OC Marketplace Owner Blasts Fairgrounds Bids
Tel-Phil Enterprises hand delivered a complaint letter today to the General Services Administration's Real Estate Division.
Tel-Phil complains the new bidding process unfairly favors a deal between the governor's office and the city of Costa Mesa by specifying a $96 million minimum bid with a $20 million down payment.
That was exactly the same deal the city previously agreed to purchase the land and facilities for, with the assistance of private operator Facilities Management West of Newport Beach, Tel-Phil charges. When the Legislature adjourned without approving that deal, the General Services Administration put the fairgrounds up for bid again.
Tel-Phil had been among the bidders during the first round of bids, which the state rejected in January because the $56.5 million high bid was deemed too low for the prime real estate.
The Orange County Register spoke with Costa Mesa officials who deny knowing anything about an end-around the Legislature to get a deal sealed with Arnold Schwarzenegger's office.