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RE: Fairview Developmental Center as a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Quarantine Site
February 26, 2020
After several days of confusion and unanswered questions surrounding the recent announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) patients would be placed in quarantine at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, Senator John M. W. Moorlach sent the following letter to Governor...
Statement on Coronavirus and Fairview Developmental Center
February 22, 2020
Senator John M. W. Moorlach has been apprised and briefed of the situation by both the Governor's office and the leadership of the city of Costa Mesa. Here is his statement on these recent events: "The coronavirus patients from California should have finished their quarantine on the cruise ship in...
Sen. John M.W. Moorlach Commends Gov. Newsom for Stressing Homeless Solutions in State of the State
February 19, 2020
State Sen. John M.W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, issued the following statement today after Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his 2020 State of the State address to a joint session of the California Legislature: “I want to commend Gov. Newsom for spending so much of his State of the State address on...
Sen. Moorlach's Senate Bill 990 Would Free Uber and Lyft Drivers
February 14, 2020
Today, Senator John M. W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, introduced Senate Bill 990 to free drivers for Uber, Lyft and similar transportation network companies (TNCs). It would allow drivers to be classified as independent contractors. Doing so would free them from the restrictive provisions of Assembly...
Six Moorlach Bills in Assembly
July 18, 2019
Six of Senator John M. W. Moorlach ’s bills are making their way through the Assembly. All have passed their first committees and head to either the Assembly Appropriations Committee or the Assembly floor for a vote. Senate Bill 359, Municipal Referendum Petitions , passed in the Assembly Elections...
Moorlach Names Mark F. Wille, C.P.A. Small Business of the Year
June 19, 2019
Today, Senator John M. W. Moorlach (R- Costa Mesa) presented the Small Business of the Year Award to Mark F. Wille, C.P.A., A Professional Accountancy Corporation for the 37th Senate District. “Mark F. Wille, CPA has become a recognized personal and business advisor for the Orange County community...
Moorlach's Reaction to 2019-2020 Budget Adopted by Senate
June 13, 2019
California State Senator John M. W. Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement regarding the 2019-2020 budget adopted by the Senate in Assembly Bill 74: “I voted against the budget today because it falls short of what is frustrating Californians and their needs. It is the largest budget...
Moorlach Names Mind OC Nonprofit of the Year
June 5, 2019
Today, Senator John M. W. Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) recognized Mind OC as the Nonprofit of the Year for the 37th Senate District with the California Association of Nonprofits. Moorlach was pleased to present Mind OC a Resolution on the Senate Floor for their outstanding record of community support. “...
Moorlach Thanks pro Tem for Conference Committee Appointment
May 25, 2019
Yesterday, the Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) appointed Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) to the 2019-20 Budget Conference Committee. The full makeup of the bipartisan committee is: Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Chair Senator John M. W. Moorlach (R-Costa...
Senate Bill 598 Passes Senate with Unanimous Support
May 25, 2019
Late yesterday afternoon, the California State Senate voted unanimously to approve SB 598, the Open Financial Statements Act , to create the Open Financial Statements Commission, and take the first steps to transition state and local financial statements to a machine-readable format. SB 598 is...
Sen. John M. W. Moorlach on Gov. Gavin Newsom's New Position on the Death Penalty
March 13, 2019
In unilaterally giving reprieves to the 737 murderers on California’s death row, Gov. Gavin Newsom is further delaying the wishes of the majority of California’s residents. In recent years, California voters rejected two initiatives to overturn the death penalty, while passing one initiative to...
Senator John M. W. Moorlach Reacts to California Supreme Court Pension Decision
March 4, 2019
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, has been closely monitoring the arguments in CalFire Local 2881, et al. v. CalPERS before the California Supreme Court. Here is his comment on the ruling: “Today, the Court missed a major opportunity to resolve an inferred untenable doctrine that has become...
California Attorney General Fails to Meet Own APPS Program Deadlines, Yet Asks for More APPS Money
March 1, 2019
SACRAMENTO - The annual report by the California Department of Justice outlining the status of the state's Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) was released today by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and it reflects a systematic failure in the program to remove firearms from individuals who are...
