CAA Orange County’s annual meeting features state senator


Above: Sen. John Moorlach, right, shakes hands with Kelly McCunniff, CAA Orange County’s board chairman, during the annual breakfast. Below: Audience members pay attention during the breakfast, held Dec. 5 at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. Photos by Lisa Anderson

During its annual breakfast meeting, the California Apartment Association’s Orange County division greeted the holiday season, took in a speech from a state senator and recognized several members who’ve gone above and beyond expectations.

AudienceIn a presentation dubbed “Shaking up Sacramento,” state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, pointed to problems with the state’s finances, including California having the nation’s highest unfunded pension obligations, starting with at least $140 billion.

Moorlach, who represents the state’s 37th Senate District, addressed about 200 attendees Friday, Dec. 5, at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. He is a familiar face in Orange County, where he boasts 20 years of public service, including multiple terms on the county Board of Supervisors and as county tax collector/treasurer.

To help fix the state’s fiscal problems, Moorlach suggested a number of reforms, such as requiring government pensions to play by the same rules as private sector and requiring better data and accountability from Caltrans.

After Moorlach’s remarks, Tommy Thompson, CAA Orange County’s executive director, reviewed some of the division’s government affairs successes from the past year, including steering Anaheim away from a burdensome Fair Housing Contract and defeating a moratorium on apartment development in Huntington Beach. He also reviewed some upcoming events and reminded members to mark their calendars for next year’s Charity Gala in April.
Further, OC advisory board Chairman Kelly McCunniff recognized the division’s industry partners, as well as several members who chaired committees for CAA Orange County. Moreover, McCunniff recognized both returning and new board members and presented the President’s Special Service Award to Bethany Legler of CORT Furniture Rental.

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