2020 VOTER GUIDE

State Propositions

- Corporate Tax Reform

Prop 15 would bring $12 billion to schools and local community services throughout California by making big corporations pay their fair share of taxes. It would bring over $200 million to schools, hospitals, affordable housing and other local services in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties by closing tax loopholes for corporations who own more than $3 million in property in California, while not affecting farms, small businesses, homes and apartments.

- Affirmative Action

Prop 16 would end the 1996 ban on California schools and other public agencies being able to actively fight racial discrimination and inequality. It would allow our community to receive fair opportunities in access to college, contracts for small businesses, and equal pay for women and people of color.

- Parolee Voting Rights

Prop 17 would restore the right to vote for people who have served their punishments and earned their freedom. The prison system unfairly impacts people of color, and removing voting rights creates racial bias in our elections. All of us deserve a chance to have our voices heard, no matter what.

- Voting Age

Prop 18 would allow young people who will be old enough to vote in a general election to also vote in that year’s primary election. Our youth are the future and are leading the way to the change we need. Prop 18 will expand access for young people to be engaged in our community and our state.

- Residential Tax Reform

Prop 19 contains some positive changes to our tax system, but the tax breaks it provides would primarily benefit wealthy homeowners who are trying to buy another, more expensive home. There are better ways to reform our tax system that help those who need it most.

- Rollback of Prison Reforms

Prop 20 would roll back California’s progress on reducing our overcrowded prisons by raising prison sentences for nonviolent offenses. We’ve made needed reforms to our cruel justice syste in recent years while crime rates have remained at record lows. We should continue this progress to a more humane justice system, not turn backwards.

- Rent Stabilization

Prop 21 would allow cities the choice to cap extreme rent increases on builders over 15 years old to keep families in their homes and preserve affordable housing. Our families are being pushed out of their homes and neighborhoods by rising rents, working longer hours and sacrificing their health to make ends meet. We need to take action now on our housing crisis by stabilizing rents for more people.

- Gig Workers

Prop 22 would take away rights from app-based workers like those who work for Uber and Lyft. App companies spent tens of millions of dollars to write and promote this special exemption for themselves from basic workers’ rights laws like sick leave, minimum wage, workers comp, and unemployment that we need more than ever in this pandemic.

- Dialysis Clinics

Prop 23 would require basic safety standards for dialysis clinics, like requiring a doctor on site and mandatory reporting of infections. It also puts restrictions on closing dialysis clinics and discrimination based on the type of health insurance a patient has to ensure our community gets the quality healthcare we deserve.

- Consumer Privacy

Prop 24 is supposed to promote consumer privacy on the internet but it is being opposed by many of the leading consumer rights groups in California like the ACLU, Consumer Federation of California, and Consumer Action. It creates better internet privacy for those who can afford to pay, while allowing surveillance of immigrants and workers and online housing discrimination.

Santa Maria

Osvaldo Sotelo

for Santa Maria City Council, District 1

Osvaldo is a life-long resident of Northwest Santa Maria and provides our community with job training through the nonprofit Goodwill. He will work towards affordable housing, advocate for farmworkers’ rights, and provide more programs and opportunities for our youth.

Angie Bolden

for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board

Angie has worked to bring conflict mediation, extracurricular activities, and internship opportunities to Santa Maria’s high schools. She will work to reduce class sizes, improve equity in education, and bring more diversity to our school leadership as the first black woman on Santa Maria’s high school board.

Amy Lopez

for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board

Amy has served the community through the TeenAge Parenting Program, Boys and Girls Club, and the Alcohol and Drug Program. She has also been elected to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board of Education since 2016. Amy is running for re-election to continue advocating for equity and access to quality education for all students.

Dawn Addis

for 35th State Assembly District

Dawn is a teacher and Morro Bay city councilmember who co-founded Women’s March San Luis Obispo. She’ll work to make healthcare more affordable, invest in public education, and stand up for immigrant and farmworker rights.

Monique Limón

for 19th State Senate District

Monique began her career working to help students of color and first generation college students achieve success in higher education at SBCC and UCSB, and served as a Santa Barbara school board member before being elected to the State Assembly. In the legislature, she’s been a champion of education, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and a healthy environment and helped protect our community during the Thomas Fire.

Salud Carbajal

for 24th Congressional District

Salud immigrated to the US at five years old and worked with his family in the fields growing up in Oxnard, before going on to get his Masters Degree. As our congressmember, he has taken strong stances for our community including raising wages for workers and providing healthcare for all, while standing up to Trump’s attacks on immigrants.

