The Daily Pilot provides a Letter to the Editor in the first piece below for which there has not been one article, written by its staff, on Senate Bill 277. The Daily Pilot has had a guest editorial, but it did not mention my name. But the Letter to the Editor below focused on me.
If I were a newspaper editor, I would have two policies concerning Letters to the Editor. The first is that I would not print a letter that addressed a subject that was not specifically covered by one of my reporters. And I would not permit attacks on someone on an issue that was not covered first in an article. It should be the norm that a Letter refers to a recent specific article.
With that observation out of the way, the Letter provides a link to my blog in the internet version (see MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 277 — April 30, 2015 April 30, 2015 John Moorlach). So, I should be very honored that my UPDATE is given such credibility to be the anchor for this unique missive.
I’m also appreciative with the respect I’m given by the writer (I think) about being logical and disciplined. But, it does provide a chance for me to do three things in this UPDATE: expound on my vote, introduce my District Staff, and invite you to the Open House at my District Office on May 29th.
To assume that I voted against SB 277 because of autism concerns is not fully correct. It is a concern and the documentary, "Trace Amounts," should not be ignored (seehttp://traceamounts.com/). But, it is much more than this concern (see MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 277 — April 30, 2015 April 30, 2015 John Moorlach).
There are too many infants who have had serious and life-time impacting reactions from the massive regimen of vaccinations they are given. Sen. Ted Gaines provided an amazing personal testimony during the Senate Floor debate of his daughter’s reaction to a vaccination. His story is just one of the many that I have heard over the past few months. I would also refer you to the movie "Bought," see www.boughtmovie.com/free-viewing.
To discard the anecdotal data and imply that certain parents are a fringe and dolts is intellectually ignorant at best and arrogant at worst. Coercing parents who have legitimate concerns is just poor protocol. Additionally, the fact that we don’t vaccinate babies or people with unique health issues and that the state already has a provision for medical exemptions demonstrates that there are legitimate scientific reasons for being circumspect and thoughtful in our vaccination policy.
I appreciate vaccinations. This morning I took a little time to appreciate the two small pox vaccination scars I have worn on my left shoulder for some 55 years. I am a Paul Harris Fellow, a designation from my involvement in Rotary International, a worldwide service club that has made eradicating polio one of its top priorities.
I also appreciate a parent’s right to make certain decisions based on information that they have at their disposal. Obviously, we are all comfortable in being inoculated from polio. With proper education, this should be possible with the other vaccines in the required regime. But, inferring that the medical and pharmaceutical industries are perfect and that those with a differing perspective are somehow out of touch is incredulous.
The parents that I have met with were not from a longstanding and well known organization. They are independent mothers and fathers who have tragic stories to tell and are coalescing to inform their neighbors that certain vaccinations and doses can have deleterious repercussions. To allow the state to force injections of anything into people without allowing for some provisions of conscience is the issue at stake. It’s that simple.
To use a small measles outbreak, whose epicenter was an amusement park that draws visitors from all over the world, is not the proper event to cause a hysterical reaction by the medical profession. Deaths from measles in the United States are less than 0.15 percent of those who contract it. That’s as close to zero as one can get. Forcing California residents to be inoculated in order to protect the rest of the globe is an odd crusade to pursue. And, forcing those who don’t out of our public schools is so draconian and Orwellian that it has me shocked at the dictatorial nature of the scheme.
This is the United States, where we enjoy the most amazing freedoms on the planet. Slowly taking those freedoms is something that I’m happy to oppose, thank you very much.
The San Diego U-T provides very good news on Tuesday’s election results in the 7th Senatorial District (see MOORLACH UPDATE — New Political Split — April 24, 2015 April 24, 2015 John Moorlach). I’ve already texted incoming Senator Steve Glazer my congratulations and look forward to working with him. This is the second piece below.
I want to thank all those that submitted resumes to work for my two offices. Having more than five individuals for every open position did not make this task easy. Please welcome an great home team.
District Director: David P. Mansdoerfer
David Mansdoerfer brings to Senator Moorlach’s staff deep expertise in Orange County’s governance, transportation, and business policy areas. Previously, Mr. Mansdoerfer served as Deputy Chief of Staff for then Supervisor Moorlach, where he worked on several local initiatives including Civic Openness in Negotiations (COIN) and issues related to John Wayne Airport. Mr. Mansdoerfer has also worked for Las Vegas-based Citizen Outreach, Washington, D.C.-based Lexington Institute, and the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Policy Committee. Mr. Mansdoerfer earned his Business Administration degree from Vanguard University and Masters of Public Policy from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.
Deputy District Director: Scott A. Carpenter
Scott Carpenter has been active in Orange County’s public policy arena for over fifteen years. Widely considered an expert on business and economic development, Mr. Carpenter has worked with policymakers to streamline the County’s regulatory structure and help small businesses grow. Mr. Carpenter is leaving his current post as Policy Advisor for Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson to join Supervisor Moorlach as Deputy District Director. He is also an elected leader in several local and statewide political volunteer organizations. Mr. Carpenter earned his Political Science and History Degree from Concordia University, Irvine.
