When work life and community activism come together

Many of you know that my wife and I are small business owners and that I spent many years in the field as an EMT/paramedic. We founded and currently operate the largest online EMT recertification training program in the country, helping thousands of students prepare to provide life-saving care at what has become a critical time in our nation’s history. This healthcare and emergency response training background has given me a helpful lens through which to view the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and I’ve been able to utilize this perspective during this crisis to assist our community and help folks make sense of what is sometimes conflicting or complicated information.

As the number of affected patients began to increase in the U.S., there surfaced an immediate need for updated field training on the virus for our first-responders and others who work in healthcare. Therefore, we were proud to be able to put together and provide this online lecture free of charge to all those who might need it. While the intended audience for this is EMTs and healthcare professionals, we believe that much of the information we are sharing could be useful to a wider audience, including public educators, retail store workers, and all essential personnel who might be in contact with the public in person.
As such, I’m happy to share this information with all of you here, and I would encourage you to share this as widely as you see fit, in particular with any friends and family who might be at greater risk of exposure in an employment situation, or even with individuals who might be immune-compromised or have other risk factors.
We will continue to share the most updated information with you on the virus as well as our community and governmental response, with an additional focus moving forward on providing some uplifting content for you to enjoy or share with loved ones. We know that it will be important to try to lift our spirits in the challenging days still ahead of us.
I am so proud of the ways that we are coming together (while physically distancing appropriately!) to meet this moment and the needs of our neighbors and friends. The coming days will continue to provide difficulties but also opportunities, and I know that we will get through this and come out on the other side with important lessons for future generations.
Please stay safe, keep washing your hands, and share widely!

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Coronavirus Message for Oceanside, California

I wanted to take a little time to explain to you my take and concern regarding COVID-19 and how it might impact our community in the coming days and weeks. As a Paramedic, FEMA Certified Incident Commander and Public Safety Educator with on-the-ground experience in Disaster Management, my primary concern has always been for the public well-being and to ensure the safety and protection of each and every individual within the communities I have served over the years. As your Mayor, I will work tirelessly to ensure that our community’s families and senior citizens are protected in times of crisis.

Video: Ruben Major on Coronavirus

We have already seen a mad rush for supplies such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products. Additionally, we have seen the closure of schools, mass public gatherings, and even the NBA has announced the suspension of games until further notice. For specific information regarding Worldwide transmission, new cases and statistics, please see the following World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports which are updated daily: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports. With this link, you will be able to track disease progression as well as containment.
Additionally, the City of Oceanside has released an update on local efforts and some guidance for residents.
While all of these things may be alarming to many, there are some things you can do to minimize your risk. The Oceanside Fire Department has released the following recommendations as well as launched a page dedicated specifically to updating Oceanside residents on the virus’ progress. By following these guidelines, you will be able to minimize your risk of exposure to the disease.

Currently, there is a need for testing kits, free testing services for those who do not have insurance or the ability to pay for testing. While the state recently relaxed co-pays and costs for those who have insurance to receive testing, we are calling on officials, hospitals, and healthcare providers to waive fees for those who are uninsured. The most rapid containment will require free testing. Additionally, we are calling on city officials and council members to increase sanitation efforts by adding more hand washing stations throughout the city.

As of right now, there are no known cases in the city of Oceanside. There was one case in San Diego County for a woman in her 50’s who had traveled outside of the country, but authorities say the risk of contracting the virus locally remains low. The guidance for preventative measures to avoid infection are the same as for all viruses:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home and self-quarantine if you are sick or start to exhibit symptoms
  • Avoid touching your face, including nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Practice good self-care, such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and drink plenty of fluids
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces your home, including door knobs, light switches, and other frequently-touched items

This can also be a confusing time for children with the news constantly showing stories about the virus and global implications. We must communicate with our kids and keep them informed about what is happening and why we are taking these precautions. It is important to remain calm and balanced in these discussions, as our children take cues from us in times like this. The CDC has released some information on how to talk to your children about coronavirus that provides a good framework.

