Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The World Journal goes all in for Arcadia's Old School McMansionistas this City Council Election Season

Sho Tay and Bulldozer Bob chewing the fat (link).

You and I might not read The World Journal too much because we are not Mandarin speakers. Otherwise I am certain we'd be eagerly awaiting each insightful new issue and tearing into it just as soon as the paper hits the doorstep. No, as an English speaking denizen of this corner of California's Happiest Valley you would be turning to The Arcadia Weekly or the Pasadena Star News for your election coverage. There you would discover that the issue defining the candidates most is aggressive development. You would also get both sides of the story. It is how polite journalism gets done.

However, if you are getting your news from The World Journal, there is a decidedly pro-McMansionista bent to this year's City Council election coverage. As there was the last time. That, coupled with some rather nutty conspiracy theories about an evil cabal of certain politicians, "historical preservation," HOAs, and, of all things, Arcadia's Planning Commission, makes for some decidedly colorful reading.

There is also an unfortunate "us versus them" feel to The World Journal's election presentation. This comes off as being a sadly cynical approach to the development topic because, rather than trying to bring the City of Arcadia together on an important issue, it instead attempts to pit Arcadia's residents against one another. I can only assume that this ugliness is being promoted in order to further the interests of the usual McMansion developers who, of course, are only interested in making a lot of money. No matter what the consequences to the community, or who gets hurt.

It is hard to believe that in the 21st century people are still falling for this style of old school ethnic based election hacking, but there it is. Like a bad penny it just keeps turning up. Some things never change.

Here is a translation of a recent World Journal article on this year's Arcadia City Council election. There are some notable inaccuracies, especially on who would be running for office. But the overall feel is pretty much as described.

On 11/30 Bob Harbicht met with around 10 Asians to start the warming up process to an election season.  It is the beginning of December and Arcadia City Council election is about to start.  Especially after the passing of the ordinance for districting, all candidates must be able to standout to get noticed and be elected as the next city council.  There are 3 seats available from 3 different districts.  In mid December, candidates will start to submit their applications to run for the city council seat.  There are already quite a few candidates that have already started their campaigns.  They are working hard to gain Asian votes.

Bob Harbicht has won many past Arcadia City Council seats. Due to his failing to win a seat in the last election, he is restarting his engine, again.  This time, he is especially focusing on trying to win the Asian vote. Last election he won 3,658 total votes. A substantial amount of those voters were from the Asian community.  On November 30, he met with over 20 Asian people to hear their opinions and their concerns about the City of Arcadia.

It seems like what people are concerned about the most is crime, safety and historical preservation.  It should be decided by the homeowners instead of "others". At the same time, he believes that the city planning department cannot allow a few to decide what homeowners can and cannot do to their property.  As long as homeowners follow city regulations, an HOA or Planning Commission should not be allowed to decide. He hopes this coming campaign will be clean. He hopes to avoid the smear campaign that happened in the last election.

Bob Harbicht will be running as a candidate in District 2.  This will be the most contested district.  Current city council member, Tom Beck, past city council member Gary Kovacic and Dr. Cheng are all part of this district.  Currently Tom and Gary have all communicated they would run.  Dr. Cheng has expressed passionately he would run during council meetings on districting.  Dr. Cheng has shown intentions during his speech that he has an intention to run.  There are so many in competition in this district.  By the deadline of December 1 for this article, he has not communicated that he would run.  In this district, there are 49% Asian voters.  It is clear that any candidate must fight for the Asian vote.

In comparison, our current Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay is in District 3, and city councilman Roger Chandler is in District 5.  Currently, there are no other candidates to run against them.  Sho's district has 53% Asian voters.  Roger's district also has over 50% Asians.  Currently, it is advantageous to them.  Sho expressed, it does not matter what race, picking the right person for the job is the key.  The best thing about districting is each person can only vote in one district. There is no splitting the vote.  

District 4 will not be running.  It has the highest concentration of Asians:  69%  There is an Asian lawyer Paul Chang whom had ran before.  He lives in this district.  By 2020, this district will run.  Not sure he would be interested to run again.

Mr. Liu has said that Arcadia residents are sensitive about the election. Any candidate must be truly doing things for the city.  It has nothing to do with new fresh face to be expected to win the seat. Now, we have 5 districts.  Every vote from each district has become even more important.  This requires all candidates to truly get close to Asian people and understand what they want.  In return, they will get their vote.  He is also hoping more Asians will stay close and on top of the election related issues to protect Asian people's rights.  Be involved and vote, otherwise benefits for Asians will fall to a deaf ear.

I had to laugh at Harbicht's cantankerous claim that he was the victim of "smear politics" in 2016. What doomed his campaign last time was the revelation that he received an incredibly large last minute $26,850.00 campaign cash infusion from, you got it, a developer (link). People I am certain he is still beholden to today. Obviously Bulldozer Bob has his price.

