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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 80

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Louis J. Marinelli, III

California Independence Leader
4,753 votes (6.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prepare California for independence from the United States by building the necessary infrastructure to operate as a country rather than a state.
  • Reduce the presence of the American Government in California by ending our involvement in U.S. immigration enforcement activities and the war on drugs, for example, and by working to reclaim lands owned by the federal government.
  • Restore the people's faith in the California Government by enacting comprehensive police and criminal justice reforms, reducing the role of money in our elections process, and by moving California away from the two-party representation system to a sy



Profession:Leader of the California Independence Campaign at Yes California
President, Yes California (2014–current)


Louis J. Marinelli is a native of upstate New York and moved to San Diego, California in 2006. He has spent most of his life as a ESL Teacher for English language schools domestically and internationally (specifically in various locations in the Russian Federation) and currently works in the so-called 'gig economy' by driving for Uber and delivering items for PostMates. 

Due to frequent travel and relocation, Louis has studied at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA), Kent State University (Kent, OH), Saint Petersburg State University (St. Petersburg, Russia), and most recently at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) as an e-campus student. His studies have focused on Russian & Translation Studies, Political Science, and Environmental Science. 


Who supports this candidate?

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Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 
Answer from Louis J. Marinelli, III:

I would like to work aggressively to shift California's energy production from fossil fuels to 100% renewable and clean resources. One way I am particulary fond of is by integrating solar energy technology in our transportation infrastructure. I would like to replace our ashpalt roads, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots with solar energy technology. This would potentially allow us to produce enough clean energy for our urban usage, but also to provide energy to more eco-friendly desalination plants that are currently too expensive to power. We have an ocean of water available to us and I am a strong proponent of harnessing that water without hurting the environment or marine life. 

I also would like to see more work be done to encentivize water infrastructure upgrades that increase water usage efficiency and reduce waste in businesses, homes and apartments. We once incentivized turning in vehicles with low fuel efficiency in order to get a credit on a new, more efficient vehicle. We should look at doing the same for water efficency purposes and I'm open to exploring those options. 


Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Answer from Louis J. Marinelli, III:

I support public financing of political campaigns. Under this system we can effectively ban financial contributions to political campaigns and therefore reduce the influence of the wealthy on our elected representatives. I also support a constitutional amendent overturning the Citizens United ruling and as a member of the Legislature, I would vote yes on a resolution approving the amendment. I have also been the primary proponent of a ballot initiative that would prohibit political contributions from originating from non-California residents. I don't believe our elections and politicans in California should be influenced by people living on K Street in Washington, Wall Street in New York, or Any Street in Texas or Virginia, or any other state. Tens of millions of dollars pour into California's elections every year from out of state. Let's keep California's elections clean, transparent, and out of reach of non residents. 

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from Louis J. Marinelli, III:

Yes, I support raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and linking it to inflation. I understand paying workers a higher wage will raise the cost of doing business and thus impact the number of employees a business can afford to hire. However, the cost of living in California is too expensive to survive on with less than a livable wage. If workers continue leaving the state for more affordable places to live, there won't be workers for these businesses to hire anyway. We need a viable working class in California.

My preference is to support to businesses with workers making the minimum wage. If we can gaurantee a livable wage in California as a minimum, we can inevitably reduce the cost of social services like welfare and food stamps. I would prefer to divert some of the funds from those services into tax incentives for businesses to help them afford the $15 per hour minimum wage they provide to their workers. Either way, those funds are going to the people who need them, but they would be coming to them in the form of a higher paycheck than an overnight transfer on an EBT card. 

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Answer from Louis J. Marinelli, III:

My top priority is to advocate for the return of Californians' federal taxes to California.

On average over the past thirty years, taking two periods of American-caused economic recession out of the equation, we as a state have paid $50 billion a year more in federal taxes than we have received in federal funding. In 2014 that inbalance was over $120 billion. If we can demand that Washington invest California's taxes into California, we'll have the money in our budget to not only have a balanced budget but do more - more like establish a single-payer, universal health care system, more like restore fee/tuition-free college, more like provide income support to minimum wage workers, and more like helping the homeless get back on their feet, while in fact reducing taxes and fees, paying down the debt, and saving for a rainy day.

This is my top priority because the fact that we are subsidizing other states like Mississippi and Alabama is the top reason we have budget issues in California. Governor schwarzenegger brought this up when he was Governor. How did the federal government respond? By discontinuing an IRS program that created statistical reports on federal taxes paid, organized by state. We must fight this. We are being used like a colony. 

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $362

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

Employees of Yes California
Slater Law

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (66.37%)
Small contributions (33.63%)

By Type:

From organizations (41.60%)
From individuals (58.40%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

No candidate has ever had a platform to establish a single-payer, universal health care system, restore fee/tuition-free college, provide income support to minimum wage workers, and help the homeless get back on their feet, while reducing taxes and fees, paying down the debt, and saving for a rainy day - until now. Those are a lot of promises but that is the bottom line of what my 13-chapter, 165-page, 195-citation, 10-appendix platform achieves for California.

If I am guilty of anything, it is of great love for California and belief in its potential. So I think California has the ability to be an independent country. So what? It does. If we were an independent country, we could achieve so much more here at home and around the world and save all the money that is being stolen from us by American politicians more than 2,000 miles away who don't share our California values.

While I do believe that California should be it's own country in the long term, there are a lot of progressive issues (in addition to those made possible through independence listed above) that I am excited to take on right away - issues like ending police brutality, helping the undocumented, supporting parent's rights and medical freedoms, getting money out of politics, and combating anthropological climate change.

As you read in my full platform "California's Future" available on my website, my plan lays out the case for why California should be independent. It explains how we can go about achieving that independence, including the steps we must take beforehand. It also discusses my vision for what California should do as in independent country as well as what we can start with while we're still a state. 

My ideology is most closely matched with the Green Party, though I am a member of the California National Party which advocates for California's independence from the United States. As for political philosophy, I agree with Senator Bernie Sanders and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on 95% and 94% of the top issues in the upcoming election, respectively. By comparison, I agree with Secretary Clinton on 83% of the issues.

Videos (5)

— April 13, 2016 California National Party

The California National Party introduces its first candidate, Louis Marinelli, for California Assembly District 80. Check out the campaign website at where you can also read Marinelli's 165-page plan on California's independence and his broader platform for Assembly.

— April 13, 2016 California National Party

California National Party candidate Louis Marinelli discusses his plan to replace deteriorating asphalt roads in the 80th Assembly District with Solar Panel Roadways as not only a way to improve the infrastructure in the 80th District but also to provide California with the clean energy it needs to get us off fossil fuels and to power more desalination plants across the state to help alleviate our water shortage.

— April 13, 2016 California National Party

Louis Marinelli, a candidate of the California National Party for California Assembly District 80 discusses immigration at the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro, CA. 

— April 13, 2016 California National Party

Louis Marinelli, a candidate for the 80th Assembly District of the California Legislature, speaks out in support of more water desalination plants as one strategy for combating water shortages and he wants to provide the power for these facilities by installing solar panel roadways.

— April 13, 2016 California National Party

Louis Marinelli, California State Assembly District 80 candidate, talks about his plan to bring proportional representation to Sacramento to ensure that all Californians of all ideologies are better represented in our government and compares this big bold idea to comparatively smaller and less effective ideas like motor voter registration.

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