Brackets—California Style

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

The brackets are set (for the time being) for the big contest. The seeding is in place. The committee adjusted the seeding based on chance to win and likelihood to compete—with a couple of whimsical, but interesting, selections thrown it. The contest is on. Make your bets. The next Governor of California will be: (click […]

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In Defense of the Disney CEO Staying “In the Room”

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

Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger, at the company shareholder meeting, rejected a request that he quit President Donald Trump’s business advisory committee over Trump’s policies. Iger, while objecting to a number of the president’s policies, gave the sensible answer that it is best be “in the room” so that he can address his concerns […]

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The Crime Issue Rises

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

The murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer and the big increase of property crimes have highlighted growing concern over the consequences of recent legislation and ballot measures that have opened prison doors. The crime issue, so powerful in the final decades of the last century, is rising again in the public consciousness. In the […]

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LA Election Results: the Establishment Wins

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

In an era when populist uprisings have brought surprising election results nationally and internationally, the opposite was true in the Los Angeles elections yesterday. The establishment held its ground as most incumbents, led by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s overwhelming victory, retained their seats and the powers-that-be held sway on high profile city and county ballot measures. […]

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SCA 1: A Warranty on Government Promises

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

California legislators can prove they believe their own promises if they pass Senate Constitutional Amendment 1 guaranteeing taxpayers would not be liable if the Secure Choice retirement plan for private workers has financial troubles. During debate over the Secure Choice plan legislators in support of the idea insisted that neither taxpayers nor businesses would be […]

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Effects of the CA-DC Stare-down: Brown Walks a Tightrope. Feinstein Re-election Opponent?

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

Reporting on California policy and politics nowadays seems to be rooted in what happens in Washington, D.C. California, which sets itself up as the exception and trendsetter is spending much time reacting to what is coming out of the theater playing out in Washington. CALmatters, the non-profit journalistic site, has gone as far as creating […]

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Governor’s “Nowhere Money” a Violation of State Spending Limit, Says LAO

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

The Legislative Analyst’s Office says the governor’s budget proposal attempts to dodge the state spending limit that was overwhelming passed by voters in a 1979 Special Election. In declaring that the governor’s budget does not count $22 billion dollars against any appropriation limit, the LAO report states clearly that the Governor’s proposal violates the spirit of […]

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Hardly Anyone Running for Office in LA Election

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

Isn’t it a problem in a great metropolis like Los Angeles that two of the three charter officers running for election are unopposed and the third—the mayor– has only token opposition? The situation brings to mind the old question: What if they gave an election and no one came? Unfortunately, close to that result is […]

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Five Initiative Ballot Plan is a Failed Strategy, I Should Know

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

Representative Devin Nunes told the California Republican Party convention over the weekend that the party should seek relevance by sponsoring five ballot measures laying out the party’s priorities—and if the measures fail keep trying every election. Speaking from experience, sponsoring multiple ballot measures is not a wise strategy. I was co-chair of four ballot measures on […]

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Prioritizing Infrastructure Means Considering All State Spending

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

Notable in the reaction to Governor Jerry Brown’s Friday press conference outlining money for dam and water infrastructure, while declaring the need for California to tackle all its infrastructure backlog, was the response from one of the leaders of the fight for improved infrastructure. California Business Roundtable president Rob Lapsley issued a release echoing the […]

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