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November 2014 Endorsements

Throughout the month of August, CAUSE Action Fund's grassroots community leaders formed endorsement committees in six cities to review issues on the ballot and make recommendations for Central Coast voters.  We considered candidates' knowledge, commitment and accountability to issues affecting working-class, immigrant and young voters, their accessibility and willingness to listen to community concerns, their support from our allies, and their viability and campaign plan to win.  The following endorsements have been formally approved by CAUSE Action Fund's board of directors.
 
 
Santa Maria
Yes on Prop 47
Yes on Measure P
Yes on Measure T
Tony Coles for City Council
Jeneen Miller for Santa Maria Bonita School Board
Diana Perez for Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board
Heidi Harmon for State Assembly
Lois Capps for Congress
 
Guadalupe
Yes on Prop 47
Yes on Measure P
Yes on Measures X, V and W
Diana Perez for Santa Maria Joint Union High School Board
Lois Capps for Congress
Heidi Harmon for State Assembly
 
Santa Barbara
Yes on Prop 47
Yes on Measure P
Yes on Measure S
Lois Capps for Congress
Das Williams for Assembly
 
Ventura
Yes on Prop 47
Yes on Measures D and E
Julia Brownley for Congress
Das Williams for Assembly
 
Oxnard
Yes on Prop 47
Carmen Ramirez and Bert Perello for City Council
Ruby Durias for Oxnard School Board
Beatriz Herrera and Wayne Edmonds for Oxnard Union High School Board
Julia Brownley for Congress
Jacqui Irwin for Assembly
 
Santa Paula
Yes on Prop 47
Julia Brownley for Congress
Das Williams for Assembly
 
Don’t live in any of the cities above?
While these are the six cities where CAUSE Action Fund focuses our voter engagement efforts, we know some of our supporters may live elsewhere.  Central Coast voters who live outside these cities can see our endorsements for US Congress and California State Assembly.  We also urge all California voters to support Prop 47 and Santa Barbara County voters to support Measure P.
 
More info on candidates and ballot measures:
 
Yes on Prop 47
Proposition 47 puts schools and communities before prisons by changing the lowest level nonviolent offenses like petty theft and drug possession from felonies to misdemeanors, saving hundreds of millions of dollars per year which will be sent to schools, mental health and drug treatment.
 
Julia Brownley and Lois Capps for Congress
Julia Brownley and Lois Capps stand for providing immigrant families a path to citizenship, protecting our environment, and providing education, healthcare, and other support for hard working families struggling to make ends meet.
 
Yes on Santa Barbara County Measure P
Measure P will ban extreme methods of oil drilling like fracking in lands outside of cities in Santa Barbara County.  Risky oil extraction methods like fracking threaten to contaminate our water supply, which could endanger many jobs in farm work, and is most likely to be located near low-income immigrant communities.
 
Carmen Ramirez and Bert Perello for Oxnard City Council
Carmen Ramirez and Bert Perello have been strong advocates of a healthy environment in Oxnard and a city that supports working families.  Carmen and Bert are willing to stand up against powerful corporate interests who put private profits before our community and environment.
 
Ruby Durias for Oxnard School District Board
Dr. Ruby Durias is a longtime educator who will work to reduce class sizes, strengthen parent involvement, and make sure all students get equal opportunities.
 
Beatriz Herrera and Wayne Edmonds for Oxnard Union High School District Board
Beatriz Herrera is a college counselor and the only candidate who lives in Oxnard.  Wayne Edmonds spent many years teaching in Oxnard and also understands the needs of our community.  Both Bea and Wayne will listen to immigrant families, support teachers, and improve the health of our students.
 
Yes on City of Ventura Measures D and E
Measures D/E will move elections for Ventura City Council and School Board from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years.  Ventura holding its city and school board elections separately from state and national elections is costly, leads to extremely low voter turnout, and has resulted in no representation for the Westside and Latino communities in important decisions about our city and schools.
 
Yes on Guadalupe Measures X, V, and W
The city of Guadalupe has made layoffs and pay cuts, but still faces a budget shortfall that will force it to go bankrupt, meaning local government decisions will be made by Santa Barbara County instead of Guadalupe and emergency services will be provided from Orcutt, which will mean longer wait times putting residents at risk.  Measures X, V and W will raise fees and utility rates on large businesses and raise the sales tax by a quarter cent to allow the city of Guadalupe to continue to exist and provide road repair, parks and emergency services.   
 
Yes on Santa Barbara Measure S
Measure S will make upgrades to Santa Barbara City College, which is an essential resource to provide affordable higher education for local youth and adult education for working parents learning English and other skills to get access to better jobs.
 
Yes on Santa Maria Bonita School District Measure T
Measure T will allow Santa Maria to build a new school to meet the needs of its rapidly growing student population.
 
Tony Coles for Santa Maria City Council
The Santa Maria City Council does not represent our community and needs a major change.  Tony Coles will support affordable housing, workers’ rights and public transportation.  He stands with immigrant families and opposed the City Council’s decision to approve an ICE detention center.
 
Jeneen Miller for Santa Maria Bonita School District Board
Jeneen Miller is a retired teacher who will work to improve education for migrant and English Learner students and increase parent participation.
 
Diana Perez for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Board
Diana Perez is a college counselor who worked to coordinate implementation of the California DREAM Act at Allan Hancock College.  On the school board she has strongly supported increasing parent participation.
 
Heidi Harmon, Jacqui Irwin and Das Williams for State Assembly.
Heidi Harmon, Jacqui Irwin and Das Williams will work to expand immigrants’ and workers’ rights, create strong environmental protections, and fund education, healthcare and other support for hard working families struggling to make ends meet. 
 

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