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June 29, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630

Orton offers $7 million budget package for 10 cities of Assembly district

      (ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- As state lawmakers struggle to find the final votes needed to pass a FY02-03 budget before Monday's start of the fiscal year, state Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) outlined his own $7 million package of items that he would offer for the ten communities of his legislative district.

      "One of the most important votes a lawmaker can cast is on the state budget," said Orton. "A good lawmaker ought to be like Pizza Man. You should see him all the time and he ought to deliver."

      Focusing on trees, health care and recreation programs, Orton's wish list for next year would fund projects across the district that he says are aimed at "making life better for ordinary people." Total funding per community ranges from $250,000 for Rossmoor to nearly $1.5 million for west Anaheim.

      The annual process of approving a state budget begins in January, when the Governor unveils a proposed budget. Lawmakers first put forward items for their districts in February. The hard work of the budget writing takes place in May and June. Survival of individual district budget items often ride on whether that lawmaker voted for or against the state budget.

      Orton said his opponent's unwillingness to vote for this year's budget and last year's "no" vote meant that the incumbent hasn't "delivered" for the district.

      "We pay plenty of tax money to Sacramento," said Orton. "We ought to see some of it come back for things that will make life better for the people of this district."

Orton's budget proposals are:

ANAHEIM: $1.45 million
  • Healthy Families pilot project: $150,000 to pay for staff and supplies needed to reach out directly to the community to sign up more children with the health insurance program.
  • Re-Leaf: $100,000 to pay for the planting of mature trees in west Anaheim.
  • West Anaheim Police Substation: $75,000 for computers, printers and network hardware to create a community access computer workshop.
  • Anaheim Public Library: $125,000 to pay for a bookmobile capable of going into small streets in West Anaheim.
  • Twila Reid Park & Community Center: $1 million, to pay for upgrades of the park grounds and community facility.
CYPRESS: $500,000
  • Tree planting: $500,000 to pay for planting a continuous line of mature trees along a railroad right-of-way owned by the OC Transportation Agency.
GARDEN GROVE: $1 million
  • Healthy Families pilot project: $100,000 to pay for staff and supplies needed to reach out directly to the community to sign up more children with the health insurance program.
  • Lampson median: $200,000 to pay for the planting of trees and upgrading of the western Lampson corridor.
  • Sports field upgrades: $500,000 to pay for sod resurfacing, equipment and snack shops on the fields used by West Garden Grove Litte League, Ponytail and AYSO.
  • Tree planting: $100,000 to pay for planting of a continuous line of mature trees along a railroad right-of-way owned by the OC Transportation Agency.
  • School-based Community Policing: $100,000 to pay for uniformed GGPD officers to provide a police presence and to lead anti-gang programs in schools of the GGUSD.
HUNTINGTON BEACH: $1.2 million
  • Huntington Central Park: $500,000 to pay for upgrades at the Donald Shipley Nature Center ($250K) and help fund the engineering and waterworks needed to refill the lake adjacent to the Main Library.
  • Bolsa Chica bridge & trails: $225,000 to pay for replacement of the main crossing and upgrading of trails in the Bolsa Chica. (This budget item is separate from a bill that would be introduced to either directly fund or authorize bonds to publicly purchase the Bolsa Chica.)
  • Joint Fire Training Center: $75,000 in upgrades to the training center, to be split ($225,000 total) between the three Assembly members who represent HB, FV and Newport Beach.
  • Firing Range Cleanup: $250,000 in state funding to partner with the city and other parties as the way to bring about clean-up of the former firing range used by the HB police.
  • John Baca Park: $50,000 for a veterans memorial at the park dedicated to a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • Edison Park: $50,000 in upgrades for the Community Center and playground across from EHS. (Bill is EHS Class of '80.)
  • Wardlow Boys and Girls Club: $50,000 to pay for community recreation programs at the site of the former Wardlow Elementary. (Bill is a Wardlow Warrior Class of '76.)
LA PALMA: $400,000
  • Community Center: $400,000 to support the city's effort to create a community center at the main city park.
LOS ALAMITOS: $700,000
  • Smart Streets: $400,000 to fund major improvements along Katella Avenue.
  • Youth Center: $100,000 to assist in city's plan to establish a youth center.
  • JFTB pool: $75,000 to fund upgrades of community pool.
  • Latino Heritage exhibit: $25,000 to assist in Los Alamitos Historical Society's permanent display honoring the city's original landowning families.
  • Oak & McAulliff community centers: $100,000 to pay for computers and recreational equipment at the two joint-use community centers.
ROSSMOOR: $250,000
  • Park upgrades: $250,000 to pay for overdue maintenance of community center and park.
SEAL BEACH: $500,000
  • Seawall: $300,000 to construct a seawall along the municipal pier, replacing the current crumbling structure.
  • McGaugh Pool: $25,000 to pay for upgrades and equipment at the joint use community pool.
  • Gum Grove Park: $50,000 to pay for habitat restoration, trail upgrades, picnic tables and landscaping.
  • Red Car: $25,000 to weatherproof the railroad car and to create a standing storage unit that allows for more full space usage within the car.
  • Pharmacy support: $50,000 for a pilot project to reach out to residents and businesses about the Medi-Cal/Medi-Care drug rates rules of Senate Bill 933.
  • Marina Park: $50,000 to pay for gymnastics and sports equipment upgrades at the community center.
STANTON: $300,000.
  • Boys & Girls Club: $250,000 to assist in creation of a teen center.
  • Healthy Families pilot project: $50,000 to pay for staff and supplies needed to reach out directly to the community to sign up more children with the health insurance program.
WESTMINSTER: $700,000
  • Vietnam War Memorial: $100,000 to help fund the community tribute to veterans of the South Vietnamese and American armies.
  • Cultural Center: $400,000 to support the plans of the city to build a cultural center adjacent to the War Memorial.
  • School-based Community Policing: $100,000 to pay for uniformed WPD officers to provide a police presence and to lead anti-gang programs in the Westminster schools.
  • Healthy Families pilot project: $100,000 to pay for staff and supplies needed to reach out directly to the community to sign up more children with the health insurance program.


      Orton said he will also seek $100 million in state funding to pay for upgrades in sewers, storm drains and wastewater treatment plants. These funds, to be administered by the California Development Bank, would be used to leverage additional funds from the federal and county governments and from cities and sanitation districts.

      "Creating a big pool of money is the best way to actually do something about the sanitation district's waiver and urban runoff," said Orton. "Words alone won't stop sewage from being pumped into the ocean or junk floating down our rivers. Action will take money."

      Orton would seek another $25 million to help arrange the purchase of the Bolsa Chica.

      The CalBank and Bolsa Chica money would be included in separate bills that are not formally tied to the state budget.

      For more information about Bill Orton, visit his campaign web site, at http://billyorton.com.

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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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