COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our community. In order to get us through this crisis and back on track as quickly as possible, we need someone with disaster management and emergency preparedness leadership to guide the way forward into what would otherwise be an uncertain future. Ruben has been a Paramedic for nearly 20 years and is an EMT/Paramedic trainer of the largest emergency medical services recertification training program worldwide. He has experience as an incident commander of large scale, mass casualty incidents, in the healthcare field working in the hospital, on the ambulance, and as an EMS Supervisor/EMS Battalion Chief. Ruben has been serving the community and public safety his entire adult life. Ruben has experience as an educator creating protocols for Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) response, as well as working to ensure thousands of EMS agencies and fire departments across the country are providing their responders with the appropriate protective equipment to protect their first responders. Ruben will not be corrupted by special interest PACs or backdoor political deals, but rather will work to ensure the residents of the city of Oceanside are properly represented to the fullest possible capacity.
When Ruben was just an infant, his then alcoholic and much older father, abandoned his teenage mother putting them both into extreme poverty and eventually homelessness. Because of their separation, Ruben was also prevented from spending time with his dad’s side of the family and thus stripped of his Latino and Native American heritage. His father still owes his mother child support after several decades. His father was the son of a full-blooded Yaqui whose parents were buried in the Guadalupe Cemetery.
By reconnecting with family, Ruben was able to discover his roots and now fights to end poverty and homelessness through common sense programs, community involvement, compassion, and accountability. As a Paramedic, public safety is his first priority.
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How We Can Make Oceanside Better
I want to know your ideas, your thoughts, your opinions on how we can improve our community.
It is obvious that career politicians have failed in their responsibility to properly govern. City Council favors outsiders over the best interests of our community. Critical programs, such as our Fire Department, have not been adequately funded or provided with the proper infrastructure to protect our community in case of emergency. The goal must be to reduce average response times to 5 minutes or less so that people will have a fighting change of survival in the event of cardiac arrest. We can work to make that happen together!
Additionally, the homeless crisis is out of control and no effective measures have been taken to adequately address the problem. We can work to make that happen together!
Ruben has the experience needed to address the issue having personally experienced homelessness and worked with the homeless as a Paramedic and healthcare provider.
Years go by without much progress being made and now we are at a critical point in the direction of our communities. We need NEW leadership, which will work to provide REAL solutions through improving community relations with officials, public safety and emergency services, working to solve the homelessness crisis, and demanding an ethical code of conduct for our government officials. We need term limits and accountability. We can work to make that happen together! City Council works for the community, not the other way around!
But I can’t do this alone. I need your help to win. We are all in this fight together and it’s time to start putting our COMMUNITY FIRST!
Together We Can Win!
Work to End Veteran’s Homelessness
Keep Oceanside Safe for Residents
Shelter Homeless as Required by Law
Long-Term Solutions for Homeless Crisis
Address Mental Health & Drug/Alcohol Addiction
Protection from Eviction Due to Skyrocketing Rental Prices for Seniors and those on Fixed Incomes / Maintenance of Rent Protection for Mobile Home Park Residents
Affordable Rent for Residents and Small Business
Coordinate Active Shooter Training with Public Safety Departments and OUSD
Emphasis Fire and Emergency Readiness
5 Minutes or Less for Fire Department to Arrive
Additional Fire Department Stations
End Rampant/Unchecked Development
No to Fast-Tracking Development
Smart Growth to Include Public Amenities
More Hiking, Biking, and Nature Trails
Remove Nuclear Waste from Beach
Improve & Activate Our Climate Action Plan
Shore Protection Structures (Groins)/Minimize Beach Erosion
Smart Parking as Defined by the Sierra Club (Dividend Account Parking)
End Government Corruption
Supports Term Limits
Supports Campaign Finance Limits
Code of Ethics
Transparency of Information
End Veteran’s Homelessness
Job Programs/Job Assistance
Assist Exit Strategy upon Discharge or Retirement
Support for PTSD and Other Mental Health Issues
Work with School District to Increase Bus Transportation/Routes
Setup Special Traffic Zones/Devices Near Schools
Ensure Safe and Reliable Routes to Schools