Today, We Take Back Our City for We The People

Today is the day! Over the last several months, our corporate-free, grassroots campaign has made thousands of phone calls, sent out hundreds of thousands of emails and texts, and reached tens of thousands of voters with our message about taking back our city for WE THE PEOPLE!

We can elect a Mayor who isn’t beholden to special interests or huge corporations, who will listen to people across the political spectrum, and who will represent working class families, seniors, veterans, and a diverse coalition of voters committed to making Oceanside a place where everyone thrives.

EVERY SINGLE VOTE MATTERS.

Please, if you haven’t done so already, find your polling place and be sure to vote today. I would be honored to have your support and your vote.

Thank you for your support!

Ruben Major

Your Vote, Your Voice on Election Day

Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day, and all around the country people are making their voices heard. Already, we’ve heard that people have voted in record numbers and we have reason to expect that trend to continue on the final day of this race. 

YOU have the power to decide the future of this city and of this nation–for real solutions, for unity, and for democracy. 

In Oceanside, we have an opportunity on Tuesday to elect individuals who will represent the people, not corporations or special interests. We can elect a new generation of leaders, not career politicians. We can choose a future in which we look out for one another, one in which we come together to fix what’s broken.

Please, if you live in California and haven’t already done so, find your polling place and be sure to turn in your ballot or vote in person on Tuesday, November 3rd. Your ballot must be RECEIVED by November 3rd, so you’ll need to turn it in in-person if you want to be sure it is counted at this point.

If you are not registered to vote, you may register on Election Day and receive a provisional ballot. 

Please vote safely, wear a mask, and be sure to wash or sanitize your hands if you vote or drop off your ballot in person.

What Matters Most to Oceanside Voters in 2020?

Over the last year, I’ve confided with you my life story, how I experienced homelessness and poverty growing up, but through hard work and perseverance I became a paramedic/first responder and worked in underserved communities. I’ve listened as you shared with me what matters most to you, and I have devoted my campaign to working on these issues.

I told you how I continued to pursue further education while working full time, and how I obtained both a Master’s degree in History and a law degree. 

I talked about how my wife and I started a small business educating Emergency Medical Technicians and grew it into the largest online school of its kind, now employing people across several states. 

I shared about my three wonderful children attending local schools, and our work as a family to foster and rehabilitate small animals from our area and near the border.

I’ve shown you examples of my community involvement, in opposing corruption, the North River Farms development and unchecked urban sprawl in Oceanside

I’ve connected with you on the campaign trail and out in the community and listened to you tell me what matters most to you.

I’ve shared my experience as an Incident Commander and public health educator during COVID-19, and I’ve kept you informed with the latest science and information to help you and your family stay safe.

I’ve proudly accepted the endorsements of many community leaders here, here, here, and here.

And finally, I provided to you my plans for addressing the biggest issues facing our city:

Getting rid of corruption also means that we need to elect new leaders, particularly those who are not accepting corporate or special interest money, who are not career politicians, and who represent WE THE PEOPLE.

I raised my hand to run for Mayor of Oceanside because I want to bring a new era of accountability, transparency, and solutions-oriented thinking to our city. We need to elect someone who will listen to all sides, bring together all stakeholders, and make decisions based on what is right for our city–not just what is right for their donors or their careers.

I would be honored to have your vote!

Addressing the Root Causes of Child and Long Term Homelessness in Oceanside

It’s astonishing.

According to a report from UCLA, nearly 270,000 K-12 students were homeless in California last year. 

  • 270,000 kids unsure of where they will sleep at night.
  • 270,000 kids who didn’t have a desk or kitchen table for homework.
  • 270,000 kids who slept in cars, shelters, or even on the streets.

Since COVID-19, we can only assume that this year’s numbers will be worse. Despite our best efforts, the problem is only getting worse–with student homelessness having increased 50% in the last decade.

These numbers hit me hard because I was homeless as a kid. 

I know what it’s like to go to sleep with no food in your stomach, to constantly move from place to place, to never be able to rest your head in your own bed at night. I know how hard it is to concentrate on school work, to attend school after a night without sleep, and to care at all about education when your basic needs aren’t being met.

