Feb 242021
 

UPDATE: 9AM 2-25-2021 Fred Whitaker had to ride in to the rescue with a statement from the OCGOP Good Ol’ Boyz Club. #FEARTHEBLOG

It has been hard to deal with the hard-headed Moorlach-Can-Do-No-Wrong Caucus in Orange County. John Moorlach just did what he does best, faceplant. I am sure Fred Whitaker is having to take out a loan on his home to find more money to pour in to the OCGOP after this. If Moorlach finishes 3rd, Whitaker is done as OCGOP Chairman.

Related to this Covid issue, the issue with Trish Todd was Moorlach’s disconnection from his staff and Moorlach having his head so far up his ass he could not recognize that Dick Ackerman was trying to warn him he was going to have a problem. Here we go again with the complete lack of self-awareness and lack of common sense.

The issue here is that Moorlach started having symptoms last Wednesday. (A week ago)

Moorlach acknowledged attending a series of campaign events and obligations throughout the past week, including a drive-through fundraiser Tuesday at the Crystal Cove Shake Shack in Newport Beach and a precinct walk on Saturday.

Ouch. the Tuesday referenced in the article is yesterday.

Now, the former senator is isolating in his Costa Mesa home and notifying those with whom he may have had contact. Aside from the occasional cough, bouts of fatigue and long periods of sleep, Moorlach said he and his wife are feeling fine, given the circumstances, and are focused on recuperating.

Good Lord Moorlach – you told the media you were pausing your campaign. I got a screenshot of the article before the LA Times updated it with a different headline:

Moorlach’s campaign for O.C. Supervisor paused after he, wife test positive for COVID-19

John Moorlach, a former state senator and Orange County supervisor announced Wednesday he and wife Trina tested positive for COVID-19 and were self-isolating in their Costa Mesa home.

(Courtesy of Moorlach family)

By SARA CARDINESTAFF WRITER 

FEB. 24, 2021 1:53 PM PT

John Moorlach’s campaign for Orange County supervisor hit a snag this week, after the former state senator and his wife, Trina, learned Monday they had both tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Clueless. It is time for Moorlach to retire and get well from the Covid.

Now for some irony. John Moorlach is on a poorly done video trashing the City of Costa Mesa. Enjoy the subject matter and note the twiddling of the thumbs and the awkward pauses. His staff used to coach him through this and it appears his campaign staff are not cutting it on a whole bunch of fronts. Yikes.

Feb 232021
 

I have served as a volunteer activist since 1980, giving my time and legal services to conservative and Republican causes that I believe in.  I recently decided to “retire” from my volunteer work.  Then a very brave woman named Trish Todd, who I had never met before, reached out to me last November and asked me to help her.

She told me a gut wrenching story about being severely beaten, raped, and sodomized by then Assemblyman Bill Brough in 2015, while working for then-state Sen. John Moorlach.  She also told me that she had reported it to Moorlach’s then-Chief of Staff, Tim Clark, who she says told her to keep silent.  Clark claims Todd, his subordinate, told him to remain silent but admits he was told about the rape and did not report it.  Clark omits that Brough’s campaign paid him over $40,000 in 2016, after he failed to report the rape.

I am not naive.  I was aware that this case would be high profile and politically charged.  Moorlach had already declared his intention to run in the county supervisor’s special election.  There was simply no way that this case would not become caught up in that election given that one of the central questions was whether  Moorlach and Clark covered-up the rape after it was reported to Clark?

In two editorials, The Register has questioned my motives for representing Ms. Todd.  Ms. Todd was very clear with me as to her motives:  “Brough should go to prison for what he did to me and Moorlach and Clark should be held accountable for silencing me.”

The Register, in one editorial framed me as a “long time Orange County political operative” and in a column, Steven Greenhut claimed that “[Schroeder] shops around the idea that Moorlach can’t be trusted.”  Greenhut goes on to complain that “Schroeder is blowing smoke on a side issue.  He claims Moorlach tried to smear Todd during a meeting with this newspaper.”

Not fair or true.  I have made no public statements about Moorlach.  I merely pointed out verbally to the editorial board that Moorlach falsely claimed when he first heard about the rape of my client.  Moorlach first claimed that he had not heard anything about the rape of his employee until last Election Day, November 3, 2020.  He also claimed he believed the victim and he would fight passionately in any case where he encountered sexual assault.  He was forced to admit that, in fact, months earlier, he had discussed the matter with former Sen. Dick Ackerman and later claimed he forgot being told something so monumental.

