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Tap brakes on urge to raise gas taxes

August 11, 2015
OC Register - State Sen. John Moorlach released a fact sheet noting that, while the state collects $10.6 billion annually from gas and transportation fees, just 20 percent of that money goes to road repair and new construction.

7 Key Measures of California’s Transportation Challenges

August 7, 2015
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Roads: State spends more, gets less

August 7, 2015
San Diego Union-Tribune - When the Legislature returns from its break on Aug. 17, the focus will turn to transportation funding. Virtually everyone — Democrats, Republicans, labor unions, taxpayer groups and the business community — agree California’s roads are a mess and need substantial...

Even with O.C. resources strained, cost-of-living increases are pushing more into the '100K club' for pensions

August 2, 2015
Orange County Register - The number of retired Orange County workers making more than $100,000 in annual pensions has more than doubled in the past five years, even as debate rages about the financial health of the county’s and other pensions.

California's pension hole: Once modest, now monstrous

July 31, 2015
Orange County Register - Within the span of only 11 years, the hole at the bottom of California’s state and local pension funds increased a staggering 3,046 percent.

A Fighter Steps Out of the Ring

July 28, 2015
Voice of O.C. - The Berardino era is coming to an end Friday. The 67-year-old will step down after more than four decades at OCEA, the last dozen as its general manager. He leaves a legacy that touches all corners of Orange County and stretches to Sacramento.

Is Caltrans wasting millions on idle staff?

July 28, 2015
Sacramento Bee - As part of their effort to pay for the major transportation overhaul Gov. Jerry Brown has called for without levying new taxes, Assembly Republicans have proposed cutting 3,500 full-time positions from the California Department of Transportation, at a savings to the state of half a...

Video: Charter Comunications Local Edition Interview

July 27, 2015
I sat down Charter Local Edition Host, Brad Pomerance to talk about my transition to the California state legislature, our State's budget, and the future of tax reform in California July 27, 2015

Crisis gives purpose to The Orange Club

July 25, 2015
Orange County Register - The Orange Club, a Chinese American political action committee in Orange County that's registered with the state, was formed in 2014 because of Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA) 5: an affirmative action bill that would have allowed California public universities to use...

Second request for Great Park Audit investigation is dropped

June 19, 2015
Daily Pilot - A push to have the audit of the Orange County Great Park examined in the Legislature hit a second wall Wednesday when Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) abruptly withdrew her request before a meeting of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in Sacramento.

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