Throw the Penalty Flag in Football and Politics

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

The campaigns for the Senate District 7 special election and building a Los Angeles area football stadium are two rough and tumble affairs that have something in common – the need to throw a penalty flag on deceptive plays in the campaigns. Much attention has been paid to the disingenuous nature of mailings by the […]

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CA Jobs are Booming, But What Kind of Jobs?

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

First the good news on the job front: California is leading the nation in job creation. Job growth in the Golden State last year increased by 3.1% while job growth in the rest of the nation settled in at 2.3%. And with 67,300 new jobs created in January alone, the state’s unemployment rate dropped to […]

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Split Roll Debate Continues

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

While supporters of changing Proposition 13 to increase taxes on commercial property usually focus on raising the tax rate or frequently reassessing property, UCLA Law School professor Kirk Stark has a different idea – broaden the base of business property taxes by reassessing more often but at the same time lower tax rates on property […]

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Don’t Tax Independent Expenditures, Eliminate Candidate Donor Limits

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

The bill authored by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to tax independent expenditure campaign spending has a point, although the measure itself is likely to find resistance in both the halls of the legislature and in the courts. Levine’s goal is to see campaigns conducted by candidates who would be accountable for the political messages […]

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L.A. Voters Want Company

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

Voters in Los Angeles who bothered to vote in yesterday’s primary election decided they want company when future city and school district elections are called. They overwhelmingly supported two charter amendments to change the timing of the elections to coincide with national elections beginning in 2020. More than 76-percent of the voters approved the change. […]

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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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