Thursday, April 19, 2018

The FPPC Launches An Investigation Into Arcadia Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay's Possible Misuse Of Campaign Funds

With Arcadia's City Council reorganization scheduled for this coming Tuesday, today's news couldn't be coming at a worse time for Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay. His elevation to Mayor, which due to the custom of succession should have been a nearly automatic process, is now very much on the minds of many. Can an elected official under investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for serious campaign law violations still be voted by his colleagues the next Mayor of Arcadia?

The complaint was filed because of independent cash expenditures made by the Committee To Elect Sho Tay Arcadia City Council 2018 in support of the campaigns of Bob Harbicht and Roger Chandler. Candidates cannot send mailers supporting other candidates. This is considered a "fraudulent use" because it in effect makes contributions seem like they went to one candidate, in this case Sho Tay, and not to the candidates that the contributions actually benefited, which was Harbicht and Chandler. What Sho Tay did was allow contributions from real estate interests to go through him and not directly to Harbicht and Chandler as they should have by law.

Here is the passage from an FPPC document that spells out the law in this situation. It comes from that portion dealing with the legal use of campaign funds (link):


Sho Tay's wife, Sherry Tay, is the Treasurer of his Committee. This could also possibly be a serious problem according to the FPPC rule book (link).


The opening of this investigation means that the FPPC has found clear evidence of campaign law violations. Now they are determining just how egregious these violations were, and how much money they should fine Sho Tay. Here is the FPPC's notification.


Mod: Today's edition of The Arcadia Weekly also has a report on this scandal (link).

Arcadia Mayor ProTem. Under Investigation by FPPC - State Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Scrutinizes Multiple Complaints

By Terry Miller

Arcadia Weekly has received documents regarding an investigation into Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay’s election campaign alleging unfair political practices, specifically eluding to spending campaign dollars he received and used to support candidates Bob Harbicht and councilman Roger Chandler.

This newspaper has learned that at least 3 separate complaints against Sho Tay have been filed for not only financing the printing and distribution of “misleading and false” mailers, but also not disclosing campaign funds he received within the required 24 hour period after receipt.

Arcadia Weekly has also learned that Sho Tay received two separate payments of $2500 and $1000 on January 15 for his campaign. Tay did not disclose the $3500 until March 13, 2018.

Ironically, Sho Tay never needed the campaign funds as he was appointed to council when the only opponent to Tay’s campaign abruptly changed his mind at the eleventh hour.

Another complaint registered is in regards to Sho Tay’s conflict of interest in not disclosing, initially, on his election paperwork that he owns a gun range.

Councilman Tom Beck took exception Tuesday to Sho Tay’s use of derogatory mailers attacking him. Beck held up copies of mailers during the meeting that Tay had paid for which directly attacked Beck in English and Chinese during the election.

Councilman Beck’s assertion was that it was an ugly campaign where his opposition insisted that he (Beck) wasn’t for a safer Arcadia, or a stronger police force. Beck pointed out that all council members had voted 5-0 when it came to public safety, therefore Harbicht and Chandler’s statements were completely unfounded.

Councilman Beck also made a concerted effort, during Tuesday’s council meeting, to point out that traditionally candidates donate unspent campaign funds to local charities…and not for personal gain i.e. spending money supporting other candidates.

Tay countered saying he doesn’t understand why people were picking on him when all he wanted to do was ‘unite’ the council and the community at large.

Mod: Here are some of Mayor Pro Tem Sho Tay's possibly illegal campaign flyers.


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72 comments:

  1. He even admitted at this weeks CC meeting that he used his donated funds to help Chundler and Bulldozer

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  2. Appears as if today will be a fact checking day for many.
    FPPC checking into Sho Tay.
    DOJ checking into the Deep Six.
    Yes, the chickens have come back home to roost.
    Conflict of interest and Federal government crimes being investigated all on the same day, should be a very productive outcome but not so much for the guilty.

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    1. What is "Deep Six?" Is it the latest meme from Der Foxen News somehow designed to make it seem like poor Donald is the victim of a vast conspiracy involving hundreds of thousands of people all around the world?

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    2. I think he meant Deep Throat"

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    3. Donald Trump is a #me-too-victim

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    4. 9:45 - leave Stormy out of it. The poor woman has suffered enough.

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    5. 9:59,
      What r u talking about? She is making so much money now. She is the epitome of the American Dream.

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    6. Hopefully she'll stop by prison and visit Donny once and a while. It isn't going to be easy for him.

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  3. Tay chose an odd way to unite the city.

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    1. Outside of the handful of people who show up at City Council meetings to offer praise, maybe Sho has united the city against him.

