Here on the left of this page is their politically ineffectual and rather lurid artistry. Just in case you have forgotten what dumb looks like.
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.
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.
In ARPAstan you just don't let the facts get in the way of your argument. Even if you understand them.
Karfeldt Su, an attorney with an office in the City of Industry, claims to be the person in charge of the ARPA on the paperwork filed with the City Clerk of Arcadia. He’s not registered to vote in Arcadia and likely doesn't even live in town. He seems to have an awful grudge against pro-preservation candidates in a city where he doesn’t vote.
You have to wonder what is in it for him. Well, OK. Maybe you don't.
Of course, Bulldozer Bobby and the Artful Roger deny any knowledge of these shenanigans. But they aren't asking ARPA to stop their nonsense, either. They're much much too busy endlessly whining about how unfair everybody else is being to them.
The eternal Roger Chandler is showing his true stripes with the selection of his campaign manager, Tommy Thai. Roger's too slick sidekick is hoping that the Artful Roger keeps his seat on council. Why would Tommy Thai be so committed to Roger?
As was previously revealed by The Tattler, Tommy Thai works for Tom "Badda-Bing" Crosby, the owner/broker of Coldwell Banker/George Realty on the corner of Huntington and Baldwin in Arcadia. Huge office. Lots of non-salaried real estate agents. Lots of commissions on all of those homes being bought and sold.
But that’s not it. A video on YouTube was unearthed by The Tattler's eagle-eyed investigative team and I am posting it here. This video features none other than Tom Crosby, the same owner/broker of Coldwell Banker/George Realty. And it shows him blandly confessing that he no longer represents seller and buyers of homes, but rather he has gone into the lucrative business of development. Makes sense. That’s where the badda-big money is in Arcadia.
|View Crosby here.|
But wait, there's more. Crosby is the same gent who is now suing the City of Arcadia over its denial of a permit to build a circular driveway for his new 6,000 square foot McMansion. So, Chandler’s campaign manager works for the guy suing the city? The one that Chandler sits in closed session discussing Arcadia's litigation strategies? You know, like how they're going to defend the taxpayer's money against Crosby's lawsuit over a vanity driveway?
Chandler can’t discuss this with his campaign manager as it would surely get back to his employer what the City of Arcadia is planning to do and what they think their chances are. Strange, right?
When is someone going to ask the City Attorney about this lurid example of a conflict of interest? How can this in any way be legal?