The Ubiquitous Tony Chen: Buying a Little Influence Perhaps?
Tony Chen has become a familiar name in this election. He contributed $1,000 to Sho Tay's campaign on January 15, 2018 after the filing period closed and no one had committed to oppose him in the election. It was disclosed that Tony Chen was located in Alhambra and had a business called Candet Properties. He was a real estate agent.
Then, is was discovered that Tony Chen had contributed $1,000 to Bob Harbicht's campaign in 2016 listing his home address in Arcadia. So one would think that Tony was just a real estate agent with ties to developers who lives in Arcadia.
But the plot thickens, as they say. Tony Chen contributed to Bob Harbicht's campaign again in 2018. This time, Tony Chen is listed as the "owner" of The Hub Shopping Center at 733 W. Naomi, Arcadia. That's the Von's/Burlington Coat Factory shopping center at the corner of Duarte and Baldwin. But the property title shows a different owner for that location. So "owner" is not the right word. So what could it be?
The Tattler has found the document that reveals the true story.
On November 14, 2017, Tony Chen appeared before the Arcadia Planning Commission requesting a conditional use permit for a tenant at 733 W. Naomi for a Karaoke Bar over the objections of neighboring residents.
Tony Chen appeared as the PROPERTY MANAGER. You know, the real estate manager who gets a cut of the rents for each tenant's occupancy. It's no surprise a donor to both Sho Tay and Harbicht's campaigns has a vested interest in who sits on City Council in the City of Arcadia.
In other words, Tony Chen does business that goes before the City Council and his income depends on always having the decision makers on his side.
Rule #1 of The Tattler: It is always about the money. Here are the docs.
Wait! Bob Harbicht is STILL in Hawaii?
This bit of must see Bob Harbicht excitement was posted on his Facebook page Wednesday, which leaves the impression that he is not campaigning for a Arcadia City Council seat quite as hard as you might have thought. Perhaps he prefers the company of fish?
But I guess all that grubby door to door pavement pounding stuff is for his hard working campaign volunteers, and not that fabulous jet-setting and very happening haole Bulldozer Bob.
I hope Bob is occasionally texting them an Aloha. I'm sure they at least deserve that.