Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sho Tay: Golden Memories from the Man with the Miss America Smile

Last week I introduced you to an initial piece of current campaign bluster from Arcadia's enduring political artifact, Bulldozer Bob Harbicht. This week I thought we should have a "TBT," or "Throwback Tuesday​," and remember when Arcadia's now Mayor Pro Tem, Sho Tay, was running unsuccessfully for City Council back in the year 2012.

To the immediate left is Sho Tay's homespun, yet heartfelt, campaign flyer from that year. Note Sho's dismay at the uncontrolled tax and spend treachery of then Council Members Bob Harbicht and Roger Chandler. He was also upset with their efforts to campaign for John Wuo. John is the now former Arcadia Mayor often noted today for his alleged promotion of a local crypto-currency known as Gem Coins. Which, as I am sure you are aware, were famously backed by amber mines. Something no longer the case, sad to say. Apparently the FBI didn't like it.

Then there was Sho Tay's more successful bid for an Arcadia City Council perch in 2014. A run that was not without some measure of controversy, however (link):

Arcadia POA pulls endorsement of candidate - The Arcadia Police Officer’s Association has removed their endorsement for Sho Tay for Arcadia City Council in the April 8 election, Arcadia Detective Mike Hale confirmed with Arcadia Weekly on Thursday.

An attempt to collect mail-in ballots for the upcoming April 8 election in Arcadia by a young man identified only as an Asian teenager approximately 16 years of age who was knocking on doors in the 1700 block of Alta Oaks and asking residents if he could collect their election ballots and mail them for them was the catalyst.

Now we'll fast forward to 2018, when MPT for Life Tay has become the "Appointed One." There will be no need to campaign this time around. It also seems that his past disdain for Harbicht and Chandler has waned a bit. Or even morphed into an adorable form of bro-love. Today he appears in photo ops supporting The Bulldozer's run for a City Council seat. But you won't find such a photo in the Arcadia Weekly or the Pasadena Star News. You'll instead have to look to the Chinese World Journal.

Here is one. I am also including the interesting translation provided by Google (link).


Nice man-spread, Bob. It's here that you can find MPT Tay smiling away with his new best friend. How did this happen? Why so sudden a change of heart? Is it because Bob is now a much finer man than the current Councilmember, Tom Beck? Maybe Sho Tay is impressed by Bob's camel-toe?

Or perhaps it was how Harbicht led a young delegation from the Special Olympics a few years back when they first arrived to town. Especially after he famously referred to those athletes as being "retarded." For those who have forgotten the moment, you can refresh your memory by viewing the following video footage:

The link is found here.

It could be Sho Tay was swayed by how much money Harbicht raised in 2016.

Arcadia council candidate gets controversial $26K donation from local developer (Pasadena Star News link): A local developer that has been trying to build on an Arcadia hillside for 15 years has spent $26,850 to support City Council candidate Bob Harbicht’s campaign, according to campaign finance records ... Instead of donating directly to Harbicht’s campaign, Nevis Capital LLC, owned by Ta-Jen Lee, routed the money through the California Homeowners Association, a political action committee in Sacramento ... The PAC spent $15,000 on a mailer sent to voters this week asking Arcadians to “bullet vote,” or only cast one vote for Harbicht, even though there are two seats open. The PAC also spent $10,000 on online marketing for the candidate ...

Sho Tay, on the other hand, was only able to get a $10,000 contribution in that single donor category when he last had to run in 2014.  Here's a copy of Tay's Form 460:

Invest LA Regional Center, LLC is a federally regulated program through the United States Customs and Immigration Services Department. It is where immigrants who "invest" $500,000 with an approved Regional Center can then qualify for a visa called an Eb-5 for not only the investor, but their entire family.

