Monday, March 19, 2018

Do Arcadia's Laws Apply to Bob Harbicht? He Doesn't Seem to Think So, and Perhaps He is Right


Attentive readers of The Tattler will recall an article from March 3rd that we called "The City of Arcadia's Double Vision on Bob Harbicht's Police Picture Shenanigans" (link). There we detailed how the Bob Harbicht campaign had been busted for using a photo that had an Arcadia Police Department officer's badge featured front and center. Applicable laws do not allow for that.

This photo had been displayed on Harbicht's City Council campaign Facebook page, and he was quickly called out on it by City Hall. After which he replaced the original photo with one that had the offending police badge airbrushed out. That along with the lettering across Arcadia's Police Department Headquarters, which had been visible in the background. Also frowned upon.

After this embarrassing incident the City Clerk in charge of elections, Lisa Mussenden, sent out a riot act style memo on March 1st to all of the campaigns specifically spelling out the law. Just in case they somehow never knew, or, as in Harbicht's likely case, just chose to ignore it.

Here is the portion of Mussenden's memo that is relevant to what we are talking about today.

Arcadia City Charter Section 905 provides, in pertinent part:

“No City employee shall take any part in any political campaign while in a uniform bearing the insignia or name of the City of Arcadia. No person shall use the administrative offices and facilities of the City for the purpose of furthering a political campaign for public office.”

Pursuant to Section 905, employees may, for example, appear in a picture endorsing or campaigning for a candidate for office or regarding a ballot measure.  However, in doing so, they must not wear a uniform bearing the insignia or name of the City, at least to the extent that the insignia or name is clear and identifiable.  That would include a badge, such as a police or firefighter badge – again at least to the extent that the badge is clear and identifiable.

So what showed up in the Chinese language edition of The Epoch News this past week? Two full weeks after all of the above? The same Bob Harbicht campaign photo that caused so much concern back at the beginning of the month. Here is a closer version of the shot we reproduced at the top of this page.


As you can clearly see, the police badge is back. The picture you are viewing here is taken from the print version of this paper, which is available at no cost on the streets of Arcadia now. The on-line version of this Epoch News article had been reported to City Hall by concerned residents on the 18th. The badge shot was then replaced over the weekend with an airbrushed version.

Apparently somebody got in touch with The Epoch News, and they complied with a request to help cover up this act of campaign malfeasance. You can witness this sad example of craven journalism by clicking here.

I'm going to cut to the chase because I'm weary of having to write about Bob Harbicht's unabashed scofflaw behavior. That his people actually got up at the most recent Arcadia City Council meeting and whined about The Tattler's earlier reporting on this affair seems even more ridiculous than before.

It now seems obvious to me that Mr. Harbicht feels that the City of Arcadia's laws, along with those of the State of California, do not apply to him and he can do just as he pleases. And maybe he is right. Nobody being paid by the taxpayers to enforce the laws governing this issue seems willing to confront him on his now serial malefaction.

The sad irony here is Bulldozer Bob, the great crimefighter, has posited himself as the Law and Order candidate in this race. The one candidate (along with his sidekick Roger Chandler), who is going to really crack down on all forms of crime in Arcadia.

So since the only likely way The Epoch Times could have obtained this law busting photo would've been to get it from either Bob Harbicht or those working for him, when is he going to arrest himself? You know, really crack down on crime?

The bad odor of Harbicht's hypocrisy is becoming way too much to endure. It really is time for the voters to put an end to his madness.

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64 comments:

  1. Arcadia is currently in a pretty sad state. Residents who are clueless regarding Backhoe Harbicht and Chandler.
    Get with it residents and LEARN the facts regarding these clowns. All you fools with Chandler signs because Tay told you to do that should be ashamed.

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    1. POWER CORRUPTS

      Tay is a DEVISIVE leader... He is promulgating a civil war between the Asian people in Arcadia... This is what happens when politicians accept money from special interest groups and individuals...

