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.

You won’t want to miss it!

We’ve got some important events coming up and we want to make sure you know about them! Both of these events involve causes near and dear to my heart.

Now in its third year, the Women’s March highlights the work that we still have to do to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all women on the planet. You don’t have to be born female to recognize the importance of solidarity on this issue. And although I have important women in my life, you don’t need a wife or sister or daughter to understand why women harnessing their political power has the potential to be one of the most transformative forces in the world. So I’m excited to again be attending the Women’s March again this year and I hope to see you all there! We’ll have a table so be sure to stop by and say hi! Details below.

Some of you may know that I experienced homelessness and housing insecurity when I was growing up. It’s an experience that forever changes you, because you realize that something most people take for granted, having a roof over your head, isn’t guaranteed to anyone, not even children. And you also realize that everything else we want to do to help those in need–social services for mental health or addiction recovery or food assistance–all of that can unravel easily or not be utilized if someone doesn’t have a place to call home. A part of city planning for resources to help the homeless involves making sure we have an accurate count of who is in our city, and we need your help on this one!

#TeamMajor will be helping out at the 2020 #WeAllCount census organized by the San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness. In order to determine who is unsheltered, we need to go out VERY early in the morning to do a count. There is online training available here and an instructions for downloading the Counting Us mobile app here. Being homeless can feel like you’re invisible, and our job is to make sure that #WeAllCount so that we can get the resources to address the housing crisis locally. Please consider volunteering to make sure we’re able to cover the whole city and let’s ensure that the homeless people in our community know that they matter. If you’re in the Oceanside area, register here and be sure to put “Ruben Major for Oceanside Mayor” as the organizing team and select “El Corazon Senior Center” as the Deployment Center. You can also RSVP to the Facebook event to let us know you’re attending.

#WeAllCount, January 23rd, 4 AM – 9 AM, El Corazon Senior Center

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.

Big News!

This week, we’re thrilled to share that Robert Pullen-Miles, Mayor of the City of Lawndale, has endorsed Ruben Major for Oceanside Mayor! Mayor Pullen-Miles has been fighting for working families for more than two decades and has also been a member of Lawndale’s City Council.

The next Mayor of Oceanside needs to be able to work together with representatives in our own community and beyond, and Ruben is proud to have these two strong leaders on his side. The challenges facing Oceanside in the areas of homelessness, economic advancement, and urban development don’t happen in a vacuum, and a Mayor who has strong relationships with people all over the state will be better prepared to help make our community a place where everyone can thrive.

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.

— Updated January 21, 2019 —

Happy Holidays from The Major Family!

The Major Family would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

Having been homeless as a kid growing up and later helping many homeless people as a Paramedic, it’s important we take the time to think about the children who reside in our community and go to school here, but who are homeless — as well as other unsheltered people who are spending the holidays without the benefit of a roof over their heads. This can be trying times for many.

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that homeless people have a Constitutional right to sleep in public if no shelter is available. Sadly enough, there are not enough beds to shelter our current homeless population.

We need to get serious about taking steps to end the homeless crisis in our community. This will be my top priority in 2020 as I know there is much more we can to address the problem that we aren’t doing right now. I am absolutely certain we can change the narrative for the better.

I also intend to focus on improving our environment, addressing the housing crisis in a sensible manner, and putting an end to rampant, unchecked development in our beautiful city.

If there is something you can do to help someone in need, now is the time. Making our community a better place, starts with you. Together, we can make a positive difference and collectively improve everyone’s lives.

Happy Holidays from The Major Family! : )

How do we replace a CORRUPT City Council?

November 8, 2019

Oceanside, CA – This week I spoke out to our CORRUPT City Council against the North River Farms project, a controversial development plan, sponsored by DARK AND DIRTY money that will put the lives of thousands at risk of fire danger, while builders stand to make TENS OF MILLIONS.

Watch my speech here:

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We must draw a line right here and right now!

