Businessman outraged by chamber's rej...

Businessman outraged by chamber's rejection

There are 72 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Jul 28, 2008, titled Businessman outraged by chamber's rejection. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

A liquor store owner who was denied membership in the Chamber of Commerce hung a sign last weekend on the town's main drag expressing his outrage.

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Covina, CA

#1 Jul 29, 2008
I guess the guy never heard about not fighting City Hall. Crooked politicians (most are), stick togather. When you rock their boat, they make sure they get even. He has sealed his fate with the sign. Won't be long, before he is out of business.

Upland, CA

#2 Jul 29, 2008
No one has a "RIGHT" to join a Chamber Of Commerce. I think this guy has made himself unpopular I'm guessing because he has a big mouth. I think he should take his rejection like a man, and stop sniveling like a damn baby.It's a Chamber membership not the damn UN! GET OVER IT!
No Thank You

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Jul 29, 2008
This is the same guy who also tried to run the San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room out of business prior to opening his "shop".

In my opnion Sid Maksoudian is more bully than outspoken.
No Thank You

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Jul 29, 2008
Other posters. There is more to this story than is being reported. Dig a little deeper and you will see what is really going on. It has to do more with the owner.

Oh and I am a San Dimas resident. I am not sure why I am showing up as from Long Beach.
Justice Never Quits

Powder Springs, GA

#5 Jul 29, 2008
He's definitely being black-balled. Whether he caused this or not is another story...

Pearl City, HI

#7 Jul 29, 2008
We just had an earthquake is everybody else phones out, this one was good it shook hard
Osgood Burrus

Anaheim, CA

#8 Jul 29, 2008
You can judge for yourself if Mr. Maksoudian is right about “it's personal; because I'm outspoken” if you attend or watch the San Dimas City Council meetings. Go to and view the past videos of the City Council meetings you can hear Mr. Maksoudian speak.

Exercising your 1st Amendment rights is a good thing. Being outspoken can be heroic; lives have been saved, and wrongs have been corrected by speaking out. Tearing down businesses and reducing the quality of life in San Dimas? Dishonorable.


#9 Jul 29, 2008
Maksoudian has been pretty stupid from the start. He sould try making friends instead of trying to tear down San Dimas, the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce. I agree with John from Pomona. GET OVER IT AND ACT LIKE A MAN!
Mike Villani

Anaheim, CA

#10 Jul 29, 2008
didnt the two members of the chamber in the article, Enerdrly and Jones, along with some other dude used to have a tv show where they complained about everything?
Fed-Up With His Bull----

Santa Clarita, CA

#11 Jul 29, 2008
Mr. Maksoudian constantly rants and raves about the how unjust and corrupt the "system" is. He insists he has "proof" and "documentation" to prove favoritism, illegal activties, and conspiracies happening in the city of San Dimas, the Chamber of Commerce and select local businesses. For anyone that has had the pleasure of enduring his tirades during a city council meeting would have no doubt that that the Chamber of Commerce was smart to not allow him the opportunity to disrupt their organization. Very few people have been able to stand-up to him and his thug-like behavior. I applaud the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce!
what comes around - - -

Mira Loma, CA

#12 Jul 29, 2008
Maksoudian sounds like a guy with a serious personality disorder who doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut, Lets boycott his store
rolling my eyes

Covina, CA

#13 Jul 29, 2008
Congratulations, SGV Tribune. You have been played. To those in San Dimas, this is a very telling article.

In the last year or so, Sid has slandered most of the current city council members, Ted Powl and the Chamber as a whole, and a number of citizens of this town. He does all this in his frequent tirades at the City Council meetings. He also has a self-declared vendetta against the same Heidi Daniels mentioned here, though no one really knows why.

But the part of this article that makes me laugh, dear, gullible Tribune, is that the two Chamber Members you quoted, Mr. Enderle and Mr. Jones, do indeed have a show where they "complain about everything," and they themselves seem to have some agenda against the Chamber. In fact, astute San Dimas residents and business people realized quite a while ago that Sid Maksoudian is little more than a loose cannon, and Gary Enderle is and has been using him to harass people and organizations in town. So, again, Tribune, I congratulate you. You make a most excellent pawn for a group of bitter, vindictive thugs.
against Sid

Anaheim, CA

#14 Jul 29, 2008
Sid has caused nothing but problems in San Dimas. Yes, he has a business license, but HOW LONG did that take to get? He always has a Negative Comment...... kinda like this comment. Nothing nice ever seems to come from him.
against Sid

Anaheim, CA

#15 Jul 29, 2008
I live and Work in San Dimas, (don't know why it says Glendora).

Upland, CA

#16 Jul 29, 2008
Judging from the above comments our boy Sid is just as I suggested a loud mouth, sniveling jerk. Hey Sid! Go suck a lemon and sweeten your personality! I wouldn't let you mow my lawn!
Crisphy Nanos

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Jul 30, 2008
Sid sounds like he has obsessive compulsive disorder.

I drive through downtown San Dimas all the time, and I've never been compelled to go inside Sid's high-falutin' liquor store. It sounds like Sid has a big mouth and a nasty disposition. No wonder the Chamber of Commerce doesn't want him.

As another poster said, no one has the right the join the Chamber of Commerce. If you don't like things in San Dimas, Sid, then go somewhere else. San Dimas doesn't need another liquor store.

United States

#19 Jul 30, 2008
Sid is a Bully and tries to get his way by bullying the City Council, Chamber and anyone else who will wavier to his tactics. He is a nut-job, just like his two cronies, Enderle and Jones. He did leave out a couple of other loose cannons he has affilated with.
It's no doubt, "HATS OFF TO THE CHAMBER" Someone stood up to him and broke his little heart. I hope that City Hall gets the message and realizes he will never benefit the city. The Council needes to stand up to him and they should send him out of town with some Tar and Feathers, saving a little Tar and Feathers for Enderle and Jones.
TED POWL FOR PRESIDENT and his membership committe for his cabinet. Outstanding Job.

Upland, CA

#20 Jul 30, 2008
I lived in San Dimas from 1963 to 1978 respectively. It wasn't so "High Society" back then. Now it seems there's an atmosphere of snobbery in the air. Liked it MUCH better back then when residents were more friendly and less arrogant. Afterall, it isn't Beverly Hills with horse trails. Used to be an orange grove where city hall sits today. Stll have lemons there, though.
The truth

Anaheim, CA

#21 Jul 30, 2008
The city(taxpayers) provide 50,000.00 a year in funding to the Chamber of Commerce. Ted Powl is on record as saying they wouldn't be aorund without it. If there's a business that's willing to pay the dues, which in turn means less the city has to "fund" why not? By the way Ted Powl receives 41K+ for his efforts, so in essence he should be extremely greatful as it's his paycheck that is coming from the city coffers. Let this guy join and end the acrimony.

Anaheim, CA

#22 Jul 30, 2008
The San Dimas chamber isn't even accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It suggests that they couldn't withstand the scrutiny of an open and above board orginization. The city should refrain from funding this entity util it becomes transparent.

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