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How Antonio Villaraigosa staked his political capital on convincing 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...