Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Laurie Thompson's Censored Rebuttal To Attacks Against Her On Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay's "Arcadia's Best" Site

 Sho Tay: Elected Community Censor?
Mod: I received the following on Sunday, and I am posting it here today on The Tattler to help undo what I believe was an unacceptable act by the publisher of the "Arcadia's Best" website, Arcadia Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay. Allowing someone to publicly - and anonymously - impugn the honesty of a reader of your publication, and then in turn refuse to publish the response of that reader when it turns out they do have the facts, facts that you don't especially like, is both dishonest and gutless. It is hard to believe he'll soon be Mayor.

Dear Tattler. My name is Laurie Thompson. I am a 45 year resident of the City of Arcadia. I have served as Chairperson of the Architectural Review Board for the Santa Anita Village for 22 years. However, this correspondence reflects my 45 years as a resident, and not that of an ARB Chair. Recently I commented on Arcadia's Best in response to a slanderous article about Tom Beck written by the supposed phantom “hack,” Brett Meyer. Commenters then accused me of being untruthful and challenged me to provide proof. Below is an example:


I sent the following email to Sho Tay asking him to publish my response as a rebuttal and proof of the validity of my comments. I have not heard from him nor was my response posted. Not surprised. Truth is not his long suit. He will not post it. Will you?  

Mod: What follows is Laurie Thompson's reply to "Long Time Arcadia Resident's" snarky commentary, along with more than enough proof to establish that Bob Harbicht has taken substantial sums of money from developers. The Mayor Pro Tem of Arcadia might not be able to handle the truth, but that is hardly any reason why everyone else in town shouldn't be given the opportunity.
                                                                       
Mayor Pro Tem Tay:
I do not know how to hack your Arcadia’s Best website, so could you please post the following as a guest blog like you did for Mr. Brett Meyer? It should appear as its own post, and not a comment to Brett Meyer’s article. It’s only fair since you allowed Mr. Meyer to do it. After all, he illegally hacked into your website and posted.

DON’T VOTE FOR BOB HARBICHT, EVER by Laurie Thompson, a real person who lives in District 2.

There have been many misstatements, false accusations and misinformation communicated on Arcadia’s Best in the last couple of weeks.  I’d like to clear up some of the inaccuracies with written documentation that cannot be disputed.

First, in 2016, Bob Harbicht did receive campaign contributions from developers as reported by Harbicht on his Form 460. Continental Assets Management contributed $2,500. Continental Asset Management was owned by Andy Chang and was the property owner of the Santa Anita InnContinental Assets Management was seeking approval from City Council at the time of the election for a new 220 room hotel and 50 condominium tower.

 In 2016, Harbicht received $1,000 from Caroline Edwards, property owner of the dump site in lower Arcadia, seeking approval of a new 1 million square foot warehouse. Yes, that’s right, 1 MILLION SQUARE FEET.

In 2016, Nevis Capital contributed $26,850 to a Political Action Committee called Homeowner’s Association. They were not filing campaign disclosures in Arcadia, but sent mailers to Arcadia.  Nevis Capital indicated the $26,850 was for campaign expenditures on the campaign of Bob Harbicht.  Reporting forms are attached. Nevis Capital owns 90 acres of undeveloped hillside in Arcadia and is owned by Jeff Lee.

It is pure assumption, but it is a reasonable assumption, that Bob Harbicht would feel “indebted” or “grateful” to these developers for their contributions to his campaign. One might say that this may influence his decisions when their projects come before city council. Or, one might reasonably believe that Mr. Harbicht’s opinion about development are aligned with those of these developers.

Developers are not bad people. But they naturally put their financial interests above the interests of the neighboring properties and residents of Arcadia.

Council Member Beck has not received any campaign contributions from developers. Signatures on nominating papers is not money in the bank. These are 2 different things.

Mr. Harbicht has also been touting his endorsement by the Arcadia Police Officer’s Association.  This is not the Arcadia Police Department. These are 2 different things. The APOA is the group that represents the police officers in salary negotiations with the City Council. The Association endorses the candidate they feel will be the best advocate for the officers’ salary increases, benefits, pensions and health insurance payments.

