Monday, June 4, 2018

Arcadia City Councilmember April Verlato reaches out

Mod: Yesterday afternoon Councilmember April Verlato sent in the following letter. This in regards to tomorrow evening's City Council meeting, the selection of Arcadia's next mayor, and the overall atmosphere of what has gone down in town over the last few months. Obviously the 5 members of the City Council are trying hard to return a sense of normalcy to the city's affairs. Probably a good time for everyone to think about that a bit. I mean, how much longer can this go on? Where will it actually lead, and do you really want to go there?

All: I read The Tattler and all the comments yesterday and I wanted to make clear my views regarding the upcoming Mayoral selection. It is true, that at the Team Building meeting on Friday, the 5 members of City Council had an opportunity to talk candidly with one another and establish a plan for moving the city forward, past the last election and toward a Unified Arcadia.

At this meeting on Friday, Mayor Pro Tem Tay admitted that the statement in his campaign mailer was not truthful and that he would publicly state this at Tuesday’s meeting, and apologized for the negative light that he cast against his colleagues.

This course of action was adopted in an effort to help the council accept one another and show the residents of the city that it is possible to forgive and move on in the best interest of the greater good of the city.

I recognize how hard this will be for Mayor Pro Tem Tay, and I hope those that were offended by his conduct recognize that as well. I am not going to ask people not to come to a City Council meeting and speak their mind or express their feelings, concerns or opinions.

However, I do ask that speakers at Tuesday night’s council meeting be respectful of both sides of the fence. I would encourage those that have ill feelings towards Mayor Pro Tem Tay to look at this from his point of view and understand how difficult it is for a person to admit wrongdoing.

All 5 of us on Council have always agreed and voted 5-0 in support of plans, ordinances or budget requests from the Police Chief. All 5 of us were quite concerned and frustrated with the increase in residential burglaries last year. All 5 of us equally put pressure on our Police Chief to take action and formulate a plan to reduce crime in Arcadia. All 5 of us were congratulatory of our police department and their efforts to reduce crime.

The lesson from this is that if you campaign on a platform of untruthful statements, you will be held accountable.

That being said, this is a time for everyone to take the high road. See the bigger picture. Extend an olive branch and make peace with those you don’t agree with.

April

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93 comments:

  1. Sorry, but Tay had numerous opportunities to apologize and what did he do? Continued to lie. The only reason he’s offering a silly apology now is to become mayor.
    A better approach is to not reward Tays actions with the mayor seat. Have a backbone Arcadia City Council.

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    1. Something is so so so wrong in these two letters published during last two days. Tom and April should apologize, not Sho. It would be better for Peter to continue to be the mayor this year, or even next year.

      Let's take the time and do a full investigation on who have been against the laws and who should apologize to the people.

      We don't accept any twisting, false statements, or crimes, especially from the leaders. So at this point, we have to only keep the leaders whom people can trust in the office.

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    2. https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/arcadia-los-angeles-ca/

      Arcadia is rated B- on safety.

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    3. The crime rate in Arcadia is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 30 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Arcadia is 1 in 34. Based on FBI crime data, Arcadia is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Arcadia has a crime rate that is higher than 74% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

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    4. That’s right, break the law and say you’re sorry after you’ve been caught. Had enough of this take the high road crap. No to him being mayor. The council needs a backbone.

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    5. Talk about twisting! Sho has been the PROVEN transgressor and now the special fire breathing torch bearers "twist"and deflect the blame towards others. Let's title it the "pretzel" defense.

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    6. They are well trained in the arts of corruption. Their tactics are no coincidence.

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    7. The crime rate is higher in affluent communities not because the police are ineffective. Jerry Brown's early release program is dumping pillaging criminals in our neighborhood. It is amazing that our police have been able to do anything.


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  2. The position of mayor is purely ceremonial. Do not make Tay the continued focus of the business of Arcadia. You have more important work to do. One of five votes and a year will pass quickly. His behavior will not be erased but it can be sidestepped by the goodwilld of the citizens of Arcadia moving forward for the good of all.

