Cities, counties and school districts across California are finding themselves in the same financial pinch, but on election day most will rely on a less creative tactic. They're asking voters to pry open their wallets.
From Arcata to Coronado Island, local governments have placed more than 230 revenue-raising proposals on the ballot: school bonds, sales taxes, utility taxes, parcel taxes, hotel taxes, soda taxes, abandoned-car taxes and business taxes.
More than 100 school and community college districts are pitching bond measures. Almost three dozen cities and counties are asking voters to hike local sales taxes. Measure J in Los Angeles County would extend a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects until 2069.