Monday, March 5, 2018

Now That Andy Bencosme Has Found Where Sierra Madre Is, He'll Need Some Advice On His Lawn Sign Placement

As you are aware if you read this blog with any regularity, the non-incumbent candidate for Sierra Madre City Council, Andy Bencosme, held his campaign kickoff event in Arcadia.

And not just in Arcadia, but at the offices of the Arcadia Association of Realtors. An organization that spent a lot of time and considerable money a few years back trying to raze funky and fabulous downtown Sierra Madre and replace it with some truly awful generic stacked and packed development. Just in case you've ever wondered why Sierra Madre has Measure V, it is to keep people like that from believing they can run this town.

Obviously this was an unfortunate choice because it left a distinct impression that the constituents whose support Andy is interested in the most are not actual residents of Sierra Madre, but instead out of town developers and real estate people. Most of whom only show up here when they think there is some big money in it. Which is not often.

Soon after that kickoff event lawn signs for Andy Bencosme began appearing in Arcadia as well. Something I still can't quite figure out. If anyone has any theories please do let me know. I'd hate to think this is because Andy isn't sure where Arcadia ends and Sierra Madre begins, but who can really tell? Andy is new to this area, and the exact geography of a still unfamiliar locale might not be all that memorable for him yet. It does take some time.

That was then. Judging by his migrating lawn signs it now appears that he has zeroed in on Sierra Madre a bit more. Obviously Andy hopes to place his markers in spots where everyone can see them, if only to make people believe he does have support here. But like it was with folks in Arcadia who cannot vote for him, neither can a parking lot.

The pictures I have posted above are of the city owned parking area on Mariposa. You can see that Andy has planted some of his signage along the strip of land that borders it. This is a spot that will likely garner him few votes because nobody actually lives there.

At least not permanently.

But there is a bigger problem. According to what follows below, which is found on the City of Sierra Madre website, planting your lawn signs on city owned property is legally frowned upon. Andy might not know because he hasn't been here that long.

The city's website could be another place where he hasn't spent much time yet, either. In order to help him out I'm posting some information here, with a link for convenience.


The item that will be the most helpful here is #4, which clearly states that you cannot place your campaign lawn signs on city property. My understanding is such placement is OK in Arcadia and Monrovia, Andy's previous two locales. But definitely not here in Sierra Madre.

Don't get me wrong. It is fine to have your signs in the yards of folks that support you. You can even sneak a few on to the lots of empty houses, especially if it is a property controlled by a Realtor pal. But alongside the road, on city land attached to a city owned parking lot? No, you cannot do it.

Here that would be considered to be not much better than littering.

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51 comments:

  1. Bencosme was president of the Arcadia Association of Realtors twice. Just in case you want to know how all in he is with those people.

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    1. Better check on the property ownership, since that portion is not part of the City Parking Lot

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    2. No, it is the city owned property that borders the parking lot.

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    3. 6:37, you mean the strip of lawn bordering the city owned lot is not the city's? It's where a sidewalk would be if there were one, so who owns the sidewalks?

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    4. Acme Holdings. Ask Wile E. Coyote.

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  2. No Oscars coverage?

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    1. The LA Times beat everyone to it.

      'The Shape of Water' wins best picture at the 90th Academy Awards on a night that balanced celebration and politics
      http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-oscars-2018-90th-academy-awards-the-shape-of-water-wins-best-picture-1520236543-htmlstory.html

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    2. The Shape of Water is a documentary about the life of Bruce Inman.

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    3. Who cares about the Oscars? Have they happened yet?

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  3. Why doesn't the city have maps denoting the 'only' locations campaign signs or poster be located? Maybe the bond money could be leveraged on the amount or size of each candidates campaign advertisements?

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    1. Bond money to help pay for campaign lawn signs? Is that what you're saying?

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    2. That pesky Constitution come in to play.

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    3. Political signs, like newspapers, are at the very core of what the First Amendment exists to protect.

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    4. Political signs, like newspapers, are at the very core of what the First Amendment exists to protect.

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    5. God bless America and preserve Sierra Madre.

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    6. Remember that on April 10, vote for the incumbents and not the Arcadia realtor bought Andy, preserve Sierra Madre.

