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California's Budget Emergency May 2009 Special Election - Part 1

In Feb. 2009, the California legislature revised its existing budget to reflect the deteriorating revenue situation. Part of the deal was to place 6 propositions on the ballot on May 19, 2009, a date that coincided with a municipal election in Los Angeles. The propositions were politically calculated to attract support of the California Teachers Association and avoid its opposition. (The CTA's opposition was an important element in defeating various initiatives of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005.) The propositions did succeed in obtaining CTA support, but other unions opposed some or all of the propositions. All but one were defeated in the end, leaving the state with a major fiscal crisis. This is Part 1. Shown in the 3 parts are news accounts, TV and radio ads favoring and opposing the propositions, and comments by elected officials, candidates, and others. At the end of Part 3, we see the front page of the LA Times with headlines about the budget crisis after the election and an ad for the latest Terminator move at the bottom.
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