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The Flag

August 28, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bill Orton at (562) 598-9630 or by email at <bill@billyorton.com>

Yes on 47, 49 & 50; No on 52
Bill Orton announces positions on fall ballot measures

     (ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- State Assembly candidate William R. "Bill" Orton (D-Seal Beach) announced support for ballot initiatives on after-school programs, and bonds to help pay for wetlands restoration and school construction.

      "Under state law, candidates are allowed to announce their views on ballot measures," said Orton, who is running against freshman Republican lawmaker Tom Harman in November's election.

      Orton urges voters to:

  • Vote YES on Proposition 47: This measure would authorize $12.3 billion in general obligation bonds for kindergarten through university public education facilities to relieve overcrowding and to repair older schools, and to upgrade and build new classrooms in California's community colleges, California State University and the University of California.

         "In addition to upgrading California's existing schools and colleges," said Orton, "we need to add ten more colleges and another two thousand elementary and secondary schools. Investing in schools and colleges is a race to the top, as skilled workers make better incomes."

  • Vote YES on Proposition 49: This measure would increase state funds available for before and after school programs providing tutoring, homework assistance and educational enrichment.

         "Kids need every advantage they can get to compete in this information age," said Orton.

  • Vote YES on Proposition 50: This measure would authorize $3.4 billion in general obligation bonds to fund a variety of water projects, including the purchase and restoration of coastal wetlands, water management and water quality improvement projects, river parkway development, improved security for water systems and desalinization and drinking water disinfecting projects.

         "Prop 50 helps guarantee that people will have an uninterrupted supply of clean water," said Orton. "When put together with money to pay for parks along our region's rivers and the possible purchase of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, this is a tremendous way to make life better for ordinary people."

  • Vote NO on Proposition 52: This measure would allow same-day on-site voter registration to eligible would-be voters who present valid identifications on election day at their local polling place.

         "I don't want to push a logistical nightmare onto our front-line pollworkers when state law already allows for people to register to vote up to 15 days from an election," said Orton.

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Bill OrtonforCALIFORNIA'S 67th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
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