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    1. 6:09 Well said. We do not want to turn against April, Tom, and Peter. The special interest developers, Sho and Chandler and their followers would like nothing better. Do not play into their hands.

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  3. Why would you allow Arcadia to be represented by a selfadmitted liar. You are putting yourselves. Before good government. What lesson are you teaching. That’s it’s ok to lie as long as you say sorry. Why isn’t chandler apologizing. He should absolutely not be allowed to be mayor.

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    1. The public doesn’t seem to mind a liar on the federal level.

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    2. A lot of people side with whoever agrees with their agenda. Ethical concerns are a distant second.

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    3. Taking the high road was not promised to be easy. Many important decisions for Arcadia need to be made. Supporting April, Tom, and Peter is the only way to go. By turning on them we are playing into the hands of the crazies.

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    4. Amen. This is in no way a perfect solution. It is better than the alternatives.

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    5. Chandler has not been caught out like Sho Tay. He observes quietly in the shadows and lets Sho take the fall.

      Time to move on but it does not mean we have to take our eyes off the snake.

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  4. Tay belongs to the 'do we cheat them and how' club which are quit ramp-it in these changing time of white collar criminals, like the one in the White House today. America seems to been taken over by BIG MONEY from overseas?

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  5. This is a lawyers trick. Get Tay to make an admission in return for a small reward but then use the admission to drive him and chandler from office in a recall.

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    1. 7;36 After all your hysterical pleading to let Sho Tay become mayor it is interesting that you regard Sho becoming mayor as a "small reward". Stick to the script.

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    2. I think 7:36 wants Sho elevated to Municipal God.

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    3. It's obvious that Sho is not a savior. Let him be mayor. That way we can see when he puts his hand in the cookie jar. If he goes around town fluffing his feathers he still is only one vote. Let's rally around Tom, Peter, and April.
      It is in all of our best interests to move on with caution.

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    4. My guess is some of the folks expressing anger about a supposed betrayal by Tom, April and Peter never liked them in the first place.

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    5. I have been betrayed, for real. This ain't it. Time to stay the course with Peter, April, and Tom.

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  6. An example if who should not attend tommrow nights meeting, 7:25am.
    Always ready to continue discord for their own pleasure.

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  7. April joins Tom's "Flip-Flop Club"- casts citizen's concerns aside and rewards a habitual pattern of disreputable behavior. Something to remember come re-election time in 2020.

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    1. The need to have our city functional is more important than my desire not to have Sho Tay as mayor. It may be a bitter pill but it is for the greater good.

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    2. There have been filings against April and Tom. Let's wait for more and more filings and various investigations about Tom and April and their resigns from office. Not in a rush to do anything. Moral Characters are the most important part of city business.

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    3. You are living in a fantasy world. I'm surprised you haven't floated away.

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    4. 9:59 Sho has admitted that he illegally used campaign funds. According to your standards he should resign. NOW. He is also apologizing for lying-twice! Bah humbug to your definition of "moral characters".

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    5. The only people who need to resign based on the findings of the investigation are April and Tom? How about Sho? He is exempt? Or is the emperor above the law? What if Chandler has a filing? He, too, is above the law?

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  8. You were elected to represent people...not "accept each other". And most people you represent want Sho Tay to face severe consequences. Passing him over for Mayor is the best way to make sure a candidate hesitates to do this in the future. Pressuring him to apologize is treating him (and us) like children. It's absurd and weak.

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    1. He was given the option of apologizing by another hero of the special fire breathing torch bearers -Roger Chandler. It is never childish to apologize for the wrongs we do.

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    2. What should Sho say sorry about? He is sorry to have to tolerate so many evil victious criminal council members. That is.

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    3. Ask Sacramento. That is where he is being investigated.

