At the August 21, 2019 City Council Meeting, Council Member Leah Basile announced her resignation effective August 31, 2019. The California Elections Code provides for two options to fill a vacancy: call for a Special Election or through appointment. At its September 3, 2019 regular meeting, the Lake Forest City Council unanimously agreed to fill the seat through the appointment process.
Any individual wishing to be considered for appointment to fill the Council vacancy must meet the minimum requirements and complete the Application Packet to be considered.
Minimum eligibility requirements:
1. Must be at least eighteen years of age;
2. Must be a citizen of the United States;
3. Must be a registered voter of the City of Lake Forest (per Gov. Code § 36502(a));
4. Must reside within the city limits of Lake Forest; and
5. Willing and able to attend City Council meetings held on the first & third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. ** The City Clerk will confirm voter registration with the Orange County Registrar of Voters, once Application Packet is filed.
Application Packet are available on-line or may be picked up at City Hall during regular business hours - Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the deadline.
The complete packet is due by October 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Clerk's Office located at Lake Forest City Hall, 25550 Commercentre Drive, Suite 100, Lake Forest.
The following are required to be completed:
2. Resume (optional),
3. Candidate Questionnaire,
4. Signed City of Lake Forest Ethics Policy, and
5. Statement of Economic Interest form (also referred to as FPPC: Form 700).
Link to: APPLICATION PACKET
What is the application period?
September 18, 2019 through Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Who do I contact for information about the vacancy or application process?
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours at 949 461-3422.
Where do I submit my application packet?
Completed packets must be received at City Hall, City Clerk’s Office, 25550 Commercentre Drive, Suite 100, Lake Forest.
Can I e-file the application packet?
No. The application, Code of Ethics and Statement of Economic Interest require original signatures on file, thus need to be dropped off or mailed and received by the deadline.
What if the application packet is not complete or submitted by the deadline?
Only complete packets with signatures will not be considered for said vacancy.
When does the term of the appointed official begin?
The term is from the date of appointment until the results of the General Election of November 3, 2020 are certified.
What is the length of the appointment?
The term is a partial term ending in November of 2020.
Can the appointed official run for City Council in November of 2020?
Maybe. An appointed official will serve less than four years and eligible to run for City Council if they reside in District 1 or 5. The November 2020 Election will be by-district; thus, candidates will need to reside in either District 1 or 5.
What are the rights of an appointed council member v. an elected member?
Appointed City Council members have the same rights and duties as elected City Council members, including the right to run for office.
Does the resident need to reside in a specific district of the City?
No. As Council Member Basile was elected at-large, the appointment to fill the vacancy for the remainder of her term shall also be at-large. Therefore, any registered voter in the City, regardless of voting district/
Can I withdraw my application?
Yes. The deadline for any withdrawal shall be any time up to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Said request must be in writing to the City Clerk.
How many votes are needed to appoint an official?
A majority of the City Council (three votes) must be received by a candidate to be appointed to fill vacancy.
When will the City Council be considering the applications?
The City Council will consider the applications at their regularly scheduled City Council meeting to be held on October 15, 2019. If an applicant is selected by a majority of the City Council, he/she may be administered the Oath of Office and may begin service thereafter.
Does the City have to interview all of the candidates at an open meeting?
No. The City Council has full discretion as to manner in which candidates are to be nominated.