Statement on FPPC-SBAC Agreement

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

Following is the statement SBAC issued on the judgment announced by the FPPC today for disgorgement of funds: We have long stated, and, at the conclusion of their investigations, both the FPPC and Attorney General confirmed, that SBAC PAC had done nothing wrong and were not aware of any violations by anyone else. Even so, […]

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Reading Between the Lines about “Subsidiarity”

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

Governor Brown’s State of the State address that centered on fiscal discipline and his call for a constitutional rainy day fund should be praised. (A tip of the hat to Sutter Brown for effectively driving home the point). But I focus here on the governor’s issue of “subsidiarity” and whether there was a hidden plan […]

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Policy, Short and Sweet

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

Neel Kashkari’s policy paper for his gubernatorial campaign is on one side of a piece of paper. “Education and jobs,” he says. “That’s it.” Certainly, he’s picked the two topics most important to Californians and if he can fix these two major issues a lot of the state’s problems go away. The short plan brings […]

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No “I Have a Dream” Speech on MLK Day

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 honor his memory today, but in a slightly different way than planned.  Our desire was to reprint King’s historic civil rights speech made at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. However, any outlet has to be cautious about […]

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High Speed Rail Takes More Punches, is On the Ropes

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

If the California high speed rail project were a boxer you’d wonder how it could still be standing. It has been pounded by both left hooks and right jabs.  With the powerful governor of California in its corner it has managed to stay upright in the ring, but it may not be too long before […]

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Will Sen. de León Face Challenge for Pro Tem?

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

As political dominoes fall, Sen. Kevin de León seems closer to grabbing the position of president pro tem of the state senate. With the announcement yesterday that Congressman George Miller would retire, state senator Mark DeSaulnier said he would run for Miller’s seat taking him out of the competition for pro tem. DeSaulnier was considered […]

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Jerry Brown: Earl Warren Redux?

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

The gubernatorial candidate many Republicans might think is the safest bet in the November election just may be Jerry Brown. Wait a minute, I hear you cry. Brown is a Democrat. Understood, however, consider the reality of California’s current political scene. Brown’s philosophy expressed in the newly released budget seems to get a greater nod […]

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Job Creation Needed to Save LA – “A City in Decline”

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

A Los Angeles city resident reading the newly released Los Angeles 2020 Commission report would be forgiven for immediately packing his or her bags and getting out of town. The independent commission of 13 members created by City Council president Herb Wesson issued a scathing report calling California’s biggest metropolis a city in decline. No […]

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Another Controversial Initiative Summary

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

Did Attorney General Kamala Harris read the memo supplied by pollsters who conducted a union sponsored poll on the pension reform initiative? As the Sacramento Bee reported last month, the  Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group suggested some messages that would bury the pension reform initiative. The group emphasized that the use of the word “eliminate” in reference to […]

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Playing Games with a Rainy Day Fund?

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

The news that Governor Jerry Brown will include a push for a rainy day fund in his budget proposal raises both hope and concerns. You see, there is already a rainy day fund proposal scheduled to appear on the November ballot. Will Brown support a strong rainy day fund measure or a weaker proposal than […]

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