Rossmoorgate: Supervisor Moolach’s missteps

Joyce Bloom

Everyone in Rossmoor knows that John Moorlach represents District 2 on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and is the chairman of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission, better known as LAFCO.

Everyone in Rossmoor believes that John Moorlach does not well represent them.

Everyone in Rossmoor knows that John Moorlach is interested in the annexation of unincorporated areas in Orange County—particularly Rossmoor to Los Alamitos and/or the consolidation of Rossmoor, Seal Beach and Los Alamitos.

Everyone in Rossmoor now knows that John Moorlach is a sore loser.

John Moorlach, in his Sun Opinion on Oct. 27, 2011, berates the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. Could it be that he has lost to them a couple of times in the past?

The latest loss was a lawsuit instigated by Moorlach to invalidate the retirement plan Orange County made with the Association of Orange Deputy Sheriffs.

Moorlach lost at the lower court, and then on appeal. The Supremes declined to hear the appeal. When the AOCDS asks for legal fees because they were the winning party, it will cost the county a few more million dollars. Moorlach had been counseled not to initiate the lawsuit, but went ahead anyway.

Moorlach believes that the Rossmoor Cityhood lost because of the efforts of the deputies. Not so! Rossmoorians know what they can afford and Cityhood was one idea that would have been too expensive for Rossmoor. They wisely voted it down.

Were the sheriff’s deputies concerned about their jobs? Yes, they were and still are. But that is what unions are for and the AOCDS is a union. Unions protect their members and speak up for them. After all, it’s a tough world out there and without an organization behind him the common man can’t do much to help himself.

Sunset Beach doesn’t want to be annexed to Huntington Beach. If they have a legal angle (Prop 218) and have a good attorney to represent them pro bono, then let them go for it.

Schadenfruede * is wrong. It is wrong to gloat over John Moorlach’s missteps when he believed he was doing his job. But Rossmoorians can’t contain a small smile.

Schadenfruede* (glee at another’s misfortune). At a Los Alamitos City Board meeting in October, it was disclosed by their city manager that some of the owners of the Rossmoor Village had been contacted. Additionally, a financial statement had been received from LAFCO.  It is called Case Study—Administrative Draft Fiscal Analysis. It entertains the cost savings that may come about with a consolidation of Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Rossmoor. It’s not going to happen in Moorlach’s lifetime. The last city consolidation was done forty years ago. The Holiday Activities Section of the News listed two ice rinks, both father away than the Rinks on Westminster just east of Valley View. The Rinks has public skating every day and is reasonably priced.

Joyce Bloom is a longtime Rossmoor resident and former member of the Rossmoor Community Services District Board of Directors.