Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Can Somebody Please Tell Andy Bencosme Where Sierra Madre Is Located?

History of a different sort was made yesterday afternoon. For the first time ever a candidate for a seat on Sierra Madre's City Council began his run for glory campaigning in an entirely different town. This is quite unprecedented, and you have to wonder why he did it.

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.

Any guesses?

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66 comments:

  1. Mensa member Arcadia Andy spells the word "privileged" incorrectly on his website. He has been warned repeatedly about this, yet nothing has been done. Here it is in context.

    "Our children and grandchildren deserve to inherit the same spirit we experience and are priveleged to have."

    Mensa has been alerted. We will be taking other measures as well if this flagrant spelling protocol violation remains uncorrected.

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  2. I think it was because the monthly canyon “snort and smoke” was cancelled. Plus you all spent your money on Funyuns and Ho-Hos.

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  3. Please mark your calendars, and vote for the three City Council incumbents on April 10. If Andy gets in, there are two more seats up for election in two years. Three realtors on the Council, and here come the Arcadia like McMansions on the hillside and in our neighborhoods, and the Monetary owners in Chicago will have friends on the Council.

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    1. I never noticed before that monetary and monastery were such closely related words.

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    2. Actually, yes. Can't type well on my phone...monastery.

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  4. Do you like how your property values have gone up, Sierra Madre? Show your gratitude to the preservation City Council by voting for Denise, Rachelle and Gene. Do not vote for the guy who helped fund the opposition to Measure V, and now works for the interests of mansionizers in Arcadia.

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  5. All Arcadia Realtors and all Sierra Madre Realtors are all about the money. These communities have watched their property values soar.
    A realtor is a predatory occupation that pays extremely well for being the "Vanna White" of square footage.
    The privilege comes into play as additional bonuses for the predatory occupation; haven't met a Realtor yet that protects the home owner's interest.
    It is all about new beginnings over and over again.
    The industry has a what's in it for me attitude, it also fits the personality of those working in that profession.

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  6. Predatory redevelopment has no place in Sierra Madre. Send Arcadia Andy back to Monrovia.

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  7. Somebody please send Andy a map.

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  8. And you thought the voters of Sierra Madre, California had the first and last word on who they elected to city council? Big joke on all of you. If you take some time you will find out that a whole election machine is working against you and for the greedy candidate instead 2018 news update. More later!

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    1. Sierra Madre has beaten the odds before. It is why this town looks like it does now, and didn't become like Arcadia or Pasadena.

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  9. 657am. The hillsides are protected.
    The Monastery was robbed by this current council.
    It is time for new appointees.

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    1. Andy would be an appointee. The incumbents would be the choice of the people.

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    2. 7:27 is an enemy of legacy resident property rights.

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    3. Monastery
      Money story
      Moaner sorry

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    4. The Monastery had no one at the city council meeting the night the council voted to approve the General Plan Update Committee's wording concerning their property. How do I know this? I was the ONLY person in the audience. At the break I asked staff if what I thought happened, actually happened and with a smile staff said YES.

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  10. This is a unique campaign in our history. I don't remember anyone ever running o the strength of their allegiance to another town. Though there can be no doubt that Mr. Bencosme loves Sierra Madre. That may be his platform: "I love Sierra Madre."

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    1. He loves Sierra Madre like a fat guy loves cake.

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  11. 'Beaten the odds before' sounds like a diabetic patient who keeps having body parts removed because they will not face the disease? Keep gambling and see where Sierra Madre, California goes too?

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  12. The political wing of the AAR is a lot like Dracula. They keep rising from the dead. If you give Andy a high collared black cloak he would look just like Drac.

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    1. I hear he's a nice, friendly guy.
      What is wrong with his campaign is that he is in the wrong town.

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    2. Maybe he got lost. Or maybe he should.

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  13. 7:33am. That's a joke, the property rights were taken from the Monastery.
    Supporters will vote for Mr. Bencosme.

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    1. Jokes on you, 8:13. Current property owners have rights as well. It isn't just about developers who recently showed up to cash in on Sierra Madre's legacy. You must hate your neighbors.

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    2. 8:13 - it is a lie to say that current homeowners in Sierra Madre don't have property rights, and don't have the right to stand up for them. They do. You might want to do volunteer work for out of owners bent only on exploiting our town for profit, but not everyone is a traitor like you.

