Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Questions Bob Harbicht Doesn't Care To Answer

Bob and a funny hat.
Mod: These questions were posed to perpetual Arcadia City Council candidate Bob Harbicht more than a month ago on the "Arcadia's Best" blog. To date they remain unanswered. Penned by an Arcadia resident who identified himself as Brett M, I thought I should post them here in hopes of maybe getting them a little more attention, and perhaps even the courtesy of a reply. Though for health reasons I won't be holding my breath.

Brett M: I’ve been watching council meetings since the 1990’s, and have noticed in the vast majority of development decisions, you voted to support developers, ignoring the objections of neighboring residents.

1. Bob, as self-proclaimed property rights advocate, I have to ask if you support the rights of neighboring homeowners? Shouldn’t a neighbor have the right to object to a mansion that towers over theirs or causes negative visual, or privacy impact to their property? Should the rights of a developer building a spec house override the opinions of the neighbors who have lived and may continue to live on that street for years?

Would you personally be excited to have 12,000+ square foot “homes” on both sides of you, dwarfing your house, being run as birthing centers, with 8 cars in the driveway, or simply dark and vacant? Imagine you didn’t live in an HOA area, had no say on the project, and the house was in a style that clashed with every other house on the street.

2.Single Family Residences” by it’s very definition is where a single family resides. What is your opinion on very large “single family residences” being used to house multiple families, used as maternity centers, being rented out to multiple parties as extended stays, or being used as a place of business?

3. The historic Anoakia property was demolished on 3-2 vote, yours included, with very little notice to Arcadia residents. Is this really a “power to the people” move, when a site of historic significance is demolished at the whim of a 3-2 vote? Shouldn’t more than 5 people have been consulted before such a drastic move? Given respect to history, what is your criteria for what should be protected vs what is allowed to be demolished?


4. You’ve often spoke that you favor a person’s right to tear down any tree on their property for any reason. One of the unique defining characteristics of Arcadia is our large number of mature trees. Shouldn’t developers building spec homes be required to keep existing trees or plant new ones?

5. You’ve often said that Arcadia is well run and doesn’t need to take notes from neighboring cities. Cities like Pasadena, Monrovia, and even La Canada regularly get diverse new shops, restaurants and attractive new shopping centers while Arcadia remains stagnant. Shouldn’t we look into why companies are choosing other local cities, but not Arcadia? During your time on the council, the only major developments Arcadia saw were new mansions, more condos and Westfield Mall expansion. Once we find out what’s keeping new businesses out, why don’t we work on outreach to bring companies here?

6. Many long time residents feel Arcadia is losing or has lost the character and sense of community it once had. The response from the council has been “tax revenues are up” and “be happy you’ll make good money when you sell your homes”. The implication is that Arcadia has a future slated in mansions and investment properties, nothing is going to change, and if we want a sense of community we’ll have to move elsewhere. We’re being told to be happy and that everything is so wonderful and yet we see nothing new or improved for existing residents. If tax revenues due to mansionization are so great, why isn’t Arcadia seeing freshly paved streets, undergrounding of unsightly power poles, or even improved landscaping on street medians? Where exactly is all that extra revenue going? Do you believe tax revenue for mansions supersedes maintaining what made Arcadia unique in the first place?

7. At a 2015 council meeting, you spoke about the Special Olympics and used the term “retarded athletes”. Given the negative connotation of the term “retarded” do you consider this an appropriate term for people with disabilities?

To everyone reading these comments, I encourage you to research the candidates and know where they stand on the issues. Some candidates believe Arcadia couldn’t be better and will use a condescending tone to force us to accept mansionization and lack of business growth. Some candidates actually care what the people of Arcadia want, would like to see more rights for neighbors, and want the city to head in a new, more positive direction.

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50 comments:

  1. Is that a hat or a lampshade?

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  2. It looks like a waste basket.

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  3. Must have been some party.

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  4. Obviously Bulldozer has flipped his lid.

