The voters agreed. One experience a millionaire could help buy, however, was Proposition 227, which will scrap bilingual education for Spanish-speaking California kids. Software tycoon Ron Unz campaigned extensively -- and expensively -- for the measure he drafted. Prop. 227 passed with more than 60 percent of the vote, including some strong support from the Latino community.
Another victory for soft money: Proposition 226, which would have stymied the clout of Big Labor, was voted down. The unions spent $17 million opposing it; supporters raised only $4.5 million. Big money, it seems, is alive and well and living in the Golden State.