Proposition 74 -- Delay teacher tenure 3 yearsWere the state's largest daily newspapers to the left or right of the voters? I examined the editorial positions taken on these 4 Props by the following major California newspapers: Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee.
Proposition 75 -- Require unions to get signed permission slips from members to use dues for political/legislative activities
Proposition 76 -- Grant governor new powers over the state budget
Proposition 77 -- Remove legislature's ability to redraw state and congressional districts
We're talking about 6 newspapers, and each one of them took a position on all 4 of the Schwarzenegger-backed Props. So, in all, there were 24 instances in which these newspapers urged either a "yes" or "no" vote. (A "yes" position was in sync with the governor, and a "no" was in sync with the voters.)
The final tally? By a 17-7 margin, these major California newspapers urged "yes" votes. The Sacramento Bee was the only newspaper to oppose all four props. So much for the liberal media.