Carrie Lundell, a PTA mother of four school-aged children from Orange, writes that partisan politics wants us to choose whether we are “pro charter school” or “anti charter school”. But, if we want to do right by our students, we need to stop talking in absolutes and start looking at charter schools and their costs on school districts and student education individually because not all charter schools are created equal.
At his state office in Sacramento, Moorlach talks about recent legal cases spurring from legislation he co-sponsored, SB 1421, that calls on police misconduct records to be opened for public review. The former County Supervisor and Treasurer-Tax Collector for OC also ponders the future of pensions and California’s budget.
Part two of a discussion with California state senator John Moorlach. He discusses efforts by federal Judge David O. Carter to deal with the homeless problem and accuses Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer of playing politics with the issue. He also explains why he decided not to run for governor — and why he isn’t endorsing either of his fellow Republicans who are running in the primary.
State Sen. John Moorlach writes that amidst all the talk of tax reform in D.C., in order to really help local communities, Congress needs to focus on revoking outdated IRS codes that prevent public employees from opting into blended benefit pension/401K-style plans – an idea born in Orange County in 2013 out of negotiations between the County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Employees Association.
The county Board of Supervisors this week approved plans to open a facility in Garden Grove that will treat patients, including children, who are experiencing mental health crisis. Scheduled to open in December, the facility will address the county’s acute shortage of psychiatric beds.
The state may shutter a 114-acre property that currently houses developmentally disabled adults. Homeless advocates, and a state senator, say the property should be re-purposed as a center for homeless people and others who need temporary housing and mental health services.
Supervisor Shawn Nelson wants to limit county supervisors to three terms for life. But a campaign finance watchdog wonders whether quick legislating could give current office holders 12 more years beyond what they’ve already served.