Saturday, October 22, 2016

So What The Deuce Is Going On In Arcadia?

Richard McDonald
Mod: As much as I hate to tear myself away from our non compos mentis presidential election, duty calls. What follows is an article printed in the current edition of The Foothill Advocate, a small weekly news publication hot out of Pasadena. I must confess to not knowing too much about the topic. At least not yet. However, I can tell you this. The same state laws that enabled the ethnically dictated political gerrymandering of the Pasadena Unified School District are in play here. Ironically, and as you probably recall, an effort that left PUSD's Board of Ed with no increase in minority representation. Folks still didn't vote. Another bone of contention is the presence of Richard McDonald, the same wily attorney that represents those locally controversial CETT McMansionites at One Carter in Sierra Madre. He is apparently intimately involved in this dust up as well. Something that suggests the usual development suspects might be a driving force behind what is described below. And yes, it's probably about the money. 

Asian group claims Arcadia denies civil rights (The Foothill Advocate link): An Asian-American civil rights organization has demanded that the City of Arcadia retire its at-large electoral system in favor of City Council elections by district.

A letter to Mayor Tom Beck from an attorney representing the Chinese American Equalization Association outlined several reasons for the demand including the under-representation of Asians on the City Council. The demand is similar to one submitted in August to Monrovia officials by The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

“In fact, U.S. Census and State population data shows that Asian-Americans constitute 60 percent of the City of Arcadia’s population, and 50 percent of its registered voters,” the HQH letter, written by Pasadena attorney Richard McDonald says. “However, it appears that only one of the current members of the City Council is Asian-American.”

Additionally HQH wants the city to write an ordinance and ask voters to approve City Council districts.

McDonald’s letter asks Arcadia officials to respond by Nov. 15, or face further legal action.

City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto said Arcadia has attorneys reviewing the letter. He said the City Council will take up the matter in a closed session. He also said that there’s no telling how long the process could take.

Lazzarretto referenced the demand filed by Hispanic rights group MALDEF in Monrovia, saying that he’s been aware of nearby cities fielding similar demands.

HQH President Ted Tian also said he was familiar with the MALDEF demands. In fact, he was inspired by those efforts.

“I heard something like this was happening in Monrovia,” he said. “And I thought ‘We should do that.’”

But HQH’s demand is unique in that an Asian-American group is behind it. In March 2015, the City of Fullerton received a similar demand letter from Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and the ACLU of Southern California. Just four months later, Fullerton decided to settle the lawsuit and let voters decide on whether to adopt districts this November.

Although HQH won’t be the first Asian-American organization to make such a demand, Tian still hopes to make history.

“We believe that if we do this, other places will follow,” he said.

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55 comments:

  1. What the Deuce indeed!

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  2. So now Asians are jumping on the victimization bandwagon. I guess it had to happen eventually. Welcome to the Balkinization of America.

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    1. That's part of it but they are using race to cynically advance development interests and that's where that scoundrel Richard McDonald and Ted Tian come in.

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    2. It is ALWAYS about money.

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    3. As an Asian American resident of this city for 20 years, I can say that this is a disgusting race-baiting "civil-rights" movement that intends to advance crony foreign interests. Ted Tian and his fake divisive organization should leave this city

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  3. How can it be that a majority population is governed by the minority? If people actually voted no changes would be necessary, right?

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  4. I guess people now have different interests depending on the color of your skin. It appears that only an Asian can represent an Asian. Have we really come to the point that every racial group now has to have its own quota system. Ted Tian is another one of those racial hucksters who would have to get a real job if he didn't continue to promote this kind of garbage. This is exactly the kind of behavior that causes racial relations to get worse even after electing the nations first black president. Think about that. Despite all the progress in America including that last point, racial relations have gotten worse. What we need to do is follow Martin Luther Kings prescription and judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. I would be content to have a member of any racial or ethnic group represent me on the City Council or even as President of the United States if they share my values and philosophy. That's what I care about - not the color of their skin.

