In a fast-paced county, it is rare to see a multi-generational business with a family dynasty that has been a critical component of the fabric that is the Newport-Mesa community. But, the Robins family certainly fits the bill. So, the passing of Bob Robins is a great loss to this area of my District.
It seems that I’ve seen Bob Robins more in the past two years then in the previous ones. My wife and I were going to attend the most recent LA Car Show. But, we decided instead to spend that Saturday walking to a few of the dealerships on Harbor Boulevard. Who was on the Theodore Robins Ford lot while we were admiring the Ford SUVs? Bob. And, as always, he was a genuine sweetheart. The sad news is provided in the first piece below in the Daily Pilot.
Yesterday was the final day for the Governor to sign or veto bills. One bill that he did sign, AB 1671, received attention from Western Journalism and Red State (see MOORLACH UPDATE — AB 1671 — September 2, 2016 september 2, 2016 john moorlach). They are the second and third pieces below, respectively.
BONUS: The finally tally for the worst bills of 2016 that the Governor should have vetoed is provided at the bottom. He did not do this state many favors, as he only vetoed 5 of the 27. A 19 percent success rate.
Theodore "Bob" Robins Jr., a fixture of Newport-Mesa and the philanthropic patriarch of the family who runs one of the area’s oldest car dealerships, has died. He was 87.
Robins died peacefully Monday, surrounded by family at his Newport Beach home, according to his son, Jim Robins.
Robins maintained an active presence in the Newport-Mesa community for decades — both as dealer principal and chairman of the board for Theodore Robins Ford on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, and as a dedicated community volunteer and philanthropist.
"He was full of love, not only for his family, but for his employees," Jim Robins said Thursday. "He loved his community. That’s why he was always part of so many different service groups and so focused on giving back."
Born in 1929 in Newport Beach, Bob Robins attended Newport Elementary School and graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1947.
He married his wife, Virginia — whom he had met at the Balboa Bay Club — in 1957. They were married for 59 years and had three children: Sarah, Jim and David.
David Robins is general manager of the family dealership. Jim Robins is its president.
Jim Robins said his father was a daily presence there until about two months ago, when his health began to decline.
"All he would talk about with the doctors and nurses was that he wanted to get back to work," Jim Robins said.
Strong work ethic was something Robins was born into.
His father, Theodore Robins Sr., began the family’s foray into the automobile business in 1921, when he opened a service garage on the Balboa Peninsula. Young Robins helped ferry parts throughout town, even getting his license at 14 so he could accomplish the job in a delivery truck.
Two years later, as family lore goes, Robins Sr. jumped behind the wheel of his Model T and drove to Los Angeles to sign a deal with Ford to open a dealership.
After expansions in Newport Beach, the business moved to its current Costa Mesa location, 2060 Harbor Blvd., in 1966.
Robins joined the dealership full time in 1950.
"You could say I was born in the business," he told the Daily Pilot in 2011. "Of course, I was just watching and hanging around the shop for the first few years. But I grew up in the shop … helping Dad on the weekends and [during] summer when school was out."
Costa Mesa resident Mike McIlroy worked at the dealership for more than 40 years before he retired about two years ago. He remembered Robins as generous and "a great guy" who was deeply involved in the family business.
"Any problems you had, he’d come out and talk them out with you," McIlroy said. "He just really helped you out whatever you needed."
During his lifetime, Robins donated his efforts and money to a host of organizations such as the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach chambers of commerce, Hoag Hospital, Segerstrom Center of the Arts and the Balboa Bay Club, among many others.
Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) called Robins a "five-star guy" and a "pillar of the community."
"Bob was personable," Moorlach said. "He was a down-to-earth, friendly guy who was always available and reachable. He’ll be missed."
Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, said Robins was always quick with a joke.
"He was well-loved and respected in the chamber and was a big supporter of ours," Rosansky said. "He always wanted to help out and volunteer."
Newport Beach resident Dr. Donald W. Wise, who’s known Robins for several years, called him a "remarkable human being."
"He was so incredibly grounded," Wise said. "He always had a twinkle in his eye."
"He was just a salt-of-the-earth, good person," Wise added. "He and his wife were involved in so many different philanthropic endeavors in and around Newport Beach. He was just a really, really special man."
For his philanthropic work, Robins was named Newport Beach Citizen of the Year in 1994. The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2005.
"It certainly gives you a lot of respect for the person and makes you proud of all of his accomplishments," Jim Robins said of his father’s years of community involvement. "It makes you want to follow in his footsteps."
Services are scheduled 11a.m. Tuesday at St. Joachim Catholic Church, 1964 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa. A reception will follow at Santa Ana Country Club, 20382 Newport Blvd., Santa Ana.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hoag Hospital Foundation or Exchange Club of Newport Harbor.
New Law Prohibits Undercover Investigations at Planned Parenthood Clinics
"… brazenly attacking the First Amendment."
by Jack Davis
In the wake of an undercover investigation that exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of organs harvested from the babies it aborts, a new California law seeks to prevent any similar investigations in the future.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would outlaw any whistleblowers or journalists from conducting undercover investigations of “health care providers,” a broad term that would include Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics.
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, said the bill aids those who have something to hide “When ‘60 Minutes’ uses a hidden camera and discovers a unique story, it’s called outstanding journalism,” Moorlach said. “But when a private citizen does it and unmasks a very, very unpleasant truth, it’s a call for legislation.”
Throughout 2015, the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos revealing the full extent of the massive amounts of money Planned Parenthood makes selling organs from aborted fetuses.
David Daleiden, who oversaw the undercover project, had no doubt the new law was crafted solely to protect Planned Parenthood.
