Monday, September 7, 2015

Councilmember Sho Tay's Arcadia Community Outreach Meeting: Was it Really Just a Q&A?

Pinocchio Sho?
At the most recently held Arcadia City Council meeting, Councilmember Sho Tay claimed that the community get-together he had recently hosted was just a "Q&A," held to answer some questions from the residents. He had been on the "Arcadians Helping Arcadians" WeChat site, and people there were asking how the lawsuit and other matters came about. So Sho decided to hold a public meeting where he could answer questions. But only in Mandarin. Sho Tay also claimed that he didn't use any city resources, or make a flyer or advertise or anything like that to publicize this public meeting. Just word of mouth.

And it certainly wasn't an "outreach meeting" conducted to promote the viewpoint of certain constituencies and interests only. It was just a Q&A. Or so he claimed.

Here is a video clip that reveals Sho Tay's comments on this matter.

Video clip here.

Here is the thing. As we described in a post last week ("Arcadia City Councilmember Sho Tay Holds A Community Outreach Meeting On Development, But Only In Mandarin" - link), there was no "Q & A" at the meeting Sho Tay describes. It was only carefully selected speakers reinforcing a certain point of view, that being the one the Councilmember supports.

A point of view also held by certain developers, local wealthy potentates, and two of his fellow City Councilmembers, GemCoin Johnny Wuo and Jolly Roger Chandler. Who, by the way, really has been known to say "Arghh!" from time to time.

However, and despite Sho Tay's claims to the contrary, there actually was an organized publicity effort to get people out to this meeting. Both on-line and in print. The newspaper notice of this meeting, which we are reproducing below, also did make it appear that this was to be a city sanctioned meeting. This notice also stating that the zoning code update has been delayed by the lawsuit, which had the purpose of setting this meeting's agenda.

Here is that notice.


Here is the translation into English:


So much for a "Q&A" session with only word of mouth publicity. I think Mr. Tay now owes the people of the City of Arcadia an apology. He didn't tell the truth.

Arcadia Councilmember John Wuo continues to get terrible press

You have to wonder how much longer John Wuo can continue to serve on the Arcadia City Council.  He has been exposed as having not told the truth about his relationship with GemCoin operator Steve Chen, and the press is picking up on it. This from the Arcadia Weekly (link):

Arcadia Officials Respond to Document Connecting Councilman with Gemcoin CEOArcadia Council Member John Wuo on Wednesday denied having a connection to an active company involving the founder of a controversial cryptocurrency known as Gemcoin.

Though he declined requests for an interview, via text messaging Wuo said he told George Klau, the CEO of Arcadia-based 24 HD Surveillance, to remove his name from documents filed with the California Secretary of State.

Wuo also indicated that Klau agreed to remove the councilman’s name and address from the company’s state filings, and that Klau was unaware of who entered Wuo’s information in the document that the Secretary of State’s office approved in March 2014 and confirms the company is currently active. Klau could not be reached for comment.

The “statement of information” document surfaced at the Arcadia City Council meeting Tuesday when resident David Arvizu referenced it in his presentation during the conclave’s public comments segment.

The document lists Wuo and two Arcadia businessmen as principals in the limited liability corporation that purports to sell security camera systems. Steve Chen is the head of USFIA Inc. and Alliance Financial Group, which are the parent companies behind the Gemcoin virtual currency. Solomon Sakurada, who also goes by the name Solomon Yang, also has ties to Gemcoin, Chen and Wuo through the U.S. China Consultation Association, or UCCA.

The document shows 24 HD Surveillance’s address to be 135 E. Live Oak Ave., which is the same Arcadia address for Chen’s companies and UCCA.

Wuo was traveling out of state and did not attend the council meeting.

In a text message Wuo noted that connections he may have to Chen and Gemcoin “[do] not have anything to do with city business.”

In a late-June interview with Arcadia Weekly Wuo downplayed his connections to Chen, Gemcoin and the assortment of Chen-affiliated entities based at the Live Oak Avenue office complex. Wuo denied having ongoing financial ties or business relationships with Chen, claiming in the past he only did real estate consulting for the entrepreneur.

City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto would not comment on Wuo’s affiliation with Chen or Gemcoin but he did explain the city’s stance on the investment product, which in recent weeks has drawn vocal criticism from investors who claim to have been swindled.

On Aug. 28 a Chinese-language newspaper reported that a sizable group of protesters showed up at a USFIA event in Ontario. 

