Thursday, March 15, 2018

Andy Bencosme's Campaign Mailer Was Postmarked In Arcadia? Of Course It Was!

OK, you know what they say, right? Three strikes and you're out. Though it certainly doesn't seem like there is really going to be any limitation to all this whiffing since we still have nearly a full month of spring training to go until election day.

As we have most faithfully recounted here before, Andy Bencosme held his campaign kickoff event in Arcadia. He has also planted a bunch of his lawn signs in Arcadia, even though nobody there will be able to vote for him. And now he is mailing his campaign stuff from Arcadia as well? This has become quite a pattern .

Remember, Andy is also a two time president of the Arcadia Association of Realtors. An organization that spent $10s of thousands of dollars a few years back advocating for sky high stack and pack development in certain downtown Sierra Madre areas.

Measure V exists because of the Arcadia Association of Realtors. That is what it took to fend them off. It is also likely why they're running one of their top executive officers in Sierra Madre today.

So I guess that's four strikes. I'm starting to run out of fingers.

Is there anyone here who has not seen the movie "The Manchurian Candidate?" Sierra Madre apparently now has "The Arcadian Candidate." Bring on the McMansions, stop lights, and traffic jams all of the way up Baldwin Avenue.

I'm not sure there are many Arcadia categories left for Andy to take advantage of. Of course, there is always Monrovia, where he used to live. That is, until he decided to run for office here.

Preserve Sierra Madre Email Blast On The Sierra Madre City Council Election

Dear Supporters:

The City Council election coming up on April 10th is a crucial election to the future of Sierra Madre and Preserve Sierra Madre has endorsed the three incumbent candidates, Rachelle Arizmendi, Denise Delmar and Gene Goss.

While much has been accomplished, profit seeking out-of-town developers have not gone away, those who wish to turn the Monastery grounds into one of the largest housing projects that Sierra Madre has seen in decades are eagerly waiting for the water meter moratorium to be lifted, historically significant homes can face the wrecking ball like what happened to the Henry A. Darling house and the pressure to demolish character homes to be replaced by 2-story McMansions squeezed onto a smaller lot is never a distant challenge despite the rules on the books.

We hope that the candidates we are supporting will not succumb to the temptations and pressures from these directions once elected to office and continue to be worthy of our endorsement as they discharge their duties in office and represent the people who elected them.

Provided below are the website addresses and email addresses for the candidates Preserve Sierra Madre is endorsing.  They need support to run a successful campaign for re-election. We encourage you to provide them with that support. Because there is usually a limit to everyone's means, we also encourage you to reach out to the various candidates before offering your support and inquire about the issues most important to you.

We know the core mission of Preserve Sierra Madre and that has not changed over the years. In brief, we want to protect and preserve this "Village of the Foothills" and maintain the quality of life of its residents so that they are not subjected to excessive traffic, pollution, overcrowding, downtown parking meters, depletion of our water supply, and lack of open space.

We also want our residents and our children at some time in the future to be able to drive through the city where they once lived and grew up and actually recognize the neighborhood where they played and perhaps even see the house still standing where they once lived. We only have to look to nearby Arcadia to see the effects of unmitigated and uncontrolled development.

With that being said and with easy links to contact the three candidates we are supporting, here is their information:

Rachelle Arizmendi
rachelle.arizmendi@gmail.com
www.arizmendiforcitycouncil.com

Denise Delmar
reelectdenisedelmar@gmail.com
www.reelectdenisedelmar.com

Gene Goss
ggoss626@gmail.com
www.genegoss.com

These candidates will appreciate your questions and support, and we're sure they will be forthcoming and transparent in their answers.

As always, Preserve Sierra Madre values your support of our coalition. Together, we can make a difference and we have that opportunity right now with this important City Council election.

Steering Committee
Preserve Sierra Madre 

Mod: As far as I can tell, none of the candidates Preserve Sierra Madre is supporting have campaigned in Arcadia yet.

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104 comments:

  1. Arcadia Andy is Peacock Proud.

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  2. Does anyone know what issues Andy is running on? Outside of the mandatory "I love Sierra Madre" one?

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    1. Andy is running an issueless campaign designed to appeal to people who don't know anything.

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    2. Using railroad box cars?

