John Moorlach’s expertise that is green-eyeshade needed in Orange County now more than ever. He just finished a stint that is six-year a state senator, where he had been called “the financial conscience of California.” Now he’s running for their seat that is old in 2nd District of the Board of Supervisors.
The Democrats’ excessive COVID-19 lockdowns have devastated every agency budget that is local. A huge number of regional companies – mother and Pop places all of us love – shuttered. Numerous thousands more severely have been damaged. Disneyland and Knotts Berry remain shuttered. South Coast Plaza was shut down for months.
The County of Orange as an agency is no different than the 34 cities.
Let’s remember what Moorlach already has done to save Orange County financially.
In 1994, he ran for treasurer-tax collector of OC. He lost the June primary to Bob Citron, the incumbent that is democratic. Gamblin’ Bob’s “roulette wheel” always brought 10 % or maybe more comes back towards the opportunities for the county and governments that are local
Then it didn’t. That December, rising interest rates rolled the roulette wheel to “00” and bankrupted the county. Citron went and resigned to prison.
The board appointed Moorlach treasurer-tax collector. He repaired county funds, settling the bankruptcy financial obligation early. Voters re-elected him twice.
He Then won and ran for supervisor of the 2nd District in 2006. Even he negotiated a deal on retiree medical care with public-employee unions that saved us again.
The before he assumed office Orange County enter reported the offer would “take a $1.4 billion debt that is long-term chop it down by nearly a third.” That liability that is unfunded plus a $2.3 billion county retirement shortfall, had “triggered security bells for a county nevertheless dealing with its 1994 bankruptcy.”
On the O.C. Board of Supervisors, he guided the county through the a down economy for the 2008-10 Great Recession. In which he advanced level assisting the mentally homeless and ill. In 2014, as reported in the Register, OC became “only the county that is second Ca to totally embrace Laura’s Law … a passionate task of outbound Supervisor John Moorlach.”
Said Moorlach, “We cannot enable our jails become the location that is predominant for housing mentally ill people.
Winning his Senate seat in 2015, he advanced legislation that is similar their state level, along side numerous reforms in virtually every part of governance. Amazingly, he had been the CPA that is only among legislators, even though about 75 percent of government work is dealing with budgets.
By contrast, Moorlach’s opponent that is main manager, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, presided within the plunge of her city’s finances to near-insolvency – also before COVID-19 hit.
The City of this Arts’ audit for the year that is fiscal June 30, 2020 (including the first three months of COVID-19) found an unrestricted net deficit of $251.4 million. That clocks in at $2,222 per person of liability – $8,888 for a grouped family of four. It absolutely was the worst of OC’s 34 towns.
That $8,888 of household financial obligation ended up being run up through the growth times during the the belated 2010s – before COVID-19 killed the economy and income tax profits to government that is local. The audit itself cautioned looking forward, “As a result of the speed and severity of the downturn that is economic from COVID-19, the town is experiencing an important decline in its major General Fund income sources composed of neighborhood income tax profits, costs, fines along with other costs.”
It’s easy to observe how Foley may be the “tipping point” that topples the Leaning Tower of Orange County into insolvency three decades after it did the very first time.
It is time for republican responsibility that is fiscal. Voting for John Moorlach is just the real option to do it.
John Moorlach may be the candidate that is only the power to beat Katrina Foley. A vote for someone else simply risks a Foley victory and a return to 1994.
Fred M. Whitaker may be the president for the Republican Party of Orange County.(*)