Protesters show up at the O.C. Fair!

Say no to the greedy OC Fair Board Members!

Yes! Apparently a group of protesters showed up at the opening of the Orange County Fair, led by a fellow from Brea, Jim Porterfield.  He held up a sign that read “No lobster on taxpayers” in full view of hundreds of cars drving by Newport Blvd., right next to the O.C. Fairgrounds.

“Porterfield and about 20 others were protesting the Orange County Fair Board and how it spends its money. “Our goal is to get the volunteers that run the fairgrounds to stop raiding the promotional money,” says Porterfield. “It’s outrageous,” according to the O.C. Register.

“Porterfield and the others were protesting the distribution of free fair concert tickets and catered banquets for fair board members which came to light in stories published earlier this year in The Register.”

Porterfield also has set up a website called Stop Gov Greed, in which he has collected articles about the greedy O.C. Fair Board members, who got busted earlier this year after the O.C. Register discovered that they were taking hundreds of “free” O.C. Fair concert tickets and spending proceeds from the fair to feed themselves at public expense, to meals of lobster and steak.

Porterfield also flew up on Thursday to Sacramento to meet with the State Fair Political Practices Commission.

Kudos to Porterfield and his fellow protesters!  If there was an Orange Juice Award for Activism they certainly would deserve it.  You can contact Porterfield at this link.

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