Thursday, November 12, 2015

Arcadia: The Return of McMansion Bob Harbicht - the Developer's Favorite City Council Candidate


Below is an email sent out recently by Ash Rizk, a well known and not entirely disinterested McMansion forward Realtor in Arcadia. Note the request for $99 donations or less. This is because anything for $100 or more has to be reported publicly, identifying who the money came from. Apparently the people Ash is dealing with here are shy.



McMansion Bob Harbicht has historically voted for the interests of developers. In 2011, when a FAR (called “Maximum Guidance”) was proposed at a study session, Harbicht said he had a problem with that and the idea was canned.

The last time Harbicht ran for City Council in 2010 Harbicht “loaned” himself the money to run and then after the election, he reported enough campaign contributions to pay himself back. This strategy prevents the public from knowing who really supported McMansion Bob before he got elected. I've also included below a few pages from his Form 460. Note the $200 from Mur-Sol and $1,000 from Rick Caruso and $3,000 from Racing Associates (who was trying to develop part of the Santa Anita Race Track parking lot at the time).


The Caruso/Race Track project was very controversial and Harbicht kept his position vague at the time of the election. Subterfuge is clearly Harbict’s MO.

So why is Ash Rizk a big happy fan of McMansion Bob? Just take a look at Ash’s two-sided sales history.


It may be legal for Ash to have an agreement with developers to get the listing in exchange for the purchase of the little house, but is this really all that ethical? To me Ash Rizk is looking for a candidate who will protect his bread and butter buddies, the McMansion developers.

Harbicht is possibly the worst choice for Arcadia right now. He wants to protect the developers and he will undo any zoning code update that is adopted. If Arcadia wants to continue it’s present course of mansionization, then it will BRING BACK MCMANSION BOB!

"Caucasions are being self-destructive" - Sho Tay's highly popular WeChat feature is back!

Attached is the latest from Sho Tay and friends. They talk about how the graph the Saving Arcadia people are using is incorrect. I have prepared a few examples proving that the graph that shows how much could be built under the current Arcadia code is 100% correct.

Here are a couple of specific addresses and dimensions illustrating how the graph is correct:

516 Cortez Rd:  lot size: 10,410 sf dimensions:  60x171.44
                      house could be 36x101.20 which equals 7,286 sf

38 W. Norman Rd:  lot size: 12,075 sf dimensions:  60x201.25
                           house could be 36x117.4 which equals 8,452

There are many of examples at every lot size.

These would be to code and all they would be is a 35% of the lot square footage box on top of another 35% box.  Such a box would be to code.  The opposition keeps crying that if it is to code, it must be approved. A code that allows for such a structure is ludicrous.


The city was wrong when they said the chart we were using was not accurate. Currently his GFA Chart is used by Saving Arcadia petition signature gatherers as a reference tool to help with the math.

We shouldn't spend too much time defending materials that are not even distributed. The opposition got ahold of them and now they are circulating them like it's a smoking gun. There's no smoke, and the only gun is now pointed directly at the feet of Sho Tay's WeChat Wonder Society.


Arcadia Planning Commission Meeting Notes

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

56 comments:

  1. Ash Risk is the realtor for the developers who want to ruin the city. No one in their right mind should ever list a house with Ash Risk. He puts personal profit above all else. Arcadia is still in trouble. Developers know that its a free for all over there. Mur Sol, the Groh family and the Bowdens just want to exploit that city for all they can. They don't care if the city gets ruined in the process. They don't care if one of their big McMansions ruins a neighbor's views, light and privacy and value. All they care about is themselves. Ash Risk is part of that cabal. People need to wake up and stop them before its too late.

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    1. What realtor doesn't put personal profit over everything else, 6:58?

      6% of the value of a house that they had no input in building and maintaining just to walk people through it and then get them to sign some paperwork?

      Their 'take" makes the average contingency fee lawyer blush!

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    2. Contingency lawyers get 30 to 50%.

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    3. Seems like a lot.

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    4. Regardless of how much they should get paid for their work, Ash Risk should be blackballed by all people who want to preserve their city and protect the existing neighbors. He is actively working against you and should pay a price for that. Ideally, you get rid of the developers by tightening up the building codes, if Ash Risk loses those potential clients he will change his tune in a hurry.