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  5. No drama Obama is considered the great divider when it comes to race relations.
    We are witness to individuals in America; dividing themselves by skin color, education, economic background, religion and culture. Not assimilating. Not "American"; strong as one.
    Not respect and a celebration of differences as Americans; but the "grouping" created by those in Washington requiring you place an "X" on questionnaires. Its a money "thing".
    Proposition 58; is a good example of this.
    The City of San Gabriel removed the cross from the Mission , on Cities logos. That was a religious thing. Since the City is named after a Saint and has the S.Gab. Mission located within its limits; that will be next to change. It was in fact brought up on the agenda that the logo had no Asian representations.
    The left side of Liberalism is beginning to implode. It is a good thing that the Greatest Generation is all but dead; this is what was fought for, freedom; but not what is occurring now.

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    1. Why didn't you blame Bill Clinton? There must have been at least one way you could have worked him in to your daily litany of generic balderdash.

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    2. The 'Greatest generation' is a marketing myth'. It was an era of whitewash- the forced assimilation or forced segregation of minorities of all types.

      The San Gabriel mission has a nasty history of forced assimilation and virtual enslavement too. Nothing Christian in that. History is more than just the shiny feel-good sparkly pat-yourself-on-the-back parts you cling to.

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    3. Playing races and classes against each other is a longstanding Los Angeles county tradition. A new chapter in a very old playbook is now being written. Racism and political correctness are two sides of the same coin.

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  6. Of course Development and Realtors are behind this. Its called greed. The Council was ethnically "balanced"; then there was "gemcoin"!
    Money is the root of ALL evil.

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    1. It's the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil.
      And in Sierra Madre we know well that McDonald has a powerful yearning for money.

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  7. Whatever happened to John Wuo? He seems to be keeping himself out of the news.

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  8. Using race to further development interests in Arcadia. The Tattler ought to do some research on Ted Tian and who is giving him and his group money. Expose him the way the Tattler did John Wuo and Gemcoin. Ted Tian is a fraud and belongs in jail too. The FBI should also look into his corrupt group.

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  9. Money=Character?

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    1. I don;t know about that, but there are a lot of characters involved.

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  10. Remember the good old days when they put the Chinese Exclusion Act into law? Or the Chinese massacre in La where most of the murders got off free? Or the laws that made interracial marraige illegal? If only minirities could depend on whites as their benevolent saviors.

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    1. Make America Great Again!

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    2. How far back do you want to go. Before the white man arrived in the new world, native Americans were constantly raiding, conquering and enslaving other tribes. Look what Mao and his accomplices did to millions of Chinese. We can bring up the past forever. We are talking about today and how to get past the racism that the left in America continues to promote in order to gain and maintain political power. Certain individuals like Ted Tian and certain groups have a financial incentive to propagate the myth of systemic racism. It seems to me that immigrant Asians have done pretty well in America and don't need Ted Tian to turn them into a bunch of victims that need government help. We've done just fine by ourselves so thanks but no thanks.

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    3. There's big money to be made in race based politics.

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    4. True, 8:23, but all that was before the Whites sold the place to the Asians.
      And it's not a great argument on your part to hold up the Asian peoples of the world as having a less violent record than the White peoples of the world. Maybe look for just a few minutes at a world history text. Or a video, if reading is a challenge.

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    5. 8:23 makes a confusing argument. Arcadia's majority population, both wealthy and connected, is somehow an oppressed minority? Really?

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    6. The problem is that certain members of the Asian community want to be able to buy their city council. Voting is just so American.

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    7. Didn't Arcadia have an election recently? And all of the people voted slow growth preservationists into office? Democracy is now no longer valid?

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  11. Good grief! It's all about the mansionization of Arcadia, and nothing more! Arcadia finally elected people who will stand up to the developers, and MacDonald and his cronies are trying to find a loophole.

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  12. 7:57am. Can I count on you to stop marketing Putin as a era of forced evil? Will you now acknowledge WikiLinks exposure of DNC emails are not doctored from the orginal bloggers meaning? Are you reaching back to the Jews and Jesus?
    I realize stress is compounding life today; when has it not?
    Getting back to division of skin; it is something taught in "your" home.

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  13. The Greatest Generation was that of Temujin; Asian decent.

