Thursday, April 14, 2016

Did Development & Real Estate Interests Play A Last Minute Race Card In Arcadia's City Council Election?

Yesterday's Pasadena Star News almost call of the Arcadia City Council race (link) has apparently been put on hold, at least for the moment. But with substantial leads for April Verlato and Peter Amundsen already in place, the odds are good that this election has been won by the two anti-mansionization candidates.

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.

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50 comments:

  1. Keep up the good reporting on Arcadia Mr. Mod, its been saddening but informative.

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    1. If its a white guy building a McMansion, I will be protesting. When you have no good arguments in your favor, the last resort is the race card - how sad. I don't care who moves into the neighborhood - white, black, yellow, brown, purple but if you start tearing down homes and changing the character of the neighborhood, I will be trying to stop you. Its not about race its about your actions.

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    2. Yes, thanks for reporting on this issue. The real racist are Cheng and Sho who are exploiting the fears of the new immigrants and injecting more fear to get their votes. People of all colors are welcome in Arcadia, but no matter what your ethnicity is we don't want ugly wedding cake houses next to small ranch houses. The culprits are not all Chinese, but the local developers who want to make a quick buck and don't care about the neighborhood.

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    3. Some on this blog are against the Chinese for sure

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    4. Can you cite examples?

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    5. 2:54, what I am against is people posting comments that are as stupid as yours is.

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    6. Arcadia is a place where the wealthy majority get to claim victimhood. It is a kind of privilege.

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  2. People don't want inappropriate over development.
    Simple as that. Doesn't matter who is doing the over development. ...the majority of residents do not want it....PERIOD!

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  3. Thank you for always telling the truth Mod.
    People who don't like the Tattler don't want to know the truth. ..they are like ostriches...hide their heads in the sand.
    Those of us who value the truth are Tattler fans.

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  4. The all mail-in ballot Arcadia uses must end. Chang's last time on the council wasn't a smooth one and it's not surprising at all that he played the race card at the bottom of the deck. While he gave lip service to development, his last term on council saw him a huge fan of McMansions. Anoakia was developed while he was on council. It's obvious that he and Show-me Sho play the race card to stoke the fears of other Chinese immigrants. When the bottom card is played it's effective but shows desperation. Arcadia has been lost.

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  5. Well, it appears that if you make the rules, a special election is forthcoming.

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  6. I think we need more assimilation with the new immigrants and not race-baiting.

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    1. Why should they assimilate to you?

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  7. Cities where mail in or walk in delivered ballots have seen this type of 'last minute' deluge of ballots in bulk, conclusion is a desperate attempt to upset the balance of power by a losing candidate. Insiders at city hall's have leaked out vote counting totals so alarm bells ring off the hook to signal the losing candidate's well paid army of druids to scurry about and squeeze more 'yes votes' for their candidate this can even effect local Post Office personnel who favor one candidate over another so beware of more illegal activities associated with mail in or walk in ballots where local voting stations are not operational.

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    1. So now we are attacking the Post Office , I am sure 95% or more of the employes do not live in Arcadia or care who wins and their jobs are not city jobs so they do not care about Arcadia voting

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  8. Isn't it a form of racial bias to claim that McMansions are a Chinese only thing? It just isn't true. Many residents are opposed to mansionization, and a considerable part of that opposition is made up of proud Arcadians of Chinese ancestry. Maybe if we get past that lie we can also put sad tactics like those employed by Dr. Chang behind us.

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  9. I really resent Sho, Mimi,and now Sheng using wechat to fan racist fears. Arcadia already has a real estate market that is crashing for the very reason Cheng and the others are promoting. I went door to door in my neighborhood in Arcadia with my petition to put the building code initiative on the ballot and had Chinese people literally grabbing my petition in order to sign and get all the members of their family to sign. I am one of the only white residents in my area. Cheng and his minions remind me of Trump and Cruz whipping people up about the Muslims. What happened to the concept that council members were there for all the residents?

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    1. The sad thing is it's all done for money. Or at least the people building those things claim it is. They never mention there are a lot of them sitting on the market unsold.

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  10. Dr. Chang's tactics were rejected by all of the people of Arcadia. He not only lost, he came in fourth. Some people need to wake up.

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  11. I agree that it is racial bias to claim that McMansions are promoted only by Chinese Americans. I know many Chinese Americans with excellent taste who do not promote the building of vulgar ostentatious "homes" on tiny lots. To assume that ones ethnicity determines ones aesthetic values is ridiculous.

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    1. The real racists are the developers who are attempting to exploit racial differences for profit.

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    2. No the developers are Capitalists just trying to make the biggest profit they can

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    3. Right. So racially dividing Arcadia for personal and political profit is a good business practice in your mind?

