MOORLACH UPDATE — Stronger Mental Health Resources — October 26, 2019

Mental Health Forum

This morning we enjoyed a robust discussion today at Vanguard University of Southern California on the subject of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Lanterman-Petris-Short Act — August 17, 2019). We also covered SB 640 (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Senate Bills 511, 584, 598, 496 and 640 — April 15, 2019).

My thanks go to Heather Huszti, Ph.D. with CHOC, Commander Joseph Balicki with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Jeffrey A. Nagel, Ph.D., Behavioral Director for the County of Orange, Marshal Moncrief, MFT, MBA, CEO of Mind OC, Matt Holzmann, Chair of Public Relations for the Orange County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Dr. Sina M. Safahieh, Program Director of ASPIRE at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital. Thanks also go to Dr. Drew Pinsky, who provided an excellent video introduction to the discussion (see

Gun Shows

Providing proper treatment and medication for those enduring severe mental illness is critical. Keeping them on their medication is a must. For a thorough discussion of this claim, I would recommend that you read The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, by Elyn R. Sacks.

Felons and those with severe mental illness could also be prohibited from possessing firearms (as allowed by District of Columbia v. Heller [2008], which otherwise protected an individual’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms).

Most individuals who are severely mentally ill are not a danger to society. But, untreated schizophrenic delusions can generate some tragic results. Another industry expert, DJ Jaffe, shares a similar view in his book, Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill, pages 25 to 28.

Adults with untreated serious mental illness can cause devastating consequences for the public, police, and the ill individuals and their families.

Mentally ill Aaron Alexis was not in treatment when he shot and killed twelve people in the Washington, DC, Navy Yard.

Mentally ill Seung-Hui Cho was not in treatment when he killed thirty-two and wounded seventeen at Virginia Tech.

Mentally ill Jared Loughner was not in treatment when he killed six and wounded US Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Mentally ill James Holmes was not in treatment when he shot and killed twelve in an Aurora, Colorado, theater.

Mentally ill John Hinckley was not in treatment when he shot President Reagan.

Mentally ill Shannon J. Miles was not in treatment when he shot and killed Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth at a Chevron station north of Houston.

Mentally ill Ismaalyl Brinsley was not in treatment when he ambushed and killed two police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn, New York.

Mentally ill John Zawahri wasn’t known to be in treatment when he killed five and wounded more in a mass shooting at Santa Monica College.

When I explained to the reporter that I would like to address a causation of the misuse of firearms, you can understand why. The Daily Pilot synthesized a long interview into one brief sentence in the piece below. I thought the above might help you in understanding this one glib observation.

25th Anniversary Look Back

Interest rates continued to rise and I was monitoring Mr. Citron’s portfolio by paying to receive a copy every month. The investment acquisitions he was making indicated he was still under the impression that the Federal Open Market Committee and its Chair, Alan Greenspan, had discontinued to raise (tighten) interest rates.

I became very worried.

On October 31, 1994, I sent out individual, but identical, correspondences to four of the bond market experts that anonymously helped me during my campaign. Since it is 25 years ago, here are their names and employers at the time:

Alan Crowne, Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. (RIP)

John A. Baer, Liberty Capital Markets

Steve Faeth, Great Pacific Securities

Ronald D. Struck, Cruttenden & Company

There were others individuals that also assisted. But, these four provided information to me independent of the others. And, their research and analyses matched. They also were not aware of the other professionals who jumped in and volunteered to review the Orange County Investment Pool. But, they all saw the same things I did and corroborated my concerns.

They did not wish to be identified, as broker dealers do not want to see their employees mentioned in the media. And, if they were seen as assisting a candidate running against an elected incumbent County Treasurer, they would surely be cut off from doing business in this market niche. These professionals are heroes to me and I am now providing their identities to show my deep appreciation for their sacrifice of time and potential employment (if they had been identified).

Robert Citron went after any broker that would bad mouth his portfolio, going directly to the top of the organization to rattle cages. Just ask Mark Robles, now with Alta Pacific Wealth Management, about the letter Mr. Citron wrote to Robles’ former employer, AG Edwards, addressed to Mr. Edwards himself in St. Louis. That’s how dark this whole scenario was. So, John, Steve, Ronald and Mark, thanks for risking and for being right.

Here’s my correspondence:

Even though my campaign technically ended on June 7th, it still goes on. The Orange County Register still “doesn’t get it,” which is proven by their follow up articles. One saying the sky didn’t fall for Citron and the latest that he erred on the direction of interest rates. Since you and I know what really is going on, the articles are cause for nervous laughter.

Needless to say, my crusade is not finished yet. I have been obtaining the monthly MoneyMax reports from Citron’s office (September’s has been requested). Enclosed is a copy of my summarization of the Pool and a copy of the August Pool balances.

Citron is still deeply in debt, with his borrowing costs increasing daily. He still believes that interest rates will decrease in the long-term and has been buying five- and ten-year bonds to prove it. And his derivatives have remained stagnant with no new acquisitions or retirements (as if we expected any).

I want to thank you, again, for the great help you were to me during the campaign. I would venture to guess that the fair market value is down by over $3 billion, now. Should Orange County resemble the recent debacle in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, I may be in contact. I will try to continue bringing a business-minded solution to salvaging our County’s financial investments. The enclosed should keep you up to speed, in case I call you.

If you need me to request any other materials from the Treasurer’s office, then let me know and I will request them.

Very truly yours,

John M. W. Moorlach

For the previous LOOK BACK, go to MOORLACH UPDATE — Be Well Orange County — October 17, 2019.

O.C. fairgrounds renews gun show for five events in 2020


Orange County gun lovers can rest easy, at least for another year.

The Crossroads of the West Gun Show — which has been the subject of public debate the past two years — will hold five shows at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa in 2020.

The Fair Board voted 5-1 on Thursday — with members Newton Pham and Barbara Bagneris absent — to renew the Fair & Event Center’s contract with the gun show, which has been held annually at the fairgrounds for 37 years.

Several board members said they were impressed by the show’s safety measures and openness to dialogue about gun rights and regulations.

“I feel safer taking my child to a gun show than I do allowing them to eat an item deep-fried at the fair,” said board member Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia. “Banning a gun show at the fairgrounds is not going to solve the safety and security issues that we have, so I think it’s irrelevant to make those one and the same.”

Board member Ashleigh Aitken voted against the contract, pointing to previous decisions by the board to ban smoking and cannabis events and sales at the fairgrounds.

“It’s just illogical and inconsistent, in my view, for us to make determinations but decide we would like to sell firearms on state-owned property when there are plenty of shops throughout Orange County and there are plenty of opportunities for people to purchase, get educated and sell back their firearms,” Aitken said.

This summer, Dave Min, a Democratic candidate for state Senate in the 37th District, called for an end to the gun show following a string of shootings in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Gilroy. His Democratic opponent, Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, said at a debate Monday that she would support ending the show.

The incumbent they’re trying to unseat, Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), has said he would not support ending the gun show at the fairgrounds and would instead push for stronger mental health resources in the county.

For the second year in a row, the board’s vote on the gun show drew activists advocating for Crossroads of the West. Several spoke about the show’s familial atmosphere, and many said generations of families attend.

Others emphasized the show’s strong security measures and the tight state and federal regulations governing business there. No customer can leave the fairgrounds with a new gun, they said.

“We happily expose ourselves to them,” said Michelle Watson of Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions. “We’re hiding nothing, and we follow everything we’re supposed to do.”


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