Thursday, April 26, 2018

Singpoli Controlled In-House Media Outlet "The Hub" Labels Sho Tay Mayor Opposition City Hall Racism

Mod: If you are not yet aware (few are), Singpoli developer Kin Hui and his lavishly compensated in-house publicist, former Pasadena Star News editor Frank Girardot, have been working on a media project called "The Hub." Originally a publication designed to appeal to millennials supposedly starved for news about clubs, boutique clothing and cannabis, it has instead pretty much hewed to previous Girardot foci with a heavy tabloid-style emphasis on urban crime. However, there has also been another purpose, that being to propagandize the priorities of big development outfits. Which, when you consider who is funding this money losing media effort, should hardly be surprising. Think of The Hub as a kind of Pravda for predatory McMansion builders. Below is an unpleasant article designed to create the impression that the motives behind denying Sho Tay the Mayor gig at Tuesday's City Council meeting had nothing to do with those various alleged corruption charges, or the local land use requirements of Mr. Hui, but were instead driven by purported City Hall racism.

Charges of racism, fraud fly at contentious Arcadia city council meeting (The Hub link): After a contentious two-hour public hearing Tuesday night, where residents accused some members of the council of racism, the Arcadia City Council bucked tradition by declining to elevate Councilman Sho Tay to the largely ceremonial post of mayor.

Instead, current Mayor Peter Amundson will remain as as the city’s titular head for 45 days, while a complaint against Tay, the city’s only Chinese elected official, is investigated by the state’s Fair Political Practices Committee.

“It’s an unprecedented move,” Amundson said, to a packed council chamber that at times turned raucous with derision. “But this has been an unprecedented election.”

A boisterous citywide election in March returned three incumbents — Tay, Roger Chandler and Tom Beck to the chamber amid acrimony from residents and candidates who traded barbs verbally, on the internet and via fliers sent to voters.

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With the election results certified earlier this month, dozens of residents urged council members to “do the right thing” and proclaim Tay as Arcadia’s mayor for the next year. Several said any other move by the council could only be described as racist retaliation aimed at further dividing Arcadia following an ugly election.

“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.”

Tay described the FPPC complaint as an unfair election tactic used by his opponents who publicized it in various formats.

“They made me sound like some kind of criminal,” Tay said.

In seeking a vote to delay the election of Tay, Amundson described it as a “cooling-off period” meant to strengthen the cooperation between members of the City Council, and allow extreme emotions left over from the intense election to settle down.

With the cooling off period in effect, the next time Tay could be considered for the post of Mayor will be June 5.

Mod: You might want to blow in a call to Mr. Girardot and ask him what was meant by the use of the term "coded language." It is an ugly charge that I am sure he would love to discuss with you. The number at Pegasus Communications is (626) 247-2883.

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123 comments:

  1. Jealousy looks good on you

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    1. Nonsense. Chill-Fil-A tastes like dirt.

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    2. So 5:45 has a personal ax to grind with the Tattler.

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    3. He'll have to stand in line.

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    4. Every time someone eats a Chik-fil-A, an angel grows a chin.

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  2. If the Smilin’ fool does get elected as Mayor, it would be a disgrace of course, but in reality the mayor just has the same 1/5 voting power as anyone on the council. It may be worth it just for the laughs watching him try to run a meeting or attempt anything that requires intelligence.

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    1. Ironically those who will be disgraced the most are his supporters.

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    2. Sho Tay reminds me of an former Mayor of a major southern CA city who is currently one of the CA gubernatorial candidates. And that is not a compliment.

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  3. At last Tuesday Arcadia CC meeting, Tay asks City Attorney Deitsch if it’s illegal for one candidate to give money to another candidate.
    Deitich said he didn’t know!!
    Come on dude, you WORK for the city with all this crap going on, and you didn’t even take the time to research this ? Not good. Wake up.

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    1. Yes, but Deitsch will come back with an answer. I don't think it will help Sho's cause.

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    2. Sho Tay is making Mr. Deitsch a wealthy man.

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    3. Deitsch falls in the same category as all of Arcadia staff: too scared to investigate these crimes since would be labeled a racist and possibly lose the overpaid cush job.

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    4. Deitsch is hired to protect the council members and other city employees even when they behave illegally. He could not tell Sho he had committed a crime in public. His only out was to stall and deflect by saying he did know. Sho was foolish to ask the question in public. That kind of stupid should not be mayor.

