Oceanside Seniors Support Ruben Major

Oceanside Seniors support Ruben Major for Mayor because he supports:

  • Rent control/Rent Stabilization in Oceanside mobile home parks
  • Legal protections for mobile home residents, including enforcement with penalties against unscrupulous park owners violating the law
  • Posted signs indicating the park is under a rent control ordinance 

The city of Oceanside needs strong leaders who will fight for the rights of Seniors and residents of mobile home parks. We need leaders who will be supportive of park residents and also be willing to go on the offensive when needed, whether that involves working to change city code or create penalties for park owners who do not comply with the law. Ruben believes that 16B needed to have an enforcement arm with penalties, so it needs to be revised or new ordinances created to add fines or other repercussions for non-compliance. 

Ruben Says:

“Beyond mobile home park rent control, which I support fully, there are other protections that mobile home residents deserve. Residents should have a say if property modifications become a nuisance on their personal enjoyment of the property, for example when green spaces are being turned into parking lots. Park Owners must be required to notify prospective residents of the rent control ordinance during purchasing or other property inquiries, and those who do not must face civil penalties. To ensure that park owners are complying, we need random inspections of mobile home parks. We also need to provide more education to law enforcement to help them better understand the laws surrounding mobile home parks so that they can better support residents.”

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9/11 Forever Changed

On September 11, 2001, our nation stood in shock when the Twin Towers were hit by terrorists. As the towers fell, Americans were devastated by what we saw. It wasn’t just an attack on some buildings or a single city far away. It was an attack on our very way of life, our ability to walk down the street without fear, and our sense that this type of thing could never happen here.

As a young EMT, I was driving a patient to the hospital in an ambulance as the first plane hit the Twin Towers. We watched it on replay in the Emergency Room assuming we had seen the end of it when the second plane hit. From that moment on, we were a nation gripped with fear, not knowing if there were more attacks planned or where they might be. Our country would never be the same again.

Later, there was the horror of bodies being pulled from the rubble and family members unsure as to whether or not their loved ones made it out alive. Even now, it’s hard to think about. But as the graphic images came across the screen, what emerged from the tragedy was also a portrait of bravery, heroism, and compassion from our first responders from New York City and around the globe. As I witnessed the courage of our firefighters, police, and emergency medical professionals, I knew without a doubt that I was on the right path and vowed to continue on my work as a paramedic and first responder.

Today, I am proud to say that I not only continued my work as a first responder–I expanded that mission. My wife and I built and own the largest EMS recertification training program for EMT’s and Paramedics in the country, and I have dedicated my life to ensuring that our country has a team of well-trained professionals ready to meet any challenge we might face. I also continued my education and obtained a Master’s degree in History and a law degree, so that I might be of service to our community and make a greater impact.

As a small business owner and public health educator, I know how important it is to be able to respond quickly to any situation, as so many did on 9/11 and shortly after. I bring this perspective with me in everything I do, whether that is responding to the global pandemic or preparing my students for the challenges ahead with fires or climate change. My life was forever changed on September 11, 2001, and my work continues in memory of all the first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice that day.

On this day, we remember those who were injured and died in the September 11 attack and all those who were impacted by this terrible tragedy. Americans will never forget what happened that day, and we honor all those who raised their hand to help when our country needed them.


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I’m running for Mayor of Oceanside to bring a new vision, public health expertise, and problem-solving to improve our city. I’m not accepting support from any special interests, PACs, or SuperPACs. In fact, I’m not soliciting contributions at all since the pandemic hit. In lieu of a donation, I would prefer that those who are able to contribute to a local charity or food bank to help our residents through this crisis.

I’m running to represent THE PEOPLE of Oceanside and I would be honored to have your vote.

NOTE: All registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot. The Postmaster General is anticipating delays for the mail that could impact our election, so it is imperative that you fill out your ballot and either turn it in in-person or mail it as soon as possible. There will be fewer polling places due to COVID-19. Ballots will begin to be mailed out the week of October 5th. Information about filling out your ballot and polling locations is available here. Don’t forget to sign it!

