Friday, October 13, 2017

City Council Districting In Arcadia Slithers Through

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Mod: There really is quite a lot of disinformation being put out now by the Singpoli controlled press (link), but it's their money and I suppose they're entitled to spend it as they wish. Last evening when I was piecing this post together The Hub had about 30 views for their developer sponsored version of events, so I am going to assume the cost was around a hundred dollars an eyeball. I hope they're happy. That said, if you want the real story you'll need to turn to the residents of Arcadia themselves. A self-reliant bunch who figured out a long time ago that if you want something done right (and truthfully), you're going to have to do it yourself. Here is how one resident reported what actually happened at Wednesday night's Arcadia City Council meeting. Big surprise, districting (so-called) truly is all about what developers want, and the total power they feel they deserve.

Hi neighbors: Last night the Council affirmed its decision to move to districting and its selection of the Purple map. Sho Tay, Peter Amundson and Roger Chandler voted for it. April Verlato and Tom Beck voted against districting, saying they were willing to challenge the issue in the courts. Over the past two months, April and Tom have done all they could to bring reason, fairness and common sense to the districting issue, but they have consistently been overruled.

April pointed out that the entire process has not been about achieving what is best for the City but as a way for the developers to once again have free reign to build whatever they want. Even though the drawing of the districts in the Purple map is ridiculous, clearly gerrymandered and disenfranchises a large majority of voters, Tay, Chandler and Amundson voted for it.

I'm particularly disappointed with Peter. When he was running for election, Peter promised at a meeting at the home of Donna Perez that he would support the goal of sensible and harmonious development. His vote last night paves the way for the resumption of mansionization in the City.

Peter should have sided with April and Tom against districting or at least voted for the more balanced Orange map. The Orange map created two Council seats in the North, one in the Center and two in the South. It was drawn by the demographer employed by the City and it reflected a fair and even distribution of voters across the City. Many people, including former Mayor Gary Kovacic, were in favor of it.

Instead Peter joined hands with Tay and Chandler and chose the Purple map, gerrymandered so that each current council member keeps his/her seat and opening the door to a developer-controlled Council.

Without the support of the voters in North Arcadia and those throughout the City who supported the Saving Arcadia effort, Peter would not have been elected. Many of us helped place his signs, wrote letters, made calls and urged our neighbors to vote for him. His support of districting and the Purple map is a betrayal. He has chosen to allow the 3100 voters in South Arcadia to rule the City with three Council seats while the North, with 5100 voters, is left with two.

His excuse is the possibility that a lawsuit filed by the City of Poway, CA in federal court might overturn the requirement for districting. First of all, there is no guarantee that Poway will win. Second, it could take years to settle the case. In the meantime, the Council will be packed with developer-backed cronies.

Mark my words, the next thing we will see is an effort to roll back the reasonable building codes that were put in place last year to contain out-of-control development. Despite warnings from Chandler and Tay that these codes would hurt property values, the opposite is true--property values have increased considerably. This proves that tighter controls on development do have a positive effect on prices. And I believe that the current codes could have been improved even more if we had had a Council that represented the wishes of the people.

When Amundson, Tay and Chandler begin their effort to undo the City's building codes and encourage their developer friends and backers to build a monstrosity next door to you, I hope you will get involved and work to oppose them. When they run for reelection, we must support and vote for candidates to replace them. The three of them need to go. Their vote for districting and the Purple map proves they do not have the City's best interests at heart.

Thanks to all of you who paid attention to this important matter, got involved and showed up at City Council meetings.

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45 comments:

  1. Sounds like what Sierra Madre went through and fought against; could be that Northernmost Arcadia will continue a stronger home owner's association, that understands what is being targeted and independently distribute factual information about the zoning and codes; when under attack.

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  2. During Peter Amundsen’s 2016 campaign, among the various mailings he sent to all city residents, one was a promise how he would work to fight the proliferation of massage parlors that are ruining the city. Want an eye opener? Do a google search on “Arcadia massage therapist arrests” and learn about the various places that are busted by Arcadia PD. To date, he’s never once mentioned massage parlors, he’s done nothing that he promised. Plus, he’s not a leader, perfect example is how he can’t run the CC meetings worth a darn. Forgets the processes, stumbling speech, complete opposite of how Kovacic and Beck ran the meetings.

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  3. Will Sierra Madre have council members who represent districts?

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    1. Districting is usually done to protect the interests of protected ethnicities. Since Sierra Madre is basically one unprotected ethnicity, there is no need. Though it would be nice if the community were protected from some of their poor choices.

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  4. So sorry that evil has won out over truth and honesty.

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  5. From now on aluminum foil Internet battle helmets shall be referred to as "Hub Caps."

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  6. Bart Doyle attempted redistricting back a few years ago when he was "appointed" as liaison to the school district, that was squashed.

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    1. Bart had a lot of good people with him on that one, who were trying to get their kids into the Arcadia schools, instead of the PUSD. A judge called them racists.

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    2. Yeah, racists becsuse we wanted better schools. Bart actually proved the point that we couldnt be racist, because the 50 or so white kids would still be a minority. At least it sent a message to PUSD.

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    3. You apparently weren't here when that nonsense was going on. Arcadia did not want Sierra Madre's kids. They petitioned against us. The rule also against this effort was a pro-child part of the education code: if moving a large population from one district to another would cause a lost of enrollment that would change the academic offerings available to the district that was being left, it was disallowed. One example that I remember: level four in foreign languages, upper levels of math (Trig, Calculus, etc.) I would like the commenter who remember a judge calling the Sierra Madre parents "racists" to show that language in the finding.