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    5. Deitsch will not come up with an answer in public especially when Sho confessed he used his campaign money to fund another campaign. CLEARLY ILLEGAL! Deitsch's job is to spin and cover up crimes by the council. He just might wiggle out by saying it is under investigation and he cannot comment. He is earning his keep when it comes to lying Sho Tay.

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    6. I’ve seen Chandler use Deitsch before, asking him a question that was clearly staged. The answer made Chandler look good. In this case, I’d put money that Tay prepped him prior to that question and that Deitsch would respond the way he did. Don’t be gullible people.

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    7. Don't we need a higher standard regarding election laws other than coming from the City Attorney Deitsch? Like the CA election authority?

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  4. Why does this article say there were only a handful of residents who commented? I counted well over 30.

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    1. How many people reside in Arcadia? 30 is a drop in the bucket. 30 loud, uninformed, people with cult-like behavior just seem like a lot. There were a few calm logical speakers. Sho Tay is stirring the pot.

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    2. Democracy can be sloppy sometimes. But it is still better than everything else.

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  5. Looks like Tay is 120% guilty especially after admitting on camera he gave money to both Harbicht and Chandler:

    http://www.fppc.ca.gov/content/dam/fppc/NS-Documents/TAD/Campaign%20Manuals/Manual_2/Manual_2_Ch_5_Use_of_Campaign_Funds.pdf

    Surplus funds may only be used to make the following expenditures:

    “Contributions to a political party committee, so long as the funds are not used to make contributions in support of or opposition to a candidate for elective office. (The funds must be used for the party’s or committee’s overhead expenses.)”

    What’s the penalty though, measly $500 fine?

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    1. He is being investigated on two counts, so it will be more than $500. The fines can be as high as $5,000, so these might be some financial bite to this. But what is worse is actually being convicted. Breaking the law is never a good thing, being charged and convicted even worse. Even for a politician.

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    2. The money Tay spent would not be considered “surplus” funds. He attained the office for which he opened a committee. Therefore, he could continue to be an active committee. However, the rule is no independent expenditures by a candidate committee. Tattler published the rule on April 19.

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  6. So Kin Hui owns The Hub, and in The Hub article they quote Kin Hui. Yes, I guess we know who's the boss.

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  7. Mod, you forgot to mention that the Hub is headquartered at 25 E Foothill Blvd, the same address as Singpoli.

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    1. "Affiliated with the World Journal, which is the largest Chinese language daily publication in Southern California, the HUB will not only be spot to find curated locally sourced information, it will also contain premium content from the World Journal translated for an English speaking audience."
      http://www.hub-la.com/opinion/la-voice/welcome-to-the-hub/

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    2. http://ep.worldjournal.com/LA/2018-04-25/B09

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  8. Whomever submitted the sworn complaint to FPPC should be the Arcadia Citizen of the Year, or decade.

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    1. There are 2 separate open investigations. In that case we will suggest co-winners for the Citizen of the Year!

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  9. What is the status of Sho Tay's Brown Act violation charge in reference to The Tattler's 4/20/18 article? I don't remember being brought up on Tuesday's CC meeting.

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    Tay described a vote taken in closed session regarding public safety in Arcadia. Can you please provide the date of this closed session and a copy of the notice of the agendized item? I do not recall the Brown Act allowing for a closed session to discuss public safety and crime. If this meeting truly did occur, please provide the reference in the Brown Act that allows for such a meeting.

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    1. So far the city has not provided the requested information. The request has been made twice. The city is protecting Sho Tay.

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    2. Is this going be part of the 45 day investigation?

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  10. 7:21, shhhhhh, shhhhhh, Domonic just wants us all to forget this blatant violation, shhhhhh.

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  11. A new Chick-fil-A will be coming to a location near you. Good News, a location on Huntington Drive is being selected, no more driving into Pasadena.

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    1. Just don't try to work there if you're gay.

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    2. Is it a good place to work there if you are a closet or undecided gay?

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    3. It shouldn't have to be a consideration.

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  12. Does anyone think charging the city with racism will help Mr. Hui get his building permits?

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  13. 7;46 that was my thought exactly. Part of his business plan?
    This shows how desperately the developers like Kin Hui of Singpoli need a mayor on their side to agonize their priorities.

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    1. All of this is about development, real estate and, of course, money. Sleaze bags like Girardot know they're lying, but cash the paycheck anyway.

