Thursday, April 21, 2016

Arcadia City Council Vote Recount: Unofficial But Final Numbers Are In

1:45pm Update: Officials results are in. This from the City of Arcadia website (link):


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 CouncilBulldozer 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 ...)
Final count started at 10am, and we should know the results by 11am.  Recount and verification starts at 1pm and should be done by 3pm, with official results confirmed by 4pm.

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.

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26 comments:

  1. If Bulldozer Bob is trailing after today's count, will they "find" another 500 ballots or so?

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  2. If Harbicht somehow is declared the winner I think the state would be forced to step in.

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  3. Arcadia needs to return to the traditional voting at physical locations.

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    1. I agree. There are too many opportunities for shenanigans this way.

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  4. I'm worried about Bob's mental state if he loses this election. The city council is his entire life.

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    1. ObamaCare has mental health coverage. He'll be ok.

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    2. He can always become a police volunteer.

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  5. Such great news.

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  6. I wonder of Nevis Capital will ask Bob for their money back.

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  7. Looks like Bulldozer Bob's two year break has now been extended to four.

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  8. Good riddance Bob Harbicht. Don't let the door hit your bulldozer's fat arse on your way to obscurity. This is long overdue.

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    1. Normally, I would send an email to the Mod to ask him to remove a post that resorts to something like *** ****. However, in Harbicht's case, I think an exception is called for.

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    2. Hopefully we have seen the last of that awful man.

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  9. Verlato and Amundson are exactly what Arcadia needs following a tumultuous year caused by councilmen Roger Chandler, Sho Tay and John Wuo. Their pro-mansionization votes to overrule the city's ARBs and then hold the zoning code hostage has back-fired. John Wuo resigned in disgrace. And now Arcadia has adopted a FAR.

    But Arcadia's FAR is the most generous FAR by far, so mansions will continue to be built. Let's hope that over time the size can be reduced to more closely match neighboring cities. If not, then citizen-led action will again be necessary.

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  10. Huge victory and it happened in Arcadia. Ironically, as they restrict development on Arcadia, it puts more pressure on development in Sierra Madre. So I'm happy for them and it was certainly needed, but that's the reality of it.

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  11. So Arcadia has 27739 registered voters, and 8993 of them voted.
    32% decided the fate of the city.

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    1. Since it was a mail-in ballot, wonder how many people voted multiple times? grab the spouse and 2 kids' ballots, vote them yourself and mail them in, easy-peasy.

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    2. That's a huge turnout for a local election.

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    3. Yes, I agree. It was a popular uprising against the greed and corruption that has done so much damage to Arcadia. The people spoke. Arcadia is so lucky to have a leader like April. I am not sure anyone else could have done it.

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  12. So long Bob !!
    What are you going to do with all that donated money ? There is no way you spent it all on the election. Be careful or you may share a cell with Jonny Wuo in the can. I'd imagine your crying on Ash's shoulder about now.

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  13. Did Bob ever lose an election before? He's been doing this for 30 years.

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  14. What if Arcadia had a plan where a new house could be built on the lot but no more than 2x's the current size if the FAR allowed that (seems that it was posted that the FAR is far too generous) AND, AND that the house be built in the same style that was there before. Keep the look of southern California's ranch house that Arcadia did so well and were huge compared to those in surounding communities in the 1970's. Would not be so overwlelming.
    If you want to see large, and not well-designed, just drive around Singing Woods between Orange Grove, Michinda and Baldwin. Bring someone to pound you on the back as you will gag and have trouble catching your breath. It is awful.

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  15. Meanwhile, in Sierra Madre city hall, the Sierra Madre Planning Commission is continuing its excellent tradition of reasonable and responsible code upgrades.

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  16. Time for change, term limits are the best option to employee just like the city of walnut, California in 2016 several other California cities have opted for this clause in city government.

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  17. Anybody can post a link or list of boundaries or a map of the Arcadia Precincts?
    It would interesting to know the areas Bob the Bulldozer won and lost.

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