SIERRA MADRE MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY - Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:00 am Hart Park House Senior Center in Memorial Park

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SIERRA MADRE MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY - Saturday, March 24, 2018 10:00 am 
Hart Park House Senior Center in Memorial Park 

VOLUME 12 NO. 12 
COVERAGE On April 10, 2018, voters in Sierra Madre will go to the polls and 
select three people from a field of four to sit on the City Council. 
They will also vote on Measures D which attempts to abolish 
the city’s current Utility User Tax and Measure A an Advisory 
The Mountain Views News is committed to providing our readers with comprehensive coverage of 
this election. Each week, as we have done in the past, we will profile the candidates and give each of the 
candidates the opportunity to introduce themselves to our readers by answering the following questions: 
1. Why are you running for City Council? 2. What are you going to do for Sierra Madre? 3. How do you 
plan on accomplishing your goals? 
This paper will also review the pros and cons of Measure D and Measure A.
The schedule will be as follows: 
March 3rd Candidate Andy Bencosme 
March 10th Candidate Gene Goss 
March 17th Candidate Denise Delmar 
March 24th Candidate Rachelle Arizmendi 
March 31st Measure D &Advisory Measure A 
Our reporting on this election will be as fair and objective as possible. It is our goal to do whatever we 
can to help you make an informed decision on April 10, 2018. 
As in the past, this paper endorses those candidates that it feels will best serve the citizens 
and businesses in Sierra Madre. This year, there are 4 candidates for 3 seats, all of whom 
have displayed a sincere interest in protecting Sierra Madre. The 3 incumbent candidates, 
Rachelle Arizmendi, Gene Goss and Denise Delmar, have all done a remarkable job during 
their term in office. However, Andy Bencosme, as a Community Services Commissioner has 
also proven his commitment to the betterment of the city. It is a hard decision to make, but inthe final analysis, this paper recommends that when you vote, vote for Rachelle Arizmendi, 
Gene Goss, and Denise Delmar. As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and based 
on this current council's performance, we have a good team that gets the job done. 
MEASURE D! Susan Henderson, Publisher and Editor 

Twelve years ago, my husband Fili and I were looking for a house –
not just a place to settle down, but a home to grow old in. We cameacross the quaint village of Sierra Madre where people still wave totheir neighbors, no traffic signals exist and you can safely walk yourdog at late at night.

I am currently the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of 

non-profit community development organization that serves40,000 people every year, employs over 300 people, and operates ona $24M budget. My knowledge and experience in this work, as wellas the last four years on City Council positions me best to continueenforcing fiscal discipline and to address our upcoming issues.

As your current Mayor, it has been my honor to serve you.

I have worked with my City Council colleagues to:
· Balance the city budget and reduce total annual expenses by $1M
· Restore full Police Department staffing
· Establish a professional Fire Department
· Hire a new City Manager
· Reduce water loss by investing in water infrastructure

As a long-time Sierra Madre homeowner, I am dedicated to maintaining home values and enhancingthe quality of life in our neighborhoods. That means limiting and controlling development to preserve theunique charm and character that makes Sierra Madre a special place.

Important issues remain. Once Measure D is rejected, we need to maintain fiscal discipline, protect ourwater system, complete the infrastructure improvement plan, work with the PUSD to maintain the qualityof our neighborhood schools, and continue promoting a safe community.

I am committed to maintaining a beautiful, safe place where individuals, seniors and families can flourish.
For more information, please visit me at arizmendiforcitycouncil.comI respectfully ask for your vote on April 10.


The weather was perfect. Cool and Dry. The several thousand additional visitors that came 
world famous Vine, while not yet in full bloom, to partake of Sierra Madre's unique downtown, 
attracted over 4,000 visitors on Sunday, The lines over 100 crafters, artists and food vendors, and 
were long but well worth the wait. Pictured above the Auto Show. A snapshot of the activities can 
are harpist and former Sierra Madre resident Ron be found on page B10.
Longo as visitors wander through the yards of The annual event is presented by the Sierra Madre 
Bob and Nell Solt. The adjacent property, owned Chamber of Commerce as one of many activities 
by Tony and Claire Held was the point of entry that supports local businesses and helps with the 
for vine viewers.branding of Sierra Madre as a 'destination'.

 Meanwhile, back in Sierra Madre, there were Photo by Dave Felt 


 The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club is sponsoring this event on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 
12 noon at The Lodge, 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Proponents of Measure D as 
well as Opponents will speak to the audience and attempt to answer any questions you may 
have. The event is free, however, if you would like to have lunch the cost is $10. Please call 
626-355-2737 to reserve your seat! 



Joanne Harabedian, Principal of St. Rita
Elementary School, was recently awarded
the Women of Distinction Award, 
presented by 41st Assembly District 
Representative Chris Holden. 

Mrs. Haraabedian was recognized "...for
the important work that you do as the
Principal of St. Rita Elementary School.
Holden noted that through her leadership,
the school serves a diverse group of families
and students. . 

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