Newsom Provides False Commentary on His Budget Priorities

By John Moorlach
Having served on the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee during my six years in Sacramento, I was recently challenged to take a closer look at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget. I started with his Jan. 10, 2024, budget message to the members of the California State Legislature. I was not amused. It...

TAGS: Charter schools, Finance, John Moorlach

A Surplus of Nonsense in the Governor’s Latest Budget

By John Moorlach
There are two big days for a California governor, January 10 when the budget is presented and the May Revise when a few months of additional data and debate have passed. They’re both political documents, allowing governors to play with numbers. Few governors have been as sporting in that enterprise as Gavin Newsom. Last week,...

TAGS: California budget, John Moorlach, pension

Sacramento Loses Its Finest Legislator

By Edward Ring
On November 13th, ten days after the election, and facing final counts that made any chance of victory impossible, California State Senator John Moorlach (R-37) conceded defeat to his challenger, Democrat David Min. Reached for comment, Moorlach said “we worked hard on fundraising, the ground game, the phone calls; we worked hard, and we had a...

TAGS: government unions, John Moorlach

Why is the Prison Guards Union Targeting Senator Moorlach?

By Edward Ring
In a tight race, incumbent Republican state senator John Moorlach has been targeted by the prison guards union. In a report filed on October 1, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association Independent Expenditure Committee disclosed spending $910,705 on cable television ads and mailers opposing Moorlach. Running to unseat Senator Moorlach is Democrat Dave Min, whose campaign...

TAGS: John Moorlach

The Wealth Tax Steals Money and Time

By Edward Ring
Can you imagine having to do an inventory and net worth calculation every year? Let alone potentially being audited and having to prove that values were not intentionally understated? It’s not only financial robbery, it’s time theft! – Senator John Moorlach, Moorlach Update, August 14, 2020 What Senator Moorlach is referring to is Assembly Bill 2088, which...

TAGS: John Moorlach

Seven reasons to question a state utility takeover

By Mark Lisheron
On Feb. 3, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill that would transfer to California taxpayers responsibility for the state’s largest and most troubled utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. The bill would give a new government agency, the California Consumer Energy and Conservation Financing Authority, the power to buy the assets and pay...

TAGS: Gavin Newsom, IBEW, John Moorlach, PG&E, Scott Wiener

Sacramento’s Software Incompetence in the Software Capital of the World

By Edward Ring
California has a well-deserved reputation as the global epicenter of high technology. In nearly every critical area, from aerospace to biotech, nanotech to green tech, to telecommunications, to microchip design, California’s universities and private companies are some of best in the world and counted among the leaders. At the pinnacle of global achievement is California’s...

TAGS: California, Gavin Newsom, John Moorlach, technology

California’s Antiquated Legislature Can Update State Technologies

By Edward Ring
In the birthplace of high tech, government financial statements exist only in PDF format. Last year, California’s state Senate and Assembly passed 1,217 pieces of legislation. Governor Brown signed 1,016 of them into law, and most took effect January 1st. Included were predictable acts of liberal zealotry – sanctuary for the undocumented, gender equity on corporate boards, gun...

TAGS: John Moorlach, technology, Transparency

Despite the Threat of Bankruptcy, Stanton Is Spending Millions to Build One Park

By Will Swaim
CHAPTER 1: PIGS (ala Portugal, Italy, Greece & Spain) In March 2011, facing a $4 million deficit, panicked Stanton City Council members met in special session and voted unanimously, dramatically to declare a fiscal emergency. It was the sort of thing we’d been hearing from Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain for months—a government’s tax revenues...

TAGS: John Moorlach