On Tuesday we posted on The Tattler a few questionable pictures that were found on Bob Harbicht's Arcadia City Council campaign Facebook page. They were part of a media outreach campaign designed to help publicize his recently received Arcadia Police Officers Association endorsement. Unfortunately for Bob, he screwed it all up, apparently breaking a few laws in the process.
Word about our post got around town quickly, and soon Arcadia City Clerk Lisa Mussenden was forced to get in touch with a very naughty Bulldozer Bob and tell him that you can't do things like that. No word if Bob was also given a time out by the City Clerk for being so bad a boy.
Here is that original Facebook photo, complete with the potential campaign law violations that so entirely unnerved Ms. Lisa Mussenden.
Can you pick them out?
In this amended photo the police badge attached to Detective Ken Lee's belt (second dude from the left) has been airbrushed away. That corrected an alleged violation of both California campaign law and the Federal Hatch Act. Police Officers cannot appear in political campaign photos or advertising wearing any items such as that.
Additionally the words "Arcadia Police Department" have magically vanished from the left hand side of the building these folks are posing before. Again, using a Police Department building such as this particular one in a political campaign photo op that includes the endorsing police officers and at least one cop badge would also be a violation of applicable California and Federal political campaign laws.
But wait, there's more!
This next screen shot is how the original, and potentially illegal, Facebook presentation appeared. Complete with that endorsement plug, plus the police titles and names that accompanied it. Note that each of the Arcadia PD members are identified here by their official city government titles, such as "Detective" or "Officer."
Below is roughly the same picture and verbiage, but this time with a notable difference. In addition to the airbrushing we just discussed, you will also see that the titles of the officers in this Facebook post have vanished. Correcting even more alleged campaign law violations that City Clerk Lisa Mussenden had to call Bulldozer Bob out on.
Please remember, the Arcadia Police Officers Association didn't endorse Bob Harbicht or Roger Chandler because they're tough on crime, or look nice wearing their ties. No, the APOA endorsed them because they had been overly generous with cop salaries and pensions in the past. So much so that it has resulted in Arcadia now carrying over $130 million dollars in unfunded pension liabilities. Something that will certainly increase should Harbicht and Chandler be returned to the City Council.
Do you really want to vote someone like Bob Harbicht into a position that comes with the extremely complex responsibilities necessary for running a city? Especially when Bulldozer apparently cannot even properly administer a political campaign Facebook page without getting calls from the City Clerk? Or people filing FPPC complaints?
Think about it.
One more thing. While the FPPC in Sacramento has already been adequately notified by concerned residents, Arcadia's City Attorney Stephen Deitsch would probably benefit by hearing from you on this matter.
His email address is Stephen.email@example.com. Drop him a line and let him know you care. And tell him The Tattler sent you.