Moorlach also claimed on the record that he did not support hiring Ms. Todd and that she had performance issues as documented in her confidential personnel file.  I am told that Moorlach then claimed to have been talked into hiring her.  In response to this smear, Ms. Todd authorized me to publicly release Ms. Todd’s entire personnel file.  Again, the file tells a different story, reflecting no such doubts.  In her file was a letter written and signed by Moorlach when he hired her lauding her skills and referring to her as his “de facto Deputy Chief of Staff.”  When Ms. Todd finished her service, John Moorlach issued and signed an official California State Senate Resolution praising and thanking her for her service.  This would very much seem to contradict Moorlach again.

Ms. Todd did file a gender discrimination complaint to the Senate Rules Committee at the end of her employment alleging that Moorlach did not promote or give raises to women. In response, the Rules Committee turned down her claim and stated that Ms. Todd had allegedly not let some members into an event at the Outdoor Caucus. Ms. Todd disputes that.

Yet, the editorial suggests that in raising questions, “justice is taking a back seat to politics”.

What every reader needs to consider is if you had to face these types of attacks on your honesty, professional abilities, and ethics to report a rape or represent to a rape victim, would you do it?

Michael Schroeder was chairman  of the California Republican Party and represents Trish Todd.

Feb 162021
 

We’ve detailed dozens of pro-tax votes Moorlach took as an Orange County Supervisor.

We’ve also detailed his spiked pensions and thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of d0llars in benefits he has raked in.

So why was this article not a surprise:

Sen. John Moorlach:

(R-Costa Mesa)

Annual public pension from previous job: $83,827

Prior government service: Former Orange County treasurer and member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors with a total of about 19 years of county service.

Total annual compensation (minus per diem): $191,000

Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) supplements his legislative pay with $83,827 in yearly retirement payments from his time as Orange County treasurer and member of the county Board of Supervisors. He began drawing retirement at 59.

Moorlach said he took pay cuts when he left a private sector accounting job to be county treasurer, and again when he was elected to the Legislature in 2015. He could have made much more going back into the private sector but decided to serve the state as a lawmaker, he said.

“I don’t think I would have come up here [to Sacramento] if I didn’t have the benefit of the retirement check,” he said.

Most private sector employees don’t get to retire early, and even then must make do with Social Security benefits or assets in a 401(k) investment plan. But some public sector workers, boosted by the clout of influential unions, have won more generous packages at the bargaining table with state and local governments. In some cases, union contracts allow firefighters and law enforcement officers to retire as early as age 50.

A study released last month by the League of California Cities warned that the pension costs of municipalities are increasing significantly and becoming “unsustainable.”

CalPERS’ most recent estimate is that it has unfunded liabilities of $140 billion, although others say that figure is much higher. Former Assemblyman Joe Nation’s California Pension Tracker estimates the uncovered debt at $247 billion.

“The whole point of retirement pay is to pay former workers who are retired,” said Nation, a professor at the Stanford Public Policy Program and director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Nation said “double dipping is wrong, but we’ve created a retirement system that permits and perhaps promotes it, so we should not be surprised that people take advantage of it.”

Not a bad gig if you can get it, huh?

Let us remind you of this when juxtaposed with his virulent opposition to law enforcement pensions and benefits:

Despite launching his career as a critic of public pensions, Moorlach has taken advantage of his long career as an elected official to collect a taxpayer-funded pension, while also earning a taxpayer-funded salary –turning him into the “double-dipper” he used to criticize. Since 2014, Moorlach has collected an annual public pension of $83,827 from his 19 years spent as Orange County treasurer and member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, while collecting over $100,000 a year in salary from his position as a state senator.

When he was County Treasurer, Moorlach was opposed to the “2.7% @ 55” retirement enhancement plan for county employees, but he accepted the enhanced pension for himself in 2014 at the age of 59. The plan allowed him to retire at 55 with a pension equal to 2.7% of his salary for every year of service, which for Moorlach equaled over half (51.3%) of his official salary for 19 years of service.

John Moorlach Collected Annual Government Pension Of $83,827 From Orange County Employees Retirement System. Moorlach Began Collecting Pension At 59, and Received Over $419,000 By End Of 2019. Since 2014, Moorlach has collected an annual pension from the Orange County Employees Retirement System totaling $83,827, having collected a total of $419,135 in cumulative pension payments by the end of 2019. Moorlach began collecting a pension at age 59, just before he joined the Senate, and his pension check is based on 19.7 years cumulative service on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and as the county treasurer.

Given this sort of hypocrisy, it is no surprise we find out he could care less about former staffers getting raped, raising taxes, opening the borders and a variety of other issues that contradict the image he wants us all to have of him! And then of course there is his yes vote on SB148 that gave a ton of sexual predators a get off of Megan’s Law free card.

And the OCGOP endorsed this guy?

Feb 152021
 

John Moolach’s massive compensation package was worth a total of $237,000. That’s what it was worth by the end of his term(s).