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    3. All his ties seem to be Arcadia. Now that's fine except I don't think the residents of Sierra Madre want Sierra Madre to be like Arcadia. I also don't think someone running for office in Sierra Madre should have this many ties to a city other than the one he is running for election in.

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    4. How long has he lived here? Own or rent? Renters have no skin in the game.

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    5. I looked him up on Block Shopper, and found 2 addresses he owns in Monrovia.
      The address he lists as his home here is owned by someone else.

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  3. I guess that Rachelle Arizmendi forgot that the New Library or the now named Recreation Center cannot be used in her political mailer since it is a City facility, but I guess it just politics, do what you can...

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    1. your claim that a photo of a building “cannot be used” is false

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    2. Maybe she needs to fire her campaign manager.

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    3. Guess again...

      42.17A.555
      Use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns—Prohibition—Exceptions.

      No elective official nor any employee of his or her office nor any person appointed to or employed by any public office or agency may use or authorize the use of any of the facilities of a public office or agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition. Facilities of a public office or agency include, but are not limited to, use of stationery, postage, machines, and equipment, use of employees of the office or agency during working hours, vehicles, office space, publications of the office or agency, and clientele lists of persons served by the office or agency. However, this does not apply to the following activities:

      (1) Action taken at an open public meeting by members of an elected legislative body or by an elected board, council, or commission of a special purpose district including, but not limited to, fire districts, public hospital districts, library districts, park districts, port districts, public utility districts, school districts, sewer districts, and water districts, to express a collective decision, or to actually vote upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, or ordinance, or to support or oppose a ballot proposition so long as (a) any required notice of the meeting includes the title and number of the ballot proposition, and (b) members of the legislative body, members of the board, council, or commission of the special purpose district, or members of the public are afforded an approximately equal opportunity for the expression of an opposing view;

      (2) A statement by an elected official in support of or in opposition to any ballot proposition at an open press conference or in response to a specific inquiry;

      (3) Activities which are part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency.

      (4) This section does not apply to any person who is a state officer or state employee as defined in RCW 42.52.010.

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    4. Dear 8:45, perhaps you didn't know this, buy Washington State law is not applicable here in California. Maybe you should stop trying your hand at Google lawyering and stick to your day job.

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    5. A photo of a building is not "use" of the building because a photo of a building has no monetary value. If it does you can arrest my grandma for "stealing" the image of the Eiffel Tower because it's hanging on her wall.

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    6. Re: Eiffel Tower. It is legal to take photos of the tower during the day, but at night it is against the law. The reason is it turns out the tower's nighttime light show was added in 1985 and is therefore still protected under France's copyright law as an artistic work. Thus, it's illegal to share, sell, or publish photos and videos of the night-lit Eiffel Tower without prior permission from the Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel. But go ahead an snap some pixs.

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    7. 6:36 is grasping at straws. Of course the mayor can have her picture taken in front of any building she wants.

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  4. mailing source has little to do with the election, check you ballots, they are postmarked Santa Ana. Better get on to the big stuff that make a difference of stay with Trump stuff.

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    1. A smarter politician would have made sure the postmark was Sierra Madre.

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    2. Rachelle, is star marketing located in Sierra Madre, if so where?

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    3. I'm not aware of any politician in Sierra Madre using the Sierra Madre Post Office for their mailings. Standard procedure is to have a printer also use a Sierra Madre voters list to print, address and mail their ads.

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    4. Arcadia Postal Permit # 1 is the Arcadia Association of Realtors. Nothing to do with Sierra Madre's Post Office.

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  5. Of course you all remember a 1960's movie titled, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Russians_Are_Coming,_the_Russians_Are_Coming Now in 2018 a new fear has griped the land, The Arcadians are coming if you don't beleive this then why is Sierra Madre being invaded by Arcadians?

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    1. Developers see the opportunity to make some big dough in Sierra Madre. They always have, and most of them are out of Arcadia. Of course, first they'll need to get some of their faithful minions onto the City Council so they can break down the protections that have kept the place intact.

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    2. Arcadia developers are now focusing on Sierra Madre and Andy looks to be their man. At least he's transparent about it.

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  6. Show your support for the 3 incumbent candidates by sending an e-mail to preservesierramadrenow@gmail,con or email the candidates directly to ask to have a lawn sign put in your front yard.

