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August 20, 1989 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
The paper clip is rusty and the words are fading. But the statement from the nation's Catholic bishops that changed her life 20 years ago still carries a spiritual wallop for beleaguered Costa Mesa social activist Jean Forbath. The message asked Catholics to root out poverty and oppression through "creative and positive action." "The task is urgent," it said. "The time is short.
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October 11, 1994
Norman Matloff ("American Minorities Try to Hold the Line," Commentary, Sept. 30) points out how immigrants, legal or illegal, impact the job markets of minority groups. No argument--they do! He does not, however, indicate how denying health care or education to illegal immigrants impacts these job issues. Most citizens believe that immigration control and enforcement are indeed necessary. Prop. 187 offers nothing to promote these goals, but only exposes all to the potential of ignorance and disease.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1993 | LYNDA NATALI
Jean Forbath, founder of Share Our Selves charity, was surprised to learn she had taken top honors in an award program sponsored by a local pizza restaurant. For her work providing food, clothing and medical care for the poor, she was named the winner of BJ's Chicago Pizzeria's Christmas Spirit Search, which recognizes people who spread the Christmas spirit 365 days a year. "I never dreamed my work would be acknowledged in such an unusual way," Forbath said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1989
Community leaders were asked what will be the single biggest challenge facing Orange County in the next decade and their top five issues. "Cultural Diversity To become a cohesive, multicultural community. We need to accept our rapidly changing demographics positively and not be fearful and become victims of a fortress mentality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1990
Even as I write, the issue of the immediate future of Share Our Selves in Costa Mesa is being decided by the City Council. But the issues raised by Jean Forbath will remain long after this decision. In her article (Jan. 15) she raised the old liberal charge that "human rights need to be on a par with property rights in our value system." Somehow she has come to believe that the existence of property rights is what denies SOS the ability to operate in Costa Mesa. She could not be further from the truth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1993 | LYNDA NATALI
Jean Forbath, founder of Share Our Selves charity, was surprised to learn she had taken top honors in an award program sponsored by a local pizza restaurant. For her work providing food, clothing and medical care for the poor, she was named the winner of BJ's Chicago Pizzeria's Christmas Spirit Search, which recognizes people who spread the Christmas spirit 365 days a year. "I never dreamed my work would be acknowledged in such an unusual way," Forbath said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1989
I was greatly upset by the Rev. Lou Sheldon's article in your Opinion section Aug. 20. Do the religious "leaders" lack moral integrity? Sheldon states, "The median male homosexual, the Centers of Disease Control discovered in the early days of AIDS, has more than 500 sex partners." This is only one of many fear-inciting (statements) that the New Right fundamentalist Sheldon makes in his negative campaign against citizens in his struggle for power. According to official spokesperson Charles Fallis at the Centers for Disease Control, Sheldon's claim is conjecture: "I don't know where he got that figure, the CDC does not track that kind of information."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1985
As a member of the Orange County Coalition for the Homeless, I was greatly distressed by your article (Aug. 9) on the county's action in raising the general relief grant. It repeats without question the contradictory statements of Larry Leaman, director of the Social Services Agency, that there were few available rooms for rent for the general relief grant of $161, and Supervisor Roger Stanton's statement that "the good news is that the SSA study revealed that 97.4% of all general relief recipients are housed.
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January 13, 1990 | JOSEPH N. BELL
Next Monday evening, the Costa Mesa City Council will meet to decide--among other things--the fate of Share Our Selves. I only wish it could be the other way around, that Jean Forbath and her associates at SOS could be meeting to decide the fate of the Costa Mesa City Council. Maybe someday that is precisely what will happen--the Ultimate Solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1991
For 21 years, Jean Forbath and Share Our Selves have been synonymous. Now Forbath, 61, plans to leave her role as executive director to make way for the agency's first professional (read that "paid") manager. SOS, now one of Orange County's largest charities, has a strong foundation, but Forbath's energy and moral leadership will be missed. Forbath and her husband, Frank, founded SOS in response to an appeal by the nation's Catholic bishops for church parishioners to "wage war on misery."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1991 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jean Forbath, who in two decades helped mold Share Our Selves into one of Orange County's largest and most influential charities, said Monday that she will soon step down as its executive director. Forbath, 61, founded the Costa Mesa-based organization in 1971 and has presided without pay over an all-volunteer staff of hundreds. She said she has become tired of the relentless pace of running the agency and that she is resigning in part so that she will have more time for her private life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1990
Talk about beating a dead horse! The recent letter by Janice Davidson, president of Save Our Neighborhood, repeats the same charges we've heard for more than a year. They have won. Share Our Selves is moving from Rea Center. What more do they want? Why continue to stir up animosities? Is it perhaps that they don't want SOS to continue anywhere? We have deliberately not answered recently published distortions and half-truths because we felt the mere reference to the charges gives unwarranted attention to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1990
Even as I write, the issue of the immediate future of Share Our Selves in Costa Mesa is being decided by the City Council. But the issues raised by Jean Forbath will remain long after this decision. In her article (Jan. 15) she raised the old liberal charge that "human rights need to be on a par with property rights in our value system." Somehow she has come to believe that the existence of property rights is what denies SOS the ability to operate in Costa Mesa. She could not be further from the truth.
NEWS
January 13, 1990 | JOSEPH N. BELL
Next Monday evening, the Costa Mesa City Council will meet to decide--among other things--the fate of Share Our Selves. I only wish it could be the other way around, that Jean Forbath and her associates at SOS could be meeting to decide the fate of the Costa Mesa City Council. Maybe someday that is precisely what will happen--the Ultimate Solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1990
Talk about beating a dead horse! The recent letter by Janice Davidson, president of Save Our Neighborhood, repeats the same charges we've heard for more than a year. They have won. Share Our Selves is moving from Rea Center. What more do they want? Why continue to stir up animosities? Is it perhaps that they don't want SOS to continue anywhere? We have deliberately not answered recently published distortions and half-truths because we felt the mere reference to the charges gives unwarranted attention to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1989
The swirl of issues in a plural society such as ours mitigates against the perception of any deliberate social policy. It is the rare individual in political office who can rise about the cacophony of civic discourse and consistently render sound and prudent judgment. The reasons for the scarcity of such leadership may be the result of a certain malign tendency in democratic societies. The regrettable consequences of this political norm were clearly demonstrated by a majority of the members of the Costa Mesa City Council.
NEWS
January 4, 1990 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Share Our Selves, a Costa Mesa charity that has dispensed food, clothing and financial aid to county residents for nearly 20 years, will close its doors in two weeks, forcing thousands of needy people to seek assistance elsewhere, officials said. The death knell for the nonprofit group was sounded after the City Council early Wednesday rejected as too costly a plan to help move the agency from its current home at a city-managed community center in a residential neighborhood to a new location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1989
Community leaders were asked what will be the single biggest challenge facing Orange County in the next decade and their top five issues. "Cultural Diversity To become a cohesive, multicultural community. We need to accept our rapidly changing demographics positively and not be fearful and become victims of a fortress mentality.
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