Category Archives: State Senate

OC GOP Congratulates Sen-Elect John Moorlach

JohnMoorlachThe Republican Party of Orange County sent an e-mail communication congratulating Senator-Elect John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa, District 37) and by inviting the public to attend swearing-in ceremony:

You are invited to attend State Senator Moorlach’s swearing-in ceremony this Sunday, March 22nd at 4 p.m.
 
The event will be at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, One Hope Drive Tustin, CA 92782.
 
Our Master of Ceremonies will be former Tustin City Councilman, and the Rescue Mission’s CEO, Jim Palmer.  The invocation will be led by Kindred Community Church Senior Pastor Philip De Courcy.  Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait will lead the pledge of allegiance.  And the Honorable State Senator Bob Huff, California’s State Senate Minority Leader, will officiate the swearing in.  There will be a small reception following the program.  The dress code is Sunday afternoon casual, which means that Reyn Spooner shirts are recommended for the men.
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Senate Candidate Campaign Signs Theft

Senate candidates John Moorlach and Assemblyman Don Wagner are locked in a tight campaign battle in the 37th Senate District seat.

Recently, Moorlach campaign released a YouTube video of an unnamed individual who is stealing campaign signs from a particular private and public property:

The Moorlach for Senate campaign released this message:

Angry homeowners have been complaining that their “Moorlach for Senate” yard signs have been disappearing from their yards.

Today caught on video is a yet-to-be-identified individual stealing several Moorlach signs from the front yard of a 37th Senate District home.

The Glendora Patch explained in a 2012 article that political sign theft can carry stiff penalties.  The article quotes from Glendora Police Lieutenant:  “Stealing signs is a misdemeanor of petty theft and can carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine or imprisonment of up to six months.”

The election is slated for Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

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Closed Captioning of California Legislative Proceedings: Cost Prohibitive

CCCalifornia has a legislative bicameral body known as the Assembly and Senate with capitol in Sacramento.  The legislature’s purpose is to write laws to protect the general welfare of the public and appropriate funds to the executive branch to ensure state government is functioning accordingly.

In the midst of lawmaking, legislators allow the public to view the institution in action through floor debates from the gallery or via online resources like CalChannel.  Unfortunately, for the deaf and hard of hearing constituents closed-captioning resources have not been available as such struggles has been ongoing for almost 15 years.

The Florida Channel that provides coverage of the Florida State Legislature commenced closed captioning in 2005 and extended the closed captioning services online in 2012.

The Indiana legislature provides closed captioning services for the deaf and hard of hearing audience.

In 2001, then-Assemblyman Bob Pacheco (R-Walnut) introduced AB 772 and again in 2005, then-Assemblyman Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) introduced AB 181 to remedy that requires closed-captioning to be provided during Assembly floor sessions for the deaf and hard of hearing audience, but both bills died due to lack of hearing on the proposal.

Recently, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) inquired as to why there is a lack of closed captioning services during the Assembly floor sessions and committee hearings.

The Assembly Rules Committee Chief Administrative Officer, Debra Gravert, responded via correspondence to Assemblywoman Gonzalez’s inquiry, “In years past, it has been determined that, as much as we would like to serve the hearing impaired community, hiring a captioning service to “live caption” our televised sessions and committees would be extremely cost prohibitive.”

Gravert further explains that, “It is to my understanding that as a government entity we are exempt from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements regarding closed captioning, according to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Title 47, Chapter 1, Subchapter C, Part 79.1, section e, paragraph (9).  There are some other exemptions that may apply as well.”

However, Gravert explains that, “Assembly Rules Committee is able to make arrangements for sign language interpreters if a Member is requesting that assistance.”

Assemblywoman Gonzalez’s Legislative and Office Assistant Laurel Brodzinsky says, “We will continue to look into ways in which we can serve our hearing impaired constituents, although this difficult matter make take some time.”

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La Habra Councilman: I’m Running for State Senate

TimShawLa Habra Councilman Tim Shaw announces today his candidacy for State Senator in the 29th Senate District currently being held by Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar):

I am proud to announce I have created a campaign committee to run for California State Senate in 2016.

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff has served us honorably in Sacramento since 2004 and I look forward to continuing his legacy of leadership as he leaves office. As a longtime resident of La Habra, husband and father of four boys, I proudly call the 29th Senate District my home.
 
I was first elected to the La Habra City Council in 2008 and again in 2012 when I served as Mayor. I am dedicated to public service and improving the lives of our residents. Having served as District Director for State Senator Bob Huff since 2008, I have the insight as to what is required of a State Senator, and a unique understanding of state policy and the 29th district.  
 
As a La Habra City Councilmember and an Orange County Transportation Authority Board Member, I have fought for responsible government, and worked with my colleagues to move toward a balanced budget and improve public services for everyone.

Some of my many accomplishments include pension reform, bond rating improvements, and infrastructure and transportation enhancements.

In the State Senate, I will fight to reform our public education system to empower parents, work to implement a business friendly climate to bring jobs to our district, make public safety a top priority, and simplify our tax and regulatory policies to relieve every Californian from the burden of Sacramento bureaucrats. Most importantly I will be a legislator with the strong ethical and moral values our district deserves.

The 29th state Senate District covers three counties:  Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino with diverse communities from Walnut and West Covina to the north and dips down south to Cypress, La Palma and Stanton.

The Secretary of State’s office reports of party registration (as of October 20, 2014) for the 29th state Senate District is as follows:

Republicans                      159,645  37.4%

Democrats                        144,903  33.9%

No Party Preference           104,186  24.4%

All indications are that this seat is a toss-up as the dynamics could change with more candidates entering the race.

Senate District 29 Map

 

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SD-21 Watch: Sharon Runner Throws Hat in Ring

SharonRunnerWe received this Press Release from former Senator Sharon Runner who announced she is running for State Senate in the 21st Senate District (Lancaster-Victorville) soon to be vacated by Rep.-Elect Steve Knight (R-Palmdale):

HIGH DESERT – Former Assemblywoman and State Senator Sharon Runner is responding to the massive outpouring of support and encouragement from community leaders and district residents asking her to run for state senate. Sharon Runner has previously represented every community in the district in the Senate and Assembly, and was overwhelmingly elected by a 2-1 margin in the 2011 Senate Special Election.

“I’m truly touched and humbled by the encouragement I’ve received to run for state senate. In particular, I’d like to thank Congressman-elect Steve Knight for his support and endorsement. As the current officeholder and our good friend, his encouragement is particularly meaningful,” said Runner.

Having also received endorsements and online encouragement from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Assemblyman Tom Lackey, Assemblyman Scott Wilk and former Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Runner is now taking the first steps to form a campaign operation pending a final decision, once the Governor calls an election.

State election law mandates that a special election be held for legislative vacancies. The date is set by the Governor within certain calendar requirements. Should Senator Knight step down this weekend or early next week as expected, the date of the special election will likely be sometime in March, with a runoff, if necessary, likely in May.

“Over the next few weeks, prior to the call of the election, I’ll be reaching out to other potential candidates and community leaders throughout the district to discuss the pressing challenges facing California. What’s truly important is that we send someone to Sacramento as quickly as possible to combat the job-killing over-regulation, over-taxation and the dangerous situation created by early release of felons by Prop 47 and realignment,” concluded Runner.

The 21st Senate District includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville and the Los Angeles County communities of Lancaster, Palmdale, unincorporated Antelope Valley and the Lakes Communities along with portions of the Santa Clarita Valley.

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