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Orange County Fair board members cleared in probe of land sale effort
Orange County Fair board members cleared in probe of land sale effort

Prosecutors have cleared Orange County Fair board members of wrongdoing in a criminal probe related to the state's failed effort to sell off the 150-acre fairgrounds to help California balance its budget. For a second time in four years, the Orange County district attorney's office has determined that former members of the fairgrounds' governing body did not break any laws. The effort to sell the land in Costa Mesa, part of a statewide push by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to raise money during tough times by selling off state-owned land and offices, became subject to legal challenges before effectively being scrapped in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown. "As we look to...

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