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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 18, 2014 

From Arcadia’s Best 


On the heels of spearheading an unprecedented 
long-term contract renewal negotiation 
with all five City unions simultaneously 
and in record time, Arcadia Mayor Mickey 
Segal has opted not to run for re-election on 
April 8.

 His decision opens the door for at least two 
first-time new members on the Council, and 
potentially a majority of the five-member 

 For the first time in recent memory, there 
is no incumbent candidate, though Roger 
Chandler hopes to return to the Council 
where he has served multiple Mayoral stints. 
And Sho Tay, who is very familiar to voters, 
hopes to make this his first successful run.
Other newcomers to the process who filed by 
the 5:30 p.m. deadline today and are awaiting 
validation of their applications from the 
City are Tom Beck, Burton Brink and Paul 
Van Fleet.

 Only one of the five potential candidates 
thus far is Chinese-American in a City that is 
nearly two-thirds Chinese; none are female; 
and all five are AARP-eligible.

 Segal’s decision triggered a seldom-exercised 
City election rule that allows for a 48-hour 
extension of the filing deadline if no incumbent 
is running, according to Lisa Mussenden, 
Chief Deputy City Clerk/Records Manager. 
That means others could have rushed to 
apply on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, 
though the challenge for them would have 
been considerable (see requirements below). 
But no additional candidates filed to run for 
the City Council during the extension time.
Meanwhile, Segal, a CPA, financial advisor 
and managing partner of his own firm in 
Century City representing many major star 
athletes and celebrities, told ArcadiasBest. 
com tonight that while he has mixed emotions 
— he only made his decision final a 
few days ago — his business is growing so 
fast that he cannot in good conscience commit 
to another four years on the Arcadia City 
Council knowing he would not be able to attend 
the appropriate number of events. Noting 
that his 265-employee firm Nigro Carlin 
Segal Feldstein & Bolno has doubled in size 
in the past five years and is expanding with a 
new office soon in San Francisco and perhaps 
another East Coast office, Segal said his travel 
and the demand on his time is increasing.

 “I don’t want to be part-time Councilman 
where I can’t attend all the events,” he said. 
Segal’s decision has been the subject of 
speculation for months — he was also on 
the fence before deciding to run again four 
years ago. After donating and raising many 

millions of dollars as chairman of the Methodist 
Hospital Foundation board of directors, 
he came off that board this year after being 
termed out. Segal has provided a wealth of 
financial acumen to the City that will be hard 
to replace.

 “I’m not disappearning and my wife and I 
are not moving from Arcadia,” he said, “but 
I’ve committed my fair share of time.”
Segal will leave on a high note. The hallmark 
of his time on the Council and in his final 
stint as Mayor has been spearheading the recent 
completion of new four-year contracts 
with all five bargaining units (unions), an effort 
that has been in the works in Arcadia for 
six years and which Segal made the goal of 
his one-year term as Mayor at his swearing-
in last April in coordination with City Manager 
Dominic Lazzaretto and others.

 There were multiple firsts achieved in the 

Only eight weeks spent negotiating and 

reaching agreements with all five unions 

— each unit agreed to come to the table 
in the spirit of trying to complete the process 
quickly without the usual strategies of 
opening offers that were intentionally far 
apart and un-workable.
1. No attorneys came to the bargaining 
table for the unions or the City, saving the 
City $75,000 – $100,000 in legal fees.
2. Reached agreement with every bargaining 
3. A four-year deal instead of going 
through the process every year or two. 
Although the agreements resulted in a 
higher-than-usual 10% increase overall as 
compared to the typical annual 1.5% – 2% 
boost, the higher payments will largely be 
offset by the savings in manpower and resources 
associated with each negotiation 
process, as well as the legal costs.
4. Resolution months in advance of annual 
budget process, allowing the City to 
more accurately prepare and implement 
a budget, knowing exactly what its union 
expenses will be.
The two other Council seats being vacated 
in April are those of former Mayors Bob 
Harbicht and Peter Amundson, who are both 
termed out. The other two current long-serving 
Council members who are in mid-term 
and have each been Mayor multiple times are 
Gary Kovacic and current Mayor Pro Tem 
John Wuo. In recent years these four along 
with Segal and Chandler have been rotating 
on and off the Council. 
Roger Chandler, a former multi-term Council 
member who last served as Mayor in 200708, 
moved to Arcadia in 1982 and raised two 
sons here with his wife Jane. He has been 
involved in Arcadia politics since 1986. His 
last campaign was in 2008 when he ran virtually 
unopposed with current Council mem

ber Gary Kovacic. Chandler has completed 
his mandatory two-year hiatus after serving 
two consecutive four-year terms that ended 
in 2012. He was with the County Sheriff ’s 
Department 24 years before retiring and becoming 
Chief of Police of the Los Angeles 
City Housing Authority. Roger and his wife 
Jane, have lived in Arcadia for over 36 years 
and they have two sons. 

Sho Tay has lived in Arcadia about 30 years 
where he and his wife Sherry have raised 
their two children. He is a retired businessman 
and continues to be a business entrepreneur 
and serve on the boards of many local 
community organizations. He finished fourth 
of six candidates in an election for the same 
three seats in 2010 when three incumbents 
and/or previous Mayors were all re-elected.

