Supervisor John Moorlach finally has the ability to put his pension where his mouth is. He can opt out of his participation in the defined-benefit plan for the last four years, and choose not to participate for the next four years of his term as Supervisor.
Austerity budgets cut at the core infrastructure costs of services provided by local governments. Such cuts weaken our infrastructure of public services ultimately causing them to break under the weight of trying to do too much with too little. Breaking government, starving the beast, is the goal of anti-government GOP elected officials like Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, who are now focused on using the ruse of austerity as a means to that end.
On Sunday, Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) General Manager Nick Berardino responded to Supervisor John Moorlach’s op-ed regarding the looming state and local budget shortfalls and the impact of public employee pensions on that crisis. Berardino points out that OCEA members have taken the lead in reform and Moortlach’s rhetoric does more to move us backwards on the road towards futher cooperation.
Over the weekend Supervisor John Moorlach fired off a premptive Op-Ed in the Orange County Register attacking public employees and blaming their pension benefits for budget shortfalls and what the headline to his commentary describes as a “Formula for disaster.” Moorlach goes on with this misleading argument against defined benefit retirement plans.
Norberto Santana, Jr. reported on the Voice of OC Monday evening the news that Supervisor John Moorlach’s former chief of staff Mario Mainero is back in Orange County’s employ. Mainero, now a professor at Chapman University Law School, will advise County CEO Tom Mauk as the county prepares for it’s upcoming appeal of a 2009 decision by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to throw out the case.
You know it’s crazy election season when candidates start threatening to sue over what they say about each other. That is what seems to be happening in the 4th Supervisor’s District contest between Shawn “I got caught trying to spike my pension” Nelson and Harry Sidhu. Chris Jones of Sidhu’s campaign sent out this release on Monday.
So here’s the $100,000 question: John Moorlach will you opt-out of the county defined benefit pension plan once you are sworn in for your new term on the Board of Supervisors?