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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

County Executive Office
September 7, 1999
Contact: Diane Thomas
County Takes First Step in Neighborhood Revitalization
(Santa Ana) – El Modena Pride Clean-Up Day will unite 21 County staff members and local officials including Fourth District Supervisor Cynthia Coad, County Executive Officer Jan Mittermeier, City of Orange Mayor Joanne Coontz and Orange Police Chief Andy Romero with more than 200 residents to clean up the El Modena unincorporated area. On September 11, neighbors will reclaim their neighborhoods through efforts such as graffiti removal, trash removal and other cosmetic improvements.

"The goal of this program is to enhance community pride by returning the neighborhood to its citizens," said Coad. "Aside from cosmetic improvements, youth development programs have been implemented to provide alternatives for young people to joining street gangs. During the clean-up day, residents will be informed of available public health services; the Children’s Hospital of Orange County mobile unit will be present to offer children free inoculations; and information on parenting and child tutoring classes will be available. Increased community–based policing and positive code enforcement have been already been put into action.

"The community asked for our help, and this effort celebrates the progress that the partnership between the County, the City and the residents has made," said Coad.

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the El Modena Community Center, 18672 East Center Street in Orange. T-shirts will be given to all children who participate. Southern California Edison will provide refreshments and music, and Ware Disposal will donate the use of six large trash dumpsters.