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Bringing green tech to CA-25

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Bringing green tech to CA-25

When Jess Phoenix looks into the future, she sees green.

“The backbone of my run for Congress here in CA-25 is making our region the global hub for green tech R&D,” she wrote on Twitter. The 25th district is ideally situated to be a research hub, says Jess, because “we have the space and the transport options needed to locate the global HQ for green tech right here.” Not to mention that companies like Northrup-Grumman and Lockheed Martin have already attracted top engineering talent to the region. “Our community has long been expert in aerospace manufacturing,” she enthuses. “And we have thousands of skilled people who can build the green tech we need for the future.”

So how can the district attract green industry? “By sending a scientist to Congress who understands the federal grant-making process,” she explains. “Just like Massachusetts lawmakers did for Boston, I will help my community get needed resources for kickstart our green jobs revolution.” Massachusetts has long offered benefits like research grants and tax incentives, as well as its world-class educational institutions, to attract tech companies to Boston. Jess wants to do the same for her district. “I want to encourage academic and trade skills education right here, too,” she says. “It will fuel the economic engine that can help us weather job losses from automation.”

Climate change is the greatest threat to national security

Advances in green technology, she believes, will have benefits that extend well beyond her own district. “We need to invest in it because climate change is the greatest threat to national security that we’re going to see in the next 50 years.” Jess wants to make the 25th district part of the solution. “We have a tremendous opportunity to lead the way globally and help prepare for automation and climate change,” she believes. “Our potential is limitless.”

Remember to register to vote by May 21st for the primary. Check out Jess’s positions on the issues, including green tech and climate change on her campaign site,

CA-25 primary candidates Phoenix, Hill and Caforio debate the issues

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CA-25 primary candidates Phoenix, Hill and Caforio debate the issues

CA-25 Candidate Jess Phoenix speaks at District Debate

Rep. Steve Knight, the Republican congressman currently representing California’s 25th district, was a no-show at a scheduled debate between primary candidates held at the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts on April 28th. Stephen Daniels, host of ‘The Talk of Santa Clarita’ podcast, moderated a nearly two-hour conversation with three Democrats hoping to unseat Knight; Jess Phoenix, Katie Hill and Brian Caforio. Throughout the debate, each candidate made the case for why he or she would be most likely to defeat Knight in the November election. Early polls show Caforio slightly of Hill and Phoenix. He previously ran against Knight in the 2016 election, losing by 6.2 percentage points.

The three Democrats agree on major issues like support for gun control and immigration reform. They all oppose the policies of the Trump administration, but cautioned against calling for his impeachment without airtight evidence of a crime. Differences of opinion surfaced regarding the fate of DACA recipients. Phoenix called it “appalling” to use people’s lives as political “bargaining chips,” and supports unconditional protection for Dreamers. Caforio agreed, but Hill was more open to tying DACA protection to stricter border security. She also declined to sign a “People’s Pledge” to keep anonymous donations of “dark money” out of the district 25 election. Phoenix and Caforio have both signed the pledge. The candidates stressed different priorities for the district. Hill expressed concern about health insurance and housing costs. Caforio worried more about immigration and transportation issues. Phoenix discussed her plans to make CA-25 a global hub for green tech research and development, which she believes will create local jobs as well as helping to combat the threat of global warming.

Watch the debate

Interested voters who missed the debate can watch video of the entire event at

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Live Long and Prosper with CA-25 congressional candidate Jess Phoenix

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Live Long and Prosper with CA-25 congressional candidate Jess Phoenix

“You’re a volcanologist? That means you study Vulcans, right?” Yes, people still ask Jess Phoenix this question when they hear what she does for a living. They’re joking. Most of the time. She doesn’t bother explaining that she actually studies volcanoes. She just flashes them a Vulcan salute and tells them to “Live long and prosper.”

CA-25 Candidate Jess Phoenix wants to bring Star Trek values to Congress

“It’s something I believe in. I really do want people to live long and prosper,” says Jess. That’s one reason she’s running for the congressional seat in California’s 25th district. She wants to bring “Star Trek values” to Congress. “Star Trek was all about diversity and inclusivity, anti-war, logic and facts,” she explains. “It’s really stuck with me how inclusive and forward-thinking Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was.” One of Jess’ campaign posters shows her in front of Vasquez Rocks, which sharp-eyed Trek fans will identify as the location from the original series where Captain Kirk battled the Gorn.

