Peace In Our Time At The Fairgrounds?
In her column in the Orange County Register today, the vivacious, bodacious and sometimes efficacious Barbara Venezia has reported that there that the rolling boil of antagonism between Jeff and Bob Teller, the operators of the Orange County MarketPlace and their landlords, the 32nd District Agriculture Association Board (Orange County Fair Board) seems to have been turned down to a simmer. You can read Barbara's assessment HERE.
This seems to be good news, especially for the hundreds of vendors who make a living as part of the MarketPlace, for the Tellers and for the tens of thousands of folks who visit the MarketPlace every year.
CAN THEY MAKE IT WORK?
There has been very obvious strains in the relationship between the Board and Tel-Phil Enterprises, Inc., the name of the MarketPlace operating company. Without ripping scabs off old wounds - the result of the drama surrounding the attempt to sell the Fairgrounds a couple years ago - it would appear that the shift in the leadership and demographics on the Board recently has produced some moderation of the political posturing and more reasonable discussions. That's good news, as long as both the Fair Board and Tel-Phil can both make a living based on whatever this new deal turns out to be.
WAITING AND WATCHING
On the agenda for the Fair Board meeting Thursday, November 17th, there are three items on the agenda, HERE, there a couple items directly related to the MarketPlace situation. Item 9A is the Consideration of the 18 Month Notice of Termination to Tel-Phil Enterprises, Item 9B is Swap Meet Request for Proposals and Item 10A, the closed session discussion of Lease Negotiations with Tel-Phil Enterprises and Potential Litigation. It should be a VERY interesting meeting. If you plan to attend, the meeting is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Administration Building at the Fairgrounds.