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    5. Unless the case is really small, contingency lawyers, usually 1/3 to 40% (very rarely 50%), often have to actually work for their money. To get a contingency fee of $50,000, the amount realtors would get on a typical $833,000 home sale, the college and law school educated lawyer would probably have to go to trial. The high school educated realtor would, perhaps, serve coffee, take a leisurely drive to the property, walk the purchaser thru it, chat up its features (e.g. cozy = very small), and have them sign some papers (that were already drafted by lawyers). Wow -- hard work.

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    6. Contingency lawyers do a lot more work than realtors who just take some pictures and upload it on MLS.

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  2. The Arcadia City Council is not a lid-long position. It's voluntary but you'd never know it by Transparent California. This hack has been on and off th council for 30 plus years. Think some Sacremento and congress have lifers, they having nothing on McMansion Bob. One question: What does Bobby get out of serving yet another term? Hey, Bob! Let others run, win, and serve their city.

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    1. Bob is only running because the developers are concerned that their is a budding preservation movement in Arcadia that may thwart their designs. They want somebody in their pocket and Bob is their man.

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  3. I blame self-destructive caucasians. And the war on GemCoins.

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  4. 7:14 - Don't forget to blame the "626 Latinos who are taking over!"

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    1. Who is that dare I ask?

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    2. Probably Charles Chan of Sunny Construction

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  5. I feel a hard day coming on. It might be high time to start forming a recall community and get rid of these tear them down and build it bigger and higher council members and get those new community building regulation installed at once along with residential building moratorium in place.

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  6. If you look up the protect Arcadia website, guess who is behind it? None other than Ash Risk! I originally thought Sho was orchestrating the whole thing and still believe that he is the driving force (providing money) for the mansion forces.

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  7. If Bob Harbicht were to be elected it would be a disaster for Arcadia. Everyone needs to work together to make sure that he does not get elected. He will do the bidding of Ash Risk , the Bowden's, Mur-Sol and The Groh's.

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  8. Arcadia has some momentum right now thanks to what's going on with the Arcadia Highlands folks. They must continue their efforts and it starts with stopping Bob Harbicht from getting elected. Follow the money and you know where Mr. Harbicht's loyalties lie. Thanks Tattler for connecting the dots as always. Now its up to the good people of Arcadia to stop this guy in his tracks.

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    1. It's not hard to connect the dots when they are plotted out for you.

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  9. I think that is not a good picture to show McMansions that a reasonable house

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    1. Check out the vimeo on the place:
      https://vimeo.com/134105244

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    2. The picture is very, very flattering. Makes everything look in proportion. You have to see it to really know how it sits in relationship to its neighbors.

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    3. i drove by the house not my cup of tea but still a bad example of McMansions

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    4. Sadly, there are plenty of examples to draw from.

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  10. that letter is interesting in its simplicity of wording and grammar, as if translated from or to a non-English speaker. Who do you suppose is the target audience?

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  11. Ash is a sell-out. He sold out his own neighborhood. He testified at the hearing on the appeal of 1203 Highland Oaks that the developer had come to him and got his input for the proposed 7000 sf house, and he was good with it. That appeal was filed by the neighbors. Ash was the only adjacent neighbor to 1203 Highland Oaks that spoke in favor of the project. He failed to mention that he had a deal with the developer to sell the new house. He failed to mention that he represented the seller of 1203 Highland Oaks to the developer. Shouldn't it be required that those getting up at the podium to testify in front of City Council disclose their personal financial interest in development in Arcadia?

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    1. Ash Risk knows who his target audience is. He cuts his commissions which is a big reason developers use him. Its not because of his competence as an agent. He also will support any McMansion project so long as their is a chance it might lead to a commission. He's a bottom dweller and should be called out as such.

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    2. How did Ash get such good deals on those LAND sales? If the land seller had sold on MLS, they would have gotten way more money.

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  12. There's a YouTube video of Bob Harbicht at a city council meeting where he calls the athletes for the Special Olympics "retarded". That's reason enough not to re-elect Harbicht. He's old and stupid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHpfhKpid34

    or search for Bob Harbicht Fail on YouTube

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  13. The City Staff and Planning Commission are changing their tune when it comes to design review. Commissioner Deborah Lewis reemphasized that things can be worked out through communication with the neighbors and they should be worked out with the neighbors. The neighbors are finally getting some respect.

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  14. Who voted for Sho Tay? Can I just get a sho of hands?

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  15. Wow! How do you do it, Tattler? Arcadia needs more from you!

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  16. Why would anyone vote for a candidate who wants only anonymous donations collected by a realtor who is obviously in the pockets of developers? Seriously? Is this for real?

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    1. I guess nobody wants their name associated with Harbicht.

