Monday, April 4, 2016

Arcadia's Mr. Sensitivity Bob Harbicht Speaks Out On Behalf Of ... "Retarded Athletes?"

To view Bob's video click here.
When you get right down to it, Bob Harbicht, the 30-year City Council retread and willing puppet of predatory developers in Arcadia, is just not all that sensitive a dude. One of his true epic fails was the evening he strode up to the public address podium and proceeded to make an important announcement for anyone watching about "a special event coming to the City of Arcadia." That event was the most recent Special Olympics. You can view the video of this truly cringeworthy moment by clicking on the link just beneath the screenshot above. You'd think those involved might have found a better spokesman.

I am beginning to think that the mark of a true scoundrel these days is the claim that they are here to "protect your home values." The "Yes On Measure UUT" folks in Sierra Madre have said that ad nauseam these last couple of months, though I cannot see how paying some of the highest utility taxes in California is going to improve the equity in anyone's house. That is, unless prospective home buyers here are that eager to prop up an extremely expensive boutique police department, one that recently saw almost half of its members desert to other cities. I don't see it, but who knows?

In Arcadia that special friend of the Special Olympics, a man known for having the social sensitivity of a toilet seat, Bob Harbicht, is now making the claim that he too is a hero of property values and "rights" because he'll allow the McMansion plague there to continue unabated. Of course, Bob's best pals build them, and have donated heavily to his campaign.

The hit piece pictured here, which is an entirely dishonest and unaccredited postcard lobbed against the candidacy of preservationist candidate April Verlato, makes just that claim. Which might appeal to those building these monuments to atrocious taste in Arcadia, but has little basis in fact. Here are some of the recent figures from Zillow.com (link). Bob would rather you not know this.


I am not sure how an 8.1% combined decline in Arcadia property values can be anyone's idea of "protecting home values," but consider that the source here is Mr. Sensitivity. The recipe for continued property value disaster in Arcadia is to keep building largely unsalable McMansions there, done because Bob Harbicht's generous and often secretive campaign donors think it is a good idea. Of course, if you live in Arcadia and your home is your biggest investment, you might disagree.

Is Sue LeVoe the Donald Trump of Sierra Madre?
If you live in Sierra Madre and don't agree with the largely dishonest agenda of the SMPOA/SMPA funded "Yes On Measure UUT" claque, you apparently need to be run out of town by torch wielding and angry tax loving barbarians. Kind of the way Donald Trump wants to run 11 million Hispanics out of the United States.

Here is what one commenter on a Facebook page presumptuously titled "Sierra Madre" said about some of the tax hysteria the YES On MUUT people are pushing.

Did you know that according to californiacityfinance.com Sierra Madre is 1 of only 12 other cities in CA that add on trash collection as a utility to the UUT tax and 1 of 14 cities that add the sewer system to the UUT tax. Also, according to the LA Times SM has the 25th highest city property tax.  Pasadena is 29th, San Marino is 52nd, and Bell, who we all have heard about the scandal there, was 2nd. One more pertinent piece of information, those of you wondering if there were some bad decisions being made regarding finances.  In 2014 the City Manager and the Chief of Police each got approximately 9-12% pay raise.  Who get’s that kind of pay raise when the city is going under? If you don’t believe me look it up in Transparent CA. You can do the calculations from 2013-2014.  They do a little shuffle with the benefits and base pay, but it still comes out to about a 9-12% pay increase.

As well-written and factual as all of that might be, it didn't sit well with perennial tax fanster and Sierra Madre bon vivant Sue LeVoe. Here is how she responded.


So what do you think, Sue? A little trip to Guantanamo? Some water-boarding? No punishment can be too harsh for those opposed to a 67% utility tax increase to pay for that $9 million dollar SMPA CalPERS hit, right?

But all of that is just fine if you "love love love" Sierra Madre.

