State Treasurer Chiang on Taxes and the Economy

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

With the rising conversation about extending Proposition 30 taxes, I asked state Treasurer John Chiang if he would advise that the taxes be continued. Chiang said that a promise was made that the taxes would be temporary and circumstances would have to change, such as the economy tanking, to justify continuing the taxes. Chiang spoke […]

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Who Was that Man in the Taxi in Mayor Garcetti’s Favorite Movie?

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

(Editor’s Note: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti chose the comedy Airplane! as his favorite movie for the Zocalo Public Square/KCRW film series. It will be shown tonight at the Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles, open to the public. After the showing, KCRW’s Madeleine Brand will talk about the film with Garcetti and the trio […]

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Prop 13 a Player in NFL Stadium Game

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

A major component in the fight to keep professional football in Oakland and San Diego or move a team to Los Angeles is taxes – will taxes be necessary to build a stadium? Team owners want a public subsidy to help build a stadium in Oakland and San Diego but two new proposals for stadiums […]

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They Gave an Election in LA and Almost Nobody Came

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

It seems Los Angeles County is testing the old philosophical question: What if they gave an election and nobody came? The most populous county in the state had the lowest percentage turnout in last November’s election. While 42% of state voters turned out for the general election, Los Angeles County turnout was only 31%. The […]

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Political Notes: Senate Race; Chargers Football; Party Registration

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

With the Field Poll on the U.S. Senate race showing Condoleezza Rice as a leader along with Kamala Harris, many political observers stated that if Rice ran – and she says she won’t – her opponents would try to wrap the unpopular (in California) George W. Bush around her. Undoubtedly true. But more important, I […]

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Initiative Chess-like Moves

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

Much has be written about the potential cascade of initiatives headed for the November 2016 ballot because of the lower total of signatures needed to qualify ballot measures. But, those who study the initiative landscape see as much maneuvering as you would find in a chess match before all the pieces fall into place and […]

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UC Students Call for Divestment Could Become Entangled in Tuition Debate

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

The University of California Student Association board voted to support a resolution to divest from companies that do business in certain countries including the United States. While college students often make statements and take action on political matters, the timing of this advocacy could see the action become tangled up with the ongoing debate over […]

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SD 7: Informing the Voters a Candidate is NOT Running

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

An influential campaign message in the Senate District 7 Special Election would be: NO Republican Has Applied. Democrat Steve Glazer snagged the important endorsement of the Contra Costa Times in his run for the Senate District 7 special election but what he really needs is a campaign effort to inform voters that the Republican in […]

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Kevin McCarthy on that Senate Seat, Shared Power, High Speed Rail and More

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

The question I had for Congress’ majority leader Kevin McCarthy in Los Angeles last Friday: When he learned that Senator Barbara Boxer was not running for reelection did he even for a moment consider running for the seat? He said he did not want “to go to the back of the line.” In other words, […]

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How About a Latino for Senate? (A Republican!)

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

Much has been made of the brewing squabble in the Democratic Party over selection of a candidate to replace Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate. The Latino Caucus revealed a poll it commissioned suggesting a Latino candidate would energize Latino voters, a key voting demographic. Members of the caucus said Latinos were being slighted […]

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