Two members of the Orange County fair board, Nick Berardino and Gerardo Mouet, have been re-appointed to new four-year terms by Gov. Jerry Brown, his office announced Friday.

Berardino is general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, the county’s largest public employees union, and Mouet is Santa Ana’s executive director of parks and recreation.  Both have served on the board since 2011.

Previous board members were the subject of significant scrutiny regarding an effort in 2009 and 2010 to privatize the fairgrounds and use public funds for the lobbying effort.

Gov. Brown killed the sale effort after being sworn-in in 2011, and he appointed a new slate of board members, including Berardino and Mouet, who have supported keeping the land in public hands.

You can contact Nick Gerda at ngerda@gmail.com, and follow him on Twitter: @nicholasgerda.

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