(Mod: Fab footage of the July 7th Arcadia City Meeting can be linked to here. The big moments are [1:03:00] for David Arvizu’s 6 minute pummeling of Councilmember GemCoins, and [1:40:00] for John Wuo’s failure to acknowledge his ties to this USFIA.)
Bonus Coverage from the Pasadena Star News
(Mod: Looks like a recall of the McMansion 3 could be under way in Arcadia soon.)
Arcadia residents, former mayor threaten to recall three city officials over ‘careless’ decisions - A decision to suspend a citywide zoning code update last month may have been the final straw for a discontented citizenry in Arcadia, prompting some to threaten three of their elected officials with a recall petition Tuesday.
The three officials under fire for their “careless” decisions are Roger Chandler, John Wuo and Sho Tay.
Several residents, including former mayor Mickey Segal, questioned the councilmembers’ motives behind recent actions, including the move to halt a zoning code update that had been in the works for over a year, and to proceed with a historic preservation survey, excluding the Arcadia Highlands, an 854-home community in the northern part of the city.
Mayor Gary Kovacik said $103,000 in taxpayer monies had already been spent on the zoning code update when it was put on hold.
Tay and Wuo attribute their unfavorable votes to a lawsuit filed in March against the city by an activist organization that aims to slow mansionization in the city’s historic foothill communities. Chandler too cited the pending litigation, but also claimed his vote reflects his support for people’s individual property rights.
Segal, who served on the council for 12 years, said he could not stand by any longer and continue to watch Chandler, Wuo and Tay make decisions that are not representative of the community they were elected to serve.
“The only power citizens have to fix this, that I’m aware of, is the power of recall,” he said at the meeting. “I’m very sad to say that if in the next 120 days this lawsuit is not gone, I will take my 6,000-person mailing list and begin a recall on those three council members. It is a terrible thing to do … but I’m not going to watch 3-2 votes that don’t reflect the opinions of this community continue.”
(Mod: Link here to read the rest.)