Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Preservation Wins - Bottle Rocket Bencosme Fizzles


In the end it wasn't even close. Andy Bencosme, the Century 21 Realtor who didn't want anyone to know what he does for a living, and outside of cynically flipping on the Library question had absolutely no campaign policy commitments whatsoever, got even fewer votes than when I ran for City Council in Sierra Madre.

When you also figure that Andy probably spent somewhere around $25,000 or more of somebody else's money to achieve this meagre a result, it becomes obvious that his was about as poorly run a campaign as this town has seen in quite some time.

The people of Sierra Madre are prospering thanks to preservation. The price of real estate in this town continues to soar, and folks are getting rich because of it. Fending off mansionization and generic stack and pack development has made The Foothill Village something other towns can only envy.

In the face of that quite astonishing fact nobody in their right mind was ready to buy into the so-called "property rights" nonsense being peddled by the candidate from the Arcadia Association of Realtors.

Speaking of "property rights" advocates, the Tea Party's Measure D truly gave new meaning to the words complete failure. We here at The Tattler were saying that the Tea Boyz would be lucky if they got even a quarter of the vote. Well, they weren't lucky. This one was dealt the worst defeat of any ballot initiative in Sierra Madre history.


I guess Michael Alexander and the rest of the Green Street Gang are going to have to find another way to butter up the Koch Brothers. This was the final round of their multi-town ballot initiatives to take down utility taxes, and not a single one of them passed.

Tea Time is now officially over in the SGV. Exit stage right for an uncomfortable eternal resting place in the celebrated dustbin of history.

Arcadia 

Perhaps the combination of mail-in only voting and districting didn't have quite the positive effect some solons claimed it would. Well, OK, obviously it didn't because these are some extraordinarily low numbers. What were those people thinking? Yesterday voters in Arcadia were as rare as an Aloha Harbicht campaign appearance.

Check this out.


So it wasn't all bad news. Bob Harbicht lost and can now return to Hawaii and commune once again with his deep sea buddies the Manta Rays. And in District 5 it is close enough that the remaining votes still out there could possibly propel Joyce Platt to a win over the sorely in need of retirement Roger Chandler.

The deal in Arcadia is votes received at City Hall through Friday will still be counted. And since this was a mail-in only election, there could conceivably be a decent amount of ballots still in need of counting.

Will it be enough to give Platt a come from behind victory? You won't really know until the end of your busy work week. And neither will I.

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121 comments:

  1. As terrible as Arcadia redistricing was, at least it keeps Bulldozer out of running for another 4 years.

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    1. That is two thumpings in two years. He must be getting lumpy.

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    2. His head looks like a nest of eggs.

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  2. Is it just me, or do the precinct turnout numbers for Sierra Madre seem low?

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    1. It's not just you. I couldn't get me or my drunk ass friends out of bed in time to head to the poles.

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    2. So you literally drank and slept all day until 8pm? You and your friends may have a problem.

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  3. 45 fools in District 5 gave us 4 more years of misery. Now we can look forward to Tays antics to keep April and Amundsen from being re-elected in 2020.

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  4. That behind the scenes kind of vote organizing that we used to see during the Buchanan/Mosca days wasn't there for Bencosme. He should have done much better in the absentee ballot vote for example. That wasn't there yesterday. Does that mean those folks didn't like him that much, or have their days of influence waned?

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    1. I know for a fact that he snookered people with that library drivel; 834 people did vote for him.

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    2. Andy's Community Services Commission vote to move the Library cost the Friends of the Library a lot of unnecessary expenditures. Plus the $18K it's Hall spent on that unneeded survey card. The move should have been stopped then and there. But Andy pushed it through, only to say he was against it when it was politically expedient. Andy owes this community an apoplogy.

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    3. He paid about $24.00 a vote.

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    4. That is a lot, even for a Mensa member.

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    5. Andy is just another real estate agent who wants to loosen the rules so that Sierra Madre can have Arcadia-like development. The real estate commission always comes first.

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  5. Thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard to keep our incumbents in office! Especially Debbie Sheridan for her endless time to make phone calls, and walk to door to door to the people of Sierra Madre. Thank you for your energy and dedication to not give up on great leadership and fighting to keep overdevelopment out of this beautiful place to live.

