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