As someone with Latino and Yaqui Indian heritage, I understand how the issue disproportionately affects people of color. In fact, 7 out of 10 of those homeless students are Latino. 

I am grateful to have overcome the odds. With hard work, perseverance, and a bit of luck, I was able to become an EMT/first responder and go back into underserved communities to help make a difference. From there, my wife and I started a business to help educate and prepare the next generation of paramedics. We have grown that business into the largest online university in the country for Emergency Medical Technicians, and we now employ people across several states.

So when we talk about homelessness, whether in California or in the city of Oceanside, I feel a special responsibility to try to address the cracks in the system that continue to fail so many people–particularly minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. It is far too easy to lose a job, get evicted, and then have a very difficult time finding a new place to live and stable employment. It is far too easy to lose hope. And it can happen to anyone.

In Oceanside, the solution must begin with building additional overnight shelters, so that we can begin to triage each individual, provide wraparound services, and get people off the streets. Our current approach of ticketing and citations is a waste of time and energy that does nothing to resolve the root cause. We can move Homeless Outreach away from police and have trained social workers provide this service at a fraction of the cost.

Once we have temporary overnight shelters, we can offer transitional housing, job training, and even employment opportunities to help clean up our city for those who are ready to rebuild their lives. We can connect people with drug and alcohol rehabilitation and mental health treatments where appropriate. And we can build tiny homes on city, state, and county lands at a very low cost to get people off the streets right away while we wait for other housing options to open up. In short, we can do a lot better by the people in our city FOR the people in our city.

Those who refuse services and shelter will learn quickly that Oceanside is not the place for them. We can take back our city and make it safer for all, but it has to be done correctly under the law. 

The law is clear, following a case called Martin vs. Boise, which ruled that cities cannot arrest or cite people for being homeless. Since 2005, the San Diego/North County Homeless Court has been in operation to help individuals who are homeless with their legal issues, which often include so-called “crimes of poverty,” such as expired vehicles or registration, driving without a license, or driving with a suspended license. For others, the citations might include traffic tickets, citations for jaywalking or petty theft. But in North County Homeless Court, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines are dismissed every year as part of a process called restorative justice. The recidivism rate in this program is very low, showing that in most cases, the tickets weren’t really necessary in the first place.

Under the law, when no shelter is available, being homeless or simply existing on public property is not a crime in this country. 

So if the fines are routinely dismissed, WHY are we utilizing precious time and resources of law enforcement to go through the motions? Homeless Court provides vital second chances to people who have fallen on hard times–that’s not the issue. The issue is that our city continues to ticket and cite people for things that aren’t, in fact, a crime.

The truth, if you talk to most folks in law enforcement, is that they don’t even want to be involved in citing and ticketing the homeless and would prefer homeless outreach to be done by social workers or others trained and equipped to intervene and provide help. This ONE CHANGE could have a HUGE impact on our city, with law enforcement freed up to focus on violent crime and the opportunity to really help people who are unsheltered.

We all deserve the safe enjoyment of our beloved city. We all want Oceanside to be a place where everyone thrives. But it is time to look at the homeless crisis with new eyes and to find solutions that will address the root causes. Having experienced housing insecurity myself as a kid, I know that our city can lead the way in California in reimagining homeless outreach, and we can clean up our city with compassion and proper planning. 

United together for Oceanside

I’ll be honest–we’re at a difficult point as a nation.

Families are being torn apart over politics and neighbors are having sign wars rather than talking to one another. We are too easily distracted and divided, bickering online over the smallest things while the real problems affecting us at home often go unaddressed.

And it’s easy to get fired up on the presidential race and only focus on that, but the things that affect us most are truly our local races. That’s part of why I ran for Mayor–to be able to make a real impact on OCEANSIDE and restore the voice of the people to our government.

In city level elections, we can impact so much, including

  • Homelessness and emergency shelters
  • Waste management and sanitation
  • Budgets for law enforcement, fire, and emergency response
  • Traffic and transportation funding
  • City planning and development, including projects like North River Farms
  • Assistance for small businesses

People always ask me, “What are you going to do about the homeless situation? How can we keep our city safe? What can be done to clean up our city?”

