Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Who Is Supporting Bulldozer Bob Harbicht In His Run For Arcadia's City Council?

Bulldozer Bob
Let's face it, Bulldozer Bob Harbicht has been hanging around Arcadia City Hall since right around the time dirt was invented. Maybe even before. Trained archeologists are working on that. Here is some biographical information on just how long this developer bought and paid for relic from some politically distant past has been shuffling around Arcadia's corridors of power.

Bob has served 20 years on the Arcadia City Council, longer than anyone in the 112-year history of the city. Because of the city’s term limits rule, his 20 years have been spread over a 30-year period. He left the Council 18 months ago because he reached his term limits again. Bob is very concerned at what has happened to Arcadia in the short time he has been off the Council. He plans to run again in the April, 2016 election.

And what is Bulldozer Bob the most concerned about? The residents of Arcadia getting involved in deciding how development in that city should be planned for and implemented. You know, effective and meaningful citizen democracy. Bulldozer Bob hates that kind of stuff. And why? Because it upsets those who have been giving him a lot of campaign cash over the last millennium or so to further his seemingly eternal political career at Arcadia City Hall.

Bulldozer Bob likes to posit himself as being the voice of reason in town, and as such has the right to call all of the shots for you. Preferably without having to listen to any of your annoying opinions. He just knows so much better than you do.

So who does B-Bob answer to? That would be the Arcadia real estate and development establishment. Those folks who somehow believe that they have the God given authority to run roughshod over the rights of Arcadia's residents in the name of "property owner rights." Property owner rights being a cynically applied concept that, when in effect, permits big money developers to build whatever they like at the expense of all those annoying little people. All without them having any say in the matter.

Bulldozer Bob prefers that residents be seen and not heard. Like the well-mannered children back when he was young.

So who owns the strings to this authoritarian establishment artifact? Here are a few pictures that should clue you in on what's up. Check out where these strategically positioned Bulldozer Bob Harbicht signs are now being found.

  Bulldozer Bob's sign in front of Ash Rizk's house (listing agent for many McDevelopers.)
 Bulldozer Bob's sign in front of construction of a 7,000 sq. ft. home at 1203 Highland Oaks Dr.
 Bulldozer Bob's sign in front of 1600 Highland Oaks, owned by Bowden Development.
 Bulldozer Bob's signs out in front of Coldwell Banker Realty.


But wait, there's more!

One of the really big donors to the Bulldozer Bob Harbicht campaign for his 83rd term on the Arcadia City Council has been something known as Continental Assets Management. So who are these dudes? An article published in the Pasadena Star News offers us this insight (link).


So there you go. Continental Assets Management is a front for Andy Chang, a McMansion developer of some note.  He owned the Santa Anita Inn and was going to build 2 new hotels there. But somehow never did.

Andy Chang is an Arcadia resident and has been investing in big house residential development there for quite a while. Something that makes him a Bulldozer Bob Harbicht kind of guy. 

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31 comments:

  1. Bulldozer Bob Harbicht has been selling and will continue to sell Arcadia homeowners' rights to developers. So will Sheng Chang. Check Chang's comments below (copy and paste please):
    http://arcadiasbest.com/2015/12/seven-council-candidates-for-two-seats/comment-page-1/#comment-79029
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    http://arcadiasbest.com/2015/12/seven-council-candidates-for-two-seats/comment-page-1/#comment-79007

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  2. Why Arcadia's Planning Staff love to take the side of McMansion developers? Why Arcadia City Manager is worried about repealing UUT? The answers are the same for both questions.

    "The truth of the matter is that the UUT is used to support bloated City salaries, pensions and benefits, including 'Overtime Abuse' at (time and half) and salary perks to sustain and enrich management and rank and file’s 'lifestyle' at taxpayers’ expense..."

