Oil and Gas Industry a Pillar of California’s Economy

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

When thinking of the industries and businesses that drive the economy and image of the Golden State, Hollywood, the Silicon Valley and Agriculture come immediately to mind, but looking at hard numbers, oil and gas exploration and production have to be included in this group. The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation conducted a study commissioned […]

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Boston Strong Helped by a California Champion

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

In Boston, I watched the emotional running of the 118th Boston Marathon. Following the awful events of last year that drew this city and the country together behind the slogan “Boston Strong,” an American won the men’s race for the first time since 1983 — and he was a Californian. Meb Keflezighi from San Diego […]

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The Cost of Driving in California

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

Feeling the pain of gasoline prices? In California the average price of gasoline is about $4.20 a gallon. That’s second highest in the nation behind Hawaii. Some of the recent jump in state gas cost can be attributed to refinery troubles. But California also leads the nation in taxing gasoline. According to a chart prepared […]

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Local and State Politics Will Spark LA’s New Newspaper

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

Increasing the voices of political diversity is one of the missions of California’s newest newspaper, the Los Angeles Register. Did I just write that a new newspaper is opening in this digital age? The owners of Freedom Communications, publishers of the Orange County Register and other newspapers, launched their swim against the tide Wednesday when […]

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Prop 13 Poll Question Not About Split Roll

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

Advocates for a split roll property tax probably hailed the results of the Field Poll question about business property changing ownership. Trouble is, the question wasn’t about a split roll property tax in which all business property would be taxed differently from residential property. The question was about certain commercial property transfers of ownership. Here […]

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On Tax Day, Taxpayer Advocates and their Adversaries are Thinking Ahead

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

On Tax Day 2014, California is creeping toward a point that the issue of taxation may once again be selected as the main concern for the state’s voters. That might seem an irrational statement when you consider that in the most recent Public Policy Institute poll, taxes as a concern were ranked sixth behind, in […]

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Job Killer Scorecard

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

The California Chamber of Commerce issued its annual list of job killer bills as the organization hopes to keep up a remarkable record of success in defeating bills harmful to jobs and the economy. Given a reputation that the state is a bad place to do business – a reputation that California legislators and the […]

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Journalist Greg Lucas as State Librarian? Yes!

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

When Governor Jerry Brown nominated journalist Greg Lucas, as state librarian there was an immediate backlash from some in the library community. They charged that Lucas was unqualified for the job. However, in this corner, Brown’s nomination is an inspired choice. Lucas will bring uncommon insight and a fresh perspective to the job. Lucas served […]

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Silicon Valley Needs Workers from CA

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

On Monday, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the cap for H-1B visas has been reached – in only one week’s time. The USCIS says a computer-generated process will randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 85,000 visas so skilled computer scientists from around the world can […]

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E Pluribus Unum – But Not in California

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

Identity politics continue to roil the state. The Sacramento Bee reported the motivation behind the death of a non-controversial bill in the legislature was payback against Asian American legislators who dropped their backing for SCA 5, a bill to restore affirmative action, after the Asian American community protested. The rejected bill had to do with […]

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