2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

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Gov. Brown Takes a Hike

Gov. Jerry Brown greeted supporters and two neighborhood dogs at his polling place at Fire Station 6.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 3:04 PM PDT
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The governor of California made an early morning visit to the polling place in his neighborhood and gave one last pitch for Proposition 30.

The governor of California made an early morning visit to the polling place in his neighborhood and gave one last pitch for Proposition 30.

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Final Push For Gov. Brown's Prop. 30 Tax

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to vote in at Fire Station No. 6 in Oakland Tuesday to pass his own Prop. 30, a massive tax plan to funnel money into the general fund. Christie Smith reports.
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What do you do at the end of a long hard-fought campaign for a tax initiative you think will either make or break your state?

If you are Gov. Jerry Brown, you go on a hike.

Brown told reporters Tuesday morning at the polling place walking distance from his home in Oakland, that he was going to spend the day walking in "his family ancestral land." He didn't say exactly where that was, but he did say he hoped to see some wild boar, a rattlesnake and "hopefully an elk."

After his day in the great outdoors, the governor plans on watching returns in Sacramento.

"From everything I can tell, the notion of taking a quarter of a cent sales tax and asking those who are in the top 1 percent to help us out in our time of need, I think that's a proposition that speaks for itself and I wouldn't be surprised if the outcome is more positive than most of you are probably expecting," Brown said outside Fire Station No. 6.

And while the governor sounded optimistic, the passage of Proposition 30 is far from a sure thing.  It would raise the sales tax by a quarter-cent for the next four years and increase income taxes for seven years on individuals earning more than $250,000 annually.

Thse numbers will add $6 billion to the state's dwindling coffers.

Support has been dropping in recent weeks with the latest Field Poll showing it was getting less than 50-percent support of voters.

The fate of the measure will have a deep impact on Brown's next two years in office. Failure will most certainly mean deep cuts for California schools.

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