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Gov. Jerry Brown returns to Los Angeles to campaign for Prop. 30

For the second weekend in a row, Gov. Jerry Brown is campaigning in Los Angeles in his bid to gain enough support to pass Proposition 30, his plan to raise billions of dollars in tax revenue and prevent huge cuts to education.

Brown is campaigning at two get-out-the-vote rallies on Saturday. In the afternoon, the governor will greet Service Employees International Union Local 99 precinct walkers at the Accelerated School at 116 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Then he will join phone bank volunteers at the offices of InnerCity Struggle, a youth services organization in L.A’s Eastside.

On Sunday, Brown will visit four L.A. churches to discuss the proposition, which would raise $6 billion by temporarily raising taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year and imposing a quarter-cent increase in the state sales tax. If it passes, further cuts to K-12 schools and tuition increases this year at California's public universities would be avoided.

But Brown is having to fight for votes in the final days before Tuesday's election, with a recent poll showing that support for the proposition has dropped below 50%.

Opponents of the measure say the decline is a sign that voters do not trust politicians with the public's money.

They have launched a fierce ad campaign, denouncing the governor's proposition, which they call misleading.

Brown’s visit comes as thousands of volunteers staff phone banks and canvass neighborhoods in the final days before the election to garner support for Proposition 30.

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