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Solving Homelessness in Oceanside

As a concerned citizen, a small business owner, and a parent of three wonderful children, I try to stay active in the community and engaged in efforts to make sure that everyone has a fair shot at prosperity and success. Lately, many of my conversations with fellow residents turn to a subject that seems to be getting worse: the homeless crisis facing our city and state. The issue isn’t a new one, but it has become increasingly visible as our shelter spaces have filled up and a larger number of people are “sleeping rough,” the term for those who are completely unsheltered.

I care about this issue not just because I care about our community, but also because I know what it is like to wonder where you’re going to sleep at night. My mother was only a teenager when she had me, and we faced extreme poverty in my early years after my father abandoned us. Eventually, we became homeless. I am incredibly blessed to have been able to find a way out of that situation and achieved success in life, but I recognize that not everyone has access to the things they need in order to be able to rise out of poverty.

Whether you advocate for governmental and law enforcement intervention or privatization, nonprofits, and charity solutions, all of the options to address homelessness must be viewed through the lens of a recent Supreme Court Decision (Martin vs. Boise), which effectively affirmed that if cities do not provide sufficient shelters for the homeless, people are legally allowed to live in public and sleep outside.

Currently, we do not have enough shelter beds in Oceanside. Last year, one of our local shelters experienced a 40% rental rate increase. Subsequently, the shelter was unable to reopen. This has resulted in a loss of 50 beds to service the homeless population here in Oceanside. Because of this closure, as well as a lack of focus on the shelter element, our shortage of beds means that homeless people are allowed to live in public. For this reason, I am an advocate for tiny homes because I believe this can serve as a short-term stop-gap measure to address the homeless crisis here in Oceanside and meet our quota requirement to get people off the streets. I also think we need to be looking at other cities for best practices and innovation, like “Housing First” initiatives or 3-D printing of homes.
Oceanside has spent far too much time, effort and energy focusing on law enforcement–ticketing and citing the homeless–rather than a comprehensive solution which involves advocating for our fair share of grant funding to address the issue from the county and state. The vast majority of homeless people do not want to be unsheltered. But many suffer from mental health issues, addiction, or have financial challenges like past evictions that make getting housing more challenging. We need more resources to be able to help these people get back on track in their lives. But in the last HEAP grant, designed to tackle homelessness, we only received approximately $200,000, when our apportionment should have been closer to $1 Million — we didn’t spend enough time working to get this funding.
Our city cannot afford to house the world’s homeless population, but we can be proactive in dealing with the state and county to get our fair share of funding to address the problem here and we can be smart about how we allocate that funding. Most importantly, we must address this with the compassion and empathy we would want to be met with if we ourselves were struggling.
I’m running for Mayor because I believe that our next city leader needs to be a person who has a deep understanding of the challenges facing our city and who will work hard to make sure that we have the resources we need to solve this crisis. I have #MajorLoveforOside, and with your support, we can greatly improve our city’s response to the homeless crisis and make this a place where everyone has the chance to thrive. Our people-powered, grassroots campaign has been engaging with members of the community in “neighborhood pop ups” and on a listening tour at major public events in recent months.
I do not accept contributions from corporations or SuperPACs, and rely on small dollar donations from others committed to getting rid of the corruption in our government. I need your help to make sure that our message gets to all of the change agents in this city who will show up on Election Day to vote for #MajorChange.

The election for Mayor of Oceanside will be held on November 3, 2020.

(Above Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash)

It keeps getting better!

I cannot tell you how truly grateful I am for the outpouring of support you’ve all shown to me and my campaign team in recent weeks. Today, I’m excited to tell you that our coalition of supporters continues to grow, and we have FIVE new endorsements to share with you! These endorsements come from community leaders in labor, the environment, the military and government, and more. The next Mayor of Oceanside must be someone who leads with integrity and who can build a truly diverse coalition of support, and I’m honored to have each one of these people in our corner.

