|John Gilhooley/OC Weekly|
|Teller took over the family business, which was started in 1969.|
Though they call it a necessary business decision, yesterday's vote by the OC Fair & Event Center
board of directors feels a bit personal. The 6-3 vote terminates a lease, which happens from time to time. But this particular lease was with Jeff Teller
and TelPhil Enterprises
, which has run the weekend OC Market Place (or swap meet) for 42 years at the Orange County Fairgrounds, and is the same company which brought a lawsuit against the sale of the fairgrounds and was involved with the group (OC Fairgrounds Preservation Society) that identified the Fair Board's attempt to purchase the land using questionable means
. TelPhil has 18 months to vacate.
"This was not unexpected," Teller told the Weekly. "It's repugnant to them that TelPhil played a part in exposing [the Board's] mastermind creation of an organization to take over fairgrounds themselves."
David Ellis, the chairman of OCFEC sees the situation quite differently.More »