It starts with VOTING, but that’s just the beginning. We need to encourage more civic participation so that everyone gets a say on what we do for our community. Too often, when candidates and politicians accept corporate and special interest money, they stop listening to the people. Once they are bought and paid for, they are on the hook to vote a certain way regardless of what is good for our city.

Not only did I refuse all corporate and special interest money, I stopped accepting donations altogether when the pandemic hit. I wanted to make sure that people were able to support themselves and the organizations that really make a difference here. There are so many wonderful charities that help residents of our city with food, clothing, shelter, and other needs. Those needs haven’t gone away–they’ve only increased as the pandemic rages on.

I’ve got plans to address many of the issues we need to fix in our city, including COVID-19 and homelessness. I don’t have a magic wand, but I do believe that we can find common ground and put aside partisan politics when it matters most. I know that bipartisan solutions exist, and I know that we CAN make this city better.

Can I count on your support for Mayor of Oceanside?

Together, there is so much we can do.

For more information on my background, stance on the issues, or corporate-free campaign, please take a look at the other links on this website.

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YOUR HELP could make the difference in this election!
 
We need your help to spread the word about Ruben Major’s campaign to be the next Mayor of Oceanside! Ruben is a paramedic and public health educator, a small business owner, a husband and father to 3 kids attending Oceanside schools, and holds a Master’s degree in History and a law degree. He isn’t taking corporate or PAC money and hasn’t taken a dime from developers or special interests groups, so he will represent US and listen to our concerns.
 
We have a chance this November to elect a Mayor who will truly represent the will of the people, not just special interests and huge corporations.

What’s on the ballot in Oceanside?

It happens like clockwork.

Career politicians text, call, and email before every election, but WHERE ARE THEY the rest of the year? They show up and point their fingers at everyone but themselves instead of taking responsibility for where we are.

It’s easy to get disillusioned and apathetic, to feel like nothing ever really changes. But it only changes if WE do things differently.

So Ruben, I’m excited to share that recent data shows that we are in striking distance to WIN this race!! Thanks to all those who believed in this campaign, we are taking back our government for WE THE PEOPLE!

I believe that we will have record turnout for voting this year, but we need YOUR VOICE to help fix things and bring home this victory.

We CANNOT just put the same people in office this year. There is too much at stake.

It goes back to that definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

So what’s on the ballot this year in Oceanside and why should we care?

  • Homelessness, eviction and housing policy
  • Public & COVID-19 safety
  • North River Farms & city planning
  • Government transparency & accountability
  • Environmental issues
  • Transportation and traffic safety

Also on the ballot is help for small businesses, veterans, people with disabilities. I have plans for all of these things listed here at rubenmajor.com.

I raised my hand to run for Mayor, but I can’t do this alone. I’m not a career politician–I’m just an ordinary citizen who believes that it’s up to us to solve our problems and fix our city. I need your help to be part of the solution to make our city a better place for all who reside here.

I hope that you’ll put your trust in me and vote Ruben Major for Oceanside Mayor.

I hope you’ll spread the word about voting and why it matters.

And most of all, whomever you choose, I hope you make your voice heard.

I would be truly honored to have your vote. Let’s send the career politicians packing and elect someone who will fight against CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM, GREED, and SELF-INTEREST.

Let’s TAKE BACK 2020 and make it OUR YEAR!

For more information on my background, stance on the issues, or corporate-free campaign, please check out other links on this website.

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YOUR HELP could make the difference in this election!
 
We need your help to spread the word about Ruben Major’s campaign to be the next Mayor of Oceanside! Ruben is a paramedic and public health educator, a small business owner, a husband and father to 3 kids attending Oceanside schools, and holds a Master’s degree in History and a law degree. He isn’t taking corporate or PAC money and hasn’t taken a dime from developers or special interests groups, so he will represent US and listen to our concerns.
 
