MOORLACH UPDATE — 2014 Hall of Fame — June 18, 2014

In the first piece, the Daily Pilot’s Jim de Boom provides a recap of the June 6th Community & Clubs Hall of Fame Luncheon honorees (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Primary Results — June 4, 2014).

The OC Register provides its perspectives on COIN and Maximus in the second piece below. One clarification to note. The Sheriff’s contract was added to the Board agenda as a supplemental item back in 2001, and was not a consent calendar item.

And the OC Register announces this evening’s Cypress Chamber of Commerce dinner in the third piece below (also see MOORLACH UPDATE — Maximus COIN — June 17, 2014).

Community & Clubs: Kudos to the class of 2014

By Jim de Boom

On Friday, the community came together at the sixth annual Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame luncheon, where 11 citizens were honored for the time, talent and treasure they have given freely in service to the youths and families of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and far beyond.

Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach served as the master of ceremonies, Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council Vice President Lane Calvert provided the invocation, Costa Mesa Fire Explorers led the Pledge of Allegiance, American Legion member John Stansbury led the national anthem, and Al Rasch welcomed all the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, the host of the luncheon.

The American Legion Auxiliary nominated Mary Carolyn, a 26-year member of the auxiliary, who served as president in 1998 and again in 2006. Her leadership and involvement includes serving as vice chair for Girls State, volunteering at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Long Beach and helping the Sail for the Visually Impaired program.

The Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club nominated Harlan Andersen, a 12-year member who will serve as club president in 2015. His project leadership is with the Kiwanis golf tournament, while his community involvement includes AYSO pancake breakfasts, Costa Mesa Community Run and Kelly’s Closet.

The Newport-Irvine Rotary Club nominated Jerry Rekers, a 21-year member who served as president in 2008-09. His Rotary leadership includes chairing the annual charity golf tournament for the past eight years, raising $80,000 for local charities, and chairing the Woodbridge High School cross-country event for the past 12 years, raising $150,000 for local charities.

The Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa nominated Diane Daruty, a four-year member. Under Diane’s leadership, Spirit Run has donated more than $400,000 to local schools and provided more than 500 scholarships for entry fees. Diane worked with Newport Beach’s Recreation & Senior Services department to expand the Newport Beach Track Meet sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa. In 2012, Recreation & Senior Services recognized her as volunteer of the year.

The Newport Harbor Exchange Club nominated William H. Bechtel, a member for 11 years who served as club president in 2006-07 and again in 2013-14. Bill is probably best known for being Santa Claus — and flying in the police helicopter for over 35 years, landing in the playgrounds of many schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and bringing smiles and candy canes to the boys and girls.

The Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach/Corona del Mar nominated Eileen Wright, an honorary member for 10 years. Eileen has continually provided the club with weekly music support on the piano and regular programs by professional singers and musicians.

The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 nominated Stansbury, a member for 22 years. As you can tell by his voice, John is the Post 291 music and song leader. His responsibilities include musical leadership at all post events and veteran-related activities. His recent activities include the Balboa Island Parade, Memorial Day at Pacific View, Field of Honor at Castaways Park with the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor, the dedication of the new Newport Beach City Hall and the dedication of the Ronald Reagan memorial statue.

The Harbor Mesa Lions Club nominated Gina Stansbury, a member for more than 18 years. She has held the offices of director, treasurer, first vice president and president multiple times. Gina has also served on our Lions District 4-L4 Cabinet and co-chaired the biggest fundraiser, the Casino Night, more than once. Gina and her husband, John, both belong to Post 291 and participate in and support many of the activities.

Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area nominated Dawn Marie Lemonds, a member for 29 years. She is the current club treasurer and past president. She has served as Soroptimist International’s program director and Quadrennial Project liaison and been the keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Region Conference and co-chair for Southwest Conference Against Trafficking.

The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club nominated Steve Bender, who serves on the board of directors and is president-elect. He was founder of the Rotary Interact Club at Western High School in Anaheim as well as the Rotary Rotaract Club with USC dental students.