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69 comments:

  1. The Yes people do seem to have a problem with those who oppose them. I've been told that No signs have been taken as well as people in their yards being bombarded with nasty remarks by those driving by their house. Yet they decry inciting violence on this blog. Fear and intimidation are only powerful weapons if you ignore them.You still have the power of the vote. Don't waste it!

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    1. It is a deliberate campaign of intimidation. Run by someone from Pasadena who has nothing but contempt for the people of Sierra Madre. He thinks this town is filled with idiots.

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    2. Sue was one of those that was fairly spiteful towards other residents back during the Measure V days, I see nothing has changed.

      Amazing how many of our "neighbors" flat out lie to us and really are ripe with their unearned entitled smugness

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  2. Not very smart of Sue Levoe. If all the NO people leave town, who will pay for all the tax increase Sue so desperately desires?

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    1. is Sue a Prop 13 welfare family like Mr. Garcia who runs the Yes Facebook page - clamoring for us to tax ourselves but he and others don't pay their fair share with property taxes?

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    2. Yes, Sue is one of those special Prop 13 folks with low property taxes who want the rest of us to pay for her nostalgia.

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    3. There you go, another slur on someone who doesn't agree with you. What Sue said was uncalled for, but you don't have to answer in kind.

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    4. If the cap fits ...

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    5. 11:48, what slur?

      Homeowners who receive government property welfare with Prop 13 have zero right to ask us to pay more in taxes because they want services and want us to pay for them when they don't pay their fair share.

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    6. The Civility Party is desperately looking for examples that show everyone is as awful as they are.

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  3. Remember, members of the so-called "Civility Party" are the ones ripping down opposition signs against UUT tax hikes and, in 2012, opposition City Council candidates.

    Hell of an example to teach your kids and grandkids, huh?

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    1. The Civility Party is an oxymoron.

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  4. Sue Lavoe, what a piece of work. It is time for the yes crowd to take a good look cause this is what the "gravy train" running dry looks like.

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    1. Sur Levoe is a piece of work. Someone should question the way she ran the Chamber of Commerce into so much debt. She is not to be trusted.

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    2. She also ran the Friends of the Library benefit and it was a flop.
      Same can be said about the 4th of July with Sue, Matt Bosse (Joe Mosca) and Taj the elephant
      Too much time at the Buck is not good for your gray matter.
      Sue is proof of that.

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  5. Unfortunately for the MUUTs there are people of sufficient intellect in town who are not swayed to vote themselves a large tax increase based on how much Sue Levoe claims to love Sierra Madre.

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    1. I guess the 9 million dollar and growing pension debt is what?

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    2. It is a lot of money that will not go to the Library. Or anything else for that matter.

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  6. Keep up the Good Work Suzie!April 4, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    The only people listening to that Sue lady are the members of SMPD.

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    1. Oh c'mon. She got 5 "Likes." That's enough for a lynch mob, right?

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    2. Sue was staunchly and angrily against Measure V which limited height, density and units per acre, claiming it would destroy the city (sort of like the hysterics that are being said now about the UUT)

      If Sue and the same Yes group had their way, we'd have 150+ new condos downtown, a paid parking lot, 3 story complexes and a total mess on our hands.

      for those that claim to "love" Sierra Madre, that kind of love is just delusional and destructive

      lol 5 likes

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    3. Too bad they don't list the names of the 5👍,likes, It would be nice to know who else belongs to the UNCIVILIZED party!

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    4. The Truth Shall Set You FreeApril 4, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      Suzie Lavoe's post now has 10 likes:
      Sandra Siraganian (she responded to the comment)
      Michelle Pool Barrie
      Debbie Pitman Vass
      Lindsey Patterson
      Julie Bencosme
      Matt Pote
      Ryan Torncello
      Zabrina Vance Carroll
      Lisa Bartolai Brandley
      Shannon Winsky

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    5. The Truth Shall Set You FreeApril 4, 2016 at 9:19 AM

      Sandra Siraganian's response to Lavoe's "civility":
      "Wow Sue that is pretty harsh. Certainly you are entitled to your opinion, but treating a fellow Sierra Madrean that way stinks."

