A Short History of Proposition 13

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

(Editor’s Note: Proposition 13, the 1978 property tax measure, continues to be in the news in California with talk of reforms in some quarters. Just this week, the Public Policy Institute of California polled some issues related to Prop 13. The poll found that 66% of likely voters found Prop 13 to be a good […]

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Brown’s Popularity Key to Prop 30’s Future

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

Governor Jerry Brown’s job approval ratings are sky high in the recent Public Policy Institute of California Poll, which means the fate of Prop 30 could hang on a word from the governor. Brown continues to remind those who want to see Proposition 30 extended or made permanent that he campaigned for a temporary tax […]

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A One-Two Punch Against the Initiative Process at the Supreme Court

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

An Arizona case before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the state’s ballot initiative created redistricting commission could have such an effect on California politics that three former California governors, noted California political scientists, and a California state commission have all filed briefs in the case. California voters also approved ballot measures that took the […]

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Here’s Hoping “Clear the Field” Doesn’t Prevail in Senate Race

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

The buzz created by Los Angeles City Council president Herb Wesson’s endorsement of AG Kamala Harris for U. S. Senate was a big “get” because Wesson was known as an ally of former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who is considering jumping into the Senate race. Astute political observer, Dan Schnur of USC’s Jesse Unruh Institute […]

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R.I.P. Dan Wall

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

Dan Wall was an expert on local government finances who advocated for counties and readily engaged in debates over tax philosophy in a straightforward, congenial way. Our paths crossed many times serving on panels or discussing tax questions when he worked for both the California State Association of Counties (called the County Supervisors Association of […]

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The Cop Whisperer

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

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Karen Bass held a forum on the issue of policing in the African-American community featuring Los Angeles Civil Rights attorney Connie Rice, an appointee to President Obama’s 21st Century Community Policing Task Force. During the forum a number of community members expressed anger at the lack of progress on dealing with […]

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Taking on the Minimum Wage Debate in L.A.

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

The national debate over minimum wage increases will take center stage in Los Angeles because two efforts to raise the minimum wage face staunch opposition from the business community. The Los Angeles Business Federation, known as BizFed, went on the offensive last week coming out strongly against both minimum wage proposals and the way the […]

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Where Will Business Turn in All-Dem Senate Final?

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

Anthony York’s conjecture in his Grizzly Bear Project column that the 2016 U.S. Senate primary could deliver two Democrats in the general election begs the question, in such a circumstance, which Democrat would most likely pick up Republican and business support? As York notes, two Democrats dueling for the senate seat in the November election […]

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A Committee of Two

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

Here’s a state committee that might actually produce recommendations that would bring change. The fact that Governor Jerry Brown and University of California president Janet Napolitano will form a Committee of Two to take a look at the costs that drive the University of California system is an excellent idea. Here you have two leaders […]

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History of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

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

This space has annually honored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. on his designated holiday and we do so again with a holiday related brief collection of articles. In the past we have discussed King’s legacy or simply reproduced his famous speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This piece will relate a […]

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