"What is the proper purpose of government, but to facilitate and enact justice amongst its people? In doing so, government must be supported by the people who make up its population. For this reason we have taxes and levies, which properly understood, are fees due from people and industries. These are fees for services rendered in the last year - for both physical and social infrastructure. This addresses uncaptured externalities. This rationalizes progressive taxation - the user-pays economic concept applied also to producers, not only consumers."

-Josh Jones

Hi, I'm Josh Jones, the Green Party of California endorsed candidate for Governor 2018. 

Some of my central policies are:

Water - California needs to update our water policy from 1957, which is the last time a long term California state water plan was created. Water recycling in every city can increase water stock over time, even with increase in population. Recycled potable water is put back into the city ground water reservoirs. This closed loop will increase the water resources for each city. Even with reduced water input, the water stock increases in this closed loop.

Ban fracking - We must save our crucial California ground water reservoirs.  

Private prison slavery - Prisoners should not be working for .20 an hour. This merely benefits corporations with slave-wages in the U.S. and California. It is also a union-busting program - how can free people compete with incarcerated people making .20 an hour? This also speaks to why Jim Crow laws and vagrancy laws existed. It also speaks to why the drug wars occurred. If you look at the 13th Amendment, cited as abolishing slavery, you will find slavery is still allowed if a person is convicted of a crime. This only encourages states to make laws to create slaves. Slavery is wrong, even if hidden behind walls and out of sight. 

Housing affordability - Repeal Costa Hawkins. But also, Airbnb is a new and unregulated hotel system. In Grass Valley, a hotel manager described their local Airbnb problem is like another entire competing hotel. But they don't pay hotel taxes, or have hotel employees. In cities up and down the Californian coast, where people go for tourism and conventions, Airbnb investors are buying up housing stock but don't live in those houses. This pushes renters out of houses and onto the streets in droves. Solution: a statewide regulation that an Airbnb owner must live in the house or apartment for at least 6 months out of the year.

Free public four year college - Community college, and trade schools too. Not everyone wants a four year degree. 

A tax on Californian oil production - Just as Alaska and Texas have. The money raised can help pay for public school. It will also help California transition from fossil fuels to the new energy infrastructure of the 21st century. 

Roll back Prop 13 - So that commercial buildings property tax help fund public schools. This will not effect single owned homes or single owned farms. Commercial buildings were never supposed to be included in the original Prop 13 movement. Commercial buildings are paying property taxes that have not been updated for years. 

Provide a pathway to citizenship for Californians - DACA strings people along every two years, that's not a good way to live.

Single Payer or Medicare For All - Call it what you will, it is the job of leaders to create an environment where the people can thrive. It is not the job of leaders to create a place where the people are extracted from. Healthcare was non-profit until Nixon, and the health of our people is not only an economic issue, but also a moral issue. SB-562 will provide healthcare for everyone in California. The money is already in the system. Most of us already pay into health insurance. 70% of healthcare is already paid for by the state of California. 30% of the money paid into insurance companies comes right off the top. In a broad brush, this shows the money to pay for healthcare is already there. California will merely be the accountant, and all private practitioners - medical care providers, dentists, eye-care providers, mental healthcare practitioners - will continue business as usual. With this giant statewide insurance pool, costs will obviously come down and be much more affordable. 


About me: 

It's not about me, it's about we. 

A 4th generation Californian, with family all over our golden state, I grew up in Orange County, far northern California, and up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. On holidays and during the summer we would travel to our relatives in Northern California, where my family started years ago. Growing up, I fished all over California, mostly stream fishing in the Trinity Alps, the Sierras, and the San Gabriel mountains. I grew up on a small homestead, and one of my chores were feeding our animals - pigs, chickens, geese, goats, a horse, and a couple of cattle sometimes. Every day I threw hay, fed, and watered our animals. On our property we had many kinds of fruit trees - a food forest really - and a large organic kitchen garden about 40'x30'. Growing up amidst organic Permaculture was a dream I'd like everyone to enjoy. 

- Josh Jones for Governor 2018 FPPC ID# 1399496

Please vote for me on June 5th.


On the subject of statewide candidate statements costing $25 a word:

As it turns out, Californian Statewide candidate ballot statements were free before 2006. Here we are in 2018, and Californian candidates find themselves paying $25 per word to have their statements printed in the voter pamphlet. The limit of 250 words is quite reasonable.

We currently have a plethora of corporate politicians crushing our way of life. They mostly only listen to corporations, and they always find new ways to extract from us. We all want to be free and we want justice for our people. How can we do this if we must pay a gate to enter and participate in government? How can corporate-free candidates, not career politicians, become elected, if we have to pay exorbitant fees to get the word out?

We corporate-free candidates travel across our constituencies to speak to the people.

We ask people on the ground: what are your local problems, and what are solutions you already know. We must get the word out to the people. Preventing non-corporate candidates from speaking-up for the people is unjust. We raise our money to campaign from regular people like you - human beings trying to do good work in this system of pay-to-play.

Corporate candidates can easily afford 250 words which cost $25 each. But for regular folks, at that price, each word is the cost of a restaurant dinner.   

Of all the costs that are incurred by government, freely publicizing a 250 word candidate statement to all voters is not too much to ask. 

Make California statewide candidate statements free, the way they were before 2006.  


Reference: Candidates Priced Out of Ballot Pamphlets

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