Recall effort of apartment allies thwarted in Lake Forest
An effort to recall three allies of the rental housing industry from the Lake Forest City Council has failed.
The California Apartment Association, in a variety of ways, helped Mayor Andrew Hamilton, Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts and Councilman Dwight Robinson stave off a campaign to cut short their terms.
Hamilton, Voigts, and Robinson make up a housing-friendly majority of the council.
“If we lost them to a recall, we would have seen new housing projects denied at a rapid pace. Lake Forest needs more housing, including apartments, to keep up with demand,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director of CAA Orange County. “These three council members are good for the business community and good for apartment owners/managers.”
The recall push followed a “road project gone awry,” the Orange County Register reported, and the targeted officials have said two other members spearheaded the recall push.
On Thursday, the Orange County Registrar of Voters reported that the recall campaign failed to collected enough certified signatures to place the recall on the November ballot.
“I’ve enjoyed serving the citizens of Lake Forest and will continue to do so,” Hamilton said in Register article. “I love working with all my colleagues, but I would publicly call on all my colleagues to stop wasting city funds on trying to circumvent a normal election.”