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.

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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?

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