If you have some time to help out, we have a variety of opportunities available and we will help train you. Send an email with subject line VOLUNTEER to campaign@rubenmajor.com and we will contact you. We have a chance this November to elect a Mayor who will truly represent the will of the people, not just special interests and huge corporations.

NO to Corruption! NO to North River Farms!

It happens every election season.

Career politicians who ignore the wishes of the people all year long suddenly start showing up in our neighborhoods pretending they’ve been on our side all along. They aren’t fooling anyone.

For the entire time I’ve been running for Mayor of Oceanside, I’ve been a vocal opponent of the North River Farms development project. I’ve talked to you about the corruption involved, reminded you to follow the money, and raised awareness about rigged endorsements linked to these developers. This development is presents an increased risk to residents during fire season, is bad for our city, and will create many more problems than it solves. Everyone knows this. Unscrupulous developers CANNOT buy their way into our community!

About a year ago, I spoke to our City Council to address the issue. You can watch the video here:

And I’ve written about it here:

If we want to WIN, we have to be very strategic.

I’ve been out in front of this issue from the beginning, so let me be crystal clear:

If any existing member of the City Council wins this Mayoral race, we will lose critical leverage on this project and many important issues.

If I am elected Mayor of Oceanside, I will be an ADDITIONAL opponent of North River Farms project. I will be an ADDITIONAL vote on the side of the people. And because I have taken no money from corporations or special interest groups, I will be a true representative of the people of Oceanside.

I am the ONLY viable candidate in this race who can make sure that THE PEOPLE are heard.

Don’t WE deserve a voice?

For more information on my background, stance on the issues, or corporate-free campaign, please visit rubenmajor.com. I would be honored to have your vote!

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YOUR HELP could make the difference in this election!
 
We need your help to spread the word about Ruben Major’s campaign to be the next Mayor of Oceanside! Ruben is a paramedic and public health educator, a small business owner, a husband and father to 3 kids attending Oceanside schools, and holds a Master’s degree in History and a law degree. He isn’t taking corporate or PAC money and hasn’t taken a dime from developers or special interests groups, so he will represent US and listen to our concerns.
 
If you have some time to help out, we have a variety of opportunities available and we will help train you. Send an email to us at campaign@rubenmajor.com with subject line VOLUNTEER and we will contact you. We have a chance this November to elect a Mayor who will truly represent the will of the people, not just special interests and huge corporations.

The Homeless Crisis in Oceanside

Having been homeless myself as a kid and worked to help the homeless for many years as a Paramedic, I believe we can and should do much more to address the crisis facing us right now. I started running for Mayor of Oceanside more than a year ago because I’m sick of hearing career politicians talk and talk, yet never get anything done for the people.

I’m sick of the corruption and I’m disgusted by the inaction. I’m NOT a politician. I’m a small business owner and first responder who cares about our city and all who reside here.

Consider the homeless crisis we have in our city–a crisis that is only getting worse due to the pandemic. Are the people currently in office sharing policy proposals or platitudes? Are they looking for real-world, bipartisan solutions or are they just looking for their next promotion?

(Photo Credit: San Diego Union Tribune)

Why aren’t we making real progress?

Here are a few things I’ve written over the last year about how we might address the homeless crisis in our city:

The Supreme Court let stand the 9th Circuit Court decision in Martin vs. Boise that “as long as there is no option of sleeping indoors, the government cannot criminalize indigent, homeless people for sleeping outdoors, on public property, on the false premise they had a choice in the matter.”

Every political figure in our city understands that we can’t even scratch the surface on the problem until we have an overnight shelter in place. Ticketing is a waste of time and resources because all those citations are thrown out in court. It’s all a ruse to make it LOOK like the problem is being addressed.

A year ago, I said that we need to move Homeless Outreach from law enforcement over to trained social workers who can triage each situation and offer help at a fraction of the cost, allowing our police to focus on more violent crime. Now people on both sides of the aisle are saying the same.

