Friday, March 16, 2018

Return of the Arcadian's Rights Protection Association

It just wouldn’t be an Arcadia City Council campaign if there wasn’t a poorly designed campaign mailer sent out by the out of town Arcadian’s Rights Protection Association (ARPA). For those of you not familiar with this non-influential group, this was the committee that sent out the hit piece against candidate for Arcadia City Council April Verlato in 2016.

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.

These mailers went out to a select group of residents last week. I've posted a portion of one on the left here for you to appreciate. If you feel that they might be targeting a specific demographic, you could be right. I had a hard time deciphering this mailer myself, but luckily I had a well educated friend translate it for me. You can guess the gist of it:  Beck – evil, Harbicht – good.  Joyce Platt and Jolly Wu-evil, Roger Chandler-good. Highly primitive political palaver especially prepared for the unsophisticated voter.

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.

When checking out their website, you will find that the group seems to think property values in Temple City are doing much better than in Arcadia, and that’s a reason to get rid of the laws limiting development in Arcadia. Too bad, Temple City has a FAR that’s 35%, while Arcadia has a FAR that’s 45%. Kinda makes an argument for more restrictive development, right? Guess no one bothered to look up what the development laws were in Temple City before writing up the website, or maybe they just don’t care.

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.

ARPA fibbing
In 2016, this group was fined $868.00 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose where the money came from for the mailer against now Councilwoman Verlato.  Maybe we’re going to get a sequel and another FPPC investigation as the Arcadian’s Rights Protection Association has again failed to provide the required filings.

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-BingCrosby, 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?

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66 comments:

  1. The problem is that Tay is convincing all the misinformed Asians to vote for Chandler. Using them like a pimp. It’s comical in my neighborhood how these same Asians have the Chandler yard signs. These households have ZERO understanding of Arcadia govt. and the issues facing the residents. Apparently these people can’t think for themselves. The city has gone to sh$t.

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    1. The big money development crowd is plenty happy to tell whatever lies are needed to get their puppets into power. Somehow people keep seeing through them. Democracy still works, but often only barely.

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    2. The mailer that came out yesterday "...elect crime fighter...Chandler..." is laughable when crime rate has GONE UP under Chandler and Tay's tenure in office.
      If you look closely at the mailer, it's paid by Tay's CC committee to beg Chinese voters to elect Chandler. That's why Tay's Ms America Smile photo is all over this mailer.

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    3. What's Chandler going to do? Hit the crooks with his walker?

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    4. Probably Chandler's big idea stopping neighborhood crimes is having empty unoccupied polices cars parking on your neighborhood streets to deterred home robberies/thefts

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    5. Power corrupts... Looks like Tay is the biggest manipulator/deceiver in this CC election... And he is running unopposed in District 2... Now he is using his CC committee war chest to help Chandler to be re-elected...

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    6. Analogy Alert:
      The Chandler's minions are employing Jehovah Witness like tactics going door-to-door to wear out voters by spreading their gospel of lies to voters. I've heard of voters being harassed by the Chandler's minions over and over again to remove their opponent's campaign sign and replace it with Chandler's campaign sign.

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    7. I hope those minions come to my door, after they notice my Platt sign.
      Incredible story: guy up the street says “what’s HE stand for?” while pointing at my Platt sign.

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  2. I’m sticking with what I know. A developer with a project pending approval by city council spent $26,000 trying to get Harbicht elected. Only someone who is sure they are going to get what they want would spend $26,000 on a campaign. Harbicht’s vote is for sale.

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    1. Bulldozer's a property pimp.

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    2. 7:03. That fact needs to be again disseminated to Distract 2 households. Bulldozer is banking on residents forgetting that buy off, like a coward that he is.

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  3. The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them.

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  4. Great work tattler. People need to GET INVOLVED, contact:
    Stephen P. Deitsch
    Arcadia City Attorney
    tel:(626) 574-5407

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  5. Does anybody know what the City of Arcadia plans to do about the theft of Andy Bencosme's lawn signs?

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    1. Nothing. They’ll never get involved in any election. Dominic too scared the gravy train will get rocked and he’ll have to leave and find new city to pay his $325k salary.

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    2. $325,000 for doing absolutely nothing. Must be nice.

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    3. Does anybody know who owns that house?

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  6. That 2016 mailer with the red strike thru Mrs. Verlato’s face is low class trash. How anyone can believe the lies that old despicable Harbicht spreads is sickening. Go ahead fools, vote Harbicht and enjoy the new hotel sized home coming next to you.