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  14. Racism is their only card. Intelligence dialogue is not within their mind capacity, nor their ability to understand any of these Tattler posts. Basically the mentality of an infant.

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  15. When minorities don't like the outcome and no facts to support their position, they scream RACISM.

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  16. Don't try to use the restroom in a Starbucks if you don't pay for the most expensive cup of coffee anywhere if you are a black man.

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    1. You can’t use their restroom unless you are a customer. They are not a public toilet.

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    2. No bathroom? No business.

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    3. No SB has ever asked me to buy coffee first before I can use their restrooms. This has never my experience with SB or with other specialty coffee stores.

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    4. 1:11 - That policy is bad public relations for a hospitality services business.

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  17. What crimes? The flimsy excuse of violations are a joke.
    In 45 days we will have Mayor Sho Tay.

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    1. You sound like Trump talking about the FBI.

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    2. 9:27, have you seen the video of Tay admitting he gave both Harbricht and Chandler money from his campaign funds? Do you need more proof he broke the law? Even you can’t change the truth.

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    3. There is a further chapter to the above.Sho Tay used the money to distribute illegal flyers (now under investigation). The flyers claimed he (Sho Tay) had proposed ordinances on which only Chandler had supported him. LIE #1 The inference was that Beck, Verlato, and Amundson are weak on crime. When called on at a city council meeting to prove that he had proposed ordinance(s) regarding crime and safety he wimped out at a subsequent meeting and said it happened at a closed session and he could not talk about. True, but a review of agendas for closed sessions show NO ordinances regarding public safety exist LIE#2. Under the Brown Act this subject is not eligible to be brought up in a closed session. Ordinances need to be open to public scrutiny. He told a lie to cover up a lie. Besides, in his 4 years on the council I am not aware of any ordinances proposed by Sho Tay approved by others or not. If he claims he has make him prove it with agendas and minutes.

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    4. A profoundly ignorant man.

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    5. Don't be fool by Sho Tay. He is an actor.

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  18. What did Trump say about the FBI?

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    1. That their investigation into Russian collusion was cooked up and they're wasting their time. Pretty much what crooks say about law enforcement all the time.

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    2. So guilty until proven innocent in your world...

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    3. That's why the courts set bail.

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  19. A vote for Sho Tay is a vote for communist. China is using our voting system to take down U.S.. It is one city at a time. The central commander is at China and given order possibly through WuChat.

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    1. You're making a ha ha?

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    2. Tell people in Taiwan and Hong Kong about your ha ha!

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    3. 10:10 AM must be on drug or his family ruined by a communist so you to hate chinese govtment and paranoid about wechat! ha ha

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  20. 9:42am kinda like Hillary's book tour?

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  21. Jury reaches verdict on retrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial:GUILTY ON ALL THREE ACCOUNTS/CHARGES AGAINST HIM.

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  22. 7:28,8:57:
    You wimp! Why don't you complaint about the black leaders who perfected the racial card in this country? Or you only have the balls to bash the Asians only?

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    1. Well 10:57, we are talking about the issue at hand in Arcadia which happens to involve a Chinese person, what does that have to do with any other person or race? You’ve lost your mind.

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    2. I’m 8:57. I said Minorities, not Asians. Years back USC gave a scholarship that was based on merit, not need to a black classmate of my child. My child’s grades (all As) and SAT scores, plus activities were much higher than the other child’s. I called USC and asked why my child did not receive equal consideration. After a bit of double talk by the admissions person, I said , Oh I get it, my son is white and his classmate is black. She denied it. Thirty minutes later....guess what? My son received the same financial scholarship as his classmate. No explanation was given. Discrimination is not only against people of color. What irks me is when some people play the race card, when it is other factors than have made the situation what it is...breaking the law, lack of qualifications, etc.

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    3. 8:57,
      Too bad. That is payback for the original sin of bringing in free labor (aka slaves) to the USA. Get use to it.

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    4. 12:11,
      I'm actually fluent in the American English language. The Racist rants that you are making do not implicitly or explicitly limited to a specific Chinese.

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    5. 1:17 - Sobif someone expresses an opinion that you disagree with, the best you can do is squawk about racism? You must be mentally deficient.

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    6. 1:30,
      You got it wrong. I disagree with you not because you are a racist. I disagree with your vision of Arcadia.

