So far we’ve looked at demographic variables and the time spent on city related activities. Today we look at the applicants’ responses to the question of what they hope to accomplish. Note – when (100%) appears at the end of the statement, this means the quote represents the entire answer to the question. 8 of the 12 statements fit this format. For the other 4 answers the statements were too long to repeat in full here, so they have been shortened, but all the statements remain as written on the questionnaire.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time as a Lake Forest City Council Member?
“Keep Lake Forest a Community that is “of the people. for the people, and by the people of Lake Forest”
“Listen to the wants, needs and desires of ALL members of the community, forming a community based on what is best for all, not a select few” (100%)
“l would like to save the City the $150,000 it would cost to have a special election by filing the vacancy. Beyond that, the sports complex and several new housing communities are scheduled to be completed in the near future. Lake Forest will undoubtedly feel the effects of this substantial growth. I would like to make sure those residents, the established and the newcomers, feel proud to say they are Lake Forest residents” (100%)
"1) To be respected for my service as a City Council member
2) Maintain a fiscally sound operation”
3) Make decisions based on what is best for the City & its residents.”
Note: I do not have a specific agenda or specific issue that I am champion” (100%)
“First off I personally would like to familiarize myself with the city’s objectives, goals, major on-0going projects and infrastructure improvements that are pending. I would also like to actively participate in collaborating with the other council members and the city’s business partnerships” (100%)
“I would like to explore the creation of a commission to protect the rights of homeowners that belong to homeowner associations…”
“Serve my community in a manner consistent with the values established by a good family upbringing, attainment of eagle scout rank & the leadership training gained during my MBA education.” (100%)
· “Establish committees to work with Council and Commissions and problem solve some of the challenges facing the City. Specifically, (1) Traffic/Planning (2) Spending More in Our City, (3) Dog Park, (4) Military Support”
· Revitalize the Lake Forest Council – a monthly meeting of members of HOA Boards of all major HOAs in City. By June 30
· Working with The OC Register or The Lake Forest Patch, establish a “town square” where registered voters may express their opinions on matters before the Council or Commissions. By Feb 28
· Encourage Council members to attend meetings of HOAs and to conduct mini-town meetings and talk to people about their local issues. By June 30
· Get Lake Forest Community Foundation started. By March 30
· Introduce an ordinance which prohibits companies doing business with the City from contributing to campaigns. By Jan 31
· Arrange for two televised candidate debates, one of which will be broadcast on/around September 1 and the other on/around October 1. Synchronize with live candidate debates at HOAs in FH/PH and Lake1/2. By June 30
· Improve the quality of Council and Commission reports generated by staff. By Oct 30.
“As our city motto says, I intend to “remember the past and challenge the future. While our city both ages and grows in the coming months, I would like to see it remain family friendly, aesthetically pleasing, pro-business and still on of the safest cities in America.” (100%)
“…concentrating on the basics like providing safety at home, work and in our neighborhoods’ preserving good streets’ and delivering and coordinating excellent city services like parks, recreation, and utilities. I also feel strongly that the City of Lake Forest should uphold and support the Constitution of the United States and California in areas like respecting both individual freedoms and freedoms for business to operate in our free enterprise system…”
“Reduce traffic congestion and improve volunteer participation” (100%)
“I would hope my historic knowledge of the city and of the policies and procedures that the city has developed over the years to assist the existing council members and act as a bridge to whomever is chosen to the council in the 2014 election.” (100%)
· “First, I would hope to use my time to meet as many Lake Forest residents and attend as many Lake Forest events as possible…”
· “Second I would hope to focus much of my time on helping fundraise for underfunded school programs….”
Tomorrow we'll look at what they've actually done to help make Lake Forest a better place to live.