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LAKE FOREST : Public Safety Becomes Top Spending Priority

In the wake of a recent attack on a youngster in a city park, officials decided this week to make public safety their top spending priority.

At a joint meeting, the City Council, planning and parks commissions asked city staff to upgrade lighting and weed abatement, particularly at Serrano Creek Community Park where the attack occurred.

The group, which met to discuss how to spend about $9 million in city reserves over the next seven years, requested that safety measures begin immediately and that a budget amendment for this year be drafted if necessary.

“Any improvement to enhance the safety of parks should be made the top priority,” City Councilwoman Ann Van Haun said.

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