City Council

The City Council is comprised of five part-time Lake Forest residents elected to serve a four-year term. The City Council selects a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem annually. As a general law City, the City Council is responsible for making policy decisions and providing guidance to issues related to the overall quality of life. The City Council also serves as the Housing Authority Board and the Board of Directors for the Rancho Canada Financing Authority.

The public may access City Council campaign disclosures and travel reports under Open Government.

The Lake Forest City Council supports equality, free speech and the right to peaceful assembly. The Council also supports the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the City’s law-enforcement partner. Click here to see the Council’s full statement.

City Council Meetings

The City Council and staff welcome residents and guests to all Council meetings, held on the first and third Tuesday of the month with Closed Session prior to the Regular Open Session beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers (100 Civic Center Drive). City Council meetings are also available via livestream from the Agenda Management page of this website as well as Facebook Live.

The Agenda is the official order of business for each meeting, and contains a description of each item and recommended action. The Agenda is available to the public the Thursday evening before each meeting. It is also available for viewing online, including agenda staff reports. Visit the Agenda Management page for copies of all Council, Commission and Advisory Board agendas, staff reports and Minutes of prior meetings. To receive copies of the Agenda by mail, please submit a letter of request to the City Clerk. A complete Agenda packet, which includes backup reports, is available for public inspection during regular business hours in the City Clerk’s Department, no later than the Friday preceding each City Council meeting.