Below are the currently available three pages of Andy's City Council campaign 460 Forms. These roughly cover the months of January and February, and list all of those who donated money to him in the sum of $100 or more. Like all of the candidate's 460 Forms they are available at City Hall and can be obtained there if you show up and ask the always helpful Laura Aguilar to get them for you.
The FPPC requires that the filings of candidate campaign finance disclosures be immediately available to the public upon request. All you need to do is ask nicely.
Outside of Andy himself, the one person here who actually gave a Sierra Madre address is Kristine Mathison. Yet if you check that address you'll find it is the location of the Century 21 offices where Andy Bencosme works, and that she actually lives in Arcadia. Like all of the Bencosme campaign donors listed here besides Andy himself, Kristine will not be able to vote in this election.
A cursory Internet search will help to confirm that Andy's donors are almost all in the real estate business. As an example, Andy Storch, who lists himself on the form as being a "certified life and business coach," can be found on Linked In (link) and is identified there as employed by Christie's International Dilbeck Estates in Pasadena.
This all sheds a little more light on why Andy held his campaign kickoff event at the Arcadia Association of Realtors offices rather than somewhere here in Sierra Madre. His supporters were much more likely to actually know where that was.
Mod: Switching gears, here is an interesting Pasadena Now article.
In Sierra Madre, City Demands Political Group Stop Using City Logo to "Mislead Voters" (Pasadena Now link): The City of Sierra Madre has put TeaPac and the two proponents of Measure D on notice that they must immediately cease and desist the unauthorized use of the City’s logo in their Stop the UUT campaign literature, or face legal consequences, including a potential lawsuit. After receiving telephone calls and emails from confused or angry residents demanding to know why the City’s well-known and loved wistaria logo was being used in Measure D campaign materials, the City was forced to take immediate action to stop the deception.
Use of the City’s logo without express written consent is a violation of the Sierra Madre Municipal Code and may be enjoined as a public nuisance or enforced as a misdemeanor. Use of a city logo or seal in campaign materials in a manner that misleads or gives a false impression that the campaign materials are authorized by a public official is also a violation of state law.
Unlike private committees and initiative proponents, Sierra Madre is held to a higher standard by the Fair Political Practices Commission to communicate only truthful and accurate information to the community on the impacts of proposed initiatives, and cannot produce campaign literature. The use of the City logo to communicate false information in campaign literature is deceptive and misleading.
The March 8th TeaPac email, which used the City’s logo, contained several false statements about the City’s fiscal condition. The Utility User Tax (UUT), which is a 10% local tax on utilities, produces $2.6 million in revenue annually, making up 24% of the General Fund, and pays for Police, Fire, Library and Community Services.
The rest of the article is available at the link I provided above.
Obviously Measure D is dead on arrival. By my estimate it will be lucky to garner more than 20% of the vote. Obviously nobody is going to be able to preserve much of anything in town if you murder City Hall by stripping it of a quarter of its funding. This really would be an act of community suicide.
So while I can understand why the city can't kill this measure enough, I'm not sure I buy into the notion that the Measure D campaign is based on nothing but lies. Can anyone tell us what percentage of Sierra Madre's budget is consumed by its bond debt and outsized CalPERS obligations? I know we've covered that here before.
An eternal 10% UUT didn't just happen all by itself, you know. And is certainly no guarantee that taxes won't have to be raised here again. Or so you'll be told.