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CORRUPTION

Hamilton has received help and donations from special interests then voted these special interests lucrative contracts, zone changes, and whatever they asked for.

Here is a partial list:

REAL ESTATE SPECIAL INTERESTS

Building Industry Association
• HAMILTON – $1000 (10/16/14)
Commercial Real Estate Political Action Committee
• HAMILTON – $500 (9/9/14)
• HAMILTON – $500 (9/25/14)
California Apartment Association
• HAMILTON – $750 (9/18/14)

“INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES ON BEHALF OF CANDIDATES”

Meritage Homes – $16,000 to support HAMILTON in 2014

COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY OR LOBBYING CITY

CR&R
• ROBINSON – $1000 (8/17/12)
John Lewis Consulting
• HAMILTON – $250 (9/4/14)
Mobile Homes Education PAC
• HAMILTON – $250 (11/7/14)

CRONYISM

Hamilton appoints his friends and campaign contributors to City Commissions and Advisory Groups instead of appointing the best-qualified people. These appointees have the highest rate of decisions being challenged, the highest rate of decisions being reversed, the highest rate of absenteeism, the highest rate of resignation, and the worst land use decisions ever made.

October 2015 – City extends the deadline for Vector Control Board vacancy even though a resident has applied.  Special interest applicant is allowed to apply. 

August 2015 – City allows 4 special interest associates to file their applications to the Citizen’s Traffic Advisory Group after the deadline. Then well-regarded resident Jim Richert is ignored and 5 of the 7 members appointed have ties to special interests,  most of whom have no business to be on a traffic committee.

Feb 2015 – Francisco Barajas is appointed to the Parks Commission. His only qualification is that he is a friend. Far more qualified applicants are rejected.

Jan 2015 – Jolene Fuentes is re-appointed to Planning Commission even though she doesn’t bother to show up for the interview.

September 2013 – Jolene Fuentes is appointed to the Planning Commission as a replacement for Tim Hughes. Fuentes has no skills whatsoever in planning, but her husband was a campaign contributor to special interest. Highly qualified applicants (Terry Anderson, Dave Carter, and Amanda Morrell) are passed over.

Jan 2012 – C.J. Brower, a former lawyer whose law license was revoked by the California Bar for ethical violations, is appointed to the Planning Commission.  He has no planning experience but worked for Hamilton’s allies.

COLLUSION

Robinson, Voigts, and Hamilton vote as a block on almost every issue.  They use their voting block to prevent discussion of issues (like the Saddleback Ranch Road fiasco).

In December 2014, immediately after the swearing in of Andrew Hamilton, the three used their voting bloc to change Mayor Selection policy in efforts that one of the three be the mayor in 2015.

At the same time, the three used their voting bloc to change Council policy and start requiring that an agreement of THREE Council members (not two any longer) be required before a matter may be placed on public agenda for a simple debate or public hearing.

Hamilton, Robinson, and Voigts have used their voting bloc to vote down Meals on Wheels for senior citizens who may leave alone and are not able to drive.

Hamilton, Robinson, and Voigts have used their voting bloc to frustrate and delay Lake Forest’s transition to having its own Animal Care Facility.

Hamilton, Robinson, and Voigts have used their voting bloc to prevent a public discussion aimed at instituting a policy whereby Council members would not be allowed to benefit from legal representation at taxpayers’ expense in case they are personally charged with a crime.

Hamilton, Robinson, and Voigts have used their voting bloc and approved rezoning tens of acres of commercial land to residential, allowing developers to make a fortune while not even one additional school or major road is to be built.

  • Oct 20, 2015 – Block vote to prevent discussion of voting by district in efforts that every community in the city would have representation on the Council.

  • Oct 3, 2015 – Block vote to prevent discussion of the dire post-improvement faulty condition of Saddleback Ranch Rd.

  • Sept 15, 2015 – Block vote to prevent considering adding alternative members to Traffic Advisory Committee.

  • July 21, 2015 – Block vote to prevent the establishment of an ad hoc committee on public safety.

  • June 16, 2015 – Block vote to prevent seeking competitive bids on Police contract.

  • June 2, 2015 – Block vote to prevent seeking reduction in the costs of tree trimming.

  • Feb 3, 2015 – Block vote against preventing contractors from giving money to Council campaign committees, and against campaign finance limits and regulations.

CONDUCT UNBECOMING

Hamilton yells at citizens in the audience.  Speakers are harassed and cut off in mid-sentence. Audience members are told not to applaud and sometimes not to speak. Roberts Rules of Order are routinely broken, and twice they violated the Brown Act in the recent few months.  Colleagues are called “imbecile”, “moron”, “thief”, “liar”, “vengeance seeker”, etc.

  • Andrew Hamilton violated the Brown Act, and when chastised by the City Attorney, he continued to violate the law.

COMPASSIONLESS

Hamilton voted against supplying senior citizens with hot meals, something every other City provides.  They refused to address the safety hazards on Saddleback Ranch Road even though nearly 1,000 people signed a petition.

  • Oct 3, 2015 – Despite community opposition (and a petition with nearly 1,000 signatures),  Hamilton voted to make no changes to Saddleback Ranch Rd even though it was obvious that the conditions were dangerous. Later changed their minds after being served with a recall summons.

  • Sept 15, 2015 –  Hamilton declined to discuss why fewer funds are being spent to help the homeless and frail seniors.

  • April 7, 2015 –  Hamilton refused to allow AgeWell Services to operate from City Hall to provide “Meals on Wheels” to nearly 100 seniors living in Lake Forest.

CONSERVATISM DENIED

Hamilton professes to be fiscal conservative, yet votes against getting competitive contracts, and refusse to ask Department Heads to cut the fat from the City budget.

Hamilton is not a true fiscal conservatives, as he claims to be.  Here’s his voting record –

  • July 21, 2015 – Voted against seeking competitive bids to reduce the costs of publishing City newsletter.

  • June 16, 2015 – Voted against seeking competitive bids to reduce the costs of the Police budget.

  • June 2, 2015 – Voted against seeking less expensive methods for tree trimming.

  • May 2015 – Voted to give $10,000 bonus to City Manager who earns $300,000 per year in compensation, one of the highest-paid City Managers in California.

  • May 19, 2015 – Voted against seeking competitive bids to reduce street sweeping contract by $200,000. Instead voted to give the contract to Athens Services, a company that had made large campaign contributions.

  • May 12, 2015 – Voted against asking Department Heads to cut 5% fat from their budgets which would have saved the City $2,000,000 a year.

  • April 21, 2015 – Voted to allow developers to provide “in lieu” fees instead of building affordable homes – the result is that the City gets the equivalent of 4 affordable homes instead of 20 and developers get millions of additional dollars in profits.