This endorsement has nothing to do with public safety. Mr. Harbicht received $2,500 from the Arcadia Police Officer’s Association in 2016. Again, Mr. Harbicht now “owes” this group.

Council Member Beck did not receive the endorsement of the APOA because he is well known to be “fiscally conservative” and does not give in to the demands or threats of the APOA.

Again, the members of the APOA are not bad people. They are police officers of our Arcadia Police Department and they give a lot to our community. They do a very good job of keeping us safe, protecting us from the “bad guys”.  But when the APOA is negotiating for pay raises, it’s for their own self-interests. It has nothing to do with improving the safety of this city, making more arrests, or fighting crime.

Mod: Below are the documents Laurie Thompson supplied to Sho Tay when she attempted to get her rebuttal posted on his "Arcadia's Best" site. Apparently this is information Mr. Tay is afraid of, and hoped would never see the light of day.


sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

60 comments:

  1. What do you have to say Sho? Looks like yet another resident is showing how dishonest you are. Why don’t you ever respond at CC meetings? All you do is sit there like a shamed child. Pathetic.

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  2. Doesn't Arcadia's Best receive money from the City of Arcadia to perform some kind of public service?

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    1. Good question. Ask Tay at CC meeting.

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    2. Tay's puppets are planning to question Tom Beck at CC meetings about why he decided not to attend the candidate forum on March 7.

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    3. The Rude Platoon.

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    4. Sho Tay and his followers practice a very primitive form of politics.

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    5. They are crude and unsophisticated people with very little understanding of the issues.

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    6. That’s most of America

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    7. I really enjoy watching people speak that Tay brings out. It’s an embarrassment to themselves. Thankfully he’s just a puppet and has very little to do with the operation of the city, that’s left up to others more capable.

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    8. reading these post is like being in the south.....we should get trump to depart sho....bigots.....go move to south arcadia...man up and take his seat....apperantly no else wants to....

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    9. Are you aware that The Tattler is a very anti-Trump blog?

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  3. How did Tay get elected?! Oh, that’s right, he was appointed.

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    1. Anointed. Like Miss America.

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    2. he ran....cant help if folks in his district dont step up....dont blame sho.....I annoint you a whine....tell me what you do for your community other than post on the tattler!

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    3. Anoint you a whine?

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  4. The latest strategy of Tay's army is to spread scary videos/photos about robbery victims to get people's attention, and then tell people this is all Tom Beck's fault.

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    1. What is Harbicht going to do about crime? Challenge criminals to a hokey pokey duel?

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    2. what has beck done....he sues cops....I dont blame the apoa for not supporting him... he is week....no backbone

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    3. Beck sues cops? Do you have a cite for that, or are you just pulling that out of your fanny because you have no real issues? The crime wave happened on the APOA's watch. I say bring in the Sheriffs.

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  5. Tay was confused. Scott didn’t tell him what to do if someone had proof of the campaign contributions to Harbicht from developers.

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  6. Tay lacks any principles or ethics. Expect an FBI investigation when he becomes Mayor.

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  7. Harbicht is having a meet and greet at Embassy Suites today at 2pm, someone should go and ask him about these campaign contributions.

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    1. It certainly doesn't get any more exciting than that.

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    2. You’ll get boo’d down by all his chronie buddy’s like realtor Ash Ritzk. They all in bed with ol Bulldozer.

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  8. Tay is an Ambassador with the Chamber, he’s on the board of the Arcadia Chinese Association, Arcadia Police Foundation and Arcadia Historical Society. These groups might want to consider distancing themselves from him.

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    1. He is a shame to all of these groups.

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    2. tell me what you do for your community....I hope its more than whine on this blog about arcadia....

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    3. Two way street, dude. What d you do?

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  9. Tay, Chandler and Harbicht are all little puppets to big money interests. Some of whom come from other countries.

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    1. Agree. Shame on all of them.

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    2. Sad for Arcadian.

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    1. Hear, hear! More citizens like that and our country has something to be proud of.

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    2. When the good have the courage to stand up for the truth, everyone benefits.

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  11. Arcadia council candidate gets controversial $26K donation from local developer
    ARCADIA >> 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 candidate, records show.

