MOORLACH UPDATE — 2010 Review — January 3, 2011

The first article below is from the Daily Pilot’s Saturday edition.  Instead of doing its annual “Daily Pilot 103” list in October, it did it at year-end based on news generated during the year.  It doesn’t have the fun feel of prior 103s.  In fact, it dealt with very recent news.

I spent the weekend in San Simeon and visited the Hearst Castle visitor’s center twice.  The second time was to catch their IMAX movie.  The visit reminded me of the last time I was on the Daily Pilot 103.  One starts with a low number (higher up on the list) and slowly receives a higher number over the years (lower on the list).  In years past, the Top 103 were invited to a luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club.  I was asked to speak in 1998.  I mentioned Hearst Castle.  When William Randolph Hearst had guests, the guests would first sit next to or near him.  The next evening the guest would sit a little further away.  Eventually, the guest would get closer and closer to the fire place.  That was the signal that it was time to leave the estate.  Sure enough, that was my last time on the list until recently, when I became County Supervisor.  I see a similar trend this year, by dropping to number 38. 

The second piece is from this week’s Orange County Business Journal’s OC Insider column.  Rick Reiff closes his column with predictions.

Reading all of the “Top Stories” of the year columns of late, I thought I would do a list of my own.  It’s the third piece below.


Who made this year’s DP 103?

Chosen people (or animals) include City Council members, public safety officials and religious leaders.

No. 38

John Moorlach

Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach continued his campaign against generous public employee pensions. He remains a strong voice on complex John Wayne Airport issues. So why did the respected policy wonk inserted himself in a battle concerning Councilman Eric Bever and friend Chris Eric, who said they felt intimidated by police when they posted Jim Righeimer campaign signs? All politics are local.

Orange County Business Journal


Keeping Opera Alive in OC; 2011 Predictions

With tongue in cheek, the Insider’s predictions for 2011:

• Saying it reminds him of Omaha, Laguna Beach weekender Warren Buffett buys the OC fairgrounds.

• A Donald Bren imposter is arrested after trying to deed Newport Center to the Nature Conservancy.

• Arizona and Nevada promote “debt retirement communities” that attract hordes of wealthy Californians.

• KOCE rebrands itself as “Los Angeles PBS of Orange County.”

• Activision Blizzard releases the ultimate war game, “Moorlach vs. The Nurses’ Union.”

Moorlach’s Top 60 Stories of 2010


I am re-elected as Orange County Supervisor, Second District, without opposition


Huntington Beach’s elected-Treasurer is elected as the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector in the general run-off election


Supervisor Bates is re-elected to the Fifth District seat without opposition


Fullerton Councilman Shawn Nelson is elected to fill the Fourth District Supervisorial seat vacated by Supervisor Chris Norby


Appointed Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is elected in the June primary, against two strong opponents, to the position of Sheriff-Coroner; the

   first woman in Orange County’s history to do so


Donald Bren, CEO of The Irvine Company, donates 20,000 acres of undeveloped land in the Santa Ana Mountains to OC Parks


Orange County Fair and Event Center is auctioned for a third time by the state and it is still tied up in litigation


The city of Bell’s City Manager, a Huntington Beach resident, fiscally abuses the city’s finances through enhanced salaries and taxes


County’s appeal of the lawsuit against the Deputy Sheriff’s union attempting to rescind the granting of retroactive pension benefits is


   continued until January 2011


Public employee defined benefit pension plans and their costs start to resonate with the media and begin to receive national attention


The "Baugh Manifesto," requiring Republican candidates for public office to prohibit receipt of public employee union funding is issued


Orange County Vector Control Board General Manager Gerard Goedhart retires, but his exit out of the door is awkward and the residue

   of some of his management decisions are still being addressed


Marcia Fritz, new President of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, is everywhere as a public pension reform advocate


Supervisor Norby is elected to the California State Assembly and leaves the Orange County Board of Supervisors


I make it on to the Orange County Business Journal’s Annual OC 50 List


Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street announces that he will not run for his office again


