Monday, April 30, 2018

Frank Girardot's Orwellian "Coded Language" Diversion Was First Used In Pasadena

A bumptious Kin Hui back in the day - Nov. 1, 2016
The carelessly leveled charge of racism in beleaguered Arcadia is an unfortunate and sad tactic. That Sho Tay will not be raised to the office of Mayor until after the FPPC investigation into his alleged election corruption concludes is widely accepted by Arcadia's more temperate citizens. Yet there is a rather small and accusatory faction in town that would like you to believe he was at least temporarily denied the office due to racial animosity.

But this obvious red herring is hardly the real issue at work here. Rather it is a cynical political stratagem that is being used in hopes of defeating the opposition to mansionization and other forms of "Locally Unwanted Land Usages" (LULUs) in Arcadia.

Sho Tay sides heavily with these LULU developers and realtors, and this decidedly eclectic mix of selfish people are willing do almost anything to get him into the big seat. Even going to war with the people and government of Arcadia itself. Which they are now doing, and with a shrill vengeance.

Today The Tattler is taking you back to 2016 and a rather bizarre Pasadena land use controversy involving Singpoli's Kin Hui and a venerable YMCA building found there. A place Kin was widely suspected at the time of wanting to turn into yet another one of his ostentatious, bourgie hotels.

This rowdy rhubarb erupted on a Facebook page called Pasadena Politics, and featured a number of notable players, most prominently Kin Hui himself. It also starred his highly compensated publicist, former Pasadena Star News editor Frank Girardot. The fellow who has the job of enabling his boss's often loudly communicated will. More on that in a minute.

It all began with an original post of course, which went something like this.


Local Investment Firm ‘Floats’ Opportunities in Pasadena to Chinese Media (Pasadena Now link) - Beijing. Shanghai. Tianjin. Guangzhou. Shenzhen. PasadenaThe unveiling of the Singpoli Group’s 2017 Rose Parade Float at the DusitD2 Constance Hotel Monday afternoon might have also offered a peek at what may increasingly become a notable Chinese real estate and investment target: Pasadena.

Singpoli, the Pasadena and Arcadia-based real estate investment, along with its joint venture enterprises, BDK Capital, and 8sian Media, brought together a powerhouse of Chinese media companies, including one of the country’s largest Asian-targeted multi-channel networks and advertising platforms, for the unveiling event.

Along with the sponsors came the 2016 eXin media delegation from China, comprised of executives and leaders from top-tier China TV stations and industry associations. The delegation came to “visit local companies and institutions, and to exchange innovative ideas about new media industry,” according to a group spokeperson.

The event will undoubtedly contribute to increasing efforts to build Pasadena’s “brand” in Chinese markets. The official hosts of the event were Singpoli Group Chief Executive Officer Kin Hui; William Chu, chief financial officer of Singpoli Capital Corporation, and Dr. Gang Ding, of BDK Capital.

Pretty pedestrian press release style stuff, right? A group of overseas investors had come together in Pasadena hoping to make a little dough in real estate. Pretty much what America is all about. Especially in an era when such investment has become universal, and anywhere money is to be made will do just fine.

However, there were a few associated local land use issues that had made some Pasadena preservationists uncomfortable, and they saw this an an opportunity to share their concern with the readers of Facebook's Pasadena Politics. This lead to a rather lively conversation about LULU real estate exploitation and overseas capital, which for whatever reason precipitated the colorful outburst from Mr. Hui we cut and pasted into the above left hand corner of this post.

Apparently Mr. Hui was not trying to up his Facebook friends count that day.

It was then that the dutiful Frank Girardot, perhaps hoping to get his volatile boss to chill, leapt in and attempted to seize an upper hand. Here are two of his comments.



Note the use of the phrase "coded words." Frank used it twice that day back in 2016.

Last week in the Kin Hui financed and owned publication The Hub, which lists Frank Girardot as its editor, the following verbiage was used to describe opposition to the allegedly corruption tainted Sho Tay becoming Mayor. The article was titled "Charges of racism, fraud fly at contentious Arcadia city council meeting," and you can link to it in its entirety here.

“If you choose to bypass the opportunity to have a Chinese-American as mayor, what will it say to the 60 percent of Arcadia residents who participate in this community’s successes?” Singpoli CEO Kin Hui asked. “Will it say to our children that Chinese-Americans are great members of the community, but have no business as community leaders? That would be shameful and go down as an historic blunder.”

Using colorful and sometimes coded language, a handful of residents told the Council that complaints about Tay’s tactics were too serious to ignore. “We the American People are here to ask the City Council to restore ethics to this chamber,” exclaimed resident Caroline Blake. “I say no to rotation, and to even one year with Sho Tay as Mayor.”