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    2. A lot of the money the McMansion development crowd has been receiving is of foreign origin.

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    3. Politician Sho Tay is a bad dish that leaves a bad taste in your mouth

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  2. Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws -Plato

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  3. Candidates can take pictures with peacocks at the Arboretum and not violate any laws.

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  4. Reminder: the reason the APOA is endorsing Harbicht and Chandler is that these 2 will guarantee hefty pay raises and plenty of benefits for APOA members. The APOA doesn’t concern themselves with law and order.

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    1. Apparently neither does the city.

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  5. Culturally insensitive of Arcadia management not to translate into Mandarin the American law section 905; regarding photos with politicians.
    After all, enormous amounts of money have been spent in the schools for language immersion; it is in the least that the adults in administrative rolls also comply and meet in the middle, new culturally sensitive language's of others, before going around and throwing out accusations of wrong doing.

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    1. Are you saying Arcadia's laws are only available in English?

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    2. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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    3. If the laws are only in English, that would be a fail on government’s part

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    4. Bob Harbicht is an English as a First Language speaker.

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    5. This is America, and the Official Language is English. If I have to take Chinese and translate it to English, why shouldn't a "NON English speaking person" have to do the same... This goes for ALL LANGUAGES!. Don't play ignorance, as that is no excuse!

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    6. After being told not to do something, and you turn around and do it again... where does it make you feel like he will follow the Law's "RULES" of Arcadia! Sure makes me think he and Sho Tay have their own rules. Sorry, we don't..

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    7. I am not sure United States law lends itself to cultural interpretations.

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    8. 12:17 - These are very arrogant people. They are enabled by a weak City Hall.

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    9. On WeChat social platform , Mr Rule Breaker Tay is telling the Chinese people to complain to City Hall that they are being discriminated even though that the Chandler & Harbicht campaign yard signs are illegally placed in public space prohibited by the election code... BTW, I'm Chinese...

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    10. 1:42. Can you please post some of what Tay has posted on WeChat to this blog (in English) ? I’d love to see some of his apparent lies but I don’t know how to get the English translation. I’m the type that has no problem calling him out on this in public.
      Thanks

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  6. Mr. Harbicht: Help fight crime. Turn yourself in.

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  7. This photo in the Epoch Chinese Language article with "Arcadia Police Department officer's badge" is no accident and a deliberate attempt to mislead the Chinese voters. I have heard that Chandler's henchmen have been deliberately spreading fake news going door to door to voters telling them that Chandler is a retired police chief of Arcadia.

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    1. That is so dishonest.

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    2. If crime went up it happened on Chandler's watch.

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  8. What can you do?

    ATTEND TUESDAY EVENING’S WATER BOARD MEETING IN MONROVIA AND TELL THE WATER BOARD MEMBERS NOT TO SIGN ON WITH CADIZ!

    The details

    Join us Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 602 East Huntington Drive, Suite B, Monrovia 91016, which is home to the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District. The board meeting begins at 5:30 PM but come early so you can sit up front. There will be an up or down vote on a Letter of Intent to sign onto the Cadiz water grab. Right now, the vote is too close to call. Please come to the water board meeting and cheer on anti-Cadiz speakers, hold up a sign outside or even speak for a minute against the project. YOUR ATTENDANCE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SEND A MESSAGE TO THE BOARD.

    Why This Matters

    Last year the Trump Administration set aside a negative federal environmental review of the Cadiz Inc Mojave Desert water grab that revived project from the dead. Tuesday evening, March 20th the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District will decide whether

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  9. Is the Cadiz water grab a diversion away from San Gabriel? What about the Northern California water grab?
    California politician's are all the same. This state has been run by Liberals for years.

