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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Philip "Flip" Smith, 61

The San Fernando Valley Business Journal reports that business owner and community volunteer Philip “Flip” Smith died June 23 following a short illness. He was 61.

Smith was long-time owner of Flip’s Tire Center and Flip’s Performance Concepts on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys.

In the 90s, Smith led a successful effort to clean-up Van Nuys and was a pioneer in community empowerment.

Smith twice served as chairman of the Mid-Valley Chamber, now known as the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce.

He also participated in organizations such as the Mid Valley Community Police Council and the Community Police Advisory Board, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, Rotary Club of Van Nuys, the Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

I didn't know Flip, but anytime anyone dies that young it's a shame, a loss of a good community activist. If only more of us would clean up our neighborhoods, starting with those people in South L A who are dumping trash, which flows into our sewers to the ocean and could infect us all with diseases and even death. Plus makes us a Third World City, a disgrace that could be easily avoided. Instead, we have to pay tons of money to clean that up after it's festered for weeks.

Speaking of pigs, the problem in the South L A pool started, per the Times, when staff had to shut down and evacuate the people because grown men even in their 30's were jumping in filthy and in street clothes! The water got filthy but when asked to get out, they threw the lifeguard and staff into the pool and threatened everyone.

The staff won't go back, but Hahn says the city must reopen the pool no matter what, because her father pushed for those pools to be built.

Other community members disagree, saying it can't be made safe even if cops are assigned. Why doesn't Hahn get those gangbangers she's paying with our funds to keep order? Instead of dealing drugs.

Can you imagine adults jumping into pools full of kids in street clothes? The city is just now thinking of requiring they wear swim clothes. Talk about people who live down to their reps as utterly unfit for civilized society.

Only way they can maybe open those pools is to limit them to kids under 13 and their guardians.

June 24, 2008 5:32 PM  

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June 24, 2008 5:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He will be sorely missed! So sad!

June 24, 2008 5:48 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Guys, this post is about a great man who passed too early. Let's not pile on here with nonsense. If you feel the need to slam him go elsewhere. If you feel the need to slam me there are 5290 other posts to do so on this blog, feel free. If you want to talk about other bloggers, politicians, etc. again, find another post.

June 24, 2008 9:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was going to write that you're sanctimonious higby, but this was a funny post. Eating something different tonight?

yes, I know that you're not going to post this since you're in a fit tonight. baba booey.

June 24, 2008 9:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That last guy must have deep issues.

June 24, 2008 10:40 PM  

Anonymous Carrie Konjoyan said:

I had the honor of knowing Flip Smith. We served on the Community Police Advisory Board for many years. Flip was a man of action, consideration, heart, compassion and vision. There will never be another Flip Smith. He leaves us with a huge void. To those who knew him, consider yourself blessed. To the lives and community he served and loved, honor him by continuning his work.

June 25, 2008 12:28 AM  

Blogger PetraFried in the City said:

Que Dieu te bénisse, Mr. Smith.

June 25, 2008 8:15 AM  

Blogger constance said:

Flip was a man of the highest ethics in his business, his public service and his personal lives. A fine example to all. Mission accomplished. Hope you enjoy your next Ride. Aloha!

June 29, 2008 6:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Flip Smith was a gentleman of integrity, who was compassionate in family, friends and sports and he will be missed by those that knew him and his humor. I can only wish you the best on your voyage and adventures on the other side. Best, Dr.John Bradshaw

August 03, 2008 1:07 AM  

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