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  17. At the Planning Commission hearing on Tuesday night, Charles Chan spoke up in support of a second project on the agenda at 228 W Pamela Rd. He said he used to live in the house before it was sold to the current owner in 2001. Charles is the same guy who spoke against the moratorium because it would ruin his plans for his dream wedding because he wouldn't be able to build his dream house. He also spoke up at the education meeting against any change to the zoning code. What Charles forgets to tell the crowd is that his mother, Grace Kwok, is an Arcadia realtor, and relative of Sunny Development. Charles is the nephew of Sunny Chan of Sunny Development and cousin of Philip Chan of PDS Studios who designed Charles' dream wedding house. Oh, and Charles is getting into the family business of developing in Arcadia. No wonder you can now find him at every meeting, speaking out against the ballot initiative and zoning code changes. And the current owner of 228 W Pamela Rd, that's the guy that spoke up at a City Council meeting a few weeks back saying that if residents want privacy they can live in a cave. This will be a tough war, Arcadia. Goliath is bigger than you realize. Everyone needs to come out in support of the ballot initiative and reasonable development standards.

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    1. It requires patience and persistence to beat greed.
      And some good luck, too.

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    2. Lots of luck. Feels like it's too late for the rest of us.

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    3. Yes, the Planning Commission took the side of the developers over those who live closest to the project. And the owner's wife bullied the Planning staff screaming "When will I get my dream home?"

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    4. Dear 3:01 AM, the Planning Commission did not take the side of developers. The 228 Pamela Rd application was continued so that the applicant could further reduce the mass and scale.

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  18. I'm sorry, but Sho Tay is a bit of an ass.

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    1. Please don't offend the ass. Sho is ShiTay!

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    2. You owe an apology to asses everywhere.

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  19. So, who are the best to vote for in the Arcadia City Council election? Burton Brink? April Verlato? Paul Van Fleet? Peter Amunson??? Who are the 2 to vote for that will protect the city of Arcadia??

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    1. Good question. Does anybody have any idea about what Peter Amundson's voting history on proposed McMansions?

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    2. Burton Brink is about community and protecting neighbor's privacy. He's spoken about it before at the Arcadia City Council Meetings. He's a strong candidate who can stand up against the Chandler types on city council. It's time for new blood! Burton Brink and April Verlato will be great community members standing up for us on city council.

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  20. Vote April Verlato. She's a sure bet. She started Saving Arcadia and drafted the ballot initiative.

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  21. Who is this David Liu person on WeChat with Sho? Is this the same guy from the police department who is help them with their Weibo.com website? Should police representative be involved in with city counselor pro and con arguments with Arcadia community?

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    1. David Liu is a bought and paid for mansion person. Sho Tay's BFF. Don't trust him!!!

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  22. I read the name Ash Rzik and threw up a little. That guy is a piece of work. Not a nice person at all, unless he's trying to get your money. Then I read the name Bob Harbicht and almost crapped. "Bulldozer Bob" who never met an oak tree he couldn't fell or a monstrosity erected on top a ranch home he didn't love. Then I read the name Sho Tay and I thought about jumping out the window. Arcadia is so screwed up politically and developmentally that the peacock is on life support. Is there anything worth fighting for?

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  23. Eventually Mr. Tay will figure out that he shouldn't post such stupid things online.

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    1. Yes. The caucasians will see it.

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    2. Mr. Tay is tool of the speculators he serves. He'll do everything he can to "Preserve Arcadia's Future" of Mansions until there is nothing left to preserve. He is shallow, uninformed and incapable of articulating a substantive point. That's why he continually makes stupid, vapid remarks like in the LA Times this year ..."I guess people want 7,000 sf homes ... on 10,000 sf lots".

      I took Mr. Tay 5 or 6 tries to get elected. Arcadians need to vote to ensure that Tay's a 1-timer before he ruins what is left of this once proud city.

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    3. Sho Tay is Singpoli's messenger boy.

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  24. We must unify on 2 candidates for reasonable development to ensure Harbicht does not win. He's a "property rights" extremist who went as far to say a person should be able to cut down any tree on their property for any reason if they so choose. He also goes by the bigger the better idea with mansions, supporting the rhetoric that it boosts tax revenue for the city. He's been on the city council for too long, and it's time we had some fresh faces. It'd be nice to have the mansion issue put to rest for good, so we can focus on other pressing issues, such as promoting new business within some of the aging business districts. Huntington and the Gold Line corridor are looking great, but Baldwin and Live Oak could use a boost.

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