Council Member John E. James

Council Member John E. James

Appointed:  May 2018
Term Expires: November 2018

Address: 35 Cajon St, Suite 200, Redlands
Mailing: P.O. Box 3005, Redlands, CA 92373-1005
Telephone (office): (909) 798-7533
Fax: (909) 798-7535


City Committees:

Municipal Utilities/Public Works Commission 

Area-Wide Committees:




Redlands High School 1965

University of California, Riverside          

1969 Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology

Work Experience

2000 to 2014 - GEM Power, LLC Redlands 92374

Managing Member – President and CEO

Research and Development Company -
development of advanced battery charging algorithms for maintenance shops and field operations through successful grant and contract proposals.  Also developed battery diagnostic and prognostic algorithm solutions for immediate serviceability classification of aircraft and ground tactical batteries in the field and combat theaters.   Development efforts resulted in my authoring two U.S. patents for battery charging techniques and battery diagnostic and prognostic solutions.

1966 - 1998 - Teledyne Battery Products, Redlands 92374

President 1989 – 1998

Co-author of several battery related patents.


  1. City Council – Appointed January 2015 to December 2016
  2. Planning Commission
    1. Appointed to two full terms on Planning Commission along with first appointment to complete a term of resigning commissioner.
    2. Served as Planning Commission Chair
    3. Minor Exception Committee - Served on a Planning Commission sub-committee for reviewing and approving Minor Exception Permit requests
  3. Public Benefit Resources Committee - Served as Chair of the Public Benefit Resources Committee
  4. Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee
  5. Utilities Advisory Committee - Served on the first two Utilities Advisory Committees and served as Vice-Chair
  6. Airport Advisory Board – appointed to two terms and served as Airport Advisory Board Chair
  7. Chamber of Commerce –
    1. Served as President 1996 - 1997
    2. Served as Chair of the Sign Code Committee – worked with City Staff and Council members to significantly modify the City’s sign code.


  • Married to wife Carol since 1970
  • Resident of Redlands since 1951
  • Hobbies –
    •  Avid bicyclist
    • Day trips and staycations