MOORLACH UPDATE — Tim Clark — April 13, 2016

The downside of hiring exceptionally talented people is that others notice and recruit them away. This was not uncommon while I was a County Supervisor.

Late Sunday afternoon, my Chief of Staff sent me an e-mail informing me that he had been given an offer to work for the Trump campaign as the State Director.
Tim Clark is someone who has had a good track record of working for statewide candidates in primaries. I would say that Donald Trump was trying to recruit one of the best in the Golden State.

By Monday morning, less than 24-hours later, Tim Clark had decided to do something that was on his bucket list, consult with a Presidential campaign. The possibility of working in such a setting usually does not occur in the state of California. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. So, he accepted the offer. He did so with my strong reservations.

Now, I might have hoped that he would have jumped to assist one of the other two candidates, but I guess that’s what they get for not contacting him first.

I still have not personally committed to a Republican Presidential candidate. But, with the retention of Tim Clark, I would fancy that Trump now has a much better chance of garnering the necessary California delegates that he needs to secure the nomination. But, I am still leaning towards one of the other two and hope to make a firm decision by the conclusion of the California Republican Convention at the end of April.

The Sacramento Bee provides the announcement in the first piece below. Sister paper, the Fresno Bee, had the following headlines: "Trump chooses same GOP strategist used by Ashley Swearengin — Tim Clark helped Fresno mayor in local, state races." My team’s loss is the Trump campaign’s gain.

I fly home early on Thursday afternoon in order to share a fiscal update again with "Speak Up Newport." The Daily Pilot provides the announcement in the second piece below. I’m sure there will be plenty to talk about.

And, in the third piece, Fox & Hounds takes a thorough and thoughtful look as SB 1251 (see MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 1251 and SB 1140 — April 12, 2016 april 12, 2016 john moorlach).

Donald Trump names Sacramento strategist as state director

Tim Clark has spent decades working in California politics

He says “Mr. Trump intends to play and play hard in California”


With the presidential race heating up in California, Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday named veteran GOP strategist Tim Clark as his state director.
Clark has more than two decades of experience running statewide and district campaigns, and will take a leave of absence as chief of staff to conservative state Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa. Before coming to the Capitol, Clark guided Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s 2014 bid for state controller.
“I am pleased to bring Tim on board to organize what is a very important state,” Trump said in a prepared statement announcing the hire. “I know he will be an asset to the team and ultimately deliver a win in California.”
In a brief interview, Clark said his focus will be on harnessing the energy of thousands of volunteers to help Trump reach the delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination. “Look, this is one of the most historic presidential primary races we’ve had in the last century,” Clark said.

“There is a tremendous energy out there,” he added. “There is a tremendous excitement out there. Our base is getting energized for Trump.”

Clark, who has not lost a statewide primary race, said he won’t need on-the-job preparation. Trump previously tapped Ted Costa, another longtime Republican activist involved in the 2003 recall, to help organized delegates.

They join a race in which GOP rival Ted Cruz has spent months cultivating grassroots support across California. Cruz held spirited public rallies Monday in Orange County and San Diego and released a list of 50 current and former elected supporters.

Trump leads in public polls here and Clark said he is planning several visits.

Said Clark: “Mr. Trump intends to play and play hard in California.”

Around Town: Moorlach to discuss California’s finances

California state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) will speak Thursday at a Speak Up Newport discussion at the Oasis Senior Center. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

By Daily Pilot staff

State Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) will speak about state pensions, California public employees and politics in Sacramento during a Speak Up Newport discussion Thursday.

Moorlach has been an Orange County treasurer and supervisor and now represents California’s 37th State Senate District, which includes Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine.

A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Oasis Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar.

A Bid for Transparency Turns Murky

Joel Fox
By Joel FoxEditor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

In an age when the quest for transparency in government is treated akin to securing the holy grail, Sen. John Moorlach’s “Financial Transparency Act” (SB 1251) has been frustrated by legislative hurdles. On Tuesday, the bill was turned aside on a party line vote although all members of the Public Employment and Retirement Committee did vote to reconsider the bill. The measure is designed to give voters a better understanding of the state government’s fiscal health.

Moorlach’s goal is to have “a citizen’s guide to numbers.” His proposal would have the Secretary of State publish in the state’s official voter guide and on the Internet figures showing the state’s fiscal situation. He even created a website to show what it might look like.

Voters who are called upon to make decisions on taxes, bonds and other economic matters – not to mention voting for candidates who will help manage the state’s finances – would find the information useful.

As noted on this site many times and corroborated in annual polling by the Public Policy Institute of California, voters’ knowledge of state budgetary matters is poor. They could use a little assist in following the numbers before voting.

So what’s the problem?

Public employee unions voiced objection to the bill. The Service Employees International Union, California Teachers Association, Professional Engineers in California Government, and California Professional Firefighters testified against it. They thought the information would be “confusing” and that enough information is already supplied to the voters through government agency material.

That would be the case if citizens knew where to find information within opaque government documents.

Moorlach wants the information where it can easily be viewed. Studies have shown that voters rely heavily on the state ballot booklet (voter guide) when they consider whom and what to vote for.

As to the opposition against his idea, Moorlach’s believes unions are concerned that the voters will find out the state’s huge liabilities, a good chunk of which is composed of pension obligations to public workers.

As of right now, state documents show the state liabilities outweigh its assets by nearly $43 billion, Moorlach said.

Moorlach intends to tweak the measure before bringing it back to the committee. He listened to committee concerns that some of the numbers reported to the public could be subjective. Trained as a CPA, Moorlach said he can make a change to his bill and still paint a factual picture of state finances to voters.

If Moorlach can convince the committee’s majority Democrats to ignore the unions’ objections, a massive hurdle in itself, he would have to guide the bill through an extraordinary obstacle course of three more committees before getting it to the governor’s desk.

The governor could prove to be another impediment.

Gov. Brown opposes the proposed November initiative that would require voters to approve revenue bonds that exceed $2 billion. Experts say the measure could interfere with two of Brown’s prized projects, the Delta Tunnels and High Speed Rail. If voters saw the amount of state liabilities in their ballot booklet they might be inclined to support an initiative that would give them a say on more bonds.

Still, transparency is a watchword in Sacramento. Perhaps others might take up the cause if roadblocks to SB 1251 in the legislature prove too great.

Could the Secretary of State add information to the ballot book on his own? Over the years, Secretaries of State have added information to the ballot booklet to help voters.

If that road is not paved for success there is always the initiative process.

Political reformer Charles Munger, Jr., who has thrown sizeable support behind California’s redistricting and primary election reforms, is now backing an initiative to add transparency to the legislative process by requiring bills to be in print three days before legislators vote on them. The idea is to avoid any back room, last minute deals that ignore public scrutiny.

If transparency is his goal, Munger might consider Moorlach’s proposal when he looks around for a future reform.


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