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Honoring the workers of America

Each Labor Day, we take time off to honor the tremendous achievements and contributions of American workers. While this holiday typically marks the end of summer with barbecues and family gatherings, we cannot forget the history of this day and all that it signifies. Were it not for the labor movement, unions, and collective bargaining, many of us might be working 12 hour days alongside young children with 7 day work weeks and no rights for women or people of color.

The work continues today as we fight for a living wage, healthcare, and improved working conditions for workers at huge corporations like Amazon and Walmart. By keeping wages low, these companies essentially force their employees to collect public welfare and food stamps in order to get by. It’s time for these huge corporations to stop expecting the federal government to subsidize their workers and to compensate employees fairly.

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Today, I also want to honor the nearly 13,000 firefighters currently battling 22 major fires across the state of California. The Valley Fire here in San Diego County has now burned over 4,000 acres and is currently 0% contained as I write this message. These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to help keep the rest of us safe, and today we stand in solidarity with them as they are working through the Labor Day holiday to address these terrible fires. Their sacrifices must not go unnoticed.

As a first responder and public health educator, I know that response times and resources are critical factors that can save lives during these types of emergencies. We can honor our firefighters by making sure that they have what they need to respond to the escalating challenges of our time. In Oceanside, we need more fire stations so that we can ensure it takes 5 minutes or less for the fire department to arrive. These crucial minutes will save lives and help prevent smaller fires from getting out of control. Given all our firefighters do to protect us, the least we can do is ensure they are protected and well-equipped for whatever might come their way.

We must also pay tribute to our agricultural workers, braving the record heat waves and smoke from the fires to ensure that food continues to make its way to our tables. We can honor the farm workers in our area by staying united with them to oppose the “North River Farms” project, which would get rid of much of our farm land and contribute to more urban sprawl. The developers are actually trying to sue to keep the people from voting on the project on the ballot this year! #TeamMajor says loudly & proudly that we will NOT allow our precious city to be overtaken by outsiders just looking to make a buck. We stand with farm workers and oppose this development.

Whether you are an educator, a healthcare worker, an essential worker, or contribute in some other profession, we honor you today and thank you for all that you do to make our world a better place, provide us with food to eat, keep us healthy, and protect us from harm. As we take time today to consider all that the labor movement has done for workers’ rights, let us be sure to thank all of the workers around us.

I’m running for Mayor of Oceanside to bring a new vision, public health expertise, and problem-solving to improve our city. I’m not accepting support from any special interests, PACs, or SuperPACs. In fact, I’m not soliciting contributions at all since the pandemic hit because I would prefer that those who are able to contribute to a local charity or food bank to help our residents through this crisis.

A cleaner, safer Oceanside

Wouldn’t you love to see a cleaner, safer Oceanside?

Over the last year, I’ve listened to people from all across the political spectrum share the same sentiment–we need to clean up our city! The proposed solutions may be different, but we can all agree that this is a major problem. Oceanside residents pay a lot of money to live in a seaside paradise, but increasingly we see things like roads not being maintained, public spaces filled with trash and yes, I can’t believe I have to say this: people defecating in our streets!!

It is beyond frustrating! Like many of you, I wondered why all the money we pay in taxes doesn’t seem to help, so I started digging into the city budgets several years ago. The estimated city budget for 2020/2021 is over $500 MILLION, including funds set aside for Anti-Graffiti, Homelessness, Housing, Public Works, and more. So why, with all of that money, is our city still filled with homeless encampments, graffiti, potholes, and litter?

Three of my opponents are on the City Council but haven’t done enough to address the issue. Part of the problem is that the root causes weren’t identified. In terms of the homeless, the number one challenge is that the court decision, Martin v. Boise, has tied our hands. That case set precedent that as long as there is not adequate shelter available, the unhoused are allowed to live in public spaces. That’s the law as it stands today. So the most important thing we can do right now is to invest in homeless shelters. Without enough shelter space, police can ticket all day and all night but the cases will be thrown out in court. It’s a WASTE of time and money at a moment when we have to be very strategic in our spending.

