|John Wuo let the Tattler down.|
Don't get me wrong, it is true that Johnny Gem Coins did actually pull papers to run for his old seat on the Arcadia City Council. However, at the time of this typing, which was also the filing deadline to run for a city office there, we were told that Steve Chen's former business partner, and alleged fellow exploiter of gullible immigrants just off the boat, did not file anything with City Hall and therefore will not be on the ballot.
Let me tell you, nobody feels more let down than the Sierra Madre Tattler. But there is a story here, nonetheless. Pull up a seat and let your old pal Uncle Eric tell you all about it. I certainly don't mind. This is my idea of a good time.
While John Wuo did pull papers to run for City Council, something that had sent shock waves through Arcadia's troubled political firmament, it never did quite seem authentic. Something was just not right. The reason being had Wuo run he would have been up against his old pal Roger Chandler. Roger being about as strong an argument for term limits as Arcadia has ever provided.
|A look of gastrointestinal anguish?|
Why did Johnny Gem Coins head down to city hall and pull papers, only to decide at the last possible minute not to run? Here is where the irony starts to thicken. The reason Birdtown went to districting was to get more folks of Chinese ancestry to run for City Council. Continued round eye dominance of the municipal legislative body having caused some not exactly disinterested observers (Kin Hui, Frank Girardot, Lawsuit Richie McDonald) to howl that racism was playing a role. Districting was somehow going to cure such evils.
So you know, Roger the Building Standards Dodger will have two opponents. The first is named Joyce Platt, and she does not favor run amuck development. The other is Jolly Wu, who is described as a one issue candidate that advocates exclusively for the disabled.
Over in District 2 none other than perennial candidate Bulldozer Bob Harbicht has reemerged from the thumping he took in the last Arcadia election. I guess he thinks everyone has somehow forgotten the $10s of thousands of dollars he took from developers during the 2016 race. He will be running against the incumbent Tom Beck.
Sho Tay, also known as the "Man with the Miss America Smile," will be running unopposed in District 3. Paul Van Fleet had drawn papers but must have forgotten to turn them in.
As you can see, redistricting has brought out a wave of new Chinese candidates, proving once and for all that the advocates for racial gerrymandering in Arcadia are extraordinarily brilliant men who deserve the thanks of their grateful city.
Well, OK. Perhaps not.
Funny how things sometimes work out in the real world, right? We will have much more on the Arcadia City Council race in the days and weeks to come.
Would you like to be anointed Sierra Madre's next City Clerk?
If you have been reading this blog lately you will know that the current City Clerk flew the coop after the City Council ripped her off to the tune of $7,500. It is not an easy gig, and losing so large a sum of money in what must have seemed like a bait and switch turned out to be a little too much to take. That, plus being rudely dressed down before the entire city, and on live TV no less, apparently discouraged any further participation.
So doesn't such City Hall bonhomie make you want to throw your hat into the ring? Do you like cake? Well, now you can have it all. Check out the following, citizen. And do print your name neatly. They can be critical down there.
That is not all of it, of course. It does go on. If you want to fill out the whole thing (and you will have to if you're going to jump into the fray), you will need to click here. Be sure to highlight your specific attitudes.
Best of luck!