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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Boycott the Oscars? Heck, Boycott Everything!

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

The focus of the political world will be on California Sunday when several political speeches are bound to take over the Oscars. According to one account, the Oscars broadcast, which lost viewers last year, could rebound over the expectation of hearing these political speeches. Or there could be a boycott of the broadcast in anticipation of […]

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From Baby Boom to Latino Boom in LA County

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

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) annual economic forecast conference spent a good deal of time focused on the Latino community and its effect on the county’s economy. Latino growth is affecting the county outlook in such a way that Univision Senior Vice President Chiqui Cartagena compared the impact to the influence of […]

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A New Holiday? Privileged Workers?

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

If Assemblyman Chris Holden’s AB 542 offering another holiday to public employees becomes law it will widen the divide between public and private workers and may even aid pension reformers. AB 542 would add presidential Election Day to a list of holidays public employees and public school employees enjoy that the general private worker does not. […]

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Read All the Lines in an Editorial

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

We are often told that we must “read between the lines” to get a true understanding of what the words on a page mean. In the case of political campaign material, it is safer to read all the lines in the original source material from which the campaign material is quoted. Take the contentious Measure […]

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The Oroville Dam and the Fight for Infrastructure Funding

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

Might a pending disaster of the Oroville Dam spillway collapse move the legislature to a compromise on infrastructure funding? One of the criticisms that has arisen since the threat of a water deluge is that the dam and spillways were not maintained properly even when warnings about the structure were raised more than a decade […]

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