By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Mayor pro Tem David Shawver had asked that the topic be discussed at the meeting, citing that the sale of the station could net at least $7 million in profits for the city.
However, Mayor Brian Donahue pointed out that the station was brand new.
“I believe in pride of ownership. This is something new, that we built, that has our name on it,” said Donahue, who added that although the money would help, it would not be a permanent solution to the city’s money issues.
“The money is nice, but we don’t need to do that now, maybe five years down the road, when we have to do it. Right now we don’t have to,” said Donahue.
Council members Carol Warren and Ed Royce agreed.
“This is a double-edged sword,” said Warren, “if we were to sell the station, we would be married to OCFA forever after. . . I mean, we don’t even know if they would want to buy it . . . they can use it now for free.”
Royce added that even if they did sell, if the city wanted to buy it back that it might come at too steep a premium.
“I don’t see why we should do this right now,” said Royce.