    For more info, check out posts on the new Facebook page "Repeal Utility Taxes in Arcadia, CA" at
    https://www.facebook.com/Repeal-Utility-Taxes-in-Arcadia-CA-153701691676384/

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    1. There is a lot of money to be made in development impact fees by city governments. These fees are higher in California by far than anywhere else in the nation. It has become a legal way for developers to funnel cash to city governments and influence their decisions. You know Harbicht never said no to that.

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    2. Overtime abuse helps for pension spiking, a CalPERS approved way to jack up your public pension so you can retire fat & happy (after you move out of CA because the taxes are too high).

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  3. Bob Harbicht is in the pocket of the developers and should not be re-elected. The time for new faces in Arcadia is now. April Verlato would be the best candidate to shake things up. She must get elected for Arcadia to have any chance of having any semblance to what it used to look like. With Bob, preservation is out the window and the development free-for-all in Arcadia will continue unabated.

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  4. I've heard Harbicht and Chandler hold hands.

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    1. Between the two of them, a lot of damage has been done.

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    2. They're such a fun couple.

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  5. They only hold hands in the dark, that's where they do all their dirty work.

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  6. Grow up, developers and property owned have rights also. And the cities love to keep spending those monies and driving new 2016 red mercedez benzs

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    1. In some cities everything is up for sale. The first thing that goes is the rights of those who already live there.

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  7. the UUT in Arcadia is a good example of they just want to get more money out of us. They have plenty of tax money coming in but they want some of that UUT green, matches their mattress.

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  8. I agree 6:57. We need some new blood that isn't tainted. We need to save our city from the crooked ways of the crooks.

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  9. Thanks Mod. Great visual aid to make it clear who supports this candidate, and who he really represents.

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    1. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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  10. We reap what we sow

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  11. I has been confirmed by Barbara Cline that our beloved Fay Angus passed this morning. Fay was a wonderful woman and a good friend to Sierra Madre.

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    1. Sierra Madre just lost one of their best friends.
      Fay loved Sierra Madre, loved looking at the beautiful mountains.
      RIP dear Fay.

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    2. Sorry to hear of her leaving us. RIP

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  12. The family is requesting privacy and Prayers.

    Thank You.

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  13. Fay led an incredible life and accomplished many extraordinary things.

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  14. The confusion over the UUT vote will be a mess between Arcadia and Sierra Madre:

    Vote Yes to overturn the UUT in Arcadia.

    Vote NO to keep the Sierra Madre UUT from becoming permanent at 10%.

    But there are Yes and NO on the Arcadia UUT and in Sierra Madre so far NOTHING.




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    1. It is much easier than that in Sierra Madre. Measure UUT is on the ballot in April. If people vote YES on that one the UUT goes to 10%. If the NO vote carries it ends up at 6%. There is a ballot initiative to get rid of the UUT altogether in both Arcadia and Sierra Madre. Arcadia votes on that in April. Nobody knows when it will happen in Sierra Madre yet. Might not be until 2018.

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  15. If developers and realtors didn't support Bob, who would? He needs their money and support to get re-elected. If he didn't promise to be their "yes man" he wouldn't get their money. If he doesn't get their money, there would be no money for his campaign. Regular residents certainly aren't donating to his campaign.

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  16. I don't see many Harbicht signs around town. I see more April Verlato signs than any other.

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  17. Bob the destroyer has re surfaced only to be named as a Anti-Christ.

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  18. Arcadia held a community meeting tonight regarding the recommendations for planning code update. Ol Ash was there with a few agressive attacks on people that disagree with him. How he ever closes any real estate deal is a mystery of all time,his 'people' skills are lacking, slightly.

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  19. Fay Angus, our Sierra Madre treasure, RIP.

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  20. Does Bob even live in Arcadia? Rumored to have home in AZ or somewhere out of state.

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  21. Watch out for Bulldozer Bob Harbicht. Anything goes with him. He's working the demographics with a passion. Arcadia will never be the same if he gets on the council again...and again...and again!

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