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COVID-19 is creating even more housing challenges. It is estimated that as many as 30 million people could become homeless in the next few months if appropriate action isn’t taken. Oceanside is not remotely equipped to handle that kind of crisis because we haven’t even handled the housing crisis that existed before the pandemic.

As a small business owner and public health educator, I know that we can identify waste and inefficiencies in our city budget and do a much better job of keeping our city clean and safe. That requires a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective, not the same kind of thinking that created our current problems. You don’t have to be Einstein to understand that!

But let’s be real–not all of the people living on the streets want housing or help. The long term homeless tend to have mental health, substance abuse, or physical impairments making their situation more complex. We can save money by moving homeless interactions and outreach to trained social workers who are equipped to deal with the various issues that might be involved, thereby freeing up police officers to focus more on violent crime.

We don’t have a funding problem. We have a leadership problem.

I’m running for Mayor of Oceanside to bring a new vision, public health expertise, and problem-solving to improving our city. I’m not accepting support from any special interests, PACs, or SuperPACs. In fact, I’m not soliciting contributions at all since the pandemic hit because I would prefer that those who are able to contribute to a local charity or food bank to help our residents through this crisis.

I believe it is important that voters get detailed information from candidates running for office on what exactly they will do if elected. I have plans for reducing homelessness, addressing public safety, protecting our environment, helping veterans, increasing government accountability, and more.

I’m running to represent THE PEOPLE of Oceanside and I would be honored to have your vote.

NOTE: All registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot. The Postmaster General is anticipating delays for the mail that could impact our election, so it is imperative that you fill out your ballot and either turn it in in-person or mail it as soon as possible. There will be fewer polling places due to COVID-19. Ballots will begin to be mailed out the week of October 5th. Information about filling out your ballot and polling locations is available here.

Helping Oceanside through COVID & beyond

Ever since COVID-19 hit our community, we’ve all had to be more creative, resourceful, and solutions-oriented. While good news is on the way as numbers have come down (we’ve been taken off the watch list for now), we still need to be smart. The next Mayor of Oceanside must bring together people with diverse perspectives and political views. So I want to share with you just a few of the many lenses through which I view this public health crisis and some of the ideas I have on how to keep our city safe through the pandemic and beyond.

As a small business owner, I know the challenges COVID-19 has presented in terms of staying open while also containing the spread. Like many of you, I had to find ways to adapt so that my employees could continue to work and provide for their families. It’s not just my own family that depend on our business–it is dozens of households, and thousands of students who are depending on getting the education we provide so that they can go out and serve their communities. We can get rid of some of the regulatory hurdles faced by small businesses as they try to adapt.

As a husband and father, I understand how challenging it has been to try to make choices that keep food on the table and also protect our loved ones. I know what it’s like to have a teenager who just wants to hang out with friends and forget about this virus. I have three kids attending schools in Oceanside who will be doing their best to learn virtually, with all of the unique challenges that presents in terms of organization, focus, and attention. For parents of students receiving special education services and accommodations, the coming school year presents even more concerns. We may not have all the answers as parents and educators, but we are committed to doing our absolute best to figure this out and help our students thrive.

As a citizen and a taxpayer, I know that a pandemic like this often means unplanned expenses. Therefore, we must prioritize identifying waste, fraud, and abuse in all areas of government to ensure that our tax dollars are being spent wisely. Times of crisis mean that we tighten our belts, not create new slush funds for corrupt officials–no matter what political party they claim to represent. Sometimes it means we must reallocate funding so that we can meet the moment and keep everyone safe. We have to be good stewards of the people’s money–particularly at a time when many are struggling.

As a student of history with a degree in military history and a law degree, I know that we can take lessons from the Spanish flu pandemic just over a century ago. We don’t need a second wave to make us take this virus seriously, and we certainly don’t need to lose more precious lives and loved ones. We know that masks can help keep us safe and that proper hygiene is essential to reduce transmission. We can make sure that, at a minimum, everyone in our city has access to hand-washing stations and masks.

Below are some of the ideas I have to help Oceanside find our way through COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. As always, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions!

