MOORLACH UPDATE — Photo Bomb — June 17, 2016

I accidentally "photo bombed" the President Pro Tem, the Budget and Fiscal Review Chair, and fellow freshman Senator Steve Glazer shortly after the state budget was approved by the Senate (see MOORLACH UPDATE — 2016-17 Budget Bill — June 15, 2016 june 15, 2016 john moorlach).

Before I could walk away, the world famous Associated Press photographer, Rich Pedroncelli, caught the moment. The photo made it to the OC Register and is in the first piece below.

The OC Register’s Fountain Valley View weekly provides the details of my impromptu participation in the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislator event. I attended every year, as Fountain Valley was in my Orange County Supervisorial District. I received a call the night before, while disembarking my plane, asking if I would come as things came up with the expected legislators. Loyalty makes you be flexible, so I squeezed it in. It’s covered in the second piece below.

BONUS: In a previous update, I informed my readers that my Chief of Staff, Tim Clark, went on to lead Mr. Trump’s efforts in California (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Tim Clark — April 13, 2016 april 13, 2016 john moorlach). After his successful endeavor, he’s decided to stay in campaign mode and will not be rejoining my policy staff at the State Capitol. My staff and I will miss his daily counsel and insight, but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

I have promoted my Deputy Chief of Staff, Lance Christensen, to the position of Chief of Staff, since he ably handled the challenge while filling in for Tim over the last few months.

I’m currently in the process of finding a Legislative Director who will guide my policy goals and legislation in Sacramento. I have several resumes on my desk, with more on the way, and will be making some decisions soon.

Trish Lenkiewicz and Rob Nash will continue working as my Senior Legislative Analyst and Legislative Analyst, respectively. And if you need to ever schedule a meeting in the Capitol office, Alicia Belmontes is the go to person as my Executive Assistant/Scheduler.

After several months in the Capitol Office, Jacob Ashendorf will take his Legislative Analyst skills back to my District Office and work on coalitions and constituent outreach services.

In my District Office, David Mansdoerfer has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff and Scott Carpenter will be my new District Director. Amanda Smith continues to be my Communications Director. And last, but certainly not least, Aly John is my Executive Assistant and District Representative and keeps the office and my District calendar humming.

For more on my staff, please go to

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, right, chairman of the Senate budget committee receives congratulations from Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, left, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, center, after lawmakers approved the 2016-2017 state budget, Wednesday in Sacramento Both houses of the legislature voted to approved the $122.5 billion spending plan sending it to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown who is expected to sign it into law. Second from right is Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa. Rich Pedroncelli — The Associated Press

Chamber legislative event mixes business and breakfast


If you wanted to know some of the pressing issues facing our elected officials, the place to be was the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Breakfast, which was held Friday at the Mile Square Golf Course banquet facility.

About 100 people attended the free breakfast and heard from state Sen. John Moorlach and Assemblyman Matthew Harper as well as from representatives of other legislators who could not attend the event because they were in Sacramento or out of the country.

The entire City Council also attended, and guests got a city update from Mayor Cheryl Brothers.

The legislative breakfast is put together by the chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee led by Beth Hambleton from Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Chamber CEO Mary Parsons.

Former Mayor Larry Crandall served as moderator.

A wide range of topics was discussed – everything from challenges facing small businesses to the minimum wage, vaccinations and Caltrans issues.

Among those who attended the event that we spotted were my fellow Chamber of Commerce board members Cheryl Westley, Beth Hambleton, Jerry Supernaw, Brian Genovese, Alex A. Accetta, Eduardo Higuchi and Zenia Joyner.

The audience was scattered with familiar faces – and there’s obviously not room to mention everyone – but I saw Fountain Valley School District Superintendent Mark Johnson, City Manager Bob Hall and City Planning Director Matt Mogensen.

Also spotted local business people (and Chamber members) Vince Sosa(Valley West Financial Insurance) Ed Martel (Ed Martel & Associates) and Attorney Kevin Hizon, as well as Michelle Clark from Rainbow Environmental Services, Marisa Demes from Pacific Premier Bank, Bob Marsh from The File Depot, Dao Tran from Hue Oi restaurant, Dina Edwards and Edward Littlejohn from Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Theresa Fili from Mitsubishi Materials and Jennifer Vaughn from Southern California Gas Co.

The Orange County Association of Realtors was the event’s title sponsor. Gold sponsors: Care Ambulance, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital & Medical Center, Mitsubishi Materials, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and Rainbow Environmental.

Silver sponsor: Southern California Edison.

Bronze sponsors: Fountain Valley Schools Foundation, Hyundai Motor America, Mimi’s Jewelry and Pacific Premier Bank.


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