MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Next Week — November 4, 2016


When you are outnumbered 98 to 2, it’s hard to muster the votes to stop what was supposed to be a temporary tax. So, it’s not surprising that there is not a well-funded opposition to Proposition 55. But, in order to live in certain areas of my District, you need to be earning more than $250,000 a year in taxable income in order to purchase a new home.

If California insists on punishing the entrepreneurs and wealth builders, it risks watching them relocate to other states. After all, it’s not their fault that public schools are fiscally mismanaged.

Consequently, it becomes a battle between priorities. Do we continue funding a public school system or do we do our best to keep high income earners in California. The public school teachers unions favor the former, I favor the latter.

KTLA Channel 5 News provides the debate at

For the other 16 California Ballot Propositions, see MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 32 and Propositions — September 18, 2016 september 18, 2016 john moorlach.


I made a transposition error in Thursday’s UPDATE. I apologize for the typo. Here is how they read on the website for the Orange County Registrar of Voters:

QQ — Eliminate Funding for Stanton 9-1-1 Public Safety and Essential Services Protection Measure

RR — Stanton City Council Term Limits

The city of Stanton is in the Second Supervisorial District, which I served as a County Supervisor for eight years. It has been a sad story from a fiscal management perspective. In spite of being a contract city, it still can’t seem to budget appropriately. Two years ago, its residents voted for a ballot measure that raised the sales tax by one percent. Measure QQ is an attempt to reverse that vote. This measure is not primarily about public safety, it’s about having made massive errors in judgment in the past at the city council level. So, I support this measure.

For an in depth analysis of what really ails the city of Stanton, see MOORLACH UPDATE — Stanton Central Park — April 28, 2016 april 28, 2016 john moorlach.

As much as I understand the need for term limits in this city, I have fought for a three-term limit at the Supervisorial level a couple of times and will be consistent with this position. So, for Measure RR, I oppose a two-term limit. If it were a three-term limit, I would be in support.

My thanks to Robyn Nordell for catching the typo. She has a great website for those needing assistance in reviewing Sample Ballots, an exercise that will be occurring in earnest this weekend. For another research tool on voting intelligently, go to and


This may be the lead topic between now and next Tuesday, and probably beyond. For a video on the topic, prepared by Leslie Dutton of the Full Disclosure Network, go to–the-american-election-process-an-fdn-special-300357518.html and She used a clip from an interview done some six years ago.


The Newport Beach Independent provides its review of the NMUSD School Board race. It provides a perspective on the public teachers union’s strength and involvement (see MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Conflict of Interest — October 22, 2016 october 22, 2016 john moorlach). It’s the first piece below.


The Daily Pilot provides a perspective on the state and Federal races in its circulation area in the second piece below. Also see MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Two-Thirds Matters — October 18, 2016 october 18, 2016 john moorlach.


I would like to invite you, my contributors and supporters to this special election night event. The flyer is provided below.


There is limited space, but let’s reflect on one significant aspect of Orange County’s involvement in World War II at Crystal Cove State Park. The invitation is the final flyer provided below. For another teaser on the subject matter of the ceremony, go to Vote!


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School Board Candidates Vie for Three Seats

By Victoria Kertz

Three of the seven seats on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education will be determined in the November 8 General Election in Newport Beach.

Trustee Area 1 in Costa Mesa and Areas 3 and 6 in Newport Beach each see incumbents battling challengers for seats.

While only these areas are up for election this year, all registered voters living within the school district will have a say in the outcome.

The Board of Education is the governing body for the district with seven elected members. Newport-Mesa Unified has approximately 22,000 students and 32 schools.

In Area 1, incumbent Vicki Snell’s seat is being challenged by Michael Schwarzmann, a financial advisor.

Snell is running for her first four-year term. She was appointed to the position in 2014 when David Brooks left to pursue charity work, then ran for a two-year term and defeated Steve Smith for the seat that same year.

Snell currently serves as the Board Clerk and is endorsed by State Senator John Moorlach and Scott Paulsen, Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation Vice-President and retired NMUSD Principal. Schwarzmann is endorsed by the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers.

Area 3 businesswoman Amy Peters hopes to unseat Martha Fluor, the trustee since 1991.

Peters and the other challengers proposed term limits for trustees at the June Board of Education meeting, but the board voted to discuss it again in January – after the November election.

Peters is endorsed by the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, while Fluor is endorsed by Senator John Moorlach, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, and several local community leaders.

