The Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas, Calif., stands empty much of the time, so the California Rodeo Association, which holds events there during the year, proposed a six-month trial swap meet for the venue, as reported by TheCalifornian.com. The proposal featured a weekly flea market for 118 vendors. The proposal was opposed by local businesses, including the Salinas United Business Association and a shopping center across from the site.
However, the Salinas City Council rejected the proposal on a 4-2 vote, responding to local businesses who complained about the traffic and the competition. According to a second article in TheCalifornian.com, Mayor Dennis Donohue teamed with council members Jyl Lutes, Sergio Sanchez, and Tony Barrera to end the proposal, while council members Steve McShane and Kimbley Craig voted for the flea market.
Photo credits, with thanks: KSBW Action News 8.