Monday, April 17, 2017

Why is the Phil Hosp campaign advertising an endorsement from an EB-5 Green Card Attorney?

Marty
Tomorrow there is an election for a City Council seat in Pasadena. Like all Pasadena elections, this one has become a big money effort run by the usual frantic and quite omnipresent campaign managers. Obstreperous gents who are often far more interesting than the politicians they're shilling for. The candidate of political chameleon Martin Truitt (you know, the Republican who ran the dishonest pro-tax Yes on Measure UUT effort in Sierra Madre that so many of you knuckleheads fell for) is a personal injury attorney named Phil Hosp.

What is odd here is that Truitt is running his pie-eyed cutout as an anti-development candidate. As you must be aware, Pasadena is one of the most miserable traffic glutted over-developed logistical nightmares in the San Gabriel Valley these days, so I am going to assume Truitt's research identified this as a popular campaign issue to run his boy on. But is Hosp's opposition to more SB375 style development glut in the Rotten Rose sincere? Considering the cynicism of the source, I highly doubt it.

Recently I was perusing the always interesting Pasadena Star News website. The PSN, as you know, now resides in a building owned by one of the preeminent developers in the state. Truitt, who loves placing ads for his candidates on that site, had one for Phil Hosp up there. Being an adventurous fellow I clicked on it and was immediately taken to the following column (link).


Yes, Ms. Chen's personal life is fascinating for us all. Her column goes on in this self-reverential way for about eight more paragraphs. There are also 11 reader comments attached, which are far more fun.

Since Ms. Chen does bring up the fact that both she and her homebody hubby are lawyers, I thought it would be far more interesting to discover what kind of pettifogger she might be. It didn't take too long to find out (link).


As many of you are certainly aware, Green Card mills and developers have an interesting symbiotic relationship. Here is an article that ran in the New York Times a while back that shed some needed light on the topic (link).

Look into Phil's eyes
Want a Green Card? Invest in Real Estate Like many of her fellow classmates at New York University, Yanchu Zhao has a busy schedule. A college junior, she has a double major in economics and journalism, and juggles classes, an internship and life with roommates in a rental near Herald Square.

But unlike many of her fellow classmates, Ms. Zhao came to the United States on a student visa. “A lot of students talked about how hard it was to get a job in New York and in the United States,” she said. “My parents heard that if I can get a green card, it would be easier for me to succeed.” So two years ago, Ms. Zhao’s parents invested $500,000 in a hotel project on Bryant Park, knowing that their investment could be parlayed into green cards for the family. Three months ago, their paperwork came through and the Zhaos became permanent residents of the United States.

While Ms. Zhao’s father has remained in Beijing, her mother joined her in the United States and is now renting a studio on Roosevelt Island and studying English. Investing in real estate projects in exchange for legal immigration status has become big business in New York City. Through a federal visa program known as EB-5, foreigners, more than 80 percent of them from China, are investing billions of dollars in hotels, condominiums, office towers and public/private works in the hope it will result in green cards. 

Twelve-hundred foreigners have poured $600 million into projects at Hudson Yards; 1,154 have invested $577 million in Pacific Park Brooklyn, the development formerly known as Atlantic Yards; and 500 have put $250 million into the Four Seasons hotel and condominium in the financial district. The list of projects involving EB-5 investments also includes the International Gem Tower on West 47th Street and the New York Wheel on Staten Island.

There is a lot more for you to read. Click on the link to the NYT above to discover more. It is worth your while.

So is there a connection to be made here? Perhaps. Certainly there are some questions that need to be asked.

Here's one. Is Phil Hosp going to somehow make Pasadena into the pleasant tree lined California gem it once was? Don't make me laugh.

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45 comments:

  1. Follow the money has never been more clear. Look out for the Hosp, he'll have his hand in your pocket before you know it. He will use your money to make you and your neighbors living standard miserable. Is he part Chinese by any chance?

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  2. Truitt is a genius. No, really!

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  3. "Pinocchio Phil" has dishonestly characterized the length of his residency in Pasadena (a few years, not "almost all my life"), his experience in state budget management in Massachusetts (he was a college intern), the reason he didn't participate in shaping the General Plan that was developed from 2009 through 2015 ("I was in Iraq"), and more. His entire campaign has been built around "fake news" attempts to denigrate his opponent, not around any real qualifications that he possesses for the job.

    Whatever you think of a person's stand on specific issues, it needs to be built on a foundation of truth and honesty. We can't believe what he says about his own record. Why should we assume that he is sincere about his self-proclaimed passionate commitment on development issues? He never said a word in Pasadena, in any forum, at any time, about "over development" until he launched his one-issue, hyper-negative, misleading campaign.

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  4. That picture of Truitt says everything you need to know about him. Is he slimy, cynical and unbalanced? Maybe. His candidates have won more elections to office in Pasadena than Fred Regisers candidates. So Hosp has a chance, even if the establishment is against him. All politics in Pasadena is theater. Hosp's iconoclastic Republicanism makes him the perfect bad-guy that gives this council of NIMBYs an opportunity to be more "progessive". What a s&@! show.

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  5. Pasadena was built on Conservative values... it is going the way down the rat hole like LA.... progressives killing yet another community.

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    1. Tornek and Bogaard are progressives? Oh ho ho ho!!

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    2. Redling is a conservative value

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    3. Redling Fine Art
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redling_Fine_Art

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  6. One of the reasons our preservation fight was so important here in Sierra Madre is clear in Pasadena - they've lost. Most of those beautiful old houses are gone for good, and the once-spectacular urban forest they had won't be back.

