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Encyclopedia > Lake Forest, California
City of Lake Forest, California
Official seal of City of Lake Forest, California
Seal
Location of Lake Forest within Orange County, California.
Location of Lake Forest within Orange County, California.
Country United States
State California
County Orange
Government
 - Mayor Richard Dixon
Area
 - City 12.6 sq mi (32.7 km²)
 - Land 12.5 sq mi (32.3 km²)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km²)
Population (2000)
 - City 58,707
 - Density 4,700.3/sq mi (1,814.8/km²)
Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC−7)
Website: http://www.city-lakeforest.com/

Lake Forest is a city in Orange County, California, United States. The population was 58,707 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links Seal of the City of Lake Forest, California. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Richard Travers Dixon (born November 20, 1865 - died November 14, 1949) was a British sailor who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Lake Forest incorporated as a new city on December 20, 1991. Residents voted to name the city Lake Forest, after two expensive master planned residential communities, denying the longer claim to the territory by the community of El Toro. Since being founded, it has expanded its limits to include the newer communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills. The multiplicity of names often creates confusion: some people in the Portola Hills neighborhood, for example, can receive mail addressed to them at Portola Hills, Lake Forest, or Trabuco Canyon. Lake Forest (along with its neighboring cities Mission Viejo and Irvine) is ranked as one of the safest cities in the country. The private research firm Morgan Quitno ranked Lake Forest as the 15th safest city in the United States. Lake Forest is a city located in Orange County, California. ... Foothill Ranch is a census-designated place located in Orange County, California. ... Portola Hills is a census-designated place located in Orange County, California. ... Trabuco Canyon is a small, unincorporated community in Orange County, California, with a population of only a few thousand. ... Mission Viejo is a city located in Orange County, California. ... Location of Irvine within Orange County, California. ... Morgan Quitno Press is an independent research and publishing company based out of Lawrence, Kansas. ...


The city has two lakes from which the city gets its name. The lakes are man-made and custom homes ranging from large to small, and condominiums line their shores. The Lake Forest Sun and Sail Clubs feature tennis courts, gyms, basketball courts, barbecue pits, volleyball courts, multiple swimming pools, saunas, swimmings, hot tubs and club houses for social events.


El Toro Road at the Interstate 5 freeway was the epicenter of the early Saddleback Valley from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. However, the area gradually deteriorated, and most of the shops closed or moved to other cities. After years of planning, the City has worked with the property owners of some aging strip malls and developed the "Arbor at Lake Forest" commercial district. The new center can now compete with the more upscale shopping centers and cities that surround Lake Forest like Mission Viejo, Irvine, and Laguna Hills. Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills brought new homes to Lake Forest in the farthest east portion of the city. Interstate 5 (abbreviated I-5) is the westernmost interstate highway in the continental United States. ...


The city hosts the headquarters of eyewear manufacturer Oakley, Inc.; hard-drive maker Western Digital; telecommunications software developer Greenlight Wireless Corp.; barbecue retailer Barbeques Galore; medical equipment maker Apria Healthcare; and skateboarding companies Sole Technology, Inc., Etnies, and Tilly's; among others. In addition, one of the country's most famous churches and the largest church in California, Saddleback Church (pastor, Rick Warren), is located in Lake Forest. Oakley is an eyewear company known mostly for their high end sunglasses and ski goggles. ... Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC) (often abbreviated to WD) is a manufacturer of a large proportion of the worlds hard disks, and has a long history in the electronics industry as an IC maker and a storage products company. ... Barbeques Galore is an Australian chain of retail stores specializing in barbeque grills that also has a large presence in the United States. ... Sole Technology, Inc. ... etnies is an American footwear brand based in Lake Forest, California owned by Sole Technology, Inc. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Lake Forest is also home to two county parks. Whiting Ranch in the eastern part of the city was the site of an infamous mountain lion mauling in 2004 that captured the West Coast news media.[1] For other uses, see Cougar (disambiguation). ...


