Friday, January 12, 2018

Arcadia Shocker! Former Mayor Johnny Gem Coins decides not to run for City Council

John Wuo let the Tattler down.
Alas, the rumors going around town proclaiming that John Wuo was gearing up to run for City Council were not backed by any amber mines. This was disappointing. Think of all the fun we could have had with that.

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?
As followers of Arcadia politics will surely tell you, Peacockia recently went from having City Council Folk that were all representatives of the entire town, to those who only run in specially designed and racially coherent subdistricts. Chandler and the celebrated former Mayor Gem Coins not only live in the same council district (#5), they're Grey Poupon swapping neighbors. And as devoted supporters of Mansionization, and therefore avid lip polishers to the boots 'n booties of even the most predatory of developers, it would make no sense for them to run against each other. They're 8,500 square foot no set backs buddies.

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.

Critics.
So here's the theory. By pulling those papers what John Wuo did was effectively frighten off any potential Chinese candidates that might have presumed to run against his beloved Roger Chandler. Since no such candidate did emerge in the face of such mighty (though tainted) opposition, and there were possibilities I've been told, that unhappy gambit apparently worked. By committing to this act of shadiness Mr. Gem Coins protected his old political ally from having to run for re-election against a serious Chinese candidate in a district that is predominantly Asian. Possibly preserving a dependable mansionization advocate.

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!

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44 comments:

  1. Jonny Gem Coin could run for a seat in Sierra Madre, are there any rules that say you actually have to live here? A P.O Box will do.
    According to the Mayor, three people have applied to be the next City Clerk.
    Talk about conspiracies, the LLC group must be gearing up to take control of the town again.

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  2. Like you were expecting crooked politicians to turn over a new leaf and get back on the straight and narrow not a chance ever since a S***hole president was elected on his platform of 'crooked is good' and the America of unabashed racism.

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  3. The rumor I have heard is everyone who votes for Chandler will receive a nice piece of high quality amber. And a Gem Coin.

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  4. You have to live in the city to run for an elected city office. If the City Council wants to change the position of City Clerk from an elected one to an appointed one they will have to put it to the vote of the citizens. This is what I have determined from looking at California government regulations on line, as was true as of 2011 when I find several California cities putting this subject to a vote of the people. So, in the meanwhile, even if the CC wanted to appoint an interum City Clerk he/she would have to be a resident of the city. That would eliminate some of the current city staff. If it changes via an election to an appointed city clerk the residency requirement might not remain. That I have not determined.

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    1. I am sure SCAG, the BIA and the Arcadia Association of Realtors have some recommendations.

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    2. Sorry Tattler, wrong again. Acadia went to district voting to avoid being sued by a"voter's rights" attorney named Kevin Shenkman. The suit claimed that at large elections violated the CVRA. The real gerrymandering began when people like April Verlato and Tom Beck started pushing maps that would ensure that the Chinese in Acadia remained off the Council.

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    3. How is it that a town that is predominantly Chinese elects Caucasians? Can it be because the Chinese politicians that run for office there advocate for ugly greed housing that nobody, no matter what their race, wants?

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  5. Sierra Madre has our very own version of President Trump. with this commentator 6:26am., so much in common! #S***hole.

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    1. Along with "pussygrabber," President Trump has now blessed us with "s***hole." Now that is leadership!

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  6. On the City Clerk application it mentions "specific attitudes" to be considered. Does anyone know what those specific attitudes are?

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  7. So is Andy the carpetbagger Realtor actually going to run for Sierra Madre City Council, or is he all talk? Not that I'd vote for him, but I hope he runs to spice things up a bit.

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    1. Is he a good dancer?

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    2. Be carefully what you wish for 8:29. Trump certainly spiced up the last presidential election.

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    3. Yeah... like a turd in a punch bowl.

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    4. With a yellow wig.

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    5. Every president since Ronald Reagan has signed the proclamation commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The real credit goes to John Lewis, who sponsored it

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  8. President Trump has signed a proclamation that gives status to the home, church and tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King.
    This proclamation gives these locations the same status of Mt. Vernon.
    MLK Day, celebrate with a "day on day, not a day off", give your service to others, assist those in need.

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    1. Trump took away our MLK day off?

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    2. 8:53am Snowflake, you can celebrate any way you choose when honoring Dr. King.

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    3. Thanks Nazi.

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    5. Early release of Trump’s MLK Day speech, “Dr. King rose up from the sh**hole of his forefathers, giving hope to those from sh**holes everywhere. Sad! Now we can’t get them to move back to their mud huts.”

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  9. Specific attitude would be; you kiss cc butts.

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  10. Thank you 8:00am. The city attorney and this city council lead with very narrow and controlling attitudes.
    The appointed city clerk will not have the constraints of being a resident of this town.
    Sierra Madre is about contracting out all positions and departments to outside sources and increasing the UUT.
    This council will spend more money hiring a new clerk, then the $7,500 amount that was agreed upon for the latest clerk that resigned when the council used the strong armed tactic of taking that contract back.

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    1. The $7,500 was just an excuse.

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  12. MLK day is coming up. One of the most important holidays we celebrate. Peace everyone be.

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  13. There are several facts that are not known by the general public re: resignation of city clerk. This was not as a result of the city council actions in November. That being said, Rob Stockly got his wish to bring the city clerk job to City Hall and only pay a pittance for anyone applying for the job. ($250 per month) Notice the election is not included in the duties. Note also, that the council voted last year to have action only minutes which only notes motions and votes. Hardly a record of the meeting. We've been robbed of an elected City Clerk!

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  14. The longer a councilmember stays in their seat, the more they begin to resemble all of the councilmembers who went before. Remember, three of our sitting councilmembers ran against raising the UUT. Once elected they all voted for it. Maybe they're pods.

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    1. So what are you going to do? Vote for Andy the carpetbagger realtor? I don't think the current council is perfect, but they're better than most we've had.

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    2. Something happened. They lost touch.

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  15. 3:04pm. I would use other adjectives to describe the council members but the Moderator would have to scrub my comments.

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  16. 1:12pm. Pay attention, do you listen and understand current news?

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    1. I believe 1:12 does. The claim being made by some alt-rightists that Donald Trump discovered Martin Luther King is not getting much traction with the sane community.

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  17. 4:26 pm. Stop! You are drinking the same kool aid as commenter 1:12pm!
    Are the two of you living in an alternate universe?
    President Trump recognized and signed into law, recognition of a new park space; similar to Mt. Vernon.
    This creates for the very first time a new National Park space that pays tribute to Dr. King in his home town of Georgia.

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    1. The only reason Donzo did it is because he is being denounced internationally as a hateful bigot.

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    2. He signed it but didn’t have anything to do with the process. Don’t give him credit for something he didn’t do

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  18. Not another 4 years of that incompetence from Sho Tay. What a joke. No one in Arcadia cares so we end up with that confused moron.

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  19. I can’t wait for current Pro Tem Mayor Sho Tay to become Mayor. Can you imagine him trying to run a CC meeting? Guy is soooooo lost.

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    1. Sho is Kin Hui's messenger boy.

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  20. So what are you Trump supporters now saying about him after the shithole comments? He’s still doing a great job, right? There will be NOTHING he says or does that you won’t condone. Admit it.

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  21. Hey Dump minions-
    Looks like Donboy was busted banging a porn Star while married to current First Lady.
    The guys a real piece of scum.

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