgrounds is not required to get public approval for planning, building, financing, or building aside from the CEQA process. The OC Fairgrounds does not have the same noticing or hearing requirements for planning and permitting as cities have, which means projects can be undertaken without telling the Public. These actions can be taken at OC Fair Board meetings held once a month at 9 AM on Thursdays.