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    1. Sheridan was tireless. Sierra Made owes her.

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    2. Agreed. Thanks Deb.

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    3. Debbie is the best. Great campaign manager.

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    4. Debbie is woman of the decade.
      Yes, SM and SMCC owes her A LOT!!

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    5. How about citizen of the year for Debbie Sheridan? I want to see her in the parade in July.

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  6. Somewhere this morning Nancy Walsh is not happy.

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    1. Is she happy on any morning?

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    2. Thank goodness that whole clique was defeated. Pretty nasty folks. Good riddance. If Andy decides to run again he must be defeated. I'd put John Hutt's brains against that Mensa member Benscome any day.

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  7. Now this is over the top picks can go back to doing what they do best, tell stores and make lots of empty promises! Please do not let anyone hold their breath for those campaign promises to come true! SAME AS THE OLD ones that are being replaced, the circle continues.

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  8. Yes, thank you preservationists.
    But, keep working to keep Sierra Madre charming and NOT like Arcadia.
    Next challenge to fill our empty shops.

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  9. Preserving Sierra Madre has now become mainstream in Sierra Madre. Who thought we'd ever see that day?

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    1. There is still more work to be done. Have you noticed a lot of tear downs going on around town? And an uptick in traffic. Maybe I'm hallucinating but I have noticed these things.

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    2. What the H*LL is all the building going on West Mariposa
      between Sunnyside and Michillinda???

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    3. Any address can be checked in the Planning Department. There is an ongoing list of current projects, the link to which is unfortunately no longer included in the city's newsletter, but still available here:
      http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_212309/File/January 2018 Project Planning List.pdf
      You'll see it is not really "current", but it gives some information.
      If you see anything that looks wrong to you, look at the Planning Department permits first, and if necessary, call for code enforcement.

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  10. In Arcadia City Council elections, incumbents appear to hold onto their seats
    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/04/10/in-arcadia-city-council-elections-incumbents-appear-to-hold-onto-their-seats/

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  11. Sierra Madre voters want to keep their utility tax
    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/04/10/sierra-madre-voters-want-to-keep-their-utility-tax-according-to-early-returns/

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  12. Wasn't Lawsuit Richie McDonald involved in redistricting Arcadia?

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  13. These results stink. There should be a recount!

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    1. Shouldn't Andy's votes count twice? After all, he loves Sierra Madre.

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    2. If he had bots to vote for him he woulda

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  14. Denise's victory is much bigger than the numbers show when you consider that Andy's out-of-town backers spent about 10 times more than she did.

    Congratulations to Rachelle, Denise, and Gene. Sierra Madre was the winner last night.

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    1. What was to cost of each vote for Andy?

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    2. Somewhere around $30. Won't know for certain until the final financial disclosures are released.

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  15. Thanks to the Tattler for once again being the only source of real political news in Sierra Madre.

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  16. It is really sad to see how few people vote.

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    1. I agree. How can people not care about their city?

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    2. Especially here in Sierra Madre, where there are so few people. An individual vote clearly makes a difference.

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    3. What is the population of Sierra Madre?

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    4. I heard they were handing out $20 bills to everyone who voted? That'll increase turnout next time if the word gets out.

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  17. My guess is most of those 400 yes for Measure D voters also voted for Andy. His property rights message was designed to appeal to them. Only problem for Andy there weren't as many as he'd thought there would be.

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  18. What is sad about people not caring about their city and not turning out to vote? Seldom does the council chamber fill the seats with concerned residents.
    The only proff that residents really care about the town, shows up in their willingness to pay the highest taxes in the SGV.

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  19. 7:40am. Lol. Your property rights message! You have a large property and therefore you pay a larger percentage of UUT, soon to be followed by a parcel tax.
    The laugh out loud moment comes when the council announces that even with all this cash to keep the city operating, the amount of money owed on the outstanding bonds will take it's toll.

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  20. We should be happy with the results but not forget that plans are already in motion in the over-development camp for 2020. Two council seats will be up for grabs, and it is going to be very important to continue an emphasis on sane growth.

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  21. Please stop the slander of our community services commission chair Andy Bencosme. The election is over and the continued gossip is actually preventing the positive work from getting done. Having to constantly defend these lies is getting tiresome.

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    1. What lies?
      Be specific.

