The mad mail keeps flowing in to Arcadia City Hall, and most of it is mind-boggling in its cluelessness. As an example for today, I have picked one out. I'll probably do this with a few others as we head to the big day. Especially if they unkindly disparage The Tattler, as this one does. Here is what we found.
This email is from Stella Gu, who doesn't live in District 5. Stella lives in District 1 on Alta Street, Arcadia. She is not a homeowner, she is a renter. She has been very outspoken about the Historical Preservation Ordinance, yet she would be completely unaffected as the condo she lives in would never be included. It may be because she is not a homeowner that she has a total lack of understanding as to how a historic preservation ordinance would work and what the benefits of preservation would be.
There was a negative mailer against Jolly Wu. It was in Chinese. It was re-published on the Tattler.
She claims there were 6 mailers, but attaches only 3, because there were only 3. One was a flyer that was passed out door to door by volunteers. They were all from the Committee to Oppose Roger Chandler and they were all clearly marked as such.
They were all filled with facts, copies of actual state filings and citations to city records.
In contrast, Sho Tay's mailers included false statements about the voting of city council members without any reference to the city records to back up his claims.
Since Sho Tay's mailer was the one of the only mailers sent in support of Chandler and Chandler won, it would seem likely that voters relied on the information in that mailer when voting for Chandler.
The mailer titled "Inside Arcadia" clearly is not the city of Arcadia's logo and clearly states it is from the Committee to Oppose Roger Chandler. You wouldn't know it was a mailer against Chandler unless you read it and you would know that it wasn't from the city of Arcadia if you read it.
Beck was endorsed by 2 people with ties to real estate development, but he did not receive any money from them. They are both residents of Arcadia and live in Beck's district. Tay, Harbicht and Chandler all received $1,000s of dollars from real estate developers, agents and special interests that do business with the city of Arcadia. The impropriety is the acceptance of money to get elected. The candidate then owes his seat to the donor.
Verlato never received money from real estate interests in Arcadia.
The Arcadia Rights Protection Association is currently under investigation by the FPPC for failing to file required campaign finance disclosure forms and failing to put required disclaimers and notices on their mailers meant to inform the voter of who is really supporting the candidates. Again, this was previously covered on the Tattler. Stella needs to review the past Tattler posts.
There was not a single negative mailer against Harbicht. Not one. Nada. And he still lost. There were multiple negative mailers against Beck and campaigners going door to door accusing Beck of being racist against Asians, a total lie. And Beck was attacked on Sho Tay's website, Arcadia's Best.
Moral of the story: Stella doesn't know what she is talking about. Here is her letter.