So this is the situation. John Wuo has denied having any connection with Steve Chen, or any knowledge of GemCoins. Yet he shows up continuously, and all over the Internet mind you, in videos, pictures, newspaper accounts and in press releases with the guy. Events celebrating GemCoins. Then Wuo's name shows up on a document filed with Sacramento showing he is in an actual business relationship with Steve Chen. Very possibly in his own handwriting.

Here are two signatures. One is from the LLC form David Arvisu submitted for 24 HD Surveillance, the other from John Wuo's California Form 700.


Nobody involved knows how his name got there. Extremely similar handwriting and all. But it's OK, because now his name is being taken off. Sure.

You would think that Arcadia City Hall would be embarrassed by now. But so far no. I guess they're shameless. Or in somebody's pocket.

Another article comes from The Paper:

The Slow Descent of the Former Mayor of Arcadia, California (USFIA/Gemcoin) - John Wuo, former Mayor of Arcadia, California has had a pretty good run.  An immigrant to the United States from Asia.  He has worked in several industries, earned a small fortune and even has been somewhat successful in politics.  Which bears the question, What happened?

Enter Steve Chen, another immigrant from China.  Chen and Wuo became friends, and entered into business together along with Solomon Yang.  They formed a Real Estate cooperative known as Golden Apple Group (now defunct).  The trio is currently selling commercial and residential video systems.  They have also started other businesses.  Of interesting note are Steve Chen’s other business ventures, U.S. Fine Art Investment (USFIA), Alliance Financial Group (AFG), Amkey, Amauction, US China Consultation Association (UCCA), and Gemcoin.  Gemcoin is where the problems have appeared to start.

The website known for exposing both Ponzi and Pyramid schemes, BehindMLM.com reviewed the Gemcoin investment opportunity.  It was this article which first thrust light onto the involvement of John Wuo in Steve Chen’s USFIA company.  Researchers from the internet forum realscam.com discovered Steve Chen’s use of the same program in Asia, where the story of Gemcoin, American Mining and USFIA which fell apart two times in China.

USFIA/AFG claims to own several mining assets, along with Real Estate, A Golf Course, Jewelry Manufacturing and other various entities.  The pitch to investors is the price of Amber, to which Chen claims to have the best sources locked up, will be increasing.  The companies are also involved in the development of a Crypto-Currency (think bitcoin) known as Gemcoin. The value of Gemcoins are tied to the market price of amber.  

Chen has also made claims the US Government is purchasing Gemcoins, along with emerging financial powerhouses in the Middle East.  The vast scope of the scam has become so involved and complicated, Chen enlisted Leonard Johnson, another southern California resident to assist in pushing the program.  John Wuo also attended several USFIA events promoting Gemcoin.  The scam targets members of the asian communities.  People from China put extra trust in both Political and Military officials.  Wuo was recorded several times talking about how smart his friend Steve Chen is, and what a great investment opportunity Gemcoin has become under the guidance of Steve Chen.

While John Wuo was busy jet setting to various USFIA functions, handing out oversized novelty keys to Gemcoin investors, resentment and anger were brewing over development of large homes in Arcadia.  Many citizens of Arcadia were upset over large homes (McMansions) being built in their established neighborhoods.  Residents of the Arcadia Highlands even established a political group and web presence (savethearcadiahighlands.com).  

The group has filed a lawsuit against the city to try to establish what they feel would be a reasonable and responsible growth plan for the city.  Council members John Wuo, Sho Tay, and current Mayor Roger Chandler have a majority structure in the council and use their majority to push through development for their major campaign donors who also happen to be in real estate development.  Wuo was also active in Real Estate with his partners Solomon Yang and Steve Chen with the “mansionisation” of Arcadia.

For more of this excellent in depth expose' on Wou's woes from The Paper, click here.

Update: Part II of The Paper's Johnny Gemcoins reporting is now up on their site. Click here. And yes, they came up with the signature comparisons, and generously supplied them to The Tattler so we could run them first. They're that cool.

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63 comments:

  1. Sounds like Sho Tay's was getting his personal group together for a little one on one for a woe is me talk. U No, I'm trying to help you all make some money here but I'm fighting this battle all by myself type of talk.

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    1. The maddening thing is that you know he will be successful in bamboozling less informed residents. He doesn't have the gay card to play like Joe Mosca did, presenting himself as a vulnerable, sweet, victimized boy, but he's sure got the race card.

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    2. I wonder if Tay is as two-faced as Mosca was.
      If the women who defended Joe only heard what he said behind their backs, about their looks, their hair, their clothes, he would have been run out of town.

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  2. The Peoples McMansion Brigade.