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    4. 4:28, 11:03 here. I was told that by one of the parents who tried to get the change to happen. That was before I moved to Sierra Madre, so I only heard about it. The source is a scrupulously honest person.
      I don't imagine that any judge would be caught saying such a thing on the record.

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    5. I had just moved here from out of state. People kept telling us that we didn't want to move to Sierra Madre because the Pasadena school district was in the lowest 10 percentile of California. We thought How bad could it be? Then we found out, moved our kids to private schools. Yeah, the jidge did say that, and yeah, Arcadia did want our 50 kids.

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  7. 7:37am. It's not the skin game, it's show me the money.

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    1. Exploiting the tensions between different ethnicities for personal profit? Naw, our fine local politicians and their supporters in the housing industry would never ever do that!

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    2. They're all just perfect saints. And if you if don't believe that, just ask them.

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  8. Some of those speaking Wednesday night in favor of districting and the purple map thought that fighting a lawsuit would take money away from the schools. Who is misinforming these people?

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    1. Sho Teeth and Roger Gin Blossom.

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    2. That would be Sho Tay doing the misinforming. He’s clueless himself, and he does the same to his immigrant puppets that come to the CC meetings every 2 years and make fools of themselves. How about the one speaker who was angry at the city for not giving the residents notice about redistricting? Maybe that same guy should consider learning what is going on in his city and not blame others for his lack of understanding. Come on buddy, the redistricting has been in the Arcadia news for months, wake up and get involved !!

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    3. Sho, Girardot, McDonald, they all work for Kin Hui. Quite a bouquet of roses.

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    4. Does anyone know how Sho is being bought by Kin Hui ? I don’t know the background but would like to learn it.

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    5. Sho received a $10,000 campaign contribution from Kin Hui's Eb-5 Regional Center LA Invest when he ran in 2014.

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    6. There's big money in those green cards. And you can buy anyone you want with the profits.

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    7. Anyone know how to find out if there is public record that shows how the Arcadia CC candidates actually spent the money they received in the 2016 election? I know there is a form (forgot the number) that they are supposed to list all their donors, but is there one that shows (not that it’s believable) how they claimed they spent the money. With a small town election, how could Sho Tay have spent all he received? Same with Bulldozer Bob Harbict that took that $27k from a cronie friend.

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    8. Ask the city clerk for Form 460-Campaign Disclosure.

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  9. Trump not only takes credit for the portion of the Obama era rise in the stock occurring after Trump inaugurated, but believes the rise reduces the national debt.

    Is this what the Wharton School of Business (U Penn) taught him or is it just more swamp gas from Swamp Thing?

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/12/1706406/-Donald-Trump-has-a-weird-wrong-idea-about-the-stock-market-s-relationship-to-the-national-debt

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    1. Seek help, TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) is treatable.

      We are talking about Arcadia here.

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    2. Trump is a bit deranged himself you know.

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    3. Unless you're the Mod, Trump Sycophant, you don't get a say in what is or isn't posted.

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    4. I'll bite. Here's an Arcadia comment:

      A supporter of a p*esident who was installed by Russians, the KKK, and white nationalists must be positively beside himself about the changing demographics in Arcadia.

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  10. On the flip side I heard from several resident from Glendora, Ca. complaining that they were rail-roaded by the current city council member's (judy nelson, michael allawos, mendell thompson, karen davis, gary boyer)and city manager (chris jeffers)along with the cities contracted city attorney (d. wayne leech $12K a month)to vote themselves in a map that basically protects their district seats. These districts run North to South in almost vertical strips.

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    1. Is that guys name really 'leech'?
      😂

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    2. Yes. He is a close confidant of Mayor Tapeworm.

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    3. The firm is known as, Leech and Associates - El Monte, Ca. long time insider buddy but grabber and favored with accepting in politics and the law.

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  11. South Pasadena voted in a map that coincidentally protected each current council members seat.

    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2017/10/11/south-pasadena-voters-will-elect-council-members-by-district-heres-what-the-map-looks-like/

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  12. I spent countless hours standing in front of supermarkets and post offices, and going door to door in my neighborhood to get signatures to normalize building codes. It looks now like this was all for nothing. We elected Amundsen on the hope he would be another voice of reason, what a disappointment. I am so disillusioned with city governments. Apparently everyone has their price.

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    1. Preserving a community is volunteer work. Unfortunately town wrecking usually comes with a salary. And because of that those folks will never go away.

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    2. 10:54, exactly.
      Fighting developers is a full time job

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    3. Does anyone feel the sadness of what fire has just done to the State of California? Just like with the hurricanes and flooding, fire has killed still uncounted people and pets and over 3,ooo homes, OMG. Does anyone know how to most directly help our fellow Californians? Please tell.

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    4. I bet the fire was manmade

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    5. Lighting, Russians, Weather Change or maybe some disruptive persons of interest?

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  13. The Hub uses the same local news service as Patch. City News Service.

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  14. Troll trash!

    KKK ‘imperial wizard’ who shot at Charlottesville counter-protesters denied bail after claiming ‘self-defense’

    Zimmerman wannabe

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    1. I hear he just accepted an invitation to the White House.

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  15. The Hub takes weekends off.

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