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    2. What lies are you talking about? As far as I can tell everything said about Andy here was 100% true. Were there inaccuracies? I'd love to hear them. Please, share.

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    3. Looks like 8:10 is suffering from a bad case of the denials this morning. Hopefully they'll recover quickly.

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    4. Andy's positive working on the Community Services Commission. Right. Like flogging the library move forward. Give me a break.

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    5. The lies that were told during this campaign were:
      1) Preservation means no growth - that old slander, and
      2) Transparency is negative campaigning.

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    6. God forbid people should know where a candidate's money comes from.
      Speaking of which, did the Arcadia Association of Realtors ever cough up their in-kind donation for their candidates kick-off party?

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    7. When will we get the final numbers?

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    8. Your defense of Jose aka "Andy Besomemucho" is not relevant to his amateurish approach to municipal government. What a waste of everyone's time and money. The Arcadia Board of Realtors management that backed him should have done their homework or stay out of politics. Better Jose stick to managing his little real estate office.

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    9. You people suck.

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    10. 1:24, a little more linguistic precision would help your communication:
      which people? The ones who supported a liar for council, who lost, or the ones who supported 3 honest incumbents, who won?

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    11. And, try a thesaurus to come up with a more meaningful description.

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    12. Andy should never have run in the first place and put everyone through an arduous campaign. That should be held against him if he runs in the future. He was playing a game and he used us all like pawns as he did a trial run for next time.

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    13. It’s his wife. She doesn’t have to be specific.

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  22. 7:25am. More like Delmar "owes her".

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    1. Sierra Madre owes both Denise and Debbie for saving the city from the Arcadia Association of Realtor's candidate.

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    2. I backed Denise, but she did next to nothing to get re-elected. Others did it for her.

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    3. That is kinda wack, dude. Really. Think about what you are saying here. The woman practically rebuilt our city government. That kind of leadership inspires people.

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  23. No reason why Andy can't run for office in 2020, his name is now recognizable, if he had not thrown his hat into the ring, this election, the others would have won by default.

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    1. I am sure Andy will run again. Hopefully next time he will recognize the value of being honest.

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    2. Hopefully he will crawl under on of his house listings and stay there.

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    3. His campaign lied about that. They said he ran because he thought Delmar wasn't going to. Complete fabrication, as he filed after the other 3 had.

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    4. Not surprised.

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    5. Andy needs to be defeated next time if there is a next time. We need to mobilize early to defeat his prodevelopment agenda.

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  24. The number of UUT votes that were cast only points out that the "village" of Sierra Madre supports more progressive values such as the Jerry Brown Bullet Train to nowhere.

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    1. Taxes
      More please!

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    2. Bummer train was decided upon by popular vote. It will go from LA to SF.

      I didn’t vote for it but I assure you, having high-speed rail is not a ‘progressive value’. It’s a worldwide concept that’s been around for a century.


      You need to get out of the house more.

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    3. Bullet train? Probably cheaper to give free SW vouchers to travelers. Faster, too.

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  25. Are the "Official" votes in for both Sierra Madre and Arcadia yet? If so, where do you find them?

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    1. No. Arcadia it's are still coming in. Deadline if Friday. Sierra Madre still has provisionals and late mail ins to count.

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    2. Based on the number of provisional and vote by mail ballots left to be counted, Andy has no chance to overtake Denise even if they all voted for him. Measure D is a shoo in.

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    3. Shoo in for what?

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  26. 9:30am. Prediction: WHEREABOUTS IS POTTERSVILLE? no worries, you are here.
    You paid for your Disney Groupon for that magic Bullet Train to nowhere, here's how I got fleeced. I voted NO on the Sierra Madre UUT!

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  27. Mr. Bencosme ran a honest campaign, looking forward to voting for him in 2020, if he chooses to run again.

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    1. That is a delusion.
      He lied, more than once.

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    2. He ran an issueless campaign. It was basically one big lie of omission. Either that or he was honest but vacuous. Neither is very appealing.

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    3. An honest campaign means that you put in your mailers and on the ballot that you are a real estate agent. Making a decision to tell voters you are a "businessman" is not being honest with the voters. What else did he hide from us. An examination needs to be made of all his donors to see where he got all that money to run an inept campaign.

