City Council Members
Mark and his wife Brenda have lived in Lake Forest for more than 20 years. They raised their two children in Lake Forest and are proud to call Lake Forest home. Mark, who works for a regional water agency, has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Public Administration.
Since moving to Lake Forest in 1995, Mark has volunteered in the community in many ways. Mark has been active with PTA, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts. Mark served on the City’s 10th Anniversary Committee, the City’s Parade Committee, and the Kiwanis Club of Lake Forest. Mark was the Chair of the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” in 2006 and 2007, the first two years of this community event. Mark also volunteered at the Lake Forest 5K, El Toro High School “Grad Nite” and was the President of the El Toro Boys’ Volleyball Booster Club.
- Financial stability and balanced budgets,
- Public safety,
- Improving traffic and addressing parking concerns,
- Delivering efficient and effective City services,
- Attracting and retaining local businesses, and
- Ensuring Lake Forest is a safe, attractive, and vibrant City.
Mark notes that “Much of the area we know as Lake Forest was planned and constructed before the city was formed. On December 20, 1991, Lake Forest became a city. Since then, the City and community have been working together to improve Lake Forest by pursuing the services and facilities we desire. While much has been done since 1991, I look forward to working with residents and businesses to help achieve even more through thoughtful planning, education, communication, collaboration, and prudent financial decisions. My hope is that we can be a model of achievement in Orange County and beyond. My belief is that it’s important not only what we achieve, it’s important how we achieve it.”
Neeki is a Southern-California native and grew up in the unincorporated area of Coto De Caza. She graduated from Mission Viejo High School and went to UC-Irvine and Chapman for her undergraduate and graduate degrees respectively. Neeki decided to settle in Lake Forest in 2016 due to its community feel and natural beauty with various trails and parks. Neeki was a former competitive swimmer for the Mission Viejo Nadadores and still enjoys athletics to this day.
Aside from representing residents in District 2, Neeki is a project manager for Southern California Gas Company, handling the regulatory side of the business, interfacing with regulators, and other agencies to provide safe and reliable service to Southern California Gas Company customers. One of Neeki’s primary goals is to balance the needs of a growing population while maintaining a high quality of life for the residents of Lake Forest.
Neeki has also been a longtime volunteer and supporter of Laura’s House charities, which help women and children of domestic violence. When Neeki is not working or volunteering she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Hunter.
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Leah is a native Californian and moved to Foothill Ranch in 1997. She has lived in different locations within Lake Forest over the past 20 years, and currently resides in Portola Hills. This knowledge of each community within Lake Forest has given her insight into how to better serve the people of this fine city. Although her district covers primarily Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills, she is actively involved in assisting residents throughout the entire city.
Leah holds a BA in Organizational Leadership, and believes in fiscal responsibility and ethical decision making. She spent 20 years working for Fortune 500 companies in sales, business administration and management. She has been on the Board of Directors for her HOA since 2010, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the OCFA in 2017, and is serving her second year as Mayor Pro Tem.
In her first year on the City Council, Leah has worked with hundreds of residents on various issues, and was instrumental in revitalizing discussions between the City and the Lake 1 HOA to work toward mediation of their lawsuit. She has worked with Bella Palermo HOA to find parking solutions within their community, and worked with the County to prevent an unsightly fence being erected around a local riverbed. She has attended dozens of grand openings, community events, and workshops around the City. Leah’s presence on the City Council has helped to foster better cooperation among Council members, and has made Council meetings much more cohesive.
Leah believes that as a member of City Council, her primary duty is to the residents of Lake Forest. Here are some of Leah’s many priorities over the next three years:
• Reduce traffic congestion
• Create a REAL traffic commission
• Bring Meals on Wheels to Lake Forest
• Support and grow local businesses
• Revitalize aging areas of the city
• Keep Village Pond Park on schedule for completion in 2018
• Keep Civic Center opening on schedule for summer of 2019
Leah has been happily married to Michael Basile since 2009, and they have two little boys. Leah enjoys making a positive impact in her community, reading, cooking, and singing.
Scott has been a resident of Lake Forest since 1979. He and his wife, Stephanie, attended school in the Saddleback Valley and both stayed in the community they grew up because they believed it was the perfect place to raise a family. Scott and Stephanie have been happily married for 22 years and have an 8-year-old daughter who is their pride and joy.
In 1991, Scott was involved in a catastrophic construction accident that nearly cost him his life and left him paraplegic. A carpenter by trade, Scott fell from a bridge overpass that he was working on as the scaffolding gave way.
He is active in his church, O.C. Chambers of Commerce, and the O.C. Central Committee. Scott enjoys volunteering at his daughter’s school and enthusiastically coaches AYSO Region 85 soccer and involved in Club soccer. In addition to serving as a member of the Lake Forest City Council, Scott is a Senior Advisor to California State Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner.
Scott’s Personal Statement: “My family and faith in God are what helped me get through my 1991 accident, the most difficult time in my life. My faith is a driving force behind my passion to serve my community. My motto is: ‘Let us strive to make a difference.’ I am committed to limited government, fiscal responsibility, local business growth and an adherence to the Constitution.”
Councilman Robinson is a fourth generation California and the oldest of seven children. He and his wife, Holly, were married in 1999 and immediately decided to make Lake Forest their home. They believed Lake Forest would be a perfect place to raise a family. Dwight and Holly are the proud parents of three children.
Dwight was first elected to the Lake Forest City Council in 2012, served as Mayor in 2014, and was re-elected to the City Council in 2016.
Dwight’s focuses as a member of the Lake Forest City Council are:
• Fiscal conservativism/balance budgets
• Pay down any unfunded pension liabilities
• Redoubling our efforts to improve traffic flow
• Create an even more business friendly environment
• Continue to strengthen our public safety operations
• Improve all city services as our expectation levels continue to rise
Dwight served as Lake Forest’s representative on the Orange County Fire Authority from 2013-2016. Additionally, he is an appointed board member of the Orange County Council of Governments as well as a committeeman for the Southern California Association of Governments. In 2015, Dwight was elected by the Mayors of Orange County to represent our County on the South Coast Air Quality Management District where he and his colleagues strive to continue to improve air quality in the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles.
Dwight has been active in the Lake Forest community for many years. He has been a Lake Forest Little League coach, Charter Member of the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, was an elder at Grace Community Church, served on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Forest, and was a school board member at Grace Christian Schools. Currently he is a Sunday School teacher and volunteers and supports a large number of non-profit organizations throughout the city and county.
Professionally, Dwight owns and operates a few businesses in California in the export, logistics and commodity trading industries. He is a regular speaker at a large number of conferences on topics as diverse as business development, energy and the environment, emerging technologies, and international trade. Throughout his career has been quoted and/or featured in numerous media outlets including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Time, People, USA Today, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Councilmember Robinson is a strong believer in representative government and welcomes your comments and questions. Dwight encourages you to email him at any time.