Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Welcome to The Hub: Arcadia, Pasadena & Sierra Madre

Enjoyed the brownies?
Mod: It now appears that former Pasadena Star News chief Frank Girardot is back in the rag trade. I am sure it seemed like a good solution to certain problems at the time. The things we did in our younger years often do when we're being forced to come up with something quick. I'd like to find me a gig that pays six figures to put CDs into retail outlets. Except that I probably won't since nobody buys shiny discs any more. Or at least nowhere near as much as they once did. I am sad to say.

A little background here. Frank left his position as the Star News self-styled crusading journalist a while back to go to work for a real estate development outfit called Singpoli. Apparently for a whole lot of money. Located in Arcadia, it is run by a fellow named Kin Hui, a gent mostly famous for both large scale urban development and those unhappy squat monuments to nouveau riche conspicuous consumption known to many as McMansions.

On the surface Frank was there to operate a public relations firm called Pegasus Media (link). Something he was running in partnership with Mr. Hui, or so Frank claimed. It was supposed to perform as a kind of independently run promotional conduit for companies interested in making headway in the treacherous world of Los Angeles area media. Except that almost all of PM's clients were Singpoli associated entities, and Frank functioned more like an in-house publicist than anything else.


Under that incestuous umbrella, which offices out of the Singpoli building in Arcadia, Frank also became something of a de facto hired social media enforcer for certain development interests. A lot of them also owned, or at least in alliance with, his boss at Singpoli. And also often functioning in partnership with certain oligarchic financial operations and investors out of China.

I think it is safe to assume that none of them were ever interested in preserving the small town community atmosphere of places like Arcadia or Sierra Madre. They just want to build stack and pack development, and then rake in the dough. Woe to anyone daring to stand in their way.

Which brings us up to where we are today. Recently Frank Girardot announced the birth of a new weekly newsprint and website entity called The Hub. Aimed at today's happening youngsters in search of meaning in a world that can often seem confusing at times, it is described by Frank this way.

Welcome to The Hub (link): Let’s take on the elephant in the room first. Yes, we know there are fewer and fewer printed newspapers, tabloids, magazines, pamphlets, and books these days, and that this endeavor — in its printed form at least — flies in the face of conventional wisdom.

That said, we know most of you are reading this explanation on the same phone you used just a few moments ago to send a Snapchat or read a Facebook post, which should tell you that we are a little more conventional than we seem.

Separated at birth?
But we also know that conventional wisdom is just that — conventional. Not that we want too unconventional or eccentric — but we do believe there is a market for a polished and professional news source in our vast, and ever-changing community. And, with that in mind we created The Hub.

The Hub is a mobile, online and print news resource for Angelenos in their 20s and 30s that will be primarily distributed in downtown LA, Pasadena and Glendale. It is sponsored in part by the Monterey Park-based World Journal, which is venturing into English language media for the first time in its storied history.

All well and good, I suppose. Except I am not sure about either the print or Facebook parts. My kids wouldn't touch an actual printed newspaper if you paid them to, and strongly believe that Facebook is for tedious mid-lifer types hellbent on showing off their weight problems while wearing colorful shorts.

And then, sadly, there is this:

Expect The Hub to include that sort of hard-hitting journalism. Also expect the Hub to delve into the lives of millennials priced out of the region’s expanding housing market and explore the rise of marijuana-themed bakeries as legalization makes its way into the mainstream.

Affiliated with the World Journal, which is the largest Chinese language daily publication in Southern California, the HUB will not only be spot to find curated locally sourced information, it will also contain premium content from the World Journal translated for an English speaking audience.

I am not sure that parents of anyone under the age of thirty are going to see a burning need for a weekly rag that extolls the virtues of "marijuana-themed bakeries." Especially in a free distribution publication that will likely be found stacked up outside of places where kids like to congregate (link).

And as far as being priced out of that "expanding housing market," you might stand a better chance of getting a place of your own if you passed on the pot brownies.

Anyway, and wouldn't you know it, one of the very first articles to appear under the cool and ganja groovy banner of The Hub is a rather nasty hit piece on Arcadia City Councilwoman April Verlato.

So much for that LA, Pasadena and Glendale thing.

As you know, April earned the enmity of Arcadia's more predatory development interests by having the temerity to be elected to office as a highly effective community preservationist. And The Hub, given the origin of its financial backing, not surprisingly shares in that unfortunate animosity (link).


We will have more on this story later in the week.

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49 comments:

  1. It's like an invasion of America but a little slower, sort of like when the flu hits on the east part of town, you know it's only a matter of time before you get it.

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  2. There is the example of money talks.

