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August 3, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630
Bill Orton to lead August 9th Rally to Save the Bolsa Chica      (ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- State Assembly candidate Bill Orton (D-Seal Beach) will lead a rally outside the office of his Republican opponent, who is one of the 30 holdouts delaying passage of the state budget, now more than a month overdue.
"Tom Harman has the opportunity to save the upper mesa of the Bolsa Chica," said Orton, referring to one of the most important environmental treasures in Southern California. Governor Gray Davis offered millions of existing bond dollars to save a portion of the land that will otherwise soon be leveled by bulldozers for a controversial housing development.
"We haven't been this close to saving the Bolsa Chica in a generation, and Tom Harman could become a hero with just one vote," said Orton. "This is larger than one campaign, one election, one budget."
Orton is calling on enivronmentalists to join him on Friday, August 9th for a noontime rally in front of Harman's office.
"I've been told that Tom Harman won't listen to arguments about the Bolsa Chica," said Orton. "I hope that he rises above the partisan eye-poking and sees that this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to save the most precious environmental resource in our region."
The sensitive environmental land of the upper mesa is now planned to have hundreds of homes built that will range in size from 4,000 to 5,000 square feet.
Orton calls this year's budget "the ugliest in 10 years," but adds that Harman staying off the budget won't change the spending plan. "It'll just alter which Republican Assemblymember gets money for their district."
The state budget has passed the state Senate, but is stalled in the Assembly, where 54 votes are needed for passage. So far, only 50 members -- all Democrats -- have voted for the budget, but two Republicans have signaled their intention to vote for the budget.
Harman's vote, says Orton, could end the stalemate and prevent a shutdown of the state government.
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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