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Bill Orton

The Democratic nominee
for California's 67th Assembly District


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June 22, 2002

Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630

Bill Orton makes friends at Leisure World 40th birthday festival with strawberry ice cream recipe

      (LEISURE WORLD) -- Residents celebrating the 40th anniversary of Leisure World's founding got unusual birthday gifts from a local politician: Jack Benny and ice cream recipes.

      "I could put the word 'politics' all over a piece of paper and hand that out," said state Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach), "but my recipe for strawberry ice cream is so much more popular."

      Orton rode in the 40th anniversary parade along with Democratic Congressional candidate Gerrie Schipske and LW Democratic Club president Dave Silva. While waving to the crowd, Orton repeatedly called out in his best impression of Jack Benny that Leisure World is not actually 40.

      "Forget the 40," Orton told parade goers. "You're 39 today, Rochester."

      Following the parade, Orton spent two hours shaking hands and handing out refrigerator magnets and ice cream recipes to hundreds of local voters.

      "I came up with this recipe back in May when that terrible heat wave rolled in like a sheet of fire," said Orton. The candidate explained that he pulled out his ice cream machine and had made a batch of coffee ice cream. That used egg yolks, he said, leaving half-a-dozen egg whites.

      "I didn't want to throw the egg whites out, but being a man, the concept of making merenguie has always kind of intimidated me," said Orton, whose recipe is made with strawberries, half-and-half, sugar, egg whites and a dash of cinnamon.

      "I love talking about politics, but most people would far rather talk about ice cream," said the legislative candidate.

      Orton supports stregthening the law that requires pharmacies to sell drugs to Medi-Care recipients at the rates approved by Medi-Cal. The state law (SB 933) has led to dramatic cuts in drug costs for seniors, but not all pharmacies are informing seniors that they are eligible.

      Orton also advocates shifting away from "HMO-ization" of Medi-Cal and moving to a greater use of fee-for-service and physician-directed care. "We need to bypass the need for authorizations approved by bean-counting bureaucrats," said Orton.

      Orton also supports therapeutic stem-cell research as a possible way to find treatment for Alzheimer's and other chronic conditions.

      TIDBITS: On Saturday, Orton also spoke to the members of the AMERICAN G.I. FORUM of Orange County, where he thanked the assembled veterans for their service to this grateful nation. Orton laid out his support for:
  • a continuation of the 15-point veterans preference in government hiring decisions,
  • the creation of a state-sponsored veterans cemetery in Southern California,
  • easing of property tax rules for veterans halls and
  • construction of more state-sponsored veterans homes, including one in Long Beach.

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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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Friends of Bill Orton        85 Riversea Road, Seal Beach, CA 90740        (562) 598-9630
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