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    6. The Truth Shall Set You FreeApril 4, 2016 at 9:20 AM

      Charles Kissinger also said on the same Lavoe thread:
      "Maybe moving is good for you, I have been here since 1956."

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    7. The Truth Shall Set You FreeApril 4, 2016 at 9:20 AM

      Kissinger got 2 likes:
      Suzanne Lavoe
      Kathleen Blanchard

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    8. They should move. (Ha Ha just kidding!)

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    9. If they moved with their super low Prop 13 Property Tax bills, the property tax bump to the city would be over a thousand dollars a property. Old time Sierra Madre citizen? Sell your house if you love this city!

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  7. The police chief received a full Pension from montery park. Larry received $270,K for working a 25 hour work week. I have left many messages but no return calls from Larry. What a screwed up mess.

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    1. and it's a mess that will keep on giving

      somehow, someway and soon the public sector unions need to be busted apart and I'm okay with paying higher salaries while public employees are employed but they need to live on their own retirement, not needing us to keep taxing ourselves to pay for early retirement and then replace a retired employee with a new employee

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    2. Larry works part time. It's 15 hours a week not 25 hours a week as posted. Larry is over paid also. Good work city council and city manager

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  8. My neighbor's No sign was stolen last week.

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    1. Did your neighbors alert the Sierra Madre Detective Dept? If so, did they ever get a call back?

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    2. He did not. He just put another sign up.

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    3. Wonder how many Yes signs have been stolen. I'm guessing none.

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  9. Remember the CC meeting where Sue LeVoe got up and reminded the then mayor JH that he should support our police? The reason she said was the police were called to her house for a party they were having, a party that JH was at. Apparently the police gave them a big break and she wanted JH to remember that in his voting that night. She is saying a good reason to keep the police local is that they give special treatment to the in crowd. There are many stories that came out of the LaVoe's parties over the years but this one she brought to a city council meeting herself. Now we know why she wants us to pay more $ to keep out the sheriffs department.

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    1. Did SMPD give the people attending the party a pass on possible DUIs as well? Hmm.

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    2. Is it just me, or do these Prop 13 Civility party members think the SMPD officers are their private security force?

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  10. I can hear Sue scolding the Sheriff's department, "Do you know who I am?"

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  11. it's got to be depressing to be a part of the "in" SM crowd.

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  12. Remember there is a little truth in every lie. With the LaVoe group there are so many lies there are no truths, only their side of the story.

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    1. If you are special, everything you say is true. Especially when it is not.

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  13. Sonya's trash bill is probably $20 a month so Measure UUT results in an extra 80 cents a month. Maybe we should start a fundraising page for her to be nice neighbors.

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    1. The point is Sierra Madre taxes more utility categories than any other city in California. Try not to be so petty.

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    2. Go ahead and be sarcastic. You must be one of those civility party types who think Sierra Madre is so cool because it taxes garbage and sewer.

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  14. My post yesterday was unclean when I mentioned the storm water treatment cost the city will have to pay. It was not a yes on the UUT but to point out how deceitful the city is when it comes to boneheaded decisions about running the city is a fiscally responsible way. I already voted NO absentee even before a Yesser walked up to my doorstep with a list of absentees to politic. Now they are downtown coercing the businesses to sport a YES sign. And will be phone calling the voters this coming week!

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    1. Sierra Madre businesses would've crazy yo out a sign up. Yes and No sign displays will definitely lose future business.

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  15. What's wrong with Trump running the illegals out of here? Just wondering.

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    1. Who would clean Sierra Madre's houses, or change the nappies of their bawling babies?

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    2. Make Sierra Madre Great Again!April 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM

      Nothing, except that according to Princess Suzie Trump's time would be better spent running all of the dirty, no good, rotten, unworthy, and unwashed No on UUT people out of Sierra Madre.

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    3. I hear Bob Matheson is a Civility Party Yes voter.

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    4. Martin "Yes On UUT"April 4, 2016 at 3:25 PM

      Make Sierra Madre great, run all the NO voters out of town.

