Sunday, August 30, 2015

Arcadia Association of Realtors Pol Chief Chip Ahlswede Takes Credit for the Election of Johnny Gem Coins

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Long time residents of Sierra Madre are sure to be familiar with Chip Ahlswede. Chip was one of the political wunderkind who ran the "No on Measure V" campaign here, and despite $170,000 in contributions from the likes of the California Association of Realtors, Building Industry Association and the Arcadia Association of Realtors, managed to lose that ballot initiative race to a collection of resident political amateurs who didn't raise 1/10th that amount of money. A pretty weak showing on Chip's part.

The political consultancy Chip worked for back in the mid-aughts, Schubert Flint, later went on to lead the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2009 ballot initiative that waylayed same sex marriage in California for a few years. According to the blog Queers United, Schubert Flint Public Affairs went on to do far bigger things than merely screwing up the 'No on Measure V' campaign in Sierra Madre.

Here is what that blog has to say about Chip's once upon a time employer (link):

Schubert Flint Public Affairs is an advertising agency that created many of the ads that helped Proposition 8 pass in California, leading to same-sex marriage rights being taken away in the state ... The "National Organization for Marriage," an anti-gay think tank, is continuing their relationship with the ad agency in an attempt to further erode marriage rights for same sex couples.

I have always found it to be wryly amusing that the highly politically correct "Civility Party" proponents of massive blocks of high density overdevelopment in downtown Sierra Madre did business with an organization that later achieved such intense notoriety in certain quarters through its efforts to defame gay marriage.

Of course, and as Chip always feels it is necessary to point out, by the time Prop 8 was up and running he had already left Schubert Flint. Which makes sense. They certainly didn't win much while he was actually working there.

It is also important to share that Mr. Ahlswede has never condemned his former employer for leading the fight against gay marriage in California, either. Eventually perhaps he will. Who knows, anything is possible.

What brings Chip Ahlswede back to our attention now is apparently he is to be a head political honcho in the fight to defeat an Arcadia resident ballot initiative designed to stymie mansionization there. Given his past record in these kinds of election fights, you have to wonder why they didn't try and find someone with a better track record. 

After all, Sierra Madre beat on his butt like he was a red-headed step child.

The word now is Chip has been actively seeking out Arcadia supporters of this ballot initiative in order to meet with them to supposedly discuss the possibility of "trying something else, something a little less disruptive." Which is a hoot since all he is obviously trying to do here is suss out what their plans are.

That not a single one of these Arcadia preservationists have agreed to meet with him is a sign of how little Chip is trusted in that community. And wisely so.

Anyway, just to give you an idea of what a gratuitous grandstander Ahlswede can actually be, check out the following radiant example of eccentric political behavior. An Arcadia resident uncovered this and sent to me, for which I am grateful.

Here Chip gives himself major props for the election of Councilmember John "GemCoins" Wuo, and credits it to a Facebook campaign he claims to have organized.

Facebook. Gosh, now wasn't that a piece of original thinking? And for the record, wasn't this actually a re-election campaign? And perhaps not quite the long shot proposition Chip is claiming here?

On to the article. Like Chip himself it's a little windy, but hilarious nonetheless.


A work of timeless political genius, for sure.

sierramadretattler.com

26 comments:

  1. Gem Coins are back by an amber mine.

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  2. A little clarification on your article -

    The Arcadia Association of REALTORS(R) doesn't have a position on the ballot initiatives in Arcadia. We are currently going through the process of meeting with all potential interested parties on both sides in order to provide information to our members so they can give us their feedback. We have met with both proponents and opponents and will continue to do so. It should also be noted that the language of the initiative was just returned to circulate late this week.

    With regard to your comments on the 2012 election - Due to term limits, John Wuo was not an incumbent seeking re-election.

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    1. The AAR isn't exactly the League of Women voters...thanks, but I'll pass.

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    2. Gosh! The tension surrounding AAR's decision on this matter is strong. Which way wii they go??

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    3. I'm sure the realtors will do the ethical thing and advocate for protecting residents from the losses MacMansions cause them.
      After all, realtors "build communities", right?

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    4. The AAR cares. That is why they donated thousands of dollars to defeat Measure V and destroy downtown Sierra Madre.

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    5. It's a process. Right, Chipster?

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  3. Does Wuo go by the nickname 'Johnny', or are you ridiculing him in your headline?

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    1. Making fun of politicians is a freedom we have long enjoyed in America.

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    2. God Bless the USA.

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    3. 9:42 I guess so, but the more mature your argument is the more effective it will be and you'll be taken seriously

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    4. You don't get out in the real world much, do you.

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    5. The word "mature"has been popping up a on some posts in the last few days.
      That's called a tell.

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    6. You mean Kersting Court up in the 'Dre?

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  4. Thanks MOD for keeping us up-to-date on the good people of Arcadia's efforts to deal with mansionization, especially our neighbors in the Highland Oaks area.

    They need to change one of the three bad apples on the city council. Changing two would be even better.

    All of us in Sierra Madre who have worked so hard over the past several years to preserve our precious town, with much success I might add, due to the efforts of so many, know that if the Highland Oaks area can be saved our efforts here in Sierra Madre will be much easier in the future.

    The developers will not give up, so we must fight them on all fronts. The Arcadia Highlands is the front we should now turn our attention to. Thank you again for keeping us focused and going in the right direction.

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  5. Just when will the Attorney General be contacted?
    She gets the job done and Woo and his unethical hacks should not be doing this "job'.

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  6. Schubert Flint had some real successes, and they were a hard enemy during measure V. There were a few slow growth initiatives that they did indeed defeat, much to later harm to the communities they were in. That was a tough fight. Yes, we won, but not without concerted effort from dedicated volunteers. Diane Shear alone got more than 300 signatures. You have to have people like that on your side to win. The people who do it because they care so much. I hope the Highland Oaks people have some Diane Shears among them.

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    1. By the way, it's Diane & John Shears' 50th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations!

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  7. Ahlswede has been fighting resident development initiatives for years. His statement here today is embarrassing.

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  8. Ahlswede is motivated by greed.

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  9. Developers and Real Estate agents coupled with greedy Arcadia city hall will be the death of Arcadia's scenic city streets with this whole sale slaughter of quaint neighborhoods only to be transformed into Fast moving neighborhoods of Asia styles.

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  10. Warning: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-Chinese-superrich-are-about-to-flood-the-US-6473528.php

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  11. Johnny is still in the Gemcoin pamphlets, according to latest report from San Bernadino, where a group of angry protesters forced cancellation of a Gemcoin seminar on 8/28.

    http://behindmlm.com/companies/usfia/investors-picket-usfia-gemcoin-gala-in-ontario-california

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