Political Season a Headache for Business

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Businesses sensitive about their public image often feel whipsawed during the political season when being pressured by both activists and bottom-line shareholders. This political year, politics and business mix into a troublesome concoction of protest petitions, boycotts and quarrels over candidates and causes. As the state Republican convention kicks off in Burlingame some of the […]

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Cruz’s Fiorina Pick a Play for California

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Ted Cruz’s choice for vice-president was made with California in mind. With Donald Trump running swiftly toward the nomination, his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, tried to grab the spotlight by naming his vice-presidential nominee, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Fiorina, off a presidential run of her own, has a California pedigree, although the Silicon […]

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Maybe-Finally-Relief for Lawsuits Against Small Business

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

It’s been a long time coming with much damage done to small business owners but legislators seem to be zeroing in on corrective measures to give business owners a chance to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) without facing destructive lawsuits. Senator John Moorlach SB 1142, scheduled to be heard in the […]

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Senate Debate Gets No Respect in LA

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The first U.S. Senate debate featuring five top candidates from both major political parties was held at the University of the Pacific yesterday but it didn’t get much respect in California’s largest city. The debate was advertised for 8 p.m. on KCOP Channel 13 – okay that was a taped delay of the debate, which […]

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LA & CA Economic Forecast: Upbeat but Cloudy

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

California is shockingly business unfriendly but it hasn’t stopped economic growth or a positive assessment of the Los Angeles and California economy Beacon Economics co-founder Chris Thornberg said at the third annual Forecast LA. Loyola Marymount University’s Fernando Guerra presented an upbeat assessment of local residents on the LA economy, results from a poll of […]

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Looking at the Whole Story in Quest for School Taxes

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The new Public Policy Institute of California Poll confirmed what I have noted here and elsewhere: that the Proposition 30 tax extension starts with an advantage and has a decent chance of passing. One reason for this, according to a question asked by the pollsters, is that likely voters (by 60%) think that schools need more […]

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Will Brown Sign Bill to Closely Monitor the Bullet Train?

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Sometimes watching Governor Jerry Brown in action you often think of Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: “You never know what you’re going to get.” A recent example: the Jerry Brown who holds a relatively tight reign on the budget in support of economic prudence dismisses economic theory for what he termed a moralistic stand when […]

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Perception is Reality for CA Business

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

The Milken Institute recently released a report based on its annual California Summit conference dealing with a myriad of state issues. One chapter took the name of a conference panel: Perception vs. Reality: Is California Business Friendly? The chapter on the business climate began this way: Despite its many strengths, California suffers from a perception of […]

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Betty Yee: Tax Reform is Hard, Start the Conversation Now

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

Previewing the coming report from her Council of Economic Advisors on Tax Reform, state Controller Betty Yee said California needs comprehensive tax reform that must generate job creation to produce a healthy California economy. Speaking at the Los Angeles County Business Federation Institute last week, Yee noted proposed fixes to the tax structure have rarely […]

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Long Ballot Blues

Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee

With expected November ballot measures falling away because of political pressure, costs and legislative deal-making, the concern of an extremely long ballot has diminished somewhat but a long ballot still could confront voters. The length of the ballot could play a role in determining outcomes of some of the measures, especially appearing at the end […]

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