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July 23, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630
Bill Orton joins Land Trust and Sierra Club in testimony before OC Board of Supes      (SANTA ANA, CA.) -- State Assembly candidate Bill Orton (D-Seal Beach) joined members of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust and Sierra Club to ask the Orange County Board of Supervisors to give state lawmakers time to arrange a buyout of the upper mesa of the Bolsa Chica, which is set to be turned into a 388-mega-home development.
"The upper mesa is on the table," said Orton. "Assemblyman Tom Harman could save the Bolsa Chica by simply voting for the state budget."
The Bolsa Chica is a stretch of wetlands and upland property that is home to countless species of fish, plant and bird life. It is one of the few spots remaining in California that is still large and untamed enough to be a stopover on the great Pacific flyway.
In the budget talks in Sacramento, Governor Gray Davis has offered a state buyout of the upper portion of the Bolsa Chica if Harman votes for the budget.
It may seem odd for Orton to cheer on his opponent, but the offer on the table for the Bolsa Chica is too good to miss.
"This is the closest we've come to saving the Bolsa Chica since Dennis Mangers was in office," said Orton. "We should put partisan politics aside for a once-in-a-generation opportunity."
In the late 1970s, then Assemblyman Dennis Mangers (D-Huntington Beach) nearly accomplished a total state buyout of the Bolsa Chica, but pulled back when it appeared that a private deal seemed possible. When that deal fell through, the private landowner began pursuing a series of proposed developments that, at one time, included more than 5,000 homes and a 1,300 slip marina.
On Tuesday, members of the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the latest incarnation of development on the Bolsa Chica. Hearthside Homes is planning 388 homes on the upper mesa, ranging in size up to 5,000 square feet.
Orton joined Bolsa Chica Land Trust President Evan Henry, Orange County Sierra Club office Paul Arms and 20 other speakers seeking to stop the development.
To tell Assemblyman Tom Harman to VOTE YES on the state budget and SAVE THE BOLSA CHICA, call (916) 319-2067 or (714) 843-4966.
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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