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  7. 6:59am. Cut and paste on your second paragraph, and apply it to the majority of Sierra Madre Council members.
    The standard of all wanna be Politicians.

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    1. All about the money and the political influence it can buy.

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    2. It is no coincidence that Elaine Aguilar left Sierra Madre after Measure UUT money started to roll in. She knew her retirement fund was now secure.

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  8. Living in Sierra Madre requires that you have to go to East Pasadena or Arcadia for groceries (only a few items are available at Howies). You skirt around the traffic, especially around schools mornings and afternoons and nagavate in and out without too much agravation. A trip to Old Town Pasadena or Arcada for mall or South Baldwin shopping is a real logistical nightmare. You are in a traffic tsunami of major proportions. Not much I need there so live without. Problem is that there are more and more people born into a life where this is the norm and they have no objections. They may not even conclude that living in crowded, noisy, road dirty, environments is bad for your health.

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    1. I miss Roess market,and Roberts (home of the green frog), a Garlands" 5+10......

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    2. albertsons too!

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    3. I miss the Old Trad'n Post and sarsaparillas.

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    4. Just go to the supermarket on foothill in Monrovia. No traffic

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    5. Which supermarket on foothill in Monrovia?

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  9. Pasadena has $1.5 billion dollars in CalPERS debt. Development and taxes is all the city government there cares about. There's no corruption like that of the well off. People bash El Monte and City of Industry, but they have nothing on the corruption found in Pasadena.

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  10. Martin needs to lay off the bacon rolls.

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  11. Pasadena Woman Who Arranged Fake Marriages For Chinese Immigrants Faces Prison
    A Pasadena woman who ran a scam to arrange fake marriages for Chinese nationals in need of green cards is scheduled for sentencing.
    https://patch.com/california/pasadena-ca/pasadena-woman-who-arranged-fake-marriages-chinese-immigrants-faces-prison

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  12. Yes; Super Libs: Tornek and Bogaard.
    Isn't Tornek under investigation?
    Toss Truitt into the mixed bag of tricks, and you have these men that sell themselves out to the biggest fist full of dollars waved under their noses.

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    1. Sorry. All 3 of the people you've mentioned here are Republicans. So is Hosp.

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    2. 9:32 isn't firing on all cylinders.

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  13. What's being a RINO got to do with being a sell out to the highest bidder?
    Let me guess, "you" did not vote for Trump, because he ran under the Rupublican, more conservative leaning party, and yet he ran as a Businessman not a Politician.
    Have "you" ever seen the Democratic Party open their ranks during election and invite anyone onto the debate stage; that isn't a cookie cutter Dem? NO.
    Can you say hypocrites in the same sentence as, what have you done for the voters that put you into office; and not keep from laughing?

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    1. Trump didn't run as anything but Trump. He's already broken about half of the promises he made to the wool hats. Don't be a sucker.

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    2. TRUMP’S 13 BROKEN PROMISES (SO FAR)
      http://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-trumps-thirteen-broken-promises-so-far-582342

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    3. 11:05. You're right. Trump ran as a businessman who could not make a profit unless he stiffed his employees and contractors and discharged his debt in bankruptcy running the biggest non-profit there is. The symmetry makes sense: Profit-challenged running a non-profit.

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  14. 12:42pm. Better to wear a dye in the wool cap; then to be a sheep in wolves clothing, as "you" have professed that you are by your nonsensical rants on this blog.

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    1. Wake me up when you start making sense.

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    2. You really need to study your English vocabulary comrade. The Russian language does translate literally in this case......

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    3. Perhaps the comrade is a "dye on the wool" traitor?

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  15. What exactly do you propose to deal with the ever growing population? Forced sterilization? How about forced relocations. I hate to break it to you, but the world you knew and still pine for, is gone. What remains are decisions to move forward. Efficiency, planning and working towards the greater good. It's time for ideas, not isolation and preservation at all costs.

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    1. I do not know one person in Sierra Madre who would argue for "preservation at all costs."
      Slow growth is not the same thing as no growth, no matter how many times developer shills try to equate them.

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    2. The logic devoid circus regarding the darling house contradicts your point.

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    3. You are entitled to your opinion. Everyone else is free to believe you are an idiot.

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    4. and by everyone I assume you mean, you and the dust bunnies you share a basement with.

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    5. Stick to cheeseburgers.

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    6. What do I have to do with cheeseburgers?

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    7. Good question.

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    8. 8:14 is all cheese, no beef.

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  16. Martin Truitt represents everything that is wrong about Pasadena. Candidates who put their well-being in his hands sell their souls to the angry underachiever. Perhaps going against Tornek this time bodes ill for Truitt now and in the future. We can only hope.
    Phil Hosp may be well-meaning, but his choice of issues fly in the face of Pasadena's reality. Pensions are out of control. The city's employees are raiding the treasury, like Martin Truitt raids a pantry. Hosp says he's all about protecting the trees. Really? How many PEOPLE did he kill in Iraq? What a joke this guy is. There are so many other problems in Pasadena that need a champion's solution. An anti-establishment vote would have been for Bryan Witt or Sheena Tahilramani. Anyone but Hosp. He can't get out of his own way, especially with the lying. In fact, he may have lied about who he voted for in the November election. His recent claim of voting for the former Ohio gov Kasich??? It can be checked out. His prior statements suggest otherwise. So does the County Registrar of Voters....

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  17. HBO/VEEP. Good for you Kevin Dunn, see you in the movies!

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