MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Conflict of Interest — October 22, 2016

CalMatters is providing a series on public employee pension plans, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times and Capital Public Radio, that has been laying bare all of the concerns that I’ve been raising for the last fifteen years. For their latest edition, see http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-pension-legal/.

For their previous segments, the first chapter can be seen at http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-pension-crisis-davis-deal/?789 or http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-pension-crisis-davis-deal/. The second at http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-pension-unfunded/.

But, my favorite can be found at http://www.capradio.org/82583, titled "When it Comes To Pensions, Illinois is California’s Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come."

The big question is how did our state and its cities and counties get into this untenable fiscal straight jacket? I provide my answer in the Daily Pilot editorial submittal below.

I could fill pages on the negative consequences of public employee bargaining units contributing to the campaigns of candidates. Sacramento has become a union dominated capital. And Proposition 55 is evidence that this apparatus continues its unsatiated need to be fed with more tax dollars.

With this excellent journalistic series and the current election cycle, I just wanted to remind you that the public employee unions are serious about electing candidates who will then be beholden to them, not the voters. In fact, after they obtain benefit enhancements, they have the temerity to tell us that it was not their doing, but rather that of the elected leaders that you voted for.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District incumbents are being challenged by teacher union funded candidates. The Mayor of Costa Mesa, Steve Mensinger, and his slate, Alan Mansoor and Lee Ramos, are being opposed by union-backed candidates.

For my city council candidate recommendations, go to MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — OC City Council Recommendations — October 13, 2016 october 13, 2016 john moorlach.

BONUS: For my school board candidate recommendations, see below. The Community College Districts are provided first, followed by the elementary, high school and unified school districts.

DOUBLE BONUS: You are invited to my next fund raiser at the home of Lenda and W. Bailey Smith in Emerald Bay. For more information or to RSVP, call David at david. Also seeMOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Coastal Views — October 20, 2016 october 20, 2016 john moorlach.

Public employee union donations pose a conflict

By John Moorlach

With California cities like Vallejo, Stockton, and San Bernardino filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, you’ve got to ask yourself, "What is the biggest problem facing local government?"

After more than 20 years of public service, as the Orange County treasurer-tax collector, 2nd District supervisor, and now the state senator for the 37th District, I am convinced that the answer to this question is: "Public employee unions."

When unions can fund the campaigns of their potential bosses, it can only lead to the granting of overly generous and unsustainable compensation packages. Such is the result of this allowable, yet unconscionable, conflict of interest.

There are two major areas that public sector unions focus on. The first is collective bargaining unit contract negotiations. The second is participating in the election process and contributing to candidates that will be favorable to their first priority. This is done by contributing directly to those candidates, or through independent expenditures on their behalf, like mailing magnets in the shape of firefighter helmets with the names of their endorsed slate of candidates to voters.

This strategy makes good business sense for public employee unions. Clearly, if public employee unions are successful in electing candidates friendly to them, they will have a positive impact on their ability to better negotiate salary and benefit increases. Thus, the ultimate conflict of interest.

This activity is apparent in most local elections, from school boards to city and county elections. But right here in my hometown of Costa Mesa, organized labor has taken this inherent conflict of interest to another level.

In Costa Mesa, voters have elected a council majority that has been doing a great job of getting the city’s finances back in order. This means that its unions are not garnering the kind of compensation increases that they had hoped for. So, what are they to do?

Well, in 2012, the unions hired lawyers, who hired private investigators, who in turn harassed these City Council members. In fact, the harassment was so severe, it was criminal!

On Sept. 29, Christopher Joseph Lanzillo, who was hired by the now defunct law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, who was hired to represent the Costa Mesa Police Officers Assn., pleaded guilty to conspiracy and false imprisonment stemming from the illegal tracking and filing of a false police report of then-Mayor Jim Righeimer.

The recipients of this treatment fought back. Most elected officials would not have the temerity to sue the accomplices of these helpful union guys. But Righeimer and fellow Councilman Steve Mensinger did. Unheard of, but their cause was righteous.

Now, in another unfathomable move, the Costa Mesa Firefighters Assn. has hired someone from this same law firm to represent them. Why would the firefighters’ association hire a lawyer whose past firm was widely known for publishing a playbook on how to intimidate elected officials into conceding to better bargaining outcomes, if not to continue the same intimidation tactics?

