Subject: Moving Arcadia forward
Dear Friends: As you know, this last election was very divisive and negative. It has left our residents saying they have never seen anything like this in Arcadia, and it has left a lot of hard feelings. The campaign had numerous ‘hit pieces’ and I was the recipient of many. I ran a completely clean campaign and it caused me a lot of distress to see what those that did not want me to be re-elected said about me.
There were bold objective lies told. The City Council is going to be discussing what can be done so this does not become the ‘new normal’.
I hold those on the City Council to a higher standard during the campaign than outside influences that most often are anonymous. I was particularly bothered by campaign mailers by Sho Tay that were misleading, portrayed Arcadia as a dangerous place, and contained a very important untrue statement. It was for this reason that I did not vote for him to be Mayor on April 24.
It had nothing to do with his race, yet that is the way his supporters viewed it. Those that know me know that I have worked for decades in the inner city of LA with people of color and an absolutely not a racist. I am in the inner city volunteering almost on a weekly basis.
Sho’s supporters then waged a very nasty social media campaign against me. One of them filed a frivolous FPPC complaint against me (and April Verlato) so it could be said that not only Sho had complaints against him but also April and Tom. The complaints will soon be dismissed. All of this negative activity needs to end.
On June 1 the City Council had a ‘team building’ session. We shared our frustrations and it was a very productive meeting. We agreed to a new path forward. Sho advised me that he will read a written apology for what he said in the the most offending mailer, and will also apologize for an untrue statement he made in one of our open meetings about that mailer.
That is good enough for me. We all make mistakes. When we make mistakes and apologize for them and promise to not make the mistakes in the future we should be forgiven. I believe in redemption.
This coming Tuesday we will select our new Mayor. I am asking my friends/supporters not to say anything negative about Sho or offer an opinion on who should be Mayor. Many opinions have already been shared. It won’t help to have any more negativity. We as a city need to move forward, and hopefully in harmony. - Tom Beck
Mod: I am going to go out on a short limb with a saw and assume that this missive was written so that those on Tom's email list will not be too stunned when the City Council elevates Sho Tay to the largely ceremonial position of Mayor of Arcadia on Tuesday ... The realpolitik here is based on the assumption that Sho will make an awful Mayor. My guess is Tom and Peter figured out that Sho will be much easier to control as Mayor than he would be were they to pass him over and create a political martyr ... I spent almost 25 years in the music business, and from time to time I had to deal with casino entertainment directors in places like Las Vegas and the always noxious Reno. That is what Sho Tay reminds me of, all teeth and no substance ... After a year of his confused and ineffectual rule April Verlato will then become Mayor and have the honor of cleaning up the mess. Just in time for the next election. What timing ... In some ways this represents a defeat for what I call the Developer Party. All of their hard dirty work and look at what they have ended up with. A tap dancing toastmaster currently under a substantial FPPC investigation. They may never recover ... I wonder what Sho Tay's special fire breathing torch bearers are going to think of his apology speech. I doubt that this will be their most favorite evening ever. They will likely end up preferring that previous love fest, just a short 45 days earlier.