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The San Diego County Fair Is Happening Now!

The annual San Diego County Fair opened this past weekend and will run through Sunday July 5th.   This year’s theme  “A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Parkcommemorates the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park, and the great traditions and inventions arising from all of the fairs held in years past.  
For those who have never been, it is certainly a local event not to be missed.  There are so many different things to do, see, ride, eat, watch, buy, etc… it would be hard to capture in one article, but you can be assured with so many options there is something for everyone!  The variety of live music acts alone appeal to wide range of audiences.  Featured on multiple stages throughout the fairgrounds, there is everything from local, amateur acts to world renowned bands and music styles ranging from gospel to mariachi to rock and everything in between. There is the a Fun Zone with traditional and new carnival rides and games.  There are multiple barns housing rotating animal competitions.  If you are interested in art, you can spend an entire day admiring works from various art competitions including photography, painting, pottery and woodworking.  In addition, there are offbeat acts, such as swine races, hypnotists and magic shows, are also spread out among the fairgrounds. There also plenty of competitions you can enter if you are so inclined.  There is so much more than is listed here, be sure to check out the website before you go so you can plan you visit! 
The Geller-Meier Team is located in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office at the same exit as the San Diego County Fair.  Please call us if you would like to stop by and discuss your real estate needs!  We would love the opportunity to show you properties near the fair – perhaps a condo in Solana Beach, a house on the beach in Del Mar or an estate in Rancho Santa Fe. Whatever your real estate needs are in North San Diego County, we are here to help!


Governor’s Sale of the Del Mar Fairground and Racetrack Averted

Faced with the worst budget crisis in California history, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed selling high forsaleprofile state properties, including our very own Del Mar Fairgrounds and racetrack.  The Governor’s original proposal would have sold the entire 400 acre property, valued at between $400 to $700 million.

Fortunately, since the Governor’s proposal was unveiled in May of this year, there were no buyers lined up to purchase the famous place where the turf meets the surf.  Other State properties including San Quentin State Prison were also proposed for sale and apparently did receive some interest from potential buyers.  To each his own…

In June, follow-up staff studies in Sacramento found that the racetrack portion of the Del Mar property was the actual profit generator of the property.  With this in mind, the Governor’s real estate managers suggested splitting the property and selling the track separately – a move they hoped would make this already prime coastal property even more attractive. 

Courtesy Ewen and Donabel, Flickr

Courtesy Ewen and Donabel, Flickr

Meanwhile, local state legislators and coastal city government expressed their concerns over selling this historic property where so many county activities take place.  There was also virtually no San Diego support for the sale.  Located in an environmentally sensitive area, one that we locals are proud and protective of, the site is too fragile to allow distant politicians control over.  The loss of the Del Mar racetrack and/or fairgrounds would have had devastating effects for the Del Mar and coastal economy as well as the lifestyles of all San Diego County residents. 

Luckily, when the State Budget was revealed in July, the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack were no longer part of the state sell-off.  Apparently, San Quentin also avoided the auction block.  Other state properties such as the Orange County Fairgrounds and several state buildings are slated to be sold…

Although no one knows what the future will bring, it is good to know that the Governor and the State Legislature acted with the public interest in mind this time!  However, even though the adopted budget did not include these extreme actions this time, the Governor continues to stand by his idea to sell the valuable state properties.  The folks up in Sacramento, including the Governor, need to remember that decisions regarding the prize possessions of the citizens of this state should not be made without the input of those citizens. 

Let’s make sure our voices are heard loud and clear should this ill-conceived plan rear its ugly head again.  Meanwhile, enjoy those hot cinnamon rolls and pick a winner at the track!  See you next summer at the San Diego County Fair and the next racing season at our Del Mar Race Track!