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  28. Too bad Jolly and Joyce didn't get together and one drop out for the good of the city. They split the vote against Chandler. Not unlike Jill Stein in some important states.

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    1. I think that is a very poor and unkind comparison

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  29. 10:32am. You are obviously one Choo Choo short of the right track of understanding that your No vote guarantees you wanting to pay out your earnings for all those employee retirement benefits .

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    1. “guarantees you wanting” sounds one choo choo short.

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  30. Chandler gets 43% and wins. This is what you get with no runoffs. It would be relatively easy to recall him the first time he gets out of line.

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    1. Still more votes coming in. Friday is the deadline. His lead is pretty slender right now.

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    2. Let’s start the recall now !

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  31. Take down your yard signs people

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    1. Normally the campaigns are organized to have someone go around and remove them. Not so?

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    2. Yes that is so. Put you can take them down and trash them yourself.

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    3. Oh right !!! You think Bulldozer gives a hoot about picking up his signs ? Seriously?

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    4. I drove around town, Denise's and Goss's are nowhere to be seen! Lawns look bare!

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  32. Just checking to see if that Andy defender at 8:10 posted any facts....still waiting.

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  33. ARCADIA CONTROVERSY: WUO-POOP-GATE

    Apparently the John Wuo clan is a constant violator of leaving their beloved dog's poops in their neighbors' yards for years. Complaints from neighbors have been filed with the City. Stay tuned.

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  34. Extrapolating out from the prelimary vote totals, it seems that 80% of this city doesn't care to vote once every 4 years for local elections. Sad. The count is about 17% of the population so far. Sad.

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  35. Does anybody know exactly how many votes were counted/considered valid by the City Hall from John Wuo's household?

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    1. Just wait til 2020 and Shogun figures out more scams.

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    2. At least 10. City don’t care.

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  36. you're counting children

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  37. Did Andy actually let people know he was affiliated with Mensa? Funny, my 18 year old son John is a Mensa member, actually he is over qualified with IQ above 141+ and has been apart of Mensa since 7th grade. He never wants others to know about his affiliation and certainly would never use it to better his situation. Mensa membership is not to be used as promotional bragging rights. Most members never reveal membership to others and definitely never use membership to impress anyone. Did Jose Andy use Mensa as a way to try to further his political aspirations? if he did it's laughable. As stated previously John Hutt " a truly wise & intelligent mature man" would run circles around Andy B. intellectually. IQ does not equal Wisdom, and wisdom reigns supreme above tested IQ levels. Many homeless and the mentally ill actually have Mensa level IQs and that is a fact. By Andy hiding his actual motivations and profession as a REALTOR from the public in a in Sierra Madre political campaign, "political suicide" in my humble opinion. Could he be effected by MI?. his IQ must have gotten the best of him. Just another common high IQ individual, that has almost street smarts or real wisdom. Honesty and wisdom go hand in hand, don't you think?

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    1. Now that it is all over, I just read his first brochure, with all the typos.

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  38. 5:36pm. Talk the hand!
    Mensa score 168, but then I also love to solve puzzles, you are an enigma.

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    1. Funny that the carpetbagger felt he had to wear an "I Am Smart" button. Certainly his actions didn't leave many with that impression.

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    2. ‘Talk the hand’ sounds real smart

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  39. Please get your son to run for City Council.......in Arcadia, they need serious help.

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  40. Actually many applications to top universities go to the bottom of the pile when applicants say that they are mensa members to try to prop up their college applications. high IQ Mensa not equal smart. Great potential yes but smart with wisdom no. Apparently and he wasn't even smart enough to know you don't tell people you're smarter than the average bear and expect them to put you in political office, truly the sign of a fool. We are lucky that our current city Council is intact and that Sierra Madre is packed with very smart people who went out and voted to protect their historic and beautiful village environment. probably very few of these very smart and intelligent Sierra Madre citizens who voted to keep the current city Council intact were ever or are currently members of mensa international. Are used to think that Andy was a bright and personable young man but after I saw he was hiding any information about his profession in order to achieve political office I'm sorry to say that my opinion of him what's wrong

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  41. People seem to want to have their hard earned money stolen from the city government to then just waste it as soon as possible... we want lower taxes! Not higher! Its why People are Leaving this State and City.

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