Friday, January 26, 2018

Decision 2018: Arcadia’s April Election Already Raising Some Eyebrows

Bulldozer Bob: Preservation is a government plot.
Mod: The two following articles from the Arcadia Weekly were forwarded to me by someone from Sierra Madre's neighbor to the east, and south. There were several comments included, which I am adding at the end of this post. So you know, I believe that the 2018 local elections will be the year the Empire attempts to strike back. The Realty/Development crowd have suffered some pretty significant defeats at the polls lately, both in Sierra Madre and Arcadia. They badly want back in, and are going to do anything they can to get there. The articles were written by Terry Miller.

Decision 2018: Arcadia’s April Election Already Raising Some Eyebrows (Arcadia Weekly link): Elections are always fascinating and occasionally contentious, but when Arcadia Weekly learned that embattled and disgraced former council-member, John Wuo initially pulled papers to run for office again we thought this year’s would be a doozie.  Alas, he didn’t file, nor did Paul Van Fleet, who pulled papers in late December. Van Fleet was planning on running for ShoTay’s seat.

This election is for three seats: Members of the City Council for Districts 2, 3, and 5-(Full term of four (4) years). The nomination period began on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 7:30 a.m., and closed Friday, January 12, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

If no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by Section 10229, of the Elections Code of the State of California. Two newcomers, Joyce Platt and Jolly Wu round out the more familiar names: Bob Harbicht; Tom Beck; Roger Chandler and Sho Tay.

According to candidate Tom Beck, “This election will be different from all previous Arcadia elections. In 2017 the Arcadia City Council voted 3-2 to go to ‘district elections’ instead of ‘at large elections’. I voted “NO” (as did Councilwoman Verlato) to this change. Only two districts, 2 & 5, will actually have a contested election this cycle. My district is 2 which generally is bordered by Orange Grove on the north, Michillinda on the west, Huntington on the south, and Santa Anita on the east.”

Bob Harbicht, who ran unsuccessfully in the last election, maintains that “private property rights have been under attack in Arcadia.  The latest government takeover of our property rights is the so-called “Historic Preservation Ordinance.”  This would allow government or your neighbors to declare your home a “historic resource” without your permission, thus severely limiting your ability to remodel, add onto, or modify it.  While protecting truly historic structures is admirable, there must be a limit on government infringement on our property rights,” Harbicht said.

Chandler: First elected in 1986. Wants more.
Newcomer Joyce Platt had 30 years teaching in the Arcadia Unified School District says, “Currently there is an expansion of new business areas and mixed-use areas being planned for the City of Arcadia, but along with the new development we need to look at our current business areas such as Baldwin Avenue and revitalize those areas and make them more client friendly.

I believe that the biggest challenge in the next four years is long-term financial sustainability.  This is becoming more difficult as it’s a function of what happens in the state legislature and what happens with the economy along with pension costs and unfunded liabilities.”

Jolly Wu moved to Arcadia 17 years ago and is a strong advocate “of equal opportunity for accessibility to the city council by advocating free roll out service from Waste Management for people with physical hardships. In the same year I participated in an effort to successfully rezone my neighborhood from R2 to R1 in order to prevent developers from constructing a huge apartment complex on 3rd Ave., Lee Ave., and Greenfield.”

In 2016 several senior citizens and Wu formed the Arcadia Transportation Taskforce to insure that Dial-A-Ride funding was properly used for seniors and disabled people only.  This led to introducing the option of transporting school children by professional well-trained school bus drivers to increase the safety of school children.  The Taskforce also advocated repairing uneven sidewalk in the business district on Foothill Blvd.  This prompted the city to repair several locations on Foothill Blvd.

Roger Chandler, who has a long history with Arcadia, is a former law enforcement leader who was first elected to office in 1986.  Chandler is a strong advocate to get more police officers on the beat in Arcadia. “We are being inundated with dangerous criminals preying on our neighborhoods. Early prison release won’t end; it’s up to us to protect ourselves. Our police have arrested more felons for residential burglary and street robberies in 2017 than in the past several years combined,” Chandler says.

Sho Tay, originally from Taiwan, is running unopposed as Van Fleet decided not to run at the eleventh hour.  Tay, has been very active in the Asian business community and like Chandler, has a background in law enforcement serving as a reserve officer for Alhambra PD. “I want to bring more attention to public safety by sponsoring a citywide program to install doorbell cameras and alarm systems. We will look at new technology to aid our law enforcement. And we need to preserve the special qualities that make Arcadia unique,” said Tay.

Sho Tay: The Too Happy Anointed
Who’s running against whom? (Arcadia Weekly link): There is a wee bit of confusion with Arcadia’s upcoming April municipal election, according to a couple of concerned readers about last week’s page one story said forthcoming vote.

Essentially, this is a two person race in two separate districts:

District 2: Tom Beck’s seat is being challenged by Bob Harbicht.

District 5: Roger Chandler’s seat on the dais is being challenged by Joyce Platt and Jolly Wu.

Residents in District 3, where Sho Tay has no opponent this year, will probably not receive a ballot as council will likely vote Thursday to save tax payers the burden of $14-15,000 for an uncontested seat in that district.