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  3. With the current statement to Arcadia Weekly, where Wuo says he doesn't know how his name appeared on the document, Wuo is showing his fondness for the "These aren't my pants" defense.

    Ask any Police Officer or Sheriff who has worked for a while and every one of them can tell you about people who use "These aren't my pants" as a defense.

    Generally speaking, when an officer finds illegal items in someone's pockets the person will say they just borrowed the pants from someone whom they don't know, or only know the first of.

    So, Councilman Wuo, Who owns those pants? Mr Klau signed the form, he attested the above information was true and correct. From the notations on the sides next to the names, it appears you are the CFO for 24 HD Surveillance.

    And for some more fun, let's play a game.

    I would have to assume YOU were the person who filled out your 990 form for 2012..

    http://www.fppc.ca.gov/form700/2012/City/A-E/R_Wuo_John.pdf

    Lets jump down to Page 6, Schedule D. Note the penmanship on the upper right corner..

    Now, lets take a look at the LLC-12 form, conveniently available here..

    http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2015/09/johnny-gemcoins-wuo-was-absent-from.html

    Hmm... The name and penmanship looks the same, consistent pressure, similar sweep and slant.

    I submit YOU filled out that portion of the form, or the same person who filled out your 990 entered your name onto the form.

    I look forward to reading peoples comments below to this turn of events..

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    1. I am not sure Mr. Wuo even has pants anymore. They have been stripped from him by the media.

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    2. Is this enough to bring legal action against Wuo? He sure looks like a liar, but is that actionable?

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    3. If he is no longer in possession of pants,it's not because they have been stripped from him by the media, but rather were on fire.

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    4. pants are communist

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    5. I for one find it refreshing that Wuo has denied signing at all. Not he signed because he was tricked, or misled, or told he was signing something else, or that he signed because his lawyer presented him with a number of papers to sign at once and he's too busy to read them. No, his defense is that it never happened at all.

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  4. Lying to the press, lying to the voters, that's not a crime. That's just a lack of moral character. You can't trust a single word coming out of his mouth. ARCADIA, Wuo's term is up this April. He could run again. Do you really want a liar representing you?

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    1. There's a lot of council votes between now and April. Can the city really afford to wait that long?

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  5. Has John Wuo ever told the truth? Has Sho Tay? It isn't just that they've lied, they're stupid lies. Did they actually believe they wouldn't get caught? Are they that dumb?

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  6. I followed the instructions of 7:09 and came to the same conclusion. It's the same handwriting on the forms filed by Wuo to the FPPC and the form filed with the Secretary of State. Can somebody tell Wuo the number one rule of PR, don't lie when you get caught. It always comes back to bite you.

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  7. Does Sho Tay know what a "Question and Answer" meeting is? That means you don't have an agenda and you let the audience lead the discussion. And why was Sho trying to make a distinction between the meeting being a "Q&A" and not a "Community Outreach". He had a meeting. He had an agenda. He wore his City Councilman shirt to give the audience the impression that he was giving the City's official position on the matter being discussed and to give his opinions more credibility.

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    1. Sho Tay has designed a dog and pony show and he's taking it on the road.

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    2. Any readers here attend Sho's meeting?

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  8. John Wuo is in over his head with this one, it might be time to consult with a high priced PR firm and a High priced Legal firm before Wuo says anything more to the free press if this were communist China then this would have been buried under the birds in a cage long ago. The fun has just begin with John Wuo the American Free Press will eat him alive, didn't anyone tell John Wuo it's open season with BAD Politicians in California?

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    1. I'm pretty sure Wuo had just such a consultation, which is why he "was traveling out of state" on the night of the last council meeting. One of those strategically planned absences.

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    2. It actually takes a great deal of effort to really be unreachable, what with the internet and all.

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    3. These guys have left slime trails. Like snails. Or worms.

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    4. I remember some Sierra Madre council meetings when council members were traveling, but managed to join by phone.

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    5. Wuo was on the run. He didn't want to face Arvisu and his damning documents..

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    6. Maybe John Harbedian's law firm can defend Wuo. Johnny does white collar crime.

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    7. The Dream Team. Johnny Process and Johnny GemCoins.

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  9. I hear you 8:51, however the wearing of the city shirt is probably reaching a bit.

    If Tay were wearing a Ted Nugent t-shirt, would that lead people to assume what he was saying is endorsed by The Nuge?

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    1. Might explain the USFIA rent-a-cop escorted trip to the gun range. They were getting their Nuge on.

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    2. Hopefully they handed out copies of Bowhunter Magazine.

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  10. No, but it would be the evidence they were looking for to confirm he was a loser.

