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.
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:
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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:
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?