Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Arcadia Officials Going On A Fully Paid Trip To China - Many Arcadia Residents Pray They Never Come Back

In case you are wondering who owns the unsold twin monstrosities on Camillo Road.

Mod: I have a couple of interesting slices of news about the out of control mess known as the "City of Arcadia" today. A locality that is rapidly becoming for the United States what Macao was to the Chinese back during the colonial days. The following was sent to me by a concerned Arcadia resident.

Tonight, Arcadia's City Council accepted the donations from 3 companies for travel to China. You can view the meeting on City of Arcadia's website. Click on ACTV on the left hand side. Also, the city's staff report included:

"The City has been offered two donations, each in the amount of $10,000. One donation is from Companhia de Domercial Dingyuan Limitada, a, international trading firm based in Macau which is believed to have operations in the United States. The other is from Sichuan Arrow Recovery Tech Co. Ltd., an electronic waste recycling firm based in Schuan, China, which is not believed to have operations in the United States but may receive recyclable goods from within the United States. Neither donor has previously done business directly with the City of Arcadia. However, one or more owners of each firm may have interests in real estate and development companies in the San Gabriel Valley that may operate in the City of Arcadia. More donations may be solicited as well , and the Council will be updated if and when additional donations are offered."

A quick Google search found an "Arrow Recovery" E-waste recycling company operating out of Fremont, California. One of its websites is in Chinese, so I'm not sure what it says, but it has an English version. No one has identified the name of the person or persons who own this company.

No one has identified the name of the person or persons who own this international trading firm.

No one is identifying what the interests are in real estate and development.

Absent from the staff report is the additional members of the delegation, which include Mayor John Wuo's brother, George Wuo and his wife. George Wuo is not an elected city official, nor is he a City employee, but he is part of the delegation according to City Manager Dominic Lazzarretto. A quick Google search shows that George Wuo is a real estate agent operating under the broker's license of Golden Apple Group/John Wuo.

To think that the City of Arcadia keeps praising itself for its transparency and adherence to Fair Political Practices Commission.

Mod: So who exactly is going on this opaquely funded magical mystery tour? The happy junketeers are identified in the following excerpt from the staff report.



Mod: Like I said, there are a lot of folks in Arcadia hoping they stay there. Who really needs a city government that answers to a foreign nation's economic interests rather than its own people? And then even travels to that country to learn how to work for them more efficiently? However, I suspect they will return, and with lots of new insights on McMansionizing most of what is left of that now sadly disfigured city. And perhaps our little town as well. I doubt that a country as economically aggressive as that one will want to stop with Peacock Town.

So who owns the twin monstrosities on Camillo Road?

It sure isn't our at times demonstrative City Council meeting visitor Robert Ho. Robert, the dyspeptic man from Long Dragon (or, as those in the property trade call that firm, "Little Snake"), might be trying to sell those extraterrestrial looking wickiups, but the real owner is something else entirely.

As you can see from the family money tree we have posted above, that would be a complex arrangement involving Scott Yang via Ta Jen Lee. The very Arcadia developers now knocking on Sierra Madre's back door, with 319-321 Camillo Road their first foot in it.

Also, apparently Scott Yang bought his home in 2004 on Pamela Road in Arcadia from an LLC named Polyco, owned by Ta Jen Lee. The speculation is that the Scottster is acting as a front man here because Ta Jen Lee doesn't want people to know it is just himself that is doing this.

We posted an article about Scott Yang last August here on The Tattler titled "Unhappy Details About The Camillo Road Project Have Now Begun To Emerge." Link here. Obviously we have now learned some more.

Many residents in Arcadia believe that McMansion development in Arcadia is being driven at least in part by the eb-5 visa Green Card business. Chinese investors apply for these things and one of the requirements is an address in this country. There are lots of addresses in Arcadia, and some quite willing residents as well.

It would seem that foreign real estate development investors see this arrangement as a double win. They get to "hide" their money in a piece of real estate in the US, invest in some dummy corporation for only $500,000, then get a green card to boot. Not a bad deal from good old Uncle Sugar.

Can it also be that the twin monstrosities at Camillo Road are also serving this double purpose?

If all of this informed speculation is correct, wouldn't that be an interesting thing to have happen in Sierra Madre? You apparently can get a whole lot of extra milage out of an over the counter City of Sierra Madre building permit.

One more thing

The Pasadena Star News has an article up today about tomorrow night's Planning Commission meeting. Titled "Sierra Madre Planning Commission seeks public comment on residential zoning ordinance," it includes a lot of good information from Matt Bryant of Preserve Sierra Madre.

You can check that out here.

We will have a post up about Thursday's meeting early tomorrow morning.

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36 comments:

  1. It would be interesting what the city council/staff of Arcadia think they will learn from China about government. Is the American way that bad? However Roger Chandler will see where his campaign money comes from. Sadly Bob Harbicht isn't going. Chandler and Harbicht have both been around thirty years on council and done nothing but push for developers. Too bad they couldn't stay in China. Communism is paradise. When will the feds look at Arcadia?

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  2. Maybe the Chinese government will demand that Arcadia's public schools include the teaching of Chairman Mao thought in its curriculum.

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    1. Current CA public school curriculum is to the left of Mao.