1. Relaxing Permit and Zoning Ordinances for Small Business (within reason) – we can help businesses adapt to moving outdoors and remove red tape involved in helping them to run in a more hygienic way;

2. More hand-washing stations across the city – ensuring everyone has free public access to sanitation;

3. Improved sanitation for transit stations – so that we are using the best, most cost-effective systems for keeping our city safe and clean;

4. Better signs and automated communications – including digital billboards and other automated systems throughout the city (mostly downtown) with reminders for customers and multi-language support where it makes sense;

5. Regular small business forums – to provide better communication among government, Chamber of Commerce, small businesses, Main St Oceanside, and all public stakeholders;

6. Eviction Protection – providing continuing protections (including mediation with property owners) for companies demonstrating COVID-19 had an impact on their profits;

7. Informational sessions on how to apply for disaster aid, loans, grants, and whatever else might help a business survive/thrive during COVID;

8. Free childcare programs – to support small business owners, for new parents trying to return to work, essential workers, and more. Let’s incentivize all those who are keeping the lights on to help the rest of us stay safe.

Back to school – working together!

As families gear up for the return to school this fall, gathering school supplies and buying “back to school” clothes, we are faced with new questions and more uncertainty than ever before. It’s not just the big questions, like when we’ll be able to return to in-person instruction. It’s also the small questions, like what school supplies will best support our kids through virtual learning? Do we even need to invest so much in the usual “back to school” clothing right now? And for some families, the very real questions about finances, paying rent or mortgages, or whether the parents will have jobs to return to at all are making all of this even more stressful. So when the Oceanside Unified board met to discuss the upcoming school year, they faced many frustrated parents from across the political spectrum. Their concerns are all valid.

Quarantine has been tough for families—perhaps even more so for single parents, essential workers, and those with young children. Parents of children with special needs wonder how the school can meet the unique learning needs of their children through a distance-learning option. Children receiving special education services have been particularly burdened by the move to virtual, as there is no substitute for in-person PT, OT, Speech Therapy, or for the kinds of modifications to instruction that optimize the learning environment in person. Military parents and those with small children who have been particularly challenged by virtual education demanded that the school district provide a more complete plan for return to in-person classes.

All of us want students to go back to school in person when it is safe for them to do so.

As a parent of 3 children in Oceanside schools and public health educator, I don’t think it is unreasonable for parents to ask the district for more details on what a return to in-person instruction might look like. We need all stakeholders, but educators in particular, heavily involved in the conversation to tell us what is feasible. The CDC recommendations do not necessarily align with what is possible in our classrooms, on buses, in the cafeteria or physical education classes. Many parents rightfully feel that their children are being treated as guinea pigs given the fact that this virus is still fairly new and we do not have complete data with which to make informed decisions. And sometimes seems as if the facts are changing daily, with the information slanted depending on the source. All of this makes it really difficult to make balanced decisions and protect our kids–both their mental and their physical health.

The data tells us that suicides are increasing in adults, and pediatricians have shared concerns about the ongoing mental health of children with the prospect of longer-term quarantines. As a parent, there is nothing more important to me than the health and safety of my children and family. That safety includes both their physical and their mental health, and it sometimes feels as if we are being forced to choose between the two.

For now, as we all prepare for the return to school with distance learning in place, we need to try to put our politics aside and do our best to show empathy for one another through the tough times ahead. This school year isn’t going to be easy for anyone. Beginning the year with distance learning, we have time to create a comprehensive plan for multiple scenarios that can be updated based on the latest information. That seems like the least we can do to try to help families prepare for what will be a school year unlike any other in American history.

It is going to take all of us working together and thinking creatively to get through the challenges we face. How are you feeling about the upcoming school year given the current number of COVID-10 cases?

Tiny Houses & Homelessness

It’s getting a little scary.

Nearly a third of U.S. households didn’t pay their full July rent or mortgage. The $600 unemployment extension is now effectively gone until Congress passes something to extend or replace it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that any additional money for unemployment would be closer to $100 or $200 a week or a percentage of earnings if systems can be updated to allow for that.

