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  • Democrat
    Cathy Murillo
  • Builds Progress
    Builds Representation
  • Cathy Murillo is in her first term as the Mayor of Santa Barbara, and was previously the first Latina ever elected to the Santa Barbara City Council. Prior to her election to the council, she was the News and Public Affairs Director of KCSB. Murillo has been a long time education advocate, and is running on a platform that calls for more housing, improved educational opportunities, and addressing climate change. 

    As mayor and council member, she had a reputation for being active in the community. She supported increasing housing stock, including the development of market rate as well as affordable units. She has advocated for a multi-faceted approach to addressing the city’s homeless crisis, including piloting a day time pop-up center with services, and setting up lockers near public spaces for homeless individuals to store their property. 

    Murillo is running against Jonathan Abboud (D), Steve Bennett (D), Stephen Blum (D), Jason Dominguez (D), Elsa Granados (D), and Charles W. Cole (R).  Murillo is a strong progressive choice because of her community support and track record of housing and educational advocacy. 

    According to our analysis, Murillo is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.

    Cathy Murillo

    Cathy Murillo is in her first term as the Mayor of Santa Barbara, and was previously the first Latina ever elected to the Santa Barbara City Council. Prior to her election to the council, she was the News and Public Affairs Director of KCSB. Murillo has been a long time education advocate, and is running on a platform that calls for more housing, improved educational opportunities, and addressing climate change. 

    As mayor and council member, she had a reputation for being active in the community. She supported increasing housing stock, including the development of market rate as well as affordable units. She has advocated for a multi-faceted approach to addressing the city’s homeless crisis, including piloting a day time pop-up center with services, and setting up lockers near public spaces for homeless individuals to store their property. 

    Murillo is running against Jonathan Abboud (D), Steve Bennett (D), Stephen Blum (D), Jason Dominguez (D), Elsa Granados (D), and Charles W. Cole (R).  Murillo is a strong progressive choice because of her community support and track record of housing and educational advocacy. 

    According to our analysis, Murillo is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-02-21

37th Assembly District

37th Assembly District

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Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

24th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Builds Power
    Builds Progress
    Builds Representation

  • Representative Salud Carbajal, a veteran, was born in Mexico and emigrated as a child with his family to Arizona and later Oxnard, CA. After high school, Carbajal attended the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and went on to obtain his Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the Fielding University. Carbajal spent eight years in the United States Marine Corps, including active duty during the 1991 Gulf War.

    Carbajal was elected to the 24th District in 2017 after serving on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors for 12 years. According to campaign materials, he is running for reelection on a platform that promotes a robust Central Coast through investments in infrastructure and housing, renewable energy and environmental protections, and workforce development.

    Salud serves on the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he was elected to serve as the Vice Chair. As part of his commitment to renewable energy, Salud’s first act in Congress was to introduce the California Clean Coast Act, which would ban future offshore oil and gas drilling on California’s coast. He also secured $1 million for the Santa Barbara Veterans Treatment Courts and has introduced legislation to combat veteran homelessness.

    Representative Carbajal is being challenged by Andy Caldwell (R), a conservative radio host, and Kenneth Young (NPP). Based on our analysis, Rep. Salud Carbajal has consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive issues, from protecting the environment to ensuring DACA protections remain in place.

    According to our analysis, Rep. Carbajal is the strongest choice for progressive leadership in this district.
     

    Last updated: 2020-02-05

26th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • Builds Power
    Builds Representation

  • Representative Julia Brownley is from Aiken, SC, and currently resides in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is the incumbent, having served in this position since 2013. According to campaign materials, she is running for congress to advocate for the needs of her constituents and defend the civil rights of all Americans.

    In Congress, Rep. Brownley has worked to bring down high healthcare costs, fought to make higher education more affordable, preserve the environment, ensure that veterans receive the care and services they deserve, and defend Social Security and Medicare from Republican attacks. Rep. Brownley currently sits on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in 2019 received an appointment to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis due to her leadership on environmental preservation. Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the State Assembly and the Santa Monica-Malibu school board.

    Rep. Brownley supports progressive environmental, healthcare, and education policies. That said, she has been silent on other progressive issues, and has cast unfavorable votes that increased funding to Immigration and Custom Enforcement, failed to extend paid family leave for federal employees, and rejected measures to limit federal employers from discriminating against job applicants with a criminal history.

    Rep. Brownley is being challenged by Enrique Petris (D), Robert L. Salas (D), and Rounda Baldwin-Kennedy (R). Even though we don’t agree with all the votes cast by Rep. Brownley on the issues mentioned above, her relationships with progressive partners and support in her district helps to advance progressive policies, which makes her a strong choice in this race.

    Last updated: 2020-02-28

State Assembly, 37th District

Member of the State Assembly

  • Builds Progress
    Builds Representation
  • Cathy Murillo is in her first term as the Mayor of Santa Barbara, and was previously the first Latina ever elected to the Santa Barbara City Council. Prior to her election to the council, she was the News and Public Affairs Director of KCSB. Murillo has been a long time education advocate, and is running on a platform that calls for more housing, improved educational opportunities, and addressing climate change. 

    As mayor and council member, she had a reputation for being active in the community. She supported increasing housing stock, including the development of market rate as well as affordable units. She has advocated for a multi-faceted approach to addressing the city’s homeless crisis, including piloting a day time pop-up center with services, and setting up lockers near public spaces for homeless individuals to store their property. 

    Murillo is running against Jonathan Abboud (D), Steve Bennett (D), Stephen Blum (D), Jason Dominguez (D), Elsa Granados (D), and Charles W. Cole (R).  Murillo is a strong progressive choice because of her community support and track record of housing and educational advocacy. 

