Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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.
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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