Jeff Griffith, Fire Captain and Former State Senate Candidate


Jeff Griffith has 30 years of experience as a firefighter and paramedic in San Diego, Riverside, and San Mateo Counties, and is currently serving as Fire Captain for CAL FIRE in Riverside County. He has extensive experience as a community leader and activist.

Elected Official Experience

  • Vice Chair, Palomar Health Board of Directors, 2012 to present
  • Chair, Palomar Health Governance Committee, 2016 to present
  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors representative, San Diego County Health Services Advisory Board (HSAB), 2012 to present
  • California Nurses Association recruited candidate strongly supported by CNA to bring accountability and transparency to the board.
  • California Democratic Party Delegate elected in 2016 to represent Assembly District 75 (Northeast San Diego County) at the State Democratic Convention.

General David M. Brahms

 


Brahms, a 1959 Harvard College graduate (B.A. Psychology), had taken a platoon leaders course, while a student at Harvard Law School, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1961. Brahms graduated from Harvard Law School in 1962. He completed basic officer training, and training in military law in 1963, and then served as a military lawyer in the 2nd Marine Divisionfrom November 1963 to June 1965, during which time he served in the Dominican Republic during an incursion there. By 1969, he had been promoted to major and was sent to serve with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Da Nang, Vietnam. In 1976 and 1977 he attended the National Law Center George Washington University, where he studied law psychiatry and criminology, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Brahms was promoted to brigadier general in 1985, prior to serving as director, Judge AdvocateDivision, for the final three years of his active military career. In 1988 he retired from active military service.

Since his retirement from the Marine Corps, Brahms has been in private practice of law in Carlsbad California. Brahms is also on the board of directors of the Judge Advocates Association.

Brahms served as a technical consultant for the Hollywood movie A Few Good Men.

Larry Kornit, former candidate for Oceanside City Council

Larry Kornit was born in Chicago and attended Northern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He later received his Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. He spent almost 20 years working in executive search, and more recently he has worked on political campaigns and is a community activist in Oceanside. As a Cantor, he has co-conducted a Shabbat Service aboard the USS Ronald Reagan and regularly conducts the invocation for the Oceanside City Council meetings as well as Interfaith Community Services.

Alan Geraci, Former Assembly District 75 Candidate (2018), Current Candidate for San Marcos City Council


Alan Geraci is a respected consumer attorney, small business owner, father, youth sports coach, and community leader. He and his wife Karen, have a blended family of six children and two grandchildren. Alan attended the State University of New York at Albany receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, the first in his family to graduate from college. After graduating, Alan moved to California to attend law school in San Diego where he earned his law degree from California Western School of Law.

Alan then served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego where he headed the Trial and Appellate Division, supervising 35 lawyers. For 30 years, Alan has practiced consumer law emphasizing civil litigation, foreclosure, real estate, trusts, wills and bankruptcy. He stood up to big banks to protect the homes of 300 families from foreclosure.

Alan has been an active member of the community helping the Save Our Escondido Library coalition fight the privatization of the Escondido Public Library; as a coach for San Marcos Youth Baseball and San Marcos Youth Soccer teams; and as a participant in the Women’s March North County; Enough! Student and Community Rally; and the Escondido March for Our Lives. He has been a leader with the Citizens Oversight Election Integrity Committee; active in his local PTA; the North County Immigration Task Force; Consumer Attorneys of California; Consumer Attorneys of San Diego County; and the Escondido, San Marcos, and Temecula Chambers of Commerce.

Elizabeth Warren, Former Candidate for California State Assembly District 76

Elizabeth Warren is a wife, a mother, a journalist, and an activist who has worked for toward environmental, economic and social justice at the local, state and national levels. She began her career as a newspaper reporter, worked in public relations, and eventually went to work for herself as a freelance writer, editor, and publicist. Working with members of MoveOn.org, she led a coalition to take on multinational corporations and oppose the TPP agreement. In 2018, she ran a highly competitive race for California’s State Assembly District 76, and she continues to be a strong progressive voice in Southern California.

