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