Louis Marinelli returns as president and parts ways with Marcus Ruiz Evans
In the fall of 2021, Mr. Marinelli announced his affairs abroad had concluded and that he was returning to California. Mr. Evans resigned as president, a role he held in name only, and Marinelli was officially reappointed to his previous post.
The first matter of business was the upcoming governor’s recall election in California and Mr. Marinelli announced his intent to run as a replacement candidate, however, was unable to return to California early enough to meet the filing deadline and was forced to withdraw.
Having returned as president, Mr. Marinelli then took action to change the organization’s trajectory, which Mr. Evans had allowed to sway off into far left political activism and wholly unrelated topics including American Indian issues.
Mr. Evans had also, against Marinelli’s counsel, established a working relationship with Iranian state media through an Iranian-American lawyer in Los Angeles and, in exchange for publicity and the promise of a California ’embassy’ in Tehran, promised to have YesCalifornia file a ballot initiative on their behalf that would force California to call upon the US government to lift its sanctions on that country.
The combination of failed signature collections, efforts to coddle the Iranian regime in exchange for publicity and an ’embassy’, a long train of flawed research and rushed projects, a focus on issues wholly unrelated YesCalifornia’s mission, and his embrace of the leftist mob, all led Marinelli to part ways with Evans, who subsequently became and continues to be disgruntled and irate about being held to account for his failures and poor judgement.
With Evans out, Marinelli vowed to “clean out the woke politics” and far left ideology from the organization and return YesCalifornia to its philosophical roots based in classical liberalism, the Declaration of Independence, and Thomas Jefferson. YesCalifornia has also cut ties with any and all foreign persons.