Bullying Business Won’t Help LA Schools

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Because business organizations opposed the L.A. school tax Measure EE, the Los Angeles mayor, union leaders and school officials say business betrayed students. That’s the message they sent by disinviting the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce from the L.A. Compact, a partnership aimed at presenting a united front on education issues, funding and work opportunities […]

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Are Voters for More Multi-Family Housing in Single Family Neighborhoods?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Do Californians really want denser living particularly in single-family neighborhoods? The recent PPIC poll showed strong support by 62% to 30% allowing state laws to override local governments to create multi-family housing near transportation corridors. The most discussed housing bill in the legislature, Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 50, that would do just that went kerplunk […]

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A Bad Week for Mayor Garcetti

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a rough week with the defeat of school parcel tax Measure EE, which he championed, and a report revealing a dramatic 16% increase in homelessness in the city despite his successfully convincing voters in 2016 to raise taxes to overcome the problem. And, you can pile on the recent […]

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PPIC Poll: Democrats’ Divide; Legislature’s Disapproval; Budget Problems and Voting

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Reading the results of the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll and reflecting on the news that came out of the state Democratic convention this weekend, you can see the struggle between the party activists and the larger pool of Democratic voters in this progressive state to find the correct nominee for president. At […]

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First Impressions of LAUSD Measure EE Result

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

It appears as of this writing the Los Angeles Unified School District’s attempt to rush a parcel tax increase through has failed. With over 90% of the precincts reporting Measure EE is trailing 46% to 53%–and it needed a two-thirds vote to pass. Recent California elections don’t post final results for days after Election Day. […]

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A Big Deal Weekend for Democrats and the Party’s Hopes for 2020

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

California’s greater influence in choosing the Democratic presidential nominee has been written about here and elsewhere. A step toward that influence—whether positive or negative– will be on display this weekend at the California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco. So many Democratic presidential hopefuls will address the convention, together they could field an entire football […]

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Gaming the (Electoral) System

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Many pro-tax increase campaigns supported by government authorities try to game the system to get the results they desire. Look at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s parcel tax. The tax exempts seniors from paying the tax in hoping to gain their votes without incurring any burden and states that an oversight committee will oversee […]

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AB 392 Compromise was the Only Way

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The compromise on AB 392, attempting to set parameters for the use of deadly force by police, meant recognizing that the police felt they were being suffocated by changes in California law. The debate over AB 392 centered around the use of deadly force by police–when it was “necessary” or when it was “reasonable” and […]

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New Study: Looking at the Best Ways to Move on Up

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

Growing support for the idea of Universal Basic Income is challenged in a new report from the California Business Roundtable (CBRT) which argues that it is better to recognize workers value in society through programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) rather than promote Universal Basic Income “which essentially discards lower-income residents as obsolete […]

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A New School Funding Measure; Trouble for the Split Roll?

Joel Fox
Editor and Co-Publisher of Fox and Hounds Daily

The school establishment is clearly nervous about the viability of the split roll tax increase plan. The California School Board Association is testing the chances of another tax measure for the 2020 ballot that could provide school funding. This measure would take the tried-and-true method of seeking voter approval by taxing “someone else” and avoiding […]

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