Many of the actors from various incarnations of Star Trek have endorsed Jess, including Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, Robert Duncan McNeill and Aron Eisenberg. Tim Russ, who portrayed Tuvok, the resident Vulcan on “Star Trek: Voyager,” has filmed a campaign ad with her. So have actors Robert Picardo and John Billingsley, who played doctors on “Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” respectively. You can watch both ads on Jess’ YouTube channel: Billingsley has gotten more involved in Jess’ campaign, inspired by her “optimism, her intelligence and her enthusiasm.” He helped organize two recent fundraisers in Los Angeles, attended by actors, writers and directors from the world of Star Trek, as well as sci-fi luminaries like Felicia Day and Joss Whedon.

So, what Trek tech would Jess most want to see in reality? “I really like the replicator. Because that also ties in to what I like about Star Trek; it’s a post-money, post-scarcity, post-war society,” she says. “Where we’re heading a couple hundred years from now doesn’t have to be the dystopian, Orwellian future. We can have the Star Trek future. That’s the kind of future I want to work for.”

Remember to Rock the Vote on June 5th!

CA-25-Jess Phoenix – I Want You To Science!

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CA-25-Jess Phoenix – I Want You To Science!


“I Want You to Science,” declares Jess Phoenix on her campaign poster. But that doesn’t mean she’s asking you to run out and get a PhD. “We are all born scientists,” she believes. “We spend our lives exploring, testing, making observations. That’s what science is all about.”

That natural curiosity has driven her all her life. As a child, Jess read voraciously. She majored in history and wanted to become an English professor. But reading about the past wasn’t as fascinating as seeing it for herself, in the rock formations and volcanic activity that tell the story of our still-developing planet. She switched fields, earning a master’s degree in geology, specializing in volcanology. Jess also founded Blueprint Earth, a nonprofit research organization that collects a variety of data from a particular environment, including weather patterns, plant and animal life and the effect of human activity, and use it to create a complete picture of how a system works. She wants to bring that same, evidence-driven approach to politics. “Policy decisions need to be made looking at all the available facts, and working with people across fields,” says Jess. “That’s how you get the best policy.”

Field work in far-flung regions like Iceland and the Andes mountains has also taught her a lot about problem-solving, often with limited resources. Like the time she had to fix a blown-out tire with a piece of gum, a ballpoint pen and some duct tape. “It doesn’t matter what your problem is, if it’s an erupting volcano, a flat tire, God knows what. You just look at it, you take it apart piece by piece, and you figure out how you’re going to get out of the situation you’re in.”

Jess doesn’t claim to have all the answers, just the determination to keep asking questions. “There is no shame in not knowing something,” she insists. “The only shame is not being curious enough to find out.”

Learn more about Jess’s position on the issues on her official CA-25 Candidate page. Jess’s campaign is grassroots, so your shares matter! Be sure to share this post. Taking back the House is critical, so your shares and support matters.

Remember to vote in the CA primary on June 5, 2018.

CA-25-Jess2018 – Use your voice. Vote!

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CA-25-Jess2018 – Use your voice. Vote!

“Are you tired of what’s going on in Congress? Me too,” says Jess Phoenix. “Now is the time to stop sending professional fundraisers to Congress. Now is the time for grassroots candidates with experience in problem-solving.”

CA-25 Candidate Jess Phoenix runs a grassroots campaign

Easier said than done, right? Maybe not. The current congressman from California’s 25th district, Republican Steve Knight, is considered highly vulnerable in this year’s mid-term election. Jess, a geologist and founder of the research organization Blueprint Earth, hopes to replace Knight, a climate change denier who has consistently voted to cut funding for environmental programs. She’s only one of the scientists-turned-candidates taking advantage of the recent surge in political activism. Jess, and all of the grassroots candidates who want to change the culture in Washington, are hoping that that interest will translate into more people turning out to vote. And not just in national elections, but in local elections, like the California primary on June 5th.

California Primary Voter Information

In 2010, California adopted a “top-two” system for its primary elections. Whatever their party affiliation, all voters can participate in the primaries.  The two candidates who receive the most votes will go on to compete in the general election. If both of those candidates belong to the same party, they’ll still run against each other for the 25th district seat on November 6th.

Anyone not currently registered to vote can still register for the primary election by May 21st. They can also apply for a mail-in ballot by May 29th. Information about voting, and the location of polling places, can be found on the California Secretary of State’s website: There’s also the Vote California App available for mobile phones, or residents can text VOTE for 468683. However residents get their voting information, Jess Phoenix encourages them to use it. She believes that “people, especially young people, can’t afford to say, ‘I don’t care about politics’ anymore.”