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    3. A true Christian would have no need for property.

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    4. They still can apply for a zone change for their 50 planned houses. Who needs water.

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  14. Andy (real name "Jose") is only running to advance his real estate business in Sierra Madre. Outside of the Arcadia Association of Realtors, he is more or less a "nom de plum." He is much more familiar with Monrovia where he used to live.

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  15. The traitors are those that worked against the zoning and property rights of others, which this current council did.
    You cannot pick and choose what you want at the expense of others.
    Be careful what you wish for.
    Time for updating the council.
    Toss out the old and in with the new.

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    1. Your just a mouthpiece for out of town corporate Realtors and developers. Go move to Pasadena.

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    2. Without specific code citations, your comment is absurd, 8:40.
      There won't be any specifics because you are making up things to bolster your uninformed opinion.

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    3. What exactly do you refer to? Let’s have a real debate

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  16. I'm here to stay and you move, you can't afford to stay in Sierra Madre.

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  17. Looks like only 25 people showed up to Andy's kickoff party in Arcadia. Even Realtors have their doubts about the fellow.

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    1. Maybe he should have had it in Monrovia.

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  18. Maybe “Andy” is taking his cue from Dear Leader, who kicked off his campaign and received scads of cash from Moscow.

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    1. In Andy's case that would more likely be China.

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    2. Via Singpoli. Perhaps.

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  19. 9:51am. So we get it. You are not a Christian.
    Your religious beliefs have nothing to do with who you cast your vote for. Or do they?
    I will vote for new insight and growth, not over development or stagnation like you propose.

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    1. Interesting. McMansions are a manifestation of your Christian belief? Have you tried getting one of those through the eye of a needle yet?

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    2. Oh, I am indeed a Christian. I will pray for you that you overcome your sins of avarice and jealousy.

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    3. Jesus did not need a house with 7 bathrooms.

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  20. I will stick with my perfect voter guide. Whoever the tattler illumi-stupid-nati feel the need to attack, even though they know nothing about them, that’s my candidate.

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    1. Still holding a torch for Nancy Walsh, eh?

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    2. 12:06, why do you read something you have such a low opinion of?

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    3. Pro-development candidates usually campaign as victims. That way they don't have to talk about any real issues.

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    4. 12:06 it’s trainwreck/car accident syndrome. I’m considering an emotional support peacock to deal with the stress of of leaving this narcissistic anger pool.

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    5. Wouldn't it be better if you just took your medication? Peacocks can be messy.

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  21. Don’t have an Opinion of her, but I don’t believe anyone short of Pol Pot or Hitler deserve the mean spirited tripe that you people dish out. Go have a clementine and a smile. If you don’t have one, Say something nice to your neighbor and perhaps they will give you one.

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    1. Politics ain't beanbag.

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    2. 1:21 - why did Andy have his kickoff campaign event in Arcadia?

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    3. Why are you calling Andy “her?” You should really try to be less mean spirited.

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    4. Her was Nancy Walsh. Try and keep up.

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    5. 1:21 because he is a realtor, and the arcadia association of realtors covers Sierra Madre as well. In case you haven’t noticed, we don’t have one of our own.

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    6. Thank God for that. Now if we can just get rid of the Arcadia one.

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    7. So you hate all realtors as well. Are there any professions your are ok with your majesty. I constantly see how happy you all are with your property values. Without a realtor your value isn’t realized.

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    8. Simplifying the paperwork involved with home sales would solve that. Homeowners would then get to keep more of the money realized through the sale of their homes.

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    9. 7:02, things have changed. All you need is internet search engines for listed homes and an escrow office. Realtors are quickly fading as a necessary element to buy/selling a home.

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    10. Sorry 6:29. 1:21's comment was top level, suggesting it was about the Mod's posted topic--Andy. If 1:21 wanted to comment on Nancy, there was a comment thread for it. Try to keep up.

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  22. Did you see the photo of the note card that Dump was holding when he met today with kids from the Florida shooting ? One of the entries was “I hear you”.
    So, let me get this straight. This so-called president is so dumb he needs a note card to remind him what to say to high school kids. Wow.

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    1. The word is Ivanka wrote him note cards. A photo shows they are in her handwriting.

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  23. I heard the other day that Goss is friends with Andy! Tell me that is not true.

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  24. Devlopment always wins..its just a matter of time

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