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    7. 1:17, you really need to discover this thing called facts. The majority on this blog that are angry with Tay are so because he’s done some really bad things, some of which are illegal. If you want to discuss facts, go ahead, but continuing to say all questioning of Tays actions is driven by race is ludicrous. It’s a last ditch effort to divert the truth.

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    8. I didn't say I want that foul piece of sh*t as my mayor?

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    9. You didn't really say anything.

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  23. What makes Mr. Hui think Asian would like Sho be the Mayor? He should sponsor a city wide Mayor election. Let us see how it will turn out. It would be hard for Sho to realize that most of people do not want him to be the Mayor of Arcadia. People showing up on Tuesday night, most of them are developers and investors in the Arcadia CC meeting. Even two decants came to join Sho, they are in the same Chinese church located at Liveoak Ave.. Both have investment companies. I hope that this will not turn into another EFC members losing their life time earning to the people they trusted most. Hopefully the history will not repeat itself. Last time this happened was decades ago, the pastor's wife took more than tens of million dollars from Taiwanese people in church. FBI even got involved. The pastor's wife claimed mentally ill later on. However, several victims killed themselves. A very sad situation.

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    1. It is all about the money. That is what is at the root of all of this.

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  24. In the minds of looney toons like Siyuan Chen or David Liu if you say something like "I am an American" or "I have lived here in town for 20 years" you are a racist. They're goons and should be ignored.

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    1. If I put an American flag in my front yard, is that "code language?"

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    2. Everybody should put an American flag in their yard. It is a way of showing that you are tired of the demagogues trying to divide Arcadia so that a few ruthless developers can make some money.

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    3. The Arcadia Fire Department recognized that this election was about one thing and one thing only - development. They were wise not to get involved and did not support any candidate or post pictures with candidates. The Police, on the other hand, were worried about raising their already over inflated salaries and pensions, They backed the development puppets -Harbicht and Chandler as the easiest from which to buy votes. Then David Liu is allowed access to the police department by volunteering many hours. To what is the bully privy? He is a negative rabble rouser in the community. Then Mike Vercillo, an officer with the police department, uses private information from Neighborhood Watch files to send emails supporting Harbicht. There is "fire" in our police department. We need to send the fire department to douse it. Call me worried about the integrity of Arcadia's Police. Department. Where there is smoke there is fire.

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    4. One of the speakers said that it didn't matter at all how long somebody lived in that town; it mattered how much thy cared about the town.
      So long term residents don't care?

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    5. Tay's demagogues are just a small band of haters.

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    6. "A handful."

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    7. The reality is that all residents care about Arcadia. That's they are fighting each others like dogs and cats.

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    8. 12:16 PM, So true. Hats off to our Fire Department. Too bad we cannot say the same about our PD. Mike Vercillo is currently the Arcadia PD's Community Services Officer who directs Crime Prevention and Community Outreach Programs. I've heard that if there is a budget cut, he would be one of the first few to be laid off.

      It would be much wiser to organize our own Neighborhood Watch groups for neighbors on the same blocks, without letting him take our private info and misuse it.

      Does anybody know of any proper use of those private info he's collected?

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    9. What real good does Vercillo bring to neighborhood watch groups ? To tell you “if you see something, say something”. We are not children and need to be told that ridiculous phrase. Nor, does it help for him to tell us to install security systems or call 911 in an emergency.
      He should be canned for using email addresses he obtained while on city time for personal gain.

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    10. 5:13 PM, this issue should be brought to the attention of our CC.

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    11. See something, said something but please do something fast!
      I believed that he missed the part of do something. Because that ended up nothing gets resolved.

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    12. Not sure if Vercilllo grabbed the data while on or off city time. It doesn't matter. It is the same crime either way. He wrote about supporting the green districting map. Even Council Member Chandler called the green map "mean".

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  25. Iam so over Arcadia

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    1. The most toxic city in America.

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    2. Toxic only until leaders and residents clean house. Pitch in & come to City Council meetings with
      your constructive ideas or to listen online to the 4/24/18 comments. Come support an orderly Democratic process in council chambers. If you want to compare toxic, try L.A. where the DWP runs the Mayor & Council. Our Mayors are and have been honorable excepting John Wu. At least our Water Company does not run our city council like L.A>. Unlike L.A. our city infrastructure is sound. Time for an honorable Asians to run and win. It is beginning. Mostly, we want ethics & qualifications over race. Will it happen in this generation?

