CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR says build the fence

Former California Assembly Leader and past San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, greets and introduces California Governor Arnold Schwarzennerger.

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By Julia Cheever
By City News

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a business audience in San Francisco yesterdayday that his administration will focus on education reform next year, to fix what he called a “broken” system.

Schwarzenegger said, “Next year will be the year of education reform.”

He said, “The education system itself is actually broken” and said it needs systemic revamping.

“I don’t believe in the band-aid approach. I think you should attend to the whole problem,” the governor said.

He said he supports improvement of technical education and allowing parents to choose their children’s schools, including even schools outside their district, among other changes.

Schwarzenegger spoke on “A Vision for California” before about 350 business representatives at a program sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Nancy McFadden, PG&E vice president for governmental affairs, opens the event.
Photo by David Toerge

The meeting took place in a PG&E auditorium.

He said better technical or vocational education would address the state’s need for skilled labor. Technical training doesn’t necessarily require going to college and could take place in high school or community college as well as college, he said.

“You don’t need to go to college to be an auto mechanic or a computer technician,” the governor said.

Schwarzenegger said allowing parents to select their children’s schools, inside or outside their district, would improve schools by fostering competition.

“We must make schools more competitive so you can choose between one and another. It’s the same thing as going shopping for a car. Parents should be able to change districts and schools,” he said.

The governor also touched on his proposals for health care reform, prison reform and addressing global warming during the half-hour speech and told the audience, “California is back on track.”

In answer to an audience question about immigration, Schwarzenegger said, “President Bush is very courageous” in advocating an immigration reform plan.

The governor said, “I strongly believe we must secure our borders, we must build the fence, we must have the best-trained border patrol there.”

But he also said there should be ways for California to have guest workers in agriculture and construction and to allow foreign students who attend California universities to stay in the state to work.

“That would solve problems in Silicon Valley,” he said.

Photos by Bill Wilson
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San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White with mayoral chief-of-staff Phil Ginsburg.
Photo by Wilson

Ken Cleaveland, government affairs director for the San Francisco Builers and Owners Association-SF (BOMA-SF).
Photo by Bill Wilson

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When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

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