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  5. I think most people know the answer but I will ask the question anyway. Why does Mr. Harbicht consistently vote in favor of out of town developers and development projects and against the existing residents? The good residents of Arcadia need to get rid of this guy. He's a very bad actor and is only looking out for himself and his cronies.

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  6. We need to connect the dots on how he votes and the campaign contributions he receives. As always, follow the money. Harbicht is a crook who will continue to sell out Arcadia.

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  7. Speaking of bizarre behavior in Arcadia, Behind MLM has a great update on the ongoing GemCoin investigations. Apparently USFIA really was a criminal enterprise, yet operated with complete impunity, and even with official sanction, within the City of Arcadia.
    http://behindmlm.com/companies/usfia/receiver-no-indication-usfias-gemcoin-was-legitimate/

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    1. Backed by amber mine!

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    2. Nothing about John Wuo in this report. That is disappointing.

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  8. Your city council members Tom Beck and Micky sesgul have their 7500 or 12,000 square foot new houses built North of Foothill, what's the problem?

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    1. The real issue is the size, mass and scale of the house compared to the lot size. Mickey's lot is very large and accommodates the size of his house leaving free and open space. Current codes in Arcadia would allow a 60% FAR. His in in the 20"s. It is all about ratio of house to lot. Houses that are overly large compared to the lot size look like a person squeezed into clothes 3 sizes too small. Even good design can not make up for an overbuilt project. You can"t disguise an elephant with a tutu.

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  9. So let me see if I understand this. You want police protectionn but you don't want to pay the people who do the job? You want a 65 year old police officer on the payroll but you want them at a desk? You want them to work for 30 years and not have a retirement package they can live on. Put that on a job flyer and see how many people you get to risk their lives for you.

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    1. I am not sure you do understand this. The SMPD has been offered everything you say is required to make it all work, yet half of the department left anyway. Truth is small cities such as this one have been priced out of the boutique police department game. Fortunately there is a solution, and that is to go with the Sheriffs. We're halfway there.

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    2. Let them pay into social security and save for their retirement like the rest of us.

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    3. 9:48 and 10:08 Who are you speaking to? Just curious. Who is this "you" person?

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    4. Around 8:00 last night my neighbor screamed because something almost hit her while she was sitting in her yard. So, some kid/s were up on the hillside throwing oranges at our houses. Yes, oranges. Must have been great targets, our lights on and the darkness of the hill. Smelled good, but hit windows, rolled into rain gutters, splattered as wonderful little temptations for rats in the night….funny, but I was not looking forward to the clean-up in the morning. Just glad the windows didn’t break.

      We called the sheriff, and 2 very cool guys came out. They’re patrolling One Carter now. A whole different, and much more polite, experience than I ever had with the SMPD.

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    5. 10:25 - I think it is an assumptive declaration of indignation. I guess. Curious, who are you talking to?

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    6. SheriffS get paid too, they also receive a retirement. They can also retire before they are 65. So are people going after the LA Sheriff's department next? Half of Sierra Madre PD left because the reduction of the city's UUT made it clear that they were not financially secure in their jobs. I would have left too.

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    7. Another positive effect of voting no on the UUT. I hope the door didn't hit them in the backside on the way out. The difference with the Sheriff is the entire County of Los Angeles pays for their retirement. 10 million people. With the SMPD that burden is carried by 11,000 people. Do you understand the difference?

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    8. 10:33, LASD Has a fully funded pension plan. SMPD has CalPERS, which is underfunded and continues to tell Sierra Madre to pay more and more each year.

      If we go with LASD, our CalPERS expenses will decline every year. If we go with SMPD, they go up (a lot) every year. Don't be a dumb butt.

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    9. Speaking of dumb butts, what is going on at that Fire Station event this morning? Did anybody go?

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    10. @ 10:31 I thought I made it clear I am talking to 9:48 and 10:08 in as:
      "9:48 and 10:08 Who are you speaking to? Just curious. Who is this "you" person?" couldn't be more direct. I guess? You may want to read before you make a fool of yourself.
      As for your"assumptive declaration of indignation" they are opposing points of view? Take another Seroquel and do some yardwork.

