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Coastline Pilot: Laguna hopes bill aimed at reducing wildfires sparked by utility wires will encourage undergrounding

September 1, 2016
A bill spearheaded by Laguna Beach Councilman Bob Whalen that would require the state to identify areas most at-risk of wildfires caused by overhead utility wires passed the Senate last week and awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's decision. Senate Bill 1463 would also require the California Public Utilities...

Swimming World: California Senate Passes Resolution Urging IOC to Address 1976 Olympic Wrongs; Babashoff Overwhelmed

August 31, 2016
The California Senate took a major step forward in recognizing the injustices of the 1976 Olympic Games where the East German women swimmers won all but one gold medal in the pool. Senate Resolution 88 urges the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to address the wrong created by the East German...

OC Register: Does California's environmental protection law impede development? Five things to know about CEQA

August 28, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, authored one of two bills this year to end anonymous filings. Both died in committee. The anti-reform CEQA Works website argued that forcing organizations to disclose their members and donors violates the First Amendment.

Independent Institute: Caltrans Wins Golden Fleece Award for Its $10 Billion Highway Robbery

August 22, 2016
Regarding Caltrans’s lies, California State Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) said in a press release: “This audit reinforces the fact that our bad roads are not a result of a lack of funding. They’re a result of a lack of competence at Caltrans.” He continued: “We don’t need to raise gas taxes...

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...