Hey Reddit, I'm Omar Subeh - The uptalking 18-year-old from Artesia, CA who spoke out against my city council. AMA!
Hi Reddit! A video of me speaking at an Artesia City Council meeting recently reached the front page. The video gained a lot of traction, and so did the subsequent AMA request. The Reddit post was a lot more clickbait than the actual video.
My main point was to shed light on what I considered to be shady circumstances surrounding the project such as:
The company's website - http://www.ww-crc.com/en/
Council approving a trip to China to meet with investors the day after they approved of the project - https://artesia.12milesout.com/video/8745d02f-80fd-45aa-91f5-ba67c18473ff
A $1.5 million dollars to Artesia and $500K donation to the school district by the company - http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2018/01/26/artesia-live-ii-will-bring-revenue-and-economic-activity-to-the-city/?fb_comment_id=1394061290721775_1395536033907634#fca502d2a60b0c
All of what I consider to be shady may very well be legal. If this is the case, the project still seems to be an attempt the council to push for the gentrification of the city without the support of the community.
Keep in mind, I am by no means an expert in this field. If there are any experts, feel free to correct anything I may have said. I would appreciate any feedback you guys may have. I'll try to answer as many questions as I can!
Video in question - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUheS6tk_Mc&t=1s
Video of me at the site of Artesia Live I - https://youtu.be/vP9ddXOHJXc
Edit: More proof - https://imgur.com/a/uspok
Edit 2: Alright I think I answered most, if not all of the questions. I really never expected this entire situation to gather as much traction as it did, but I am grateful that it did. I learned a lot about project development that I would have never been able to learn without you guys. I think that wraps up this AMA. Thanks for all of the support and feedback! Take care Reddit!