With California Wildfires taking the lives of over 100 last year and destroying over 22,000 homes/businesses, building houses in EXTREME FIRE DANGER ZONES is a TERRIBLE IDEA!

Our City Council has FAILED to stand up to these dark interests, and as a result our environment will be irrevocably impacted for future generations to come. This project VIOLATES our climate action plan, our General Plan, and the character of our community.

The only way we can ensure that plans like these are not enacted in the future is to elect a Mayor who will stand up against a rogue City Council, hell-bent on protecting the interests of themselves and their multi-millionaire donors at the expense of our community.

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One Voter at a Time

September 23, 2019

Oceanside, CA — This last week was a very busy one for our campaign. We were able to get our initial announcement for Mayor printed in several prominent San Diego County newspapers. Thank you to our supporters for making noise about the campaign and helping to get us noticed! You can read those articles here:

Small Business Owner Declares Run for Oceanside Mayor – Times of San Diego Paramedic

Major News in Race for Oceanside Mayor- Allanza North County

San Diego Union Tribune Field of candidates growing for Oceanside mayor

We are continuing our push to provide safer and reliable transportation for children getting to school all over Oceanside. The bus cuts all over the county have dramatically impacted school safety and welfare. I have already met with several school board members in Oceanside and Vista to discuss the problems and potential solutions, but we need your continued activism to make #MajorChange.

September 15, 2019 to October 15, 2019 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month. As a Latino & grandson of a Yaqui/descendants of Aztecs, I was proud to be a part of this celebratory effort.

National Voter Registration Day Approaches

Finally and in advance of National Voter Registration Day on September 26, we did our first campaign canvass and it went great! We were able to get into contact with may voters and getting them ready for the upcoming elections next year!

In addition to door knocking and phone calling voters, this weekend, we spoke with community members at Pacific Ridge at Rancho Del Oro about solutions to the homeless crisis and what we can do to reduce housing costs citywide. We are making progress every day!

Help Register Voters – What YOU Can Do!

If you are interested in helping out with voter registration on the following dates please reply to this message with the best number to contact you at:

October 12, 2019 — North County Pride By the Beach

November 3, 2019 — Carlsbad Faire

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Press Release — Ruben Major Announces Campaign for Oceanside Mayor

September 11, 2019

Oceanside, CA — Oceanside business owner and Paramedic Educator Ruben Major announced today that he is running for Oceanside Mayor. Current Mayor, Peter Weiss, was appointed by the City Council in 2018 and is not running to keep his position.

Major has been a Paramedic for nearly 20 years and is an EMT/Paramedic trainer of the largest emergency medical services recertification training program worldwide. Major also holds a Law Degree and Master’s Degree in Military History. He announces his candidacy on 9/11 to honor first responders and their role in keeping our communities safe.

“As a First Responder,” Major says, “September 11th has special meaning for me. I know first hand what it means to put your life on the line to help others and I know that seconds can mean the difference between life and death. I’ve managed mass casualty incidents, worked extensively with the homeless, and even been shot at on scene. First responders are our first line of defense in many situations, and we owe it to them and our entire community to ensure that they have the tools and skills they need to be successful and perform their duties safely.”

Major lives in Oceanside with his wife and three children. This is not his first foray into politics. Major ran for California Secretary of State in 2018 to highlight the importance of election integrity and security to our democracy. While these issues are still a focus for Major, he has chosen to set his sights closer to home due to what he calls, “the greatest public health crisis this community has ever faced.”

“Homelessness has tragically and dramatically increased within the past few years and not enough is being done to address the problem. Our Fire Department is underfunded, and there are not enough stations or firefighters to keep our community safe. There is a lack of trust between residents and law enforcement. Our schools are massively underfunded and unsupported by city government.”

Major is running as a Democrat against Republican Rocky Chavez, but he says this race isn’t about political parties. “Career politicians in this community are putting their own best interests before the needs of our community. Our people deserve leaders with integrity who will make the tough choices needed to get us back on track. It’s time for a Major Change!”

