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Council Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Meetings begin with Closed Session at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Districts

The City of Lake Forest began the transition to district based elections in 2018. Districts 1 and 5 will have seats open in the November 3, 2020 General Election. Candidates must be 18 years of age, registered to vote in Lake Forest, and have their primary residence located within district boundaries.

District 1 Map

District 5 Map

Click here for more information on Districts, including an interactive map where you can check your address to determine which District you live in.

Nominations

The nomination period for candidates for the Office of City Council Member is July 13 through 5 p.m., August 12. Nomination papers may be obtained from the City Clerk beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13.. Make appointment to pull nomination papers by calling (949) 461-3400.

Districts 1 and 5 do not have elected incumbents seeking re-election. Therefore, pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10225 the deadline to file nomination papers for the Council Member seats in Districts 1 and 5, for the November 3, 2020 election, has been extended by five days.

The deadline  to file the completed nomination papers is now Wednesday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m. Nomination papers are available in the City Clerk’s Office at Lake Forest Civic Center, at 100 Civic Center Drive, by appointment only. For information on the election process or to schedule an appointment, please call Acting City Clerk Lisa Berglund at (949) 461-3422.

Political Reform Act and the Fair Political Practices Commission

The Political Reform Act was approved by the State of California voters in 1974 to establish rules and regulations for candidates and elected officials. The Political Reform Act has been amended several times since 1974 and is administered by the Fair Political Practices Commission. The Act requires a variety of forms to be filed before, during, and after a campaign.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was created out of the Political Reform Act. The FPPC educates the public and public officials on the requirements of the Act. It provides written and oral advice to public agencies and officials; conducts seminars and training sessions; develops forms, manuals and instructions; and receives and files statements of economic interests from many state and local officials. The FPPC investigates alleged violations of the Political Reform Act, imposes penalties when appropriate, and assists state and local agencies in developing and enforcing conflict-of-interest codes.

Learn More About the City

Leadership Academy
(2020 schedule on hold due to Covid-19 pandemic)

Interested resident candidates are encouraged to enroll in the City of Lake Forest Leadership Academy. This free, eight-week course held each fall is designed to enhance an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of local government. This is a beneficial and worthwhile opportunity for potential candidates who want to learn more about the daily operation of Lake Forest.

Community Emergency Preparedness Academy

Candidates may also be interested in enrolling in the Lake Forest Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA). CEPA is a free, eight-week course sponsored annually by the City of Lake Forest and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The Academy has been designed to teach participants the basics of disaster preparedness. Classes typically start in January or February, but residents are added to the interest list throughout the year.

Commissions

Volunteering to serve on a City Commission or at City-sponsored events is another great way to get involved. The active Commissions in the City of Lake Forest are:

Planning Commission
Parks and Recreation Commission
Traffic and Parking Commission