An update: Lorri’s new home is legal after all.
The OC Register’s Jennifer Muir does a terrific job of investigating the controversy surrounding Anaheim council member and 4th district BoS candidate Lorri Galloway’s new residence in Anaheim’s Colony neighborhood and it appears as though it’s Lorri’s new landlord who has a problem to address.Â
Read Jennifer’s story here.
What the story does do is clear up the perception that Lorri “knowingly violated the law” when she moved into her new home.Â And her landlord takes full responsibility for the error and is working with the city to rectify the situation.
From Jennifer’s story:
“The property owner, Bill Taormina, said Tuesday that heâ€™s been leasing the property to various mixed-use tenants for five years and was unaware there were any zoning issues. He and his representatives told Galloway that the property was a legal residential rental unit.
Taormina says heâ€™s owned the lot, which contains three addresses, for seven years. He bought the property when it was all dirt, then relocated two restored Craftsman homes there and built a third next door. At the time, he believed he obtained all the necessary permits to make the homes qualify for both residential and commercial uses.
But when his employees checked with the city Tuesday morning, they discovered that only one of the three homes had approval for residential use. The other two, including Gallowayâ€™s home, do not.
So, heâ€™s asking Galloway to temporarily live across the courtyard â€” in his one legal residential unit â€” while he works with the city to bring the other two homes up to code. He expects the process to take about a month.
â€œItâ€™s just a technicality, and Iâ€™m sorry for all the confusion itâ€™s caused,â€ Taormina said. â€œAll I want to do is do the right thing. â€¦ I take complete responsibility.â€