Why is Sho Tay Spending Campaign Money after being Appointed?





By Galen Patterson

Mayor Pro Tempore Sho Tay was appointed by the City for an extended second term in office specifically because he was the only candidate from the 3rd district. One other 3rd district Arcadian had drawn papers, but had not submitted them. With the lack of any prospective write-in candidates, Tay had his second term locked down on January 25th, 2018.

The final deadline for any candidate to file the papers was January 12, 2018, which means that Tay was officially running unopposed after this day. On January 15th, Tay’s committee, “Sho Tay for Arcadia City Council 2018” received two separate contributions from two development-related companies.

The first contribution was from Tony Chen, owner of Candet properties. Chen gave Tay’s committee $1,000.

The second contribution came from James Chou, listed as the owner of Concord Property Management. Chou gave Tay’s committee $2,500.

What makes these donations interesting is the fact that both Chen and Chou would have known about Tay running unopposed and would therefore not have an obvious reason to donate to him. While Chen lives in Arcadia’s 2nd district, not Tay’s 3rd district, Chou does not live in Arcadia and Concord Property Management may not even be a real company.

More perplexing still is that both Chen and Chou have declined to comment on their contributions, and perhaps one of the most puzzling features of this mystery is Mayor Pro Temp. Tay using their money to pay for mailers in both districts 2 and 5 to support candidates Bob Harbicht and Roger Chandler.

The mailers, paid for by Tay’s committee, call for urgency to protect people from home invasions, suggesting the current council has not adequately handled the task. However, since both Chandler and Tay are currently serving on the council, the mailer furtively suggests that electing candidate Bob Harbicht, thereby ousting incumbent candidate Tom Beck, will change the crime rate in the city, even though all councilmembers have a proven track record of giving the Arcadia Police Department what they need to effectively do their job.

These mailers circulated amidst a mailer whirlwind of information aimed at almost every candidate. However unflattering and opinionated some of these mailers were, one organization was steadfast in circulating mailers with false information written only in Mandarin and attacking candidates Tom Beck, Jolly Wu and Joyce Platt. The Arcadian’s Rights Protection Association, registered under a non-Arcadia lawyer named Karlfeldt Su, has been reported to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

Arcadia made the choice to switch from at-large elections to district elections because of the misrepresentation of demographics on City Council. Arcadia is nearly 60 percent Asian and yet has a single Asian Councilmember. Candidate Jolly Wu, has been denigrated by Tay in several forms including social and Chinese media, and by door-to-door campaigners, some of which were recruited from Tay’s WeChat rooms, meanwhile Tay openly supports Councilman Roger Chandler.

District elections were designed to bring representatives of cultural populations into local politics. What it has done is create hostility between candidates and council members, regardless of race. Mayor Pro Temp. Tay could not be reached for comment.

March 28, 2018

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5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Why is Sho Tay Spending Campaign Money after being Appointed?”

  1. Caroline says:

    Thank you Galen for tracking this likely illegal shell game.
    Certainly District 3 residents may oppose Sho’s tactics .
    District 3 don’t have to show support by voting for him.
    Why no ballot sent out for a write in candidate ? If so, the number of
    voters will show how much support for Sho is real.

  2. Chang Hsia says:

    Thank you Mr Patterson for exposing Sho Tay’s hipocrisy and lies and for shining a bright light on the real scourge of Arcadia – dirty developer money.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Neighboring Observer says:

    It’s his campaign money. He can use it how he wishes. I don’t see the point of this story.

    The other side’s candidates attack “mansionization.” Call it what it is.. a bunch of bitter folks who attack the the Asian community over changing demographics from white to predominately Asian. A “Make Arcadia Great Again” group.

    I’m just an a neighboring observer. By the way, those mansion homes are gorgeous. The Asian community has really beautified the once predominately white city to an inclusive , welcoming, and immigrant friendly city.

  4. James D Moxom says:

    As a long time citizen of Arcadia I’ve often wondered why, despite a population that is more than 50% Asian, there seems to always be only one Asian member of the City Council. For many years I believed this pattern was the result of underlying racist attitudes, but now I believe that – though bias may play a part – the primary reason may be because Asian politicians in our city have tended to work against each other rather than working together. Unless the the Asian politicians and community cooperate the redistricting – which was mandated to address the ‘token’ Asian problem – will have been for naught.

  5. Chang Hsia says:

    Arcadia deserves better than Sho Tay. He is not ethical and does many dirty politics. Sho Tay makes Arcadia place for evil and bad people. He needs to go now.

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