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Meet Council Candidates Oct. 10 at Beach & Tennis Club

Voters are invited to a free public forum to hear from the seven candidates running for Lake Forest City Council.

Want to meet the citizens who could be Lake Forest's newest city officials come winter? Here's your chance.

Hear directly on Oct. 10 from the seven candidates running in the November election for two seats on the Lake Forest City Council at "Meet the Candidates' Night," hosted by the Lake Forest I Community Association.

It will be the first such candidates' forum hosted by the Lake I association. Since the city's incorporation, the Lake II association has regularly hosted election-year events.

Doors will open at the Lake Forest Beach & Tennis Club, 22921 Ridge Route Dr., at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, for the free forum. Light refreshments will be provided.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., candidates will have the chance to respond to a series of questions from the moderator, Lake Forest Patch editor Sarah de Crescenzo.

Before the forum officially gets underway at 6:30 p.m., attendees will be invited to write down questions for specific candidates that may be used for a subsequent question-and-answer session, as time allows.

All seven candidates have RSVPed "yes" to the event.

TELL US IN THE COMMENTS: What questions do you want to hear answered at "Meet the Candidates' Night"?

Jim Gardner October 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Lifer, If you go back through my blogs about "traffic tsunami" and the blogs and comments about the Portola project you will see that many things were omitted from the studies. Do your homework and you will find them. Based on these errors of omission and comission and oversight, some of these projects, if properly challenged, could be shut down until proper research is done. I'm not advocating that, but rather that the city and the developers work out an agreement not to over stress the city with 3,000 new homes before the city is ready.
LakeForest Lifer October 15, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Mr. Gardner, for the sake of time (and the fact these are your writings) could you point me to the citations you want me to reference. I really want to understand what you are calling omissions and oversights. The more specific you can be the better.
Jim Gardner October 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Lifer, Many of the comments come from other people and you will find them in the comment sections and the news reports about the Portola project. The one I remember best was a man who reported that some of their research on the animal life in the area to be developed was seriously flawed. With regard to my own comments, off the top of my head, I do not recall consideration of (a) the impact of the Great Park on traffic in Lake Forest, and especially along the Trabuco and Portola corridors, (b) the impact of the school traffic re-alignment to accommodate the new children that come with the 3,000 new homes, (c) the fact that public resources (e.g., DMV, Library, Post Office, Court House) are already fully utilized and 10,000 more people can only worsen a bad situation, and (d) current traffic problems in the City as a whole and the impact of the additional traffic on the city, not just the specified areas. Each of these issues stand alone as significant. I know from your previous posts that you are a supporter of the current City Council. In fact because you choose to post anonymously, you may indeed be a member of the City Council. From their (or is it your) point of view, can you tell me how any of this development is going to help the traffic problems in our city? Do you really think we can accommodate 10,000 more cars on our roads the way they are? Is there something wrong with asking developers to slow down their work so that we are not overwhelmed?
LakeForest Lifer October 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Mr. Gardner, There you go again, making supposition and looking for ghosts. I don't believe in ghosts. Just because I happen to believe Lake Forest is a terrific city and does not suffer from the plethora of maladies you seem to believe exists, that does not make me a part of anything but our community. The reason for asking you such pointed questions is to enlighten myself as well as the community as to the accuracy of your statements. As a doctoral graduate, you know the importance of accurate references when writing. Proper citation is imperative to your argument. I believe the second paragraph of your Oct 15 posting tells me all I need to know. Your positions are based on unsubstantiated sources, anecdotes, and personal perspective. While each of us is entitled to our opinions, projecting them as "fact" is disingenuous. And as to your statement on slowing the growth: "From their (or is it your) point of view, can you tell me how any of this development is going to help the traffic problems in our city? Do you really think we can accommodate 10,000 more cars on our roads the way they are? Is there something wrong with asking developers to slow down their work so that we are not overwhelmed?", asking development to slow is like asking your child to not grow up. It's going to happen. My own research into our city staff and council show they ARE dealing with it - through urban planners and traffic engineers, both of which neither of us are.
Jim Gardner October 15, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Lifer, "You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" You don't need to be an urban planner to know that traffic in Lake Forest is a problem. It's the #1 problem raised by people in the City's bi-annual survey. I must have talked to 100 people in the last few months and all of them will tell you they are tired of waiting for green lights despite the fact that no opposing traffic is anywhere in sight. Or they can 't go from Rockfield to Portola without stopping many times for red lights. Or they are trying to go straight but are stuck in a right hand lane because there is no right hand turn lane. etc. etc. Now let's consider the "facts". Can you show me in the reports where the Great Park traffic has been factored in? where the school realignment has been factored in? where the impact on public resources has been factored in? etc. This is what you asked for (re-read your request) and this is what I gave you. I said I believed these were errors of omission, and maybe I missed them when I reviewed these reports so I was hoping you would come back and show me where these were covered and I could review them. I read so much and these reports are so long and complicated it's possible I missed them. We'd both be better served if you pointed out how the reports identified these issues and showed how they would be effectively mitigated. Lake Forest is a good place to live, but that doesn't mean it can't be better.

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