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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...

San Diego Union-Tribune: California can't hide police misconduct any more

June 27, 2016
Details are secret partly because a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers have 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: Mr. Moorlach Goes to Sacramento

June 14, 2016
So that’s why I’ve been interviewing John Moorlach for years. The State Senator and veteran CPA is California’s most congenial Republican. Despite being a wet blanket on the Golden State’s fiscal forecast, he’s just so dang likeable.

CA Political Review: Budget Deception: Weird Accounting Diminishes Accountability

June 14, 2016
The good news is that the days of deceptive government accounting may be numbered. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has, for the last several years, been forcing government entities to finally begin reporting pension obligations and “Other Post-Employment Benefits” in a way that is both...

OC Register - Watchdog: O.C. jails are unfit for mentally ill inmates, grand jury says

June 13, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, who championed Laura’s Law as a county supervisor, has introduced a bill that would allow “millionaire’s tax” funds from Proposition 63 (a 1 percent levy on those earning more than $1 million, to pay for mental health services) to be used for “crisis stabilization services...

Fox & Hounds: Resist the "Pothole Tax"

June 3, 2016
Last week, Will Kempton, Executive Director of Transportation California and former Director of Caltrans published a response to Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, in a Fox & Hounds piece stating that, “…in spite of all the recent audits and criticism, the...

LA Times: Does the public have a right to know a cop's history?

June 2, 2016
There are state legislators who find that unacceptable. Senators Mark Leno of San Francisco, Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and John Moorlach of Costa Mesa, along with Assembly member Shirley Weber of San Diego, have sponsored a bill that would give the public a right to know about officer-involved...

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