The dirty little secret of funding candidates that give away our hard-earned tax dollars to unions as a repayment for campaign assistance is out. How is a voting citizen to react to this egregious, but ongoing situation?

There are two recommendations that you need to consider. The first is that you not vote for candidates supported by public employee unions.

The second recommendation is more critical. Public employee unions have brought municipalities to their fiscal knees. They now need to be a part of the solution in restructuring and reforming their financially stretched employers.

Either they fix it themselves, or they will watch a federal bankruptcy court judge do it for them. The federal judge who oversaw the city of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy proceedings gave its retirees reduced pension benefits.

Public employee unions can either knock off the nonsense of always pursuing more at all costs, or they can start the process of preventing their retirement benefits from imploding in the near future.

Until public employee unions take ownership of the fiscal havoc they have created, we need to avoid voting for their anointed candidates. Or we will dig a hole so deep that our children will resent us for letting it happen in front of our eyes. And with our votes.

State Sen. JOHN MOORLACH (R-Costa Mesa) is running for reelection in the Nov. 8 election.

SCHOOL BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

Allow me to give you the ground rules for my ballot recommendations. As someone with a long history with the Orange County Republican Central Committee and the California Republican Party State Central Committee, their bylaws only allow me to endorse Republican candidates. Therefore, the candidates identified below are registered Republicans (Rep), unless otherwise noted (Libertarian = Lib, Democrat = Dem, American Independent = AIP, and No Party Preference = NPP).

I can’t endorse every Republican, so I have a grading system. If I have endorsed the candidate, the name will be provided in bold. If there is a good second choice, or a tie (for example, two or more of the candidates are friends), the candidate(s) will be provided in italics (this may mean you’ll have to do more independent research on the candidates). If a Republican candidate is not familiar or not recommended by me, they will be in regular print.

