Talked to two older men that had already voted for Andy. They voted for him because HE WANTED TO KEEP THE LIBRARY WHERE IT IS. If he wins, it might be because of that single issue. Also heard from a number of people that they were in favor of Measure D.
Can you believe that there are people living in Sierra Madre who are quite that clueless? Well, OK, maybe that isn't so hard a thing to believe. But even in the grand scheme of all things possible in life that kind of uniformed vote is world class obtuse.
As people qualified to describe themselves as sentient can tell you, one of the City Hall people most responsible for the entire "Move the Library" process going forward in the first place was Andy Bencosme.
As Chair of the Community Services Commission, Bencosme dragooned the members of that august body of key decision makers into voting unanimously to push that misguided Library idea onto the public.
Without Bencosme's support the City Council would never have approved spending $18,000 for that Library Survey Postcard now the object of such derision in town. The sheer cynicism and dishonesty it took for Andy to send out a postcard now proclaiming that he is against moving the Library is mind-bending.
But look, it convinced the two fools our correspondent discussed above. If either if them are reading this, you really do need to look ashamed. No fish was ever so completely hooked. The capacity of some people to vote against their own interests is endless.
Bencosme is playing both sides of the street
Here is another Bencosme postcard rating a "10" on the cynicism and dishonesty scale.
Now there are some who might actually believe that those who are supporting Measure D would think that Andy is a pretty awful guy for taking a stand against getting rid of Sierra Madre's utility taxes entirely, right? And if you do, well, Arcadia Andy has fooled you once again.
Amongst the Tea Party element in town Andy is actually their favorite in this election. Not because of his opposition to Measure D, of course. Something even they realize won't win. No, they like Slick Andy because of his so-called "Property Rights" stand.
You see, the same people who are opposed to there being any utility taxes in town are also not all that crazy about building and development standards, either. In their fevered minds mansionization and other such acts of crapping all over your neighbors is some form of sacred human right.
They neither want to fund or preserve Sierra Madre. And of the four candidates running, Andy is actually their favorite, and will get much of the pro-Measure D vote.
Our boy Andy is playing to both sides. He stands for nothing but getting elected.
Arcadia: Just to show you that Sierra Madre does not have a monopoly on political mailers aimed at the sucker vote, here is another postcard that goes to the very top levels of the overly credulous scale.
Sho Tay, who is not famed in Arcadia for being the sharpest tack in the nail keg, has been on the City Council all during the recent crime wave there. As has Roger Chandler. And Bulldozer Bob Harbicht had, up until fairly recently, been on the City Council for decades. Yet now all you need to do is return these three losers to office as one and all that crime stuff is suddenly going to stop?
If you believe that elected politicians are accountable for what happens on their watch, then these windbags are the guys actually responsible for the crime wave in Arcadia. Putting them back on the City Council to fight crime is like appointing Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels and Jim Beam to the President's Council on Fighting Alcoholism.
Sho Tay, or at least his handlers, must think you are as clueless as he is. Actually, judging by this latest postcard, they actually do.