LAGUNA NIGUEL

City seniors wonder why they aren't getting a share of the $912 million the county received in a national tobacco settlement.

Members of the city's Senior Citizens Committee say they will keep pushing the county to use some of the money to help expand local preventive health programs for seniors.

The county voted Tuesday to spend most of the money on expanding jails and reducing its debt.

Roughly 19% of the money, which the county will collect in annual payments of about $36 million over 25 years, is designated for health care programs.

But Gerry Dry, a member of the committee and a Laguna Niguel representative to the county's Senior Citizens Advisory Council, said there is no money designated exclusively for seniors.

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