Saturday, August 1, 2015

Who Actually Controls The Arcadia's Best Blog? The Answer Could Surprise You

Win, Place or Sho Tay?
Way back on June 25th we had the temerity to post an article here that asked this question: Is the "Arcadia's Best" Blog In the Pocket of Development and Government Interests? (link). The assumption being Chamber of Commerce headman Scott Hettrick, who is also widely regarded to be the boss of that dicey journalistic enterprise, only cares for those opinions that favor Arcadia's big house money establishment.

The impetus behind that article? It was what I thought was an innocent question, one that I asked Scott Hettrick on the, you got it, Arcadia's Best blog. I mean, why not go right to the source to get the information you need to get a better understanding of the situation? And what was it that I wanted to know, and had the nerve to ask so important a personage as Mr. Hettrick? The inquiry went something like this:

"Question for you Scott. How much does Arcadia City Hall funding for the Chamber of Commerce you're so intimately involved with influence what you write on this blog?"

Fair question, right? As you probably know by now, that Chamber of Commerce is given a ton of taxpayer dough by the Arcadia City Council to run its charming events and quaint seasonal celebrations. Here is an actual City of Arcadia document that identifies the large sums of dough provided to that organization and its head, Scott Hettrick.


That is a lot of taxpayer cash, right? You'd figure that Scott, as the head of that Chamber of Commerce, would know who exactly butters his bread, and conceivably could favor the opinions of the folks sending all that money his way.

And what better place for him to show his abundant gratitude than on the Arcadia's Best blog?

Scott Hettrick, however, was hardly amused by my question, and said so in several fairly lengthy screeds on the Arcadia's Best blog. Here is a portion of one of them.


Now I might be many things, but lazy? I put a lot of effort into this daily investigative blog, and while I might not have always figured out everything needed to reach a satisfactory conclusion, I don't give up. I keep coming back. We are persistent here. And there in no better way to energize the mighty investigative powers of The Tattler than to go and act like the kind of ridiculous arse Hettrick did in his above statement.

So today I am quite proud to say I have come up with the answer to that questions asked on The Tattler more than a month ago. Here is the smoking gun:


You see that? It appears that the Arcadia's Best blog does not belong to Scott Hettrick after all. It could be he just works there and likely does as he is told. Rather it is under the financial thumb of Arcadia City Councilmember Sho Tay.

Which is likely why Arcadia's Best bashes resident organizations like Save the Arcadia Highlands, or those who have legally challenged the Arcadia City Council's rather nasty Brown Act problems. Not to mention the campaign to recall McMansion loving faithless elected officials like Sho Tay.

And don't get me started on GemCoins and John Wuo. So much for any journalistic objectivity at Arcadia's Best.

Case closed.

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48 comments:

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    1. Ouch ouch! So Sho Tay (say that 3 times as fast as you can) owns the "charitable organization" of a blog? What a scam!

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    2. Never say that blog is the propaganda arm of the portion of the Arcadia City Council that wants to help their friends make lots of money building Mcmansions. Just because it would be true does not make saying something like that any less uncivil.

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  2. GemCoins are backed by amber mine.

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  3. Here is the puppet,
    here are the strings.
    Listen as he
    starts to sing.

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  4. love it. great work....

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  5. I just love good reporting, it's the American way.

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  6. These guys think they're immune to punishment for their nefarious dealings. Rise up Arcadia! Recall these idiots. Otherwise you'll be forced to move and the whole city will become one large McMansion with nowhere to go but Sierra Madre. Can't let that happen!

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    1. Arcadia needs to recall Chandler Tay and Wuo. They have sold us out to the highest bidder.

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    2. Yep. It is time to flush the pot.

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    3. Nice job, Crawford. Turn on the spotlight and watch the roaches run for cover. Kinda reminds me of Sierra Madre's Civility Party and the City's finances.

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    4. Roaches hate sunlight.

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  7. Transparency, thank you to who ever pushed that through and thanks to you who stand up for the truth.

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    1. Transparency is the best disinfectant.

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    2. Bring a truckload.

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  8. I did,

    http://www.gofundme.com/chrismorrison

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  9. If this doesn't fire up the recall movement, I don't know what will

    But then maybe The Tattler has a little more fuel for THAT fire!

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  10. The fuel is coming out of the wood work and the rats are abandoning the ships.

    Will the captain go down with the ship remains to be seen.

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  11. Some other interesting tidbits:

    Arcadia's Best Foundation has been suspended by the Franchise Tax Board. I don't know how to upload a document to the Tattler, but you can search on the Secretary of State's website to see for yourself: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov

    Also, as a non-profit, Arcadia's Best Foundation is banned from certain political actives. See http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/501c3_polcampfaqs.pdf I wonder if their blog postings and other activities violated these rules.

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  12. You need to see the articles of incorporation for this so-called 501(c)(3) and their Statement of Information filed every two years and they have to have a Federal as well as a State of California i.d.

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  13. City Hall - city government is All Run as One Big PONZI Scheme! City Hall fleeces the tax payers and makes many Representations as to what the residents WIll get in return. Then the new girls discover that 79% of the city's income stream is for salaries and health & realty benefits. The is no money left to pay in fracture repairs. What a crock of _hit this is. How can we co tinue to pay salaries and benefits in excess of $200k per person and find out from our Dam Keeper that the city wells are dry?

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    1. Like a big can of worms. They all wriggle together.

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  14. Jeez. Thanks Tattler. These people need to be stopped.

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  15. Wonder what the local authorities are going to do and I don't mean their police department. Never bite the hand that signs your check.

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  16. I don't know where Mr. Tay is from, but he is behaving like the worst kind of Mainland China crook. I do know where Mr. Hettrick is from, and shame on him for being bought off.

