Bob seems all too quick to forget what really happened in the last election, and exactly why he lost. He claims “a group of people – most of whom do not even live in District 2” have a moral compass that is broken. “These people put out mailers, hand-outs and phone calls about me based on innuendo, half-truths and outright lies.” Yes, he did say that.
No one is exactly sure what “lies” the Bobster is referring to here. What most remember here is the proven fact that certain interested developers contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his disastrous 2016 campaign. Those developers certainly didn’t live in District 2.
In fact, most didn’t even live in Arcadia. Jeff Lee, a developer that personally shelled out $26,000, had a project pending in the Highlands for a new hillside development that would have required 350 truck loads of dirt to be excavated and removed.
To paraphrase a more famous politician, it takes a Bulldozer.
Perhaps what Bulldozer Bob is referring to here are certain embarrassing facts. Such as news about his past voting record against any curbs on predatory development. Bob campaigned against any kind of limit to the size of McMansions, claiming it would destroy property values in Arcadia. Yet certain sensible guidelines were put into place, and property values did not crash.
If he is so worried about “outsiders” influencing the election of District 2, why then does he have his yard signs posted at the corner of Oakwood and Sycamore, which is in District 1? Could it be because that’s the home of Real Estate Agent to the Developers, Ash Rizk? Which, by the way, is being demolished to make room for a sweet new McMansion.
Bob claims in his mailing that he wants to run a “clean campaign” based on “the issues” and “qualifications,” So let’s look at the issues Bulldozer Bob wants to limit the conversation to:
1) Crime in Arcadia – This is a problem throughout California. It’s not something unique to Arcadia. It’s not something City Hall can control other than to give direction to the police department to do something. Unless Bob can put on a red cape with a big "S" on it and fly through the air, all he will do is pay us the usual lip service.
Unfortunately for Bob, this is an entirely inaccurate statement. Some might even go so far as to call it a fib. Identifying a home as a historic resource does nothing. Bob apparently didn’t pay much attention at the Historic Preservation outreach meetings. Maybe he took a nap. Or went out into the lobby to try on some funny and interesting hats.
A Historic Resource Survey has already been done identifying potential resources. This list is used if a Historic Preservation Ordinance is adopted in order to assist homeowners is determining whether or not they have a chance to be designated as historic should they apply. It is not based solely on the age of the home.
Only 124 individual historic residential resources were identified in the city of Arcadia. This in a city of over 16,000 residences. Do the math. That means there are about 15,876 residences that will never qualify for designation, even if a neighbor tries. And no ordinance has been proposed that will limit anyone’s ability to remodel, add onto, or modify their home.
As usual, Bob’s campaign rhetoric is complete political bull-pucky. Designed to bamboozle the naive, the gullible, easily agitated, or kinda cracked.
The City of Arcadia is about to go into financial cardiac arrest due to Bob’s long-term thinking. Pension costs are running the city of Arcadia $7.5 million big ones per year, and are projected to increase to $14 million a year by 2023. Is Bob going to pay for any of that? Or get his McMansion developer pals to dig deep into their pockets and take care of it? Just like they do for his near-limitless campaign expenditures?
Where is the City of Arcadia going to come up with an extra $7 million each year on top of the on-going annual salary increases demanded by the public employee unions, ie the Arcadia Police Officer’s Association. Does Bulldozer Bob Harbicht have Golden Pension Fairies flying around in his belfry? Or are they just bats?
And what about his qualifications? Bob has a long list of charities that he volunteered for. While honorable, it’s not government. But he does have over 20 long years on the City Council. Two entire decades. Not just in Arcadia, but over in Duarte, as well. Talk about your outsider.
Take a look around, Arcadia. Look at what a couple of decades of Bulldozer Bob has gotten you. An underdeveloped commercial district, and an overdeveloped residential zone. And debt as far as the human eye can see.
You almost have to feel sorry for old Bulldozer. He’s obviously lost touch with reality.