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City of San ClementeCandidate for City Council

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Jackson Hinkle

Energy Policy Advisor
5,817 votes (7.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure the safe storage of nuclear waste off our coastline
  • Stop the Toll Road/Toll Lanes and Abolish the TCA
  • Create Economic Prosperity

Experience

Experience

Profession:Energy Policy Advisor, Organizer
Energy Policy Advisor, Chooose (2018–current)
President, Team Zissou Environmental Organization (2016–current)
Barista, Bear Coast Coffee (2018–current)

Community Activities

Founder & President, Team Zissou Environmental Organization (2016–2018)
Volunteer, Lion's Heart Organization (2016–2017)

Biography

Jackson was born and raised in San Clemente California, where he graduated as a valedictorian in June of 2018 from San Clemente High School. Jackson will be attending his first two years of post-secondary education at Saddleback College and thereafter transfer to a local university in Orange County. If elected, Jackson will bring progressive solutions and a fresh voice to the City of San Clemente. His campaign values center on uniting to end homelessness, protecting the environment and coastal habitats from corporate interests, and ensuring a functioning democracy for all citizens.

Jackson is the founder of the Team Zissou Environmental Organization, which he created in an effort to connect like-minded youth from all across the world in order to address and solve the greatest environmental issues humankind is currently facing. While attending San Clemente High School, Jackson led a campaign that ended the sale of plastic water bottles at over sixty school cafeterias in Capistrano Unified School District. He also helped lead an interscholastic initiative that successfully converted six high schools and his school district’s education center to solar power.

As president of the Team Zissou Environmental Organization, Jackson was the student liaison for the 2017 Not My Toll Road Protest, and also helped organize a protest against the storage of nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Jackson recently attended the National Grassroots Summit on Nuclear Waste with San Clemente Green, where he worked to formulate an action plan to safely and ethically store Southern California Edison’s radioactive waste. Jackson was named one of Teen Vogue’s Top 8 Young Environmentalists of 2017 and one of Reader’s Digest’s Most Inspirational Kids of 2017 due to his success as an environmental leader.

As a member of the San Clemente City Council, Jackson will fight to end homelessness, keep all toll road routes & TCA projects out of San Clemente, abolish the Transportation Corridor Agency, ensure the safe and ethical storage of the radioactive waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, transition our city to a more environmentally friendly future, and work to make local government more inclusive, transparent, and accessible for all citizens.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • San Clemente Green
  • Democratic Party of Orange County

Elected Officials (1)

  • Senator Ricardo Lara

Individuals (2)

  • Kevin De León, Candidate For U.S. Senate
  • Delaine Eastin, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Emeritus

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Protecting San Clemente from Toll Roads and the TCA

Summary

The havoc that this unnecessary toll road would wreak on our community would be devastating — the $2 billion toll road would actually worsen traffic on the I-5 and increase residents’ travel distance. I will not only fight to dissolve the TCA, but also work with the OCTA and our residents to find modern, de-privatized solutions to streamline mobility for our growing community.

The Transportation Corridor Agency’s (TCA) proposed toll road extension is an issue on every San Clementian’s mind. We as citizens understand the havoc that this unnecessary, unwelcome intrusion would wreak on our community — the $2 billion extension to the SR-241 toll road would actually worsen traffic on the I-5 and increase Orange County residents’ travel distance. Not to mention, it would run right next to San Clemente High School, with construction lasting for many years.

And that’s not all that the TCA has in mind for us. They are also seeking to add paid toll lanes to the I-5 in San Clemente and to create an arterial road from Avenida La Pata to Christianitos Rd. No one needs reminding of our 15-year fight to save Trestles, our most iconic surf spot and a veritable national treasure; this plan would again spell a similar fate for San Onofre State Beach.

It has become abundantly clear that the TCA’s motivation is not to “[enhance] mobility in Orange County and Southern California,” as per its mission statement, but to milk taxpayers for every ounce of profit they can muster, whether through economically discriminatory tolls, development fees, or loans from state and federal governments. Despite having built zero new roads since 1996 and owing over $6 billion in over-extended debt, the agency has spent an estimated $20 million lobbying for its wildly unpopular interests.

We have a responsibility to uphold San Clemente’s exceptional quality of life, not just for ourselves, but for future generations. Legislatively, this means removing the TCA’s authority and instead giving power to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), the true planning agency for Orange County. If elected, we will not only fight to dissolve the TCA, but also work with OCTA and our residents to find modern, de-privatized solutions and streamline mobility for our growing community. We urge you to join us in telling the TCA “Not one more inch!”

Ensuring the Safe Storage of Nuclear Waste

Summary

The largest threat to public safety in San Clemente is the radioactive waste being buried feet from the shoreline at San Onofre. I will fight to move the waste off our coastline, implement a real-time, independent radiation monitoring system at the plant, and create an emergency action plan for San Clemente.

