Monday, November 14, 2016

Richard McDonald Threatens To Sue The City Of Arcadia

Mod: It seems fairly obvious that the operative rationale behind the following threatened lawsuit is to break a successful citizen movement created to place controls on predatory McMansion development in Arcadia. In my opinion what is shown below is the cynical misappropriation of a California state law originally designed to help foster racial parity in representational government. Considering the sorts of unscrupulous development industry hustlers suspected of being behind this potentially ruinous lawsuit, none of that is surprising. There is very little they won't do or say. Things are getting real in Arcadia as apparently certain individuals are now willing to pit the local ethnicities against each other in an effort to maximize all of the potential profits to be wrung from their real estate and development efforts.


The Arcadia Weekly Weighs In (link)


Arcadia has been asked to change its electoral process. The HQH Chinese American Equalization Association (HQH CAEA) alleges the city is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act and should convert from at-large voting to a by-district system to allow more Asian American representation on the council. “My client is doing this in the best interest of the city … to make sure that everyone in the city has a say,” says the group’s attorney Richard McDonald.

Mayor Tom Beck says the city was unaware there was a problem, but is taking the matter seriously. They allocated funds to hire a demographics expert while Beck meets with Arcadia’s Asian leaders. “What I want to learn is, are they happy with the way things are? Do they want districts? What can we do to get more Asians on the city council?”

McDonald says HQH CAEA, a non-profit advocate group for a “united Asian American Community” according its Facebook page, has “received, over time, a number of complaints about the fact that there were so few Asian American city council people.” There are a couple events contributing to the demand’s timing. “One, is I believe they did talk to the city earlier. Two, I believe there is a new law that created an opportunity for the city to address this.”

The law, last year’s SB 493, allows “a city with a population of fewer than 100,000 people to adopt an ordinance that requires the members of the legislative body to be elected by district” without going to the voters, the Bill states. As of last July, the Census estimated Arcadia’s population as 58,408 and 59.2 percent Asian.

The current at-large system allows any voter to vote for any candidate on the ballot. Elected officials then serve “the population of the city as a whole,” according to the National League of Cities website, a resource and advocate site for city leaders.

“If you are running at-large, you’re going to try to find the two or three thousand most likely voters, which … more often than not, are, only one geographic part of the city and so you end up then with one geographic part of the city electing the majority of the city council,” says McDonald, who served on Pasadena’s redistricting taskforce in 2001 and 2011.

Meanwhile, district candidates can only be voted for people in their area. “If you represent a district, you’re only interested in that district and what limited taxpayer money can you get for [it],” says Beck.

He is concerned districting could “polarize the city.” But, should Beck learn from analysis and outreach “that we have a problem, then I’m open to changing.”

McDonald says HQH CAEA wants to avoid litigation. “They hope everybody would agree it is a worthy goal and that is that by going to district elections, you improve your accountability, you improve your participation, you improve the overall transparency … make sure that everyone is getting represented.”

However, they are prepared to pursue a lawsuit.

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55 comments:

  1. Arcadia did have "Asian"; representation, Mr. Gem Coins. Law breaker.

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  2. How does one become a member of a "protected class?"

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  3. If a majority population cannot elect the people they want to a city council, well then rather than suing the city they should instead get off their lazy asses and vote.

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    1. AMEN. Dr. Cheng, a former mayor of Arcadia, placed 4th or 5th in the last election. That speaks volumes. Perhaps many Arcadians, regardless of ethnicity, really do favor reasonable limits on homebuilding.

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  4. I assume that not all of the population in question are indeed citizens. Some may not be allowed to vote.

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  5. McDonald has no shame. Everyone knows what his real motives are. Asians are the majority in Arcadia. Let them accomplish things at the ballot box like everyone else. But have we really reached the point that only someone of the same ethnic group is able to represent constituents of that ethnic group. What happened to the promise that we are all Americans? Welcome to the Balkinization of America thanks to scumbags like Richard McDonald.