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  10. MORE SMEAR CAMPAGIG TACTICS FROM CHANDLER

    I also heard from Asian neighbors that Chandler's henchmen have spread OUTRIGHT LIES TO MISLEAD Asians not to vote for Jolly Wu because she is bringing HOA to District 5. This is not true. Jolly Wu is not pro-HOA and has never said that she wants HOA to District 5 and that is why she lives in a non-HOA district. When the Asian neighbor asked where they get the information, the henchmen said that the APOA leaked this information from the APOA CC Candidate Interview with Jolly Wu.

    This HOA is and OUTRIGHT LIE. There are no HOA questions at the CC candidate interview. And why would the APOA care about HOA?



    This is total fabrication

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    1. They only care about the money they can make building vanity castles. All of their issues are phony and untrue.

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    2. So true... That's human pride and ego when you have money... The Huntington Library, The Paul Getty Villa, The Hearst Castle, just to name a few notable vanity structures...

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    3. I'm not sure the starter castles in Arcadia are in quite that same category. Though in the fantasies of those owners I am sure they believe they are.

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    4. I want HOA in District 5. Maybe it will the damn mansions.

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    5. Have you seen a mansion with a nice style? No way. Their architects are terrible. All they need to do is COPY designs from area of Nellie Gale in OC.

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    6. A lot of them look like mausoleums.

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    7. A house with 10 bathrooms requires Freudian analysis.

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  11. The Chinese are calling the shots and Chandler and Harbicht are the kapos in the prison camp of San Greedy Arcadia.

    A kapo or prisoner functionary (German: Funktionshäftling, see § Etymology) was a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp who was assigned by the SS guards to supervise forced labor or carry out administrative tasks. Also called "prisoner self-administration", the prisoner functionary system minimized costs by allowing camps to function with fewer SS personnel. The system was designed to turn victim against victim, as the prisoner functionaries were pitted against their fellow prisoners in order to maintain the favor of their SS overseers. If they were derelict, they would be returned to the status of ordinary prisoners and be subject to other kapos. Many prisoner functionaries were recruited from the ranks of violent criminal gangs rather than from the more numerous political, religious, and racial prisoners; such criminal convicts were known for their brutality toward other prisoners. This brutality was tolerated by the SS and was an integral part of the camp system.

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    1. Just to be crystal clear... I'm Chinese and many Chinese living in Arcadia don't like Chinese developers nor non-Chinese developers meddling in our local politics...

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    2. I'm not sure 9:35 is from the same planet as the rest of us.

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    3. 10:00- why does the race of the developers matter?

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  12. 9:35am. Exactly, like I said California has been governed by Liberal's for generations. The old SS do me a favor if you want to operate a business or become a homeowner is RAMPANT on the LEFT COAST.

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    1. Does anybody know what this guy is talking about?

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    2. Just a troll trying to disrupt a conversation he doesn't want people having.

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  13. US national debt just went over the $21 trillion mark. That's what happens when you have a real estate developer running the country.

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  14. 19:38am. What excuse did Obama have and where were you with your complaints?
    All politicians promise a chicken in ever pot, but just how many politicians deliver the bird along with all the fix'ens?

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    1. Oh dear, a "whattabout" comment. 11:18 - Stop blaming everyone else for what Trump has done. It makes you look childish and unsophisticated.

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    2. Obama’s excuse was that Bush wrecked the economy

      You keep forgetting that fact

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    3. How do Obama's mistakes excuse Trump's mistakes? Apples and oranges.

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    4. 1:27 - You are using a discredited tactic. But thanks for the laugh anyway.

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    5. What tactic and who discredited it? Kindly provide a citation that exists outside whatever just popped into your head.

      Fact: W and the GOP completely destroyed the economy.

      Fact: Obama had no choice but to spend us into a thriving economy. Competent economists agree.

      Fact: The spending worked despite GOP claims (and hopes, thoughts, and prayers because Kenya) that it wouldn’t.

      Fact: The economy Obama saved is still humming along no thanks to Traitor Chester Pr*sident Dennison, though the latter is working hard to destroy it again so his Russian keepers can buy up the spoils a fire sale prices.

