City Council Candidate Statement: Terry Anderson

Each City Council candidate's statement will appear on the November ballot.

Editor's note: Patch is publishing one candidate statement each day this week from the seven candidates running for Lake Forest City Council. Order of publication is determined by the order in which candidate names will appear on the ballot. This is the statement voters will see on the ballot in November.

Lake Forest City Council Candidate: Terry Anderson

An OC native, Terry moved to Lake Forest (“El Toro”) in 1982 to start a business and family with his wife, Kristie.  Since then, Terry has been an active participant and observer of Lake Forest developing from a small community to a beautiful city. 


Preserve the path of progress Lake Forest enjoys. 

Protect the culture Lake Forest has developed. 

Serve the community through open, transparent, and limited governance.  

As a volunteer in youth sports and service organizations, he values service and teamwork.  He has firsthand experience of the need for continued effective development of local parks.  As a business owner, he promotes all businesses for continued local economic growth and development. 

Qualifications: University of Arizona (1978), MBA – California Lutheran University (2009), CFP®, FINRA Arbitrator (dispute resolution for the securities industry); AYSO Region 85 Volunteer, Board Member, Coach & Referee, Pacific Soccer Club Coach & Board Member, West Coast Soccer Club Assistant Coach, ETHS Girl’s Lacrosse co-founder and Head Coach, 25+ year Lake Forest Kiwanis member and past President, City Planning Commissioner since 2006, 11-year Girl Scout father/troop supporter, married 31 years to Kristie, daughters Casey (25) and Aly (22). 

Vote Nov 6.  It’s our civic responsibility. 

