MOORLACH UPDATE — Letters to the Editor — December 21, 2010

The OC Register’s Letters to the Editor section has not been coming up in my website searches.

Roy Reynolds had a letter in yesterday’s edition (December 20) and Sidney P. Anderson has one in today’s edition (December 21).  It’s good to see ongoing debate on the topics addressed by Nick Berardino and myself.


The three Board of Supervisors members who were elected this year, Supervisors Bates, Nelson and myself, will be sworn into office on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers.  Orange County Superior Court Judge James E. Rogan will officiate my swearing in.  If you are available, I invite you to attend.

On January 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., I will enjoy a rowing opportunity in the Upper Newport Bay with the Newport Bay Conservancy – see  More info to follow.  Date subject to change in case of rain.

A little bit about the outing:

·         We leave from and return to the Newport Aquatic Center (NAC) located @ 1 White Cliffs Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660

·         We will be in multi-hull outrigger canoe(s)

o   Dennis Baker, our host, will steer, you and I will provide the power

o   Canoes can carry 6 people in each hull

§  Single hull for 6

§  Double hull for 12

§  Triple hull for 18

§  Additional canoes if needed

§  We have “squish” room on these numbers so we don’t need exact multiples of 6.

I’ll provide more details in upcoming Updates.

On March 26th I will enjoy a morning hike on with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to enjoy the spring flowers.  More info to follow.  Date subject to change in case of rain.


The Ending Homelessness 2020 Board is recruiting an Executive Director to facilitate the County and regional stakeholder’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  If you or someone you know is interested in the position, please contact Christina Altmayer at


If I’m lucky to be out of the media the next few days, then this will be my last Update before the big day.  Accordingly, allow me to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!

Collective movement?

The Reader Rebuttal [Dec. 19] by Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, responding to a column by Supervisor John Moorlach, brings up some questions in the mind of this nonunion taxpayer.

Berardino suggests that instead of going “backward,” as suggested by Moorlach, it would be better to “move forward collectively.” He also states that the salaries of his members are (set) to the private sector and that these tough times are felt by the “working class.”

For this reader, nonunion all his life, there are some questions: How does one go forward collectively with a labor union? Are his members’ salaries now free-market salaries like those of the worker underclass? And, finally, tough times: Are the times really tough for elite unionized workers?

Sidney P. Anderson


Outsource county offices

Supervisor John Moorlach and the board should consider a third option [“County needs lower pension costs,” Dec. 14]. Orange County has more than 75 internal departments, and most of them duplicate functions that are available from the private sector. The county needs to consider which of its departments could be bid and more efficiently and economically operated by similarly experienced local firms. For example, why can’t the clerk-recorder or the Treasurer/Tax Collector’s office be run by a commercial firm (bank? title company?) with expertise in back-office administrative operations? Short answer – the Orange County Employees Association would never allow it.

Known as the “yellow pages” strategy, this approach simply suggests that if government can competitively bid a function (how about fire protection, running the jail, the coroner?) and see it operate for less than it takes now, it’s a win for the taxpayer. Who says it takes a government employee to send a tax bill, register a deed or examine a corpse?

Roy Reynolds


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