But neither of them are claiming victory quite yet. In an article titled "Arcadia council election results undecided after city receives 995 more ballots," the Pasadena Star News cautiously hedged its bets and issued the following revised assessment (link):
The City Council race may not be over just yet. 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.
The article goes on to reveal that a second and final count will be held on April 21st, and the winning candidates will be officially identified then.
Did Development & Realty Interests Play An Arcadia Race Card?
Earlier this week the following translation of a WeChat news item featuring pro-development Arcadia City Council candidate Dr. Sheng Chang was made available.
Here it is in its entirety.
At this moment Dr. Chang is the fourth place finisher, having received nowhere near the 3,500 votes he claimed could win him the election. His chances of being awarded a seat on the Arcadia City Council this time are mathematically nil at this point.
Dr. Chang's charge that "conservative white residents" oppose mansionization out of racial animosity was apparently crafted for a targeted audience in the final moments of his campaign, and could very well have been part of a last minute desperate attempt to generate badly needed support for what appeared to be a failing candidacy.
If true, it shows there was very little that the development and real estate interests supporting Dr. Chang's candidacy weren't willing to do to regain control of Arcadia's City Council.