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    1. McDonalds just following the footstep of those in saving arcadia. All they want to do is sue.

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    2. You're bass-ackwards. Are you Sho Tay?

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  6. McDonald-Mansions.

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  7. Well, at least white people do a pretty good job of protecting white people.

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  8. Will this help people in China to vote by mail?

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  9. Is there a law that says you cant vote if you have a criminal record?

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    1. As I understand it, if you are in jail and convicted of a felony, you can't vote. If you are out of jail, served your probation, etc. you may vote again. You do have to re-register. There are different laws in different states.

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    2. It may vary by state. Some are barred for life I believe but can't confirm

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  10. The county helicopter went by at 6:38 this morning, they were early. Usually they fly by around 7:15 to 7:30. Does anyone know why they fly overhead every day? On days I want to sleep in I can't sleep past 7:30 and that is very disturbing and it wakes up the baby. Why do they fly so low anyway? If anyone knows please explain, thank you.

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    1. Who knows? You don't even say what town you live in...

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    2. High county officials flying to work on the taxpayer dime. Heaven forfend that they should ever have to drive on the freeway system they destroyed.

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  11. If the Asian population of Arcadia is roughly 60%, and with that majority that can't elect an Asian to CC then a few things could be understood: 1. Some are not citizens and therefore can't vote which lessens their ability to get their Asian candidate. 2. The Asian's who are citizens chose not to vote for Asian candidates. 3. The Asian candidates that were running did not have th right message. There is no way that 40 % of the population could skew an election. If Arcadia doesn't see these variables then they deserve what they get. This is crap.

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    1. Or ... perhaps most Arcadians, regardless of ethnicity, really do favor reasonable limits on homebuilding.

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  12. This is, of course, about money. It always is. Richard McDonald is not Martin Luther King. Hilarious.

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  13. So this group, HQH Chinese American Equalization Association only has a Facebook page. Board member, Ray Chen seems to be a realtor. Kin Hui is the CEO of ingpoli a developer. Arcadia does not have to change the way they vote.

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    1. Kin Hui has taken some unfortunate positions on Facebook. Including the one that any Caucasian who opposes his development plans does so out of racism. Quote: "I hereby declare a WAR against any racism and slandering to me or Singpoli. Justice will prevail. I AM NOT THE SECOND CLASS CITIZEN NOR MY FELLOW CHINESE AMERICAN!" He might be undergoing some sort of personal crisis.

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    2. It was pretty crazy. He was reacting to this article being posted in a local newspaper, in which he made the statement "“I think this is a perfect city for even a Chinese company to come over here to learn about what American culture is about” in reference to his development company, Singpoli. Then he started screaming about how it was racist to even mention that he's Chinese.

      http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/local-investment-firm-floats-chinese-economic-opportunities-in-pasadena/

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  14. 59.9% of the population as a protected class?. With money to play this? We'll see!

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  15. HQH CAEA: Not sure if it's a cultural thing, but I experience this type of senerio. Always polite, seldom satisfied with outcome on decisions, pushing for more, giving the appearance of not understanding and again; pushing for "all" that was requested and then some. Then threatening legal action.

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    1. Yep, standard MO with these folks. It's a normal tactic in Asia, but it's lethally destructive of business relationships in the US. Nothing is disclosed up front, all very mysterious. Contracts don't seem to mean anything, no documentation of fact. Lawyers do all the legal threats over "misunderstandings" which are actually distortions of US law and standard english language meanings.

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  16. Wake up Arcadia Mayor, City Council and city leaders!! Don't fall for this ridiculous attempt at forcing asians into city govt!!! If they were qualified to serve, they'd win. Look at how terrible Sho Tay has turned out. He's confused on everything and offers nothing other than pulling the ol race card. Come on Beck, stand up for what is right. And by the way Beck, you sir have mastered speaking out of both sides of your mouth. You got elected promising you'd be anti mansonization but your voting record shows the opposite. Vote Kovacic 2018 is our only hope.

