MOORLACH UPDATE — Bonuses and Bogusness — October 21, 2017

I’ve got bonuses for you. The first is that Newport-Mesa Unified School Board Trustee Judy Franco is being acknowledged for her long-term service. I want to wish her all the best and thank her for her dedication to the community.

Judy has been in the trenches over the decades and, when I stayed at the Hyatt San Diego several years ago for a California Republican Party Convention, she was also there for a School Trustees Conference. She has always been serious about her fiduciary role and has been a bonus to me. The Daily Pilot covers her decision to not rerun in the first piece below.

The second piece is from the Voice of OC and needs one slight clarification. The title is bogus. Of the 20 worst bills that I suggested the Governor should veto (one of the bonuses below), Senator Josh Newman (D — Fullerton) did not vote against one of them. He’s a liberal Democrat and votes with the herd. However, Sen. Steve Glazer (D — Rialto) voted against 6 of these lousy bills and is fully deserving of the moniker “centrist.” There is your inside bonus on this posturing. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The third piece shows that, although the 2017 Session has concluded, our office is still working daily on the pressing issues. My Chief of Staff, who has been a serious bonus during my tenure, was a panelist at a recent technology conference and was identified as a contributor in Government Technology.

Our efforts for transparency were thwarted last year with the introduction of SB 1251 (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Upcoming SB 1251 Hearings — April 9, 2016 and MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 1251 and SB 1140 — April 12, 2016). I shared this experience in my speeches last fall (also see http://district37.cssrc.us/content/senate-bill-1251-california-financial-transparency-act-2016). Again, we’re trying.

Talking about trying, the San Francisco Chronicle provides the fourth piece below. Although it does not mention me by name, it does address my only vetoed bill, SB 1463, so I’m throwing it in as a bonus (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Conflagration Legacy — October 12, 2017). It provides stronger clues as to why SB 1463, which did not receive one vote in opposition when it went through the Legislature, was vetoed by the Governor. Perhaps his veto message was bogus?

Now, for two additional BONUSES. The Governor had to address the Legislature’s bills by October 15. It’s time for the results.

BONUS: Governor Jerry Brown vetoed 7 (35 percent) of the worst 20 bills of the 2017 Session (see MOORLACH UPDATE — 2017 Top 20 Veto Worthy Bills — September 22, 2017).

Although it’s not 100 percent, as these are bills written by fellow Democrats, more than two-thirds is better than his signing them all. Four of the Top 20 also made it to our “Who’s Your Daddy?” listing (noted as “WYD?” and further explained in the next BONUS). More on those results in the next UPDATE. Here are the results:

BONUS: There is no disputing that public employee unions dominate and control the majority party in Sacramento. This year had another crop of bills at the end of Session that were so slanted to benefit unions, I decided to create a “Who’s Your Daddy?” list. It is that bad (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Who Do You Answer To? — October 1, 2017 october 1, 2017 john moorlach).

Jerry Brown would not be our Governor, but for the campaign funding he received in 2010 from public employee unions to overcome billionaire Meg Whitman’s personal financial resources. So, how did the Governor do with these 15 blatant union bills? He vetoed five of them. Killing one-third of these bad bills is commendable. Here are the results (four of them were also in the Top 20 list):

‘She’s given her life to these schools’: Newport-Mesa trustee Judy Franco prepares to step aside after nearly 4 decades

By Priscella Vega

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-judy-franco-20171020-story.html

OPINION

Reiff: Recall Target State Sen. Josh Newman Says He’s ‘Not a Politician, Not a Lefty, a Centrist’

By RICK REIFF

https://voiceofoc.org/2017/10/reiff-recall-target-state-sen-josh-newman-says-hes-not-a-politician-not-a-lefty-a-centrist/

California Open Data and Transparency Efforts Continue Progressing Despite Challenges

Speakers at the Data Coalition’s annual Data Demo Day say tech improvements and culture changes are coming, but much room for progress remains.

BY ZACK QUAINTANCE

http://www.govtech.com/civic/California-Open-Data-and-Transparency-Efforts-Continue-Progressing-Despite-Challenges.html

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Failure-to-adequately-regulate-utilities-helped-12292511.php

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