Looking Forward on Affordable Housing

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

With the state budget mostly concluded, now is a good time to look at future reforms to bring Californians more housing, affordable or otherwise. It’s called a housing crisis, yet you can buy a 282-square-foot kit home on Amazon.com for $18,800, instructions included. If you need something bigger, there’s a 1,336 square foot kit home […]

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Union should face UC’s fiscal realities, work for sensible reforms

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

California high-school seniors soon will receive their diplomas full of hope and eager to learn more in college. Which is why the last thing they need is a tuition increase. Yet that’s just what could happen for those about to attend the University of California if the school meets the demands of unions threating to […]

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Teacher Strike Could Crash Oakland Unified Finances

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

When school finances go bad, it’s the kids who get hurt most. That’s what’s happening in the Oakland Unified School District as its teachers prepare for a potentially “indefinite strike” beginning Thursday, as threatened by Keith Brown, president of the Oakland Teachers Association. The teachers are seeking a 12 percent pay hike. The district offered […]

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Just one Santa Clara County School District Outputs a Positive Balance Sheet

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

Silicon Valley might have to change its name to Red Ink Valley. Officially named Santa Clara County, just one of its 31 public school districts, Orchard Elementary, enjoys a positive balance sheet, according to my tally of all 944 districts in California. Not just its teachers, but Orchard’s administrators deserve apples.

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Fact-Checking Snopes and PolitiFact on California Wildfires and SB 1463

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

The fact-checking sites Snopes and PolitiFact have called into question my Senate Bill 1463 from 2016. I am going to fact-check their fact-checking. Snopes wrote: “Claim: Jerry Brown vetoed a wildfire management bill in 2016, contributing to the prevalence and risk of wildfires in the ensuing two years.” So, Snopes itself is claiming two “claims” […]

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Grappling with California’s Housing Crisis

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

We see California’s housing crisis every day as the homeless permeate our streets, businesses and neighborhoods. To address that, I participated in the joint informational hearing of the Senate Transportation & Housing and Governance & Finance Committees on October 2. The title: “Housing for Working Families: How Do We Pay for It?” The video and […]

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Stealth Gas-Tax Increase Hits Today

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

Call it the Stealth Gas-Tax Increase. Today California’s gas tax increases about 12 cents a gallon to pay for the newly budgeted $5.2 billion a year in supposed road repairs which the Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed last April. But few motorists will notice it. That’s because every Nov. 1 the state switches […]

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‘Cap and Tax’ Would Slam High-Tax, High-Poverty California

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

The craziest story of the moment is the Governor’s insistence on passing even more draconian legislation on the topic of climate change in the form of extending what is known as cap and trade (or, in this iteration, cap and tax) (also see MOORLACH UPDATE — Surprise! — July 11, 2017). Gov. Brown believes that “climate change is real” […]

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Excessive Climate Policies Could Damage California Economy

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

The topic of climate change, or anthropogenic global warming (AGW), has somehow been linked – directly or indirectly – with nearly every policy area debated at the State Capitol. While I am not a scientist, I recognize there are many differing views on what the climate-related scientific research actually means. I have been and continue […]

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Prepaying on CalPERS Massive Unfunded Liabilities

John Moorlach
State Senator representing the 37th Senate District

Governor Brown wants to prepay the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) with $6 billion beyond what most had expected. The source of the funds is the Surplus Money Investment Fund.  Don’t ask me why a state with a $169 billion unrestricted net deficit has some $50 billion in a low interest bearing account with […]

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