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City Council Candidate Statement: Adam Nick

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City Council Candidate: Adam Nick

I believe the next generation of leaders in Lake Forest must have the necessary experience, courage, and vision to create policies that  protect and uphold our values, quality of life, and strengthen the community. 

As a Councilman, I will work to  bring greater independence, increased accountability, and eliminate wasteful spending at City Hall. 

I will implement new safeguards  that assure transparency in our government, develop pro-growth policies that support our local businesses, and eliminate influences from special interest groups. 

I will take preventive measures against crime such as provide public safety officials the resources needed to protect our community, partnerships with our local school systems, and youth education. 

I will also take measures to improve our roads and traffic. 

An accountant by trade, I will be a stalwart budget hawk for the taxpayers of Lake Forest and will work to establish a leaner, more responsible City government. 

My campaign for public office is coupled with my aspiration to serve my community, and a desire to give back to the country, which has given so much to me. 

Together we can make Lake Forest a vibrant and prosperous community where its citizens are truly proud to live, work, and raise their families. 

Visit www.nickforcouncil2012.com

Yesterday: 

Adam Nick September 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM
(Continued from the previous post) The truth of the matter is that the City Hall functioned as an advocate of my competitor, for reasons not unknown to me at this point in time. This is while all the particular City officials had to, especially given all the objections on the record against granting my competitors, a national chain with horrible track record of violations could have just let ninety (90) days post the City’s receipt of Notice from the State Agency, and the State Agency would have taken up the matter, Inc. Rather, the City’s Development Director issued its ill-conceived request to the State Agency in favor of my competitor in late afternoon of the 90th day, October 4, 2010, under a cloud of specious activities. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM
(Continued from the previous post) It was in this pursuit of my lawsuit that I discovered what I had experienced personally was NOT an exception at Lake Forest City Hall but the norm. The more I looked into how decisions are made at the City Hall, the more I discovered influences of especial interest, cronyism, illegal secrecy, incompetence, and wasteful spending. There's no doubt the residents and taxpayers of Lake Forest deserve better. And to that end it is that I am willing to take away from my own life and from my own businesses to serve the very community that has been home to me for 30 years, the better part of my life. I know we deserve better, we can do better, and I helpful that given my involvement no one will ever be put through what I have been put through. On the onset of yet the biggest and bloodies revolution that the Middle East has seen in yours and my lifetime, my father said to me what word-for-word is translated to, “When morals disappear and good people do nothing, evil grows”. I am only trying to do what is right; and as God is my witness, there is no hidden agenda on my part nor am I doing anything because I am “disgruntled”. I can elaborate more to you, ma’am, or to anyone who likes to know more and examine my documents in person. Again, thank you for your inquiry. Adam Nick 949-812-0920 adamnick1776@gmail.com
Adam Nick September 24, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Lionel: Thank you for taking your time to comment, and I do apologize for the awfully late reply. I often endeavor to put things in a broader context. As such, this particular post has to do only and only with the part of your post that talks about Community Service. I shall address the rest of your points at a later time. The reason that you do NOT see anything on my website as to any community service is that I purposely did not consent to that information being offered. First, I HAVE contributed to my community in any way that I have been able to, both in financial terms and non-financial ones. Second, I contend that community activism is among the many things in life that should not be capitalized on by the benefactor himself or herself. Differently said, for activism to be truly right and holy one must not benefit from it. Simply said, when one is doing God’s work, one should not seek any reward, even if it is as simple as a recognition by the very community one serves. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 24, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Now, doesn’t advertising one’s community activism imply solicitation for community recognition? I mean it is one thing if somebody else says something and praises you for your doings but you trying to score because of your own charitable work doesn’t say much about you, or does it, indeed? At least, that’s how I grew up as a kid (“Always do the right thing and never expect or even accept anything in return” is almost a word-for-word translation from a different language – I don’t think anything is lost in the translation). My reward shall be when I depart this material life and join my creator for an eternal one. Until then, with each and every passing moment, I have one and only one goal: To help better the lives of my fellow human-beings and my own and do my part selflessly and unconditionally to leave this world better that I found it. For any specifics as to my community involvement, please contact me directly if you further care. I will NOT, however, share anything with you myself to that effect. I will do better than that. I will put you in touch with my longtime neighbors, customers, clients, peer board members of varies organizations, and they will be happy to tell you who I am and what I have done not only with my own life and with the lives on those around me but also with the lives of those whom I have NOT ever known personally and will probably never get to even meet – at least not on earth. Best wishes, Adam Nick 949-812-0920
