MOORLACH UPDATE — Sen. Bob Huff — March 23, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff donned a Reyn Spooner and officiated my swearing in into the California State Senate yesterday afternoon. A photo is provided below. Thanks to all who were able to attend and pack out the Village of Hope auditorium. It was a very special and memorable ceremony and it provided a great venue to thank so many of our friends and supporters.

Speaking of Sen. Bob Huff, he leads the OC Register‘s "The Buzz" column, followed by statistics on the 37th Senatorial District race, in the article below.

From left to right are Monika Teuffel, her boyfriend Caleb Moorlach, Daniel Moorlach, myself, my wife, Trina, and Sen. Bob Huff at the Orange County Rescue Mission.

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GOP leader stays close to home to award ‘Woman of the Year’


State Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff didn’t have to look far for the winner of his “Woman of the Year” award.

In fact, he only had to gaze across the dinner table.

The Diamond Bar legislator, whose district reaches into northeast Orange County, announced on St. Patrick’s Day that his choice was Mei Mei Huff.

“It’s my honor to select my wife as the Woman of the Year for the 29th Senate District, a tribute that she so richly deserves,” Huff said in a news release. “The contributions she has made to my Senate district and the state of California are well-documented and deserve recognition.”

Many state legislators name a woman of the year in March as part of Women’s History Month. The volume of releases threatens to clog my email box. But this is the first time I can recall a lawmaker honoring his own bride.

Huff’s release touts his wife as the “principal but non-paid liaison” from his office to the Chinese community and mentions Senate resolutions she played a role in – the recognition of the importance of Lunar New Year celebrations by Asian communities and a call on Congress to formally apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

She has an MBA from St. John’s University and is a certified public accountant.

That’s a lot of talent for one household. And it reminded me that two GOP Asian American women were elected from Orange County to the Assembly this year, and two more were elected to the county Board of Supervisors, victories some portray as a trend. Huff is termed out in 2016. Think we might see a woman of the year run to succeed him?


Even by the benchmarks of recent record-setting low voter turnout, Tuesday’s special election for state Senate District 37 – won by former county Supervisor John ‍Moorlach – was dismal.

Both Orange County and the state set records for low turnout for a general election in November, at 45 percent and 42 percent respectively.

Special elections have far lower turnout, so it wasn’t a complete surprise that just 22.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the Jan. 27 race to fill a vacant county supervisor’s seat.

But even that number dropped considerably for Tuesday’s race, with just 15.7 percent of the district’s registered voters casting ballots. And most of those voted from home, with 86 percent casting mail ballots — up slightly from 84 percent in the January special election.

Thanks to an analysis by newsroom colleague Keegan Kyle, I can also report that Laguna Woods and Newport Beach were the only cities where voter turnout exceeded 25 percent in multiple precincts.

By comparison, Irvine and Costa Mesa reported the most precincts with turnout below 10 percent.


Catching up on a couple recent appointments of Orange County folks by Gov. Jerry Brown:

› Richard Harris, 71, of Villa Park has been reappointed to the California Apprenticeship Council, where he has served since 2007. Harris has been president at the Residential Contractors’ Association since 1987. Harris is a Republican.

› Paul Von Berg, 69, of Newport Coast also has been reappointed to the California Apprenticeship Council, where he has served since 2011. Von Berg was executive vice president at Brutoco Engineering and Construction from 1992 to 2012. Von Berg is registered without party preference. Compensation for California Apprentice Council members is a $100 per diem.

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