Arcadia Election Mailer Pokes Fun At Opposition As Election Tactics Run The Gamut - At the Eleventh Hour, Humor Has Thrown Some Residents a Curve Ball (Arcadia Weekly link): April’s municipal election in Arcadia has turned ugly and humorous at the same time. This is nothing new in politics, however. While candidates exchange jabs at one another and residents decry the advent of "districting," which leaves over 11,000 residents without a voice, campaign mailers and complaints are flying in to the Fair Political Practices Commission.
The Epoch Times, a Chinese language newspaper, is the latest to splash another, potentially illegal, political photo, where an Arcadia police officer’s badge is clearly shown in a direct endorsement for candidates Harbicht and Chandler. Arcadia City Hall is not amused.
Here’s how our friends over at Sierra Madre Tattler described the latest attempt to coerce the few voters that can actually vote in this year’s election:
“It seems that the ARPAs are now back for Round 2, but they’re trying a completely different tact as their 2016 graphic masterpieces didn’t get Harbicht elected. April Verlato was successfully voted onto the City Council while Bulldozer Bobby suffered an extremely embarrassing defeat. One that he is still whining about, and blaming everyone but himself ... Now it is 2018, and their chosen target this time is the mild mannered and politically positive Tom Beck, who is currently on the City Council and running for re-election. They are also targeting any candidate that dares to run against the timeless Roger Chandler, who has been sitting on the City Council since back when Fred Flintstone was still in diapers."
The always politically astute Tattler also added this regarding another mailed sent out in Chinese. After a careful translation, The Tattler made this observation:
“What I especially like here is the description of Beck being a mob leader causing crime to increase, property values to decrease and taxpayer money to be wasted, all at his direction. Joyce Platt is apparently a “puppet” of Tom Beck, and Jolly Wu is selfish because she wants to keep the Arcadia Dial A Ride for seniors and the disabled, herself being wheelchair bound. Your only hope, according to this group, is to elect the venerable Bob Harbicht and Roger Chandler."
We contacted Tom Beck for comment on this story and the advent of the dueling mailers. "I am most concerned about all of the lies, misstatements, and plays to fear that Harbicht is sending out at me. He said he would run a clean campaign. His ethics certainly are different from mine,” said Tom.
Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay, who is not actually running for office (he was appointed), has allegedly opened a campaign committee and may be receiving contributions from local real estate interests.
According to sources familiar with the campaign, Sho Tay is allegedly paying from his committee for the mailers being sent in support of Harbicht and Chandler. However, in an email to this office, Tay denies any responsibility.
Arcadia Resident Files FPPC Complaint Against PAC (Arcadia Weekly link): A 35-year Arcadia resident, Roger Nemrava, recently filed an FPPC complaint regarding the Arcadian's Rights Protection Association (ARPA): (FPPC complaint COM-03052018-00262: Arcadian's Rights Protection Association.) ARPA, which is not based in Arcadia but Alhambra, has sent out mailers supporting Bob Harbicht and Roger Chandler, candidates for Arcadia City Council, allegedly without the required disclaimers. Not a good thing to do.
The first mailer sent was in support of Bob Harbicht. Nemrava complained to the Arcadia's City Clerk's office. The Chief Deputy City Clerk for Elections, Lisa Mussenden, contacted ARPA to stop.
Shortly thereafter, another mailer from ARPA was mailed in support of Roger Chandler. Again, Nemrava complained to the Arcadia City Clerk's office, and then decided to file a complaint with the FPPC.
The Arcadia Rights Protection Association is being investigated by the FPPC for violating campaign finance disclosure laws. “ARPA doesn’t comply because it is attempting to hide where the money is coming from for the mailers. This is a major violation,” Nemrava told Arcadia Weekly.
Nemrava belives ARPA, Harbicht and Chandler are breaking the rules.
Mod: Bulldozer Bob and the Artful Roger continue to run absurdly dirty campaigns, while their alleged financial bagman, peacock proud Arcadia Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay, denies knowledge of any of it. Something everyone should find completely laughable.