Norberto Santana posted an interesting piece in the Voice of OC yesterday: Dance of the Electeds.
Board of Supervisors Chair John Moorlach had this to say about Santana’s speculation on his political future in his email newsletter today:
Now for some personal commentary. I will be termed out in two years. With my experience, I thought that serving one more term as Supervisor would make the most sense, but I was not successful in convincing three of my colleagues to put a third term proposal before the voters. The rumor mill has it that I will be running for Auditor-Controller in 2014. This seems like an obvious course to take if my family and I want to continue the dance and stay part of the County family. But, I have made no decision on this opportunity, or any other. I am aware that certain individuals are interested in “running for my seat” (as Supervisor Harriett Wieder said it to me), but I would like to see someone from the District’s farm team who knows the local issues first-hand, as well as our constituents and stakeholders (current council members, et al), not necessarily someone who recently moved into the County.
Moorlach’s a finance guy, and it seems, a pretty good one. He was prescient on the bankruptcy, expert on the pension impacts and adequately managed and modernized the County’s Treasurer-Tax unit before his election to the BOS. But terms limits are there for very good reasons, and it’s hard to figure why he wouldn’t go back into the private sector where he could easily find a CFO position for substantially more money than the Auditor’s job would pay (Santana supposes he’s interested and he would be a shoe-in).
Speculation is that his Supervisor’s office is Jim Righeimer‘s to lose in 2014, and he’d be a
Huntington Beach Mayor Don Hansen is also known to have an interest in Moorlach’s job, but his recent loss with Measure Z, a pension reform initiative local to his city, his disastrous support for toll lanes on the 405, his robotic allegiance to the GOP core (typified by Steel’s husband) and his sputtering leadership in HB diminishes his chances. The failure of his PAC to beat any liberals in his city election was no help either.
Righeimer’s had some minor recent setbacks in Costa Mesa where the battle rages between the City Council and their greedbag unions, but with his experience and tenacity, he’s a perfect fit for the 2nd District and a continued battle with the even grander pension issues that the County faces. Righeimer deserves Moorlach’s unveiled endorsement so he can begin raising money to counter the full-force $ix- or $even-figure attack he’ll get from Norberto’s boss, (as Righeimer himself labeled him) OCEA’s Nick Berardino.