After five years as a Food Front employee and two more on the co-op's board of directors, Tom Mattox decided the best way to help the organization was to leave and speak out on the dysfunction he's seen. Photo by Vadim Mahoyed

After five years as a Food Front employee and two more on the co-op's board of directors, Tom Mattox decided the best way to help the organization was to leave and speak out on the dysfunction he's seen. Photo by Vadim Mahoyed

Food Front board member quits in protest

Former employee and recent board member Tom Mattox decides he cannot condone co-op’s desire to circle the wagons and say all is fine.

Allan Classen

Rather than put his name to a public statement he believed untrue, Tom Mattox resigned from the Food Front Cooperative board of directors last month.

Reacting to the NW Examiner’s November cover story, “Co-op Crash,” Food Front President Brandon Rydell insisted Mattox and the four other directors sign a statement asserting that the board did not “consider the main sources of the NW Examiner article … to be credible.”

“I had to make a choice,” said Mattox, the co-op’s community outreach and marketing director from 2006-11 and board member the past two years.

“I knew I was not going to be able to sign off on it,” he said, noting that the story “rang true to my experience” and the board’s response amounted to “circling the wagons and saying everything is fine.”

Reinforcing his demand for unanimous censure of the article, Rydell warned his colleagues of the board’s code of loyalty prohibiting open opposition to board positions.

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Wushu team wins five medals in China

In their first world tournament, five students from U.S. Wushu Center take home medals.

Allan Classen

Ava Yu, 10, won a gold medal at the World Traditional Wushu Champions held in China in October. Her parents operate the U.S. Wushu Center on Northwest 17th Avenue.

Ava Yu, 10, won a gold medal at the World Traditional Wushu Champions held in China in October. Her parents operate the U.S. Wushu Center on Northwest 17th Avenue.

Five martial arts competitors from U.S. Wushu Center on Northwest 17th Avenue won medals at the sixth World Traditional Wushu Championships, held in Chizhou, China, in October.


Ava Yu, 10, daughter of wushu masters Shaowen Yu and Jiamin Gao, who operate the U.S. Wushu Center, won first place in Girls 12 and under Traditonal Double Weapons competition. Their son, Alexander Yu, 13, took second place in Boys 12-17 Other Weapons.

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Food Front board member quits in protest. Opposition mounts to Block 7 project. Local martial arts team wins two gold medals in China.
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Not until you give me one thousand signatures!!

Not until you give me one thousand signatures!!

This is a co-op?

Allan Classen

The special feeling many have for Food Front owes largely to its cooperative form of ownership. The grocery store is owned by its customers, at least the 10,000 or so who have put up $150 to become members.

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