MOORLACH UPDATE — JWA and A-C — April 17, 2013

We are moving forward on the John Wayne Airport settlement agreement extension and the Newport Beach – Corona del Mar Patch covers the latest news in the first piece below. (I will also be sending this UPDATE to my JWA e-mail tree.)

Jan Grimes, who has been doing an excellent job as the Interim Auditor-Controller, prevailed in the interview process yesterday afternoon. I made mention that she has been enjoying not “one thing after another, but one or more things on top of another.” With the State’s Department of Finance attempting to take some 7.5 percent of our General Fund, by confiscating $49.5 million of annual Vehicle License Fee/Property Tax revenues, and also pursuing a significant portion of our redevelopment agency reserves, Jan has been busy defending the County’s scarce resources in an admirable fashion. The Voice of OC covers the appointment in the second piece below.

OC Supervisors Move to Keep JWA Flight Curfews

The proposal would continue a ban on arrivals after 11 p.m. and departures before 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

· By OC Patch Staff

The Orange County Board of Supervisors took another step Tuesday in the process of approving a plan to keep flight curfews in place at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana through 2035.

The supervisors unanimously voted to create an environmental impact report on the plan. The move clears the way for a series of community meetings inviting public comment on the proposal.

"There will be plenty of opportunity for the public to offer their opinions," said Supervisor John Moorlach, who represents the district that includes the airport.

Orange County supervisors and the Federal Aviation Administration still have to give final approval to the plan, which stems from a 1985 lawsuit settlement between the city, the Airport Working Group and Stop Polluting Our Newport.

The environmental review will examine what impact extending the agreement would have on the airport’s neighbors. The review process is expected to be done early next year.

The proposed curfew would continue a ban on commercial plane departures before 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and before 8 a.m. on Sunday, and on arrivals after 11 p.m.

The proposal also would cap passenger flow at 10.8 million for another eight years through 2020, with a million more travelers allowed between 2021 through 2025.

During 2026-30, 700,000 more passengers would be allowed if the airport sees at least 11.2 million passengers in any year from 2021 through 2025. If that level is not reached, then only 400,000 more passengers would be allowed between 2026 and 2030.

The cap of 85 average daily departures of commercial flights and four cargo flights would be maintained through 2020, with 10 additional daily commercial flights and no new cargo flights allowed, beginning in 2021.

Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry hailed the board’s decision.

"The board’s unanimous vote today was welcome news," Curry said. "We greatly appreciate Supervisor Moorlach’s leadership on this issue.

"We look forward to continuing to work with our partners at the county, the Airport Working Group and Stop Polluting Our Newport to gain approval of the John Wayne Settlement Agreement extension and making sure the important protections therein remain in place for years to come."

-City News Service

Grimes Appointed Auditor-Controller


Orange County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously appointed interim Auditor-Controller Jan Grimes as a permanent countywide elected official.

Supervisors Pat Bates and Janet Nguyen both initially voted against appointing Grimes because she told supervisors during public interviews it is unlikely she will run for the office when the current term is up in 2014.

"I’ve never aspired to elective office," Grimes told supervisors during her interview. "It would not be my intention to run for office. I’m hoping that in that time good candidates would come forward.”

Supervisor John Moorlach, who will be termed out in 2014 and is exploring a run for governor, is often mentioned as a potential candidate for the post.

Moorlach credited Grimes as doing a great job for the county.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson agreed, saying Grimes in the post offered continuity for the office employees, key software upgrades and for the state’s pending lawsuit against the county over vehicle license fees.

Grimes formally assumes the post left vacant in January when David Sundstrom left to become combined auditor, controller, treasurer and tax collector for Sonoma County on the coast north of San Francisco.


April 17


The Daily Pilot printed the following letter, “Free market?,” in response to my column concerning the Fair Board’s attempt to bounce out an entrepreneur who turned the fairground’s empty parking lot into gold (see MOORLACH UPDATE