Radioactive waste is currently being buried feet from the shoreline at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The canisters storing the waste cannot be repaired, transported, or monitored. Should there be any leakage, San Clemente residents would face an imminent risk of radiation poisoning or cancer, and any small natural disaster could mean the death of countless thousands as well as our coastal ecosystem. We deserve better.

Southern California Edison, the majority owner of the station, has rejected the demands of our community to move the storage, to store the waste in a safe way, or even to open up a conversation with the public. It is up to local governments to come together and demand increased safety requirements for nuclear waste storage, rather than continuing to treat this catastrophic issue as a minor inconvenience. Our elected officials need to stand up to Edison and disallow them to profit at the expense of our community and environment.

In doing so, the first order of business is to implement a real-time, onsite, independent radiation monitoring system — there can be no delay between information and action. Then we will want to move the waste off of the beach to a new facility that meets the HELMS Storage criteria. The HELMS proposal (hardened, extended-life, local, monitored, surface storage) is an initiative of the Citizens’ Oversight Projects seeking to improve the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s regulations for handling nuclear waste. They are the most conscientious guidelines we have.

San Clemente has an opportunity to be a leader in the movement for safe, clean nuclear energy. As members of the San Clemente City Council, we will use our positions to do what others have failed to accomplish in the past: ensure a safe, long-term solution to the radioactive waste at San Onofre.

Uniting To End Homelessness

Summary

Ensuring the best quality of life for all members of our community is my top priority. If elected, I will work to unite local governments, community groups, and other elected officials to end the growing issue of homelessness in our city. The rest of Orange County has spurned its tired, its poor, its huddled masses — putting the spotlight on us to be leaders for positive change.

It’s no secret that San Clemente’s homeless population has grown rapidly in the past several years. The rest of Orange County has spurned its tired, its poor, its huddled masses — putting the spotlight on us to be leaders for positive change.

The problem of homelessness is arguably our most complex and multifaceted. It concerns unemployment and disability, housing prices and availability, addiction and mental health, criminal justice, and more. And most of the causes are self-perpetuating — for example, unemployment may lead to homelessness, which makes it near impossible to be job-ready.

One thing that we know beyond doubt is that the transitional housing model does not work; we’ve seen it play out in our own backyard, with dozens of poorly run “sober living homes” which fail to curb the cycle of addiction, creating unsafe environments for their inhabitants and local residents alike. Stop-gap regulatory measures allow well-managed facilities to subsist without offering a long-term, scalable solution.

We are strong believers in the Housing First model, which is based on the principle that those who are afforded stable housing and proactive support are more empowered to address their other issues. This model has yielded substantive benefits in various localities such as Denver, Seattle, and Salt Lake City, not only decreasing homelessness but also reducing the taxpayer burden for emergency support services. To effectively plug the economic and moral drain of homelessness, we can’t just create housing opportunities; we also have to stimulate the local economy to ensure a place for every community member.

Systemic overhaul is not the work of individuals, though we will gladly lead the charge; rather, it’s all hands on deck. We will work to unite local governments and other elected officials with community groups, from nonprofit organizations to churches, toward a common end and with a singular strategy. We will also hold the Orange County Board of Supervisors to account for the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve hidden and squandered while the homelessness problem has spiraled unchecked.

A rising tide lifts all boats, and ensuring the best quality of life for all members of our community is the top priority.

Videos (3)

— October 16, 2018 Jackson Hinkle For San Clemente City Council 2018

The largest threat to public safety in San Clemente is the radioactive waste being buried feet from the shoreline at San Onofre. My running partner, Jake Rybczyk, and I will not allow Southern California Edison to profit at the expense of our community and environment. We will fight to safely move the waste off our coastline, implement a real-time, independent radiation monitoring system at the plant, and create an emergency action plan for San Clemente residents.

— October 16, 2018 Jackson Hinkle For San Clemente City Council 2018

The San Clemente City Council lacks fundamental anti-corruption laws that many other Orange County cities already have. Our government is currently designed to favor the donor class over the working class, the well-connected over the disconnected, and special interests over San Clemente families. The San Clemente Anti-Corruption ordinance will create a cleaner government and will make everyone on our city council more accountable. It will also prevent special interest groups from having an outside influence on our local elections. The ordinance has 3 big ideas to take back our local government from those who seek to destroy our ways of life. 1. Create term limits for all city council members. 2. Stop dangerous groups such as the TCA, SoCal Edison, and Sovereign Health from buying out local candidates and elected officials. Create a campaign contribution limit of $500 (adjusted with the consumer price index) for all city council candidates and members. 3. Stop people from entering public office with financial conflicts that let them line their own pockets. Require elected officials to recuse themselves from any land-use or development decision if they have accepted donations from the developer.

— October 16, 2018 Jackson Hinkle For San Clemente City Council 2018

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