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  4. Lets commission a study about it first.

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    1. Are there any reputable lawn sign consultants? Hopefully one that won'r cost us any more than $50,000?

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    2. Signs are a waste of money, resources, and they are predicated on the idea that people are so stupid they will be swayed by how many of them they see.

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    3. “people are so stupid they will be swayed by how many of them they see”

      Sadly, it’s true with far too many voters.

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  5. More proof that Andy doesn't know very much about the town where he is running for office.

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    1. Even if it were not against the campaign rules, it would still be bad form, and all the other candidates know it.
      In true realtor fashion, Bencosme doesn't care if he can grab another vote with it.

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  6. Lots of traffic into that parking lot, I bet some bottle shop patrons noticed.

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    1. Will there be a voting station at The Buccaneer this year? 2016's "votes for beers" campaign was a big hit there.

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  7. Welcome to Andy Land.

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  8. Anyone actually talk to Andy? Is he having any events in town? Beyond his slick marketing gloss, what does this guy stand for?

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    1. He loves Sierra Madre. And at his campaign kickoff in Arcadia he told everyone there just that.

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    2. Yes, he announced a meet and greet that will actually take place in Sierra Madre, March 8.

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  9. He still has a sign up on Foothill in Arcadia. Also, he spent little time on his article in the Mountain View. Took it straight from his brochure. He still doesn’t say what business he started . Does anyone know where he lives in Sierra Madre? Does he actually live here?

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    1. I think he rents here, owns a couple of homes in Monrovia.

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    2. Sounds like a classic carpetbagger campaign.

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    3. I hope he corrected those spelling and punctuation errors that were in his brochure. Susan doesn't proof read, you know. Arcadia also doesn't allow signs on the median according to their code enforcement.

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  10. Great belly laugh this morning with the insightful postings of just how city counsel approaches agonized items.

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    1. It has always been that way. The city is scared to death of lawsuits and consultants are a way to avoid them.

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  11. Any bets on Bart Doyle and Rob Stockly paying someone to parade through town wearing a candidates sign on their backs? How very "Wimpy" of them.

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    1. Got any pictures?

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    2. Andy is the Buchanan/Stockly guy for sure. Those were some very bad days that I hope don't come back again.

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    3. Make sure all of you care enough to vote for the 3 incumbents.

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  12. Anyone recall the time line for the land that is leased for the Sierra Madre Post Office?
    With Realitors chumming the political waters in town, there has to be a catch.
    Are the Howies property and the city leased parking lot on anyone's radar?
    When out of town big money comes into play; something smells like rotting fish.

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    1. More like a rotting elephant in the room.

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  13. More like mucking out donkey stalls in your bare feet.

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  14. while standing on your hands

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  15. If the guys a renter in town, but owns real estate else where, he's jockeying for more than a City Council seat.
    Sierra Madre is a quick and easy stepping stone for jumping into the political fray.
    You just have to be a seat warmer and put your time served on your resume.
    Sounds an awful lot like some State Represenatives that live out of their district's.

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    1. He was sent here to try and break the slow growth majority on the city council. As the guy who runs the Century 21 franchise in town Andy would be in a position to make a lot of money. Both for himself and the big money boys whose interests he is working for. This one stinks to high heavens.

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    2. Just like when we worked so hard to pass Measure V. The Arcadia Board of Realtors and the building industry spent $120,000 sending out daily post cards snd spread lies. Our side spent $20,000, walked, walked, walked, and won, barely. That's why we still have eonderful Taylor's and the Kensington, instead of 200 condos in the middle of town, and a stoplight.

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  16. How about Roger Chandler's signs at Arcadia? City staffs are not doing anything even several people reported them. This can cause any candidate filing complaint about city holding an unfair election later on. The way Roger puts his sign every spot, just like dog marking its territory. Msssey!

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  17. Even IF Andy should, by some fluke of nature, win election all would not necessarily be lost. Since he is in the real estate business, he would likely have to recuse himself from any council vote having to do with development or other property related issues.

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    1. Unfortunately that's not how conflict laws work. Unless he owns property within 500 feet or received compensation as part of the development, he can vote.

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