(Photo Credit: San Diego Union Tribune)

We need to be building overnight and emergency shelters, but we may be able to utilize vacant government properties shorter term. While that is happening, we need more bridges to permanent housing, especially for our veterans, elderly, and people with disabilities. And perhaps most importantly, we need to do everything we can to prevent evictions right now so that we aren’t adding to the problem. These are just a few of the things I will do when I am elected as Mayor of Oceanside

For more information on my background, stance on the issues, or corporate-free campaign, please feel free to visit other links on this website. I would be honored to have your vote!

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YOUR HELP could make the difference in this election!
 
We need your help to spread the word about Ruben Major’s campaign to be the next Mayor of Oceanside! Ruben is a paramedic and public health educator, a small business owner, a husband and father to 3 kids attending Oceanside schools, and holds a Master’s degree in History and a law degree. He isn’t taking corporate or PAC money and hasn’t taken a dime from developers or special interests groups, so he will represent US and listen to our concerns.
 
If you have some time to help out, we have a variety of opportunities available and we will help train you. Reply to this email with subject line VOLUNTEER and we will contact you. We have a chance this November to elect a Mayor who will truly represent the will of the people, not just special interests and huge corporations.

Top 6 Common Ballot Mistakes to Avoid – Make Your Vote Count!!

With Early Voting now underway across California, it’s time to get serious about this election! Given all the work we do to #GOTV, it’s important to make sure that we’re taking care with every single step in the voting process to MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT! San Diego County voters, be sure to check out our 2020 Election & Voting Information guide for more logistical help with voting in this year’s election.

One of the biggest mistakes for elections in general is not verifying your voter registration and mailing address. Voters can be purged from the system, so verify early and often that your information is up to date. Ballots cannot be forwarded, so it is critical that you ensure you are registered and that your address on file is correct. October 19th is the last day to register to vote online or by mail for the November election. You can register to vote in person on Election Day.

Online registration application: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

Got your ballot? Here are 6 common mistakes to avoid. Let’s make sure that YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

1. Missing Signature / Date

With so much pressure to vote this year, it’s easy to get distracted and forget a step in the process. If you’re going through all of the steps to vote this year, don’t make one of the most common ballot mistakes. Be sure to SIGN and DATE your ballot before you turn it in.

2. Postmark Too Late

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a warning to voters that mail delays could occur prior to the election. While ALL California registered voters will be receiving a ballot by mail this year, it is important to note that you do not have to return your ballot through the mail. You can return your ballot during Early Voting at any of the following locations. If you send in your ballot too close to election day, you’re taking a risk that it might not be counted in time. Those voting by mail should return their ballot as early as possible or consider dropping it off in person.

3. Signature Mismatch

You may recall back in 2018 that I wrote about the signature mismatch issue in California that caused over 45,000 ballots to be rejected. The ACLU sued CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla for disproportionately disenfranchising minority voters for signature issues–and they WON. A San Francisco Superior Court Judge ruled that voters must be warned about and given a chance to correct any signature mismatch issues. Voters with disabilities may have signatures that change over time, and those whose signature does not include Roman characters, such as many Asian-Americans, are often impacted. If you have concerns that your signatures may not match the one on file, contact your Registrar of Voters or Elections office.

4. Incorrect ink

Do not use pencil or red ink!! Remember those fussy Scantron sheets that are often used for standardized testing? Today’s voting machines use similar technology, so following the directions on your form EXACTLY is imperative. Read your instructions closely and be sure to use the correct ink.

5. Incomplete selection

Similarly, it is important to make sure that you fill in the bubbles for your selections completely. An X or check mark may not be picked up correctly by the scanning machine.

6. Corrections

If you do make a mistake on your ballot, do NOT try to fix it. Simply bring your spoiled ballot to your county election office. If you cannot go in person, call your County Election Office and ask them to cancel your ballot and issue you a new one, ensuring you have enough time to return it by the deadline.

Have your ballot all filled out? Consider asking a trusted friend or relative to review your documentation to ensure that everything has been completed properly.

If you are planning to vote in person, be sure to do your research in advance. You can preview a sample ballot in order to prepare for each race and ensure that you have all the information you need to vote on important ballot measures.