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    4. 10:38 AM - They ARE capitalist who happen to exploit the racial divide, so they are racist AND capitalist. Those two terms are independent. Not all capitalist are racist.

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    5. Are you kidding me. Now making money is racist? The contractors are looking for money..period. way to play the race card...

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  12. I over heard some Chinese ladies at the gym a few years ago, one of whom I had gotten to know very well, who all said they did not want to live in one of these two story mega houses. All on one level was idea for them as they "aged" in place. Also, important to note, they had lived in the US for a long number of years.

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  13. It's not race,it's about a group suddenly having something they've never had...Money.

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    1. Spin designed to calm the herd. Plus what's really telling is that Giannone doesn't believe his department will be functioning as a real PD until at least August. Only you would think that is special news.

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    2. Can't wait for the 20% SMPD pay raise to "attract and retain" valued employees.

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    3. 9:59A What are we supposed to read? We already know what the impact will be. It's you who doesn't.

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  15. Yes on UUT signs still up....guess they will be permanent lawn adornments.

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    1. The no UTT signs sure came down quickly. It's as if they never existed. Embarrassment,shame?

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    2. Trying to rub it in, I guess. But they have 5 days to get them down.

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    3. Trying to rub it in, I guess. But they have 5 days to get them down.

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    4. After 5 days what happens? Fox Police come knocking?

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    5. 11:56, respecting the tradition that the signs are removed when the election is over.

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    6. 11:56A Still have to be ugly, huh? Maybe the "no" people follow rules unlike you!

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    7. Ok still no answer.last try very direct. What are the rules pertaining to removal of political signs on private property? State statute is 10 days. Is Sierra Madre the same or do we have a municipal code that pertains to this. Why does 12:15 state "they have 5 days to remove them" I have never heard of the removal tradition.
      I didn't know you were so hurt sorry. I am a "no" person btw. Ain't got no sign tho...

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    8. 17.72.030 - General provisions.
      Election Sign Regulations. Election signs are permitted without a permit in all zones, however, the following regulations apply to candidates, their campaign committee(s) and their respective signs.

      6.Signs shall be removed within ten days after the election or bond posted shall be forfeited and the city shall use whatever part of the bond money as is necessary for removal. Any amount of the bond remaining shall be refunded upon request made within ninety days after the election;

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    9. Campaigns that care how the city looks take their signed down the next day. Good stewardship and not wasting money.

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    10. Some signs are on public property. They should probably not be there in the first place, as that would constitute "use of public resources". Those are the ones that stick around longer, too. But it is hard to call the police to remove those illegal signs, when it is their own association who put them up there in the first place.

      Those things only tend to happen when the fox guards the henhouse. The fox does not view this as a problem.

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  16. Bias at Arcadia's City Hall is also the issue. Let's see:

    Unsigned ballots will be counted and then sent to residents to get signatures?
    Provisional ballots delivered to LA County, not Arcadia, will be counted?

    This smacks of manipulation in order to get as many late ballots as possible. Who is sponsoring the manipulation may or may not be known.

    Recall the 2014 election? One candidate offered to "hand deliver ballots for residents" and to provide free stamps.

    Meanwhile, on an initiative for a future ballot, dozens of valid signatures by residents were rejected because of technicalities on just a few petition sheets. How convenient.

    Manipulation is rampant at City Hall and on the City Council.

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  17. Sounds like sour grapes to me. If the vote looked different you would be demanding they be counted. Only thing worse than a loser is a bad loser.

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  18. The job market is tough but the police officers with the highest qualifications are already employed elsewhere. The budget "windfall" from the UUT passing is an additional 2% over where they were this past year. I don't see how the city really can claim all is good. What about the huge hit for Storm Water clean up coming due?

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  19. A more fundamental problem is that Arcadia City Hall did not manage to ensure voter anonymity. They provided a ballot and an envelope that needed to be signed. Everyone who opens that envelope can see how everyone voted. It is almost impossible to avoid seeing how someone voted with this method.

    The way to address this problem is to introduce a second, uniform envelope, in which the ballot is placed. That uniform envelope has no identifying information and is put in the outer envelope with the signature requirement.

    When the outer envelope is received at the ballot place, it is opened, the voter is verified and the second uniform envelope is placed in the ballot box.

    When the counting begins, all uniform envelopes are opened and counted. Nobody can trace back how anybody voted. Simple as that.

    The question is: why was it not done this way?

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    1. So they know which ones to throw out?

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    2. Still have to be ugly, huh? Maybe the "no" people follow rules unlike you!

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  20. Don't know if Dr. Chang's ego is larger than his prejudice. He's not very good in hiding his self-serving agenda.

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