Welcome to the OC: Taking a stand for California

From the Church to the beach – Costa Mesa residents were taking a stand and delivering a strong message to Senator Tom Harman: protect our schools and beaches for the next generation and stop the extreme cuts.

The news conference in front of Harman’s Costa Mesa office brought together a diverse group of residents who detailed the potentially devastating ramifications of additional cuts to their community. Pastor Christian Parra of the Harbor Christian Fellowship called on Senator Harman to be a leader:

“We are here to pray for Sen. Tom Harman to be the moral leader California needs to protect our children’s future. A moral leader remembers that it is our calling to protect the earth we were given for our children, and to protect and educate our children – but these imperatives will be made impossible if Senator Harman stands by while another $10 billion in cuts are made to schools, children’s healthcare, and protection of our natural resources.”

Orange County schools could lose another $368 million in funding next year if the all-cuts budget is passed, putting the future of hundreds of thousands of Orange County students at risk. And trademark California beaches could be at risk too. With one-quarter of state parks already scheduled to shut down, the remaining parks — including Orange County public beaches — could be at risk in an all-cuts budget scenario. That’s something that doesn’t sit will with Shawn Wehan, lifetime surfer.

“California’s parks and beaches are public treasures that must be protected and managed to ensure they are open to all our children and grandchildren, not turned over to the highest bidder.”

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