    According to our analysis, Murillo is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.

    Cathy Murillo

    Cathy Murillo is in her first term as the Mayor of Santa Barbara, and was previously the first Latina ever elected to the Santa Barbara City Council. Prior to her election to the council, she was the News and Public Affairs Director of KCSB. Murillo has been a long time education advocate, and is running on a platform that calls for more housing, improved educational opportunities, and addressing climate change. 

    As mayor and council member, she had a reputation for being active in the community. She supported increasing housing stock, including the development of market rate as well as affordable units. She has advocated for a multi-faceted approach to addressing the city’s homeless crisis, including piloting a day time pop-up center with services, and setting up lockers near public spaces for homeless individuals to store their property. 

    Murillo is running against Jonathan Abboud (D), Steve Bennett (D), Stephen Blum (D), Jason Dominguez (D), Elsa Granados (D), and Charles W. Cole (R).  Murillo is a strong progressive choice because of her community support and track record of housing and educational advocacy. 

    According to our analysis, Murillo is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.

    Last updated: 2020-02-21
  • Builds Progress
    Builds Representation
  • Elsa Granados was raised in Los Angeles, and has worked in Santa Barbara for over 20 years.  According to campaign materials, she is running for State Assembly because she wants to use her extensive leadership experience to advocate for policies that protect her community and local natural resources.

    Granados is the longtime Executive Director of Standing Together to End Sexual Assault, a nonprofit that amplifies social injustices, and advocates for policy and cultural changes to eradicate violence against women. At the state and national level, Granados has been a proactive advocate for sexual violence prevention. She has lobbied at the statehouse for increased rape crisis funding, provided feedback on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and advocated for supports specific to women who are incarcerated, farm workers, and indigenous. She has centered women's rights, environmental issues, and affordable housing in her campaign, arguing for the importance of a level playing field for all residents. Granados serves on the board of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee and has received their endorsement in this race.

    Granados is running against candidate Charles Cole (R), Jonathan Abboud (D), Steve Bennett (D), Stephen Blum (D), Jason Dominguez (D), and Cathy Murillo (D) for this open seat. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Granados is a strong progressive choice because of her long history in the community and her collaborative approach to social justice advocacy.

    According to our analysis, Elsa Granados is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
     

    Elsa Granados

    Elsa Granados was raised in Los Angeles, and has worked in Santa Barbara for over 20 years.  According to campaign materials, she is running for State Assembly because she wants to use her extensive leadership experience to advocate for policies that protect her community and local natural resources.

    Granados is the longtime Executive Director of Standing Together to End Sexual Assault, a nonprofit that amplifies social injustices, and advocates for policy and cultural changes to eradicate violence against women. At the state and national level, Granados has been a proactive advocate for sexual violence prevention. She has lobbied at the statehouse for increased rape crisis funding, provided feedback on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and advocated for supports specific to women who are incarcerated, farm workers, and indigenous. She has centered women's rights, environmental issues, and affordable housing in her campaign, arguing for the importance of a level playing field for all residents. Granados serves on the board of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee and has received their endorsement in this race.

    Granados is running against candidate Charles Cole (R), Jonathan Abboud (D), Steve Bennett (D), Stephen Blum (D), Jason Dominguez (D), and Cathy Murillo (D) for this open seat. According to recent election results, Democrats usually win this seat. Granados is a strong progressive choice because of her long history in the community and her collaborative approach to social justice advocacy.

    According to our analysis, Elsa Granados is a strong choice for progressive leadership in office.
     

    Last updated: 2020-02-21

Statewide Ballot Measures

Proposition #13

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES On Prop 13, School and College Facilities Bond
  • This proposition would provide $9 billion for desperately needed renovations to public preschools and grade schools throughout the state, and $6 billion for construction to community colleges, the Cal State system, and the UC system. This will allow the state of California to use tax revenue to pay for improvements that local communities cannot afford. 

    The funding would come from bonds the state would pay back over 35 years, totaling an estimated $26 billion, which includes $15 billion in principal and $11 billion in interest. This investment is well worth the costs. It takes money, after all, to ensure that students -- especially those in districts that can’t afford major capital improvement projects -- do not have to learn in dangerous environments. 

    The vast majority of Democrats in the state legislature support it, as does Gov. Newsom, and the only major opposition is a group called the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. This is the group famous for destroying California’s school funding system in 1978 through another proposition, ironically one that was also dubbed Prop 13. The group spends most of its time lobbying to reduce tax rates. It has never shown any interest in supporting California’s children, at least if that means wealthy individuals or giant corporations would pay their fair share in taxes.

    Critics of the measure have pointed out that the ballot measure’s language includes a provision that frees new multi-family developments around subway stops and bus stations from school impact fees. This provision will make it easier for developers to build apartment buildings within a half-mile of public transit but could also drive up the cost of new housing and take funds away from school districts across the state. Despite this provision, the measure is still supported by most education groups in the state, who believe the overall funding allocation to schools outweighs the impact of reduced funding to school districts located near transit hubs. 2020’s Prop 13 is worth the investment since it means children will soon be able to attend school in buildings that are retrofitted to withstand earthquakes and no longer have lead in their water. 

    We strongly recommend a YES vote on Prop 13.

    CA Prop 13

    This proposition would provide $9 billion for desperately needed renovations to public preschools and grade schools throughout the state, and $6 billion for construction to community colleges, the Cal State system, and the UC system.

    Last updated: 2020-10-07