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You can see this clip on Andy Bencosme's campaign for Sierra Madre City Council Facebook page if you are registered there as a "friend." Otherwise you're blocked from viewing it. So much for transparency. But thanks to an attentive and thoughtful reader of your friendly neighborhood Tattler, you will now be able to check out this lurid example of unconscionable crime right here. Be still our troubled hearts.
What you are looking at is a home security video of an individual swiping a couple of Andy Bencosme for City Council yard signs from somebody's front yard. This is, of course, behavior that is frowned upon as an election tactic, and should you get caught doing such an awful thing you could find yourself in considerable hot water with local law enforcement. Plus it makes you look like an idiot.
There is another problem here, however. It appears that this video was taken in Arcadia. The place you are looking at is located at the rather busy intersection of Arbolada Drive and Foothill Boulevard, a little bit to the south of the city where we believe that Andy thinks he is running for City Council.
Here is yet one more troubling instance that is helping to create the unfortunate impression that Mr. Bencosme is confused about where he is running for City Council.
Here is our list so far:
1) Andy held his campaign kickoff event at the headquarters of the Arcadia Association of Realtors in Arcadia.
2) His yard signs have been spotted at various Arcadia locations.
3) His campaign mailings are postmarked in Arcadia, and apparently use a stamp number registered to the Arcadia Association of Realtors. Which hopefully has been reported as an in kind campaign contribution by Andy.
What we could be looking at here is a City Council campaign with identity issues.
This raises another question. Is it illegal to swipe campaign yard signs if they are planted in the wrong city? I mean, what law enforcement agency would you call in a situation like this? The Sierra Madre Police Department, or their equally fine equivalents over in Arcadia? Would you be breaking any laws then? How would you explain your concern to the police dispatcher?
There is also the unhappy implication being made on the Andy for City Council Facebook page that this theft was an act committed by somebody from the campaign of a rival candidate in Sierra Madre. Like maybe this was done by a rabid Gene Goss fan or something. It is an unfair accusation.
In reality this might have just been some overly fastidious individual in Arcadia upset about the presence of lawn signs that shouldn't have been in his city in the first place.
More on this controversy should additional information arrive.