The drive to put a controversial housing project in the Foothill Ranch Auto Centre on the ballot is going to the wire.
than 200 signatures were added Wednesday to the Save Lake Forest
effort, leaving the group about 600 short of meeting the approximate
4,000 required to put a referendum on the ballot.
The Save Lake Forest group must submit their signatures to City Hall today by 6 p.m.
grassroots contingent will make their last stand at Bagels and Brew
today, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.—or as long as there are a stream of
registered voters willing to sign the referendum to place the Trumark
Companies' development on the ballot.
The group had 30 days to get signatures from 10 percent of the city's
registered voters. They have been aiming for 4,000 signatures, though
the registered voters is slightly less than that.
The group has
been collecting signatures for the last 1 1/2 months—first for the
Brookfield Homes project in which it got about 2,500 signatures before the deadline two weeks ago, and then Trumark.
During all that time, the group has never had a 600-signature day.
City Council recently rezoned the auto center from
commercial to residential, and the project has routinely created some
of the most contentious feelings from the dais among council members.
Developers Brookfield and Trumark
contributed heavily to the 2012 election, and new councilmen Dwight
Robinson and Adam Nick voted with Mayor Scott Voigts to provide special
dispensation for Brookfield and Trumark when compared to other
developers who are building 4,200 other homes throughout the city.