So in the spirit of the hyper-racial sensitivity that consumes so much of our political discourse in these troubled times, I thought I would discuss a fairly recent mailer sent out on the behalf of Roger Chandler's current City Council campaign. I have reproduced the full thing here in two parts for easy reference. I am also including this translation for you to review as well, which I have lightly edited for brevity. Trust me, it's for your own good.
Dear Arcadia Neighbors: One year has passed very smoothly. For many years things have gone smoothly. But now, Arcadia housing is getting worse, burglaries are getting worse. Hopefully things can change this year.
The reason our housing prices are down and burglaries are increasing is because of the group with Tom Beck as its leader. This group is specifically suppressing the Chinese community. The friend of the Chinese, Roger Chandler, is in the minority and Tom Beck is in the majority. Every time Roger Chandler wants to increase police and Sho Tay votes for it, the majority led by Tom suppresses it.
The other 2 candidates, they are not real competitors. The 1st Joyce Platt has 30 years as a teacher. She wants historic preservation, does not want to increase police and wants HOAs.
Jolly Wu is disabled and a selfish person. She is working hard only for her own good. She took the right of the students to take dial a ride away from the students. She did this because she is disabled and wants the dial a ride for herself. Those 2 people don't have management experience. They are very suspicious. Some organization put Joyce and Jolly in District 5. They are not what our city needs. They will not protect our city.
Jolly Wu is controlled by a special group. She is a puppet meant to divide the Asians.
Many of these charges are untrue and we have dismissed them before. As an example, the Dial-A-Ride situation described here was actually the doings of Roger Chandler himself. Click here for a Pasadena Star News articles that shares all the unhappy details.
But here is my question for you today, thoughtful people who read my blog. Is it really proper for Roger Chandler's campaign to be issuing such troubling and derogatory commentary regarding both Jolly Wu's ethnicity and her disability? I thought we were well past that kind of ugly discourse.
Bulldozer Bob is pitching a fit over the theft of his campaign signs
Apparently Mr. Harbicht is back from campaigning in Hawaii and is ready to take on what for him is a big issue. That being the theft of his campaign signs. Now stealing lawn signs is kind of dumb, and it really does make you look like an idiot. Especially if you are videotaped doing it. But that being said, here is The Bulldozer venting in a fierce sort of way on his Facebook page.
A little on the dramatic side, but I think you get his point. Besides, when you really don't have very much else to say, you might as well get your Bobby Blowhard on about lawn signs and the sacred foundations of American democracy. Or some such thing.
This caused several people to comment, including Arcadia City Councilwoman April Verlato. She had experienced something similar in 2016, back when she was beating Harbicht like a pair of bongos in that election. Here is how her remarks went.
In case you were not aware, this is what Councilwoman Verlato was referring to here.
So how did Bob Harbicht, that clarion of liberty and defender of campaign lawn signs, react to April's comment? He deleted her post from his Facebook page, of course.
So let's see if I have this straight. Stealing lawn signs is an assault on our American freedom of speech, but deleting related commentary you don't like from your campaign Facebook page is just super fine and dandy?
Maybe Bob should have stayed in Hawaii and practiced his hypocrisy on the Manta Rays instead.