11:30am Update: The final Arcadia unofficial vote count now exists. With all of those hundreds of late arriving mail-in ballots finally tallied, April Verlato and Peter Amundsen have been elected to Arcadia's City Council. Bulldozer Bob Harbicht and his big spending development pals are out on their collective ears. Democracy actually works sometimes.
Maybe they'll all move to Omaha, or something. Here's the numbers:
The Pasadena Star News is reporting it this way (link):
Final Arcadia Election Results: Peter Amundson, April Verlato win council seats Anti-mansionization candidates Peter Amundson and April Verlato will help lead the city for the next four years, according to final election results released Thursday.
The two received the highest number of votes in a field of six candidates, with Amundson securing 4,122 votes and Verlato capturing 4,077.
Trailing behind in third with 3,658 votes was veteran councilman Bob Harbicht, who ran again after taking a two-year break in 2014.
(Earlier today we said this ...)
The issue is all of the as yet uncounted ballots. None of those late arriving results have been totaled up as of this typing, and there a remote mathematical possibility that the names of the winning candidates might change. Here is how this story was broken down in the Pasadena Star News recently (link):
City Hall received 995 more ballots on Wednesday, and with a little over 400 votes between the second- and third-highest vote getters, the outcome of the race could still be decided after a final count. After all precincts had been counted on Tuesday, anti-mansionization candidates Peter Amundson and April Verlato were leading the race, with 3,624 and 3,609 votes each, according to semi-official results.
Bob Harbicht, a veteran councilman, trailed behind Verlato, with 3,197 votes. Retired physician Sheng Chang came in fourth, with 2,260 votes, followed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Burton Brink, who captured 1,049, and grassroots candidate Paul Van Fleet, who snagged 82 votes.
Deputy Chief City Clerk Lisa Mussenden said receiving this many ballots after the election was unprecedented. “I think we all knew this was going to be a very contentious election, and I think this is a result of all that,” she said, “but to receive 995 ballots the day after, that’s huge.”
All had the proper postmark date and will be counted, she said. About 300 additional ballots that came in on Tuesday still need to be tallied because they did not make the cutoff that night.
The Los Angeles County clerk also received dozens of provisional ballots that must still be counted. Dozens more that came in without signatures must be given back residents for them to sign so that they can be counted, she said.
As of 9:59 AM this morning, this is where the vote stands per the City of Arcadia website.
More news as we receive it.