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The Lake Forest Sizzler Controversy

Posted by Chris Emami on April 27, 2012

If ever an issue existed that I never thought that I would have to post, this is the one. Apparently a Sizzler has caused a huge controversy in the City of Lake Forest.

Lake Forest Councilmember Scott Voigts has been on the right side of a lot of issues in Lake Forest and the Sizzler debacle is another one. Apparently Sizzler wanted to use an American theme to highlight the renovations of a restaurant along with an outdoor grilling area. Based on the sign ordinance on the books in Lake Forest the Planning Commission did not allow these specific requests.

Take a look at the article in the Lake Forest Patch here.

It appears that Councilmembers Scott Voigts and Marcia Rudolph joined with Sizzler in appealing the decision by the Planning Commission. According to this article in the Orange County Register here Councilmember Marcia Rudolph joined the other 2 Councilmembers in overturning this decision by the Planning Commission.

Sadly, Republican Councilmembers Peter Herzog and Mark Tettemer did not join their colleagues in overturning the decision. The Lake Forest Patch also provided a recap of the decision that you can read here.

Two letters representing different sides of this issue were submitted to the Lake Forest Patch on different sides of this issue:

Terry Anderson Lake Forest Planning Commissioner submitted this letter.
Scott Peotter Irvine Planning Commissioner submitted this letter.

The 3-2 decision by the council was a win for business friendly principles. Kudos go out to Republican Councilmembers Scott Voigts and Marcia Rudolph as well as Democrat Kathryn McCullough.

2 Responses to “The Lake Forest Sizzler Controversy”

  1. Good job Scott. You have been doing great work. As you like to say “we should all strive to make a difference”…you are doing it my friend. I am proud to call you my friend…you are the older brother I never had…I am thankful for your support and look forward to joining you in November and solidifying the pro-business, pro-jobs majority on our Council.

  2. [...] OC Political blogger Chris Emami speaks of the lack of transparency in Lake Forest and the Sizzler U.S. Flag controversy in Lake Forest. [...]

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