Santa Cruz County

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2022 Election Cheat Sheet

Explanations for endorsements are below.

California State-wide Offices

California Attorney General
✅ Rob Bonta

California State Assembly

District 28
✅ Gail Pellerin
District 29
✅ Robert Rivas
District 30
✅ Jon Wizard

Local Ballot Measures

Santa Cruz
⛔ Measure D

Endorsement Explainer

California State-wide Office

California Attorney General

Rob Bonta

Rob Bonta has brought an unprecedented passion for enforcing state housing law to the Attorney General’s office. His leadership of the Housing Accountability Unit and his dedication to protecting pro-housing legislation from NIMBY nonsense has earned him the title Housing Champion.

Endorsed by YIMBY Action.

California State Assembly

CA State Assembly District 28

Includes Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Willow Glen, South San Jose, Morgan Hill, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Scotts Valley, Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Monte Sereno, Cambrian Village, the Almaden Valley, and Coyote Valley.

Gail Pellerin

Gail Pellerin is new to housing, but is fired up about building an inclusive California with housing for all. Gail has cited tackling our housing shortage as a top legislative priority. She is committed to finding policy solutions to create more housing for the middle class, increase funding for low-income and supportive housing, and improve public transit and active transportation infrastructure to make our cities more climate friendly.

“The good news for the pro-housing movement is that the tide is turning. People are realizing that the fabric of our community is determined by housing. If we want to support the teachers, the people who work in our community, we need to make serious policy changes and build more homes.”

If this race allowed for ranked choice voting, we would consider Rob Rennie as a strong #2 choice. We particularly appreciate his support for landmark proposals like Senate Bill 50.

Endorsed by Santa Cruz YIMBY, South Bay YIMBY and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 29

Parts of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties, including the cities of Gilroy, Salinas, and Watsonville

Robert Rivas

Assemblymember Robert Rivas is a true housing champion in the legislature. He has sponsored numerous YIMBY Action priority bills including SB 9 and SB 50 and has advanced other bills related to zoning reform, permit streamlining, and increasing funding for affordable housing. He is deeply committed to safe, affordable housing for all of his constituents from middle class families to farmworkers.

Endorsed by Santa Cruz YIMBY, South Bay YIMBY, and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 30

Includes parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo Counties, including the cities of Monterey and San Luis Obispo

Jon Wizard

Jon Wizard reflects the YIMBY values of pragmatic action, vision and optimism. Because of his unique experience as both City Councilmember in Seaside and policy director for the Campaign for Fair Housing Elements, Wizard understands housing policymaking at both the local and state levels. He is engaged in the wheels and cogs of the legislature and will be able to connect with the right leaders to work towards housing abundance on day one. Wizard understands the role of housing policy in tackling issues facing the Central Coast including inequality, climate change, and homelessness. He believes that our best days as a state are ahead of us, and the fastest way to make those days a reality is to enact the change we can achieve today.

Endorsed by SLOCo YIMBY, Santa Cruz YIMBY, and YIMBY Action.

Local Ballot Measures

Santa Cruz