Last time we looked at the impact of political cronyism on the performance of the City of Lake Forest Planning Commission (PC), following the coup d’état engineered by then Mayor Scott Voigts when he was joined at the dais in 2012 by newly elected Dwight Robinson and Adam Nick. As reported, the performance of the once well-regarded PC deteriorated in almost every respect – since Voigts’ apostles took over the PC it is doing less, taking more time to do it, and costing the City more. Even worse, some of their decisions are so poorly considered that they literally risk the future health and well being of the 80,000 people who call Lake Forest home.
Today our focus is on the City’s only other commission – Parks and Recreation (PRC). As with their companion Commission, the PRC enjoyed a good reputation prior to Voigts’ reign. Several years earlier the PRC began an aggressive re-model of the City’s parks, making them more attractive and usable. They planned an enormous 87 acre Sports Park that will open its doors in the next few months, and they helped organize an active recreation program that provides activities and courses for thousands of residents. If that weren’t sufficient cause for praise, they had a 20+ year tradition of putting on a great 4th of July Parade. So what have they been up to since Voigts’ appointees joined the PRC? Continue reading