Bubb’s home has been the campaign’s hub of phone banking for all three challengers in the school board race. The phone volunteers are all local teens. Current Board President and trustee of Area 6 since 1996, Dana Black seeks re-election against educator Leslie Bubb.

“It’s been a great learning experience in civic responsibility, as well as the election process,” said Yolonda Newton, who works on their campaign.

Bubb is endorsed by Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers and the Democratic Party of Orange County.

Since the election is at-large, candidates may campaign throughout the district, not just in their respective area. The seat challengers will be using the last weekend before Election Day to campaign around Lincoln, Andersen, and Harbor View elementary schools, Newton confirmed.

Area 1 trustee Snell said she would be campaigning this weekend too. “I believe it is important for each trustee to listen to the concerns of their community, as well as the concerns of the district.”

Election 2016: 4 local incumbents face challengers in state and federal races

By Bradley Zint

Amid the more publicized elections for local city councils and school boards, four races for state and federal seats have been relatively quiet.

At the federal level, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) is seeking reelection Tuesday in the 48th Congressional District. He’s been in Congress since 1989. Challenging him for a second time is Suzanne Savary, a Newport Beach Democrat who is a retired professor and management consultant.

Savary, whose campaign has occasionally tied Rohrabacher to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s controversial remarks about women, faces an uphill battle. Her incumbent opponent garnered nearly twice as many votes as her in the June primary.

Rohrabacher, however, has not shied from his support for Trump. In October, Rohrabacher was critical of House Speaker Paul Ryan after Ryan and other Republicans backed away from supporting Trump.

The biggest surprise in June was that Democrat Karina Onofre, who has never held elected office, captured 3,760 more votes than incumbent Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) in the 74th Assembly District primary.

The two face off again in next week’s general election.

Also up for election are the 37th District seat in the state Senate — with incumbent John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) facing Democratic challenger Ari Grayson — and the 72nd District seat in the state Assembly, with incumbent Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) facing Democratic challenger Lenore Albert-Sheridan.

Albert-Sheridan, a Huntington Beach-based lawyer, is facing possible professional discipline after the State Bar Court of California recommended a 30-day suspension for her. A judge last month found her culpable on three counts of misconduct for failing to cooperate with a disciplinary investigation and failing to obey a court order to pay $7,258 in sanctions. A three-day trial was held in July.

The state Supreme Court will determine whether to uphold the recommendation.

"I was not found to have done anything criminal or that I had been dishonest or had bad character," Albert-Sheridan told the Daily Pilot this week. "I think there were a lot of due-process violations in the proceedings, and I am not going to back down."

Here are the races, with the candidates listed in alphabetical order:


Dana Rohrabacher

Age: 69

Occupation: U.S. representative

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history, master’s degree in American studies

Time lived in district: I have lived in our district my entire time serving in Congress and before that growing up here in the 1960s.

Immediate family: Married, three children

Previous public service: Speechwriter and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Refocus America’s space program on near-space projects that directly benefit humankind and increase our ability to protect our country.

2. Rally bipartisan support behind increasing employee ownership through restructuring of our tax system. My bill, Expanding Employee Ownership Act of 2016 (H.R. 4577), accomplishes this goal.

3. Use all of my experience and foreign contacts to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. My bill H.R. 4017 gives Christians who are targets of genocide priority for immigration and refugee status.

Suzanne Savary

Age: 69

Occupation: Retired associate professor of management communication at USC; former chief executive of a management consulting firm

Time lived in district: 18 years

Previous public service: Founder and president of the Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club; member of Newport Beach Charter Commission; service on several nonprofit boards and organizations

Immediate family: Widowed, two children

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Our 48th Congressional District deserves a leader who will work with others to solve problems and generate solutions, rather than choosing win-lose obstructionism.  

2. Work tirelessly and bring the five "E’s" to fruition: economic revitalization of the middle class and small business; empowering women and families to achieve their best lives; educational access to maintain our economic competitiveness; environmental responsibility for clean air, water and soil; and embracing the future and change by bringing responsible leadership back to D.C. and the O.C.

3. Reverse the anti-family, anti-women, anti-Social Security and -Medicare, anti-minority, anti-small business, anti-middle class, anti-student, anti-progress, anti-infrastructure and stunningly anti-environmental policies of my predecessor.


Ari Grayson

Age: 56

Occupation: Architectural engineer, research scientist

Education: Doctor of philosophy in architecture; master of science in architecture; master of science in building design; graduate studies in architecture; bachelor’s degree, architectural engineering

Time lived in district: Five years

Immediate family: Married

Previous public service: None

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Economic stimulus by building infrastructure for transportation and water recapture, as well as economic analyses to indicate building the infrastructure we need.