    This is a critical election, remind your friends and neighbors to vote on April 10 for the 3 incumbents.

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    1. I'm seeing plenty of law signs for the three incumbents. Hope that actually means something.

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    2. Preserving Sierra Madre has meant rising property values. Even the most humble of homes have skyrocketed in value. People would have to be nuts to take any chances now.

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  7. I think when all is said and done it will be shown that the same big development money supporting the McMansion candidates in Arcadia is also behind the Benscome candidacy in Sierra Madre.

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    1. When do the candidates have to file the forms that list their donors?

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    2. Too late to be all that useful. I think there are two deadlines, one that comes after the election.

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  8. Anyone know if there are going to be candidate debates?

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    1. We should try to pin Andy down. Actually get him to take a stand on some issues.

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    2. I don’t know about a debate but the 4 candidates will be at Kiwanis Tuesday at 12 at the Lodge.

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    3. Per the City Manager that is the only debate. No others are planned.

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  9. Silly, all Sierra Madre mail is out of Arcadia now, this Post Office acts a staging area until it completely closes and the land is available.
    Does Preserve Sierra Madre have all their ducks in a row for this future development site?

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    1. Aww, now you're just making things up.

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    2. Obviously 7:51 is being dishonest.

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  10. The Downtown Specific Plan is being pieced together by various committee's in town.
    This is why Elaine broke and reshuffled them; a new approach on accomplishing the goals of changing and upgrading the downtown area.
    No stop lights, but the new signage on the street poles in the downtown area will eventually "point" all of us to their location!

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    1. Put a few hundred units downtown and there will be stoplights.

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    2. The Planning Commission is considered revisions to the downtown commercial zoning code at our meeting this evening. It is not a redo of the Downtown Specific Plan. The proposed revisions are Measure V compliant, impose new FAR and design review requirements, and facilitate reuse of existing buildings. Please come to tonight's meeting and participate. For more information, you can find the staff report here: http://cityofsierramadre.hosted.civiclive.com/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=12537390

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  11. Preserve Sierra Madre should attend Planning Commission meetings, knowledge is strength.

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    1. Preserve Sierra Madre members do attend Planning Commission meetings.

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    2. Question: Does Preserve Sierra Madre have a plan or vision for the Monastery site? Obviously, something will happen in the not too distant future and has anyone thought about potential uses they would support?
      Fundraising? Or the ability through a private entity to be in the gage when it comes to market?

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  12. Gene Goss has his brochure out. He says that he is proud of bringing civility back to the council. I’d like to hear just how he did that. Delmar and maybe Arizmendi brought it back but not so much Goss. If it were so, why would he allow Nancy Walsh and a few others endorse him? Hardly civil.

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    1. Nancy Walsh? The worst Council member we've ever had. Remember her "Lookie here" speech, maligning Denise Delmar, Chairperson of the General Plan Update Steering Committee, and the many, many volunteers who worked on it. Really? Gene Goss, what were you thinking when you got her endorsement?

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    2. Afraid Goss was not thinking when he had the very council members that caused the uncivility endorse him. He also is taking credit for what all the council has accomplished. That being said he should be re-elected to Keefe this great Council intact..

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  13. I do not think any bulk mail or mail gets postmarked in sierra madre , but you can get a few pieces done at the counter

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    1. You can register a printed postmark for your mailing in Sierra Madre. We have a real post office.

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  14. Civility was always present at City Council meetings; the elected few neglected their position and argued with residents that approached the podium.

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    1. You're talking the Walsh/Moran/Mosca council, right?

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    2. I would think it is Walsh/Moran/Mosca. Remember when former Mayor Lee Cline spoke from the podium, and Mosca mumbled, but the mike picked it up "Get a life"?

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    3. The so-called "Civility Party" turned out to amongst the biggest loud-mouthed louts this city has ever seen.

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    4. It was actually Barbara Cline, the wife of the former mayor/councilman Lee Cline, that Mosca was so rude to, even given the fact that she had previously supported him. Here is was a very weak character and still is in his paltry efforts on the Encinitas City Council. Why we keep mentioning him in the same breath as Moran and Walsh is as a comparison with the current Sierra Madre City Council, about the best group of five that I can remember. AND that is why reelection of the encumbents and rejection of Andy Benscome.

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  15. Andy's kids go to a Pasadena school. Maybe he could change SM schools so his kids would be able to stay in town for their education.