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  4. Someone needs to share the Tattler on WeChat.

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  5. Tay thinks he’s above the law. He doesn’t understand he has to follow the law just like the rest of us.

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    1. He's special.

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    2. Maybe after he is not made the mayor he can be given a consolation title. Mayor Pro Special.

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    3. Sho Tay should apply for the President of the Special Olympics Foundation, and make his wife its Treasurer.

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    4. Maybe he could hire Bob Harbicht as emcee.

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    5. 9:49,
      Bob Harbicht will apply for the Director of Special Olympics Sensitivity Training

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    6. "Lookit them little buggers go!!"

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  6. Would this be the first time someone under investigation for violating campaign laws was made a Mayor by the City Council?

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    1. Does it matter? You have to stop corruption before it spreads like a wildfire by a tiny spark.

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  7. It looks like every CC meeting the Sho's supporters all turned in their speaker cards after the public comment in CC meeting had already started. They just wanted to have the last word of it and faking majority of us supported Sho Tay. It looks like a show of O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson form outside of the court house. The majority of the people in our society do not support them, but their supporters were the loudest on the TV. Sho Tay's noisy supporters started their trick with the CC meeting on April 3. Our Mayor got dragged into their little game and was burst out first time in the CC meeting. Hopefully, he would learn from it and casting the right choice for our future Mayor. Yes. We don't have a Chinese for our city mayor after the Johnny GemCoin. Yes, we have big Chinese population. But We have not have a woman to be the city mayor after Gail Marshall and the majority of our voters in the city are women. It is time for a woman to be a city mayor after more than a decade in our city. It is a current world trend! Sho Tay run for 5X in order to get elected by bused people in to vote in the last few hours. April got voted in on her first try. It is very obviously who has the ability to lead the city? Who is the most wanted for to be a mayor in our city?
    At least we know that those people who voted for Jolly Wu do not want Sho Tay to be their city mayor. Since he told every Chinese to vote for Roger Chandler at District 5 and not voted for Jolly Wu. After this Fridays manual ballots counting, the amount could be more than 300 votes for Jolly Wu. If in a none district voting situation like before, the amount would be more than 1500 voters that who do not want Sho Tay to be their mayor. They would not vote for Sho Tay who used to complain Johnny Gemcoin attacked him personally and why a Taiwanese attacked another Taiwanese to every Taiwanese voter? Now, the saddest thing was the Chinese media had Sho Tay's picture with Jolly Wu is a banana (Outside yellow and inside white.) on it. All most every Chinese media article has to mention about Jolly Wu's disability. This including the article with her April 10 voting result. When you put no one know her, she is a disabled, she does not have experience, she is on wheelchair, she can't do anything for herself, she needs help, she is selfish, she took dial-a-ride from single mother's children.... What do you think the picture of the Chinese media draw for you-A useless, fallfish, cripple on the wheelchair and seeking for her own benefit. Do you think Roger Chandler will have that kind of connection with Chinese media? It is so obviously the whole Chinese smear campaign was directed by a Chinese speaking person. With the Bob's "Retarded Athletes" in CC meeting and the Chinese hit postcard attacking Jolly Wu's disability and the door to door volunteers talking about a cripple useless wheelchair user Jolly Wu. Asking Chinese voters not to waste their vote on a useless wheelchair person who also need people's help (Volunteers watch out the door to door surveillance cameras from Jolly Wu' s friends and some relatives!). It is time for ACLU to pay Arcadia a visit to help the disability people and notified Special Olympic Authority. Stop the hate crime in the city of Arcadia. City hall staffs stop to assist Sho Tay or Roger Chandler for smear campaign and indirect assisted hate crime behavior by comment banana is good just like Oreo cookie, nothing bad. Bring the positive Arcadia image back. It is a sham if Sho Tay become the Mayor of Arcadia. An endless ADA lawsuit might bankrupt the city and bring city to the world stage for hate crime and ADA none compliances. City of L.A. paid out 1 Billion from ADA lawsuit without the hate crime last year. City of Long Beach paid out 250 millions from ADA without the hate crime last year. What is the price of City of Arcadia will ended up?

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  8. A year of Sho Tay as Mayor would be quite a trial.

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  9. 8:00am. Chill bro, it is only a title, just be civil and take turns like the council does in Sierra Madre.

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    1. The closest thing to Sho Tay Sierra Madre ever had was Joe Mosca. He was passed over twice.

