In less than one day the impact of America’s free press was demonstrated in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Times newspaper. In the morning edition of the paper there was a front page center article titled FAIR GROUP’S TAX STATUS AT ISSUE.
Here us the gist of the article.
The Los Angeles County Fair Association formed in 1940 to promote agriculture in an area that then had a booming agricultural industry. The non-profit organization’s annual fair was created to promote the industry and teach children for the next generation. The problem is that Los Angeles County is now an urban/suburban area of over 10 million people who are, for the most part, not part of agriculture.
The front page story includes a photo of portable spas that were on sale at the fair. When you walk through the fair buildings there are sales people hawking spas, motor homes, and vegetable blenders.
Experts say the high-paying L.A. County association’s businesses push the boundaries of its agricultural exemption. The president of the association receives a salary of almost $900,000 a year. His four vice presidents each receive pay of well over $300,000 per year. Other counties in California with fairs pay their fair manager less than $300,000 per year and San Diego’s manager receives less than $200,000 per year. In 2013 the fair lost over $3million. The pay to those top executives almost makes up the loss.
This afternoon the Los Angeles Times reported that the county supervisors have called for an audit and possible renegotiation with the Los Angeles County Fair Association.
Obviously the supervisors read the Los Angeles Times.