Wikipedia trashes The World Journal

I was poking around the Internet looking for some information on who actually owns The World Journal. The most generous source I found on the topic was Wikipedia (link). Here are three passages that do the paper no favors. Click on each one to enlarge.




We will be providing more in depth coverage on the Arcadia City Council race in the weeks and months ahead. Do stay tuned.

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59 comments:

  1. Mr. Harbicht supports the same areas of concern, as do the council members in Sierra Madre.

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    1. The same areas of concern as what?

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    1. Kinda cryptic, dude.

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  3. If Harbicht didn't want to be "smeared" as being a bought and paid for developer puppet he shouldn't have taken their money.

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  4. Sounds like back stabbing to some of us.

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    1. Yes. Transparency can be embarrassing.

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  5. Two faced politicians working with two faced people and who win's?

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  6. Trump says privately that a terror attack could save him and GOP from 2018 election bloodbath:report
    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/trump-says-privately-that-a-terror-attack-could-save-him-and-gop-from-2018-election-bloodbath-report/

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  7. L.A. County sheriff's deputy is charged with selling drugs and offering to hire other cops to protect dealers

    More crooked cops

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  8. The World Journal, pits people against people.
    It is laughable that the article says "protect Asian peoples rights!".
    Yes, peole will fall for this old world ethnic based tactics. Just look at this Tattler site and how people fall for fake news from major news networks such as MSNBC.
    But then again, Rep. Maxine Waters from California is show boating and says President Trump does not represent Black people! So how are the tactics any different?

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    1. So which news organization's opinions do you subscribe to? Breitbart? Fox News? Just because a news organization calls out Fat Don on any of his many shortcomings doesn't mean they are engaging in fake news. More likely they are telling a truth that you are incapable of dealing with.

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    2. Trump Falsely Claims His Approval Among Black Americans Has Doubled
      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/us/politics/factcheck-trump-black-americans-support.html

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    3. Cite an example of a fake news MSNBC report that wasn’t retracted

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  9. What if we all lost the ability to speak and were only judged on what we do. That would throw all the politicians into a tizzy. Imagine if the POTUS couldn't speak a word, or tweet, or anything for the rest of his lame life. that'jd be funny in my book

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  10. Does anyone know if the Arcadia realtor filed papers for the Sierra Madre City Council election?
    If so, looks like there may be two difficult council elections in our immediate future.

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    1. There are 4 candidates for the Sierra Madre Council.
      Damn.
      One of them is a development backed realtor, Andy Bensecom

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    2. So I assume you have some evidence that mr Bensecom has received contributions from developers. Or the more probable Tattler ASSumption that you just threw that out there because the voices in your head told you so.

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    3. The first assumption was yours. But since you were kind enough to stop by and share your thoughts, here is a question. Are you from Arcadia? My assumption is that you already have your answer.

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    4. Don’t back away from your idiotic rant. You said “one of them is a developer backed realtor, Andy Bensecom”. I made no assumption, I called you out on yours. Stupidity is not a defense. And no I am not from arcadia,

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    5. "Stupidity is not a defense."

      Yes, but God bless you for trying.

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  11. Looks like the Pasadena Star News is heading for major cutbacks.

    OC Register and other Digital First Media newspapers face 'significant' layoffs
    http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-ocr-layoffs-20180115-story.html

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  12. A city council should reflect the wishes of the community. If Arcadia want to "Mansionize" that is their prerogative. I don't live there..........

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    1. The people of Arcadia elected a city council that supports reasonable building standards. Asian and Caucasian alike. The developers are playing the race card. Despicable!

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    2. Minorities love to play the race card whenever it suits them.

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  13. It's looking like Russia has taught China how to interfere in elections. Bulldozer Bob and Smilin' Sho are China's top students and they're eager to demonstrate all they have learned.

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    1. Sho is not from China. He was born in Taiwan and graduated from Alhambra High.

      This has been discussed here before...

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    2. Your comprehension is not good. You don't need to be from a foreign land to learn how to serve its wishes. Just ask Donald Trump.

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    3. Naw, you BSed and got nailed

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    4. You apparently view life through a smoke screen of incomprehension and befuddlement.

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  14. Dealing with Chinese businesses, you have to take all with a grain of salt.
    You never know what is up or down, left or right, honest or dishonest.

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    1. Maybe you’re just weak at business making.

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    2. Having felt with the Chinese, they start negotiations after the contract has been signed. And that is a bunch of BS.

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    3. Felt indeed
      I thought they closed down those parlors

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    4. It was the reason for the squeezin'.

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  15. Not weak, I understand how the business deals are "worked out" with foreign dissidents.

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  16. For those of you new to Sierra Madre and pro-preservation citizen group's long, hard-fought efforts: Measure V is something you must study. Pro-preservation citizens put this on the ballot when alarmed by the development pressures apparent from actions of former City Council members investments in downtown projects and the impending implementation of the Downtown Specific Plan. The Arcadia Board of Realtors funded the opposition with a huge amount of money, outspending the preservation group and yet they lost. Measure V passed and it is the law governing development in the downtown along wth the Canyon Development Zone, the Hillside Development Ordinance and other Residentail development constraints are in place due to work by the entire city during the update of the General Plan. The Planning Commission continues to fine tune these development issues. I don't know what Andy Bensecom's election platform will be but you can bet that the preservation group in town won't have any part of it.

