Appeal of Teacher Tenure Decision May be a Good Thing – But Not for the Reason Critics Think

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

No Profile in Courage Award for Governor Jerry Brown and state School Superintendent Tom Torlakson who refused to stand up to their allies in the teacher’s unions and asked for an appeal of a Superior Court decision on the perverse effects of teacher tenure in California schools. Yet, the appeal in the Vergara case may […]

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Tesla Incentives Debate: Hit the Brakes or Step on the Accelerator?

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

Tesla Motors’ desire to build a “gigafactory” that would employee 6500 people has set off a competition among a handful of states, including California, with state officials considering incentives to benefit the electric car producer and convince Tesla to choose their state. This week two Open Letters were produced that took different positions on addressing […]

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Los Angeles Enhances its Anti-Business Reputation

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

On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 to pass a resolution supporting increased property taxes on business on a regular basis. Little surprise as the city continues to build an anti-business reputation. For years the city has held on to a gross receipts tax system for business that neighboring communities use […]

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Reform the Pension System? “Nuts!”

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

Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters zeroed in on the problem with the CalPERS Board coming up with many end runs to increase or “spike” pension benefits, labeling the add-ons for pension purposes “nuts.” Trouble is the unions and their allies use the same expression when it comes to suggestions about reforming the pension system. The […]

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Keep Hint of Prosecutorial Action Out of Legitimate Political Debates

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

In the war of words over an attempt to stall the extension of AB 32’s cap-and-trade to transportation fuels, liberal groups sent a public letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris asking her to keep an eye out for collusion by oil companies in price fixing. This premature advisory (the law doesn’t take effect until January) […]

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A Brown-Kashkari Debate – If Only

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

It may not exactly be the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but a Brown-Kashkari debate would be worth watching. The Kashkari campaign issued a press release last week saying that candidate Kashkari has agreed to five debate invitations yet Governor Brown has not accepted any. Debates have come a long way since the legendary confrontation between Abraham Lincoln […]

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My Turn on C-SPAN Book TV

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

After a week of writing about water bonds, ballot manipulation and cap-and-trade/high-speed-rail, a little self expression on Friday: my 15-minute interview that aired this week on C-SPAN Book TV. It was recorded in April and covered the background of my modern day mystery novels based on historical events, with a little California politics, my class […]

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GOP “Party of Yes” as Compromise Water Bond Heads for the Ballot

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

Lots of pats-on-the-back for legislators and the governor as they reached an agreement to put a $7.5 billion water bond on November’s ballot. One thing that should be noted, when Republican votes were needed to achieve a two-thirds support necessary to pass the bond, they did not respond as painted by many, particularly in the […]

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Water Bond Beats Towing Icebergs

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

By the end of the day we should know how California’s governor and legislators decided to deal with the state’s suffocating drought. The choices range from keeping the expensive $11 billion water bond already qualified for the ballot; substituting the $7 billion bond fashioned by the governor and Democratic legislators; adding or subtracting to that […]

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Manipulating the Ballot

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

The California Supreme Court’s decision to hold off ruling on an advisory measure that called for overturning the United States Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision on campaign finance stalled a bad habit the legislative majority has engaged in to manipulate the ballot for political purposes. Although the legislature already passed a resolution supporting a constitutional […]

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