Monday, February 12, 2018
Mod: This came through this morning and I thought I should post it here.
Dear Supporters: As many of you know, there is an important City Council election coming up on April 10, 2018. There are 3 incumbents running for re-election for the 3 seats that will be in play and voters are allowed to vote for 3 candidates. Those incumbents are Rachelle Arizmendi, Denise Delmar and Gene Goss. There is one candidate challenging the incumbents, Andy Bencosme.
In the past, Preserve Sierra Madre has not formally endorsed political candidates. However, the stakes are so high in this election, that we do not feel that Preserve Sierra Madre can remain on the sidelines. The present City Council has accomplished some remarkable things when it comes to preservation in Sierra Madre the highlights of which include passing a General Plan that is very protective of Sierra Madre, passing rules to prevent Arcadia-like mansionization, passing a Demolition Ordinance that protects historically significant homes from being torn down and enacting a water meter moratorium to protect our depleted water resources.
For these reasons and many others, we are strongly urging our supporters to re-elect Rachelle Arizmendi, Denise Delmar and Gene Goss and keep the present City Council intact so that they can continue their good work.
We are sure the challenger is a decent and honorable man. But he is a real estate agent who had his fundraising kickoff not in Sierra Madre, but in Arcadia at the Arcadia Association of Realtors. Based on the over-development that has been allowed to occur in Arcadia over the last 20 years, we suspect that the Arcadia Association of Realtors probably does not share the same goals as Preserve Sierra Madre when it comes to protecting our "Village of the Foothills."
But our efforts will not be against any one but rather for keeping the existing City Council intact as long as possible. While we have not always agreed with every position of all 3 of the incumbents, the fact remains that all of the many successes of Preserve Sierra Madre happened during their watch. We can say that in general, all 3 have supported preservation in Sierra Madre and none of what we accomplished could have happened without their support.
The importance of this election is further amplified by two very important issues that may come up within the next couple of years: Efforts to develop the Monastery seem to be rearing its head again and the City Council may take up the issue of whether to do an historic survey of the City's properties. This makes the election and the re-election of the 3 incumbent candidates of vital importance. There may also be outside money and influence in this election from those having a different agenda for this city than preservation.
Here's how our supporters can help:
1. You will be allowed 3 votes. Vote for Rachelle Arizmendi, Denise Delmar and Gene Goss.
2. Forward this email to 5-10 friends and urge them to vote.
3. Email us back and let us know if you can volunteer by walking or making phone calls in support of these 3 candidates.
We have appreciated your support in the past and we try to refrain from asking for your help unless it is really important. This is one of those times. Much has been accomplished but more remains to be done. What has already been done can also be undone if we are not vigilant.
As always, we appreciate your help and support.
Posted by The Moderator at 7:21 AM