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    2. Sadly, the problem is not just here. It's everywhere. The Feds won't do anything. The President is allowing this. You now can pay to get into the country. Ya don't have to be illegal anymore. It boggles the mind the kind of money these Communist citizens have. People need to wake up and care. When did we become a nation of McMansion dream houses? We used to be proud that we bought a house to raise our families in. 6:38AM has it right. People need to care and I don't think they do. If it has no effect on them they could care less. Thank God for the same old same old people who voice their opinion , show up at meetings, voice their opinion for what is good for all of us not just one.

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    3. China holds a few trillion dollars in American debt! And under those circumstances they can get whatever they like around here. A town or two, or even the 710 Tunnel. We are being sacrificed.

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    4. Judy Chu will save us. No, really!

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    5. 10:54 I am willing to bet most of the people coming here are good old capitalists not communists . also trophy houses have been built all over this country since it was founded it is not a new idea

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    6. I'm not worried about the Commies as much as the Islamic radicals.

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    7. 9;48 - I don't see how capitalism justifies the ruining of a town largely populated by capitalists. Don't they have rights, too? One man's show house is another man's atrocity.

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    8. 10:02 - I think you have proven that some people are just born beheaded.

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    9. 10:08 -
      21 Christians executed by ISIS the other day. If that's not pure evil to you then you have other personal problems.

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    10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes
      The number given by Wikipedia for mass killings under communist regimes in the 20th century is 85 to 100 million. But don't let that interfere with the real estate business.

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    11. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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    12. Translated: Best wishes and congratulations.

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    13. The Arcadia Public Screwls already offer seven levels of Chinese language as options for students. With the adoption of Common Core, the curriculum will finally catch up with China's math and English standards. As for the rest it's already left of Mao as pointed out earlier.

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    14. According to Wikipedia they keep Mao in a glass display box.

      "The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (simplified Chinese: 毛主席纪念堂; traditional Chinese: 毛主席紀念堂; pinyin: Máo Zhǔxí Jìniàn Táng), commonly known as the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong or the Mao Mausoleum, is the final resting place of Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China from 1943 and the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1945 until his death in 1976.

      Although Mao had wished to be cremated, his body was embalmed and construction of a mausoleum began shortly after his death. This highly popular attraction is located in the middle of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the capital of China. It stands on the previous site of the Gate of China, the southern (main) gate of the Imperial City during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

      The remains of the Great Helmsman, as he is sometimes known, are on display for public viewing (though some claim this is a wax sculpture placed over the actual body).[1] People line up for hundreds of meters every day to see the former chairman, many paying tribute to him with flowers that can be purchased at the entrance on the north side. There is a souvenir shop at the exit on the south side."

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  3. What happened to just one plain old family buying a home to live in with their kids? All of this foreign influence, hiding money, and shell corporations makes you kind of wonder what are neighborhoods are turning in to. It does change the character of a neighborhood when you buy a home just to park some cash and get an eb-5 visa.

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    1. Huh, native Americans said the same thing 200 yrs ago, not fun....lmfao!

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    2. You know, if you laughed your ass off there wouldn't be anything left.

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  4. Is Bart Doyle going?

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    1. I'll help him pack if he stays there.

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    2. That little operation he was involved with in El Monte was rumored to have a green card angle.

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    3. Please keep this going. Keep us informed. This does not pass the smell test.

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    4. It is odd, though. This article today got well above the usual amount of traffic. I am assuming much of it from Arcadia. But where were the comments and opinions?

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    5. I posted it to the Old School Pasadena FB page ;-)

      Discussion about mansionization in there

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    6. The Moderator! - Can the Arcadia residents comment in Chinese ?

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    7. Sure.

      在12:11的海报有一个大鼻子。

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  6. The first comment is from a 50 year resident who posted a link to their Facebook page because The Tattler is the only source for honest, in-depth coverage of Arcadia. Yes, the city sold out 30 years ago but it may have been different if the residents knew who and what was happening. Sierra Madre has my prayers that she will prevail in retaining her historical significance. Personally, I threw the towel in on Arcadia when Anoakia was torn down. Keep up the fine work. Arcadia needed residents that cared about her. Sadly, there wasn't enough.

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  7. Why are these Arcadia dignitaries being sent to China by plane? Don't they have slow boats anymore?

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  8. It seems when mainland Chinese buy a house in Arcadia, the first thing they do is cut down the trees. Why is that?

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  9. How can two donations of $10,000 each cover the expense of ten people to travel to eight cities? That would hardly cover the travel cost. Who is going to take the tab for the wine, dine, shows & hotel.? This city is going the way of the city off the 710 fwy. Does it ring a bell?

    Is this a reward for overruling the neighborhood architectural review board and allowing the McMansions in the Highlands?

    During a recent city hall meeting the hired city attorney Stephen Deitsch was asked to give a legal opinion on these gifts, and he pontificated that they are perfectly legal and ethical. Now we see that he is on the list of dignitaries on this official tour. Very self serving verdict indeed.

    Thanks for exposing the corrupt underworld known as the Arcadia City Counsel.

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    1. The Corruption Express, leaving from Terminal 4.

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    2. On a one way trip?

      For an entertaining presentation of the corruption as presented directly to the Mayor John Wuo and Councilman Roger Chadler, the two lackeys of the developers, please watch this video http://spectrumstream.com/streaming/arcadia/2015_01_20.cfm Fast forward straight to time = 1:20:45

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  10. For more info about the third donor, "Perfect Brothers Development Corp.", check out yesterday's post on the Facebook page "Save The Highlands" at https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheHighlands/timeline?ref=page_internal

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