The Sons of the American Legion, Post 291, nominated John Kraft. It should be noted that son Justin is in the United States Naval Academy class of 2015, while son Andrew, a senior at Newport Harbor High School, will be in the class of 2018 and Christian is in the seventh grade. John is a hard worker from his involvement with his church to Hoag Hospital Presbyterian, from the Navy League Newport Beach to the Sons of the American Legion. John is a family man, and the community is his family.

The members were inducted by John Canalis, editor of the Daily Pilot, and yours truly. Each honoree received a gift bag from the Daily Pilot and recognition from the mayors of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach as well as the California State Assembly. Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2014!

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County delays discussion on proposed contract rules

Ordinance would require all offers, even ones from closed sessions, be made public.

Erika I. Ritchie

Discussions on making county contract negotiations with unions more transparent were put on hold for another week during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting.

Supervisor John ‍Moorlach proposed the Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance last month to give the public more input and information on contracts with organized employees.

Supervisors then reviewed his proposal in closed session and asked for legal input to draft the ordinance.

Moorlach‍’‍s proposal includes supervisors reporting formal and informal discussions with official or unofficial union representatives.

Union representatives objected in past discussions to the plan and threatened to take the issue to the state Public Employment Relations Board.

The board pushed consideration of the law’s first reading to next week at the request of Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who passed along Supervisor Pat Bates’ request to have it continued.

Bates, absent on Tuesday, told Nguyen she had hoped to be included in initial discussions. ‍Moorlach was surprised, but agreed to wait after Nguyen and Supervisor Todd Spitzer were in favor of continuing the discussion to the June 24 meeting.

The measure is similar to an ordinance passed in Costa Mesa in 2012.

Moorlach also wants the board to report on all offers and counteroffers from closed session. He would also require that contracts be posted on the county website and on the board’s meeting agenda a week in advance of their public review.

Moorlach said he has had his eyes on the ordinance, called COIN, since Costa Mesa passed it – and even before, when he saw the results of county labor contracts approved with little or no review.

He pointed to an item that was on the board’s consent calendar in 2001 that passed unanimously. At that time, the board voted to apply a retroactive pension bump to safety employees, giving those who retired a pension of 3 percent of their salaries for every year worked with retirement eligibility at age 50 – which was a substantial increase over the 2 percent benefit that safety members had been receiving.

There were some voices who said the county’s retirement funds would not continue to provide enough interest earnings to cover the costs – then-Treasurer-Tax Collector ‍Moorlach among them – but they weren’t heeded.

“This is so regrettable now with the debt we’re carrying,” ‍Moorlach said.

Separately, the board unanimously approved a $6.3 million agreement with Maximus Human Services Inc. for case-management services from July 1until June 30, 2015. The board approval was to add the fourth year of a five-year contract. The contract with the welfare-management contractor was first approved in 2011 with extensions.

Before the contract was approved by the board, Jennifer Muir, assistant general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, said that the union wanted the board to wait on the contract because of performance issues raised about Maximus several years ago, plus unspecified complaints by county workers at the Social Service Agency.

Michael Ryan, county director for social services,, told the board his department was comfortable with extending the contract with the company.

“We’ve been working closely and have a good relationship with them,” Ryan said. “We’ve worked with them to redesign the program and it is doing a better job of meeting our needs.”

Maximus provides management for 3,000 cases. If that work were done by OCEA workers, it would require an extra 100 positions and would cost $7.7 million, he said. By extending the contract with Maximus, the county saves $1 million, Ryan added.

Colleen Moskal, a representative from Maximus, addressed the allegations and said the company has worked hard to put proactive processes in place to internally audit cases and avert concerns brought on by past allegations.

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Business awards: The Cypress Chamber of Commerce will recognize Tim Keenan, Linda Keenan, John ‍Moorlach, Shelley Henderson and Union Bank at its annual Business Awards and Installation Dinner tonight. For more information about the award winners, contact the chamber at 714-827-2430.

Anders Howmann, 714-704-3754  

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