SAN DIEGO - Gov. Jerry Brown joined teachers and community members at a rally at Hoover High School in support of Proposition 30 Monday -- the day before Californians cast their votes.
The governor knows he faces a challenge in trying to get Prop. 30 passed. Opponents say the last eight statewide tax increase measures did not pass.
However, supporters say Prop. 30 is the final backstop to stopping massive mid-year school budget cuts.
"Just remember one thing: you vote for 30, you're putting billions of dollars into the schools in California," said Brown.
It would add $6 billion, according to Brown.
He was in San Diego for the first stop on his five-city state tour on the day before the election.
"Last-minute appeals like this move a fraction of a percent, a percent perhaps, but the question is how the turnout's going to affect the overall dynamic," said political analyst Carl Luna, Ph.D.
Brown's tax initiative would mean a spike in income taxes for people earning more than $125,000 for seven years. The measure also increases the sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent for four years.
Funds raised from these increases, supporters say, would go towards state schools.
Those against the proposition say there are no guarantees the funds would be pumped into education and that small businesses would suffer.
Alviah Fullylove is a freshman at Hoover High and stood proudly behind behind Brown at Monday's rally, which took place at about 6:30 a.m.
"I want to have a good education because I want to be a lawyer," she said.
Classmate Raul Diaz also hopes people vote in favor of Prop. 30.
“It's important in life," Diaz said. "If you want to succeed in life you have to go to college.”
This election day, many face a tough realization. For students to get the opportunities to go after their dreams, others may have to risk theirs.
Carol Tolosco bakes with her heart at Centifonti's in La Mesa. It's in her blood as a fourth generation chocolatier.
"We would like it to be another generation, but it's tough," Tolosco said. "As you look we're empty. We only have a few customers. This is how life has been."
Her dream is to hand Centifonti's down to her daughter. Now, she is worried a family tradition that dates back to the late 1800s will come to an end.
"We've got to support the kids," Tolosco added through tears. "Even if we have to suffer… We're going to keep going. Probably might shut some of the business down."
Tolosco said her small business will be hit hard by the quarter-cent sales tax.
However, Brown said kids are counting on it.
"This is not about a candidate -- it's our future right behind us," he said.
Tolosco says she has no choice but to vote for 30 to support the kids. Others have blamed state government for putting voters in this position.
"The argument for those against Prop. 30 comes down to why would you give government more money when it's already screwing things up," explained Luna.
On the other hand, Luna pointed out that proponents will argue this is not the time for finger pointing. He says Prop. 30 may not be a cure but rather a tourniquet.
"[Prop.] 30 is a pressure bandage to avoid arterial hemorrhaging," said Luna.
TV viewers may have seen the many ads for and against Prop. 30 during this election season. Large sums of money have been spent on Prop. 30.
"This is a high stakes proposition," said Luna. "A big hunk of the state's finances are dependent on it."