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  17. Yes, we NEED another Sho "me the developer money" Tay or Johnny "Gemcoins" Wuo in office. Give me a freakin' break.

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  18. The Pasadena Star-News just signed an office lease at 2 N Lake Ave in Pasadena. That building is owned by Singpoli, the real estate company that is funding this legal attack on Arcadia. McDonald is Singpoli's attorney. Don't expect Singpoli or its lackeys to be exposed.

    Pasadena Star-News Moves from Offices It Occupied Since 1990 to Nearby Suite

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    1. Anybody have the number to their subscription department? I need to cancel.

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    2. Make sure you put it in writing. If you simply stop payment on the subscription, they'll send you to collections. Even if you tell them on the phone...I went through that and will never subscribe to them again.

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  19. Singpoli and McDonald are currently attempting to elect appointed City Council member Andy Wilson in the March 2017 elections. He's their creature.

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    1. Who is the campaign manager?

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    2. Fred Register is Andy Wilson's campaign manager. Wilson has been shaking down developers for donations to his non-profit (Innovate Pasadena). For instance, the developers for the Thatcher Medical Building have pledged to pay Wilson's non-profit $30,000. The non-profit has also received money from IDS Real Estate which own multiple buildings in Pasadena (including the Playhouse Plaza) and the Alexandria Real Estate Equities which is building a 5 story building next to City Hall.

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    3. Fred is from Pasadena, right?

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    4. Oh yeah, he's been around forever as a political consultant in Pasadena, and was Terry Tornek's campaign manager. He's got an Investment Capital page in his website with the list of folks in there.

      http://www.innovatepasadena.org/causes/financial-resources/

      as well as a page of companies that he's gotten involved in his deals

      http://www.innovatepasadena.org/causes/companies/

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  20. Cambridge dictionary definition of gerrymandering: an occasion when someone in authority changes the borders of an area in order to increase the number of people in an area who will vote for a particular party or person.

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    1. Racial gerrymandering is big in the south. Is the majority population in Arcadia going to be allowed to bring that here??

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  21. And furthermore, the candidates for 2016 Arcadia city council were:
    Peter Amundson, Burton Brink, Sheng Chang, Paul Van Fleet, Bob Harbicht and April Verlato.

    So, Dr. Chang ran and did not win.This is how the process works. Even with 60% Asian majority, Dr Chang was not elected for whatever reasons. Why on earth does the election process need to be changed ? The people spoke and selected 2 others. Get over it and forget your silly lawsuit.

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  22. We can expect to see this attorney here in Sierra Madre very soon. One Carter has a bunch of houses due to go before the PC. Ya want to bet that their lovely architect has given more of the Arcadia special mansion designs. Fit as much as ya can on the lot! It will be another battle. Can't keep them from building but we can try to keep the traffic and population density to a minimum.

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  23. Bart Doyle, when representative of Sierra Madre for PUSD, brought up the "color wheel" of change for voting.
    Why is that "we"still continue to check that box? Just check off other.

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  24. Hey, you're the trump guy!

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  25. Hey; yes I am. It was also just reported that 3 Million Illegals voted in this Election.
    Not Arcadia. Trump and Clinton.

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  26. Gosh,C I thought members of the City Council were supposed to represent all of the citizens, not just one race. You mean All of this time we were supposed to elect those of our ethnic group? Will wonders never cease.

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  27. Sacramento solutions never quite work in the real world like they thought they would.

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  28. Possibility that investors in construction and land development from China, may be more cautious with Donald Trump as President.

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    1. China. You mean where Trump bought his steel and other materials to build his hotels? Sure.

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    2. I'm sure they are protecting their pussies.

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  29. 2:58P We don't really make much steel anymore and what we do is very expensive and not cost effective. He isn't the only one building with Chinese steel. Thank those that came before.

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    1. Fake America grate again!

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  30. Wishful thinking. China will keep the flow of "hidden investment currency" from leaving the homeland.

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