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Can you help by making a $5, $10 or $25 monthly donation to our campaign?

Any amount helps and will make a MAJOR CHANGE in our community.

A Whirlwind of Support!

Left to right: Dallas Fowler, Carolyn Fowler

Wow! I have been so humbled and honored with the flurry of endorsements for our campaign! I started this campaign with the belief that the people of Oceanside are ready for a change, and I am truly in awe of the love and support you’ve all shown for this campaign and my candidacy.

(PHOTO ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: DALLAS FOWLER, CAROLYN FOWLER)

As a proud husband and father of three school aged children attending local schools here in Oceanside, I believe that education is vitally important to ensuring our youth have a sustainable future. Having grown up in extreme poverty and having been homeless as a child, I was blessed to be able to get an education that allowed me to change my pre-determined fate. However, times are changing and there is too much emphasis on correcting problems and not enough effort is given to preventing issues before they arise. If we take the time to invest in our children, it will pay dividends for future generations.

While the Mayor of a city cannot change school board policies directly, it is possible to have an impact on them. A Mayor should be an advocate, first and foremost for the community and our schools are a big part of our community.

That’s why I’m honored to have the endorsement of educational leaders throughout Southern California, such as Carolyn and Dallas Fowler, who have done so much to prepare future generations, including women and minorities, for success.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY LEADERS CAROLYN AND DALLAS FOWLER AND ENDORSE RUBEN MAJOR FOR OCEANSIDE MAYOR

(OCEANSIDE, CA – March 1, 2020)

Ruben Major is announcing today that he has received the endorsement of two important community leaders in education and youth empowerment.

Carolyn Fowler, Los Angeles Unified School District 1 Government Relations Advisor, and Dallas Fowler, Former Los Angeles Commissioner are both endorsing Major for Mayor of Oceanside.

Carolyn Fowler is a Government Affairs Advisor for LAUSD Board member, Dr. George J. McKenna III. Active in the community, Ms. Fowler is Southern Region Vice Chair for the California Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus, encouraging more women to seek appointments and run for elected office. She was recently elected as CDP Executive Board Member and Senior Assembly Member of the California Senior Legislature. Carolyn is appointed by the LA County Registrar on the LA County Voting Solutions For All People Advisory Committee (VSAP). She was recently honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 50 years of service and the National Action Network with the Los Angeles Vanguard Award for Extraordinary Leader. She is also an active member of AARP and California Alliance for Retired Americans, (CARA).

Dallas Fowler, daughter of Carolyn Fowler, is a proud Los Angeles native and graduate of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A & M University. Before Dallas became the Principal of Daltek Global Solutions , LLC a boutique digital and print media firm specializing in outreach, diversity, poltical & business development consulting. She served in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s cabinet as Commissioner on the Los Angeles Police Department Police Permit Review Board. She holds over 10 years of experience in the Supplier Diversity & Community Affairs arena and 15+ years of project management and event planning experience. At Turner Construction Company, she served as their Community Affairs & Marketing Coordinator and Program Manager of their Youth Force 2020 Initiative. In addition Ms. Fowler and sat on the U.S. Bank Employee Development Network board in Los Angeles Chairing their Diversity Expo for two consecutive years. A graduate and past Alumnae President of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute housed at USC, she recently established HEIRSPAC Helping Empowered Individuals Reach Success and hopes to provide a resource for individuals looking to run for office and raise awareness of issues impacting women and minorities. A life-long Democrat, Dallas has been actively working on campaigns for over 20 years.

Major says, “I am extremely honored to have the support of two outstanding, accomplished Southern California leaders in the area of education and empowerment for women and minorities. It is critical that the next Mayor of Oceanside have a strong network of leaders and subject matter experts to call upon, and these women have dedicated their lives to making our communities better, ensuring that all voices are heard, and supporting future generations through education and mentoring. I am inspired by their leadership and look forward to working with them when I am Mayor.”

