Category: Jeff Gorell

AD-44: Jeff Gorell Panders on Illegal Immigration


California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell and wife, Laura
Photo: Facebook

After getting spanked by Hispanic voters in the last election, California Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has changed his position on illegal immigration and wants to bring the GOP along with him.

In an op-ed piece yesterday in the Sacramento Bee, Gorell, a Camarillo Republican outlines his newly found position.

It’s time for Congress and the president to enact comprehensive immigration reform. And it’s time for Republicans to shift their position on the issue, indeed not only embracing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but championing the cause. Doing so is the right thing to do, and it is consistent with the history and core values of the party of Lincoln and Reagan.

The Grand Old Party has long stood for opportunity and against tyranny. Republican defense of free markets and limited government has helped create economic opportunities and prosperity unlike any other country in the world.

These opportunities have attracted families to America who flee the economies of more intrusive, restrictive governments they leave behind. They are, as immigrants have been through America’s history, grateful neighbors who bring a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to their adopted home country.

Unfortunately, the federal government has failed its responsibilities for managing immigration controls and policy, and as a result has placed Californians in an unacceptable position. By inaction in Washington, we are essentially asked to ignore our undocumented neighbors – many of whom are my constituents – and simply pretend they are not there. This simply cannot continue.

Jeff is simply Hispanic pandering, since against a generic, unknown Democrat, he did not meet up to expectations at the polls. He lost by over thirty points in heavily Hispanic Oxnard.

Hispanic outreach is one thing, but to dramatically ask for a shift in immigration policy – one that amounts to a blanket amnesty for millions of lawbreakers is not in the interests of California.

Jeff, there is plenty of time for outreach and plenty of time for the Congress to debate and enact a sensible change to immigration policy.

But, your histrionics will not help Republicans or California.


California Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway Announces Changes to Leadership


From the press release:

Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, today announced key additions to her leadership team, appointing Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, as Republican Whips, Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, R-Irvine, as Deputy Republican Floor Manager and Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, to a newly-created position as Republican Outreach Chair.

Conway also promoted Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, to the position of Assistant Republican Leader and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, to Chief Republican Whip.

“I am pleased to have these dynamic and proven Republican leaders serving by my side as members of our Caucus leadership team as we fight to protect Californians from higher taxes,” said Conway.  “Working together, we will show Californians that Assembly Republicans are truly the ‘party of yes’ in Sacramento, promoting common-sense, bipartisan solutions to fix our broken pension system, safeguard our children from dangerous classroom predators and prevent devastating education trigger cuts from hurting our local schools and colleges.”

This pretty much reflects the change of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s change from being a Republican to a Decline to State (NPP) voter and the fact that my Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

Two moderate Republicans were also somewhat purged – termed out Cameron Smyth of Santa Clarita Valley being one.


Flap’s California Morning Collection: April 11, 2012


Santa Monica, California

Good Wednesday morning!The California Legislature is in session.  Today’s schedule is here.
The California Assembly’s Daily File is here and the California State Senate’s here.

On to today’s California headlines:

California controller outlines shortfall, says key months ahead

As state leaders hope for a surprise uptick in revenue this spring, state Controller John Chiang reported Tuesday that California lagged last month by $233.5 million, or 4.2 percent.

The state missed its target most in corporate income taxes, which were $125.8 million (8.2 percent) off the mark. Income taxes and sales taxes were each less than 2 percent behind Gov. Jerry Brown’s revenue forecast. For the fiscal year that ends in June, the state is now trailing Brown’s expectations by nearly $1.1 billion, or 1.9 percent.

Community college board cuts more jobs

The district that oversees Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges is eliminating 60 more jobs as it continues to cut classes, trim programs and restructure departments.

The Ventura County Community College District board voted to cut the jobs Tuesday night on a 4-0 vote. Trustee Bernardo Perez was absent.

In addition, the board voted to reduce hours for about two dozen workers. The vote is expected to save $2.6 million.

