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Dawn Addis is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. The Courage California Voter Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

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Dawn Addis

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Dawn Addis was raised by a single mom in Mill Valley and obtained her Masters in Special Education at San Francisco State before moving to Morro Bay with her husband and son in 2001. She has made education, fighting injustice, and supporting working families a cornerstone of her platform. She also helped co-found the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo.

Addis was elected to the Morro Bay City Council in 2018. She ran on a platform focused on housing and infrastructure improvements, and protecting the California Coastline. She spent many years as a special education teacher, including as an English Learner Intervention Specialist for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. She also co-founded the Women’s March SLO in 2016-2017.

Addis has been vocal about supporting gun violence prevention legislation -- including universal background check, as well as improving infrastructure, improving the housing crisis, and funding education. She has highlighted the importance of diversity in elections and across the board.

Addis is running against incumbent Jordan Cunningham (R). According to recent election results, this can be a tough race for Democrats. Republicans have won by significant majorities since 2012, but Democrats held the seat from 1998-2010. Addis has been securing endorsements from local, statewide and national organizations. She is the clear progressive choice in this race.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


35th Assembly District

35th Assembly District

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24th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

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Democrat

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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


State Assembly, 35th District

Member of the State Assembly

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Democrat

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Builds Progress
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Dawn Addis was raised by a single mom in Mill Valley and obtained her Masters in Special Education at San Francisco State before moving to Morro Bay with her husband and son in 2001. She has made education, fighting injustice, and supporting working families a cornerstone of her platform. She also helped co-found the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo.

Addis was elected to the Morro Bay City Council in 2018. She ran on a platform focused on housing and infrastructure improvements, and protecting the California Coastline. She spent many years as a special education teacher, including as an English Learner Intervention Specialist for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. She also co-founded the Women’s March SLO in 2016-2017.

Addis has been vocal about supporting gun violence prevention legislation -- including universal background check, as well as improving infrastructure, improving the housing crisis, and funding education. She has highlighted the importance of diversity in elections and across the board.

Addis is running against incumbent Jordan Cunningham (R). According to recent election results, this can be a tough race for Democrats. Republicans have won by significant majorities since 2012, but Democrats held the seat from 1998-2010. Addis has been securing endorsements from local, statewide and national organizations. She is the clear progressive choice in this race.
 

Last updated: 2020-02-24


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.



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