Frank, who apparently is an old dog unlikely to learn any new tricks soon, has returned to using the same spin he employed in Pasadena two years ago. That is to accuse the opponents of his boss's outsized real estate ambitions of racial intolerance through the use of the term "coded language." By which I am going to have to assume he means being racially intolerant without using any of the words normally associated with racial intolerance.

A conundrum for certain. Perhaps Frank is alluding to the Orwellian concept of "thought crime?" You can only guess. And yes, we all have to work for a living.

That article from The Hub is credited to one of the news writers there, a fellow named Hugo Guzman. Hugo also works out of Singpoli's 25 E. Foothill address.

However, given the usage of what is obviously a favored phrase and tactic, you would have to assume that this piece was heavily edited, if not entirely written, by Girardot himself.

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65 comments:

  1. 45 days can't come to soon, then be done with the squabbling.

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    1. The squabbling has just begun. It has just been put off for 45 days. Let the games begin.

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  2. It seems to me that most of the divisive things we are hearing now are coming out of the Singpoli building. I don't see how this his going to work for them. As my mom used to say, "You catch more bees with honey than you do vinegar."

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  3. http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2015/08/city-manager-dominic-lazzerretto.html
    The above is an Article from Sierra Madre Tattler in 2015. The Pasadena Star News reporter Ms. Thompson's got transferred to Long Beach several months after Dominic wrote to Mr. Hasse.
    Sho is quietly putting Dominic into his pocket since 2015. Our 2018 election is an unfair election. Dominic never stop the smear campaign. He is helping Sho Tay by keeping himself silently and shutting his eyes off the smear campaign. He allowed city election official posted with Sho Tay right at her desk. He allowed city election staff given the city council candidate's private info out to others. Let police post their badges with Roger and Bob without taken any action. He let Roger's and Bob's yard signs littering city like wiled fire. It is the only election in the America that disability is an issue for running a city council. He quietly supported hate crime. Dominic Lazzaretto is making our city become an immoral and unethical city.

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  4. Follow the money: Kin Hui gave Sho Tay’s campaign in 2014 $10,000. Hui is just protecting his investment.

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  5. Attempting to divide a city along racial lines as part of a business strategy is quite a trick to try and pull off.

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  6. 6:47am. Now wouldn't you agree that the bee's would want their own food back, of course they will come buzzing.

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  7. What does it really matter?

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    1. Keeps people off the streets.

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  8. Frank is just recycling some old material.

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  9. That race-baiting incident that you've posted clips from happened on the FB group "Pasadena Politics - Moderated". Girardot started it by accusing a community leader of racism because she linked to that Pasadena Now article and complained about the overdevelopment that is taking place in Pasadena. NOTHING ABOUT CHINESE, that was only in the article itself that described Kin Hui's portrayal of himself as a simple little foreign national trying to learn the US system.

    So, race-baiting is a favorite tactic. When Girardot was called out on it, he tried to accuse other people of being racist. Which is what he's paid to do now. This also goes on in public hearings when this crowd shows up with giant, overblown projects, fronted by Richard McDonald. Nobody starts in on that stuff except them, screeching on and on about how they're discriminated against when in fact they're dodging the rules that everyone has to follow. It's pathetic.

    And the fact that he publicly called this person a racist, who's been on the forefront of combatting Pasadena's lack of affordable housing and its racial discrimination issues constitutes public defamation of character.

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    1. Thank you for your comments. What you are describing here are cruel people who are cancer on our community.

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    2. Racists in the 21st century are very smart. They don't come out and say that they are racists in front of your face. Instead, they employ subtle methods to accomplish their goals/objectives. The recent headline news about a white Starbucks store manager called the police and ended up arresting the 2 black men b/c they were sitting inside the store waiting for their realtor is an example of a "dumb" racist.

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    3. You sure you're not just a victim of paranoia?

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    4. 10:21,
      I assume that you are a white person. I encourage you to find out yourself by moving to Japan, India or other predominated Asian countries for five years and see for yourself if you experience racism in a predominately Asian country.

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  10. 60 percent of Chinese voted? Did Sho Tay supporters including Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Singaporean,...and wishfully including Taiwanese? Another smears campaign for Mayor position. Same old, same old!

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    1. Asian American folks:

      Regardless all Asians support Sho Tay or not is irrelevant here, most white people, in their ignorance, see the Asians as a monolithic group.

      Though 60%+ Asians live in Arcadia, only 20% are registered voters; this is about one-third compared to the non-Asian voters.

      Majority of Asians are from the Chinese race regardless their country of origin. In Arcadia, majority of the Asians are from East Asia countries including Chinese from mainland. Chinese from Hong Kong. Chinese from Taiwan (Taiwanese); Korean, Japanese, Singaporean and Vietnamese, etc from other countries located in Southeast Asia.

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    2. Do Russians vote en bloc with Americans? Ancestry is not that same as culture

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    3. That is the point of 10:05. White people view Asians as a monolithic group. In actually, they don't act monolithically.