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    2. If your little Angel just happened to be an intellectual in challenging kid and happily practice for the special Olympic. Your baby was called "Retarded Athletes" and next day an Arcadia resident told others about we would see retard run around. How would you feel? This was happened in 2016 and 26 years after our president George Bush signed ADA Law. Please behaved yourself like an adult and put some brain into your empty shell. When city needs to increase taxes to pay for the litigation, let us see what kind of Chill you can have. Hopefully is not the "CHILL" thru your spine!

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    3. 8:26,
      Wake up and smell the coffee! It's a Title that Sho Tay is not entitled to.

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  10. Prince, no criminal charges. Not the prescribed perscotte pills, it was the counterfeit Vicodin or acetaminophen laced with fentanyl. Prince had no idea that he was taking counterfeit pills for his hip pain and authorities were unable to find the source of the pills given to him.
    Possibly bought them on line.

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    1. No criminal charges because how can a dead person defend himself?

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    2. I saw Morris Day in Pasadena a couple weeks ago. Awesome Sho. Oops, I mean show.

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    3. Good one....

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  11. I hope that the City Council has the wisdom to do the right thing "by not voting" Sho Tay to be the City's next Mayor.

    Here are three primary reasons:

    1. Sho Tay is "immoral" by not condemning the Chinese people (i.e., Chinese language media, mailers, door-to-door supporters) committing "hate crime" against Jolly Wu's disability

    2. Sho Tay, by not condemning hate crime speeches, is an incompetent leader and has "failed his fiduciary duties" as an elected City official to protect the City's assets from possible "hate crime" litigations brought against the City by the Federal and/or State agencies.

    3. Sho Tay, as an elected official under investigation by the CA Fair Political Practices Commission for serious campaign law violation is a serious matter and should not to be taken lightly.

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    1. Agree with 10:40am that Sho Tay should not be voted to be the next City Major. The majority of the City Council members needs to send a clear message that such malfeasance will not be tolerated from a fellow City Council member for Arcadia.

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  12. 10:02 how long you work for Starbucks?

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    1. That was insensitive.

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    2. Did Bob ever make it back from Hawaii? Does he know the election is over yet?

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    3. Making sure that he is not on the Southwest airline. Between Hawaii and California is ocean. No Mercy!

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    4. 10:50am,
      The Starbucks manager who called the police was definitely not management material. SB managers receive about $44k avg salaries based on a Google search. What is stunning is that 3 highly pay police officers made the decision to arrest the 2 men over a trivial incident.

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  13. 10:07am. A Rose is a Rose, Morris Day, cool.

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  14. Hey 11:37am. Get a grip. Eunice Kennedy started Special Olympics in honor for her special needs daughter, in the 60's the name was retard, which some continue to use today.
    Jolly Wu has the use of a wheel chair, she is not disabled, the "word" is differently abled. I hate to think of quips you will use for yourself when you have the use of a walker.

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    1. 12:52,
      What are you talking about? There is a specific collective Chinese group supporting Chandler's candidacy by committing a hate crime against a CC candidate b/c of her physical disabilities. Chandler and Sho Tay, as elected officials, have not aknowledgerd or condemned this collective group.

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    2. Sho Tay ran an incredibly slimy and hateful campaign. Hopefully he is about to face some consequences.

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    3. In stead of get a grip why don't you take a try. Going around and telling people the retard Olympic is coming to town. See how many people will walk away from you.
      Don't live in your bubble. It is like no one use "N" word or ChXn in America anymore.
      Jolly Wu is called walking wounded due to her polio as she told everyone in CC meeting in March. Yes, I do agree that she is a capable person just unfortunately the Chinese media and mailer put her disability as an issue in city council election. They made it sounded like our city council reqired to lift the concrete package and walking around with it. However, how many of our city council can obtain 1.03 millions to make a difference in a place in 2000s. It is sad that her own people can not differentiate her disability has nothing to do with her capability to be a city council. That is why they got brain washed by Chinese media and mailer with the constantly door to door volunteers personal attacked to Jolly Wu. She had become so called selfish crippled on the wheelchair.

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  15. 10:40am. Do you hold the same truths for the DOJ and the Inspector General issuing a criminal referral for FBI Deputy Director McCabe? How about Comey? Whataboutism "Lock her up" gal and hubby? the names on the list are piling up.

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    1. Fake news

      Trumps team in trouble some already admitted to lying

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    2. Does anyone know what is this 1:13 talking about?

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    3. No. Trumpies generally don't make much sense. I think Trumpism is about to be classified as a mental illness.

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  16. Sho Tay needs to take it easy on the men hair power gel. Now I know why my local stores keep running out of men power gel products on their shelves.

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  17. 2:19pm. Could it be that she just wasn't qualified?