Pat Bates (you know, that RINO) and Shawn Nelson (Yes, that Shawn Nelson) REFUSED retirement payments by OC Taxpayers – but NOT John Moorlach!

Note that Pat Bates has a lousy lifetime 89% CRA Score herself? (Despite her defending Bill Brough to the death of her own reputation)

John Moorloch also raked in $16k a year for at least 5 years in to his 401 retirement plan courtesy of you and I! In fact, Moorloch has been in elective office since 1995 and has not paid a dime in to his enormous pension! (which exists in addition to that 401 plan)

He must have one heck of a lifestyle to have to have a look at a Governor, Congress then a State Senate Run (aka a new job)… why not cash in that ghastly pension of 2.7% at 55 and call it a day? Heck, he’s got at least another $160k in his 401 plan, too. (to get the $80k out of the taxpayers, he had to contribute 80K of his own money to get the match)

Here is the potential Problem – Moorlach’s Form 700’s as of 2016 did not list very much stuff at all. If you read Moorlach’s form 700’s you’d think that the government was his sole source of income.

John Moorlach did not opt out of the pension, claiming that staff made him enroll in it. That did not stop Shawn Nelson from dis-enrolling!

John Moorlach even OPPOSED Shawn Nelson’s Plan to reduce the retirement plan benefits that supervisors get paid?

Wait a minute, Moorlach Pension Good, Union Pension Bad? There goes Moorlach thinking again. Then the dude wonders why the hell the Orange County Sheriff’s ran him over with a truck in 2020?

Is John Moorlach really a Fiscal Conservative? Please stop tossing Bricks inside that glass fiscal house.

This kind of  behavior is sure making Kevin Muldoon look like the adult in the room. On President’s Day think about the writings of our founding fathers. Our system of government was created for ethical people, not for career politicians who seek to secure their financial future at our expense while talking fiscal restraint out of the other side of their mouth.

Source: Voice of OC Column By NORBERTO SANTANA JR. | Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 9:13 am + County Records.

And then there is this:

Despite launching his career as a critic of public pensions, Moorlach has taken advantage of his long career as an elected official to collect a taxpayer-funded pension, while also earning a taxpayer-funded salary –turning him into the “double-dipper” he used to criticize. Since 2014, Moorlach has collected an annual public pension of $83,827 from his 19 years spent as Orange County treasurer and member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, while collecting over $100,000 a year in salary from his position as a state senator.

When he was County Treasurer, Moorlach was opposed to the “2.7% @ 55” retirement enhancement plan for county employees, but he accepted the enhanced pension for himself in 2014 at the age of 59. The plan allowed him to retire at 55 with a pension equal to 2.7% of his salary for every year of service, which for Moorlach equaled over half (51.3%) of his official salary for 19 years of service.

John Moorlach Collected Annual Government Pension Of $83,827 From Orange County Employees Retirement System. Moorlach Began Collecting Pension At 59, and Received Over $419,000 By End Of 2019. Since 2014, Moorlach has collected an annual pension from the Orange County Employees Retirement System totaling $83,827, having collected a total of $419,135 in cumulative pension payments by the end of 2019. Moorlach began collecting a pension at age 59, just before he joined the Senate, and his pension check is based on 19.7 years cumulative service on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and as the county treasurer.

Given this sort of hypocrisy, it is no surprise we find out he could care less about former staffers getting raped, raising taxes, opening the borders and a variety of other issues that contradict the image he wants us all to have of him! And then of course there is his yes vote on SB148 that gave a ton of sexual predators a get off of Megan’s Law free card.

And the OCGOP endorsed this guy?

Feb 122021
 

Fred – I am glad that $30K was a loan, because it is going up in smoke.

Apparently, despite the intransegence of the OC Register, Steve Greenhut and others – there are clear thinking people out there that understand that John Moorlach is a moral failure.

Whoops.

Whoops!

As we’ve written several times – Trish Todd worked for John Moorlach when she was raped by Bill Brough.

Brough’s then Chief of Staff Tim Clark covered up the rape. Clark is still working with/for John Moorlach today as a campaign manager/consultant/advisor.

In 2014, Clark ran Bill Brough’s campaign for assembly. Brough raped Trish Todd in July of 2015. Clark was paid the rest of the money Brough owed him – some $44,000 in October of 2015.

John Moorlach claims to have never known about the rape – but was told about in August of 2020 and was forced to admit knowledge of it while blaming Right on Daily for ignoring the news.

John Moorlach smeared Trish Todd as a “disgruntled employee” and “not his best hire”. Fred Whitaker went a step further calling the allegations false and libel.

Right on Daily has posted photos of a Senate Proclamation prasing Mrs. Todd for her service and another letter signed by Moorlach talking about what a good employee she was and requesting a raise for her.

Patricia Ann Lenkiewicz and Trish Todd are the same person.