MOORLACH UPDATE — Sober Living Calendar — November 26, 2016

I’m hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It’s the end of the calendar year, and while you’re enjoying a long weekend, please pull out your calendars. My District Office is providing you with a few opportunities before the next Session officially starts after the first of the year.

November 28

I have two colleagues who are working on legislation to deal with sober living homes. I’m joining them for a public hearing in Costa Mesa on Monday evening. If you have any insights that would be helpful for the discussion, please come. The Daily Pilotprovides the piece below on the event. The article is followed by an invitation by the hosting body, the Association of California Cities – Orange County, which provides registration information.

December 5

The California State Senators that were elected this month will be sworn in on the Senate Floor in the Capitol at 11:30 a.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact my District Office, 714-662-6050, for more information.

December 8

My office is hosting a morning conference on the subject of Proposition 47. This statewide ballot measure passed two years ago and many are observing that crime statistics are on the rise. Is there a correlation? Will the recent voter approval of Proposition 57 be seamless or compound this situation? This event will be held at the University of California, Irvine, and is also co-hosted with the the Association of California Cities – Orange County.

For more information, please contact Robert Nash at Robert.Nash, David Mansdoerfer at David.Mansdoerfer, or Scott Carpenter at Scott.Carpenter. Two flyers are provided below for more information.

December 14

You are invited to our annual Christmas Open House. The flyer is provided at the bottom of this e-mail. Afterwards, as our District Office is located across from South Coast Plaza and MetroPointe, with a brief walk, you can enjoy some unfinished Christmas shopping.

Sober-living town hall set for Monday in Costa Mesa

By Luke Money

Sober-living homes will be the topic of a town hall meeting scheduled for Monday in Costa Mesa.

The event, sponsored by the Assn. of California Cities-Orange County and the Orange County Assn. of Realtors, will include remarks from a panel of legal experts and elected officials, as well as a question-and-answer period.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)and Assembly members Travis Allen and Matthew Harper, both Republicans from Huntington Beach, are among those expected to attend.

In recent years, officials and residents in cities throughout Orange County — including Costa Mesa — have raised concerns about the proliferation of sober-living homes, which generally house recovering drug and alcohol addicts who are considered disabled under state and federal law.

Proponents say such facilities offer a safe and secure place for people seeking to stay sober. But critics say the homes can disrupt neighborhoods and contribute to parking and traffic problems, crime, noise, secondhand smoke and other negative effects.

Monday’s town hall will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Twitter: @LukeMMoney


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