Oceanside Voters, don’t forget that I’m running for Mayor and on the November ballot. For more information on my background, stance on the issues, or corporate-free campaign, you can read more on this website. I would be honored to have your vote!

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YOUR HELP could make the difference in this election!
 
We need your help to spread the word about Ruben Major’s campaign to be the next Mayor of Oceanside! Ruben is a paramedic and public health educator, a small business owner, a husband and father to 3 kids attending Oceanside schools, and holds a Master’s degree in History and a law degree. He isn’t taking corporate or PAC money and hasn’t taken a dime from developers or special interests groups, so he will represent US and listen to our concerns.
 
If you have some time to help out, we have a variety of opportunities available and we will help train you. Send an email to campaign@rubenmajor.com with subject line VOLUNTEER and we will contact you. We have a chance this November to elect a Mayor who will truly represent the will of the people, not just special interests and huge corporations.

IMPORTANT: 2020 Election and Voting Information

With a little over a month until election day and mail-in ballots starting to arrive this/next week, I wanted to take a quick moment to remind you of important election details and deadlines.

Additional election information is available at the Secretary of State’s Election 2020 page.

Due to the Executive Order by Governor Newsom, ALL registered voters in California will receive a ballot in the mail for the November election. Counties will begin mailing ballots starting on October 5th.

One of the most common mistakes with ballots is a missing signature and date, so BE SURE TO SIGN AND DATE your ballot! It is also very important that your signature matches the one on file. If you have issues or questions on this, you may contact the San Diego County Registrar of Voters by phone (858) 565-5800 or email at ROVMail@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Note: there will be fewer in-person voting locations due to COVID-19.

Voter Registration:

Check your registration status, find your polling place, check your party preference and more here.

Where’s My Ballot?

Sign up here for ballottrax to follow the status of your ballot in real time and get notifications by text, email, or voice.

Below is some important information from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters:

IMPORTANT STEPS WHEN VOTING YOUR MAIL BALLOT

  • You will receive your mail ballot between 29 and 7 days before Election Day
  • Follow instructions for marking (voting) on your mail ballot
  • Place marked (voted) ballot in official return envelope and seal it
  • SIGN and DATE outside of envelope – sign your name like it appears on your driver’s license or identification card
  • If you mailed your ballot and forgot to sign the outside of the envelope or if your signature could not be verified on your return envelope, please use this form to send your signature to us

You must SIGN AND DATE your return envelope or the form referenced above for your ballot to be counted!

Returning Your Mail Ballot

You can mail your ballot to the Registrar of Voters address above or you may drop it off:

  • At one of the designated mail ballot drop-off locations throughout the county.
  • At the Registrar of Voters office anytime Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • On Election Day, at any poll, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Or, if you are away from San Diego County you may return your mail ballot at any poll, drop off location or voting center throughout the State of California
    • Please note the elections officials in the other county have up to eight days to forward your ballot to us
  • If you mail your ballot it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and we must receive it no later than the Friday after Election Day

If you need language assistance in Chinese, Filipino, Spanish or Vietnamese, please contact us at 858-565-5800.

Do you need a second mail ballot?

If you need a second mail ballot because you damaged, lost or made a mistake on your first mail ballot, call (858) 565-5800.

**Due to projected postal delays approaching the November election, we recommend that you return your ballot by mail as soon as possible once you receive it, or in person at a designated drop-off location.

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YOUR HELP could make the difference in this election!
 
We need your help to spread the word about Ruben Major’s campaign to be the next Mayor of Oceanside! Ruben is a paramedic and public health educator, a small business owner, a husband and father to 3 kids attending Oceanside schools, and holds a Master’s degree in History and a law degree. He isn’t taking corporate or PAC money and hasn’t taken a dime from developers or special interests groups. Learn more about his background and stance on the issues at rubenmajor.com.
 
If you have some time to help out, we have a variety of opportunities available and we will help train you. Sen an email to us at campaign@rubenmajor.com to VOLUNTEER and we will contact you. We have a chance this November to elect a Mayor who will truly represent the will of the people, not just special interests and huge corporations.