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FREMONT – With the surging CTA battle to pass Prop. 30 and stop billions in cuts to our schools and colleges going down to the wire, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and CTA President Dean E. Vogel energized Fremont educators and supporters at a news conference today to pass the governor’s tax measure and to defeat the deceptive Prop. 32.
“We have got to step up and step in to support Proposition 30,” Newsom told a crowd of educators before they went out to do precinct walking or make phonecalls to voters. “This is about California’s future. This is about the California Dream. This is about California growth and it’s about our recovery.”
The choice is clear for voters, he said, and it’s between the governor’s balanced ballot plan to provide a “structurally sound budget” to put the state back on the road to recovery, or the Legislature having to make “devastating” immediate cuts to our schools, colleges and universities. “I cannot encourage you more to say Yes on 30!”
Newsom also ripped the deceptive Prop. 32 as a direct attack on unions and the middle class.“Prop. 32 is about as bad as it gets, as deceitful as it gets,” he said. “Yes on 30 and No on 32!”
CTA President Dean Vogel called Newsom “an incredible champion for public education” and thanked all the volunteers present for getting out the vote - educators, nurses, parents and other supporters from several Bay Area unions. “If the people vote, we’re going to win,” he said. He said the campaign to protect our schools and the middle class has forged an unprecedented unity among all labor and among Californians in general. “We understand that the viability of our communities and the welfare of our families is dependent on Prop. 30 getting passed and Prop. 32 going down.”
The weekend event was held in the bustling offices of the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association, where President Brannin Dorsey said campaigning must continue in these final hours. “We will continue to work until we win this,” she said to applause. “We must stick together!”
The 325,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.