MOORLACH UPDATE — Senator Steve Glazer — May 29, 2015

Yesterday we welcomed Steve Glazer to the California State Senate. He was sworn in by Governor Jerry Brown and we could record 40 votes for the first time since I arrived. And, I am no longer the newest member.

For a little history on Senator Glazer, see MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 792 — May 23, 2015 May 23, 2015, MOORLACH UPDATE — Vote Reactions — May 21, 2015 May 21, 2015, MOORLACH UPDATE — New Political Split — April 24, 2015 April 24, 2015, MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — How I Won — March 30, 2015 March 30, 2015, MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Victory at 50.3 — March 19, 2015 March 19, 2015, MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Fifty Percent Plus One — March 18, 2015 March 18, 2015, MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Public Unions — March 7, 2015 March 7, 2015, and MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Outsourcing Recommended — January 25, 2015 January 25, 2015.

The California State Senate now has eight members of Jewish descent, meaning that one in five is Jewish. Now, as western states Jewish history is a hobby of mine, I couldn’t be more honored to work alongside these talented individuals (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Western States Jewish History — May 25, 2012 May 25, 2012 ). I have already given the first seven Senators a copy of a 2012 edition of Western States Jewish History, so I presented a copy to Senator Glazer on the Floor. I didn’t realize that a Sacramento Bee reporter was sitting directly behind the Senator and the gift has been captured for posterity’s sake in the first piece below.

The Daily Pilot provides another letter to the editor, this time it deals with something that was printed in a previous edition (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Vote Reactions — May 21, 2015 May 21, 2015). It is the second piece below. It looks like one Kirby Piazza is an instructor with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. One would think that a teacher would think twice before going after a member of the Senate Budget Committee and Subcommittee One, which oversees the educational budget (Proposition 98) for the state. I admire his bravery, but not his approach.

BONUS: With mid-June just around the corner, let’s discuss the State’s Budget. I recently requested the Senate Republican Fiscal Office to break out the Proposition 98 component of the annual budget. Here’s how California has been spending your tax dollars over the past sixteen years and forward:

As spending has held steady during the Great Recession, one can now see why the State’s Unrestricted Net Assets went from a positive $1.5 billion in 1999 to a deficit of $117 billion in 2014. California has wiped out its reserves, and then some. The State is now spending more than a quarter-trillion dollars per year. And my Democratic colleagues want to spend more! These next two weeks of budget negotiations will be very busy, but you can see why I’m being firm on rebuilding cash reserves and paying down old debts. The opposition is full speed ahead and I can only assume that they want more tax increases to continue the momentum.

Legend: Yellow is Federal funds; green is bond funds; red is special funds; dark blue is the general fund (where there is some discretion); and light blue is the funding for schools as a percentage of the total revenues, as prescribed by Proposition 98.

BONUS: Our District Office Open House is this afternoon from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It should be a fun event, based on the number of RSVPs we have received. Consider yourself welcome.

Senate swears in Steve Glazer after contentious special election

Orinda Democrat sworn in after surviving nasty intraparty special election

Gov. Jerry Brown, Glazer’s former boss, performed oath of office

Colleagues provided warm welcome, book of Jewish history

By Alexei Koseff

akoseff

After surviving a nasty intraparty special election last week, Sen. Steve Glazer was sworn in Thursday morning, giving the Senate a full house for the first time since December 2013.

The Orinda Democrat, a longtime political strategist, brought along several powerful friends for the occasion, including Gov. Jerry Brown, his former boss, who performed the oath of office.

Former Republican Congressman Bill Baker was also on hand, offering a few words of encouragement for the nervous Glazer before session began: “You’re made for this.”

But in his opening remarks, Glazer emphasized more humble roots, including a summer job sweeping floors at a Sacramento Orange Julius and a failed application for the Capitol Fellows program.

“I have always felt the pull of public service as the highest calling,” he said. “And so I am here today humbled and honored to serve with some old and new friends in this state Senate.”

Colleagues welcomed Glazer warmly, giving him a round of applause after his first bill vote, a jubilant “aye!”

Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, took a picture of the family, seated with Glazer on the floor, and Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, showed him how to use the laptop on his desk. Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, presented Glazer with the book “Western States Jewish History: Jewish Pioneers of Orange County.”

A few reminders of the brutal campaign lingered, however.

“I just saw Steve and I congratulated him,” Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, told Glazer’s family before session began, “but I said, ‘Maybe in six months it’s condolences.’”

Alexei Koseff: (916) 321-5236, @akoseff

Daily Pilot

Senator’s vote on vaccines was well-considered

Re. "Moorlach puzzles with vote against vaccinations," (May 18):

Kirby Piazza’s letter questioned Sen. John Moorlach’s vote against Senate Bill 277, which would force every child to be vaccinated in order to attend school on the basis that an unvaccinated child endangers the lives of others.

I find that reasoning badly flawed. In the unlikely event an unvaccinated child should become ill, how can that child be a danger to classmates who have been vaccinated and are thus immune?

SB277 is an emotional reaction to the recent unusual measles outbreak in California, during which 59 California residents contracted the illness. There are over 9.2 million children in the state, demonstrating the exceedingly low infectious rate, even when an outbreak occurs.

The major problem with SB277 is that it allows the government to take away a parent’s right to make decisions for their own child, and then threatens parents into compliance by refusing the child’s admission into school. I would hope everyone would see the danger in a government that enacts new laws that rob citizens of their rights and threatens them with unreasonable punishment if they dare not comply.

Consider this: If officials can take away these basic rights from a family, what other freedoms and liberties might they consider denying next? I applaud our new state representative, Moorlach, for reading, researching and opposing this bill and am exceedingly disappointed that the majority of his senate colleagues chose to pass it.

Bonnie O’Neil

Newport Beach

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