It seems to me that contributions from a Regional Center that is run entirely on foreign money may be an attempt of a foreign national trying to influence a local election. Does the Federal government know how this money was being spent? Why would a Regional Center that is a pre-approved qualifying investment for foreigners looking to immigrate to the United States be interested in who is sitting on the City Council in little old Arcadia? Maybe because the gentleman behind the curtain is none other than Kin Hui, Arcadia resident and developer extraordinaire?

It looks like the actual link between Bulldozer Bob Harbicht and Sho Tay could be that they are both the willing puppets of some very well-heeled developers.

Nothing ever really changes. It is always about the money.

An update to last Tuesday's Arcadia post

The City of Arcadia will be sending out a mailer on Historic Preservation in the next couple of weeks to correct some of the misinformation being spread by Bulldozer Bob Harbicht. Yes, The Tattler makes a difference wherever it may roam. We'll post it here when it becomes available.

Here is a comment that didn't get posted a week ago because I really wanted to give it the special attention it deserves.

How ironic is that a person who himself lives in an over 7000 SF Mcmansion is against development? Tom Beck is a typical hypocrite. He would rather pay millions of tax dollars on a unwinnable lawsuit than vote for district voting to allow more representation from the underrepresented. He voted to deny Crosby's circular driveway, arguing against the owner's safety plea. How could he not understand a circular driveway would be certainly safer than backing up to the street for an over 70-year old couple? 

The commenter left out that Beck himself doesn't have a circular driveway and the poor, elderly couple who needs this circular driveway for "safety" reasons, is none other than Tom Crosby, the owner/broker of Coldwell Banker/George Realty.

Tom "Coldwell" Crosby is currently in the middle of constructing his modest 6,092 sf 2-story mansion with a 3 car garage in the back of the house that has a 32'x32' parking pad in the back for easy turning in order to go out of the driveway front first.  It features 5 BR, 5BA plus 1/2 BA, a kitchen, a wok kitchen, a breakfast nook, a family room with a wet bar, a wine room, a library, a home theater, and a home gym.

How is it Crosby is able to afford such luxurious digs, and in his golden years no less? He has reaped the rewards of over-development in Arcadia, for each agent from his office that sells a McMansion, as the owner/broker he gets a commission, too.

The city staff of Arcadia determined that because he has a 50' front yard setback, the circular driveway would cause an excessive amount of hardscape and denied the request. There has been issue on these large properties with people parking 10 or more cars in the circular driveways.

With just a retired, old couple living in this wickiup, there shouldn't be a need to park 10 automobiles.

Besides, who needs all of those cars when you can just call an Uber to take you to Sprouts?

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65 comments:

  1. Smilin’ Sho busted again.

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  2. Looks like in that clip of Bulldozer he’s wearing a woman’s sweater.

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    1. He looks like a retired lady librarian.

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    2. As a retired lady librarian, I was going to take exception to that remark. But you're right.

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    3. Perhaps, just perhaps, Sho Tay has changed his tune after years of the ridiculous "Tom Beck" show. The circular driveway circus Tom Beck made of a Council meeting was shameful and embarrassing. Two faced Tom never did answer the direct question "Why can't I have a circular driveway?" Maybe Mr. Tay knows that Tom is an elitist who enjoys talking down to citizens, city staff and contract employees as he plays "courtroom" at every Council meeting..."Is that your testimony." Maybe Councilman Tay knows that Two faced Tommy disguises his hatred of our new Chinese residents behind the smoke of "big developers." "McMansions" and so on. Perhaps Councilman Tay is tired of Tommy's passive aggressive personal attacks on him. Maybe, like most of the people in my neighborhood feel, Tom Beck has to go. Time to get Beck out!

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    4. I would be in favor of you having a 360 degree circular driveway. Just as long as there is no exit.

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    5. 4:42PM, I think it was clear why the majority of city council denied the circle driveway: it was excessive and not needed for safety reasons as claimed by the applicant. And Crosby is white, not Asian.

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    6. 4:42, what’s with all the ‘maybes’? Can you make any concrete statement in your like? Maybe your’re nuts.