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    11. There was no mention of free food so I missed it.

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    12. I wonder if you understand the difference. No disrespect to the men and women of the LASD but you will not get the same service from them because they have to cover the entire County of Los Angeles...as you say 10 million people. Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

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    13. The Sheriffs Department has adequate personnel to cover the entire County of 10 million people. The SMPD doesn't have the people to even cover a small town of 11,000 people.

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    14. I am not sure that 10:51 quite understands why the Sheriffs are here ...

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    15. Enjoy your dream, embrace the poor decisions people are making in Sierra Madre and stand by for the changes in you public safety services. When you're wondering what happened to that quaint town you once knew, remember, self destruction is what happened.

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    16. Lots of cities in LA County have the Sheriffs, 11:25. It is not the apocalypse.

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    17. 11:25, you're right. La Canada is pretty dumpy.
      Oh, wait.

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    18. 11:25, I think it was lousy policing by SMPD.

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    19. So what do think of the Sheriffs so far? Pretty good, right? Big improvement from the deserters?

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  10. Take a drive through the Arcadia Highlands and see Bob the Builders minions.
    I was especially impressed with the 7 bedroom 10 bathroom compound /mini hotel.
    With 10 bathrooms,a pool,an industrial mega kitchen,wet bar,irrigation system,and I'm assured of a water feature I'd like to know where is Arcadia is getting it's water ?

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  11. 10:27 I'm sorry you had to deal with Sierra Madre's or someone's ill behaved children.
    My hope is that the Sheriff brings in a police dog to help in ferriting the little beasties that hide and snicker at our expense and actually hold them accountable for vandalism and mischief.

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  12. They drilled deeper wells that SM has.

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  13. There were more city employees at this morning's UUT festival than visitors.

    The theme was vote yes on measure UUT or the world will come to an end.

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    1. Sounds like Chicken Little was there.

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    2. Hunh. So you mean people aren't foaming at the mouth to pay more taxes? Gosh, that's not what I'd been hearing!

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    3. Tax me, Capoccia!!

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  14. Don't make Cappocia angry... You won't like Cappocia when he's angry.

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    1. He can be a bit of a pepper.

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    2. You want a piece of me, Bro?

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  15. For the first time in forever, I saw a police car pass in front of my house at 7:00PM. Thank you sheriff's department!

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  16. There is so much outsourced at SMPD. People need to do their homewrk. They make great money and do very little. Remember, these are the guys who let kids, driving around Sterra Madre with open booze in the car, go. No parent's called, no citation. There also the one's who shot someone in the back. The guy had been sleeping in his truck for a few days. I guess they don't drive around much. The police chief is on his second pension. Those that left because they thought they's lose their jobs? Were they full time? Part time? Newbies? Did they actually get another job? Were they really qualified? I feel safer with the sheriff.

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  17. And, how many Deputies have shot unarmed persons? And, how many Sierra Madre Officers have been indicted for misconduct or violating laws? And, how many times has ALADS sued the County? And, is it the Chief's fault if the organization he works for offers him a salary and pension? And, don't forget, lets be factual and absolutely honest.

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    1. If the SMPD officer who shot the guy (who was sleeping it off) in the ass, he wouldn't still be working for LASD. In SMPD, hell, why not keep him. It's so hard to recruit, you know.

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    2. Very debatable. Google Deputy Anthony Forlano.......7 shootings in 10 years!

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  18. Have any more SMPD left? Does the department even still exist?

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  19. One of the reasons SMPD is losing Police officers is because there is only 1 station in town which means no overtime. Monrovia has lost alot of officers and fireman because they have chosen to go work for larger departments like LA City and LA County. I work for LA City Fire so I know for a fact. I make 80K a year and another 40K in overtime. LA City has 112 stations. And you wonder why officers are leaving for greener pastures? Bottom line it is cheaper for our city to subcontract these services than to run our own. If the Sheriffs put 1 Sargent and 2 deputies in our police station, I don't understand how we lose. That is the exact same personal we have now. It's not like they are driving from the Temple City station when they get a call. It should be exactly the same.

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