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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 7

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James O Just

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • If elected as the next Assemblyman for District 7, I would work to restore the freedom of workers and economic opportunity that was destroyed by AB-5.
  • Livability and gentrification are becoming bigger issues in Sacramento, and more people are being forced onto the streets due to a lack of low income housing options due to government regulations. I would work to reverse that trend.
  • Our criminal justice system, even locally, needs a lot of reform. I would work with individuals, local agencies and officials, and community groups to ensure the highest standards of training and accountability are in place to protect our community.

Experience

Community Activities

Vice Chair, Libertarian Party of Sacramento County (2019–current)
Television Program Host, Libertarian Counterpoint (2019–current)

Biography

 

James Just is a Sacramento, California, native who studied marketing management at Western Governors University, with a lifetime focus on self-education. Just has had a career in family and blue collar work, from gig work, office work, warehouses to the assembly line.

 

Just excels at managing small, diverse teams focusing on continual improvement, personal growth, and community leadership opportunities. He has used these skills working on a campaign for governor, being Vice-Chair for the Sacramento County Libertarian Party, and being on the production team for a public access television show.

 

Just now wants to take his personal experience into the State Assembly, to be a voice for the working class. Like millions of other Californians, Just's ability to earn an income was dramatically restricted by AB-5 and from the lack of action from out-of-touch politicians to fix the desperate situation they left their constituents in. All while the cost of living rises in one of the most expensive states in the country. It's time for a man both of and for the people to be a representative in government, to undo the harm of special interests and career politicians in California and give the working class a voice in Sacramento.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from James O Just:

I believe that the best way to address this crisis is to incentivize new construction by cutting or eliminating fees imposed by the government and eliminate burdensome and unnecessary zoning provisions to secure more, and more affordable, housing in California. Greater supply to meet the demand both for home buyers and renters will lower prices and decrease the cost of living in the state. Property owners are moving to dump their holdings as they begin to lose profit and equity, and it often results in either the eviction of renters or in the termination/nonrenewal of their leases. This means they have very little time to find somewhere else to live and fewer options to turn to. That cannot be allowed to continue in California if we are to truly protect renters. We need to address the housing crisis by lowering the artificially inflated costs of construction and ensuring a ready supply of homes for those in need. It is vital that we cut the costs of construction on the government's end as well as other regulatory mandates so that housing becomes more affordable and quality of life can improve for every income group in California.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from James O Just:

I believe that it is essential that California, particularly Southern California, invest in infrastructure to meet water needs for Californians. As it currently stands, much of the snow runoff and other water resources of the Northern part of the state are diverted to Southern California. However, in years where there is a leaner snowpack not even this is enough and it leads to shortages throughout the entire state. I think that we need to look, even down to the local level, at water building more retention systems, water recycling programs, and construction of more desalination plants to meet the water needs of all Californians. One way that we may be able to incentivize municipal governments to take up more responsibility would be grants or tax credits if they can prove that they are increasing water availability in their jurisdiction (whether through increased retention, recycling, desalination, etc.). In order for greater efficiency, we need this to be a program spearheaded at the local level so that people with intimate knowledge of the needs of each community can spearhead this issue at the local level and ensure accountability of the program.

Carbon Neutrality Question

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.

No answer provided.
According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from James O Just:

We can decriminalize consensual/victimless crimes within the state so that there are fewer things to arrest people for. This should dramatically alleviate the burden upon our prisons, courts, and our people. It should also increase both safety for civilians and on the job safety for our law enforcement officers. This would also help return them back to being peacekeepers and investigators rather than placing their focus on revenue generation for local and state governments; allowing them more time and resources to go after thieves and violent offenders like rapists and murderers. This would make our communities much safer and alleviate the financial and infrastructure issues associated with our overburdened criminal justice system.

Questions from The Sacramento Bee (3)

Should California make changes to the property tax system set up in Proposition 13? Why?
Answer from James O Just:

At this moment, I would not make changes to Proposition 13 protections. In some cases, this provides necessary protections for families and small businesses by providing sanctuary against rising property taxes. To roll these back could put families and businesses in jeopardy, and to do so at such a time when many people and businesses are either losing their homes and place of business or barely scraping by due to the mass closures would not only be incredibly insensitive, but wrong. I don’t believe that it would be right to contribute to such malicious actions by repealing the protections that Proposition 13 has set in place. If we need money, there are other ways that the government can get it, including by trimming pork from the budget and reallocating funds already accounted for without raising the burden on those that are vulnerable.

To lower rent costs, should California build more or focus on rent caps and tenants’ rights? Why?
Answer from James O Just:

I believe that the best way to address this crisis is to incentivize new construction by cutting or eliminating fees imposed by the government and eliminate burdensome and unnecessary zoning provisions to secure more, and more affordable, housing in California. Greater supply to meet the demand both for home buyers and renters will lower prices and decrease the cost of living in the state. Property owners are moving to dump their holdings as they begin to lose profit and equity, and it often results in either the eviction of renters or in the termination/nonrenewal of their leases. This means they have very little time to find somewhere else to live and fewer options to turn to. That cannot be allowed to continue in California if we are to truly protect renters. We need to address the housing crisis by lowering the artificially inflated costs of construction and ensuring a ready supply of homes for those in need.

Should California enter the prescription drug business to help drive down prices? Why or why not?
Answer from James O Just:

No, the government of California should not enter into the prescription drug business to force prices down. Time and time again, it is proved that government market manipulation has negative impacts on industries and society at large and creates artificial monopolies. Rather than interfere and further regulate the prescription market, the California government should take a step back and free up the market. Relieve regulations on generic drugs and allowing more promotion of their availability, as well as competition in the pharmaceutical industry would be more effective ways to drive down prices without as many of the externalities commonly associated with government price fixing and market manipulation.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $950

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of James Just
$360
2
Employees of Sutter Health
$200

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (85.26%)
Small contributions (14.74%)
85.26%14.74%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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