” … it is clear that Planned Parenthood does not want to be held accountable to the public whose taxpayer money it gladly takes by the hundreds of millions, and will even attack freedom of speech and the freedom of the press in order to maintain its own arbitrary levels of secrecy,” he said.
Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, said the bill shows the power of Planned Parenthood’s political activities.
“For years, investigative journalists have recorded and exposed Planned Parenthood facilities across the country covering up for sex traffickers, failing to report child sexual abusers, and trafficking in baby body parts. Instead of being compelled to be more transparent with the public, taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood wants to jail journalists and whistleblowers who record and distribute footage that shows it potentially breaking the law,” she said.
“Planned Parenthood is brazenly attacking the First Amendment, aided and abetted by California legislators who are protecting a major campaign donor,” she added.
The National Review noted that Planned Parenthood was involved in drafting the bill.
“Just this week, a series of emails were accessed via a Public Records Act request, revealing that the office of California attorney general Kamala Harris collaborated with Planned Parenthood’s California affiliate to draft AB 1761,” wrote Alexanda DeSanctis.
“The emails show several drafts of the bill being sent from Beth Parker, chief legal counsel for California Planned Parenthood, and Jill Habig, who was serving as special counsel to Harris at the time,” she added.
The American Civil Liberties Union also spoke out against the law, saying it was too broad.
BREAKING: Planned Parenthood Video Fallout, CA Passes Law Imposing Harsher Punishments On Recorders
Posted by Kira Davis
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB1671 into law, a bill that imposes harsher penalties on anyone making secret recordings like those released by pro-life activist David Daleiden on behalf of the Center for Medical Progress.
The bill – backed by Planned Parenthood – is intended to strengthen and narrow already-existing laws of consent when it comes to secretly filming people who have not offered consent.
California is a blue-through-and-through state. The spirit of the bill faced little opposition as it made its way through the state legislature, but some compromises were made at the last minute as some lawmakers felt the language was too broad and could ensnare whistleblowers.
Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released a statement scolding the California legislature for playing favorites and skirting the rights of the taxpayers.
"The Center for Medical Progress never recorded "confidential" communications, so California’s existing recording law and the new distribution provision are simply inapplicable to our work. However, it is clear that Planned Parenthood does not want to be held accountable to the public whose taxpayer money it gladly takes by the hundreds of millions, and will even attack freedom of speech and the freedom of the press in order to maintain its own arbitrary levels of secrecy."
Redstate also spoke exclusively with state Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), who vehemently opposed the bill andreleased a statement immediately upon its signature. Moorlach says that while the language of the bill was changed last minute to protect whistleblowers, citizens like Daleiden are whistleblowers and should be treated as such.
Its a wet blanket [on freedom]. It is a wrong solution to a problem. The problem is someone is selling baby parts and that is a direct conflict of interest for Planned Parenthood…The problem wasn’t the whistleblower. As I said in my statement to the press, when 60 minutes takes a hidden camera to uncover a disturbing story we call that heroic journalism. When a private citizen does it, we demand legislation to stop it.
Planned Parenthood has yet to face any legal action regarding their gruesome practices, but state residents need not worry. Their legislature is working hard to make sure citizens will never be allowed have to know how their tax dollars fund the dismemberment of infants.
Worst Bills of 2016
|SB||32||(Pavley)||More Unnecessary Costs to Mandate Greenhouse Gases||Signed|
|AB||197||(E. Garcia)||More Unnecessary Costs to Mandate Greenhouse Gases||Signed|
|SB||654||(Jackson)||Government Dictated Expanded Family Leave||Vetoed|
|SB||959||(Lara)||Restrictions on University of California Spending||Vetoed|
|SB||1000||(Leyva)||Adding Environmental Justice Requirements to General Plans||Signed|
|AB||1066||(Gonzalez)||More Overtime Pay = Less Agricultural Workers||Signed|
|SB||1078||(Jackson)||Eliminate Arbitrators & Increase Court Backlog||Vetoed|
|SB||1094||(E. Hernandez)||More Burden to Citizens, but with Union Exemption||Vetoed|
|SB||1107||(Allen)||Forced Public Campaign Financing||Signed|
|SB||1146||(Lara)||Restricting Religious Liberty in Higher Education||Signed|
|SB||1167||(Mendoza)||Overheating Employers for Hot Workers||Signed|
|SB||1234||(De Leon)||The California Mandated Retirement Plan||Signed|
|SB||1241||(Wieckowski)||More Red Tape for Employment Contracts||Signed|
|SB||1383||(Lara)||Air Pollution Judge, Jury & Executioner||Signed|
|AB||1550||(Gomez)||Empty Funding Promises to Disadvantaged Communities||Signed|
|AB||1671||(Gomez)||Killing the Whistleblower||Signed|
|AB||1685||(Gomez)||Heavy Fines for Selling Unapproved Cars||Signed|
|AB||1843||(M. Stone)||Hiding Applicant’s’ Criminal History from Potential Employers||Signed|
|AB||1887||(Low)||State Government Travel Bans||Signed|
|AB||1926||(Cooper)||Prevailing Wages for Non-Working Apprentices||Signed|
|AB||2153||(C. Garcia)||A Battery of Taxes||Signed|
|AB||2466||(Weber)||County Jail Polling Booths||Signed|
|AB||2722||(Burke)||Empty Funding Promises to Disadvantaged Communities||Signed|
|AB||2748||(Gatto)||The Lawsuit that Never Ends||Vetoed|
|AB||2792||(Bonta)||Handcuffing Law Enforcement of Illegal Immigrants||Signed|
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