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    1. Little hard to stay in town when you're in high school, especially if you are male.

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  16. Sierra Madre schools are only in name. The lower school was sold for a dollar to the PUSD;back in the day, our council could not imagine growth.
    Both are Pasadena based.
    Maranatha was operating in Sierra Madre, but was misled by Council member Bart Doyle, Stockly and Hayes, when the Willits property was presented as a viable option to build.
    A very expensive law suit was won by Maranatha; that land was never zoned for a school, it had always been R-1.
    Bart Doyle represents the PUSD, has he spoken on the Financials of the District?

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    1. Bart Doyle doesn't live here anymore.

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    2. A lot of people who don't live here anymore remain intimately involved with this town's affairs.

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  17. The mailing permit used by Bencosme is Arcadia Permit No. 1. This is a mailing permit owned by an entity in Arcadia that has been around a long time and does a lot of mailing. Care to guess which entity in Arcadia owns Permit No. 1?

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    1. Arcadia Association of Realtors?

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    2. The Arcadia Association of Realtors was founded in 1924. Been around a long long time...long enough to have Arcadia Permit No. 1

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    3. I'm confused. Does this make Andy a puppet or a carpetbagger? Politics is so hard.

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    4. “Does this make Andy a puppet or a carpetbagger?”

      Both

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    5. You can only imagine the promises that were made to our friendly local Century 21 man.

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    6. someone will bencosme the exclusive agent for Mater Dolorosa and make $3 million in commission from selling their development.
      a broker obviously...one who helps them make it happen bencosme thats how it works

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  18. If the County operates Sierra Madre then all bets are off the table; kooks like Pasadena and Arcadia are soon to follow.
    CalPERS is destroying cities and towns in California and all that Governor Brown does is to raise more taxes.
    Sounds like this council in Sierra Madre.

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  19. Where were Goss and Andy on that issue 9:58?

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  20. Goss is an teacher and Andy was a teacher. Is Andys kids in PUSD system and how about Goss's kids, what school do they go to? That information helps determine who to vote for!

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    1. 10:58 That is the dumbest thing that I have heard in a long time. What difference does it make where a candidate'kids go to school in determining who you will vote for. Opting for a private high school over PHS or Blair is a no-brainer if you have the means to do it. I guess you haven't walked around PHS these days.
      Better way to choose you candidates is find out from where their money comes and who are their supporters.

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    2. So what do you find disturbing when you “walk around” PHS, 1:08?

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    3. Fences, bathroooms, drinking fountains, lockers, class size, litter, disrespect of teachers, dropout rate, lack of school spirit.I attended PHS when it was one of the best schools in the area. Classmates went to Standford, Harvard, Berkeley, CalTech, we became the judges, attorneys, teachers, pilots, nurses, CPAs, rabis, college professors, dentists, business owners, of today. I don't think the recent classes of PHS can claim a high graduation rate or many admissions to the top universities. Most grads can't even test into Freshman English or out of Algebra According to PCC instructors. Those are some of the things I find disturbing. Maybe you are ok with that but not me. Any candidate who opts out is ok with me.

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    4. And you are able to discern all of that when you "walk around" PHS, huh? Sounds like code words to me.

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  21. https://ibb.co/ksbhQH

    Goss and Bencosme's ballot statements end identically with them both noting the election date (which is very unusual since its produced in a booklet that has the election date all over it) and their web address and email presented last and in the same exact way.

    Conclusion: Goss is secretly assisting Bencosme.

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    1. I'd say it is pretty clear that Goss and Benscosme are running together. Sadly, I was so for Goss until his flyer came out, where he took credit for the City Council's accomplishments, or that were spearheaded by Delmar and Arazmendi. "Make City Council civil again"? Come on, Gene, that came right from Walsh, and Moran, the most uncivil Councilmembers we've ever had.

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    2. I have only seen one house that put up a Goss sign with an Andy sign. All of the others are just Goss, or just Andy. For now.

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  22. 11:38am. If and when the Monastery (private property) comes up on the market, feel free to make a bid.
    Look how well that worked for Carter One.
    Judy Webb and others tried to force the maneuver of declaring that private property historical when the old Sanctuary had to be demolished due to Earthquake damage.
    Hypocrisy; Kersting Court is not historical!

