The Laguna Beach business community got a chance to meet newly elected Assemblyman Don Wagner at the Chamber of Commerce's installation dinner and Spirit of Laguna awards ceremony last week at Tivoli Too.
Wagner, an Irvine Republican, replaced Chuck DeVore, who was termed out in the 70th District.
"It's worse than you think," Wagner said of his first two weeks in the Capitol. "It [the Legislature] is thoroughly dysfunctional, but it is beginning to take hold that it can't be business as usual."
Wagner supports cutting regulations on businesses to "encourage entrepreneurs and business owners."
"My job is to keep their feet to the fire, and we are pledged to make it easier for you to be in business and put people back to work," he added. "Businesses will fix what's wrong with California, if we let you. Tell us where we can cut, what regulations, and what the state needs to stop doing."