 All candidates will be offered their own free 
blog here on to post whatever 
they want as often as they want, once the 
City declares them eligible later this month.
The three first-time campaigners:

1. Thomas Patrick Beck is a founding 
partner of Thon, Beck, Vanni, Callahan & 
Powell, a Pasadena law firm from which 
he recently retired. He earned a BA from 
Loyola Marymount in 1973, graduated 
Loyola Law School in 1977, moved to Arcadia 
in 1985, and has four children who 
attended Highland Oaks Elementary and 
Foothill Middle School. 
2. Paul E. Van Fleet is an Insurance 
Claims Representative who moved to Arcadia 
in 1998 after living in multiple other 
cities in the U.S. and spending a year teaching 
English in Taiwan. He earned a BA in 
Geography in 1980 and an Economics degree 
in 1983 from Rutgers University, and 
has studied Chinese cultural and language 
classes at PCC. (No photo available yet.)
3. Burton L. Brink is a native of Arcadia 
who graduated AHS in 1982 and his family 
has lived here 46 years. He is a Sergeant 
with the L.A. County Sheriff ’s Department 
where he has worked since 1989. 
Each person who filed must have at least 20 
signatures on their petitions validated as registered 
Arcadia voters by the City Clerk’s office, 
a process most likely to be complete by 
this Friday, Jan. 17. Each candidate was required 
to pick up the required application paperwork 
at the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, 
get 20 valid signatures on a petition (30 are 
recommended), and file everything, including 
a $2,500 fee, by the deadline.

 Election Day is April 8 but that serves more 
as a deadline this time with ballots only accepted 
this time by mail. Nonetheless, the 
election is expected to cost the City somewhere 
between $90,000 – $120,000. 

 By Scott Hettrick 

Arcadia Police Blotter 

For the period of Sunday, January 5th, through Saturday, January 11th, thePolice Department responded to 967 calls for service of which 117 requiredformal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidentshandled by the Department during this period. 

Sunday, January 5:

1. Around 2:38 a.m., an officer located a vehicle with expired registrationin the parking lot of Motel 6, 225 Colorado Place. The officer made contact withthe driver and discovered he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and wasin possession of drug paraphernalia. The 42-year-old Black male was arrestedand transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.
2. At about 12:56 p.m., an officer responded to Macy’s at the SantaAnita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in regards to a theft investigation. A25-year-old Hispanic female suspect exited the store without making paymentfor the $1300 worth of merchandise she was carrying in her hands. She wasarrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
Monday, January 6:

3. Shortly after 2:20 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a 
vehicle for drifting lanes in the area of Huntington Drive and Santa Anita 
Avenue. The officer discovered the driver, a 43-year-old Hispanic male, was 
under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. He was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
4. At approximately 7:45 p.m., an officer conducted an enforcement 
stop on a vehicle in the area of Live Oak Avenue and Santa Anita Avenue for 
tinted windows. An investigation revealed the driver did not know he had a 
suspended license. The 22-year-old White male was cited in the field for the 
listed charges and his vehicle was left legally parked. 
Tuesday, January 7:

5. Around 8:24 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the900 block of Arcadia Avenue regarding a report of a stabbing. An investigationrevealed a father-in-law stabbed his daughter-in-law with a knife after anargument. The 68-year-old Chinese male suspect was arrested for Murder andtransported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. The daughter-in-law passedaway as a result of her injuries. Further investigation is being conducted by theDetective Bureau. 
6. Just after 4:40 p.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia PoliceDepartment front counter regarding a grand theft report. The victim purchaseda used Hermes hand bag in the amount of $4,999 from a seller on Ebay. Whenthe package arrived, it was too small to contain the hand bag and insteadcontained a $20 Amazon gift card. The victim has been unable to contact theseller. 
Wednesday, January 8:

7. Around 2:11 p.m., an officer responded to Super Mufflers, 10 WestLive Oak Avenue, in regards to a fraud report. The victim made a verbalagreement with an employee to install a twin turbo kit on his 1995 NissanNSX and provided him with $8,000 cash to complete the job. When the victimreturned to the location to retrieve his vehicle, he learned the job was nevercompleted and the employee had stopped showing up for work. The victimattempted to contact the employee, but was unsuccessful.
8. At approximately 4:00 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Macy’sat the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in reference to a theft 
report. The suspect concealed over $300 worth of clothing inside her personalrolling suitcase and exited the store without making payment. The 37-year-oldVietnamese female was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail forbooking. 
Thursday, January 9:

9. Just after 8:00 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Ralph’s, 211 East 
Foothill Boulevard, regarding a non-injury traffic accident. Party-1 exited the 
driveway and attempted to travel southbound on Second Avenue, but failed 
to yield to oncoming traffic and struck the passenger side of another vehicle. 
10. At approximately 10:37 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on 
a vehicle for lane swerving on Colorado Street near Colorado Boulevard. An 
investigation revealed the driver, a 43-year-old White male, had a suspended 
license and was under the influence of methamphetamine. The passenger, 
a 33-year-old White female, was in possession of methamphetamine, 
marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. She provided false information to conceal 
her real identity; however, a records check revealed she had two outstanding 
misdemeanor warrants and one outstanding felony warrant. Both suspects 
were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 


first time that this shopping center 
lost it's major tenant. Back in the 
last millennium, longtime Monrovia 
business Kmart closed, that was 
around 1996 or so. Check out this 
old Polaroid. 