Santa Barbara

Wendy Sims-Moten

for Santa Barbara Unified School District Board

Wendy has worked for the County of Santa Barbara for 24 years and is the current Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County. As an incumbent to the Santa Barbara School Board and alongside their dedicated community involvement, Wendy has a proven track record making sure that all students succeed.

Jackie Reid

for Santa Barbara Unified School District Board

Jackie has over 25 years as an experienced educator, understanding what is needed for success in a teaching environment.  Holding a MA and PhD in education, Jackie has brought experience that matters to the school board, especially in trying to close the achievement gap.

Virginia Alvarez

for Santa Barbara Unified School District Board

Virginia is a local school administrator with the expertise and knowledge of how to improve our schools. The daughter of immigrant parents, Virginia understands how difficult the educational experience can be, and will work to support all students and parents in the school district.

Erin Guereña

for Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustee, District 3

Erin is a Santa Barbara local who recently opened Haven Barber Shop to be a center for the community, and they will bring that same community centered vision to the SBCC Board of Trustees. Erin is committed to leading SBCC through the uncertainty of the pandemic, especially in working for a healthy campus climate that adresses acts of discrimination.

Steve Bennett

for 37th Assembly District

Steve began his career as an economics teacher and has served for years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, where he worked to stop pollution and promote a healthy environment, reform campaign laws to get money out of politics, and expand resources for farmworkers. As our State Assemblymember, he will stand up to corporate interests and invest in our schools.

Monique Limón

for 19th State Senate District

Monique began her career working to help students of color and first generation college students achieve success in higher education at SBCC and UCSB, and served as a Santa Barbara school board member before being elected to the State Assembly. In the legislature, she’s been a champion of education, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and a healthy environment and helped protect our community during the Thomas Fire.

Salud Carbajal

for 24th Congressional District

Salud immigrated to the US at five years old and worked with his family in the fields growing up in Oxnard, before going on to get his Masters Degree. As our congressmember, he has taken strong stances for our community including raising wages for workers and providing healthcare for all, while standing up to Trump’s attacks on immigrants.

Goleta

Kyle Richards

Goleta City Council

Kyle has worked at UCSB since 1997 and has been a progressive leader on the Goleta City Council since 2016. Committed to moving Goleta past the pandemic, Kyle will address housing affordability, improve transportation, and improve Old Town in sustainable ways.

Ventura

Amy Callahan

for Ventura Unified School Board, Area 3

Any has served as an educator for over 20 years and is a current member of the VUSD Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee. Amy will work to improve social justice and cultural competency training for district staff and teachers and create pathways for college and career readiness for all students.

Doug Halter

for Ventura City Council, District 2

Doug Halter has served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and as a founding Board Member of the Ventura County Social Justice Fund. Doug will work to make housing more affordable, improve access to green space and better prepare Ventura from threats of future wildfires.

Steve Bennett

for 37th Assembly District

Steve began his career as an economics teacher and has served for years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, where he worked to stop pollution and promote a healthy environment, reform campaign laws to get money out of politics, and expand resources for farmworkers. As our State Assemblymember, he will stand up to corporate interests and invest in our schools.

Monique Limón

for 19th State Senate District

Monique began her career working to help students of color and first generation college students achieve success in higher education at SBCC and UCSB, and served as a Santa Barbara school board member before being elected to the State Assembly. In the legislature, she’s been a champion of education, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and a healthy environment and helped protect our community during the Thomas Fire.

Julia Brownley

for 26th Congressional District

Julia began as a school board member and served in the state legislature, where she worked to promote quality public schools and a healthy environment. As our congressmember, she has stood up to Trump’s attacks on immigrants and worked to make college and healthcare more affordable.

Oxnard

Oscar Madrigal

for Oxnard City Council, District 3

Oscar Madrigal grew up in Oxnard and worked as a high school teacher before being elected to City Council in 2016, where he has worked on supporting our youth and our immigrant community- including the Safe City Ordinance to protect our community from ICE. As a councilmember, he will continue to advocate for our community and work to revitalize Downtown Oxnard.

Vianey Lopez

for Oxnard City Council, District 6

Vianey Lopez immigrated to South Oxnard when she was four years old and has lived in Oxnard ever since. She served for six years in the Hueneme School Board, where she advocated for the dual immersion program and for bilingual initiatives to increase parent involvement. Representing South Oxnard on City Council, she will continue to fight for youth programs and for the rights of renters and immigrant families.

John Zaragoza

for Mayor of Oxnard

John was born and raised in Oxnard and has served Oxnard as a City Councilmember and County Supervisor where he fought pollution that would hurt our community’s health, worked to invest in El Rio, and supported programs for our youth. As Mayor, he will aim to revitalize Downtown and South Oxnard, continue fighting for our environment and provide programs for our youth.