Bold = Endorsement

Italics = Good second choice

Regular = On the ballot

** = Incumbent

COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS
NORTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Trustee Area 2 ART MONTEZ Dem
Trustee Area 7 RYAN BENT Rep
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Trustee Area 2 JERRY PATTERSON Dem
Trustee Area 2 VONG XAVIER NGUYEN Rep
Trustee Area 3 LORRAINE PRINSKY Dem
Trustee Area 3 VICTOR VALLADARES Dem
Trustee Area 3 ROB FISHEL NPP
Trustee Area 4 MARY HORNBUCKLE Rep
RANCHO SANTIAGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Trustee Area 1 MATTHEW SCHAUER Rep
Trustee Area 3 THOMAS ANTHONY GORDON Rep
Trustee Area 5 STEVEN A. NGUYEN Rep
Trustee Area 5 CECILIA "CECI" AGUINAGA Dem
Trustee Area 7 ARIANNA BARRIOS ** NPP
Trustee Area 7 RUDY DIAZ Rep
SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Trustee Area 3 BARBARA "BOBBE" JAY ** Rep
Trustee Area 3 KIMBERLY CLARK Rep
Trustee Area 3 GARY V. MILLER Rep
Trustee Area 6 JAMES "JIM" R. WRIGHT Rep
Trustee Area 4, Short TERRI WHITT ** Rep
Trustee Area 4, Short JOHN ALPAY Rep
Trustee Area 4, Short JIM LEACH Rep
ELEMENTARY, HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICTS
ANAHEIM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 1 JACKIE FILBECK Rep
BREA OLINDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 3) KEVIN J. HOBBY ** NPP
(Vote for 3) GAIL LYONS ** Rep
(Vote for 3) RODNEY "ROD" TODD ** Rep
(Vote for 3) PAUL RUIZ Rep
BUENA PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 3 MARVIN "ACE" ACEVES Rep
Trustee Area 4 L. CAROLE JENSEN ** Rep
CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 1 WENDY SHROVE Rep
Trustee Area 2 JIM REARDON Rep
Trustee Area 3 LAURA FERGUSON Rep
Trustee Area 5 JAKE M. VOLLEBREGT Rep
CENTRALIA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 3 IRV TRINKLE Rep
CYPRESS SCHOOL DISTRICT
Short Term JIMMY FULLER Rep
Short Term DONNA MCDOUGALL Rep
FOUNTAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) JEANNE GALINDO Rep
(Vote for 2) JENNIFER WEIMER Rep
FULLERTON JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 2 BARBARA R. KILPONEN ** Rep
Trustee Area 3 ANDY MONTOYA ** NPP
Trustee Area 3 FAITH SARUPA MUKHERJEE
FULLERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 5 JEANETTE VAZQUEZ Dem
Trustee Area 5 LEONEL TALAVERA Dem
GARDEN GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 1 TERI ROCCO ** Dem
Trustee Area 1 NICHOLAS DIBS NPP
Trustee Area 1 JONATHAN BENGCO Dem
Trustee Area 5 LINDA PAULSEN-REED ** Rep
Trustee Area 5 DINA NGUYEN Rep
HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) BRIDGET KAUB ** Rep
(Vote for 2) ANN P. SULLIVAN AIP
(Vote for 2) KARRIE BURROUGHS Rep
HUNTINGTON BEACH UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) MICHAEL H. SIMONS ** Rep
(Vote for 2) SUSAN HENRY ** Rep
(Vote for 2) COLIN MELOTT Rep
IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 3) LAUREN BROOKS ** Rep
(Vote for 3) MARK NEWGENT Rep
(Vote for 3) BETTY CARROLL NPP
LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) JAN VICKERS ** Dem
(Vote for 2) PEGGY WOLFF Dem
(Vote for 2) HOWARD HILLS Rep
LA HABRA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) JOHN A. DOBSON ** Rep
(Vote for 2) ELVIRA MORENO DE GUZMAN Rep
(Vote for 2) C. MICHELLE BERNIER NPP
(Vote for 2) SANDRA J. BALTES Rep
LOS ALAMITOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 3) MEG CUTULI ** Rep
(Vote for 3) DAVE BOYER ** Rep
(Vote for 3) ROBERT J. AGUILAR, JR. Rep
(Vote for 3) CATHY LARSON Lib
NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 1 VICKI SNELL ** Rep
Trustee Area 1 MICHAEL SCHWARZMANN Rep
Trustee Area 3 MARTHA FLUOR ** Rep
Trustee Area 3 AMY PETERS Rep
Trustee Area 6 DANA BLACK ** Rep
OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) NORM WESTWELL Rep
(Vote for 2) PATRICIA SINGER Rep
(Vote for 2) KATHRYN GONZALEZ Rep
ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Trustee Area 2 JOHN H. ORTEGA ** Rep
Trustee Area 2 DANIEL CORREA Rep
Trustee Area 6 BRENDA LEBSACK Rep
PLACENTIA-YORBA LINDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 3) CAROL DOWNEY ** NPP
(Vote for 3) ERIC PADGET ** Rep
(Vote for 3) JUDI CARMONA ** NPP
(Vote for 3) SUSI KHAN Rep
(Vote for 3) HELEN KINGSBURY Rep
(Vote for 3) IRENE YEZBAK Rep
SADDLEBACK VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 3) SUZIE R. SWARTZ ** Rep
(Vote for 3) AMANDA MORRELL ** Rep
(Vote for 3) MARK TETTEMER Rep
(Vote for 3) DAVID JOHNSON NPP
SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 3) CECILIA "CECI" IGLESIAS ** Rep
(Vote for 3) RIGO RODRIGUEZ Dem
(Vote for 3) ALFONSO ALVAREZ Dem
(Vote for 3) ANGIE CANO Rep
(Vote for 3) BEATRIZ "BEA" MENDOZA Dem
(Vote for 3) MARK MCLOUGHLIN Dem
(Vote for 3) BRUCE THOMAS BAUER Dem
SAVANNA SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) CHRISTINA "TINA" KARANICK Rep
(Vote for 2) TONY COUSIMANO Rep
TUSTIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 3) JAMES H. LAIRD ** Rep
(Vote for 3) TAMMIE BULLARD ** Rep
(Vote for 3) FRANCINE PACE SCINTO ** Rep
WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Vote for 2) JAMISON POWER Dem
(Vote for 2) FRANCES NGUYEN Rep
(Vote for 2) KARL D. TRUONG Dem

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