Adam Nick September 24, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Jim: EXCELLENT questions, and I apologize very much for the much late reply. I can’t help it be thrilled when I am asked substantive questions. I will be in touch in the days to come with my replies. Thank you for being on issues. Regards, Adam Nick 949-812-0920
Nicole September 25, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Mr Nick Interesting information about your interactions with the city. Just curious were you born here? Are you from the Jewish homeland?
Nicole September 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Robert: My father is from Jerusalem. He emigrated to this country and ran his own business. I admire this quality in people I was just curious because of my ancestry. You sound like a racist bonehead to me. Do you hate white people from Arkansas? You need anger management.
Nicole September 26, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I read some articles from the OC register today that were concerning. Mr Nick it appears you tried to prevent 7-Eleven from obtaining an alcohol permit tohelp your own business. From what I read you sell alcohol and did not want them to sell alcohol. Now you are suing the City. You even said this in your sixth post. Please explain to me how someone who sues the City is good for our community. Now the City is wasting money fighting a lawsuit? It sounds to me like you DO have a personal vindictive agenda here. I am very concerned now about your running for the coucil. PLEASE address these concerns of mine.
Adam Nick September 26, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Nicole, Thanks for caring to write. I would characterize my interactions with the City Council and City Hall as a frustrating and disheartening experience, rather than interesting. And, no, ma’am, I was not born in the U.S. As reflected on my website, I am 47 years old and came to the U.S. when I was 16. And, no, I was not born in the holy land, but I have been there. And, I can tell you that in 47 years, having had a turbulent life at times, my knees have shaken only in four occasions. One such an occasion was when I was there. One cannot help feel at that moment that this is it in that perhaps one shall not get any closer to God at any point, at least not in this world. Best wishes, Adam Nick 949-812-0920
Adam Nick September 26, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Robert: I have no reason to doubt that your heart is not in right place but first I must disassociate myself with the language and tone that you have used in your statements to Nicole. Second, I respectfully ask that you remain mindful of civility at all times. One definition of character is grace under pressure. So, when I get upset, I sit back, put things in a broader context, and often I find that most everyone means well although it may not look as such at the first glance. Accordingly, we must always remain in control, respect one another, and always keep in mind that what makes us strong is nothing but our commonality and sense of morals. Best wishes, Adam Nick 949-812-0920
Adam Nick September 26, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Nicole, First, are you referring to the OC Register article filled with slanted information and untrue statements that ran in Dec 2010? Second, please review what I wrote Mrs. Helen Wilson this past Sunday afternoon posted right above. It should clear up many questions you may have. If you still do have any question, I will gladly address it for you. In reading what I wrote Mrs. Wilson, keep in mind that the benchmark for any civilized society is to have laws. For any government, especially here in the United States of America, the benchmark is to apply those laws EQUALLY. Over a nine-month period, I both appeared before the City Officials and wrote them on why allowing or helping 7-Eleven, Inc., to acquire an alcohol license would be in contravention with Public Policy, given its checkered and troubling ABC licensure records, and why allowing or helping it to acquire such a license with the payment of a mere $100 would be prejudicial against me and my business. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 26, 2012 at 06:58 AM
(Continued from the previous post) Among the several arguments in support of my standing, perhaps the one that cannot be twisted, misinterpreted, or taken out of context is that the very same laws that are in effect today affecting 7-Eleven Inc.’s alcohol application were in effect when I became an ABC (Department of Alcoholic Beverages Control) licensee in 2002. I respected those laws and did not try to circumvent them by contributing to the political campaigns of elected officials or hiring attorneys to push my alcohol license application through at various levels at the City Hall in order for the City Hall or City Council to help secure me an ABC license. On the Contrary, as a decent man and responsible businessperson, I paid and paid much handsomely and purchased an existing ABC alcohol license. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 26, 2012 at 06:59 AM
(Continued from the previous post) With assistance from the Lake Forest City Hall, 7-Eleven, Inc., acquired the same license with a mere $100 ABC’s application fee. Putting aside that such a license, given the statutorily-defined Undue Concentration it creates and that it would be given to a company with a grossly disproportionate share of alcohol violations, almost all for sale to the underage, this is just NOT on the level and accordingly un-American, unfair, and prejudicial to me. As I have written to the Council before, as a father to be, I would not want 7-Eleven around the corner where I live, and, as a businessperson right across the street from it, I would want it too to purchase its license, just like I did. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 26, 2012 at 07:00 AM
