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all the talk of tax reform in D.C., in order to really help local communities, Congress needs to focus on revoking outdated IRS codes that prevent public employees from opting into blended benefit pension/401K-style plans – an idea born in Orange County in 2013 out of negotiations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.
County Supervisor Shawn Nelson says his proposal to increase the supervisors’ term limit to three terms would lead to better policymaking. But Supervisor Todd Spitzer and others see it as a last-minute deceptive move to benefit himself.
It’s widely assumed the abandoned terminal adjacent to the downtown Santa Ana Civic Center will be turned into a homeless shelter and service center. But supervisors have yet to unveil any concrete plans.