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    4. Nobody is holding a weapon to his head. He is apologizing because he did a bad thing (or 2 or 3 or?).

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    5. This madness has to end. Whatever it takes.

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    6. He probably really really is angry that he got caught. Not sorry for the bad deed.

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    7. How could he think he wouldn't get caught?

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  9. Juvenile tactics and actions belong back in grade school, really they don't belong anywhere, admit wrong doing and move ahead.
    Sierra Madre never had their bullies admit wrong doing for their actions and lies during various campaigns in that town, the very same offenders are well known and connected with community decisions, they continue on with their business as if nothing were wrong with how their lies and deceptions affected outcomes. They know who they are and should be ashamed of themselves, bullies seldom acknowledge their wrong doing.
    Thank you Sho Tay for being man enough to admitt your actions and false words, and clear the way for the hard work ahead.

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    1. Good point about Sierra Madre. The town wreckers were never called to account. Some are still hard at work.

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    2. True, 8:18 and 8:47! Thanks for making that point.

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    3. All of Sho's transgressions have not yet been revealed. He will have more experience in the art of the apology.

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    4. Why Sierra Madre even care about Arcafia and all anonymous, sounds dirty trades is going on.

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    5. Arcadia has been the source of many attempted predatory development initiatives in Sierra Madre. The same people who are now tearing apart Arcadia have come after Sierra Madre. We have a stake in Arcadia's current problems.

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    6. 10:04 We learn lessons from the experiences of others. Sierra Madre does not want to repeat Arcadia's experience. Already a candidate supported by the same greedy Arcadia developers tried to get a toehold in Sierra Madre. Spoiler alert!!!!!

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    7. April and Tom do not want to reward wrongdoing. Like good chess players they are only looking and planning forward as a way to have Arcadia win. Sometimes that means letting your opponents win one move so that you can knock them out with the next. Very difficult game given their unscrupulous opponents.

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    8. More than two of the Sierra Madre scoundrals lost big money on an investment that was thwarted by the passage of Measure V (stated here before to have been heavily financed by the Arcadia Board of Realtors). One on particular was very distraught, as I mentioned it was a large sum of money. Although it was not a particular group of people who would understand this phrase, the effort of a small group of people did in fact do the trick: Kill the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys.

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  10. 7:25am. A "Sho Tay" moment for you.
    You blog white collar criminals, like the one in the White House and 'do we cheat them and how' club; well, back up your statement, if not, stop with your lies and learn how to be respectful, something your parents neglected to teach you.

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  11. Nice that everyone is blowing off steam here. Probably means we will not be hearing from you tomorrow evening.

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    1. Still America, still have the right to speak, so if somebody gets up and says something you don't like, big deal.

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  12. Sho Tay will be easier to control as Mayor than he will as a political martyr.

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  13. Correct. After considerable volunteer time & effort spent on cleaning up this corrupt city, I will not be wasting time or energy at any future city council meetings or writing city hall or organizing neighbors. "Leaders" have ignored the voice & will of the majority residents for accountability. Sho's apology will not cork the resident's anger. Allowing a crook to lead the CC is not the way to keep peace. This is a stall and not a "move ahead". I'm gone.

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    1. 9:01, some of us can say the same thing about our efforts in Sierra Madre. There have been significant losses, and there is no doubt that civic involvement turns into a full-time job that exhausts even the best intentions. I plan to move eventually, and never get involved in local politics again.

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    2. 9:01 Take a deep breath. Go relax and enjoy a beautiful view. Recover. Then please come back. You are needed. It is never easy to be part of the solution.
      Again, please stay.

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  14. No. He is a cat who has nine life. He will always win. The crying child always gets his candy because parents like Beck and April.

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    1. 9:23 do you mean you want Beck and April to be your parents, abetting and guiding you on how to create crimes, rumors, or lies? We will stay away from you.

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    2. You say that Sho is a cat. Then Beck or April could never be his parents. Biology 101. Silly person.

