December 08, 2009 7:42 PM
By JENNIFER MUIR and TONY SAAVEDRA
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Three members of the Orange County Fair Board are abandoning a nonprofit foundation they formed to buy the fairgrounds — and two believe the rest of their colleagues should disband the group.
The resignations crack a shaky foundation, already accused by Orange County officials of breaking state open meeting and conflict of interest laws.
The opposition to the foundation’s bid – and to the state’s plan to sell the fair in general — has been deep and strong. The city of Costa Mesa and the county of Orange are lobbying to take the fairgrounds off the market, and a state assemblyman is pushing for the governor or the legislature to block the sale.