Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bulldozer Bob Harbicht and the Arcadia Crime Wave

Arcadia Crime Wave
There are two very big issues in the Arcadia City Council election. One is mansionization, and Bulldozer Bob has been a consistent force for promoting what has become the least salable kind of development in Arcadia. According to Bloomberg Business (link) there are currently upwards of 38 Addams Family Vanity Castles sitting unsold on the market in Peacotia, and you might as well put a brightly painted cement bust of Bulldozer Bob's grinning visage in front of each and every one of them. They are all a result of his 20 long and misguided years occupying a seat on that City Council.

The other issue is crime, and here is where the seemingly eternal Councilmember Harbicht would prefer to make his campaign stand. And for obvious political reasons.

Yet wouldn't his having been in office for two decades, and in many ways a key architect of Arcadia's current law enforcement woes, make it hard for Harbicht to claim that he is an effective fighter of crime? Especially in a city that is today experiencing a 38.4% increase in residential burglaries, and a 55% increase in robberies overall?

Bob Harbicht is going to give it a try anyway. Here is how he expressed his opinions about those forces he believes are responsible for the crime wave engulfing Arcadia. This from the Arcadia's Best blog (link).


Bulldozer Bob probably believes he has correctly identified the cause of Arcadia's crime debacle. But apparently his analysis of the problem is factually flawed. Here one of his opponents in the City Council race, April Verlato, sorts his mess out.


Obviously Bob Harbicht doesn't really know what he is talking about. But his problems hardly end with the glaring ignorance he has shown regarding recent trends in state crime law. Bob also somehow believes that the support he has received from the Arcadia Police Officers Association makes him a mighty crime fighter.

Below is Harbicht's Form 460 from the last time he ran. It shows that the Arcadia Police Officers Association gave Harbicht a big $2,000 donation.


The Arcadia PD contract is up in 2 years, and the next City Council will be negotiating any new benefits and pay increases. What Harbicht is actually all about is shown by his willingness to vote Arcadia's Police Department huge pay and benefit increases.

Bob was on the City Council 2 years ago when the last Arcadia Police contract was negotiated. Here are the results of his ineffectual and possibly complicit efforts from Transparent California (link). This is what ordinary beat cops are currently being compensated in Arcadia.


Obviously the Arcadia Police Officers Association supports Bob Harbicht because he is willing to sign off on huge compensation packages in exchange for both political support and four figure campaign donations.

However, the effect this long standing political relationship has had on Arcadia's crime problems is actually something quite different. It just isn't working.

Tonight's Arcadia City Council Decision On Sierra Madre's Policing Woes

I am hearing from people in Arcadia who know a lot about these things that a City Council decision there approving Arcadia PD patrols in Sierra Madre is in no way a done or easy deal. There is a lot of resident opposition to sharing their cops, and they're talking to their CC members about it. Loudly.

Apparently those big increases in home robberies in Arcadia over the last year or so have made a strong impact on folks. The criminals go mainly after jewelry, and have never been caught. Some homes have been hit more than once.

We'll let you know how this all turns out. But do not be surprised if Arcadia's City Council rejects Sierra Madre's request for law enforcement assistance.

Despite what you might have heard, that is a possible result.

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67 comments:

  1. I hope they do refuse. It's the best thing for Sierra Madre. Please, Arcadia CC do not allow your police to come to the aid of SM. Do us a big favor.

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    1. don't expect this to pass - the arrogance of some of elected officials, PD and City Manager will either cost us through the nose with Arcadia or they'll pass on this because it affects their residents. I would imagine the residents of Arcadia are saying ptooey on SierraMadre

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  2. $200,000+ for a beat cop with overtime. No wonder SMPD complains they're overpaid at $160,000+ with OT.

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    1. I think everybody knows by now how the unions work, but I will repeat it anyway. The police and fire "associations" are not supporting Bob Harbicht because he's "tough on crime" or wants to improve "public safety". That was the old days. The only reason they are supporting him is because he will be on the other side of the table negotiating their salaries, benefits and pensions. That's the corruption we have introduced into the system when the public employees were allowed to unionize. It didn't used to be that way. The police did vote for candidates who were tough on crime. Now its just about the money. And Arcadia residents should remember, that Bob Harbicht is trying to win the office at the expense of the Arcadia taxpayers who will be paying those $200,000 a year compensation packages.