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  11. Voter registration, when you move if you don't physically walk into a Post Office and re-register your new address then you can only vote in your old district.
    Extra campaign funds, it depends on how they were earmarked. If you want to spend some on your fellow council members election that's your business.

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    1. Using campaign funds for another candidate is a violation of the Brown Act. Sho admitted he did just that and is blaming it on some one else. He never takes responsibility.

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    2. He will blame the gun manufacturer if he accidentally shoots someone.

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    3. The gun was racist.

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  12. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-millennials/exclusive-democrats-lose-ground-with-millennials-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1I10YH

    Exclusive: Democrats lose ground with millennials - Reuters/Ipsos poll

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials as its candidates head into the crucial midterm congressional elections, according to the Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll.

    The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy

    Although nearly two of three young voters polled said they do not like Republican President Donald Trump, their distaste for him does not necessarily extend to all Republicans or translate directly into votes for Democratic congressional candidates.

    That presents a potential problem for Democrats who have come to count on millennials as a core constituency - and will need all the loyalty they can get to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November.
    Only 28 percent of those polled expressed overt support for Republicans in the 2018 poll - about the same percentage as two years earlier.

    But that does not mean the rest will turn out to back Democrats, the survey showed. A growing share of voters between ages 18 and 34 years old said they were undecided, would support a third-party candidate or not vote at all.

    The shift away from Democrats was more pronounced among white millennials - who accounted for two-thirds of all votes cast in that age group in 2016.

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  13. My mother and I prefer a combination of honey, rice wine vinegar and some chilli flakes.

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  14. If a white person has bad thoughts, should they submit to City Hall for self criticism? Which department?

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    1. 10:29,
      Here are a few suggestions:
      Police if you have real bad criminal thoughts
      Psychiatrist/psychologist if you have real anxiety and mental or mommy issues
      Priest if you are religious
      God if you are very creepy and don't want anyone to know that you are a serious sicko

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    2. Actually I was upset because my neighbors don't bring their trash cans in. But thanks for the hate!

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    3. I'm more upset about people walking their dogs and don't pick up the mess the dog left behind regardless the color of their skin.

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    4. 10:46,
      I'm just offering you help by letting you know that there is abundance of resources out there.

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    5. Did they help you?

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    6. Actually I politely gave a plastic bag to the dog walker to pick up her dog's business. It works.

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    7. It's good to see you keep your nose to the ground.

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  15. "IRAN Lied", Israel obtained 100,000 files/CD's and document's detailing Project Amad's Secret Necular Weapon.
    55 tons more enriched Uranium than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima.
    Integrating warheads on missiles, five test sights, overt to covert; all involved in planning and building Nuclear capabilities were transferred to hidden build sights, leading the secret program is the man that created Project Amad.
    Iran is expanding it's Necular Program.

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    1. Israel lies all the time too.
      So does the CIA

      Bibi on the ropes for corruption
      So who to believe?

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    2. Everyone lies.

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    3. Especially Kin Hui. A liar with his pants on fire. Maybe that's why he looked so upset.

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  16. 1.8 Billion in cash was given to Iran a few years ago with Iran's promise in ending Nuclear weapons expansion.
    This has been exposed as a lie by Israel, the last Nuclear deal was only a pause in their reorganization of expansions.

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    1. Israel is corruption

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  17. Let's face it. Countries get no respect if they don't belong to the Nuclear Country Club. No respectable country wants to be like Rodney Dangerfield.

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  19. If this isn’t the most obvious comment of the day:
    Sho Tay knows he is guilty of spending his campaign $ on others in addition to being the source of the racist and age discriminatory mailures. So do his followers. The only hope he has is to divert the attention his actions have brought on himself. Playing the race card is his way to divert the attention and put the blame on others. A 10’yo kid would figure this out !

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    1. Sho is one narcissistic little dude.

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    2. Tay claimed that he graduated from the police academy. The question remains why he became a police volunteer instead of a salaried police officer. Maybe an investigative journalist may look into that.

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    3. Maybe he didn't pass the psych eval.

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    4. Maybe he didn't graduated.

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    5. Maybe he didn’t pass the lie detector test.

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    6. Over inflated ego. Over inflated resume.

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    7. Can you imagine “Officer Tay” patrolling the streets ? I’d take Barney Fife over him.

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    8. Fife had one more bullet than Tay.

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    9. Barney was Rhode Scholar compared to Sho.

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  20. https://theintercept.com/2018/04/28/sarkozy-gaddafi-libya-bombing/

    Why Did the U.S. and Its Allies Bomb Libya? Corruption Case Against Sarkozy Sheds New Light on Ousting of Gaddafi.

    However, a corruption investigation into former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is opening a new window into little-known motivations in the NATO alliance that may have accelerated the rush to oust the Libyan dictator.

