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LWVLeague of Women Voters of California
Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2003 Election
Smart Voter

Betsy Bechtel
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Board Member; Foothill-De Anza Community College District


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mtn. View Area and asked of all candidates for this office.

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Questions & Answers

1. Given the fact that budgetary restraints will continue, what programs do you support and what programs would you cut and why? Please be specific.

Foothill and De Anza Colleges are incredible community resources that I will work very hard to preserve and enhance. We must maintain quality programs and retain our excellent teachers in the face of fiscal constraints. Students must have access to essential classes required for transfer to four-year colleges. Our communities and students also rely on vocational training programs, such as dental hygiene, nursing, respiratory therapy and many more essential programs. I would consider cutting in areas where there is duplication of service. I will explore ways to increase revenues from State and community sources.

2. What do you see as the role of the Board in labor negotiations?

Board members must listen and weigh carefully the concerns expressed by employees while ensuring that the budget is balanced and the mission and goals of the District and the community are preserved.

3. What suggestions/ideas do you have for increasing alumni and community support for the colleges?

I helped raise money for Foothill-De Anza as a past President of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation board and six year Foundation board member. During this period, we increased individual, annual, planned giving and major gifts. As a trustee, I will work to increase community awareness and support for Foothill-De Anza and increase business collaboration and internships for our students.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Because these questions and answers will be used in a paper Voter Guide, candidates are limited to a total of 300 words for all 3 questions (an average of 100 words per question). Answers will not be edited or corrected by the League of Women Voters. After noon on Sept. 26 (when the Voter Guide material will be collected) candidates may ignore the word limits and amend their answers to be any reasonable length.

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