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  3. Watch your family starve or go with the flow. Only problem is your just going to get crumbs and eventually cast aside.

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    1. Well, that was apocalyptic...

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  4. District voting in Arcsdia, BAD.

    April, GOOD.

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    1. I second that. I can’t see anything good coming out of splitting the city into districts. I think all we get is divided council that will never agree on anything. Citywide NIMBYism

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    2. It is an attempt to gerrymander a pro-McMansion majority on the City Council. With flatulant blowhard phonies like Richard McDonald and Frank Girardot running that campaign, anything can happen. Many millions of dollars can be made, and they're going for it.

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  5. Anything I would say here would be so un-PC! It needs to be said, but I’m tired of being called names.

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    1. Check yoself before u wreck yoself

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    2. Entitled, racist,elitist,Caucasian.

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    3. Whine, whine, whine. Somehow the self-proclaimed mewling about persecution from certain black Mercedes driving folks who live in $2 million dollar concrete pillboxes with turrets is a bit hard to take.

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  6. Wonder if Mr. HUB is getting 6 figures?

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    1. Good question. Maybe we should put his name on WeChat and see if any offers come in.

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  7. Hello, hello, the lights are on but no buddy is home!

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    1. Have you tried the brownies, too?

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    2. They're having a special this week on herbal lobotomies.

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  8. Well it looks as if Frank is peddling his "gift" of gab/rag to the highest bidder; his Chinese bosses.
    Hollywood has Harvey, the Hub has Frank!
    You can fill a kid's mind full of purple haze and create new anti American sentiment, on how Democracy works on the local level.
    This "Hub" targeted group of millennials is first generation, their parents are caught up in their changing culture of being disrespected by their own children; this publication should go over well in the advancement of progressive disrespect.

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  9. Remember how Frank used to rail against the Green Card business in the Star News? Now he is getting paid from it.

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  10. Why would Singpoli try to bring the dishonesty from the Mainland into Arcadia and surrounding cities?
    The Hub, written by Frank, may be a new front for funneling cash.

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  11. We need to look at the positive side here! Look at whats happening then find a spot in the big picture that can make your life as good/happy as possible. If everyone stopped feeding on the hate and worked together life could be better for all? Is that going to happen here or is history repeating itself?

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  12. The only councilmember with a hidden agenda is Tay fueled by his allegiance to his generous campaign donor Kin Hui.

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  13. 8:34am. If I were you, I would be searching for new employment!
    Where is the hate? Coming only from your boss Frank.
    Developers will stop short from selling their parents home, for their own profit.

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  14. As always, follow the money. Sho Tay was and is supported by developers and he is stirring up hate to divert the debate away from the truth. April is the target because she defeated one of the developer's long time puppets. No matter what she does or says it is twisted in order to keep Sho Tay's army up in arms. The silent majority keeps going underground to avoid the hate and political flack. Just remember, Arcadia, follow the money and it all leads to big out of the country developer money. It's time to make a public records request to document Sho Tay's dealings. It is a crooked path.

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  15. Hugo Guzman also used to write for the moribund Foothill Flounder. Frank's previous failed attempt at journalistic relevance.

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  16. I was at that meeting. It was a mob scene. Shot Tay's folks were in the hall during the first part of the meeting, yelling among themselves. Those of us in the meeting could not hear what was going on. With 60 % of the voting population citywide I do not understand their anger. They were rude and loud once inside the room. They yelled and clapped repeatedly after one of their people spoke. They were admonished to stop but did not. When an opposing position was raised chaos erupted. Shot Tay egged it all on. He apparently had another Chinese language meeting prior and urged all his supporters to show up. He and others as you know, disparage "white" people who are trying to "trick" the Chinese. I will never attend another city council meeting. I give up. I am sorry I moved to Arcadia. Now I wonder if my Chinese neighbors hate my family and just fake kindness when I see them.

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    1. They're behaving like Stormtroopers.

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    2. 11:33, don’t give up ! Please be involved in Arcadia govt. Sho Tay is just terrible. He is a puppet and can’t ever display any intrigue on any topic. Forget the language barrier, he’s lacking intelligence. We need to get him out of council come 2018.