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    5. UUT Initiatives ForeverApril 4, 2016 at 3:40 PM

      Let's game plan this.

      Suppose the 66% UUT increase passes. At some time after that the Repeal the UUT entirely proposal will come up for a vote. Does it make sense to go with a 6% UUT initiative at the same time the 0% initiative comes up for a vote?

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    6. Good idea. If the choice is 6% or 0%, we will end up with what we should have now.
      The 0% election will be April 10, 2018.

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  16. Lets Make Sierra Madre 'Great again" and run all the YES UUT voters out of town before sundown so the LAC Sherriff's will patrol and keep them out of town permanently.

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  17. Someone needs to tell Susan that those bad, mean, Yes on UUT folks are out trolling again. They are threatening to run us out of town! Such violence!

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  18. I think that if the city counsel had asked for 8% with a sunset, long time residents like me may have voted yes.

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  19. I'd like to know what the day laborers in the park contribute to in are little city ?
    Do they purchase permits or pay anything towards park up keep ... As a tax payer I know I do.
    What about the shady contractor that pays these men under the table is this person someone that lives here or is he just picking up men to do the bidding of the McMansion set in Arcadia ?
    One more thought ... If a bunch of women were standing around in front of the park many would assume prostitution ... A bunch of men do it and they're called day laborers ,
    Just a thought.

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    1. Say what you want about the propriety of day laborers hanging around, but you sure ended with one heck of a ridiculous thought 5:44.

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    2. I like the way you think

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  20. Leave the laborers alone. They are looking for daily work and do their best to not get in the way. They usually arrive by bus early in the morning and leave before noon if they didn't find work. They are doing their best to find honest work. Unlike some people, these day laborers do not rely on government welfare for support. I much rather see someone looking for work than a lazy person harassing people for money on the street.

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  21. I guess it's easier to shake your fist and claim "at least they aren't lazy and harassing people for money ."
    It's amazing how people only see what they want to see and refuse to the reality that hurts everyone .
    How about the predatory contractor that's undercutting and denying certified trained workers a job ?
    I know,let the trained and certified worker pan handle because he has expectations like workmans comp.OSHA protections,and an honest wage..
    In the rose colored world it's okay to not pay social security and other taxes,it's okay if the uncertified day laborer severs a couple of fingers you can just rush him to the ER and disappear never questioning or caring about who's going to pay for the day laborers care and rehab .
    Who will be held responsible and pay the medical bills ?
    Will it be the frightened day laborer that's afraid to snitch or the shady contractors ?
    It becomes the burden of the people that are honest and do the right things,we're the ones burdened with higher workmans comp. rates,higher taxes ,and extremely costly OSHA upgrades .
    Look at the bigger picture and not the rose colored b.s.

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  22. 6:47 is my thought rediculous ?
    Day laborers are street walkers without the happy ending and window dressing .
    See the bigger picture .

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  23. That's ridiculous not spell checks rediculous.

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  24. 6:47 here (not 11:33): Although you make a few points, the contractor or homeowner will be liable for injuries, but just like hit-and-run drivers, some will get away with it.

    But any points you made do not take away from the fact that you compared day laborers to prostitutes, which remains "one heck of a ridiculous thought."

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  25. I'll scrap the prostitute analogy and state that Sierra Madre is accepting of exploitation and slavery.
    Many of these day laborers are paying off debts to coyotes and safe houses when they don't pay they're told that a family member back home will be kidnapped or get hurt ... Exploit and be proud Sierra Madre.

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  26. Didn't know coyotes extended credit. What movie was that in? Or was it on Fox news?

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  27. Nevis Capital and Tae Jen Lee are backing Bob Harbict. Hmm ... where have we heard those names before? Oh I remember, Lee's companies were bank rolling the Arcadia city council trip to China in 2015, until it was outed.

    Influence peddling is alive and well in peacock town.
    http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2015/02/arcadia-officials-going-on-fully-paid.html

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