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    7. The council, mostly Beck, acted disgracefully the night of the circular driveway discussion. The driveway was denied by the HOA not by city regulations. It might surprise you to know that Tom Beck is in that very same HOA. A little self serving wouldn't you say.

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    8. You really do need to stop whining about this. People are starting to point at you and laugh.

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    9. What a crushing reply, nothing more to add? I always enjoy the childish rants when your type has nothing of substance to reply with.

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    10. Nobody cares about your damned driveway, knucklehead.

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    11. 8:07PM, How is denying a circle drive “self-serving”. Could it be that Beck saw through Crosby’s smoke? Crosby knew that the ARB wasn’t allowing circle drives on new construction for years. The last 40 new homes approved in the Oaks did not have circle drives. Crosby is a real estate broker, representing developers in the Oaks for years. He submitted plans for a new home without a circle driveway and got approved. Then, after he was half way done with construction he decided to submit a separate plan for a circle driveway. It gets denied and appealed and comes before city council just in time for the campaign. Coincidence?

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    12. Beck is smart, thoughtful and considerate. He treated Crosby respectfully. He didn’t call him any names and didn’t demean or belittle him, unlike Chandler who was insulting and condescending to the ARB Chair.

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    13. Well 9:54 pm, unfortunately I can't use crayons or finger paint to make the point here for you. It is not about the driveway, it's about the myth that Tom Beck is not the condecending, elitist that he is. Watch an Arcadia council meeting and see for yourself. 10:06 pm, you need to watch that discussion or any other discussion involving Tom Beck, he is the polar opposite of what you are describing.

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    14. Well 9:54 pm, unfortunately I can't use crayons or finger paint to make the point here for you. It is not about the driveway, it's about the myth that Tom Beck is not the condecending, elitist that he is. Watch an Arcadia council meeting and see for yourself. 10:06 pm, you need to watch that discussion or any other discussion involving Tom Beck, he is the polar opposite of what you are describing.

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    15. In every McMansion there is a McWhiner.

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    16. Thurston Bowel the IV

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    17. Please keep your children away from your computer....

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    18. Yes. Those Harbicht pictures are a little over the edge.

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    19. You folks better take a look at Arcadia's Best, your boy Two faced Tommy is taking a well deserved beating!

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    20. You mean the smear piece Sho Tay wrote and posted under the name of Scott Hettrick? Then when Sneaky Sho got caught, then claimed it was written by someone who doesn't even exist? Creepy little dude, that Sho.

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  3. Will Sho, Bulldozer B. and Chandler be attending the Andy Bencosme Sierra Madre City Council campaign kickoff event being held in Arcadia? Birds of a feather take money together, as they say.

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    1. Bob will be there to pick up some overdue book fines. Developers are notorious for not doing right by the books.

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    2. I hear they're serving boiled snake.

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  4. Beware of those candidates who are supported by a majority of 'big timer' money donners as they have the mark of the devil upon them allk.

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  5. I'm concerned that "you" focused on Bob's camel toe.

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    1. Too many big jokes. Bob needs to be thanked for his transparency.

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    2. It is definitely out there.

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  6. It is rare that anyone enters into local politics without their own personal agenda.
    The City of Sierra Madre has Gene Goss, he may be be the exception.

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    1. It is fine to have an agenda. What isn't good is when that agenda harms others.

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    2. Bulldozer has an agenda. It’s to protect developers. Chandler has an agenda. It’s to protect police pensions.

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    3. Chandler is an ex-Sheriff who receives both a pension and disability payments. So his agenda is obvious. But what's up with Harbicht? Why does he care about development? Is he being paid?

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    4. It doesn’t cost Bob anything to run. His campaigns are always fully funded by developers. Why not run?

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    5. What does Chandler receive disability payments for ? Having a low IQ?

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    6. Being Chandler is a disability in itself.

