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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 3

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James R. Henson

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education: California is rank in quality at 38 and 21st in safety. We can do better.
  • Environmental Justice : I support the Green New Deal
  • Health Care: I support Medicare for all.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Blue Collar worker promoted to manager
Elected member, Butte County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2016–current)
President, Paradise Ridge Democrats — Elected position (2016–current)

Education

California State University Chico Bachelor’s Degree, Religious Studies (2002)
California State University Chico Bachelor’s Degree, Religious Studies (2002)

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 R. Henson:

 Work has already been done by the Governor signing the following housing bills:

  • AB 68 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Land use: accessory dwelling units.
  • AB 116 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Local government.
  • AB 587 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Accessory dwelling units: sale or separate conveyance.
  • AB 671 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Accessory dwelling units: incentives.
  • AB 881 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Accessory dwelling units.
  • AB 1010 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Housing programs: eligible entities.
  • AB 1255 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) – Surplus public land: inventory.
  • AB 1483 by Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) – Housing data: collection and reporting.
  • AB 1485 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) – Housing development: streamlining.
  • AB 1486 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Surplus land.
  • AB 1743 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Local government: properties eligible to claim or receiving a welfare exemption.
  • AB 1763 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Planning and zoning: density bonuses: affordable housing.
  • SB 6 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Residential development: available land.
  • SB 13 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Accessory dwelling units.
  • SB 113 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – Housing.
  • SB 196 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Property taxes: community land trust.
  • SB 330 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Housing Crisis Act of 2019.
  • SB 751 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Joint powers authorities: San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust
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  • AB 1482 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) creates a statewide rent cap and eviction protections that are critical to combatting California’s housing and cost-of-living crisis.
  • Finally, last June the Governor  made a historic $1.75 billion investment in new housing and created major incentives –  to incentivize cities to approve new home construction. The budget also provided $20 million for legal services for renters facing eviction as well as $1 billion to help cities and counties fight homelessness.
What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from James R. Henson:

SB 200 the safe drinking water bill. Other legislation I'm not as much clear as to the balance between the water from the Northern part of California to Southern California and the effects of surface water and underground water supplies. For example the word overdraft means when withdrawals of water exceed the amount that is replenished over the long term. The last drought caused the a drop in the water tables causing more than 3,500 domestic wells to run dry. 

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.
Answer from James R. Henson:
AB-1839 Climate change: California Green New Deal.(2019-2020) Will be presented on February 6th. Although SB100 was signed by Governor Brown to lower emissions in 2045. AB 1839 wants the standards of emissions to be lowered by 2035. 
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 R. Henson:

Investments in education, after school programs from 5-14, and affordable child care are the three that come to my mind. Later, after school work programs that can match entry level jobs with 16 year old high school students. 

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