Sen. John M. W. Moorlach Introduces Bill for Dedicated California Highway Lanes Without Speed Limits
February 19, 2019
Sen. John M. W. Moorlach introduced Senate Bill 319, which would provide additional dedicated lanes without speed limits northbound and southbound on Interstate Route 5 (I-5) and State Route 99 (SR 99) without speed limits using existing cap and trade revenues. Replacing the defunct High-Speed Rail...
Senator Moorlach Will Monitor California Supreme Court Pension Hearing
December 5, 2018
State Senator John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, will be monitoring the California Supreme Court online tomorrow listening to the oral arguments in CalFire Local 2881, et al. v. CalPERS. He is willing to provide his impressions on the possible outcomes of cases dealing with the California Rule and how it...
Sen. John Moorlach Cautions Legislature on Projected Surplus
November 16, 2018
Sen. John M.W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, comments on the Legislative Analyst’s (LAO) new report, “The 2019-20 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook”: The LAO is optimistic about nearly $15 billion in additional resources to allocate after putting another $15 billion into the Rainy Day fund. The report...
Moorlach Report Finds 2/3 of California's 944 School Districts Bleed Red Ink
October 3, 2018
Sen. John Moorlach today released his latest fiscal report, “ Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s Public School Districts, Colleges & Universities. ” SEE REPORT HERE . It follows his March 2018 reports on the state’s 482 cities that found 2/3 of them in the red; of 58 counties , 55...
Mercy House selected Nonprofit of the Year
September 27, 2018
On June 6, Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, took great pleasure in issuing a resolution selecting Mercy House of Santa Ana as the 37th Senatorial District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year. The Resolution commends Mercy House “for providing invaluable services to the people of the local area, and...
Is Caltrans Campaigning on Your Dime?
September 4, 2018
Since being elected to the State Senate in March 2015, I have tried to shine a light in California’s vast bureaucracy to see if we can get better services for the hard earned taxes the people of California are paying. Unfortunately, the California Department of Transportation – or Caltrans – has...
Sen. John Moorlach Explains California Pension Crisis at Huntington Beach Town Hall
July 24, 2018
On July 12, state Senator John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, took part in a panel discussion on social investing for our state pension system at a Town Hall in Huntington Beach. You can view the video here . Also participating were Mayor Mike Posey and two executives from the California Public Employees...
Californians SHOULD NOT FUND Hollywood's Toxic Culture
October 19, 2017
I write to you today in your role as the chief administrator of the California Motion Picture and Television Production Credit’s allocation, assignment, purchase, sale and application of credit against income or franchise tax at the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). As I am sure you have seen, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been caught in abhorrent and disgusting behavior that not only looks immoral and unethical, but likely is illegal. While we hope that law enforcement is investigating the claims, it is our responsibility as elected officials to make sure that state tax dollars and credits are spent in accordance with our values.
Public Resources and Information Available to Southern California Residents Affected by Canyon Fire 2
October 10, 2017
Insurance information: https://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/105-type/95-guides/03-res/res-ins-guide.cfm#somefinal or call California Department of Insurance Hotline: (800) 927-4357 Individual Insurance Company Phone Directory AIG Property Casualty Company: (888) 760-9195 Allstate: (800) 547-...
Sen. Moorlach Has Invited Ben Shapiro to Senate Hearing on First Amendment
October 2, 2017
Tomorrow, I will participate in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing called by Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon and chaired by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson in our State’s Capitol. The hearing is titled, “Combatting Hate While Protecting the Constitution.” As Vice Chair, I invited noted political...
SB 742, SB 671, SB 665 Signed By Governor Brown
July 18, 2017
SACRAMENTO -- Yesterday, Governor Brown signed three key pieces of legislation I introduced that are designed to make state government processes more transparent, efficient, and effective. Senate Bill 665 Citizens deserve the transparency and reputable information from their local governments. This...