Major is running for Mayor in order to improve the city’s response to the homeless crisis, climate change, and the changing needs of residents. He is dedicated to getting rid of corruption and restoring the voice of the people. His people-powered, grassroots campaign has been engaging with members of the community in “neighborhood pop-ups” and on a listening tour at major public events in recent months.

The election for Mayor of Oceanside will be held on November 3, 2020.

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If you believe that everyone who lives in Oceanside deserves an opportunity to prosper, please consider contributing what you can to support this campaign and let’s make sure you have someone fighting for you on the issues that matter.

Can you help by making a $5, $10 or $25 monthly donation to our campaign?

Any amount helps and will make a MAJOR CHANGE in our community.

More SoCal Endorsements

This has been an exciting week for us! In addition to Mayor Blakespear’s support, we’ve also received the endorsement of three more elected and former elected officials in Southern California.

It’s vitally important that Oceanside have a Mayor who has the confidence of leaders in the region. Officials in Southern California face similar challenges, such as effectively dealing with the homeless crisis, ensuring diversity, fair and equitable treatment of those who might be marginalized, and protecting our environment from climate change.

I am honored to have the support of City Council Persons Ahmad Zahra of Fullerton and Daniel Lee from Culver City as well as Former Assemblymember Patty Lopez. Having the support of these elected officials is an honor. I hope that you will consider supporting me in the coming months as we move closer to our election.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY COUNCIL PERSON AHMAD ZAHRA (FULLERTON), CITY COUNCIL PERSON DANIEL LEE (CULVER CITY), AND FORMER ASSEMBLYMEMBER PATTY LOPEZ ENDORSE RUBEN MAJOR FOR OCEANSIDE MAYOR

(OCEANSIDE, CA – FEBRUARY 28, 2020)

Ruben Major is announcing his endorsement today by three important Southern California Elected and Formerly Elected Officials: City Council Person Ahmad Zahra of Fullerton, City Council Person Daniel Lee of Culver City and Former Assemblymember Patty Lopez.

Council Member Zahara is a small business owner snd president of Zahra Pictures, LLC which is a film school located in Fullerton. Zahra has a passion for education and is heavily involved in leading the next generation. He has experience as a pathologist and is currently representing District 5 in Fullerton.

Council Member Lee, an Air Force Veteran, was born in Alabama and has been heavily involved in community organizing and ensuring diversity. His live has been influenced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Lee has dedicated a significant portion of his work to ensuring Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire future generations. Lee has been advancing Civil Rights for members of his community for many years making a difference now as Council Member of Culver City.

Former Assemblymember Patty Lopez served California’s 39th district (San Fernando Valley). She has always been a community advocate and organizer first. Her passion is ensuring that people in her district have a voice. as a Latina and Mexican-American, she has brought representation to her district. As Assemblymember, she authored many bills eventually enacted by the state legislature. She also received the National Women’s Political Caucus Leadership award in 2016. Lopez is a champion for the disenfranchised and marginalized, for women’s rights and true community representation. She continues her work to this very day, fighting to ensure their rights are protected in the community she resides.

Major is running for Mayor in order to improve the city’s response to the homeless crisis, rein in the development “sprawl,” and ensure that Oceanside is a place where everyone can prosper. He is focused on common-sense solutions that prioritize public safety, smart planning, and preserving the voice of the people. His people-powered, grassroots campaign has been engaging with members of the community in “neighborhood pop-ups” and on a listening tour at major public events in recent months.

The election for Mayor of Oceanside will be held on November 3, 2020.

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If you believe that everyone who lives in Oceanside deserves an opportunity to prosper, please consider contributing what you can to support this campaign and let’s make sure you have someone fighting for you on the issues that matter.

Can you help by making a $5, $10 or $25 monthly donationto our campaign?

Any amount helps and will make a MAJOR CHANGE in our community.

We need unifying voices

I’m pleased to share with you that I’ve received another great endorsement this week! (see below)

At a time when we have a lot of division in our society, it is more important than ever to elect individuals who will be a unifying force in our government. As a leader, I have always worked hard to ensure that all voices are heard and and respected, and I look forward to continuing this work as the Mayor of Oceanside.