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  17. Anonymous Oct11, 2017 at 11:33AM. Don't let hate wins. If you stop attending the City Council Meeting, they win! I am Chinese. Sho tricked me
    and my friends to voted for him. Until
    these days, I am still kicking myself. I would not vote for Sho *ever*!! I
    will donate and do whatevee we could
    to make sure he does not win, again!
    I sees how he gets others to pumped
    fake news into his army. He stays
    silent to allow everything to happen.
    His biggest fear is he knew that he is
    unlikely to win if voting at large. He oppose Map M is not because Map M is
    not good because he knows he can't win to go against Gary. If Map M area is near 60% asians, why should he fear?
    He should win easily, and why he might
    lose? Perhaps because old-Chinese like
    me see thru all his BS. There are no
    racist issues here. It is all pumped
    by Sho. He even told me in person to
    heavily suggested. I was disgusted by watching first hand on how his army intimidating people who oppose their views. I am proud that I casted my
    vote for April in the last election. I am proud for April to fight for little old person like me. April is brave,
    and I feel grateful that Arcadia has
    her. Re-districting sucks. I would
    not be surprise that it is all because
    Sho. That loser will never win if
    voting is at large. I am Chinese and
    I feel ashame because of him. Go April!!

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    1. Thank you. I hate to see people divided by demagogues like Sho Tay. It is not how neighbors are supposed to live.

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  18. Anonymous Oct11, 2017 at 11:33AM. Don't let hate wins. If you stop attending the City Council Meeting, they win! I am Chinese. Sho tricked me
    and my friends to voted for him. Until
    these days, I am still kicking myself. I would not vote for Sho *ever*!! I
    will donate and do whatevee we could
    to make sure he does not win, again!
    I sees how he gets others to pumped
    fake news into his army. He stays
    silent to allow everything to happen.
    His biggest fear is he knew that he is
    unlikely to win if voting at large. He oppose Map M is not because Map M is
    not good because he knows he can't win to go against Gary. If Map M area is near 60% asians, why should he fear?
    He should win easily, and why he might
    lose? Perhaps because old-Chinese like
    me see thru all his BS. There are no
    racist issues here. It is all pumped
    by Sho. He even told me in person to
    heavily suggested. I was disgusted by watching first hand on how his army intimidating people who oppose their views. I am proud that I casted my
    vote for April in the last election. I am proud for April to fight for little old person like me. April is brave,
    and I feel grateful that Arcadia has
    her. Re-districting sucks. I would
    not be surprise that it is all because
    Sho. That loser will never win if
    voting is at large. I am Chinese and
    I feel ashame because of him. Go April!!

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    1. People are avoiding the "mob" and are digging down deep and hiding because they fear retaliation from Sho Tay's army and that their children will face retaliation at school. I have spoken up at city meetings but cannot sit through all their ignorant diatribes. They do not know they are pawns for the developers.

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  19. The Hat specializes in pastrami. The Hub specializes in baloney.

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    1. Rancid, days old baloney at that.

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  20. 9:27, Frank is not my boss. Fact be known, I'm my own boss and yes I pay a lot of taxes. Just saying don't feed on the hate, it will get you down.

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    1. Feed on the brownies. They'll groovy up your vibes.

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  21. 12:40, you made me smile, thank you.

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  22. I am 11:33, Thank you 12:09. I hope you are in the majority. It makes me feel a lot better. I have never voted only white. I voted twice for Obama. I even voted for John Wuo unfortunately. I try to vote for the candidate I feel will do the best job for the most people.

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  23. The people from the Republic of Taiwan are much smarter than the tzong-guo.

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  24. 11:33, this is 12:09. I can't speak for others, but I do know that I am not getting down to Sho's level of "ugliness" to let evil win! Don't let Sho's "negativities" to create doubts in you. Please continue to care and believe *good* in people. I believe the old values to be nice to your neighbors. I know your care. Otherwise, you would not be here, right? :-p Together, we can contiue to keep Arcadia great!

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    1. Sho Tay - The Man With The Miss America Smile

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  25. Tay bad. April good.

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  26. The reason America is having floods, hurricanes and fires is because God is mad that we voted in the devil and it's only going to get worse.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I just took out some brimstone insurance.

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    2. Again, we didn't vote him in, the electoral college did

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  27. What ever happens just watch out for Poway, California lawsuit over this type of issues.

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  28. This is Not pro-development vs. anti-development. Arcadia residents do Not support April to go back to at large voting because they don’t want to spend millions of their hard earned tax dollars on a lawsuit. April made a good decision to vote for district voting. But her flip flop on this decision after she could not get her favorite map showed that she only cared about her or her interest group, not the all city and residents’ interest.

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  29. What is Sho Tay's business interests? Real estate? Newspaper? Blog? Is he retired ?

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    1. He’s just a common idiot that repeats everything Chandler says. Have you noticed how at the CC meetings, they always turn to him to make his stupid motion, he says “Mr Mayor, I like to motion to approve minutes from last meeting”. That’s all the idiot can offer. What a waste of a CC seat. They treat him like the child he is.

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