“This is one of the hardest things I think any of us will ever do,” said Trustee Dianne McKay. “We want to be good employers. We want to do what’s best for students. But the money flowing from Sacramento is making that harder and harder to do.”

Feinstein calls treasurer’s actions ‘big betrayal’

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday there was never any indication that her former campaign treasurer was mismanaging her re-election account before the treasurer’s arrest last year in a widespread embezzlement case.

“It was a big betrayal,” Feinstein told reporters after addressing Sacramento area government officials. “Oh yeah, you can imagine how you’d feel.”

Feinstein made her first public remarks on the topic after her former campaign treasurer, Kinde Durkee, entered guilty pleas March 30 to five counts of mail fraud in a case that prosecutors said involved looting at least $7 million from about 50 clients.

It is believed to be the largest embezzlement case involving political campaign funds in the nation’s history.

Feinstein lost an estimated $4.5 million from her re-election account, while other Democratic members of Congress, the state Legislature and political organizations lost millions more. Durkee could face as long as 14 years in prison when she is sentenced in June.

Dan Walters: Politicians should act instead of expecting budget miracle

The Capitol is preoccupied with Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to persuade voters to raise taxes and the complicating effects of a rival tax measure sponsored by civil rights attorney Molly Munger.

With deadlines looming, will Brown and his union allies collect enough signatures to place their measure on the June ballot? Will Munger cave in to pressure from Brown, et al., to back off? If both are on the ballot, would it doom both?

The uncertainty is paralyzing the Capitol as legislative leaders refuse to mop up the red ink that’s already leaking from the current year’s budget.

The 2011-12 budget was “balanced” – quotation marks denoting its flimsy use – last year on a last-minute, miraculous assumption that the state would receive an extra $4 billion in revenue, despite the lack of any credible evidence, thereby allowing legislators to be paid.

A few months later, the administration downgraded its income forecast but, as a new report from Controller John Chiang shows, revenue is running below even those lower numbers.

Nevertheless Capitol politicians are still crossing their fingers, hoping that a surge in income taxes in April will shield them from cutting more spending.

In other words, they’re hoping for another miracle whose chances are somewhere between minuscule and none.

Enjoy your morning!

And, Dan Walters reminds California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, just returning from his year long deployment to Afghanistan, that he did not really miss too much in the year that he missed in the California Legislature:


AD-44: California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell Welcomed Home at California Lutheran University Event


California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell and wife, Laura
Photo: Facebook

Welcome home, Jeff!

Emotions ran high at Cal Lutheran University as Navy Lt. Commander Jeff Gorell, a member of the California State Assembly, was greeted with cheers and smiling faces by more than a hundred people Wednesday, who greeted and welcomed him home from Afghanistan.

Gorell served a year on active duty as a military intelligence officer.

“It’s fantastic to be back. Four months was a long time to be away from your family and the job you love, community you love, so I’m glad to be back,” he said.

He was on leave from the Assembly, with pay suspended, starting in March 20, 2011.

The images of his time spent at a military base deep in the Afghan war zone were still very vivid, as he stood in front of his family and admirers in Thousand Oaks.

Here is a video report from Los Angeles television.

And, one last photo, which I thought was especially moving:


AD-44: California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell Returns Home From Afghanistan


California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell

Jeff Gorell has returned home to California and is ready to resume his California Assembly duties.

After a yearlong stint at war in Afghanistan, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell can unpack his bags now in Camarillo. He expects to finish processing paperwork today to transition out of active military duty.

“I’m back in California, I’m home,” Gorell told The Bee. “It’s great to be back.”

The 41-year-old, first-term Republican lawmaker expects to return to the Capitol on April 9, when the Assembly reconvenes after a weeklong recess.

“I’ll be there, rocking and rolling,” Gorell said. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the mix.”

Meanwhile, Gorell can spend time with his wife, Laura, and with their two young children.

Welcome home, Jeff!

There will be a welcome home celebration next week at California Lutheran University.