It brings back memories of Blue 
Light Specials and those amazing 
deep fried burritos at the cafeteria. 
That was way before the term "chimichanga" 
came into vogue. We'd 
better bid adieu before we get too 

We just got the 
news that Albert-
son's Monrovia on 
East Huntington 
Drive will be closing 
in February. 
We've been following 
the news, so its 
not a complete surprise, 
but still we're 
sorry to see them 
leave Monrovia. 

But, this isn't the 

Monrovia Police Blotter 

Highlighted Activity for the Weekdays of January 13-15, 2014During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 373 service events, resulting in 89 investigations. 
To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to
monrovia for crime mapping. For Police Department news and information, visit our website and follow us 
on Twitter for police notifications. 

Grand Theft Auto / Vehicle RecoveredJanuary 13 at 6:17 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of East Greystone. The victim 
parked her vehicle, a 2006 BMW, in front of her residence in the evening. When she returned to her 
vehicle the following morning, she discovered the vehicle was missing and called police. Later that day, 
El Monte Police Department advised that they had recovered the vehicle in their city. The vehicle was 
partially stripped. The investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft – Suspect ArrestedJanuary 13 at 10:11 a.m., loss prevention from a business in the 500 block of West Huntington called police 
to report a theft. A male adult subject walked into the business and selected a pair of desktop speakers 
and jeans. He took the items into the dressing room and removed the tags. The subject left the store 
without paying for the merchandise and fled on a bicycle. Loss Prevention followed the suspect, called 
police, and waited for officers to arrive. The officers recovered the property and arrested the suspect. 

Fighting in Public / Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor / BatteryJanuary 13 at 3:56 p.m., officers responded to the report of a fight in progress in the 400 block of Royal 
Oaks. When they arrived, they learned two female juveniles had an ongoing dispute with each other and 
every time they met up, they would argue or fight. During the investigation, officers learned the father 
of one of juveniles stopped and parked his vehicle to allow his daughter to confront the other girl. During 
the fight, the father punched two juveniles, one who was fighting with his daughter and another who 
resided at the location where the juvenile was confronted. Both juveniles were cited forfighting in public and the father was cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and battery. 
One of the juveniles was also cited for vandalism, because she kicked the door of the vehicle. 

January 13 at 6:26 p.m., officers were dispatched to a house in the 800 block of West Olive regarding a 
family disturbance. When they arrived, they discovered the 28-yearold male resident was causing the 
disturbance. He was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was in possession 
of methamphetamine and a smoking pipe, as well. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Domestic Battery – Suspects ArrestedJanuary 14 at 7:19 p.m., a male and female were reported to be fist fighting and yelling at each other 
in the middle of the street in the 500 block of East Cherry. When officers arrived, they detained both 
subjects. The two had been in a relationship for 15 years and it was determined they had been fighting 
each other equally. A computer check revealed the female also had a no-bail warrant for her arrest. Both 
suspects were arrested and held for court. 

Vehicle BurglaryJanuary 14 at 11:00 p.m., a subject staying at a local hotel in the 700 block of West Huntington went to 
their locked truck and discovered the left rear window shattered. The doors were still locked, but the 
victim’s black leather briefcase had been taken from the rear floorboard. The victim had parked his truck 
earlier that night and went into the hotel. The investigation is continuing. An officer checked the hotel 
parking lot discovered a second vehicle with a shattered rear window and the doors still locked. Officers 
attempted to contact the owner, but were not successful. At 12:31 a.m., the owner contacted the police to 
report the vehicle burglary. The victims said they parked their vehicle at 8:15 p.m. and then went shopping. 
Three men’s suits were taken from the rear hatch area of the vehicle, below the shattered window. 

Outstanding Warrant / Under the Influence of Narcotics – Suspects ArrestedJanuary 15 at 8:08 p.m., officers were dispatched on the report of subjects trespassing inside a vacant 
house in the 100 block of East Cypress. When they arrived, they located a male and female subject. The 
female was found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest and the male was determined to be under 
the influence of a controlled substance. Both subjects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Violation of Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Suspect ArrestedJanuary 15 at 10:23 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at Peck and Camino Real. A computer check of the 
male driver had a domestic violence restraining order to stay away from the female who was sitting in 
the passenger seat. The male was arrested for violation of the restraining order and taken into custody, 
where he was held until court the next morning. 

No-Bail Felony Burglary Warrant – Suspect Arrested January 16 at 1:53 a.m., an officer observed a male 
subject he recognized walking into a convenience store at Huntington and Mountain. He knew a no-
bail warrant had been issued for the subject for felony burglary. The officer confirmed the outstanding