State Senator John Moorlach
2 Items From the “Only At Caltrans” Files:
FILE ITEM #1: Caltrans Engineers Get Massive Pay Raise This Week
Monday, the Governor’s office announced that Caltrans engineers will receive a retroactive 7% pay bump, which will cost taxpayers nearly $600 million over the next 4 years.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office found this agency to be overstaffed by 3,300 positions at a cost of half a billion dollars annually.
Last week, the State Auditor also found that a Caltrans engineer had golfed for 55 days while on-the-clock, and that supervisors signed off on his times sheets without verifying his actual hours.
FILE ITEM #2: Caltrans Focuses on Building Wildlife Bridge (despite funding shortage & road repair backlog)
Caltrans is proposing to build a 165-foot by 200-foot “wildlife” bridge across U.S. Highway 101 in Los Angeles, complete with natural trees and other landscaping.
The project is reported to cost up to $38 million.
California’s roadways are ranked near dead-last in condition and repair. Motorists are paying, on average, an additional $700 a year on auto repairs because of poor roads. Rather than reform Caltrans, the Governor and Legislators are calling for higher taxes to address the huge backlog of road maintenance.
About Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa):
State Senator John Moorlach represents the 37th District of California, is a trained Certified Financial Planner and is the only CPA in the California State Senate. He gained national attention 20 years ago when he was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and helped the County recover from its bankruptcy filing – at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. History.