It was interesting to attend California State Senator Mike Morrell’s visit to “Hot Shots” in Blue Jay last week in the early a.m. hours. While a lot of people were still home sleeping or at work about 20 or 30 people attended this event to meet and greet the senator whose ‘home base” includes local communities in the San Bernardino Mountains. Quite informal, guests met and talked with him as they had a cup of coffee. He also made a short presentation which was quite fascinating and he also took questions from those who attended.
Morrell told attendees that the Lake Arrowhead and associated communities are a new area for him. He happily said he was recently sworn in on April 6 and his area includes such diverse communities as San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Banning, Phelan, Yucaipa and all the mountain communities. He added that his “new base” includes 1.1 million people.
Prior to going into politics the senator was in real estate. First he won an assembly seat and now he holds the senate seat. He told attendees that it was “great” to be out of Sacramento and back in his district “where people are normal.” When he was first elected a few years ago he had no political experience so it was an eye-opening experience, he commented.
The senator said that he believes that government has a purpose but it should be limited. He said that so many regulations are hurting businesses and that many business owners are being hurt by the obstacles they face, which includes a lot of environmental and many other regulations. “In looking for a place for business owners to start a business he said that California has been rated the worst place to do business out of all the states in the country. Businesses would rather go to Texas or Nevada and they’re tired of governmental regulations,” he said.
He complimented the city of Loma Linda, way back when, for building a premier hospital without government involvement. He believes that government should “get out of the way” when it comes to projects that will help a community prosper and he also believes that government should get out of the way of business except when absolutely necessary. He said that he thinks the government’s job is to help build roads and other infrastructure not to involved themselves so deeply into the lives of residents and the business community. “The problem with business,he said, is that there are too many restrictions and even more regulations. “What we need is less business and regulations”, he commented. People,he said, like local control rather than control coming from Sacramento or Washington.
It proved to be a fascinating event all the way around!