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Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason covers state government and politics in Sacramento. She first began working for the Los Angeles Times in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign. She is originally from Los Angeles and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
How Villaraigosa convinced voters to tax themselves in a recession — and won

“Dream with me,” Antonio Villaraigosa urged in his 2005 inaugural address as mayor of Los Angeles, sketching out a vision of a comprehensive public transportation system that could redefine his car-choked city.But three years later, his most dogged effort to achieve that vision threatened to be m...

How Villaraigosa convinced voters to tax themselves in a recession — and won

Antonio Villaraigosa's mayoral campaign pledge to build a "subway to the sea" led to the ambitious and politically risky move to champion Measure R, a sales tax hike for transportation projects, in the midst of the recession. Now, he says the experience shows how he'd build consensus as governor.

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