However, they did at last jump in, and it was a decent enough effort. There were a couple of errors, but who's perfect? It's why God put erasers on pencils, and forgave all the sinners.
Obviously the Star News worked hard to take what they believed was the middle road. They did not choose any sides, or make any untoward and rash judgement calls. At least they didn't in any obvious sense. However, that could be because they didn't have the entire story. There is something more, a lot more, and we will share that with you. But we're going to show you something else first.
On the question of racism, the paper did get it right. They also got Sho Tay to admit, and on the record no less, that the opposition to his becoming Mayor has nothing to do with race. Here is the relevant passage from their article, "Racism, campaign fraud accusations slung in Arcadia" (link).
At that meeting, Tay’s supporters and opponents made their presence known. His supporters had it firmly in their minds that those who would keep Tay from being mayor were racists.
“We are here to tell everyone we Chinese Americans will not tolerate racism,” 24-year resident Grace Kwok said. She then asked Mayor Peter Amundson to “show you respect the Chinese-American community and stand against racism” by voting in favor of Tay’s mayorship.
Tay said Friday that he has told his Asian supporters that he does not believe the criticisms he has faced are racially motivated but understands why they think that way, given that Tay is the only Asian council member in a city that is more than 59 percent Asian.
The city, which asked the D.A. to investigate, recently mailed in materials for the office to review, City Attorney Stephen Deitsch reported to the council last week. He didn’t have an estimate of how long it would take.
Tay expects the investigation results will vindicate him, Tay said. “They felt I did something wrong, but that’s their opinion,” Tay said. “I just feel bad for Peter (Amundson) — he has to do an extra 45 days of work as mayor; but for the good of the community, that’s what we needed.”
For the record, it isn't really the District Attorney that is looking at the most relevant corruption charges in this matter, it is the Fair Political Practices Commission in Sacramento. At least as far as the 2018 election goes, the voter fraud issue mostly involves others. Or so it appears as of now.
That said, if any Councilmember was facing the kind of charges that Sho Tay is facing, I am sure their ascension to Mayor Of Arcadia would be given the same appropriate amount of scrutiny. No matter who they are.
In that Star News passage Sho Tay is right on the money. His statement there is moderate, fair, and worthy of commendation.
However, here is the part I believe the Star News reporter didn't know about. And neither did I, for that matter. That is until a sharp-eyed reader forwarded me several screenshots. Here is one if them.
As you may be aware, the Voice of Arcadia, which is found on Facebook, has been the most bizarre pro-Sho Tay site anywhere. They are essentially claiming that there is a vast race-based conspiracy out there involving just about everyone in the government and press, and whose sole intent is to deny Sho Tay the Mayorship.
So the revelation contained in the above screenshot, that Sho Tay is one of a handful of Voice Of Arcadia administrators, is important. It means that everything appearing on this site is there subject to his approval.
Here is just one example of the many unsubstantiated and uncited charges that have been anonymously posted on the Voice of Arcadia Facebook page recently. This apparently with Sho Tay's OK.
So here is where we're at. For the Pasadena Star News article, Sho Tay says racism has played no role in the decision to delay his appointment as Mayor of Arcadia. Yet on the Voice of Arcadia page on Facebook, where Sho Tay serves as one of its few administrators, unfounded ad hominem charges of racism are made over and over again. It is practically all that gets published there.
So which is it for Sho Tay? What he said in the Pasadena Star News article, or what he allows to be posted on that one note Voice of Arcadia site he helps to run? Something that goes out to an entirely different audience?
These are two distinctly different faces planted on the same head.