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  • Sunday, April 26, 2009


    Town Hall Meeting on May Special Election Propositions

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    LegCo Town Hall Meeting for May Special Election
    The Orange Unified Legislation Coalition will be sponsoring a public Town Hall Meeting on the May 19th Special Election Propositions. The meeting will at the Orange Unified School District Board Room this Monday April 27th at the OUSD District Office from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

    Proponents and opponents will speak and answer questions on each of the six ballot propositions on the May 19th Special Election ballot. The propositions all deal with the state budget and are a result of a February 2009 budget deal between Governor Schwarzenegger and California Legislature leaders on how to close an anticipated $42 million budget shortfall. The possible further impact on school budgets has been a major theme in the election campaign.

    Special election voter turnout is historically low compared to the scheduled primary and general elections. An exception to that historical fact was the October 2003 State Recall Election that drew 61% of California voters to the polls. That election ousted Governor Gray Davis and elected Schwarzenegger over similar budget issues still facing the state.

    California has sent out 10 million voter-information guides to voter households. For this election, in an effort to save costs, only a single voter guide was sent to each household regardless of the amount of voters registered at the address.

    Vote by mail has gained popularity. According to the California Secretary of State’s office, in last June’s election 59% of all votes were cast by mail-in ballots.

    Tickets available for YWCA Spring Tea
    Tickets are still availabale for the YWCA Central Orange County 6th Annual Spring Tea on May 2nd, 2009. The popular annual Spring fund raiser is scheduled for May 2nd. The afternoon’s activities include a silent auction, a raffle, a scholarship honoree award, and a formal High Tea complete with traditional white starched linens and exquisite place settings. The Spring Tea raises money for the YWCA Central Orange County’s various outreach activities including its signature program, Beverly’s House – which serves young women emancipated from foster care and offers them a safe, caring, home-like environment where they can gain the skills necessary to achieve independence and was named in honor of Beverly Nestande, one of Orange’s most famous activists and volunteers. The Spring Tea will guest speaker Cheryl Alexander from the Orange County Social Services Agency

    The 2009 Spring Tea will be held on May 2nd from 11:30 – 2:00 pm at the Tustin Banquet Center (721 W. 1st Street, Tustin, CA 92780). Individual tickets are $60 and Table Sponsorships are available at a $480. Potential Table Decorators and event guests should contact the YWCA directly by calling 714-633-4950 or by emailing You can also learn more online at

    Orange H.S. Annual Farm Fest returns May 9th
    Orange High School’s Future Farmers of America will hold their annual Farm Fest on Saturday May 9th, 2009. The fun filled event includes a petting zoo, food, prizes and lots of farm animals including horses, sheep, cattle and pigs. The Orange Farm is located at the end of Harwood Street on the Orange High School campus.

    Admission is $3.00, or $5.00 for admission and lunch. For more information please call 714-997-6299.

    Teddy Bear Tea Party Fundraiser for Orange Public Library
    If stuffed animals are more your style, the Orange Public Library Foundation is holding a Teddy Bear Tea Party. The Tea Party is a fundraiser for the Orange Public Library to buy new children’s books for all of Orange’s public libraries. The Tea Party will feature finger foods, tea and lemonade. Guests will be treated to a fashion show of wonderful hats, special activities, raffle prizes and a Teddy Bear Parade.

    The Teddy Bear Tea Party will be Saturday May 2nd 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm at the Women’s Club of Orange, 121 S. Center Street. Children 4-12 are $12.00 each and Adults and teens 13 and above are $20.00 each. For reservations or further questions contact the Orange Library Foundation at (714) 288-2470.

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