Gov. Schwarzenegger Comes to LB's Boeing Plant To Sign Workers Comp Reform Bill
(April 19, 2004) -- CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose LB's Boeing factory as the site for signing a landmark Workers Compensation reform bill, recently passed by the state legislature (under the threat of a petition-initiated measure).
The event took place on April 19 at Boeing's plant on Wardlow Rd. just east of Cherry Ave. almost exactly six months after Governor Schwarzenegger took office following the recall of former Gov. Gray Davis.
Governor Schwarzenegger reminded the crowd (largely Boeing workers with local officialdom also present) that reforming CA's workers compensation system was one of his promises on taking office.
"Today as you can see I am a very happy Governor, because we passed the bill, which is Senate Bill 899, which will produce billions and billions of dollars of savings, and at the same time it will protect the workers, and we're going to say 'Hasta la vista, baby' to all the people that committed the fraud and the abuse of the system," Governor Schwarzenegger said.
The Governor's remarks were synchronized with computer images ("promises made, promises kept") projected behind him by computer operators.
Following the bill signing, Governor Schwarzenegger departed to the sound of the 1970's rock classic "Takin' Care of Business."
Media were a considerable distance from the podium on a riser. News photogs used telephoto lenses to capture images while TV and radio outlets plugged into a multiple output box for an audio feed.
Several LB officials attended...and were seated off to the side of the proceedings.
Barely visible in this digital photo (regrettably shot from a distance) are (from left) Vice Mayor Frank Colonna, Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal, Mayor Beverly O'Neill, Councilmembers Jackie Kell and Tonia Reyes-Uranga and (at right) L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe.
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