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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
August 18, 2020
 
Contact: 
Andrea Seastrand
805-720-6745
 
The Central Coast Taxpayers Association (CCTA)
Presents Its 2019 Hero of the Taxpayer Award
to Andy Caldwell
 
CCTA is pleased to recognize Andy Caldwell for his constant support of Proposition 13 and for his many years of fighting for the forgotten taxpayer!  He is an outspoken advocate for businesses that provide jobs for our local economy and is in opposition to the ever-increasing government regulations and taxes affecting those businesses. 
 
Caldwell is best known as Executive Director of COLAB Santa Barbara (Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business), and serving as a government watchdog. Not only did Caldwell help to start COLAB Santa Barbara in 1991 as its founding Executive Director, he also served as the interim executive director for COLAB SLO in its formation period and helped with the start of COLAB organizations in Ventura and Imperial Counties. 

Caldwell has the only daily radio talk show that covers the entire Central Coast.  It airs from 3pm to 5 pm on AM 1440 Santa Maria, FM 98.5 San Luis Obispo and AM 1290 Santa Barbara-Ventura. Presently Caldwell is an opinion writer for the Santa Barbara News Press and was a former guest columnist for the Santa Maria Times for 17 years. 
 
Andy Caldwell's community awards and recognitions are numerous: 
  • Santa Maria Valley Ag Association Annual Award Recipient 2004.¬†
  • Santa Barbara Industrial Association Distinguished Public Service Award 2006¬†
  • Voted Best ‚ÄúCommunity Activist‚ÄĚ by Readers of the Santa Maria Sun 2007.¬†
  • Annually Voted Best ‚ÄúCommunity Watchdog‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúBest Take It to the Man Activist‚ÄĚ by Readers of the Santa Maria Sun 20 times!¬†
  • Los Padres Council of Boy Scouts of America ‚ÄúCommunity Organization of the Year 2008"¬†
  • Resolutions of Commendation from the California State Assembly, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, and the Santa Maria City Council.¬†
  • Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau ‚ÄúAgricultural Promotion 2010" Award Recipient¬†
  • From State Senator Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D,¬† Resolution for Meritorious Service to Agriculture, Business and Labor in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, presented 2010¬†
  • From the Vocational Training Center which serves the disabled community ‚ÄúCommunity Image Award 2010"¬†
  • Recipient of State Senator Joel Anderson ‚ÄúCalifornia Hero Award‚ÄĚ 2015.¬†
  • Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce and Strawberry Association ‚ÄúIndustry Partner of the Year Award‚ÄĚ 2019¬†¬†¬†¬†

Past recipients of the Central Coast Taxpayers Association Hero of the Taxpayer Award are:   
  • 2015 Supervisor Debbie Arnold
  • 2016 Supervisor John Peschong¬†
  • 2017 KPRL Kevin Will¬†
  • 2018 Supervisor Lynn Compton¬†¬†
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