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    7. As an Arcadian, I simply do not like to stuck with the bill that Chandler promised to give Arcadia Police another huge raise if he got elected. Arcadia City Employees are already the highest pay in comparison to all other cities. We are already have unfunded 130 million dollar for their pensions. This is bad!

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    8. Where did you get your numbers from 10:05 pm? Arcadia employees are not the highest paid anywhere. When did Chandler say he was giving the police this huge pay raise?

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    9. https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/arcadia/

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    10. That's a boatload of dough, yo.

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    11. That sure is good pay, but 8:23 is correct, they are not the highest paid, more like middle. As far as Chandler planning to give big pay raises, where is that information coming from? I'm following events in town pretty closley, there won't be any big raises for police, firefighters or any other employees. This sounds like more Tom Beck Fake news to me.

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    12. The real world often looks like fake news to people who don't know anything. Obviously you are new to all this.

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    13. 10:24 - they are paid a ton of money. Way out of line with what people in the private sector are paid.

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    14. 12:28 - They do make good money compared to the private sector, but lets be honest, their job is very different from ours. The physical risks are much higher and the stress is not comparable.

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    15. $250,000 a year including benefits is insane compensation for police. Arcadia is being robbed.

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    16. What would you consider fair compensation for police? Oh, and please don't forget about the Firefighters, they make pretty good money too.

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  7. That would depend on who is agreeing on that agenda.
    Can't please everyone.
    Remember a few on Sierra Madre council have repeatedly said they dont get paid much for this gig.
    Comments of "everyone is free to apply for this job".
    Here's hoping the residents will show up at the polls and vote.

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  8. is he still on paid leave?
    https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/01/city-officials-rebuff-pw-pra-request-admit-turning-documents-atf-regarding-gourdikian-gun-probe/

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    1. That is privileged information. You do not have proper authorization. Local government employees who break the law are a protected class.

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    2. The rumor is Gourdikian will stay on paid administrative leave until he becomes old enough for retirement.

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  9. Kinda like Ms. Clinton. Law breaker, lock her up. She's lived off of the Clinton Foundation money for years.

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    1. ZZZzzzzzzZzzzZZZZZzzzzzzz ...

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    2. The Donald J. Trump Foundation is a New York-based private foundation founded and chaired by President of the United States Donald Trump. It has been a source of controversy, criticism and scrutiny. The foundation has been fined for making political contributions and admitted engaging in self-dealing practices to benefit Trump, his family, and businesses.

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    3. Doesn't Trump's tax exempt foundation, funded by contributors who deduct their "charitable" contributions to the foundation from their income for tax purposes, use its funds to settle lawsuits filed against Trump and his businesses? People are saying....

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  10. Where’s the Asian candidates districting was supposed to bring to Arcadia City Council? Arcadia is still recycling the same ol’ white boy’s club.

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    1. The difference is these old white boys have Asian strings tied to their head, arms and legs. My, they dance so fast!

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    2. Asians ain’t into city govt.

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    3. Weren't, 6:13, they weren't into city govt. They are now.

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    4. So Crusty and Rusty are shoe-ins?

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    5. As a voter, I only care about who could do 'good' for the city and its people. I do not care about whether they are white, asian or rainbow color. Sho constantly trying to play the race card. Don't fell for his stupidity. I just don't like Chandler and Harbicht whom don't have best intentions for our city and its people.

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    6. 7:27,really? 1 of 5 is 20%. Does that sound like a lot ?

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  11. Some people don’t like it when peacocks poop where they live.

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  12. Hey Sho, what happened to your campaign promises? You voted to pay for the cost of putting the utility lines underground for Rusnak to the tune of $900,000. Are you just being a good neighbor? Try being a good councilmember.

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  13. Every voter should vote for who can do good for Arcadia. I hope that no one in my life time will use the word of restarted. It hurts very much to the person and his or her family and friends. 40 percent of people lives in the America has some kind of disability. We should encourage each other and make our life better. Please don't talk about people's disability. You might get one yourself. When you point at other, at least one of the finger is point at yourself.

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