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  14. Richard McDonald is involved because he is the lawyer for Singpoli and their CEO Kin Hui. Kin Hui lives in Arcadia. Singpoli is a front for Communist China companies. Singpoli owns the Constance Hotel in Pasadena as well as the office building at 2 North Lake and is building a giant condo development in Pasadena at the northeast corner of Sierra Madre Blvd and Del Mar Blvd. Singpoli is also building an additional to their hotel in Pasadena and they also own the building at the southeast corner of Lake and Colorado. Singpoli is reportedly funneling money to the campaign of appointed Pasadena councilmember Andy Wilson, using the usual method...donations from Arcadia housewives.

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    1. Ai yi yi.
      You would think he'd have been a more effective advocate for the mansionization of One Carter, with those connections.

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    2. Lawsuit Richie is a little over-rated.

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    3. Maybe he was to be had for a smaller fee than others? Ya know, a bargain?

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  15. http://pdfs.citizenaudit.org/2014_06_EO/95-4456532_990EO_201312.pdf

    and you will never know who the members are of the "XO Club" which is a Pasadena "social club" located at 790 E Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena and is run by billionaire Andrew Cherng, the owner of the Panda Restaurant Group. It's a members only club "organized for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes." It's true purpose is to bundle donations for politicians

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  16. Just when you thought peace had finally come to Arcadia ... Boom!!

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    1. That's how the development racket works. Basically, they wear the residents down. No one wants to keep up the fight and all the effort it takes, endlessly - but the developers are in it for money, so they just keep at it. It is their work, whereas the residents have their own work, plus community involvement. Fighting development turns into a job itself, and it's a hard thing to do.

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  17. https://i.imgsafe.org/b9b5a6e9a5.jpg

    pay-for-play

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  18. Reuters projects Clinton to win with 326 electoral votes

    Hillary Clinton is on pace for a big win over Donald Trump on Election Day, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation study released Saturday.

    The study projects Clinton to win 326 electoral votes to Trump’s 212, and says she would have a 95 percent chance of winning if the election were held this week.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/302326-reuters-projects-clinton-to-win-with-326-electoral-votes

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  19. Wonder why the Monastery owners haven't hired McDonald yet.
    Maybe they observed him alienate every city representative he spoke to.

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    1. He offends everybody because he wants them to sue.

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  20. I spoke with Brother Joe yesterday he says the Monastery project is off for the foreseeable future.

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    1. What?
      Please elaborate?
      I have been waiting for the development vultures to attack again, both at the Monastery and at One Carter....

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  21. Broher Joe is dead.

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  22. He aksow told me hes voting for Hillary.

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  23. For all those Trump supporters out there who love to claim that they belong to the party of Lincoln, the words below illustrate what the Republican party was long, long ago and what it has become:

    "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    Abraham Lincoln
, Gettysburg, PA, November 19, 1863



    "It is my privilege to be here in Gettysburg, hallowed ground where so many lives were given in service to freedom — amazing place.

    ….

    Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign, total fabrication. The events never happened, all of these liars will be sued after the election is over.

    It was probably the [Democratic National Committee] and the Clinton campaign that put forward these liars with these fabricated stories.

    We’ll find out at a later date through litigation, and I look so forward to it."

    Donald J. Trump, Gettysburg, PA, October 22, 2016

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  24. Richie and Donny.
    Scum.

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    1. He'll sue those women and he'll release his tax returns after the election is over...Yeah, reminds me of those phone calls we get, "I'm stuck in the Phillippines, Iraq, wherever...send money."

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  25. McDonald specializes in faux indignation:
    "How dare you impose any kind of restriction on the rights of citizens?"

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  26. Trump is trust fund trash.

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    1. Love it! Trust fund trash!

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  27. Cubbies get it done - after a mere 71 years! Sorry Dodgers fans.

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  28. This is pathetic. Maybe if the people that ran for Arcadia city council were qualified to get elected that is what should determine who is on the council or not. What a pathetic joke that they need to force their majority. If Sho Tay is any example of what they have to offer, and by the way, he won on his third try, I doubt even the Asians will vote in another Asian after seeing how horrible he is. Has anyone ever once heard him offer anything close to an intelligent statement?

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