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    1. Property values in Sierra Madre skyrocketed because the people here rejected Arcadia style mansionization. A vote for Capetbagger Andy would be an act of financial idiocy.

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    2. Property values skyrocketed in Arcadia and San Marino

      Prices went up in Sierra Madre but tanked like everywhere else in the recession. Finally backe to where it was a decade ago

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    3. A decade ago houses in Sierra Madre were going for a million dollars? Do tell.

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    4. Maybe one or two.
      Pinney House was a white elephant. On the market forever.

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  17. 1:37pm. Ignorance is curable, stupidity is not.
    So no, being stupid is not a defense, it is a fact!

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  18. 3:56pm it all depends on Andy's platform.
    The zoning and ordinances are in place in Sierra Madre.
    We have seen changes to the General Plan as it was updated; some good, some bad.
    This current council has not delt with development issues in town, as there is a water moratorium still in place.
    We have witnessed how the current council bases their decisions; it would be nice to mix it up and have additional candidates apply.
    We witnessed that the voters in Sierra Madre over rode Measure V and voted to build a Residential Nursing home in the middle of town.
    Next will be an expensive decision either way, about the Library.
    I am not clear which way the residents in town feel, and the Preserve group is split on "Preservation".
    So this years election is anyone's guess.
    Guess we might, depending on the Asst. City Mng. acting as City Clerk a d running this years election.
    Still haven't decided on the UUT!

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    1. 1) No additional candidates can apply. The deadline is past.
      2) Can you elaborate on how the preservation group is split on preservation? Your claim sounds dubious to me.

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    2. “3:56pm it all depends on Andy's platform.“

      No it doesn’t. The problem with a carpetbagger is that they will tell you whatever you want to hear, then do as they please once elected.

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  19. Off topic here. Now that the Federal corporate tax rate has been reduced 40% (from 35% to 21%), the rates charged to consumers by the investor-owned utilities should be reduced to reflect the tax savings. Without a rate reduction, the utilities will be in line to make unearned windfall profits.

    Since the tax rates paid by the investor-owned utilities are factored in to the rates consumers pay, the reduction in the tax rate should result in a reduction in the utility rates.

    Everyone should send an email to this effect to the Public Utilities Commission (public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov) and to Sen. Portantino and Assmb. Holden (via the contact page on their respective web sites).

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  20. I’ve watched that Bulldozer Harbict for years on Arcadia CC. He never introduced one new idea to grow Arcadia business. He’s nasty to anyone that has a different opinion than his. He’s too dumb to have grown up dialogue. He’s been bought off by realtors and developers for years. Him, Chandler and Tay need to fade into the sunset.

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  21. Kinda like you people...

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    1. If wishes were fishes.

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  22. 4:55pm. Lol. You are joking right?
    You live in California and Jerry and friends love to make money off of taxpayer's, and they love it even more when they line their own pockets with profits owned from Utility Stocks.
    The utilities will be increasing.
    If Southern California Edison is found guilty of their transformers causing the worst fire in this states history; who do you think really gets stuck with the bill?
    If PG&E gets slapped with a fine on the air quality gas leak up in Porter Ranch; who do you think really pays?
    If you think the new gas tax is not rescinded; do you really think the money will go to road repairs? *** Did you read the small print? Oh that's right the voters weren't given an opportunity; the answer:zero goes into road repair, it goes for the Bullet Train and a tunnel through the mountains! Which already has exceeded Ten Billion Dollars, still counting.
    So, you think you and I will get a response from our Representatives?
    I still believe in the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, you should give that a try, at least it may bring a smile to your face.

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  23. What exactly are “Asian people’s rights” versus non-Asian people’s rights? I thought we all had the same rights regardless of race, religion or creed.

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    1. It’s yet another example of Sho Tay’s attempt at making every topic a ‘whites hate Asian’ issue. The man is really dumb. Have you ever had a conversation with him ? One lost soul. Please give us a break Tay, and stay away ! Let someone with a purpose run for office and you stick to dying that hair.

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    2. Well, in theory

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    3. No one is running against Sho Tay. He doesn’t have to run. He will be appointed to council representing District 3. Thanks State of California for the Voter’s Rights Act. How is that more democratic?

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    4. 8:16, yes, how pathetic is that? What a joke.

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  24. Harbicht is going to need more than 10 Asian people’s vote to win.

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  25. Too bad there’s no way to see what Tay and Bulldozer really receive from the realtors and developers, in addition to what they report. Ol Bulldozer is clearly in bed with the whining Ash Rizk.

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  26. Harbicht looks like a doddering old fool.

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