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  17. Kind of gives you a perspective on how well things are working in Sierra Madre these days.

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  18. Men like Sho Tay do so much damage, and make it much harder for others to be welcomed in the business community.

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    1. Most cities have bad politicians. It is up to the residents to fire them.

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  19. Problem is, how do you get people involved or to even care? People still use too much water and people who don't get enough never get any help. They go to work, take care of their kids, like where they live but don't care how it's run or how their cheated. Some even feel it's their responsibility to pay higher taxes. When people are allowed to immigrate here and not assimilate, well that creates a big problem. They bring their mores and values from home. I figure you come to this country because it offers something you can't get at home. Seems like they come here now to park their money in investments, live on the dole and generally work the system. I know I'm a racist, I'm a bigot, etc. etc. Just seems ya can't give people somethin for nothin and expect great things in return. You can't allow them to break our laws and get away with it. Venting again. Sorry!

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    1. If only there were a way to evaluate immigrants to discern whether they were here for the freedom to make a better life, or if they were here to hustle, or if they were here to harm. The whole world needs that evaluation system badly just now.

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    2. The immigrant's willingness to learn English would be a clue. You don't have to take the citizenship test in English. I believe it's offered in Chinese among others.

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  20. HELLO HOW ARE YOU? I GOT YOUR EMAIL AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO MY TEMPLE WHERE ALL PROBLEM ARE SOLVED .YOU HAVE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE OF CONTACTING ME BECAUSE THERE IS NO PROBLEM THAT IS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY TEMPLE THAT CANT BE SOLVED AS I BELIEVE IN WORK MY WORK ALWAYS SPEAK FOR ME , YOU ARE TO PROVIDE ME THE INFORMATION OF YOU AND YOUR LOVER SO THAT I CAN DO SOME CONSULTATION TO MY GODS FOR THEM TO TELL ME NO HOW TO HELP YOU BRING YOUR LOVER BACK TO YOU AND TAKE HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN YOUR LIFE OK. 1. YOUR FULL NAME_______ 2. YOUR LOVER NAME_______ 4. YOUR COUNTRY AND CITY_______ 5. YOUR PHOTO AND YOUR LOVER PHOTO_______ 6. YOUR AGE AND YOUR LOVER AGE_______ 7. YOUR CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER_______ 8. ADDITIONAL INFO NEEDED FROM YOU_______ ONCE THESE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED THE POWER OF MY GODS WILL BE CONSULTED AND THEY WILL TELL ME HOW TO BRING YOUR LOVER BACK TO YOU, YOU ARE TO KNOW THAT MY SPELL POWER DO NOT HAVE ANY NEGATIVE OF BAD EFFECT ON YOU OR YOUR LOVER . I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU

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    1. Dr. Spirit - Do you accept Gem Coins?

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    2. I FORGOT. I WILL ALSO NEED YOU SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS.

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  22. Yes indeed, you are a great investigative journalist - can't even read a document and get facts straight. Arcadia's Best Foundation is a non-profit organization that has nothing to do with the "for profit" Arcadia's Best web site and e-newsletter, which is 100% in my name under separate legal filing, which you would know if you researched and read the articles of incorporation of either entity. Instead, you found one document from five years ago and decided to race to all kinds of erroneous conclusions and post this on your blog and then post most or all these anonymous comments as you always do. Sho Tay is one of three partners (none of us is the boss of the other) in Arcadia's Best Foundation, which as your document shows netted a whopping total of $3,000 in 2010 on a staggering gross of $22,463. That was for community events that were enormous amount of personal time and work for which none of us was paid a penny. (As opposed to the way you choose to spend your time.) Right, we're going to risk our careers and reputations on that $3,000 five years ago that was then put into the next community events we produced. Case closed indeed, on your skills and credibility.

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    1. How much is that in GemCoins?

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    2. Maybe you should ask the City Council for a raise, Scott.

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    3. Good idea, but after 4 years without a penny of raise, I did get one from my board of directors, all volunteers. The City Council doesn't determine my salary or approve my raises - has never done so in 90-year history of Chamber, but thanks for the suggestion.

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    4. Was that in American dollars, or GemCoin?

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    5. If they are volunteers, how did you get them a raise, Scott?

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    6. Huh? The suggestion was that I ask City Council for a raise. I responded that my volunteer board of directors voted to give me a raise. Volunteer board members do not get paid. What is it that all of you think myself or Arcadia's Best or the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce are guilty of?

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    7. I am sure they think you earned it, Scott.

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  23. The phone number on the tax document (626-447-2935) goes to the "Arcadia Chinese Association".

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    1. Not sure what the point is of noting this but yes, the attorney who set up the 501c3 for the ACA also did the filing for our 501c3 at Arcadia's Best Foundation. Anything else you want to know, just ask me Mr. Anonymous aka Eric Maundry aka John Crawford.

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  24. Who pays for his trip to Dubai?

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    1. Each of the Chamber CEOs from all over North America -- none of us with a spouse -- paid for our own trips, which were discounted by travel agency Indus Travel for the purpose of a FAM (familiarization) trip to try to interest us in booking a trip for our Chamber members, which we did. This is standard procedure for all Chambers all the time for many years, along with many other companies. Again, not sure what you are tying to prove or why you are targeting me, but happy to answer questions by all these anonymous comments by or or the site of a man -- Eric Maundry aka John Crawford -- who seems to enjoy keeping a very low profile about his own identity. He would not even approve a similar comment here that I submitted 24-hours ago.

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    2. I clear all of your comments, Scotty. Why wouldn't I? They're usually quite comical.

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