Register gets to the Bottom on Galloway’s new Colony Neighborhood home

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. 

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.  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 he’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 he’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 Galloway’s home, do not.

So, he’s asking Galloway to temporarily live across the courtyard — in his one legal residential unit — while he works with the city to bring the other two homes up to code. He expects the process to take about a month.

“It’s just a technicality, and I’m sorry for all the confusion it’s caused,” Taormina said. “All I want to do is do the right thing. … I take complete responsibility.”

  11 comments for “Register gets to the Bottom on Galloway’s new Colony Neighborhood home

  1. Publius
    January 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Last I checked, ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse for violating it.
    As a councilmember, Lorri should have checked in to the zoning issue before moving in. It appears that she chose to not check into it so she could deny it when found out.
    Too bad. So sad!
    You should ask for a refund of your contribution soon, Dan!

    • Luke Skywalker
      January 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      He won’t do it Pub, he’s put all his eggs in this basket(carpetbag) and gosh darn-it no matter how unethical Councilmember Galloway is, he’s sticking to it! Back to Irvine with you Dan! They should have a word for carpetbagging donors, how about… moneymeddlers?

      • Howard be my name
        January 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

        I don’t know if Dan contributed to Lorri or not, but I’m amazed that you would tell him he should not do so. What if he contributed to Loretta Sanchez? Or Martha Coakley? Is that wrong too?

  2. Luke Skywalker
    January 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    So, she is not only unethical, but extremely incompetent by not checking that place she claims that she’s going to live in (notice I said claims, we all know she’s not going to live there, and when she loses she’s going to drop the facade and continue living(because she never left) in the hills) the place that she’s carpetbagging into, was not even a home as far as the city is concerned. Some people let others living in buildings in Anaheim that are not approved for living, like in garages and such, they get fined and the city demands they move out. Not for Lorri from the Hills! UNETHICAL! We don’t need anyone from the 3rd trying to represent the 4th on our seat in the BOS. GO BACK TO THE 3rd!

  3. Daniel Lamb
    January 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

    We have bigger problems in this county than the frett over arbitrarily drawn supervisor districts…

    Lorri is the best suited candidate to represent the people of the 4th district, she has served the people there throughout her career.

    This is a great issue for Galloway, it provides an opportunity to discuss her service to the community.

    • January 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

      I agree that Districts are drawn in a ridiculous manner, but until they are remedied they need to be followed. What other rules do you simply ignore because they don’t fit your agenda?

      So now Lorri and Mike Galloway will move into the loft above the Carriage House? It is occupied, Bill Taormina told us in his response that his sister’s business manager lives there (it is the ONLY loft on site). So either the Galloways are doubling up with Arlene’s manager, or they are tossing her into the street. Which is it?

  4. Kevin
    January 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t think that this post has enough pictures of Lorri Galloway standing next to people who are more famous than her. Could you please add more?

    (Caption for #3: “Task force bands together to help Lorri Galloway pack up her things and move to a new ‘home’ in the Fourth District”)

  5. January 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    LOL Kevin…I put those in for Publius who seemed bent of out of shape that I posted photos of Lorri with Loretta Sanchez. Too bad that pic of Lorri with Jeff Goldblom is so blurry.

    But hey,I have photos of me with Boxer, Pelosi, Hillary and Bill Clinton…would you like to see those?

  6. Anderson
    January 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I knew that this was all going to get cleared up!

  7. Publius
    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Once again, Lorri G’s ethical lapses result in something needing “to get cleared up.”
    Not the kind of candidate I’d support.
    Why doesn’t she continue her work, enjoy her comfortable home in Anaheim Hills, and run for the 3rd when it opens in a couple of years?

  8. Anderson
    January 29, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I have to disagree; she is definitely a candidate I would support. She does not work in her comfortable home in Anaheim Hills. Instead, she works in the Eli Home Thrift Store humbly serving her constituents.

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