In The News Archive

OC Register: Putting body cam bill in focus

August 11, 2016
Unquestionably, there’s emotional and visceral appeal in legislation that would prohibit the release of a public agency’s recording that depicts the killing of a peace officer in the line of duty unless the officer’s immediate family gives consent. Yet AB2611 sailed through the Assembly without a...

Sacramento Bee: Coastal bill restricts talk, and housing, too

August 10, 2016
We all want to help Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature solve the Golden State’s acute need for more housing. So why would legislators send the governor a bill that makes it even more difficult to build housing—especially in coastal cities? Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, in voting against SB...

Sacramento Bee: An all-too common dereliction

August 7, 2016
For now, there is a shortage of crisis beds. Sen. John Moorlach, an Orange County Republican, said that in his county of 3 million people, there are 10 crisis beds. In part because of Moorlach’s Senate Bill 1273, the state has announced that it will divert some revenue from Proposition 63 – the...

Laguna Beach Indy: Policy Clears Way For Mental Health Treatment Options

August 4, 2016
Soon, Orange County people experiencing a mental health crisis may have new options for immediate, expert help. That’s thanks to a recent clarification of state policy that clears the way for important initiatives designed to improve crisis mental health services in Orange County and save taxpayer...

OC Register: Addressing O.C. mental health crisis

July 31, 2016
As a business major, and then a practicing C.P.A., I never imagined that I would spend much of my time in public office focusing on the mental health crisis we are facing in the U.S. The importance of addressing mental illness hit me front and center five years ago when Kelly Thomas, who was...

Reason: CalPERS' Earnings Flop Means Taxpayer Belt Tightening

July 29, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) notes that the Dow Jones, the fixed-income market and the real estate market have been at all-time highs: "Now we're in Peter Pan territory. 'You've just got to believe'... the stock market will rise more than 7.5 percent per year. You've just got to believe...

Public CEO: Commentary - CalPERS Sinks Further into Fiscal Insolvency

July 18, 2016
The lone voice in the legislature for reform continues to be Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) who has a significant background in public finance and accounting. “What has me baffled is that this is causing me great anxiety, but it does not seem to have the same impact on my colleagues in...

Redding Record Searchlight: It's going to get even worse for CalPERS

July 17, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, knows a thing or two about failed government investments, having gained fame — and public office — after predicting Orange County's bankruptcy in 199

Desert Sun: Shedding Light on Police Problems

July 5, 2016
Details are secret partly because a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers has blocked several attempts since 2006 to give the public access to police discipline records. Most recently, SB 1286 — introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and co-authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San...

Fox & Hounds: No Budget Cuts? There May be a Reason

June 29, 2016
The seemingly strong budget only winked at the debt shadow that is lurking over the state. As State Senator John Moorlach put it when the General Fund budget was approved, “we should all be concerned that the budget only pays lip service to the hundreds of billions in debt and unfunded liabilities...