Ouch…

San Dimas Chamber of Commerce executives put the *smackdown* on an appeals request filed by Chalet Gourmet owner Sid Maksoudian, whose application for entry into the chamber was denied a few weeks back.

In it, chamber President Ted Powl discusses — rather bluntly — the reasons why Maksoudian isn’t welcome:


Mr. Maksoudian,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, below is our reply to your requests:

1. There is no appeal process for denial of membership in the bylaws of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce.

2. The name of any law firm or attorney the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce chooses to engage in any legal matter involving the Chamber is not public information.

3. Whether Chalet Gourmet is the first or only business to be turned down for membership by the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce is irrelevant to the action taken by the Board of Directors in denying your membership.

4. As to the reason for your denial, the bylaws of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce bylaws state in Article II (Membership), Section 1: Eligibility

“Any person, association, corporation, partnership or estate having an interest in promoting the mission and objectives of the Chamber shall be eligible to apply for membership.”

Given Mr. Maksoudian’s quest to stop the Chamber of Commerce’s Toast of the Town event for the past two years, his derisive comments about some of our Directors and our President/CEO at various City Council meetings, the actions he took with Albertsons that resulted in the Chamber of Commerce’s incoming Board Chair, Mike Light, to resign from our Board and his vendetta (his word) against Director Heidi Daniels and the San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room, the Board of Directors of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce believes that Mr. Maksoudian does not meet the criteria of a businessman who has “an interest in promoting the mission and objectives of the Chamber”.

Membership in the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, as in any chamber of commerce, is a privilege, not a right. That is why there is a provision in their bylaws for the Board of Directors to approve members.

Ted Powl
President/CEO
San Dimas Chamber of Commerce

San Dimas protests water rate hike

 

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San Dimas and soon Claremont are protesting a proposed 37 percent rate increase by Golden State Water Company, Brian Day reports.

In 2002, a proposed 43.8 percent rate increase proposed by Golden State Water Company was cut down to 11.5 percent after San Dimas and other agencies protesting the hike.

For our readers: What is your current water bills, and how much would you be paying if it was increased by 37 percent?

Sorry, we don’t do appeals

You might remember that earlier this week Sid Mousakian, owner of Chalet Gourmet in San Dimas, sent an e-mail to the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce execs asking for an appeal of his membership application denial.

Mousakian had recently applied for membership with the Chamber of Commerce, but was denied entry for reasons unspecified by the chamber.

Mousakian says its because he’s outspoken.

Well, apparently, Mousakian said after he sent that e-mail, he was told that the chamber does not have an appeals process – is that because they’ve never denied membership before?

It looks like Mousakian is going to have to get a chamber board member to request that his application be re-evaluated, or he’s outta luck.

Wonder if anyone is going to ask that it be reconsidered?

More chamber drama, this time in San Dimas

Look’s like Sid Mousakian, owner of Chalet Gourmet in San Dimas, isn’t going down without a fight.

If you’re not familiar with the story, Mousakian recently applied for membership with the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, but was denied entry.

Officials wouldn’t really divulge their reasons for the rejection, but said that they couldn’t understand why Mousakian would apply considering he has been a vocal critic of the chamber and the city.

Here’s the previous story Brian Day wrote last week.

I was cc’d on the following e-mail Tuesday from Mousakian to the chamber:

Ted Powl & Board of Directors;

The family of Chalet Gourmet respectfully request the appeal process for the denial of our business.

Secondly, we would like to know the law firm that represents the Chamber of Commerce for the city of San Dimas for future contact.

For the record, we would like to know if we are the first and only business in the history of San Dimas who were denied membership into the Chamber of Commerce.

Lastly, the business and the family members of Chalet Gourmet want to know specific reasons as to why our family business was turned down to join the Chamber.

Please respond as soon as possible.

Please Cc this email to all Board of Directors.

Sid Maksoudian
Arax Maksoudian
Aline Maksoudian

Chalet Gourmet
120 W. Bonita Ave. Suite E
San Dimas, CA 91773
T: 909-592-7300
Email: chaletgourmet@gmail.com

Hours of Operation: 10am – 8pm Tuesday – Saturday

I have to say, I’d also be very interested to know whether the chamber has denied applicants before, considering each member pays hundreds of dollars in membership dues each year.