Carmen Ramirez

for Ventura County Supervisor, District 5

Carmen began her career as a legal aid attorney for renters’ and workers’ rights in La Colonia. On City Council, she has protected our health and environment by stopping a polluting power plant from being built in Oxnard and defended our immigrant families from ICE by passing the Safe City ordinance. As a Supervisor, Carmen will work to protect our health and fight for the rights of farmworkers and immigrants.

Steve Bennett

for 37th Assembly District

Steve began his career as an economics teacher and has served for years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, where he worked to stop pollution and promote a healthy environment, reform campaign laws to get money out of politics, and expand resources for farmworkers. As our State Assemblymember, he will stand up to corporate interests and invest in our schools.

Monique Limón

for 19th State Senate District

Monique began her career working to help students of color and first generation college students achieve success in higher education at SBCC and UCSB, and served as a Santa Barbara school board member before being elected to the State Assembly. In the legislature, she’s been a champion of education, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and a healthy environment and helped protect our community during the Thomas Fire.

Julia Brownley

for 26th Congressional District

Julia began as a school board member and served in the state legislature, where she worked to promote quality public schools and a healthy environment. As our congressmember, she has stood up to Trump’s attacks on immigrants and worked to make college and healthcare more affordable.

No on Oxnard Measures F, L, M, N

These measures are funded by wealthy corporate executive Aaron Starr who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to advance a conservative political agenda in Oxnard in recent years, despite being repeatedly rejected by voters in his frequent runs for city council. Vote no to stop this conservative power grab.

Santa Paula

Andrew Sobel

for Santa Paula City Council

Andy grew up in Mexico City and moved to California to become a bilingual teacher. He later became an organizer with PICO to help working families get access to healthcare for their children. While on Santa Paula City Council, Andy has been an advocate for investing in youth programs, affordable housing and supporting immigrant families.

Margaux Bangs

for Santa Paula City Council

As a Santa Paula resident, Margaux has served on the Planning Commission and Design Assistance Committee. She will work to make housing more affordable, invest in youth programs and fight for Santa Paula’s fair share in County resources to fund public transportation, the local hospital and higher education.

Gabriela Ornelas

for Santa Paula Unified School Board, Area 4

Gabriela grew up in Santa Paula near Piedras Park and still lives there today. She works with the City of Santa Paula to support the new youth center. She will make information at schools more accessible for Spanish speaking families and better support students during distance learning by investing in more technology for immigrant working class students who do not have access to a computer at home.

Steve Bennett

for 37th Assembly District

Steve began his career as an economics teacher and has served for years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, where he worked to stop pollution and promote a healthy environment, reform campaign laws to get money out of politics, and expand resources for farmworkers. As our State Assemblymember, he will stand up to corporate interests and invest in our schools.

Monique Limón

for 19th State Senate District

Monique began her career working to help students of color and first generation college students achieve success in higher education at SBCC and UCSB, and served as a Santa Barbara school board member before being elected to the State Assembly. In the legislature, she’s been a champion of education, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and a healthy environment and helped protect our community during the Thomas Fire.

Julia Brownley

for 26th Congressional District

Julia began as a school board member and served in the state legislature, where she worked to promote quality public schools and a healthy environment. As our congressmember, she has stood up to Trump’s attacks on immigrants and worked to make college and healthcare more affordable.

Fillmore

Christina Villaseñor

for Fillmore City Council

Christina graduated from UC Berkeley and earned her Masters in Public Health from UCLA, and has spent her career advocating for the Latino community and working for public health, including serving on the board of CAUSE Action Fund.  She will work for affordable housing, youth resources, and protecting our environment.

Steve Bennett

for 37th Assembly District

Steve began his career as an economics teacher and has served for years on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, where he worked to stop pollution and promote a healthy environment, reform campaign laws to get money out of politics, and expand resources for farmworkers. As our State Assemblymember, he will stand up to corporate interests and invest in our schools.

Monique Limón

for 19th State Senate District

Monique began her career working to help students of color and first generation college students achieve success in higher education at SBCC and UCSB, and served as a Santa Barbara school board member before being elected to the State Assembly. In the legislature, she’s been a champion of education, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and a healthy environment and helped protect our community during the Thomas Fire.

Julia Brownley

for 26th Congressional District

Julia began as a school board member and served in the state legislature, where she worked to promote quality public schools and a healthy environment. As our congressmember, she has stood up to Trump’s attacks on immigrants and worked to make college and healthcare more affordable.

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