Cap-and-Trade Letter Stating Concerns Sent to Governor Brown
July 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO, CA -- After a whirlwind of discussions thanks to Gov. Brown's legislative cram down, the Senate Republican Caucus delivered him a letter voicing concerns about the detrimental effects of his proposed cap-and-trade policy. Below are excerpts: Preserving quality of life for all...
Bill clarifying arguments in ballot measure submissions headed to governor
June 30, 2017
“For future elections, SB 665 will hopefully prevent the confusion we saw over ballot argument selections for a local measure in the 2016 election.” ~ Senator Moorlach SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 665, Sen. John Moorlach’s bill clarifying potential signatories for the arguments in ballot measure...
HomeAid Orange County Recognized as Non Profit of the Year
June 29, 2017
Yesterday I had the opportunity to recognize HomeAid Orange County as a part of California Nonprofits Day organized by CalNonprofits . HomeAid does excellent work in my district dealing with a cause I've long fought for: ending homelessness. The award was accepted on behalf HomeAID by Scott Larson...
California Budget Act 2017-18: Largest annual budget disregards future consequences
June 16, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown has openly stated that a recession is coming and that budget cuts are inevitable. So I began my comments on the final budget acknowledging the uncomfortable fact that – at $125 billion – this is California’s largest general fund budget ever. It is difficult to reconcile the...
Response to May Budget Revision
May 11, 2017
"If managing the budget is 'like riding a tiger,' looking out ahead ten years from now is like standing on the deck of the sinking Titanic."
Senator Moorlach seeks to protect students during budget shortfalls
May 5, 2017
Since 2014, there have been several attempts to repeal a cap that prohibits school districts from saving for a rainy day. Senate Bill 590, introduced by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), aimed once again to repeal the burdensome cap. Sacramento Democrats killed SB 590 in the Senate Education Committee last week.
Pensions: Employee's rights vs. Taxpayers
December 14, 2016
Senator Moorlach joins Studio SoCaL to interview Rick Reiff and Elizabeth Espinosa to discuss Pensions: Employee's rights vs. Taxpayers.
California's Unfunded Pension Liabilities: Why We Should All Pay Attention
December 13, 2016
Charter Local Edition’s Leslie Leyton interviews Senator John Moorlach about the possibility of how unfunded pension liabilities could become our next fiscal calamity.
Prop 47 & 57 Event: What is the future of crime in California?
December 13, 2016
State must tackle its debts
December 3, 2016
The Legislative Analyst’s Office recently announced that it is forecasting a $2.8 billion budget surplus for the state of California next year. As the SNL Church Lady would say, “Isn’t that special?”
Expanding county supervisor boards: What exactly are we trying to solve?
November 20, 2016
There’s a basic truth worth remembering whenever someone proposes new legislation: What problem is it attempting to solve? This political guidepost came to mind in the last session when reviewing State Constitutional Amendment 8, which would have forced several counties in California to increase the number of seats on their boards of supervisors.
ICYMI: Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities Near $5.6 Trillion
October 18, 2016
"The metrics are in and others are beginning to recognize how deep the pension liability hole is for not only California, but the entire nation. It's time for the public employees and Legislature to work together to develop a long-term solution for these public pensions that are currently...
Senator John Moorlach on Thisday in Laguna Woods
October 17, 2016
Last week I had the pleasure of joining Laguna Woods, California "Thisday" for an interview to discuss my efforts to reform our state's severely flawed transportation department & a pivotal victory for mental health care services.
ICYMI: Illinois Is California's Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come
October 11, 2016
"If you want to know the fate that awaits California, just watch the state of Illinois. It's a slow-moving fiscal train wreck and California is on the same track. The catalyst? Underfunded pensions. I drove through Illinois, from top to bottom, last October to see it for myself. "California's...
Senator Moorlach Responds to Governor Brown Signing Anti-Transparency Bill, AB 1671
September 30, 2016
Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown signing Assembly Bill 1671 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles):
Governor Brown Signs Onerous Mandate Masked as a Helpful Retirement Plan
September 29, 2016
Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown signing Senate Bill 1234, which creates a bureaucratically run, government mandated, savings plan:
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