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  15. What a manipulative statement! Good job. Keep them coming so Arcadia can be united.

    Come on, the public platform should not be abused by spreading the false news or putting words in other’s mouth. The intention and purpose of this post is so obviously clear. It is the opposite of what the hurt community needs. Arcadia deserves a better leader!

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  16. I think Garrison Keillor applies to this situation too when he wrote: Done. Over. He's here. Goodbye.
    https://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Garrison-Keillor-Done-Over-He-s-here-Goodbye-10604062.php

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    1. 9:47 Only 5 words say it all. Great quote.
      Here are another 5 words:
      Lie. Apologize. Mayor. Goodbye.

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    2. Oops. Need more math lessons. I amend mine to 5 (not 4):
      Lie. Apologize. Mayor. Lie. Goodbye.

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    3. Go ahead and take the 5th - who's counting.
      Lie. Bully. Apologize. Mayor. Goodbye.

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    4. Change the last word to 'ignore.'

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  17. The issue with giving a crying child the candy, you create a cookie monster!
    Differance between healing discord and teaching a child bad tactics.

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  18. Better leaders get tired and worn out then move away never to be involved in local politics again.

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  19. The good thing about change, it will occur again in the future.
    The knuckleheaded decisions made now, will be undone in the future by others.

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  20. The election is over, apologize, accept the apology, move on with business, move forward.

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    1. 10:44 Exactly what my family intends to do. The choice is ours.

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    2. Well no kidding the choice is yours (unless your one of the families that Tay controls).

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  21. 7:36am. Always the first to cast that stone.

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  22. Sho Tay will never admit that what he says was false. He will say he’s sorry for hurting peoples feelings but will never admit he lied.

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    1. 3:29 is absolutely correct. The words “I lied” will not come out of Tays little cowardly mouth.

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    2. Sho will be far more valuable to the mansionization crowd as a martyr than he will as mayor.

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  23. I feel ashamed for the people who said that we do not read and are not involved with Tattler. Recently closed session information was released before Tuesday’s City Council meeting. This is the real problem here in Arcadia, a thief crying “stop thieves” ironically!!

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  24. He’s big apology speech will not go smooth. The man is simply to dumb to handle this. Guarantee he’ll play the victim role, just watch.

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    1. It's just for Sho. I mean Show.

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    2. Will Tay specifically mention Jolly Wu ? Will he apologize to her ? Will he say it was wrong to call her crippled and a banana ? Hell no !!!

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  25. What a mistake ! Putting Tay as Mayor is a really bad idea. Come on, the fool lied, many times. But apparently that’s ok in Arcadia. The Arcadia CC needs to grow more than a spine.

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  26. We all need to get better for ourselves now. There were almost the double amount of comments from yesterday's article. Tomorrow, we will all feel much better after 2 day's vent. Let us pucking up what we have left and for the good of our country, we have to keep going until the day we see our God. God bless America and my home town, Arcadia.

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  27. Wonder who will write Tays big speech? Maybe he’ll rely on his VOA minions to help craft a beauty?

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    1. Maybe they'll paint a little black mustache on the guy.

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  28. Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort "allegedly" attempted to tamper with witnesses and will likely have his bail revoked and be locked up pending his trials.

    Mueller's draining that swamp, isn't he maga guy?

    Magats Are Getting Arrested!

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  29. Looks like Sho Tay is backing out of his apology for tomorrow night...

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  30. You got to be kidding after all the typing that we did. Please don't disappointed me.

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  31. Roger is pulling strings behind the scenes. His bs volunteers David L, Susan G, John C, etc.....making us Asians look bad. Keep it up Roger!!! Knowing what I know now after observing your groups bs interactions inside and outside city hall chambers......you'll never win another election again. These career politicians are the worst! Now I know!!

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  32. If he has God's mercy, he might get another term. Otherwise, you might see him join the special Olympic soon. Go! Roger! Go!

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