(Continued from the previous post) On the other hand, I was not alone in the opposition. Many long-time Lake Forest Residents took the time and spoke before the Council ALL opposing, for one reason or another, the alcohol licensing for the 7-Eleven store at issue, some telling the Council about their heart-breaking experiences directly as a result of 7-Elevens’ practices, while there was no one independent of 7-Eleven Inc., and of the 7-Eleven Store at issue speaking in favor of an alcohol license for the 7-Eleven Store at issue. Having pleaded to the City Council time and time again to not violate my Equal Protections guaranteed to me under the law, yet to no avail, what choice did I have but to file a petition for the Council’s action to be examined in court? What would YOU have done? (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 26, 2012 at 07:01 AM
(Continued from the previous post) Imagine you are a law-abiding person sitting in the comfort and peace of your home which you dearly paid for when you moved in. Now, further imagine that a group of thugs obviously outnumbering you breaks into your home with the intention to harm you, your loved ones, your home, and your livelihood. To protect first your loved ones and then yourself and your livelihood would you not put up the fight of your life and give it all you have? I am fighting a fight that was brought onto me, and I am fighting it with my own hard-earned money while the City is fighting it with taxpayers’ dollars while all the City Council had to do was not to tip the balance unlawfully and illegally to the benefit of one private business (i.e. 7-Eleven, Inc.) at the detriment of the another private business. Sincerely, Adam Nick 949-812-0920
Adam Nick September 30, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Lionel: As to the part of your question in which you ask if I have served on HOA Boards, yes I have. In fact, a dear friend, Don O’Grady, a World War II veteran and a pillar of the Community, who passed away in 1997, introduced the California Civil Code, which governs HOA’s, to me in the late 1980’s, when I was a young man. Back then, personal computers were not really a household item, so, as you can imagine, I learned it the old-fashion way. Ever since, I have often served on such boards in one capacity or another and, at times, have provided them financial advice pro bono. As to the part of your question in which you ask if I have served in a Planning Commissioner capacity, the answer is “In a Municipal setting, yes I have, but no, not in Lake Forest”. Further, if you look at my bio on my website, you will see that it is, however much briefly, stated that I helped consolidate eight different companies in the 1990’s with the ultimate goal of going Public, which goal was materialized in 1998. To help you put that in perspective, just imagine that my own annual budget, post IPO, as the Regional Controller of the West Coast Operations was one hundred forty million dollars ($140,000,000.00), and I had nearly 400 staff members with a two million-dollar monthly payroll. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 30, 2012 at 05:25 AM
(Continued from the previous post) My annual budget in 1990’s dollars was four times the City of Lake Forest government’s annual budget in today’s dollars. And, my staff was probably about 10 or 15 times larger than that of our City government. Remember, not only I ran that but I helped PLAN and CREATE it. And, I EARNED that position rather than it being handed to me by friends on the Company’s Board of Directors, as it is the case in our City Government. Have you ever stopped to think why, in over twenty years of cityhood, we do not have a real Senior Center, why we do not have a youth center, or why we do not have our own City hospital? We don’t even own the building in which the City Hall is housed, which begs the question who owns it and whether the owner of the building has ties with one or more individuals at the City Hall (i.e. a good, paying tenant). That is one of the first questions a seasoned auditor would want answered, which answer is unknown to me at this point. The known fact is that we have literately wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent over more than two decades. For God’s sake, we don’t even have something as simple as a dog park. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 30, 2012 at 05:26 AM
(Continued from the previous post) This is while mostly the same City Council remembers and Planning Commissioners have been in charge. And, this is while Bake Parkway received an “F” grade several months ago from an outside Agency and a two-mile stretch of Alton Parkway took over twenty (20) years to complete. And, all along we have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes effectively at the same rates as our neighboring cities, which have most or all of what I just mentioned. The answer is simple. It is all so because we have NOT had competent, independent individuals in charge at the City Council level, and, by extension, at the Planning Commission. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 30, 2012 at 05:28 AM
(Continued from the previous post) Now, more to the point of your question, who do you think appoints the Planning Commission members? The City Council does. How do you think they do it? Only they know. Based on what do you think they do it? Only they know. The best place to hide something is in plain sight. What I am referring to is that Council members ask a series of pre-determined questions of the “candidates” in a “public” forum, then without any discussion and deliberation before the public, each one of the five members on the Council casts his or her “secret” vote. The City Clerk discreetly, away from the public eye, tabulates the votes and announces the “winners”. So, do you really think anyone who’s not in their inner circle would ever have a chance? I am not even sure if how the Council does this is legal. What I do know is that, with very very limited exceptions, Municipalities are to be open and transparent. (To be continued in a separate post due to space limitation)
Adam Nick September 30, 2012 at 05:30 AM