Orange County Supervisor and Board Chair Janet Nguyen has a baby boy; another first in OC’s history


Paperless news outlets have a greater impact; Voice of OC grows, leaves, and and arrive


The unincorporated area of Rossmoor has coyotes and our office assists with improvements to flood control channels


John Wayne Airport’s remodeling project to add six additional gates (Terminal C) begins; this will provide the capacity to handle the


   agreed to maximum annual passenger limitation of 10.8 million


The co-ed softball team that my two sons and I play on wins the league championship


The Orange County Sheriff’s Department signs a contract negotiated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), allowing for a


  revenue supplement to a financially hemorrhaging department


City of Huntington Beach votes to annex unincorporated area of Sunset Beach


Mike Hearst is selected to be the new General Manager of the Orange County Vector Control District; replacing Gerard Goedhart

25 recognizes me with the Ordinance of the Year Award for elimination of Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requirements


Costa Mesa has rifled through $50 million in reserves to balance its budgets for the past four years


Webster Guillory is re-elected to the position of Orange County Assessor


Webster Guillory is wrongfully accused by OCEA and misguided gadfly; exonerated by Internal Audit Department


The West County Connector construction project, overseen by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), is initiated;


   Freeway carpool lanes which will link the Garden Grove with the San Gabriel River Freeway


The city of Orange extracts $500,000 annually from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department due to the ICE contract’s minimal impacts


The County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness is implemented with the inauguration of the Ending Homelessness 2020 Board


I passed a kidney stone


Former Senator Joe Dunn dabbles in lobbying reform efforts for the County of Orange, but there seems to be no need


Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams comes under scrutiny after filing complaints against former District Attorney


   employee Todd Spitzer


TIN CUP Campaign Finance Reform revisions were dropped, resulting in a missed opportunity to clean up the ordinance


The Great Recession continues


The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs votes to convert to an agency shop (with assistance of non-dues paying retiree members)


John Wayne Airport extends its lease with the Newport Beach Golf Course


The 2011 Strategic Financial Plan shows the precariousness of the County’s future finances due to ever increasing pension plan costs


Newport Beach’s OASIS Senior Center held its Grand Opening


Mesa Consolidated Water District commemorated its 50th year of service to Costa Mesa and John Wayne Airport


The National Academy of Science recommends that DNA labs be independent of investigative and prosecutorial arms of justice and


   the County of Orange reviews this option


The Little Hoover Commission interviews Supervisor Bill Campbell and myself and compliments Orange County on its pension reform



County’s Executive Officer requires all departments to make another 5 percent reduction in net county costs for 2011-12 fiscal year


The Public Information Officer for the Treasurer-Tax Collector Department uses the "Deputy Treasurer" title as ballot designation;

   everyone in this department is deputized and can claim the same title


Health Care Reform was approved by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States


Two Orange County residents, Senator Tom Harman and Chapman Law School Dean John Eastman, are primary candidates for California

  State Attorney General; an LA County resident wins the primary but loses to a San Francisco County resident in the general election


Former Assemblyman and pioneer pension reformer Keith Richman passes away


Nadeem Majaj retires from the County’s OC Public Works Department and takes a similar position with the city of San Bernardino


Costa Mesa Councilmember Wendy Leece takes the position that, even though it will anger her base, she will vote for certain pension

   benefit changes contrary to sound fiscal policies, which enriches the city’s police and fire personnel nearing retirement


Negotiations with the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs concludes, with no pay raises, the beginning of withholdings for


   the employees’ contribution to the pension plan, and a new tier, “3% @ 55,” for new hires, but more funding for health insurance


David Carmany resigns as City Manager of Seal Beach and will assume the same role for the city of Manhattan Beach


Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder announces his upcoming retirement in 2011


Stanford University study announces that California actually has a $500 billion unfunded actuarially accrued pension liability


Orange County Investment Pool’s last holdings of structured investment vehicles (SIVs) were sold


Former Orange County Supervisor for the Second District, Harriett Wieder, passes away


Costa Mesa City Councilmember Katrina Foley changes roles after winning a seat on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board