Lake Forest's central proximity to surrounding areas and immediate access to the Santa Ana and San Diego freeways (Interstates 5 and 405, respectively), Irvine's Business Spectrum, Irvine Spectrum Center and the short drive to Laguna Beach makes it a very desirable place to live. In 2007 the city synchronized its traffic lights, and (to the dismay of many Mission Viejo commuters who drove through Lake Forest to Irvine) shortened drive times up and down Bake Parkway, Lake Forest Boulevard and El Toro Road in order to alleviate congestion between Foothill and I-5. Interstate 5 (abbreviated I-5) is the westernmost interstate highway in the continental United States. ... Interstate 405 is the designation of three different tertiary interstate routes of Interstate 5. ... The Irvine Spectrum Center is an outdoor mall in Irvine, California centered on a large Edwards 21 Cinema Movie Theater. ... Location of Laguna Beach within Orange County, California. ...


Heritage Hill historical park is home to some of the oldest buildings in the county, including the Serrano Adobe, the old El Toro School House, and St. Georges Episcopal Church.


In 1994, Kathryn McCullough became the mayor of Lake Forest, and the first African American mayor of any city in Orange County. She currently serves as a member of the City Council.

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El Toro Past

Folklore states that El Toro received its name over one hundred years ago. Back when El Toro was farm country, there was allegedly a water well that many farmers used. A bull fell into the well and a sign was posted above the well stating, in Spanish, "The bull has fallen into the well." Over time, part of the sign fell off, leaving only "The bull." The railroads, whose tracks ran through the area, mistakenly thought the sign was the name of the town, and thus the area of El Toro was given its name. This information was produced from "The Old El Toro Reader" by George Osterman.


Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was located one mile from the city of Lake Forest in the city of Irvine. At one time, El Toro was considered a military town, but the city blossomed independently in the 1980s and 1990s and the base closed in 1999. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was a United States Marine Corps Air Station located near Irvine, California at . ... Location of Irvine within Orange County, California. ...


Lake Forest has one high school, El Toro High School. The high school was opened in 1973. It has established itself as one of the top schools in Southern California, along with the other three comprehensive high schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. The mascot is a bull and its teams are known as the Chargers. School colors are blue and gold. El Toro High School is a public high school in Lake Forest, California, United States and is one of five high schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD). ...


Geography

Lake Forest is located at 33°38′30″N, 117°41′27″W (33.641642, -117.690733)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.7 km² (12.6 mi²). 32.3 km² (12.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.95%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


El Toro/Lake Forest/Portola is located in the heart of the Saddleback Valley. It is also in the northern section of South Orange County.


It has two man-made lakes identified by the clubhouses on the lakes: the Beach and Tennis Club (Hidden Lakes, formerly Lake I) and the Sun and Sail Club (Lake II).


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 58,707 people, 20,008 households, and 14,745 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,814.8/km² (4,698.8/mi²). There were 20,486 housing units at an average density of 633.3/km² (1,639.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.02% White, 1.83% African American, 0.50% Native American, 9.70% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 7.51% from other races, and 4.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.59% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 20,008 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.31. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $67,967, and the median income for a family was $75,121. Males had a median income of $52,019 versus $37,100 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,583. About 3.2% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government & Politics

Of the 40,352 registered voters in Lake Forest; 25.8% are Democrats and 53.4% are Republicans. The remaining 20.8% either declined to state political affiliation or are registered with one of the many minor political parties. Richard Dixon serves as Lake Forest's mayor and Mark Tettemer is Mayor Pro Tem. The three other city council members are Kathryn McCullough, Marcia Rudolph, and Peter Herzog.


Lake Forest is part of California's 48th congressional district, and is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman John Campbell. The city is also part of California's 70th Assembly District, represented by Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, and California's 33rd Senate District, represented by Senator Dick Ackerman. Californias 48th congressional district is located in Orange County in southern California, and includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest (formerly known as El Toro), Tustin, and parts of Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano, and Santa Ana. ... John Bayard Taylor Campbell III (born July 19, 1955) is a Republican U.S. politician, who is currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Californias 48th Congressional District. ... Charles S. DeVore (born May 20, 1962) is a U.S. politician, currently serving as a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing portions of Orange County. ... Dick Ackerman Richard Charles Ackerman (born December 5, 1942) is a Republican U.S. politician, who is currently the California State Senate Minority Leader. ...


Notable Residents

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References

  1. ^ CBS news article on the attack.

External links

  • Official City of Lake Forest Homepage
  • Maps and aerial photos for 33°38′30″N 117°41′27″W / 33.641642, -117.690733Coordinates: 33°38′30″N 117°41′27″W / 33.641642, -117.690733

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Originally known as El Toro, Lake forest is a city that respects the natural environment.
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Lake Forest is a newer city in the South Orange County area.
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