Communications Director: Amanda J. Smith
Amanda Smith has an extensive background in public relations and communications, including in both the Washington D.C and California media markets. Her previous experience includes serving as a communications specialist in the academic, nonprofit and private sectors. She is an expert in social media communications, as well as with print and broadcast media platforms. Ms. Smith graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts Degree in Media Communication from Liberty University.
District Representative: Aly John
Before joining Senator Moorlach’s staff, Aly John served as a policy analyst in former Congressman John Campbell’s office, spending time in both Orange County and Washington D.C. Ms. John is widely considered a policy expert in governance, finance, and veterans issues, among others. She has also been an active community volunteer. Ms. John received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Science with an emphasis in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University.
District Representative: Jacob Ashendorf
Jacob Ashendorf is an up-and-coming talent among California’s public policy community. A recent graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Jacob has been active nationally with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where he worked to build advocacy and grass roots support within the pro-Israel community. Jacob was also active with the Junior Statesmen of America, the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA, and is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
Please meet the team on Friday, May 29th at our District Office, located on Main Street, between MacArthur and Red Hill, at 30 Executive Park, Suite 250, Irvine from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Moorlach puzzles with vote against vaccinations
While state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) seems to portray a logical, disciplined and conservative person, his no vote on Senate Bill 277 suggests otherwise.
SB 277 would finally close the loophole that allows parents to send their children to school without having been vaccinated, endangering the lives of others.
He has sided with a small minority of parents who believe in debunked reports that vaccinations cause autism. Why would he fight to represent this small discredited fringe group at the peril of the majority of his constituents?
I thought the anti-climate-change belief of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) was enough looniness for our area. Now we need to keep an eye on Moorlach as well, it seems.
Maybe Moorlach’s seemingly logical side can be brought out if enough people contact his office and ask him to join the vast majority of Californians and vote in support of SB 277.
Vastly different districts, similar results
Unions handed another defeat in closely watched Senate special election
By Steven Greenhut
California’s public-sector unions are among the most powerful political players in the Capitol yet Tuesday’s special Senate election in the San Francisco area’s East Bay – along with the special Senate election results from Orange County in March — raise a question not often pondered in Sacramento: Is union power waning?
On Tuesday, Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer bested Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord, to fill the seat of Mark DeSaulnier, who won his race for Congress. This was a highly watched battle that was predicted to be a nail-biter, yet Glazer racked up a surprisingly large margin. Both candidates are Democrats likely to vote in similar ways on most bills in the Capitol — but the race generated so much attention because of one word: unions.
Glazer, a San Diego State University graduate, is a moderate Democrat (and former aide to Gov. Jerry Brown) who opposed the strike by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) workers, has backed Chamber of Commerce positions and is an advocate for reining in pension costs. He was backed by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, a progressive Democrat disliked by unions for his statewide pension efforts.
Bonilla is a more traditional, pro-union Democrat, who earned the backing not just of the big union groups, but of the state’s Democratic Party.
As the Sacramento Bee reported, outside groups — mostly unions and business organizations — dumped $7.3 million combined into the race since the March primary, along with $2.4 million before that. The ad campaigns were particularly vitriolic, and union groups even sent mailers on behalf of an unheard-of Republican to siphon votes from Glazer.
“There’s a new political split in California,” said Ed Ring, executive director of the conservative California Policy Center in Tustin. “(Glazer’s win) means that Democrats are realizing that their most cherished programs and ideals may not be compatible with unrestrained government union power.”
The election certainly highlights a split within Democratic ranks — one that’s seen more prominently in the education-reform issue, where reform-minded Democrats often battle with Democrats allied with the teachers’ unions. Many Democrats are seeing that costly union policies can take away funding from their other priorities.
Ironically, the March 17 Senate race in Orange County yielded similar results – even though that race, between Assemblyman Don Wagner and former Supervisor John Moorlach, pitted two Republicans against each other in a Republican district to fill the seat of a Republican (Mimi Walters) who won her congressional race.
Wagner and Moorlach are both conservatives, but the unions have long targeted Moorlach because of his pension-reforming efforts. They hammered him with mostly negative advertisements. But Moorlach received more than 50 percent of the vote in March, which in a special election eliminates the need for a runoff.
In such different geographic and political districts, the results were largely the same — the candidate that spoke out forcefully against some union policies won, while the candidate who accepted the union money (and in Wagner’s case, Maui trips funded in part by unions) lost.
Glazer’s victory on Tuesday was “a testament to a system that encourages candidates to reach across party lines and talk to everybody,” said Chad Peace, an attorney for the Independent Voter Project, which was author of the successful initiative that created the state’s top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters in a single “jungle” primary advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation.
Both candidates were from the same party, but the race still had a defining issue. The unions rallied their base voters on behalf of Bonilla, but Glazer was able to piece together a winning coalition of moderate Democrats and Republicans. The open primary, Peace said, made it easier for a candidate such as Glazer to offer an independent message that appealed to voters across party lines.
I’ve got my issues with open primaries, but it was refreshing to see the system work this way. The union issue was front and center in both races and voters in Democratic and Republican districts rejected union priorities. Two races might not make a trend, but something definitely is brewing.
Greenhut is the California columnist for U-T San Diego. Contact him at steven.greenhut.
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