2. Job growth by encouraging the development and use of high-tech and innovative technologies, particularly renewable and green technologies that help California’s environment and help the state become a global leader in this burgeoning market.

3. Ensure higher education is affordable and accessible to all individuals with the ability to succeed. Students should not be burdened with overwhelming debt in order to receive a college or university education.

John Moorlach

Age: 60

Occupation: State senator

Education: Bachelor’s degree, with an option in accounting; certified public accountant (inactive); certified financial planner (inactive)

Time lived in district: In Costa Mesa for 32 years, in Orange County since 1960

Immediate family: Married, three children

Previous public service: Orange County supervisor, 2nd District (2006-15); Orange County treasurer-tax collector (1995 to 2006); several related committees and industry organizations

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Focus on state budget to improve California’s balance sheet. California has the largest unrestricted net deficit of any state in the nation.

2. Focus on California’s unfunded liabilities. Work to address pension and retiree medical unfunded actuarial accrued liabilities, the largest of any state in the nation.

3. Focus on making California more business-friendly. California has been rated the worst state in which to do business by CEOs for the past 12 years in a row.


Matthew Harper

Age: 42

Occupation: State assemblyman; real estate broker

Education: Bachelor’s degree in public policy and management

Time lived in district: 28 years

Immediate family: Married

Previous public service: Huntington Beach mayor (2013-14), Huntington Beach City Council member (2010-14), Huntington Beach Union High School District trustee (1998 to 2010)

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Continue to support education. For me, education is the top priority for the state of California, and we need to work together so our education systems are competitive, innovative, accountable and funded.

2. Continue to oppose tax increases and attacks on Proposition 13. The state government is downward pressure on our economy, and in addition to opposing tax increases, I will support regulatory relief, California Environmental Quality Act reform, litigation reform and labor law reform.

3. Instead of state-run high-speed rail, we need to focus on improving and expanding our transportation, energy and water infrastructure. Public and private infrastructure is aging, outdated and inadequate.

Karina Onofre

Age: 33

Occupation: Small-business owner

Education: Bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science

Time lived in district: Four years

Immediate family: In a relationship

Previous public service: Never been a politician

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Investing in strengthening our public education system by making sure all California kids are the leaders of this globalized world in every field, including engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, inventing, medicine and technology across the board. I also want to make sure our high school students are learning about how to balance a checkbook, how to have good credit, how to have a good social media image/reputation, best practices of social media health and safety, how to buy a car and how to become homeowners before they step out into the real world. 

2. Making sure our public safety sector has all the resources at its disposal to best protect us, as we also bring more diversity into the system so that our mosaic of cultures are well-represented and we can build bridges to empower communities. To help promote more diversity in the law enforcement system, I would … promote the idea of doing away with written exams only for college graduates, since the written exams have been proven to weed out a lot of people who may otherwise have other qualities, experience and assets that our police and fire departments could greatly benefit from.

3. As a small-business owner in the real estate and mortgages industry, I will fight to help other entrepreneurs succeed and thrive, because small businesses are the backbone of all great economies. I plan to emphasize tax cuts for small-business owners … as I believe these tax cuts can pay for themselves by increasing government revenue generated from the new jobs, new companies and new prosperity for California. 


Lenore Albert-Sheridan

Age: 50

Occupation: Consumer rights attorney

Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics; juris doctor

Time lived in district: More than 15 years

Previous public service: Not stated

Immediate family: Not stated

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Bring back a strong and thriving middle class.

2. Defend our environment — clean air, water and food.

3. Get money out of politics.

Travis Allen

Age: 43

Occupation: State assemblyman; small-business owner

Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics

Time lived in district: 20 years

Previous public service: Assemblyman since 2012

What are three things you hope to achieve if elected?

1. Roll back burdensome, expensive and unnecessary regulations that are forcing businesses out of the state, taking jobs for hard-working Californians with them. Every year, California is ranked one of the worst states to do business and create jobs.

2. Protect Proposition 13 and fight to lower taxes to make it affordable to live in California again. California has the nation’s highest sales tax, gas tax and top income tax bracket.

3. Ensure that our taxpayer money stays in our schools and that parents and students are empowered to participate in the education process. California used to lead the country in educational outcomes for our students, yet is currently one of the lowest-ranked states.


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