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  7. There is no mistake about it, there are tell-tale signs of (trump) style of campaigning going on here! Don't fall for it a second time look what happened when it succeeded the first time but his fat bacon is in the fire NOW.

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    1. It is known as the "Satanic Inversion." Harbicht and Chandler are accusing everyone else of doing the things they themselves, along with their mystery surrogates, are doing. Creepy dudes, those two.

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  8. 7:05am Poetic, and true. You brought a smile to my face.
    Majority of voters are low information participants.
    That is how Democracy works.

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    1. 7:05 is the Lorax.

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    2. To 7:05: Mobs and Bullies rule, so make sure to have that smile on your face when you're facing them

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    3. Correction:
      That 8:56am comment is for the 8:18am smiley face

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  9. 8:56am. That's just silly, 7:05am.
    not only has an axe but has the entire Forrest supporting them!
    Stand up tall to Bullies.

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    1. Agree with you... We can and should stand up to bullies... But hard to stand up to an out-of-control mob other than running away for your safety...

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    2. Everybody vote. That works best.

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    3. 9:51am,
      Not with a political system allowing uneven level playing fields...
      Such as:
      - Lobbying laws (more like legalized bribery laws to favor big corporations, donors, and special interest groups) to donate, influence and buy favors from elected officials
      - Monopoly of the US political system by the two major political parties over a century. The voters are given an illusion of choice in a democracy

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  10. We have received our voter information guide but there is confusion about just who is on the ballot.
    The Stop the Utility User Tax and Advisory Measure are located on the right side of the Official Ballot but on the opposite side, the Members for the City Council are not the candidates mentioned in today's blog.

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    1. Today's post covers the election in Arcadia. It is the contention of The Tattler that the same big money development boys supporting Harbicht and Chandler in Arcadia are supporting Bencosme in Sierra Madre. That is why we are covering both races.

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    2. A lot of the bad things that happened in Sierra Madre had their roots in Arcadia. None more so than the Downtown Specific Plan.

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  11. Chandler helped create the Hawaiian Gardens police department which supports the Gardens Casino located in Hawaiian Gardens. As large retail locations close due to online shopping you can bet that Roger Chandler will support their "adaptive re-use" as casinos in Arcadia.

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    1. because property rights!

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    2. It's like watching Bedford Falls inexorably turn into Pottersville. This is what unchecked greed does to a community. Roger Chandler was a retarded bumbling fool 20 years ago and he is worse today.

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  12. Chinese people love to gamble and also keep large amounts of cash at home turning their neighborhoods into burglary and home invasion hell. Mr. Sho has a plan to make gambling safe and fun for Chinese people.

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    1. That's stereotype... Most Chinese people don't deep large amounts of cash at home...

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    2. Also Arcadia need more strip clubs so that Asian man can have place to go to get away from wife with demands for Chanel purse and crazy kids screaming about getting a BMW for birthday. Mr. Sho knows that this is necessary part of life.

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    3. Is that why he sells guns?

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    4. Also in Arcadia McMansion there are always two safes. The first is a cheap wall safe easy to remove and used to distract burglars and home invaders with weird haircuts and Glocks and loud Toyotas. The real safe is always a floor safe buried in concrete and basically impossible to remove. Roger Chander knows this and keeps his "gifts" in his floor safe and keeps fake jewelry and a few hundred american dollars in his wall safe. Then when they take fake jewelry he laughs and buys a duplex.

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    5. 11:41am,
      Wifes, be aware! Some Asians and non-Asians politicians/businessman have concubines and/or second wife(s) living in China. The wifes should tag along when their hubbies taking numerous trips to China...

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    6. 11:39, in this case it’s not stereotypical. Per an Arcadia cop, many, many Asians are fueling the residential burglary problem with large cash stockpiles in their homes. Here’s why they do it:
      1. Don’t trust banks.
      2. Many in businesses that deal in cash only.
      3. Keep cash on hand to help out family members in need.
      It’s true, that’s why the vast number of burglaries are at Asian residences.
      Isn’t the new Arcadia just great ?

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    7. 1:32pm,

      Can you share with the rest of us residents the scientific study concluding that those are the reasons for the rise in residential burglary?

      There are many Asian banks catered to the Asian customers. This is 2017, not 1917.

      By the way, how many and percentage of Asian cops work at the Arcadia Police Dept? We have 60% Asian population living in our great City of Arcadia.