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    1. Dear 4:49:
      I assume that you are referring to Jolly Wu's CC candidacy. If she is unqualified, then you should ask why the opposition (Sho Tay, Chandler, Developers, Chinese minions) spent so much money and effort on a smear and hate crime campaign to an "unqualified" Chinese woman candidate.

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  18. Did you hear Tay’s ‘response’ at this weeks CC meeting? Yet another Arcadia resident brought up how unaffordable the city is and how her kids are screwed ever owning property here.
    Tays response: Just wait until you die and leave it to the kids.
    That man is struggling with little intelligence. Asking him to speak and actually run the CC meeting will be a nightmare. He’s better off spreading his racism and hatred of Caucasians. One small stupid mind.

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  19. Would the civic/business groups funding Sho be liable ? They wanted guaranteed puppet candidates
    to keep the guaranteed cash flow. They knew it was a dirty campaign & looked the other way. Does the City Manager's position allow him to intercede during a campaign that might put the city at risk from potential
    lawsuits for ADA Violations ? I don't know. Can anyone reading this give an informed answer to my question?

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    1. Don't know. But I won't be surprised that people with physical disabilities will file or have filed lawsuits against the City because of its ADA violations.

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    2. 5:31, great points

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  20. 5:04pm. "You can't handle the truth".

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    1. I think the point of 5:04 is that Sho Tay has very poor public diplomatic/communication skills.

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    2. 6:20, wtf are you saying?

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    3. I believe the comment was a reference to the famous Jack Nicholson line from the movie "A Few Good Men." Here is a link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMzd40i8TfA

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    4. Thank you 10:23 for bringing that up. Being Chrystal Clear is definitely not 6:20's forte.

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  21. 8am Each state varies with hate speech.
    Not a simple enforcement when bullies are concerned.
    ADA covers physical barriers that have impeded movement.
    The Dial a Ride program requires each individual to fill out forms with their information.

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    1. 6:36,
      This is not about enforcement. It is about 2 elected officials (Chandler and Sho Tay) that have not acknowledged or condemned the Opposition Political Committees from running a hate crime campaign (via Chinese language media, mailers, WeChat, door-to-door) against a City Council candidate because of her physical disabilities.

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  22. In reference to 10:40am/3:51pm posts:
    Acadians need to ask themselves, would you entrust an unethical/immoral person babysit your children? Marry your daughter? Run your company?

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  23. 6:36's remark that the ADA covers physical barriers is a partial truth. The ADA also covers employment practices of both private sector businesses and government agencies. In addition, the ADA covers local and state government services and programs - that includes the manner in which the services and programs are provided to the public. The ADA does not cover the hatemongering "handicapism" (a term similar in meaning to racism and sexism) of Sho Tay. Nevertheless, a few years ago Congress amended the 1964 Civil Rights to include discrimination based on disability. If someone is serious about fighting Sho Tay's behavior, use the 1964 Civil Rights as amended.

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    1. Are you Sho Tay's soon to be graduated lawyer?

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    2. You don't need a law degree to discuss politics on a blog.

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    3. Then why are you talking like a lawyer? Are you trying to impress your bf/gf?

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    4. I'm pretty sure that there's a long list of law firms specialized in ADA laws would love to take a crack at Arcadia.

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    5. Agree with 9:43pm that there's a lot of hatemongering "handicapism, racism, and sexism in the 2018 Arcadia City Council election. It's a sad day for Arcadia.

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    6. 10:39 seems psychologically repressed.

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  24. Sho Tay — The great uniter. Tay, Candler and Harbicht—-complete tools, making a joke of our city with their situational ethics and juvenile hit pieces mailers that show they don’t even know how to effectively wage a compelling dirty campaign. Where is the District Attorney Public Intregrity Unit?

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  25. As an Asian American and many of my Asian American friends are not very happy about the former Arcadia City Council John Wuo's sudden resignation because of public scandals. Now we have another seating City Council Sho Tay facing allegation of possible fraudulent use of campaign fund, and possible collusion with developers of running a smear campaign gives another black mark for a very small pool of Asian American politicians in the US.

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    1. 11:18, agree! People need to get involved, can’t just vent on this blog. Tell your friends and neighbors to demand Dominic Lazzareto do something, do an investigation, do something, don’t just sit there!

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  26. Until the FPPC matter with Sho Tay is resolved, he should be excluded from sitting on CC again. Another appointed rep from District 5 can be appointed . He needs to be disqualified for misusing funds, smearing another CC member during a campaign, and using his wife as a bag woman for illicit use of funds to meddle in other districts .

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