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    3. You have the wrong last name. Please don't dirty up Wu's last name. We don't have that kind of person in our family tree. This Wu is NOT the poo poo dog Wuo.

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    4. Polly Wu = good
      John Wuo = the disgraced former Arcadia Mayor

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    5. I believe it is Jolly Wu. Strong woman.

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    6. 5:35,
      Sorry, don't get the "Polly" humor. Humor me by explaining it.

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  26. The geniuses at Singpoli showed their hand with this Hub article.

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  27. The big drawback to stable, well run Sierra Madre and dysfunctional Arcadia: more Tattler articles about Arcadia instead of Sierra Madre.

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    1. Better that the mansionization monster be fought there than here.

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    2. Hear, hear, 1:52.
      I don't mean to be negative, but so much of Arcadia is already lost. If a hotel is built next door to you, it must be very hard not to just sell & move on. The another hotel goes up, and so on...

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    3. The Tattler has gone behind enemy lines.

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    4. Sierra Madre they are coming after you. Be careful that you don't wait too long and the monster has you in his teeth before you know it. They backed one of your candidates, and to your credit, he came in last. The scary part is that 900 voters gave him a heads up. Cancer starts small and spreads.

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    5. Arcadia is the belly of the development beast.

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  28. I agree 2:14. Be careful of the candidates. I heard Benscome ran to "get his name out there." Well, he certainly did. Don't forget if he runs in Two years!

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  29. To 12:16 pm----Mike Vercillo is not a "sworn" police officer. He is not a police officer and has no powers of arrest. He is a citizen just like you with a job in the police department. Liu is a volunteer at the police department.

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    1. OK, so he is not a sworn police office. Good news. However, he has access to confidential information through the Neighborhood Watch Program of which he is in charge. He breached our emails to send out letters and support for Bob Harbicht. I requested that the police department purge all my information. I never heard back from them. Once the cat is out of the bag it is difficult to get it back. In Arcadia it is likely to be dinner for a coyote.

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  30. 11:42,
    My American compatriots, obviously you didn't read or received the memo. Our US Congress members in Washington DC have sold you out a long time ago.

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    1. You just figured this out?

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    2. I don't think most of the folks on this blog read that memo.

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  31. Who is Janey April?

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    1. An intelligent, informed Arcadia resident.

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  32. Hello this is Janey.
    Thanks for the compliment 6:29.

    OMG just wish I was April. That would make me: articulate, HONEST, intelligent,well-prepared, ETHICAL, caring, good listener,effective communicator, LAW ABIDING,energetic, leader,informed, life long learner,open to new ideas, etc. This makes April a good choice for mayor. Being a woman is a plus only if all the qualities listed are in place. Just like if all the qualities are in place then being Chinese is a plus. Careful consideration evidences that Sho Tay comes up short. Yet over and over I hear that it is his turn and he is Chinese. Is that enough?

    Oh, to be April for a day!
    Call me,
    Janey

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    1. Po-lease! Too Superwoman-ish, too mythical.

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    2. Arcadia is torn up starting when Verlato came on!

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    3. Actually that is when the people of Arcadia started fighting back against the lying and corrupt development companies.

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  33. This forum is insanely contentious. Having Sho as the mayor would not be great but it’s not a race thing. Anyone who believes that doesn’t remember at least one of our previous mayors.

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  34. 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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  35. Out of this morbid fascination grew inspiration.

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  36. Sho Tay is a master mason who made his fortune off of selling guns and weapons.
    http://arcadiasbest.com/2010/01/sho-tay-master-mason/
    http://arcadiasbest.com/2009/10/freemason-secrets-oct-15/

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  37. Frank Girardot reports that Sho Tay was donated $30,000 to take a trip to China with other councilmen.

    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2015/02/26/arcadia-to-call-off-china-taiwan-visits/

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  38. West Covina residents unhappy with Singpoli plans for luxury hotel, horse training track at former BKK landfill

    https://www.sgvtribune.com/2017/11/08/west-covina-residents-unhappy-with-singpoli-plans-for-luxury-hotel-horse-training-track-at-former-bkk-landfill/

    Singpoli plans to build theme park with ziplining on toxic landfill. Flesh eating bacteria for the masses.

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  39. ICE busts San Gabriel Valley Chinese prostitution ring by Frank Girardot

    https://www.dailybreeze.com/2010/08/10/ice-busts-san-gabriel-valley-prostitution-ring/

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