by Bill Kisliuk
Pasadena resident Molly Munger's self-funded effort to boost public schools in California was taking a beating in early results, with just more than 27% of Californians supporting Proposition 38. Munger poured more than $40 million into the campaign for the measure, which would raise income taxes to revive classroom budgets.
Gov. Brown's Proposition 30, a competing measure that would fund schools but also raise money for other purposes, was narrowly winning in early balloting. Roughly 52% of voters supported the governor's plan in early results, according to the Secretary of State's office, while 48% rejected it.
Pasadena school board President Renatta Cooper said that if both 30 and 38 fail, Pasadena schools will be forced to reduce the length of the school year by 10 days or more in response to cuts.
“We have nothing else left to cut,” she said.