    Last month, French police detained and questioned Sarkozy about illicit payments Gaddafi is said to have made to Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign. A few days after Sarkozy was released from detention, he was ordered to stand trial for corruption and influence-peddling in a related case, in which he had sought information on the Gaddafi inquiry from an appeals court judge. The scandal has highlighted a little-appreciated bind that Sarkozy faced in the run-up to the Libyan intervention: The French president, who took the lead among Europeans in the military campaign against Gaddafi, was eager to compensate for diplomatic blunders in Tunisia and Egypt and most likely angry about an arms deal with Gaddafi that went awry. Sarkozy, it now appears, was eager to shift the narrative to put himself at the forefront of a pro-democracy, anti-Gaddafi intervention.

    The story of Sarkozy’s strange relationship with Gaddafi begins in 2003, when the United Nations lifted harsh sanctions against Libya that were imposed in the wake of the Lockerbie bombing.

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    1. Really, leave the Middle East alone

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    2. What's your beef?

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    3. Prime rib.

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    4. Take it easy on red meat. Known to cause colon cancer.

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  21. It's too bad for Arcadia that John Wuo and now Sho Tay have set their standards way too low. John Wuo had to resign following influence peddling and claims of wrong doing. He wasn't convicted of crimes but he sullied Arcadia's reputation. Now Show Tay is following suit. He claims he did nothing illegal. Is that what it's come to in Arcadia? What about ethical? He's made many bad decisions and has been a trouble maker in each of the last 2 elections. His is also marring Arcadia's reputation. His supporters claim racism but they deserve much better representation than Sho Tay.

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    1. In October, Liu’s lawsuit levied charges including fraud, negligence and R.I.C.O, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The suit named 10 defendants, including USFIA, Chen and Arcadia Councilman John Wuo, who resigned in October amid intense scrutiny over his endorsement of Chen and Gemcoin.

      His resignation came shortly after several Chinese-Americans alleged it was Wuo who convinced them to invest in Gemcoin because of his position as a government official. Wuo’s name and image appeared on several USFIA-affiliated websites and in pamphlets and marketing materials distributed by the company.

      Liu said the entire case has been culturally damaging because three of USFIA’s leaders are Chinese.

      https://www.dailybulletin.com/2016/03/20/report-shows-gemcoin-usfia-were-set-up-to-defraud-investors/

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  22. Kin Hui claims "Singpoli is a 100% registered California company". Isn't the following one of his companies, too?

    Current Entity Name: SINGPOLI WEALTH MANAGEMENT, LLC
    DOS ID #: 3197857
    Initial DOS Filing Date: APRIL 28, 2005
    County: NEW YORK
    Jurisdiction: NEW YORK
    Entity Type: DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
    Current Entity Status: ACTIVE

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  23. Search by Officer Name "Kin Hui" on the page: https://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/ and you will find several active companies of his in NV (see below). He certainly has business out of the state of CA.

    KIN HUI Director SINGPOLI (HOP KIN) CONSTRUCTION & DECORATION (NEVADA), INC.
    KIN HUI Director SINGPOLI CAPITAL CORPORATION
    KIN HUI President SINGPOLI CAPITAL CORPORATION
    KIN HUI Director SINGPOLI WEALTH MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    KIN HUI President SINGPOLI WEALTH MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    KIN HUI Director 8SIANMEDIA CORPORATION
    KIN HUI President 8SIANMEDIA CORPORATION
    KIN HUI Director TOUCAN INTERACTIVE CORP.
    KIN HUI President TOUCAN INTERACTIVE CORP.

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    1. California Listings at businesssearch.sos.ca.gov

      C1741985 04/04/1994 Active Singpoli (Hop Kin) Construction & Decoration (Nevada) Inc. Nevada Kin Hui

      C3323627 09/27/2010 Active Singpoli Capital Corporation Nevada Philip Kim

      C3128824 09/03/2008 FTB Suspended Singpoli Construction USNIG Corp. California Wen C. Liu

      C1699926 11/20/1991 Dissolved Singpoli Enterprises Corporation California Kin Hui

      C311058 10/07/2009 Active Singpoli Management, Inc. California Kin Hui

      C3913695 06/02/2016 Active Singpoli Mortgage, Inc. California Philip Y Kim

      C2558813 10/27/2003 Dissolved Singpoli Pacifica Development, Ltd. California Kin Hui

      C3974795 12/27/2016 Active Singpoli Private Wealth Corporation California Kin Hui

      C3495885 07/30/2012 FTB Forfeited Singpoli Wealth Management Corporation Nevada Philip Y Kim

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    2. Kin Hui is like the Big Bad Wolf. He is huffing and puffing and blowing Arcadia down.

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    3. Sho Tay's followers tried to get the City of Arcadia to censure the press. Tonight they proposed censuring free speech.

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