Many Americans already couldn’t afford a $500 emergency, even before coronavirus hit. With so many people unemployed or having to close down their small businesses, there are reasons to be concerned–even more so in a city like Oceanside, which has no shelter for people experiencing homelessness and long waitlists for families to get into affordable housing. (A June 2020 update indicated that the city is currently working with veterans and non-veterans who applied for Section 8 prior to 2014.)

Our country is facing a potential housing crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression, if ever. But there are things we can do as a community to help keep us all safer and it’s time we started working towards solutions.

One idea that I support to help with the existing homeless crisis is tiny homes, so that we can begin to provide a place for unsheltered people to live and begin to get wraparound services for mental health, addiction, medical assistance, and more. In fact, there are projects like this already happening in California, including a tiny house complex in San Jose that opened earlier this year.

San Diego just approved an ordinance that will allow homeowners to have movable tiny houses in their backyards. The thought is that these units can provide more affordable housing options to some while allowing homeowners to bring in additional income or provide living space for family and friends, something that will help everyone involved given the challenges presented by the coronavirus.

In Oceanside, we could start by setting aside some land in order to begin work on emergency sleeping cabins. Tiny homes can be constructed at a fraction of the cost of traditional housing–with some units costing a little as $20,000 to build to code. At a time when more people are unable to afford housing, we have to start getting together as a community to decide how we are going to do our part to plan for our city. Once temporary housing is in place, other services like career training and job placement become much more viable.

Last year the Supreme Court declined to hear the Martin v. Boise case, effectively letting stand the decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that imposing criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping, or sheltering outside on public property to homeless individuals is unconstitutional when there is no shelter available. If we want to be able to get rid of the encampments and impose penalties for those sleeping outside in our city, we have to begin to plan for adequate shelter space and alternatives. In particular, where there are encampments that are becoming a threat to public safety due to drug use or lack of sanitation, it is important that we are empowered to take action. Tiny houses are one possible, cost-effective solution to an unprecedented housing crisis.

The good news is that it does appear that a second stimulus will be coming for most people sometime prior to November elections. And on Sunday, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said that the federal government intends to extend its eviction moratorium as a part of the next round of coronavirus relief. Exactly how soon that relief might come is anyone’s guess, and it’s clear that we need to start doing something about the homelessness our city had even before this virus.

It didn’t have to be this way

Yesterday, we learned that San Diego County has been added to the Governor’s “monitoring list,” alongside a total of 23 out of California’s 58 counties. Following this, new restrictions were released by the County including some changes from the last round of closures. All “non-essential” businesses must cease indoor operations for the next 3 weeks, meaning that restaurants can move to outdoor service or curbside delivery but will not be allowed to continue with indoor dining. Movie theaters, zoos, bowling alleys, and other family entertainment venues must also cease all indoor activities. Grocery stores and healthcare facilities may continue to operate indoors, but some businesses that had been forced to close during previous restrictions, such as hair and nail salons, will be allowed to remain open this time. Masks will continue to be required in public places.

It’s tough to find ourselves going backwards on this because it didn’t have to be this way.

Safer-at-Home was doing what was intended–helping to flatten the curve so that our healthcare system did not become overwhelmed. It was what happened as we began to reopen that was the problem. Perhaps growing tired of isolation and being limited, people started to resume activities as if the virus was gone–including things like parties and other non-essential indoor activities where people congregate together. Many people did not wear masks, even after it became required by law. With Sheriff’s Departments across the state announcing publicly that they would not be enforcing the mask requirement, that’s really not a surprise. No one is suggesting that we need a SWAT Team on this, but certainly there needs to be some perceived consequence for those who do not want to follow the law for this kind of infectious pathogen, because it isn’t just your own life you are taking into your hands with that kind of action. Spreading this in the community means that more people will become sick and die from it.

What message does it send when police are being told to pepper spray peaceful protesters, shoot at them with rubber bullets, or arrest them, meanwhile people who are spreading a potentially deadly virus fear no consequence–not even a fine? It’s fascinating to see such inaction on this when, back in March, the DOJ “notified the nation’s federal prosecutors that anyone threatening or attempting to spread the coronavirus can be charged with terrorism.