I am honored to have the support of Encinitas’ Mayor Catherine Blakespear, and am humbly asking you to place the same trust in me on election day.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ENCINITAS MAYOR CATHERINE S. BLAKESPEAR ENDORSES RUBEN K. MAJOR FOR OCEANSIDE MAYOR

(OCEANSIDE, CA – FEBRUARY 26, 2020)

Catherine S. Blakespear, Mayor of Encinitas, CA. and Vice-Chair of SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) Board of Directors, is announcing today her endorsement of Ruben K. Major for Mayor of Oceanside, CA.

Blakespear is a fourth-generation resident of Encinitas and former member of Encinitas City Council. She earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Northwestern University and a law degree from University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Blakespear co-founded and maintains a law practice focusing on estate-planning, probates, wills and trust administration. She is passionate about “American democracy and all elements of the governmental structure that support equality, liberty, freedom and the happiness that Americans enjoy.” She said, “Ruben Major is a strong, unifying leader for the diverse and dynamic community of Oceanside.”

Major, who owns the largest emergency medical services recertification training program worldwide, is an EMT/Paramedic and holds his Master’s degree in History and a law degree. He is a husband, father of 3 children attending local public schools in Oceanside, and is a former candidate for California Secretary of State in 2018. Major said, “I am truly honored to have the endorsement of a California community leader who cares so much about the people. Her leadership on homelessness as well as her commitment to turning Encinitas “green” are just two of the many things I admire about Mayor Blakespear. It is critical that we elect people who can work well with representatives across all levels of government, and I’m confident that our two cities will be able to work together to form an even stronger bond when I am elected Mayor of Oceanside.”

Major is running for Mayor in order to improve the city’s response to the homeless crisis, rein in the development “sprawl,” and ensure that Oceanside is a place where everyone can prosper. He is focused on common-sense solutions that prioritize public safety, smart planning, and preserving the voice of the people. His people-powered, grassroots campaign has been engaging with members of the community in “neighborhood pop-ups” and on a listening tour at major public events in recent months.

The election for Mayor of Oceanside will be held on November 3, 2020.

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If you believe that everyone who lives in Oceanside deserves an opportunity to prosper, please consider contributing what you can to support this campaign and let’s make sure you have someone fighting for you on the issues that matter.

Can you help by making a $5, $10 or $25 monthly donation to our campaign?

Any amount helps and will make a MAJOR CHANGE in our community.

DEMCCO Executive Board Bylaw Violations – Challenge Letter

At a time when faith in many of our democratic and governmental institutions is at an all-time low, don’t we have a responsibility to follow the rules that members of this group invested sweat equity in creating to ensure fairness and adherence to a defined process?

Fellow DEMCCO Members, it pains me to write everything below because I have so much respect for our party and the people who have come together here to make a positive impact on the world. I have great respect for all of you and I believe that you want to do the right thing.

As you will see from the attached letter directed to Linda Slater, President of DEMCCO, there have been some egregious violations of bylaws and eastablished precedents in the decision to revisit the endorsement in the Mayoral race and to have a second vote.

DEMCCO Executive Board Bylaw Violations Letter

From the beginning, all I have asked for is equal consideration and adherence to the very process and rules this group worked painstakingly to set forth. I ask that you give this information full consideration with respect for those who put hours of their lives into ensuring that we had guidance for times like these, when there might be some disagreement among members as to how to proceed.

I would also ask that members of this group come together to revise the rules to add additional clarity for situations such as these, when a vote of “no endorsement” has been made, and in situations where the time frame is well in advance of customary endorsement period. As I have noted in the attached, this endorsement vote, if taken, would be in violation of set rules because this race had NOT been deemed as strategically critical. While I believe the current rules are clear on these matters, if other members feel that the rules lack clarity then it is incumbent upon us to correct the situation and to conform to the most conservative interpretation of the rules on these matters.

