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Mother's Day, 2002

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Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630

'Supporting family values means valuing families,' says Orton, on march at Balboa Bay Club

      (NEWPORT BEACH) -- Marching for justice may not seem a typical Mothers Day activity, but state Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) brought flowers nonetheless as he joined cooks, dishwashers, busboys and other union activists on Sunday to protest outside a swank private club that has yet to offer a contract agreable to its workers.

      The Assembly candidate joined a crowd of roughly 150 who marched outside the Balboa Bay Club, which is locked in a bitter contract dispute with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Local 681 union, based in Anaheim and representing the club's food service crew.

      "Supporting family values means actually valuing our families," said Orton, who presented a bouquet of minature yellow and pink roses to HERE Local 681 President Ada Torres, and offered several pounds of cherries to those picketing.

      In addition to backing the union's demand for a fair contract for the union workers, Orton has also called for reforms in health care and child care, as well as state action to clean up the region's coastline.

      "It's good for our economy and it's good for families to make sure that children can get high quality childcare and affordable health care," said Orton, who wants to double the number of children signed up for the state's "Healthy Families" program. "Every child deserves to go to the doctor when they're sick."

      To boost the number of licensed childcare providers, Orton is proposing state-funded tokens for low-income families where both parents work. Under the plan, the cash-value tokens could be redeemed only by someone operating a state licensed childcare provider. This would also be available for a working parent seeking a way up from welfare.

      Until the percentage of childcare providers who have a state license rises, says Orton, the state has little leverage in boosting the overall quality of care. Putting funds into the a market-based system that supports licensed care would increase state oversight over the childcare industry while promoting a greater quality of care as providers compete for customers.

      Orton has also called for a refundable tax credit for joint-filing households where one adult is a "stay-at-home" parent. "No one works harder than an at-home parent," says Orton.

      For more information on Orton's campaign for state Assembly, visit his website, at http://billyorton.com, or call (562) 598-9630.

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      BILL ORTON is the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 67th District, which covers Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and portions of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster.

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