      Respectfully yours,

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    8. Sorry 2:03, no scientific study ( why would it be scientific anyways?). Just reality of talking with a few cops. Get outta your house once in a while and learn what’s really going on. And what does it matter what percentage of cops are Asian ? Make your point.

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    9. Cops helping cops... Isn't that nice for tribalism and groupthink mentality....

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    10. 2:34pm:
      Your 1:32pm anecdotal evidence and explanation that Asians are causing the rise in residential burglaries does not make sense... Rich Asians have been living and having cash only businesses in Arcadia for a long time (over 20 years)... But we have a huge jump in crime rates in Arcadia in the last 5 or 6 years...

      I'm sure that you're open-minded, then I encourage you to talk to your Asian Arcadians how they feel about the lack of opportunities in getting lucrative pay and benefits police jobs with the Arcadia Police Dept.

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    11. The reason for the increase in crime is Sho Tay and Roger Chandler. The criminals see them at City Council meetings and can tell they are weak and stupid.

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    12. 5:28, the Arcadia cops will openly say that. I see Asian Arcadia cops.

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    13. 7:44pm,

      I'm not a gambler... If Asians made up 60%+ of Arcadian residents then there is more than 50% chance of burglarizing an Asian household in Arcadia. Capiche?

      Either way some statistical analysis report from the APD would help.

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    14. 8:58, Agree that high crime rate targeting Asians because there are over 60% Asians living in Arcadia. That Asian percentage is higher if you add the non-residents Asian tourists and workers in Arcadia. As an Asian, I don't and know many Asians don't have large pile of cash in their homes.

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  13. Both Harbicht and Chandler are Republican Trump supporters. You have to ask. How many Arcadia's recent arrivals would they help trump deport? Would Arcadia's PD pitch in?

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    1. Would you stop it, Not interested in your Trump comments.

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    2. I can understand why you wouldn't care to answer that question. But it does need to be asked.

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    3. If ICE showed up at your house to deport your parents, who would you call for help? Democrat Tom Beck or Republican Bob Harbicht?

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  14. Some of you bloggers are aware that negative statements made against candidates create a underdog effect; Harbicht and Chandler have our votes.

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    1. Thanks for the laugh.

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    2. Harbicht and Chandler are the victims? Wow. That's quite an inversion of reality.

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    3. Nobody whines quite as loud as a fat cat.

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    4. Come to the Arcadia Council meeting this Tues and let losers Tay and Chandler have a lashing. It’s likely Chandler will slump over some day as April shreds the dumb soul. Tay is too stupid to understand her.

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    5. 1:15pm,
      Tay is no stupid fool... He is a 2-faced sociopath politician who says one thing and then do the exact opposite... He agrees with you and stabs you behind your back thru his minions

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    6. No, 11:38, not aware of your stupid point but now aware that you’re pretty dumb. Is that you, Sho?

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    7. Stop kidding yourself and your pontification... Harbicht and Chandler have huge war chest from special interest groups (developers, etc) to run their dirty campaign. The true underdog is Jolly Wu with her 100% self-funded campaign.

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    8. 2:18pm, True. I heard from Asian neighbors that Chandler & his soldiers are so scared that Jolly Wu will win the City Council seat that they are using dirty tricks & character assassination, such as labelling Jolly a banana (a derogatory term calling an Asian a white person living inside a yellow Asian body), a useless cripple and a puppet in Chinese language newspapers, Chinese language mailers, and conduct door-to-door misinformation campaign directed at Asian voters.

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  15. Arcadia: Better get out an informational postcard and hit the lies hard and fast. A few years ago in Sierra Madre there was a developer named Costa who put out a flyer supporting two running for City Council. We hit back hard with information as to why a developer would support those two candidates and not ours. Our candidate, Jim Hester, as a member of the Planning Commission, had a strong record of holding down overdevelopment and was not favored by the development cadre in town. Our candidate was elected! At the swearing in ceremony I spoke with a supporter of the candidates Costa's postcard supported, who didn't like our postcard. She said they did not know Costa was going to do that and didn't approve. I said: Well, you could have sent out a postcard to that affect but you didn't.

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  16. 1:41, great idea but problem is current majority won’t get involved. Too busy with who’s got the bigger McMansions and where their kids go to college.

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  17. Let’s all stick to what matters: candidates who have the best interest of Arcadia at heart. Clearly, Harbicht and Chandler sold out to developers years ago. Vote Beck and Platt to keep Arcadia in the hands of its residents.

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  18. Vote Beck and Wu (self funded campaign) for City Council.

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