MOORLACH UPDATE — Distinguished Alumni — April 5, 2014

The Beach Connection, a publication for members of the California State University, Long Beach Alumni Association, in its Spring/Summer 2014 issue, made a fun announcement. I attended the Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce monthly Networking Breakfast yesterday morning to listen to Janice Arrington, the Orange County Film Commissioner. One of my table mates said she was a Forty-Niner, a CSULB alumnus, and had just read that I was being recognized as a distinguished alumni in the newsletter she had just received in the mail. It is an honor to be recognized! I’m included with some others that you may know, including Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and my former Treasurer’s Advisory Committee member Clyde Kendzierski. Clyde served me and the County with distinction for more than a dozen years and his wisdom, insight and knowledge were a valued contribution to the Treasurer’s office. I wish to thank good friend and CSULB Legal Studies of Business Professor Art Levine, Founder/Director of the CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series and host of the renowned cable program “Straight Talk” (more than 500 shows produced) for his involvement. And my sincere gratitude goes to Michael Solt, Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Finance, for selecting me. Put May 8th on your calendar. I would be honored to have you at the dinner. This humbling news is provided in the first piece below.

The OC Register had a photographer present at yesterday morning’s Avenida La Pata extension groundbreaking ceremony in San Clemente. This extension over the Prima Deshecha Landfill has been a high priority project for me these past seven years, as South County needs another road, other than the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway, to maneuver out of the area. A photo of the occasion is the second piece below.

The third piece below is a public service announcement concerning upcoming candidate forums in the Second District and is provided by the OC Register.

The CSULB Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2014 Distinguished Alumni. Nominated by their respective college deans, these recipients are recognized for distinction and leadership in their professions, communities and in our university. They will be honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet on May 8 at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency and at their respective college commencement ceremony in late May.

CSULB’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award is bestowed

annually in each College by the CSULB Alumni Association. In addition to

demonstrated pride and positive affinity for CSULB, awardees have achieved a

record of distinction, recognition and accomplishment in their fields and a proven

record of leadership and service to their communities and society at large.

The CSULB Alumni Association is proud to acknowledge this year’s recipients.

2014 Alumni Awards Recipients:

College of the Arts

Karen Baker Landers
Two-time Academy Award winner for sound editing

Alumna, Film & Electronic Arts

College of Business Administration

John M. W. Moorlach
Supervisor, Second District, Orange County Board of Supervisors

1977, Bachelor of Science, Accountancy

College of Education

Patricia Ann Farber
Algebra Teacher, Desert Hills Unified School District (ret.)

1967, Bachelor of Arts, English
1983, Master of Arts, Educational Administration

College of Engineering

J.P. Wang
Founder & CEO, Golden Star Technology

1984, Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

College of Health and Human Services

Thomas Salerno
President & CEO St. Mary Medical Center

1980, Master of Public Administration

College of Health and Human Services

Charlie Beck
Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department

2007, Bachelor of Science, Occupational Studies

College of Liberal Arts

Nelson Farris
Sr. Director, Culture & Heritage, Global Talent Management, NIKE, Inc.

1969, Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications

College of Liberal Arts

Clyde Kendzierski
Managing Director, Financial Solutions Group LLC

1969, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
1972, Master of Arts, Economics.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics:

Jeffrey L. Stein
President & CEO, Trius Therapeutics. San Diego

1979, Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology
1983, Master of Science, Biology

For a full list of past recipients of Distinguished Alumni Awards

categorized by college, please click on the college banner below.

Representatives of Orange County Public Works and other area officials kick off construction of the $73 million La Pata road extension that will link San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. The extension is scheduled to be ready by fall 2016.



Feet to the Fire puts candidates on the hot seat



It’s not often you see media outlets in Orange County working together on a project as the news business is so competitive.

But on April 17, the Orange County Register, Daily Pilot, which is owned by the Los Angeles Times, and the Voice of OC come together for the first of four Feet to the Fire political forums.

The first forum brings Assembly candidates running for the 74th District together to answer questions in a political talk show format on stage at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave, Costa Mesa.

And if you think an Assembly race that covers part of Irvine, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Costa Mesa doesn’t affect you because you don’t live there, think again.

Just look at what happened when Newport Beach decided to get rid of fire rings on its beaches. It sparked a countywide and statewide debate on the issue.

Among the candidates running for Assembly is Newport Councilman Keith Curry.

So is Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper, who opposed the removal of fire rings in his city.

At this Feet to the Fire, the media team of Register and Huntington Beach Current columnist Jack Wu, Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis, Editor-in-Chief of the Voice of OC Norberto Santana Jr. and I will be joined by Alicia Lopez from the Daily Pilot.

I’ll be moderator again and have already dug out my leather flamed pants for the occasion, which have oddly become a signature of the events.

Feet to the Fire started in 2010 as an alternative to the boring candidate forums. Let’s face it, just the words – local politics – makes most folks’ eyes glaze over.

Not here.

The discussion is lively and fast moving. Candidates need to think on their feet, and they aren’t pre-fed questions they can rehearse.

It’s off-the cuff conversation at its best.

You never know what will come out of someone’s mouth, which is what makes Feet to the Fire so interesting.

It’s also a chance to experience, live and in person, the journalists you love – or love to hate – as they jump off the printed pages and online screens doing what they do best – asking tough questions.

As producer of the event, I’ve been busy arranging the location for the shows, technical aspects and media coverage.

Coordinating candidates falls on the shoulders of longtime local journalist Roger Bloom.

In the past, we’ve held one or two a political season. But we all agreed 2014 is an important election year.

Those we elect to the Assembly, city councils and Board of Supervisors have the greatest impact on what happens right outside our front doors and directly affect our quality of life.

Soon we’ll all be bombarded with political literature stuffing our mailboxes and inboxes. But until you’ve seen candidates hold their own among their competitors, you don’t have the whole picture of who they are and what they’re made of.

This is why Feet to the Fire has found such a strong voice on the local political scene.

We can no longer pay attention only to what happens in our own neighborhoods. It’s all about looking at the bigger picture.

Take what happened in Costa Mesa a few years ago, for example.

When city leaders there handed out pink slips to more than half their city staff, the discussion about pensions and unfunded liabilities took off like wildfire not only in that city but across the county.

This year, Feet to the Fire starts with our state Assembly race.

Then on April 28, we gather candidates looking to replace Supervisor John ‍Moorlach, who is terming out.

On that panel, we welcome Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly, adding some crazy fun into the mix.

Sept. 18 Feet to the Fire moves from the Costa Mesa Community Center to Orange Coast College’s Robert B. Moore Theatre. There, we’ll talk with candidates running for Costa Mesa City Council.

And Oct. 1 we move to the Newport Beach Oasis Senior Center’s stage for the Newport council race candidates.

It would be nice to have a Feet to the Fire forum in every city. Maybe someday.

But for now, I have my plate full and a limited wardrobe of flame-themed clothing.

Information:  .


Feet to the Fire forums

Doors open 6:30 p.m. Forums are from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

April 17: 74th District Assembly race candidates at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa

April 28: 2nd District supervisor candidates at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa

Sept 18: Costa Mesa City Council candidates at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa

Oct. 1: Newport Beach City Council candidates at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Newport Beach

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