For Press Inquiries Contact

Rachel Bartlett (760) 525-0530 campaign@rubenmajor.com

Website: http://www.rubenmajor.com
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Important Announcement

September 11, 2019

Oceanside, CA – Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Oceanside Mayor. My primary challenger is Rocky Chavez.

As a First Responder and Paramedic Educator, September 11th has special meaning for me. I know first hand what it means to put your life on the line to help others and I know that seconds can mean the difference between life and death. I’ve managed mass casualty incidents, worked extensively with the homeless, and even been shot at on scene. First responders are our first line of defense in many situations, and we owe it to them and our entire community to ensure that they have the tools and skills they need to be successful and perform their duties safely.

My wife, Jenny and I have three children who attend local schools and we are heavily involved in our community. We are very committed to making Oceanside a better place.

Over 15 years ago, we started an EMT training school together and now we work every day to teach others how to save lives. It is apparent to us that we are in the midst of the greatest public health crisis this community has ever faced and not enough is being done.

With experience in public safety and emergency management, a Law Degree and Master’s Degree in Military History, I hope to bring a new perspective and better solutions to the city.

Homelessness, firefighting, and emergency response all need immediate attention. Homelessness has tragically and dramatically increased within the past few years and not enough is being done to address the problem.

Our Fire Department is underfunded, and as a result it takes longer to respond in the event of a medical emergency or a fire. There are simply not enough stations or firefighters to keep our community safe. There is a lack of trust between some residents and law enforcement.

Our schools are massively underfunded and unsupported by city government. In the past 20 years, we have seen unchecked development which has harmed our environment and hampered our ability to provide essential services to our residents. We need smart growth and services which ensure a safe and sustainable city with more amenities for residents. We need an expanded Climate Action Plan, a true emphasis on mass transit, and enforceable measures to achieve climate stabilizing targets. So far, the Council and Mayor have failed us in this regard.

Meanwhile, our community has career politicians who put their own best interests before the needs of our community. We need term limits, a code of ethics, and local elected officials with integrity who will lead us into a brighter, safer future. We need new, innovative ideas and a Major Change.

For far too long, the City Council has sided with outsiders and disregarded the needs of our community. Personalities seem to have taken precedence over the needs of the community and progress has stalled. The problems we face now are too important to put off or ignore.

I’ve thought a lot about how to ensure that our community has the best chance at tackling these issues and after talking with my family, I’ve decided to run for Mayor of Oceanside. I will do everything in my power to fight the forces which have prevented progress in our city. I am 100% committed to doing the work required to win this election and put our community back on track.

But in order to win, I need your help right now.

Although the election appears far away, the forces we are up against are deeply entrenched and already active. We will need to raise a great deal of funds in order to be successful. These funds will be used for costs such as advertising the campaign, digital and print marketing, hiring staff, voter outreach, and other important items necessary for us to win this race.

Working together, we can completely change the makeup of our City Council and get back to representing the interests of our community. Together, we can defeat these opposing forces and win back our city.

Become a founding supporter of my campaign by clicking the link below to contribute:

http://www.rubenmajor.com/contribute

We don’t have much time to show the strength of this campaign. Let’s work to create a new and better Oceanside in 2020. Together, let’s make Major Change.

Happy Labor Day

Oceanside, CA

September 2, 2019

On this important day, we thank those of you who work so hard to keep our community going.

For almost 20 years, I’ve been certified as a an EMT/Paramedic. As an EMT, I often worked 100+ hours a week at minimum wage, just to make ends meet. Anyone who works a full-time job should be able make a living wage.

Last month, I had the privilege to join UFCW Local 135 in front of our local supermarkets in support of their contract negotiations to provide grocery store workers with better wages.

I understand what it’s like to work really hard for very little and that’s why I’m proud to fight for workers’ rights. Let’s reflect on this and continue working together to support our local unions and laborers.

Ruben Major
“Make a Major Change”