Run for City Council
Regular City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Meetings begin with Closed Session at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Regular Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
DistrictsThe City of Lake Forest began the transition district based elections. Districts 2, 3, and 4 will have seats open in the November 6, 2018 General Election. Candidates must be 18 years of age, registered to vote in Lake Forest, and have their primary residence located within district boundaries.
NominationsThe nomination period for candidates for the Office of City Council Member begins Monday, July 16, 2018 and ends Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Interested parties should contact the City Clerk's office for an appointment to receive nomination papers at 949-461-3420.
Political Reform Act and the Fair Political Practices Commission
The Political Reform Act was approved by the State of California voters in 1974 to establish rules and regulations for candidates and elected officials. The Political Reform Act has been amended several times since 1974 and is administered by the Fair Political Practices Commission. The Act requires a variety of forms to be filed before, during, and after a campaign.
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was created out of the Political Reform Act. The FPPC educates the public and public officials on the requirements of the Act. It provides written and oral advice to public agencies and officials; conducts seminars and training sessions; develops forms, manuals and instructions; and receives and files statements of economic interests from many state and local officials. The FPPC investigates alleged violations of the Political Reform Act, imposes penalties when appropriate, and assists state and local agencies in developing and enforcing conflict-of-interest codes.
Learn More About the City
Interested resident candidates are encouraged to enroll in the City of Lake Forest Leadership Academy. This free, eight-week course held each fall is designed to enhance an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of local government. This is a beneficial and worthwhile opportunity for potential candidates who want to learn more about the daily operation of Lake Forest.
Community Emergency Preparedness Academy
Candidates may also be interested in enrolling in the Lake Forest Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA). CEPA is a free, eight-week course sponsored annually by the City of Lake Forest and the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The Academy has been designed to teach participants the basics of disaster preparedness. Classes typically start in January or February, but
residents are added to the interest list throughout the year.
Volunteering to serve on a City Commission or at City-sponsored events is another great way to get involved. The active Commissions in the City of Lake Forest are:
Parks & Recreation Commission
Traffic & Parking Commission