The problem, of course, is that all of our public policy around this virus has become politicized. One could argue that Europe and other countries have done better precisely because they treated coronavirus as a public health issue, not a political problem for an unpopular president during an election year.

But this virus doesn’t care where you fall on the political spectrum or what state you reside in. Without question, many of us have become sick of distancing and tired of even hearing about the virus. (Kudos to you if you are still reading this email!) So how do we get back to making progress on this so that we can keep our healthcare facilities below maximum capacity, have a hope of reopening small businesses, and someday get our kids back to school in person?

In the short term, it unfortunately means more restrictions.

The more we elect to do voluntarily and the more compliant we are with the recommendations from public health experts, the better our chances of getting back to our “new normal,” which probably means masks and physical distancing for a year or more depending on how quickly we can get an effective vaccine and treatment. That might be the best we can hope for now, as we continue to work toward better treatment protocols and medications that improve recovery and survival rates. What do you think?

Independence Day approaching, restrictions imposed in Oceanside, San Diego County 

On Tuesday, we learned that California had broken the daily record for new cases of COVID-19, with more than 8,000 new cases reported on Monday. Needless to say, the trajectory has not been looking good for our state recently, such that the Governor has had to impose new restrictions across at least 7 counties.

As a paramedic and public health educator, I remain concerned by the increase in cases in Oceanside and across the state. Here in San Diego County, public health officials have also increased restrictions due to both rising numbers statewide and a failure to flatten the curve in the county. On May 31st, the number of new coronavirus cases in the county was at 73. On June 30th, there were 474 new cases.

In Oceanside, the last 10 days have seen a record number of cases. While increased testing has somewhat contributed to higher COVID-19 numbers, the fact remains that spread percentage is outpacing testing percentage.

Source: City of Oceanside COVID-19 Case Reports.

Despite the requirement to wear masks in public places in our state, and despite the fact that many employees are still working from home and schools are out for the summer, cases have not declined as we might have hoped. The new county restrictions require that bars, breweries, and wineries that do not serve food must close as of July 1st. Restaurants and establishments that do serve food must now close by 10 p.m. each evening instead of at 12 a.m.

Equally troublesome is the fact that an increasing number of new cases are being reported in younger people, with the fastest-growing group being primarily between the ages of 20-29. While it is positive to see that older people, who tend to have higher mortality rates, are listening to public health advice, it is concerning that this level of caution is not being observed in younger people.

While there is still much we do not understand about this novel coronavirus, it is clear that mortality is not and should not be the only concern or the only metric driving our personal and public health decisions. Not only are we seeing cases of people testing positive for the virus months after recovering from it previously, but we are also learning of longer-term and potentially even permanent damage resulting from the virus.

However, there may be some good news on the horizon relative to testing. An Israeli scientist has invented a one minute test for COVID-19 that was found to have a 90 percent accuracy based on a small sample of patients. The test is based on spectroscopy and is currently undergoing validation, but is eligible to be fast-tracked for FDA approval and could be available as soon as September or October. The hope is that businesses such as airlines might be able to offer the test as a safeguard while we continue to wait for a vaccine to become available.

With many school districts across the country still unsure as to how they will be handling the upcoming school year, having such a test available could provide some level of reassurance to parents and students.

4th of July Weekend Restrictions and Fireworks

The city has closed beach parking lots to deter crowds from gathering on the sand. It is unfortunate that many Independence Day celebrations have been cancelled, however, it has been deemed necessary by officials in order to minimize the spread of this pandemic. A few cities do have planned fireworks celebrations which emphasize staying in your car, maintaining physical distancing and even a virtual fireworks show. Click here for more information about planned safer fireworks events in San Diego County.

I will be continuing to monitor the situation with COVID-19 for Oceanside specifically and San Diego county as a whole, so please make sure to add campaign@rubenmajor.com to your contacts to ensure that our emails reach your inbox. We read all replies to these emails, so let me know your thoughts!