Thursday, October 2, 2014

We Saw It: Work Being Done on Backdoor Bakery

Months following a devastating fire that shuttered the well liked Backdoor Bakery in Sunland, work crews were seen working this morning on the building. We're not sure what is going on, but this could be a good sign for all the fans of the Bakery and their many signature creations. Stay tuned!

Tabbi Decides Not to Sue Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, Gateway to Angeles National Forest

Following his removal from the board for not supporting the party platform at the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, Phil Tabbi has stated that he has decided not to follow through with lawsuits against the Chamber and other parties over the issue:

"Due to circumstances, I will not follow through with any lawsuits. It is in my best interest to do so, and the best interest in a chamber that can hopefully turn around and see the truth."

We are not certain what those circumstances are, what is in whose best interest and what, if anything, Tabbi plans to do to address this atrocity, but we will certainly stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you believe in free speech and free association, you might like to drop your own Chamber membership and perhaps not frequent businesses that support the Chamber in it's current incarnation.

The efforts to "brand" Sunland-Tujunga and to create an identity the community can market around are admirable ones. How it has been handled by the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce and the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council has even those who support the "Gateway to the Angeles National Forest" concept, concerned. We live in a world where there should be a marketplace of ideas. If one has a concept they feel is worthy, it should be submitted to that marketplace and not foisted through bullying, strong-arm tactics and lack of transparency. This does not represent the community that we want Sunland-Tujunga to be. 

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Sunland-Tujunga it's our Home. NOT our "Gateway"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sunland-Tujunga: Gateway to Shut Your Mouth

Phil Tabbi, Jr. reports that he's been removed from the board of the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce because of his refusal to support the ill conceived "Gateway to the Angeles National Forest" branding initiative a few leaders of the Chamber have been championing for some time.

Tabbi, the son of a past Chamber president and a family who has been involved in Sunland-Tujunga community affairs for decades, tells the story himself:

And the saga continues. I, Phil Tabbi, no longer am the First Vice President of the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce. 

In our last board meeting a motion was brought forth to have me expelled from the chamber by Paolina; it was seconded by Diana Lee, in which this was her second meeting, and the result of those actions brought us to today, a hearing to expel me. I feel that I stood up for all of our residents today that do not support the current branding initiate, because that is where this truly lies. I have not believed in the actions taken by some and like to speak about it. In two weeks, the entire board of directors are up for re-election. If they did not want me to serve on the board, then do not elect me, why tarnish my name with an expulsion? The branding committee sure won their battle today, or did they?

I am suing the United Chamber of Commerce, Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, and the Gateway to the Angeles National Forest. In the September board meeting Paolina made the motion to expel me and today she submitted a ballot with a yes answer. There is such thing as freedom of speech. What they are doing is wrong and everyone should know the truth behind the lies. Many in the S-T Chamber board of directors are wonderful people with great businesses. It is the current leadership that has ignored those with a voice, and allow things to go only in their favor. I will not stop and I ask you once again Paolina, please take your gateway somewhere else, it is not welcome here!

Stay tuned!