    According to the Center for Election Science, some voters may choose to bullet vote because its easier to evaulate just one candiate out of a field of several. But bullet voting can also be employed as a form of tactical voting.

    Open government advocate Gil Aguirre called using PACs for local politics a “new phenomenon” that obscures where campaign money may be coming from.

    “That’s an incredible amount of money for a developer to be funneling to one candidate,” he said. “Obviously, the stakes are high in Arcadia.”

    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2016/03/25/arcadia-council-candidate-gets-controversial-26k-donation-from-local-developer/

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  12. The thing that’s really sad is Sho Tay is using up a CC seat that could be utilized by someone else, someone with honesty and integrity that really wants to help. He’s lacking maturity to be a leader. Can only hope someone else with better qualifications runs in 2022.

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  13. Arcadian Bob Harbicht and Sierra Madre's Bart Doyle must be brother's from a different mother.
    Both can be bought and sold if the price is right.

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  14. Harbicht has ZERO chance. Most residents, those that actually understand what’s going on in the city (not Tay followers), know that Beck brings intellect to the CC and will want more of his services.

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    1. I agree. Sho's blowhards make a lot of noise, but very few are impressed.

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    2. An empty can always makes the most noise.

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  15. The Sho's over.

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  16. There is a hastily called press conference at the Embassy Suites at 2pm. Bulldozer Bob and the Chandy Man will both be there. Topic of concern unknown.

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    1. Ask Bulldozer Bob about E-Z Money Campaign Finance!

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    2. Oh it might be a trick to get attentions using the topics of crime in Arcadia city and school safety. They maneuver personal attentions using the sufferings
      of the purse-snatching victim and the 17 victims in that Florida high school.

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    3. Haven't the police that endorsed them been in charge all through the crime wave they're all upset about?

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    4. Overpaid, underperforming. The APOA has so much to be proud of.

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  17. Did Bulldozer Bob ever show that he actually spent that $26,850 on his campaign? That’s what really matters. The heck with form 460, how about receipts showing how the money was spent. How could a small town candidate spend anywhere near that ? Bulldozer probably remodeled his kitchen with the cash.

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    1. I think he bought a hokey pokey ballroom.

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  18. Tay is disingenuous. Pity the naive people that believe in him.

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  19. Tay has mastered putting fear into many new immigrants with the warning “the Caucasians are our to screw you”. Very shallow mind indeed. Any fool can insight fear using the race card. There’s so many capable Asians in Arcadia that won’t resort to fear tatics, and would bring a tremendous asset to the council.

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  20. Tattler, thanks as always for setting the facts straight.

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  21. Tattler being mentioned tonight at Arcadia CC meeting. One of Tays minions. I only understood about 5% of what he said but he’s mad at the Tattler.

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    1. Maybe he's not familiar with The Tattler motto?

      The Tattler: "If you don't like it, don't read it"

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    2. I suspect all your replies are not all untrue about sho, but go back and read them and tell me they are not racists....
      commenting on the individual that understood only 5% of sho said....maybe its because you only use 5% of your brain.....get out of arcadia, california if you cant deal with diversity.

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    3. There are times when language differences plays a role in people not understanding each other. Did you know that the majority of those posting here do so because they are concerned about land use issues?

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    4. 12:22, work on understanding those double negatives, then reconsider a follow up post.

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  22. Just noticed this post on Arcadiabest blog:

    Resident says
    March 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Dear Sho
    Isn’t it time you do a little more than approve the minutes from the prior CC meeting? That’s all you do. You’ve never once brought up any motion or any new idea. You convince many immigrants to come to the council meetings and make fools of themselves. You are using the race card to make your followers worried that something bad will happen. Please resign and let someone else take your seat.
    Sincerely
    A long time Arcadia resident.


    So notice how it says “your comment is awaiting moderation”. What that really means is they will soon delete the comment.

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  23. Harbicht takes it in the teeth in this week's Arcadia Weekly.

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  24. ArcadiasBest censors a lot of comments. I made two comments on there recently. One was a joke at the candidate forum announcement (before it was cancelled). That one made it past the censor. I also commented on the anti Tom Beck article, wondering why this Brett Meyer fellow had such a change of heart about Bob Harbicht, compared to what he seemed to have wrote two years ago. That one never made it through.

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