Tomorrow: City Council candidate Kathy Zechmeister


Dustin Glass August 29, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Nice write up Terry! More than qualified to do an excellent job.
Ed Liou August 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Terry has my vote for the LF City Council. Being a long time community volunteer and business background, Terry is exactly what we need to make Lake Forest the city we love.
Marietta Philpott September 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
We are looking forward to Terry's expertise on the Council. His years on the planning Commission brings a unique perspective to our city. Marietta Philpott
Helen Wilson September 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Terry Anderson will be an excellent addition to City Council. There are 2 seats open. Terry Anderson and Kathy Zechmeister are the best choices. They are both independent thinkers and will be able to intelligently review prior policies and guidelines established upon incorporation (20 years ago), to ensure they are relevant and current with today's changing business and community needs.
Omolu September 23, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I'm not surprised you are supporting Anderson and Zeichmeister, or shall we just call them "Andermesiter" to save time and space (like they do with Bradjolina when talking about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). Mark Tettemer was your hand picked replacement to keep the Dixon-Herzog group in power, a group that originally included you. For 20 years Herzog has stayed in power until Voigts knocked Dixon out in 2010. Now Herzog is desparate to regain power and is promoting his two friends, Andermeister, so that with the 3 of them on board he will once more be in power. We need independent thinkers in Lake Forest, not more of the power politics you started 20 years ago. Anderson is qualified but Zeichmeister is clearly out of her depths here. In any event, I don't want Lake Forest decisions being made in the living room of Peter Herzog. Nor am I am fan of Voigts who is trying his own power play with Robinson. That leaves 3 other candidates and to my knowledge they are no ones puppets.
Terry Anderson September 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Perhaps before you resort to unfounded assumptions (particularly in a public forum) you should be certain of your facts. Every person serving on our City Council should be commended for his or her selfless service to our community. To suggest that policy “power groups” are formed because similar philosophy or personal friendships is baseless and unfounded. My suggestion would be you take time to get to personal know your candidates before casting conjecture. There is not a candidate in this election cycle that is not willing to meet with you. My contact information is listed everywhere (including the phonebook). Call me, get to know me. 888-335-5990
Lionel M. September 24, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Mr. Anderson. Thank you for your service to our community on the Planning Commission and in so many other areas. I got a phone call from a political polling company and they asked me if I knew that the City Council overruled your decision to prevent Sizzler from displaying the American flag. I said I didn’t know anything about it. Can you give us some details?
Terry Anderson September 24, 2012 at 05:40 AM
First we must be clear that Sizzler was never denied the ability to display the American flag. In fact, when the Planning Commission suggested Sizzler consider displaying an American flag, rather than their requested extra signage, which contained American flag elements, they refused the suggestion. Display of the American flag was never the issue. Rather than restating the whole matter, let me refer you to my Patch editorial written earlier this year. It should be found on Patch by searching on the keyword “Sizzler”, or you can read a reprint of it on my Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/notes/terry-anderson-for-lake-forest-city-council-2012/terrys-thoughts-on-the-city-councils-ruling-regarding-city-planning/376887512356620 I trust this will clarify both mine as well as my fellow Planning Commissioners’ position on this subject.
Omolu September 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
If there was no “power politics” going on, why is it that in 20 years Council women Rudolph and McCullough were rarely elected Mayor. Since they represent 2/5 of the council, we would expect one of them to have served as Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem at least 16 times. As far as I know, prior to this year both Rudolph and McCullough served only 1 term as Mayor. The rest of the time Herzog et al simply played musical chairs among themselves. The power politics is so well known it appears in Patch stories - see December 17, 2010 “Rift Visible…” or December 8, 2011. Better yet see the May 3, 2012 Patch article “Move to Pick Commissioners May be Power Grab”. Here’s a quote from YOU on March 20, 2012. – “Political strife has been an increasing part of the city's leadership in the past two years….One of my concerns is that the City Council is drawing political lines…" Did something change in the past 6 months? I think you are a qualified candidate, but I’m not prepared to help launch Councilman Herzog into another 20 year reign by voting for you or for Mrs. Zeichmeister.
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Lionel (and anyone else who's interested, of course), here's a link to the Patch editorial Terry is referencing: http://patch.com/A-s7V1
Lionel M. September 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thanks for your response and link. The “polling” call did not adequately present the situation from what I understand now. At your link I found a comment by Helen Wilson who supports you there and supports your candidacy here. In her comment she attacks Council members Rudolph, McCollough, and Voigts and says ”it appears the leadership by Mayor McCullough and Mayor Pro Tem Voights is flawed and decisions are not being made for the benefit of Lake Forest constituents.” Wilson’s attack of McCullough, Rudolph, and Voigts on the Sizzler is what Omulu is talking about when claiming that Wilson and Herzog were a power politics voting block and that you and Zackmeister are part of Herzog’s plan to regain power. You and Zeichmeister seem to be an extension of the old Wilson-Dixon-Herzog voting block. At first I thought Omulu was a little paranoid. Now after reading Wilson’s comments I think Omulu is correct. The fact you and Zackmeister would be part of Herzog’s voting block is neither good nor bad, depending on your view of government. Personally it’s not what I’m looking for, but other people may. My criticism would be that you are hiding this, rather than being honest and saying “like it or lump it we are in Peter's camp."
Terry Anderson September 25, 2012 at 08:34 PM
The beauty of our American system is every individual is entitled to think, believe, worship, and express their opinion, whether it concurs or counters someone else’s. I respectfully disagree with your perspective on voting blocks and power politics within Lake Forest, but I certain honor your right to convey your thoughts and share them with others.
Lionel M. September 29, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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.
Terry Anderson September 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The short answer to your questions is no. The long answer is having been a licensed stockbroker since 1982, my financial and legal behavior is an open book. The SEC, FINRA, and California Department of Corporations continuously monitor and inspect the background and business practices of all its members. Any discrepancies are recorded and maintained in the public record of each agency, forever. With the advent of internet access to their databases, it is very easy to check past history. As an adjunct, you will notice my “background experience” shows I have been an active arbitrator for FINRA Dispute Resolution about 15 years now. Any “yes” answers to your questions could preclude me from such service.
Robert Guzman October 03, 2012 at 08:20 PM
What is your email address? Mine is thinkguzman@yahoo.com
Terry Anderson October 03, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Pete Deutschman October 11, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I am just now getting to know the candidates and this string and the gracious and respectful reply of Terry Anderson tells me a bit about his character. In our City Council, character is paramount. Character counts fellow Lake Forest residents. Do your homework. Talk to the groups and associations that candidates claim to be supporting and helping succeed. As Yoda said, "If you honor what they fight for? Yes." Whatever you do...vote. And if you look to character, you will not vote for the dark side.
Mike F October 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I happened to be at the Council meeting when Sizzler requested an appeal of the Planning Commissions decision. There were two questions - BBQ and Signage (I agree with the Commission on the BBQ and disagree about the Signage). The larger the development the more oversight that is needed including vetting. To bring constructive business to Lake Forest working with individual businesses is important as is having needed infrastructure. Thank you for clarifying the diispensary nonsense. If Lake Forest is to a family community then vice must be discouraged - including gambling beyond the lottery and bingo. I have found that the Public Safety department is not first rate; failure to properly vet, a part time "star" program, an out of date Emergency Management plan, and patronizing by Police Services. To have a family emphasis, Lake Forest should consider being it's own school district. We have two elementary schools that are below acceptable standards and every school could provide a better academic education. Do you have a position on safety and education?


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