Super Bowl Returns to L.A.

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

The National Football League awarded the 2021 Super Bowl to Los Angeles to be played at the new stadium being built for the Rams without taxpayers’ money. The last clause was the key to getting a team in L.A. because Los Angeles residents resisted offering taxpayers money to build a stadium. San Diego is in […]

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CalChamber Opposes “Virtually Permanent” Prop 30 Tax 

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

With the California Chamber of Commerce announcing yesterday that it will oppose the Proposition 30 income tax extension, the question arises if a campaign will come together to match the financial firepower that the teachers, medical professionals and other public employee unions bring to the table in support of the measure. Officially, the word from […]

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Aliso Canyon Shut Down and Keeping the Lights On

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

California sits on the cutting edge of converting from traditional energy sources to new, but the pace of that transition must recognize the real world capacity to maintain adequate, cost-effective energy supply and economic activity. A test of keeping the lights on when dealing with environmental questions will play out in the follow up to […]

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Raising Wages

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

The Department of Labor’s new overtime rules come at a jarring time for California businesses which have seen recent changes in California laws to increase both the minimum wage and mandated leave. Small business employers can’t catch a breath before a new mandate comes down affecting their employees and ultimately their bottom line. The Department […]

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Chiang Entry into Governor’s Race and the Business Community

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

State Treasurer John Chiang’s entry into the 2018 governor’s race scrambles strategies of other candidates considering a run as well as the business community’s view of potential candidates for the top job. Chiang’s success as both state controller and treasurer has given him bona fides as fiscally responsible. In that way, he will attempt to […]

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From Homeless to Business Boardrooms, Housing Issue is a Big Problem

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

A major concern for California policymakers is the housing crunch. Business says housing cost is a big reason companies move operations elsewhere or are discouraged from coming to California; homeless advocates decry the lack of units for people who find themselves with no place to go; the cost of housing is driving away the middle […]

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“No Bye-Bye-Jerry”—The Wink that was Heard

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

There was no wink from Gov. Jerry Brown when he said he wouldn’t involve himself in the Proposition 30 tax extension issue at his press conference Friday, but if you listened to the context of what he said you heard an audible equivalent to a wink. He said that Prop 30 was temporary; he wasn’t […]

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Hyperloop vs. High Speed Rail? Not Necessarily

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

When Elon Musk first proposed the hyperloop as a transportation alternative, he projected sealed tubes would hurl a pod between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 35 minutes. At the time, Musk’s vision was compared to the newly minted high-speed rail project that was projected to cover the same ground in 2.5 hours and be […]

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Another Bad Idea: A Local Income Tax

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

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have suggested an income tax on millionaires dedicating the money for homelessness relief. Opening the door for local governments to impose income taxes would erode the state’s major fund raising mechanism, burden taxpayers with more paperwork, hit small businesses whose owners pay business taxes through personal […]

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One Coming, One Going, and One that Got Away

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

The attention-grabbing tiff between California Governor Jerry Brown and Florida Governor Rick Scott over the latter’s business-snatching safari to the Golden State highlighted a week of the state’s constant struggle to stay on top of business recruitment. The scorecard was mixed with news highlights of one business coming, one leaving and, watching with regret, one […]

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