The Lake Forest Sizzler Controversy
Posted by Former Blogger 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:
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.