Well, OK. So you don't have to wonder too hard. Andy held his campaign kickoff at the offices of the Arcadia Association of Realtors because that is where the money is. Outside of the Realtor and development communities Andy really doesn't know all that many people. Who else is there he could hit up for a little campaign cash? Nobody he knows.
When you are representing the interests of an industry rather than that of a resident community, you will need to take your act to a place that your people both know and are comfortable with. And for those special interests giving money to Andy Bencosme yesterday, that location couldn't be found anywhere in Sierra Madre.
Rather it had to be located somewhere else entirely, such as at the offices of the noted and rather activist supporter of mansionization and high density development, an organization known as the Arcadia Association of Realtors.
The AAR has quite a long history of sticking its long nose into Sierra Madre affairs. Measure V was created in part to keep them at bay.
Pretty remarkable if you think about it. I wonder what those folks think they'll be getting for their money. It's not like they would care all that much about better parks or the Library, right? And certainly not the values and hopes of a community that they see only as a place to make a little folding money. After all, most attending yesterday don't live here.
It would need to be something else. Something industry figures from other places want.