MOORLACH UPDATE — Growing Up In OC — December 2, 2014

The December issue of Orange Coast Magazine focuses on the topic of:

The cover story is on John Stamos, b. 1963, raised in Cypress, actor, producer, musician. I’ve never met John Stamos, but I did see him play with the Beach Boys at a recent concert in Coto de Caza as guests of Lisa and Bruce Hughes a couple of years ago. My sister brags that John Stamos asked her out while she was in college (and I have to believe that this is true as my three younger siblings were all incrementally better looking, with my sister arriving last). The John Stamos feature is followed by vignettes on the following individuals (and don’t ask me how I was selected to be included in this fine group of Orange Countians):

Janet Evans, b. 1971, raised in Placentia, 1988 and ’92 Olympic gold-medal swimmer

Penelope Spheeris, b. 1945, raised in Westminster, director, producer, screenwriter; known for the movie “Wayne’s World”

Marisa Wayne, b. 1966, raised in Newport Harbor, Businesswoman, daughter of Oscar-winner John Wayne

Will Ferrell, b. 1967, raised in Irvine, Actor, comedian, writer, and producer

Joyce Hoffman, b. 1947, lived in Capistrano Beach, 1965 and ’66 surfing world champion

John Moorlach, b. 1955, raised in Cypress and Buena Park, Orange County supervisor

Steve Martin, b. 1945, lived in Garden Grove, Actor, comedian, screenwriter, author, musician

Gwen Stefani, b. 1965, raised in Anaheim, No Doubt lead singer, fashion designer, reality-TV judge

Lloyd Weinstein, b. 1947, lived in Santa Ana, owner of Benjie’s Delicatessen in Santa Ana

Mark McGrath, b. 1968, raised in Newport Beach, Sugar Ray lead singer, actor, TV host, and grand marshal (with Leslie Mann) of the 2014 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Jeanne Tran, b. 1990, raised in Anaheim, associate director of state and community relations, Cal State Fullerton

Linda Emond, b. 1959, raised in Anaheim, Stage, film, and television actress; known for her Tony-nominated performance in “Death of a Salesman”

Ted McGinley, b. 1958, raised in Newport Beach, Actor, known for roles in “Happy Days” and “Married . . . With Children”

Loretta Sanchez, b. 1960, raised in Anaheim, member, U.S. House of Representatives

Don Craig, b. 1948, raised in Hermosa Beach and Newport Beach, founder of the Old Guys Rule clothing line, former team rider for Jacobs Surfboard and others, former surfwear sales rep

Molly Lynch, b. 1955, raised in Corona del Mar, associate professor of dance, UC Irvine; best known as artistic director of the National Choreographers Initiative

Jason Lee, b. 1970, raised in Huntington Beach, Star of “My Name Is Earl,” former pro skateboarder

Here’s the narrative:

My Dad did a little real estate. Then he got into insurance – property and life and casualty. His market was the Dutch community [the family emigrated from the Netherlands] in Norwalk, Cypress, Bellflower, which had some of the biggest dairy industries in the country. I can remember my mom saying, “We’ve got to pray for dad today because he’s got to drive to Chino.”

Our Comet was a trusty car for most of my growing-up years. It was the car I learned to drive in. It had a three-speed stick on the column. Six cylinders, real simple Ford Mercury construction. I think even my young brother had if for high school. It hit a tree and died a sad, tragic death. I won’t go further.

John Moorlach, right, and younger brother Edward admire dad Kent’s ’62 Mercury Comet.

LOOK BACKS (Also see MOORLACH UPDATE — Incoming Supervisors — November 29, 2014,MOORLACH UPDATE — Homeless Shelter at Depot — November 21, 2014 and MOORLACH UPDATE — Venezia & Me — November 15, 2014):

• 2006 – Constructed a short-term structured note (matching the regular biweekly payroll schedule) for an Orange County Employees Retirement System contribution prepayment, where the County Treasurer (or another investor) purchases Investment Policy Statement approved debt issued by the County; the prepayment discounts have saved the County more than $100 million since this first issuance (also see MOORLACH UPDATE — Venezia & Me — November 15, 2014)

• 2006 – Ran successfully for the Board of Supervisors

• 2006 – Refused campaign contributions from public employee unions

• 2006 – Restructured retiree medical health care with Supervisor Campbell, reducing the unfunded actuarial accrued liability by more than $1 billion and reducing the annual required contribution by more than $100 million per year (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Retiree Medical Reform — March 3, 2014)

• 2007 – Pursued unconstitutionality of the granting of retroactive defined benefit pension plan benefits, which was rejected by the Superior and Appellate Courts and would not be heard by the State Supreme Court, thus making pension debt exempt from the State’s Constitutional restrictions (see MOORLACH UPDATE — OIR/Retroactive Anniversary — July 20, 2012

• 2007 – Approved wind-down of the Santa Ana Heights Redevelopment Agency, well in advance of the legislation and court rulings forcing the elimination of redevelopment agencies (see MOORLACH UPDATE — County Executive Officer — July 26, 2012)

• 2007 – Assisted in the creation of Mesa-Birch Park in Newport Beach

• 2007 – Annexed West Santa Ana Heights into city of Newport Beach (effective 1/1/08)

• 2008 – Established Office of Independent Review, a watch dog overseeing the Sheriff’s Department and its three jails (see MOORLACH UPDATE — OIR/Retroactive Anniversary — July 20, 2012)

• 2008 – Successfully passed Measure J, requiring voter approval of any new pension benefit liability increase resulting from bargaining unit contract negotiations (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Social Host Ordinance — November 6, 2013)

BONUS: I have a vacancy on the Housing and Community Development Commission (see Cammy.Danciu, as soon as possible.


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