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    6. I think there is a misunderstanding here. My guess is 2:04 and 5:36 actually agree with each other.

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  15. Ahh, President Trump has been in office how long? Your whereabouts don't work!
    Try harder in finding fault with how badly the country has been this last year.

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    1. Trump has added $1.4 trillion in new debt to the US tab. He is to fiscal conservatism what Stormy Daniels is to virginity.

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    2. Republicans have controlled congress for most of the past 20 years

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  16. Harbicht is a wealthy man. He should enjoy his life of retirement and pleasure.

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  17. Is the Arcadia Weekly subconsciously endorsing Bob Harbicht for the District 2 City Council Seat?

    In the Arcadia Weekly’s Online article “Fake News Rears its Ugly Head during Arcadia Election” that was published 5 days ago. A huge headshot courtesy photo of Harbicht wih this caption underneath the photo: “It’s one thing to promote your candidate, it’s something else to try to tear down an opposition candidate,” says City Council candidate Bob Harbicht.

    The Paper provided no other headshot photos of the other CC candidates mentioned in the Arcadia Weekly article. Is the Editor of this paper try to convey to the readers that Harbicht is the only “mature adult” candidate that don’t play dirty politics to win elections?

    Is this the same Bob Harbicht (also known as Mr. Sensitivity) referring to people with intellectual disabilities as RETARDED Athletes for the Special Olympics event? (ref: 5/4/2016 Tattler article)

    I’m wondering what term he uses referring to people with physical disabilities? You know… Those people that use walkers, canes, wheelchairs due to hip replacement, lost a limb due to diabetics, injuries of military veterans, firemen, policemen, your aging parents or grandparents, etc...

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    1. I saw that. Harbicht also gets his butt kicked later on in that article, so take your choice.

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    2. Harbicht is a clueless a hole. He lost in 2016 and will lose again and hopefully we never hear about the moron again.

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  18. 1:09m. Still drinking that green beer today ?

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    1. Harbicht was retired in the 2016 election. If he had any marbles left he would have stayed there.

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    2. Having power is addictive... Unfortunately there are far too many senior citizens in political seats due to unlimited term limit laws... They serve no purpose to their constituents other than enriching themselves, families, cronies, special interest groups... Most of the politicians will not retire until they are asked to leave due to scandals...

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  19. https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/18/15992172/taiwan-parliament-tsai-china-brawl-fight-water-balloons

    Grown men and women tackling each other to the ground, flipping chairs, blaring air horns, and throwing water balloons — welcome to the Taiwanese parliament.

    Members of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, or parliament, are notorious for breaking out spontaneously in brawls over contentious pieces of legislation, but a recent infrastructure spending bill from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party has proven to be particularly controversial, prompting some pretty ugly fistfights.

    Mr. Sho bring Taiwanese democracy to Arcadia. Good job Mr. Sho!

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  20. Thats playing into peoples emotions in a
    despicable way (for me that I have a right to).

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  21. Hey Bob, do you read this blog? How much have you got this year from Mur Sol and Tipping Development? They figured out how to get you money secretly? You meet them in dark allies ?
    Sincerely yours,
    Long Time Arcadia Residents Tired of Your Lies

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  22. If you live in District 2 or 5, share this blog with everyone you know, share it with your neighbors you don’t know. I do. This election is going to be close and every vote will make a difference. Don’t let Arcadia be sold down the river to developers.

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  23. Here are the reasons why I and other voters will vote for Jolly Wu for the District 5 City Council Seat in District 5:

    1. She is the only candidate who runs a fully self-funded campaign
    2. She will owe no one nor any self interest groups. Can any other candidates say that?
    3. She runs a positive message campaign
    4. She has been quietly serving our community since moving to Arcadia 18 years ago
    5. She really cares about her neighbors and community
    6. She is responsible and will act in the best interest for the people in her district

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    1. Yes, Jolly Wu has class and is running a self-funded campaign. She is the diamond in the District 5 rough!

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