MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Filing Period Opens — February 16, 2014

I hope you’re enjoying a pleasant President’s Day weekend.

As a communication tool, I forward media clippings to subscribers to explain the story behind the story. It started long ago, when my staff requested the UPDATES, as taxpayers would come into the Treasurer’s office and comment on the article in that day’s paper. If you wish to receive these for the remainder of this year from my Supervisor’s office, just let me know at john.moorlach.

Campaign-related articles will be generated by me from my campaign account. I’m using this format until things get rolling in full gear. To that end, I pulled papers Friday morning and hope to return the gathered signatures by March 7th. Once the filing period closes, then it is game on.

Yesterday, the LA Times had an update on the statewide Congressional delegation and a recap concerning the retirements of Congressmen Waxman, George Miller, McKeon, Gary G. Miller, and John Campbell. A portion of the piece is the first provided below.

The Daily Pilot also makes mention of my efforts when there are articles about those seeking to succeed me. The beginning of a recent article is the second below.

The third piece is Barbara Venecia’s Friday column in the OC Register’s The Current, which was on the annual Speak Up Newport Mayor’s Dinner (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Coyote Canyon Golf Course — February 12, 2104). Since it referred to my campaign efforts, I’m providing it here.

Five California congressmen have decided not to seek reelection this year, promising more change to the state’s once-stable delegation. Three are Republicans; two are Democrats. Here’s a quick look at who they are and who might replace them:


Would-be successors: A three-way Republican fight is underway between Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, retired Marine Col. Greg Raths and state Sen. Mimi Walters of Irvine.

Mansoor, Steel trade conservative credentials

Supervisorial candidates square off at Tea Party event.

By Bradley Zint

Two candidates for county supervisor met in Costa Mesa on Thursday evening to debate issues ranging from taxation to immigration law.

State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) and state Board of Equalization Vice Chairwoman Michelle Steel spoke to a group of about 100 people at the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club in a session organized by the Newport-Mesa Tea Party.

The two Republicans are running in the June primary for the 2nd District — which includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach — on the five-member Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor John Moorlach, a Costa Mesa resident, currently holds the seat, but will be termed out in January. He has since announced a run for the 45th Congressional District.

Mayor gives State of the City address



It was another sold out event Feb. 7 at the Newport Beach Marriott for the 33rd annual Newport Beach Mayor’s Dinner, organized by Speak Up Newport.

The evening was chaired by board members George Schroeder, Kathy Harrison and Jo Vandervort.

Usually I hate going to civic events, but I do enjoy this one. You never know who you’ll run into or what they’ll share.

During the cocktail hour, I chatted with Assemblyman Allan Mansoor and his very pregnant wife Janniffer, who are expecting their first baby after getting hitched Aug. 3, 2013.

Boy or girl?

They want it to be a surprise when the baby arrives this May.

Mansoor’s running for county supervisor, and I also spied his main competitor, Michelle Steel, vice chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization, working the room.

Yes, the politicos were out in force this evening.

Supervisor John Moorlach was quick to hand me his “Moorlach for Congress” business cards during the cocktail schmooze fest.

Lynn Selich of OC Social Scene was busily taping interviews with an NBTV microphone in her hand.

Could we be seeing Selich with her own show on NBTV soon?

Gary Sherwin, president of Newport Beach & Co. told me things are looking good for the City Council to approve a contract allowing his organization to take the reins of NBTV to re-tool the station.

That’s good news in my book. Since 2011, I’ve written about how underutilized NBTV’s been and what a missed marketing opportunity it is for the city.

In 2012, Newport Mayor Nancy Gardner and I even offered suggestions on how the channel could be reworked to capture local flavor, and still nothing moved forward.

Looks like now it will. Sherwin said he hopes to have the contract ratified and be broadcasting by mid-March.

Will viewers see a food show with my name attached to it? Maybe…

After the cocktail hour, the crowd moved into the ballroom for dinner.

Former Mayor and now Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steve Rosansky opened the evening with Moorlach by his side.

It was kind of a funny sight since Moorlach towers over Rosansky.

Costa Mesa’s Peter Buffa was back as emcee, and his edgy humor was on target as he took gentle swipes at the Newport establishment.

The surprise moment of every Mayor’s Dinner is always who will receive the coveted SUNshine Award, which is given in recognition for the recipient’s longterm positive impact on the community. City Manager Dave Kiff took the stage. It wasn’t long before the audience figured out who the winner would be, as he talked about his personal experience with former state Sen. Marian Bergeson early in his career.

Fittingly, the award was presented to Bergeson by her good buddy Evelyn Hart, the 2012 SUNshine Award recipient.

Looking elegant, Bergeson gave a gracious thank you speech and seemed genuinely touched by the honor.

Another signature of the evening is seeing all the former mayors in attendance gathered on stage.

With the exception of Councilwoman Leslie Daigle – the rest of the current council have all served as mayor. They were joined by Dennis O’Neil, John Heffernan, Tod Ridgeway, Rosansky, John Cox, Evelyn Hart and Milan Dostal.

The main event was Mayor Rush Hill’s State of the City address.

Say what you will about his politics, but the guy knows how to deliver a speech.

His tone, cadence and eye contact at just the right moments were superb.

With a theme of “Celebrate Newport,” Hill has big plans for the city.

He’ll ask his fellow council members to support taking the closed Coyote Canyon landfill and turning it into a public golf course, much like the Newport Beach Golf Course on Irvine Avenue and Mesa Drive.

He also wants to replace the current harbor moorings with floating docks with electrical hook ups, initiating an electric water taxi service, and to lower building permit fees for single-family home renovations.

Hill’s speech was well-received by the audience.

And expectedly so – he’d just promised boaters, golfers and homeowners some neat stuff – which pretty much covers all the major groups in Newport.

Now, let’s see if he can deliver.

The bad thing about promising people things is if you don’t come through, they remember that come election day.