District CA-49

Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, Del Mar, Camp Pendleton, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, & Ladera Ranch

The Problem

Retiring in Disgrace



Darrell Issa

  • Voted to dramatically increase the cost of insurance and kick millions off health care by supporting Trumpcare
  • One of the richest members of Congress with 11 homes. While San Diego County struggles with homelessness, he voted to cut assistance for homeless veterans by $2 million.
  • NRA score of A for opposing gun safety legislation, claiming the Las Vegas massacre only called for “thoughtful reflection” -- not action
Learn more about Issa and how he has been misrepresenting his district for the past 15 years. Although he recently announced his retirement, Republicans will try to replace him with more of the same.

The Solution

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Why CA-49 Counts

"Issa does nothing about gun violence, increasing the chances of a shooting in my school. I’m not old enough to vote so I encourage others."
- Hannah, Ladera Ranch

The 49th district spans the beautiful southern California coast from Dana Point to Oceanside to Del Mar and beyond. It is made of a diverse population that has not been properly represented for the past 15 years, leading to over half of the district disapproving of Issa’s leadership. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won this district by 7%. About 46,400 veterans live in this district, as well as approximately 61,200 people who are living with disabilities. Immigrants make up about 18% of District 49’s population, 1,800 of whom are “Dreamers” — undocumented Californians who were brought to the U.S. from another country when they were young children. The people in this area see housing costs and homelessness as some of the biggest issues they and their neighbors are facing — a problem which Rep. Issa has actually made worse.

Over 60% of residents in this area also support the Affordable Care Act (70,000 District 48 residents receive health care through the ACA) while also worrying about how the new tax plan will affect them. Rep. Issa has consistently voted against them on these issues.

District 49 is comprised of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, Del Mar, Camp Pendleton, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, and Ladera Ranch. By demographic, 56% are white, 21% are Latinx, and 18% are Asian or Pacific Islander.

"This Administration is proof that our vote counts. We need politicians that represent us, and don’t sell out to Wall Street or the 1%."
- Cole, San Clemente

Tell us how You Count

Do you live in District 49? We want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself, your values, and how Darrell Issa fails to represent you!

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More on Darrell Issa

Rep. Issa — one of the richest members of Congress by far — has clearly been focused more on collecting his riches than listening to his San Diego and Orange County constituents while in office.

Over 60% of residents in the area oppose repealing current health care law. But that didn’t matter to Rep. Issa who voted for Trumpcare which would have significantly increased the cost of insurance for almost everyone and kicked millions off their current coverage. Meanwhile, he has accepted over $457,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Immigration is another issue where Issa has stood against many of his constituents. About 18% of the people living in his district are immigrants, but he has continuously praised President Trump’s border wall proposal.

The NRA has graded Rep. Issa with an A for standing with them in policy matters. He has used that deadly partnership to oppose common sense gun safety legislation that could have helped prevent the Las Vegas massacre. After the massacre, Issa stated that instead of focusing on legislation or change, it was simply a time for “thoughtful reflection.”

A recent study found that about 55% of people in the area see rising housing costs as a major issue. They are also concerned about homelessness, which is obvious when you learn that San Diego County has the fourth highest rates of homelessness in the country. But Issa has completely disregarded their calls for help. He’s voted for bills that increase the risk of foreclosure for homebuyers, make mobile or manufactured homes more expensive for low-income families (as well as increasing the likelihood that they receive predatory, high-interest loans), and allow banks and realtors to trap buyers in costly insurance policies with no fee caps. In the meantime, he has taken over $550,000 from the real estate industry and over $600,000 from construction companies throughout his time in office. With these massive amounts of wealth, he’s been able to buy 11 properties of his own while ignoring the housing crisis in his own backyard.

Issa’s failures in representing District 49 continue. There are about 46,400 veterans living in his district but he voted to take funds away from the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs — a service that provides health care for millions of veterans. Not to mention his vote to cut HUD-VASH (housing assistance for homeless veterans) funds by $2 million. He voted to gut the Americans with Disability Act, setting rights for people living with disabilities back decades and making it more difficult to make businesses create accommodations for them. Over 61,200 of his constituents are people living with disabilities.

Rep. Issa is deeply out of sync with his constituents and he’s shown no signs of changing, which is why it’s vital that we still do everything we can to hold him accountable while he’s in his last year of office for District 49. Join us in winning back his seat and giving the residents of San Diego and Orange Counties the representative they deserve.

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February 13, 2018

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