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    1. Boy, a little test there. I actually think it's one of the last great open spaces around....and it could/should stay that way.

      But the owners have rights too!

      It was more of a question, I don't even know what the zoning there is.

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    2. Zoning is Institutional. Anyone wanting to build housing would need to apply for a zone change.

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  23. Andy's brochure has not been edited since the first one circulated including spelling our W istaria incorrectly, some typos and the claim of supporting several volunteer groups. Haven't seen him on any Friends of the Library committees, the Wistaria fest or 4th of July activities.

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  24. Andy's brochure has not been edited since the first one circulated including spelling our W istaria incorrectly, some typos and the claim of supporting several volunteer groups. Haven't seen him on any Friends of the Library committees, the Wistaria fest or 4th of July activities.

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  25. Andy's cover has now been blown. Full on carpetbagger and AAR stalking horse.

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    1. I cannot believe the Arcadia Association of Realtors footed the bill for his brochure.
      He must be doing these things on purpose.

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    2. I think Andy might be out of touch with reality.

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    3. I'm coming to the conclusion that it's the dog whistle form of politics, and he knows exactly what he's doing.

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  26. Would Preserve Sierra Madre be interested in expanding into Arcadia? Very few residents in Arcadia care much about the city as evident by the Bulldozer and Harbicht signs. All that matters is who has the largest McMansion. Most Arcadia residents are just a wee bit materialistic.

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    1. Harbicht won the sign race in 2016. Lost the election tho.

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    2. Yeah, he’ll lose in 2018 too. Maybe he can move to a new city where he can take it hard for developers and realtors.

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    3. Bulldozers new gross signs are claiming he’ll stop the home invasions. There’s been about 2 of those in the last year, hardly a real problem. Why doesn’t Arcadia Police Dept tell all the Asians to not keep huge piles of cash in their homes? That’s what is feeding the problem as my APD contact said. The vast majority of home burglaries are randsacked types looking for that cash. I asked the chief why he won’t put out a notice to not keep huge amounts of cash in people’s homes. He said that “would be racially insensitive”. Give me a break. Whatever, the cops love this residential burglary problem, many are doubling their base salaries in OT pay.

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    4. How can Harbicht stop crime? He looks like a crossing guard.

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  27. Arcadia residents in Highland Oaks immediately to the east of the first hairpin turn above the Chantry Flat Gate participated with Sierra Madre Hillside Coalition in 1989 fight back against a developer who wanted to put up houses above that curve.

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  28. 1:56 is correct. The zoning of the Monastery is Institutional, so housing requires a zone change . . . and a zone change requires three votes on the City Council.

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  29. Security cam video of someone taking/stealing Bencosme signs.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/0Kq1XqOHBcCP/

    Click here

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    1. That was in Arcadia. The signs shouldn't have been there anyway.

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    2. Agreed, 7:07. Anybody recognize exactly where that is? It's not Sierra Madre.

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    3. It is down somewhere on Foothill Boulevard. Some dude was getting their kicks on Route 66.

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    4. Should we report this to the Arcadia cops or the Sierra Madre cops? It's a corner lot with a distinctive curved driveway and no sidewalk and one of the streets the corner is on is fairly busy. Time to play "where is the crime scene"

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    5. I think we should report Andy to the FBI for not knowing where Sierra Madre is.

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    6. That is the northeast corner of Foothill and Arbolada Dr in Arcadia. That explains why Bencosme has shown the video only to his friends...he doesn't want to take more hits for being the Arcadia candidate. Apparently Arcadia doesn't want Bencosme either. Sad.

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    7. It is disgusting and dishonest that Bencosme is implying his signs were stolen by Sierra Madreans. They weren't. This happened in another town. Andy is a creep.

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  30. The victim supposedly lives in Sierra Madre but the signs were stolen in Arcadia...who has jurisdiction? Estoy confundido.

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  31. Arcadia cops too busy on OT sitting at county park looking for cars of non whites.

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  32. How did Benscome get the film?

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    1. Security camera footage. The house in Arcadia with the Andy signs must belong to a friend of his. Andy probably knows a lot more people there than he does in Sierra Madre. That is who he talks to. Arcadia people, developers and realtors.

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  33. "Andy" (real name is Jose) is disingenuous and has an Agenda.

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