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    2. When the system corrupts the police, then its over. We are perilously close to that right now. It used to be that police and fire fighters saw themselves as true public servants. They were not in it for the money, they were in it to save lives. Now its a different story. They feel entitled to it. They see nothing wrong with kicking back at 50 and getting a big check from the taxpayers every year for the next 30 years for doing nothing. Its unsustainable. However, every city will be different in terms of when the ponzi scheme collapses.

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    3. Cities have to begin adding their CalPERS exposure to their financial reports very soon. New state law. People are going to be stunned just how deep in the red faithless officials like Harbicht have driven their cities.

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    4. when a fireman, God Bless them, can retire at 57 at 90% salary and take a new job or just go fishing, it's patently absurd that the taxpayers should have to fund this type of pension plan

      it's never work in the private sector

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  3. What's next? Cadillac Police Cruisers?

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  4. The lesson to be learned here is that there is no demonstrable link between how much you pay your cops and crime rates. With half a police force and much less pay Sierra Madre has a lower crime rate than Arcadia.

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    1. Arcadia is a huge area, unlike Sierra Madre. Makes a difference. We have a lot of break ins and they happen during the day! And you're right, it doesn't after what you pay them. It only matters when they make a whole lot of money and there is little crime. You do realize that both these PD's get the salary but all the detective work is done by the Sheriff's. So you're paying these guys a lot for little.

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    2. Wow and I thought it was only our detective bureau that couldn't solve crimes after they happened. Seems like these two departments are less successful than weather forecasters, even though the weather they forecast hasn't even happened yet.

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    3. I'm not convinced that small city police departments make that much of a difference. I rarely see a police car where I live. Maybe once every two weeks. I'm sure the thieves know that.

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    4. what's the differences with commercial vs residential crimes in comparison?

      criminals have to pass up allot of opportunities to hit SM

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    5. Good point. The splendor of the McMansions as you drive up Baldwin from the 210 Freeway must be quite a distraction.

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    6. Really???!!!! The sheriff's department does not do the detective work for Sierra Madre or Arcadia! Where did you get that information from? The only thing the sheriff's would investigate would be a murder! Get your facts right!

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  5. All the cops I know are good people. Can't blame them for accepting offers for employment that are given to them. These issues started somewhere above them; don't blame the cops, more the unions, right?

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    1. Yes. And the dishonest politicians who feed off them.

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    2. The problem is that the cops make up the union. Union tactics have been despicable in a number of cities. The individual cops are responsible for allowing those tactics to occur. So don't let the cops off too easily.

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    3. I would agree that the unions drive this but the cops have a conscious don't they? when the doofus Ellins was suing the city he knew that he had misused city resources and police tools for his girlfriend and personal use - the clown deserved to be fired but the union appealed and sued us

      But it was our cops that displayed a banner "Sierra Madre SUCKS" and maybe the union encouraged it but it was our cops that put it up and stood by it

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    4. Come on! Just because the APD and Fire is endorsing a dumb candidate does not mean they deserve to be bashed on. They deserve a bit more respect considering they are out there protecting our town. Yes they may not be perfect or prevent crimes from never happening but they are out there trying even if they are overpaid. And yes more patrol or more lighting may help make a neighborhood safer but we need to also look at the residents that are occupying our City. Our City is not what it used to be. Now it is just a place to drop your money and your kids with no intention to assimilate. There are parts of it I don't bother going into anymore because it's completely tailored to the newcomers while us Old Arcadia folks are left with the small time mom and pops.

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  6. Read what Ms. Verlato is saying. To wit: hire more cops. That will cost taxpayers millions. Can Arcadia afford that? I say no.

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    1. Not at the rates Bulldozer Bob pays them. And that is the problem. Arcadia can no longer afford adequate public safety services.

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    2. I'm thinking that Arcadia should look at LASD, too.

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    3. Their police are millionaires. They'll call their lawyers.

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    4. April came wanting us to endorse her too but it's hard to trust someone like that.

