This is my story – the real story about your City government and elected officials. You be the judge.
Nothing is more important for keeping a government in check than a well-informed electorate. Elected officials work for you, not the other way around.
I am familiar with the laws against defamation — libel and slander. To not tell the truth would be morally reprehensible and legally expensive. Rest assured that what I share with you here, which you will find shocking at times, is all true as I would not want to subject myself to lawsuits for defamation. In fact, I promise and declare, unequivocally, that the statements I make in this letter are to the best of my knowledge, true, correct, and accurate as of August 21, 2016, and are either factual and supported by evidence, or I have reasons to believe their truthfulness based on my personal knowledge and experience. More than 100 links to various documents and articles support my statements.
Since my election in 2012, I have desperately tried to change the culture at City Hall so that “We, the people,” are represented, not real estate developers, county agencies and political party wannabes. Because of that, I have taken many stabs to the back, and my character assassinated by the very people I share the City Council dais with. Yet I am undeterred to serve you.
I am the only Council member with a perfect attendance record – because I take seriously my duty to you, my oath, and the honor you have given me to serve you. I am the first and only Council member in the history of Lake Forest who doesn’t take a salary, retirement benefits, etc.
Among my successes, despite often being in a minority, are:
Ended each fiscal year with a budget surplus
Enacted requiring a vote by a “super” majority to increase taxes (which I introduced)
Cut City Council members’ reimbursable personal expenses (which I introduced)
Implemented measures to ensure government transparency (which I introduced)
I’ve also championed many common sense initiatives that have been voted down by the Council majority because these initiatives were contrary to their self-serving interests. These common sense initiatives include, but are not limited to:
Code of ethics for Council members
Ban Council members from taking corporate money
Require Council members to disclose financial ties to City contractors and lobbyists.
Require electoral districts for council members so all areas of the City are represented.
Election of mayor by voters
Real term limits for Council members: Two four-year terms per lifetime (instead of the approved six four-year terms in a 26-year period).
In the November election, you will have the final say – your vote.