Please stop by Ralphs at the Foothill Ranch Shopping Center from 8 am to 2 pm tomorrow (Saturday) and sign.
Here is a letter from Dave Herzberg, the Portola Hills resident who was so instrumental in getting the Baldwin Brothers to improve their project.
On Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm I am going to be sitting on side of Saddleback Road down by Glenn Ranch Rd.collecting signatures for two petitions to repeal the approval of over 200 homes and condos slated to be built in the auto mall in Foothill Ranch. Half the reason I'm willing to collect these signatures is because I just feel these residential projects do not belong in what was a commercial zone of the city. There is little or no open space, additionally all types of traffic and parking issues are created when you plop roughly a thousand new people down in one of the most congested areas of northern Lake Forest. We have over 4,000 new homes slated to be built over the next few years in our northern sphere of the city so why the rush to approve over 200 more?
Which leads to the second reason I believe this petition is important - since the election last fall, there has been a major shake-up of the Lake Forest Planning Commission along with some questionable actions taken by some of our City Council members. Something major is going on in our city and everyone needs to pay very close attention. Sarah de Crescenzo's article titled "Developers, donations mingle in Lake Forest" published on Aug. 19th in the Orange County Register and Martin Henderson's Lake Forest Patch article titled "Council Dismisses Planning Experience In Favor of Fuentes" published on Sept 4th lay out what is happening in our city. Let me make one thing clear, to me this is not a political issue but a community issue. What do we want the City of Lake Forest to look like five to ten years from now? Those important decisions are being made today - you might want to get involved before it's too late.
For those of you who don't know me, it was my wife and I who put those signs out on Saddleback Ranch to try and stop the Baldwin Brothers from building that new four way intersection in Portola Center. And because so many of us got involved, came to meetings and voiced our opinions, we as a community won.
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