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    5. She will bring change for the better and hopefully get rid of all the council members who only care about developers and not their own residents

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  7. Arcadia is insolvent, read the state report. Arcadia has $100 million in Unfunded liabilities and Pensions, that why cc allows more mcmansions

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  8. Arcadia PD should jump in their expensive new SUV/military vehicles and patrol the streets. The chief and his lts. included. Their response to the spike in burglaries is pathetic and they should be worried about their jobs if they don't provide an over-the-top response. Protecting residents and their property is job #1, not whining about pensions.

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  9. Sierra Madre is insolvent, read the state report. Sierra Madre has $60 million in Unfunded liabilities and Pensions, that why Sierra Madre cc will have to allow more mc mansion's. The new property taxes can pay for more Pensions and unfunded liabilities.

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    1. Link perchance?

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    2. Link or it didn't happen

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    3. Money from new big houses
      will not solve the union retirement debt.

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  10. Pasadena is insolvent, read the state report. Pasadena has $300 million in Unfunded liabilities and Pensions, that why Pasadena cc will have to allow more mc mansion's. The new property taxes can pay for more Pensions and unfunded liabilities.

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    1. Do you have a link to the state report? Or at least a title so I can Google it?

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    1. Tattler Rule #1: No National Politics.

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  12. So if Arcadia says no, what's next?

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    1. In a logical world, the Sheriffs. In the real world? They'll probably ask Monrovia next.

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    2. Could ask Temple City or La Canada?

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    3. Those are Sheriff towns. The pig lady would have a cow.

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  13. When I was out and about this morning, I asked one of highest paid cops around about Arcadia patrolling Sierra Madre. Ideally, it's at the council meeting where decisions are rendered. The highly, highly paid beat cop told me it's a done deal, Sierra Madre will be covered by Arcadia. Good luck with Arcadias finest. It'll be interesting to see how the wealthiest cops treat people in another town. Maybe APD will treat your residents better than they treat those that pay them so richly.

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  14. Just because Arcadia's PD patrols a wealthy community (snobbish rich folks are not the only residents of Arcadia) and is very compensated it does not mean that they identify with them 100% We might have some friends in the Arcadia PD when all is said and done.

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  15. Who is Harbicht's quality control person? Needs to be replaced.

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  16. We're item 2.a. on the consent calendar. Some honors and other consent items to get through first, but it shouldn't be too far into the meeting wen we're discussed.
    http://spectrumstream.com/streaming/arcadia/live.cfm

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  17. Well Capoccia and Elaine are at the Arcadia CC meeting. Sitting together in the front row! Seems like we get no choice. They are a really odd couple.

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  18. The Chief is now there too.

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  19. They have been joined by the chief!

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  20. How did they vote?

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  21. Bad for Arcadia. bad for Sierra Madre. Did I hear lesser crimes and issues are not going to be handled?

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  22. Councilmember Chandler just asked why Sierra Madre hasn't asked the Sheriffs for support.

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    1. Thank you for covering issues in Arcadia, where I grew up and chose to live in. Wow! Your mayor makes Bulldozer Bob and Jolly Roger look tame.

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    2. Cappy can be a pepper at times.

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  23. Capoccia is blaming the sunsetting of the UUT.

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  24. Capoccia also stated that bringing in the Sheriffs would be a political problem, and thinks they will win the UUT overwhelmingly. Chandler just told him nothing he is saying has relevance. Makes no sense to him. Said Sheriffs would be there quick. Really chewing Capoccia out.

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  25. Chandler just said he is voting no.

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  26. Chandler: "You need to call the Sheriff's Department. It has nothing to do with your Phase 2."

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  27. Arcadia City Council is going to vote no.

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  28. Arcadia says no to Sierra Madre RE night time police patrol. If our council does not call the sheriff now they should be recalled.

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  29. Mayor Capoccia CALL THE SHERIFF!

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  30. "Hello, sheriff?"

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  31. What a clown show. And for what? To keep a police department that provides 20% fewer patrol hours for $800k a year more dollars.

    And who pays for this foolishness? Our children who have to live with inferior parks. Our library patrons, who are denied improvements. And our seniors who are denied the services they deserve. All to save an inept vanity police force. Nice work mayor.

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  32. Is anyone in this town anxious to entrust these fools with $1 million a year in increased utility taxes?

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