I respectfully ask members to take a stand in support of the rules of this organization and give full consideration to the attached document detailing the violations and divergence from precedent happening with regard to endorsement in the Oceanside Mayoral race.

I ask you to cancel this endorsement vote and force club officials to abide by our rules.

Best, &c,
Ruben

Talking with Voters in the Rain at Palisades Park

 

The rain didn’t stop us! #TeamMajor had a blast at Palisades Park, connecting with voters about the city we all love and how we can make it even better! We’ll be doing these neighborhood pop-up events all over Oceanside to talk with the people, listen, and hear about what you’d like to see from your next Mayor! Sign up for emails to make sure you hear about upcoming events and news. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you! #MajorLoveforOside

 

It’s time! MLK, Women’s Rights, Voting, and the Work Ahead

As we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, I’ve been thinking a lot about his words, “The time is always right to do what is right.” At this moment in history, we have a unique opportunity to come together to do what is right and I believe we have a lot of reasons to be hopeful about that today.

To honor the extraordinary legacy of Dr. King, this morning #TeamMajor attended the North San Diego County NAACP’s Martín Luther King, Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast here in Oceanside. The event was truly inspirational and the leadership were so welcoming that my daughter decided to join as a Youth Member! The gathering also provided an opportunity to collect food and supply items for those in need.

The news and social media sometimes make it seem like the divisions and differences between us are an infinite gulf, impossible to bridge. But when I talk with people in our communities face-to-face, I meet people who care about one another, care about our country, and care deeply about our future. I find that most people want to do what is right.

After the 2016 election, millions of women across the country began to mobilize politically. The Women’s March galvanized a diverse group of people whose message was a direct refutation of this president and his agenda. With that march now in its third year, the coalition it created remains ready to fight for equal rights and stand against racism, bigotry, homophobia, and sexism. I was proud to participate again this year, in solidarity and as an ally, holding space for honest feedback. I don’t think our current representatives do enough listening.

Highlights from the North County San Diego Women’s March

There were more reasons for hope at the ballot box in 2018, which had an 11 percent increase in voter turnout and increases across all voting age and racial/ethnic demographics.Perhaps even better, the biggest jump was among 18- to 29-year-olds, whose turnout went up by 79 percent! More and more young people are getting engaged in our communities, recognizing the importance of addressing things like climate change, homelessness, and corruption. More recently, the state of Virginia ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, arguably fulfilling the ⅔ requirement to be added to the Constitution! It may have taken us four decades, but it seems that Americans are now ready to do what is right in the fight for gender equality.

By no means are we done with the work. The Rev. Dr. King, Jr.’s words remind us that the fight for civil rights and equality is far from over. We must restore and expand the Voting Rights Act and continue to fight against voter suppression, purging the voter rolls, and racial gerrymandering. We know that voter disenfranchisement continues today with things like reduced access to the ballot box through limited hours and locations, so we must also make Election Day a federal holiday to allow everyone the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

We know that millions of people have been purged from the voter rolls since 2016, so one action you can take right now is to check your voter registration and verify the deadline for registration in your state. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you verify your registration if you want to be able to vote in the upcoming elections, as you might need to re-register if you have been removed. If you’re in California, click here to verify your registration. For all other states, you can get more information here to check your voter registration.

I am committed to a vision for America that will create a better world for our children and grandchildren and restore our democracy, protecting the rights of all people. Whether we’re talking about getting rid of corruption, addressing the homeless epidemic, voting rights, or the continued fight for civil rights and equality, the time is right—right now.

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Upcoming Appearances: Ruben will be on The Convo Couch on Tuesday, January 21st at 1 p.m. PST. Be sure to tune in at www.facebook.com/theconvocouch.

If you’d like to support this grassroots, people-powered campaign, please consider contributing what you can. I do not accept corporate contributions or SuperPAC support, so we rely on small contributions to fund our work.

Can you help by making a $5, $10 or $25 monthly donation to our campaign?

Any amount helps and will make a MAJOR CHANGE in our community.