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  11. Arcadia: if you do nothing about this then you deserve what you get. It's time for the community to teach these people what it means to be in America. As of today, you really don't have to fear the mobster mentality. This isn't China or Russia right now. You could help to keep it that way. Get involved with Preserve the Highlands. Do what is necessary. Either that or you support Tay, Wuo and that other jerk. Your choice!

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    1. 11:18-right on! But you left out Harabedian and Goss. And 11:50A- national politics tricl-kled down to local. So they're one and the same.

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    2. 3:44, disagree.
      In Sierra Madre, you'll find far left with far right on a regular basis.
      Their shared concern? Over development ruining the quality of life here.

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  12. Its all one of the same activity. The names are just different Hillary, John Who, Tay, Elaine, bruce and the city council of 5

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    1. 11:18, are you really dragging national politics into this discussion?
      Too much focus on Tay and Wuo...

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    2. National politics is for lightweights.

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    3. If you get people wound up enough about the national scene, they will ignore the local. Works like a charm.

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  13. The increasing press coverage tells me that Arcadia is approaching Bell status. The carwreck on the freeway the curious are now slowing down to look at.

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  14. Hey, Leonard did have a last name.

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  15. I get it that The Paper article is written by a non-native speaker, but one thing needs correction. The current mayor is not Chandler; it's one of the only reasonable people left in that city government, Kovacic.

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    1. Why the snark? The Paper has put together a great article.

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    2. 11:49 here, didn't mean to be snarky. Odd turns of phrases in the article, but it's all clear and good info. But I thought it mattered to get the current mayor's name straight, especially since he's the only hope the residents have.

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    3. Journalists that don't kiss the butt of the establishment are hard to find. We need a few hundred more publications like The Paper in this corrupt state.

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    4. The Paper seems just a cut and paste of all other articles that's already been circulated. Many of these reporters seem spoon fed on a position. Would love to hear the City's position. What happened to that PR firm they hired?

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    5. The Paper made a big contribution to this discussion today when they put together the John Wuo signature comparisons. This established that Wuo again has been far less than truthful. Outside of that the big contributors have been the Arcadia Weekly, Behind MLM, A MLM Skeptic and The Tattler. Conspicuously absent on the GemCoins/Steve Chen story has been the Pasadena Star News.

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    6. The Paper updated it's article to reflect the correct information, and published an apology at the end of the article)

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    7. Ummm, I just looked there and the update is a Pt 2. With no apology issued.

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    8. The error was in article 1. Thus not mentioned in two.

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  16. Prediction: The Grand Salamis of Arcadia sacrifice Wuo to protect Tay.

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    1. You don't Tay?

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    2. All we are Taying, is give GemCoins a chance.

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  17. The writing is on the wall! Or, at least, it's on documents filed with the state.

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    1. Somebody tricked Wuo into signing it. No, really!

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    2. He probably feels used again. Why's he always taking it from Steve Chen?!?!? Wuo woes.

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    3. Wuo seems to be an incredibly naive guy who allows himself to be used by smarter and more forceful men. Either that or he is lying. Either way his political career needs to be ended as soon as possible.

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    4. I've figured it out! Those lines on the form were BLANK. Arvizu used his time machine to jump back in time. Then he used his special watch which freezes everything but him (because he has the watch on). Arvizu then walked into Klau's office, expertly added Solomon, Chen and Wuo to the document as he was just getting ready to seal the envelope. Then he traveled forward in time and ordered a copy.

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  18. About 17 years ago you could see the Chinese population was the majority south of Valley Blvd. slowly they worked their way up north block by block. When I started seeing Chinese realtor signs in the Highlands in the early 2000's I told everyone it would be a matter of a few years before they take over the nicer parts of Arcadia. When the Chinese started running for council and winning. I knew then that Arcadia will never be the same. I witnessed this same thing in Glendale in the 80's and 90's. Its to late our policies have allowed these foreigners to take over. They could give a crap about Arcadia's historical past.

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  19. Just imagine if Chief Sequoia had written that, Anonymous @10:56 a few hundred years ago.

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    1. I suspect the Chief would have called a Realtor, put his property on the market, and then used the profits to buy something outright 20 or so miles east.

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  20. The handwriting is on the wall! Or, at least, it's on documents filed with the state.

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  21. Why does Tay need to lie about the format and advertising of a meeting? Is he trying to compete with Wuo for the "Liar of the Year" award?

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    1. They are both dummy of the year!

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  22. And the LA Times finally addresses this issue.

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  23. There may be more to Tay than one thinks.

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