(Continued from the previous post) Lionel, if you want to see what someone is made of, the best yardstick is what they have done in their own personal life, educationally, financially, and otherwise, and how they have created opportunities especially while odds have been stacked against them at some point or another in their lives. Everyone knows that you can judge a person by the company he or she keeps but I reckon that you can equally judge them by the enemies they have. On a different note, please visit my website and click on the tab “Nick’s Vision”. There is a chance that you may be impressed, and this is while I have not even started yet. I promise you, if you care, and all those who care that my vision will get even better as time goes. Just give me a chance. You will be glad you did. I promise. Best wishes, Adam Nick 949-812-0920 www.NickForCouncil2012.com
Adam Nick September 30, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Lionel: Please look towards the end (of the next several posts) for my further replies to your post shown right above. Adam Nick
Sandra M. October 01, 2012 at 04:49 AM
What is your ethnicity?
Helen Wilson October 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Nick, Your campaign volunteers have been spotted removing Terry Anderson and Kathy Zechmeister signs from Bake Parkway (where City of Irvine allows them), as well as private property on Rockfield and Muirlands. Do you believe you need to remove your competitor's signs? Do you believe it's okay to disregard the City's sign ordinance by posting your signs in the public right-of-way?
Adam Nick October 07, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Ms. Wilson: For reasons the mention of which is beyond the scope of this reply, I often put things in a broader context. In this reply, however, I shall not do that. That said, as legally required of Mrs. Zechmeister to report, I now know that you purchased and donated her campaign signs. With that prefaced, being a zealous advocate is one thing but being preposterous is certainly something else, and the latter is what you are in your convenient presumption obviously in your desperate attempt to cast a shadow over me. With that prefaced, I ask you, however much rhetorically, “Have you no shame”? To any and all those who care to know: Effective immediately and until Nov 6th, I offer a $500.00 reward to any individual who tips the authorities resulting in the capture and successful citation/prosecution of any perpetrator who defaces, removes, and/or disposes of any campaign sign for any candidate running for Lake Forest City Council, County and City employees and Landscapers in the course of fulfilling their duties excepted. Please spread the word. Adam Nick 949-812-0920 PS. Ms. Wilson, any intelligent person would agree with me that it is much disingenuous of you to post the same exact baseless question in more than one place. I hope those who care can see you for who you truly are, the contemptible person that you seem to be.
Carla T October 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
To Handerson Wilsonmeister... I have not made my final decision on who I'd like to see fill the two empty seats on the City Council, but after reading your pathetic comment and obvious intent, I now certainly not voting for Anderson or Zechmeister. It's obvious that they must embrace people like you to support them, which says a lot to the type of voters that would follow them if they are lucky enough to be elected...what a travesty that would be. Do Anderson and Zechmeister a huge favor and be a silent supporter because people like you that have such a low level of integrity and honesty are not representative of this great city of Lake Forest. I'm a senior citizen and have seen a lot in my lifetime and truly feel that your comments are not only filled with lies and contempt, but also reflect negatively on the image of Anderson and Zechmeister - they've lost my vote and anyone else I tell about your obvious intent.
LakeForest Lifer October 25, 2012 at 03:31 AM
In review of other candidate statements, I see where Lionel M asked the following questions of all candidates but you. Please allow us the same answers as were asked of the others: Excuse the personal nature of these quesions, but since you are running for public office I feel we are entitled to ask. Have you ever declared bankruptcy? Has a business you owned or managed ever declared bankruptcy? Have you ever been arrested? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Are you currently involved in any lawsuit as a defendant or plaintiff? If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, could you please supply more information.
LakeForest Lifer October 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Mr. Nick: have you stopped listening or do you just refuse to reply?
LakeForest Lifer October 29, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Mr. Nick, Is there a reason you are not responding to my inquiry? I see you writing on other parts of Patch but you do not respond here to these questons.
cathy breese November 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Thank goodness sensibility reigns. And just to add a little to the incessant rants of those that have asked questions that smack of "racism" I am disgusted. So, when it comes to the future council race, remember Kathryn Mc Cullough who lost her co council in this election. It has been interesting that when people comment about Mr Nicks lawsuit they forget that McCullogh sued Herzog. So, let's be fair...all sitting council members who have served again over years should be voted out! Who's next?
Martina Kinkade November 10, 2012 at 01:45 AM
You seem bitter. Stop bashing our council. If you have lived here 30 years, you know the difficulties faced under County control and the tremendous non-aviation efforts pre 1991. LF is solvent and has been led in a very sensible and frugal manner, cleaning up after poor/no county planning. Ground has broken for the Sports/Youth Facilities and plans for a state of the art Civic/Community Center have begun. We have 3 wonderful hospitals in the area. I hope you aspire to move forward in the best long-term interest of the whole community. Good luck with the dog park.

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