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Taxpayers missed out on millions in revenue from L.A. County Fairgrounds, audits find

Taxpayers missed out on millions in revenue from L.A. County Fairgrounds, audits find

Taxpayers have been denied millions of dollars in revenue from the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. because the private nonprofit did not pay enough rent for the publicly owned land it operates on, even as it granted its executives rich compensation packages, state and county audits have found.

The separate, critical reviews determined that the county has been losing as much as $1 million a year in unpaid rent from a hotel and conference center and other enterprises the nonprofit association runs at the Fairplex property in Pomona.

The auditors said the county, which leases the land to the association, should seek payment of back rent from the organization. State auditors said...

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