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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

May 29, 2002
Contact: Diane Thomas
Public Workshop on FY 2002- 03 County Budget Set for June 6
(Santa Ana) - The County of Orange invites the public to attend a budget workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., June 6 in the Planning Commission room located on the first floor of the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.

The budget workshop is a public presentation held annually to introduce the upcoming fiscal year County budget. County staff will provide an overview of the recommended FY 2002-2003 County budget including a discussion of key issues affecting this year's budget.

Esmael Adibi, Ph.D. will present the Orange County economic update. Adibi is the director of A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research (ACER) at Chapman University in Orange. ACER generates a quarterly forecast that identifies key economic indicators that facilitates annual updates of the County's five-year strategic financial plan.

County Executive Officer Michael Schumacher, Ph.D., will present introductory remarks at 3 p.m. followed by CEO/Office of Finance staff. Topic highlights include State budget impacts on Orange County; post 9/11 security; and the new department of Child Support Services.

Questions should be directed to Diane Thomas, Manager, CEO/Media Relations at 834-6203.

"Our freedom was challenged by the horrific tragedy last September, but we did not turn to fear;. We have come together stronger and more united, striving to build safer, more inclusive communities in Orange County. And that is the best way to remember all those who have perished," she said.

"We must work to create a world of love, peace and justice. We never want to see any human being once again become the victim of terrorism. We want to be vigilant and not stand by when our neighbors are victims of hatred and fear," said Dr. Siddiqi.

Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona and Fire Chief Chip Prather will give the keynote addresses at the memorial.