There’s an old phrase that I use often. In fact, you can find it with a quick Google search.
"If you throw a rock into a pack of wild dogs, the one you hit will always holler. If you aren’t guilty, why scream?"
My last UPDATE addressed the involvement of public employee union money in every level of political races for public office (see MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Conflict of Interest — October 22, 2016 october 22, 2016 john moorlach).
What my submission did not say is that my opponent has received the majority of his funding from public employee unions. I guess the rock must have hit him. He is either reacting out of guilt or continuing his campaign strategy, as the bulk of his efforts has been Letters to the Editor submissions. His latest is found below in the Daily Pilot.
My only reaction is that I have been a public employee for nearly 22 years. I’m not "attacking" public employees. I’m trying to save their pension plans from imploding. It’s all about math.
We have two weeks remaining in the campaign. Below are some campaign and future events that you may wish to consider adding to your calendar. Voter guide recommendations for special districts within the county are provided at the bottom of this e-mail.
BONUS: You are invited to tonight’s fund raiser at the home of Lenda and W. Bailey Smith in Emerald Bay. There are still a few spaces available. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail me back or reach david. Also see MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Coastal Views — October 20, 2016 october 20, 2016 john moorlach.
DOUBLE BONUS: My final fund raiser will be next week, on November 2nd. It will be a breakfast reception at the Enterprise Counsel Group. Please RSVP to the same e-mail address.
TRIPLE BONUS: After you have enjoyed the Veterans Day ceremonies in your local cities, please come to a special afternoon Veterans Day service that my office is hosting at the Berns Amphitheater at Crystal Cove State Park. Seating is extremely limited and RSVPs will be required.
Orange County has a rich history of World War II involvements. This will be the first of an annual series to highlight those historical connections. Our guest speaker, Dan Worthington, will be discussing the bunkers that were established to monitor the California coast. For background, see the article, "Park Site Picked to Preserve History of Coastal Bunkers," in the LA Times at http://articles.latimes.com/1995-05-02/local/me-61391_1_park-officials.
RSVP with Jacob Ashendorf at Jacob.Ashendorf.
QUADRUPLE BONUS: Save the date of December 8th. My office will be hosting a brief conference on the impacts of Proposition 47 on local crime. With the advent of AB 109, which released state inmates into the care of local probation offices, voter approval of Proposition 47, and the possibility of Proposition 57 passing in two weeks, it would be wise to reflect on what these major societal changes are having on local cities. Many are observing a rise in homelessness. This will be an opportunity to listen to thought leaders in this area of growing concern.
Senator benefits from pensions he decries
It is amazing, but not surprising, to again find state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) attacking public service employees in his Oct. 21 letter to the Daily Pilot ("Commentary: Public employee union donations pose a conflict"). Moorlach has made a career going after the pensions of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other public service employees.
Now Moorlach is attacking the right of these employees to have their voice heard. The irony of these persistent assaults is Moorlach himself is taking a pension from Orange County taxpayers while he takes more than $100,000 in taxpayer money for sitting in the Senate.
Ari Élan Grayson
VOTER GUIDE — SPECIAL DISTRICTS
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 SERVICE DISTRICTS|
|ROSSMOOR COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 3)||TONY DEMARCO **||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||RON CASEY **||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||MICHAEL MAYNARD **||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||PAUL KALISH||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||SHAZ UMER||Rep|
|SURFSIDE COLONY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 1)||RUDY LALONDE||Rep|
|RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICTS|
|SILVERADO-MODJESKA RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 2)||TARA SARAYE||Dem|
|(Vote for 2)||STEVEN DUFF||Dem|
|(Vote for 2)||HEIDI MURPHY-GRANDE||Dem|
|COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 2)||ART PERRY **||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||JAMES FERRYMAN **||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||CHRISTOPHER LUNTSFORD||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||JIM FITZPATRICK||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||GARY MONAHAN||Rep|
|MIDWAY CITY SANITARY DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 2)||AL KRIPPNER **||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||JOY L. NEUGEBAUER **||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||ANITA A. RICE||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||SAMANTHA BAO ANH NGUYEN||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||CHI CHARLIE NGUYEN||Rep|
|EL TORO WATER DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 3)||JOSE VERGARA **||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||SCOTT GOLDMAN **||NPP|
|(Vote for 3)||MARK MONIN **||NPP|
|(Vote for 3)||KATHRYN FRESHLEY||Rep|
|IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 2)||JOHN B. WITHERS **||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||MARY AILEEN MATHEIS **||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||MARGARET BROWN||Rep|
|MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT|
|Division 1||RICHARD S. FIORE **|
|Division 1||WILLIAM "BILL" MOORHEAD||Rep|
|SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 3)||CHARLEY WILSON **||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||CHARLES "CHUCK" GIBSON **||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||BETTY H. OLSON **|
|(Vote for 3)||STANISLAW DZIECIELSKI||Dem|
|MESA WATER DISTRICT|
|Division 2||JAMES R. FISLER **||Rep|
|ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT|
|Division 3||ROGER C. YOH **||Rep|
|Division 3||PETER KIM||Rep|
|Division 4||PHILIP L. ANTHONY **||Rep|
|Division 4||DANNY L. THOMAS||Rep|
|Division 6||CATHY GREEN **||Rep|
|Division 6||CLEM DOMINGUEZ||Rep|
|SOUTH COAST WATER DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 3)||WAYNE RAYFIELD **||Dem|
|(Vote for 3)||RICK ERKENEFF||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||BOB OAKLEY||Rep|
|(Vote for 3)||JULIE A. SIMER||NPP|
|(Vote for 3)||DOUGLAS A. ERDMAN||NPP|
|(Vote for 3)||ROBERT W. (BOB) MOORE||Rep|
|YORBA LINDA WATER DISTRICT|
|(Vote for 2)||RICHARD "RIC" COLLETT **||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||ANDREW J. "ANDY" HALL||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKER||Rep|
|(Vote for 2)||JOHN WAYNE MILLER||Rep|
|YORBA LINDA WATER DISTRICT — Recall Election, Short-Term|
|Short-Term||ROBERT W "BOB" WREN||Rep|
|Short-Term||ALBERT M. NEDERHOOD||Rep|
|MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT OF ORANGE COUNTY|
|Division 4||JOAN FINNEGAN **||Rep|
|Division 4||KELLY ROWE||Rep|
|Division 6||JEFF THOMAS **||Rep|
|Division 6||FRANK URY||Rep|
|Division 7||MEGAN YOO SCHNEIDER||NPP|
|Division 7||EVAN CHAFFEE||Rep|
|Division 7||RICHARD GARDNER||Dem|
|Division 7||RAYMOND C. MILLER||Rep|
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