Because of the above facts, Section 10229 of the Elections Code allows the City Council to take one of the following courses of action:

- Appoint to the office the person(s) who has/have been nominated.

- Appoint to the office any eligible voter if no one has been nominated.

- Hold the election if either no one or only one person has been nominated.

At a special City Council meeting to be held on January 25, 2018, the City Council will consider whether to make an appointment and cancel the election for that office or direct an election to be held. The persons appointed, if any, shall qualify and take office and serve exactly as if elected at a municipal election for the office.

Comments from our friend in Arcadia

Thoughts about Arcadia's upcoming election:

First: It's a sad day when a public official who is expected to represent a population of 60,000 people gets appointed and doesn't have to run, because there is no one to run against him. Proto-developer Kin Hui of Singpoli, the contributor of $10,000 to Sho Tay's campaign in 2014, will be able to save his grease money for another campaign.

Second: Chandler wants to fix a problem by throwing taxpayer money at it. He wants to hire more police to fix the increase in burglaries, yet burglaries have gone down in Arcadia in the last six months without having to add a single officer to the department.

ThirdHarbicht wants to scare the hell out of the residents into voting for him. He fabricates a historic preservation ordinance that would take away everyone's property rights, unless he is elected to save the day.  He forgets to mention that he was one of the 3 votes that led to the demise of Anoakia, the home of Anita Baldwin.  I think it's fair to conclude, Harbicht does not think the history of Arcadia is important.  For someone who is running to represent Arcadia, I would think residents would want a person who values the history of the place he/she represents.

So if you are uninformed and you believe everything you read in a candidates' statement, you might vote for the 2 worst choices in Arcadia,  Harbicht and Chandler.

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31 comments:

  1. Why were the photos for Sho Tay, Chandler and The Bulldozer all taken in the same place?

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    1. They belong to the same selfie club.

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    2. You would have thought that whoever is handling their publicity would have been smarter than that. Obviously somebody is not getting their money's worth.

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  2. Sho Tay doesn't get "apppointed". As the only candidate he automatically wins.

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    1. He's picking up his tiara at Kay Jewelers in the Montclair Plaza.

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  3. Harbicht sounds like a real nut.

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    1. Don't walk on his lawn.

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  4. More political mayhem will take place this coming April 2018 - Arcadia will be in the throws of two faced politicians taking over to further destroying the once beautiful city of Arcadia, California. So be on your guard this platform in Arcadia is the litmus test for other surrounding cities to see if the sheep are naive enough to let the same kinds of crooked politicians back in office, so that wolves may slaughter the sheep one by one in 2018.

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  5. Harbicht and Chandler have my vote.

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    1. Really? You are registered in two districts?

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    2. Makes sense. When you buy off your council, there should be a 2 for 1 deal.

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    3. 10:41, did you max out at 5th grade level of education? Or 4th?

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    4. That is assuming you could really vote! ;-) Those two racking up 130 millions of debts for the
      Arcadians. Our city already have the highest pay salary across the board in comparison to neighboring cities, and Chandler and Harbicht wants to increase another 5-10% of salary across the board. These two clown wants to bankrupt our city! Just say 'NO'!

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  6. I own five houses in the city of Arcadia, one in each district.

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    1. Could someone please put Chandler out to pasture...it's time for some fresh ideas.

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    2. Arcadia needs fresh blood and new ideas. Instead Harbicht and Chandler show up. It's as if dinosaurs still roamed the earth.

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    3. Don’t fret 12:59, he can barely move, cholesterol likely near 300.

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    4. Needed a place to hide your laundered funds, eh 11:45 ?

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  7. Here in Sierra Madre we know all too well what it is like to have politicians who proclaim that they love the town so much, all they want to do is help it. Help it how? By developing every last square inch, then developing on top of the development.

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    1. It's sad how many people fall for that.

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  8. I will vote on the UUT.
    We were promised that a short term increase would be all that was needed to get back on track.
    Well that has not happened, time is up on false promises and broken sidewalks. Time to operate the town within it's means and not from continuing to raise the UUT.

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  9. the vote is about whether to repeal the current UUT completely or not. the UUT can never be raised without voter approval.

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    1. If the UUT were raised again Sierra Madre would have the highest utility taxes in California. As it is we're in 2nd place behind Culver City. Barely.

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    2. At least we’d be #1 at something again

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    3. You know, if Sierra Madre voters pass the No UUT ballot measure in April, the UUT here would be the #1 lowest in the state.

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  10. Good! I will vote to repeal this UUT.
    The council is always planning how to spend more, seldom about saving.

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  11. It will be standing room only come April 2018 at Arcadia city council meetings. People will flock in droves to see Smilin’ Sho Tay be the Mayor!! He’s mayor pro tem now meaning he’ll be the next head cheese. Imagine that confused soul trying to run the meeting. He’s said about 10 words over the years, that rarely made any sense, he’ll continue to be an embarrassment to the city, but way more !! Gotta love it. Keep shredding him April !!! And keep up countering idiot Chandler.

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    1. The man with the Miss America smile.

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    2. I am ready to watch him to be a fool. That dude can't run the meeting! Just watch! ;-)

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  12. Sho Tay: Because Kin Hui's butt won't kiss itself.

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