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Groups Protest Whitman, Schwarzenegger At Women's Conference

John Guenther |
October 26, 2010 | 2:51 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Protesters held up umbrellas under a sky that didn't hold a single cloud outside the Long Beach Convention Center on the final day of the 2010 Women's Conference.

While conference attendees inside waited to hear from the current governor and candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown, groups gathered outside had messages of their own for them.

More than 100 supporters of the Child Care Providers United California union and 30 members of the California Nurses Association held rallies in front of the conference to highlight their own political campaigns.

The child care union was protesting the upcoming end of the CalWORKS Stage 3 welfare program brought about when Gov. Schwarzenegger line-item vetoed it from the budget earlier this month. The program which funds long-term welfare for families will expire on November 1st and the group called on the governor to reverse his decision.

"It's raining," chanted the crowd, "It's pouring. The governor is snoring."

Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-54) spoke in front of the crowd to show her support.

"I was shocked and frankly furious that the governor blue penciled something that took us to 100 days to negotiate," said Lowenthal. "80,000 children going to lose their child care. It's bad for kids and bad for our economy."

United Farm Workers of America co-founder Dolores C. Huerta made an appearance at the rally and also marched with the nurses association.

Huerta called Schwarzenegger hypocritical for hosting Whitman at a women's conference as a person who cut child care out of his budget and since Whitman proposes to eliminate the nurses' retirement funding.

The nurses marched nearby the steps up to the convention center and told everyone passing that "Meg Whitman has to go."

Before boarding the "Queen Meg Farewell Tour" bus to leave, the group protested Whitman's proposed cuts to education and services and tried to get jabs in about her voting record.

Heading back into the convention center, attendee Le Von W. Gilmore from Los Angeles struck a more conciliatory tone when asked about her preference.

"I like the fact that Meg Whitman is from the business commmunity," Gilmore said. "I like the fact that Jerry Brown is experienced. It's too bad they cannot co-govern California."

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