The Ghost of Delayed Budgets Past

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

The intense reaction to the coronavirus that is upending life as we know it just may resurrect the ghost of delayed budgets that haunted California’s budget process for years. The reason is not the same that caused past budget delays but because of the virus there is a chance the governor and legislature will slow […]

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Panic Buying and Rationing

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

The Covid-19 crisis has brought a rash of panic buying off market shelves. While officials and commentators try to calm the public and argue that such behavior is irrational, fear has taken over. Franklin Roosevelt’s reassuring words during his first inaugural address that, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” does not […]

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How Soon Will CA Budget Feel Effects of Covid-19?

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

As has been reported by many news outlets, California’s robust economy is expected to take a hit as members of the public and businesses respond to COVID-19. Workers and businesses are feeling effects now but how soon will the state government budget feel it? The first clues come with the state revenue reports on tax […]

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Coronavirus might spur action on homelessness where “medieval” diseases failed to do so

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

The homeless crisis in California has often been referred to as a public health crisis, yet despite nasty and ancient diseases discovered in homeless encampments, there has been no urgent statewide mandates to deal with homelessness. COVID-19, the Coronavirus, a modern-day disease, that has captured the attention of the world might change that. When “medieval […]

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Sending a Message on Taxes

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

There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a TAX over there Telling me I got to beware (With apologies to Buffalo Springfield)  There is something happening here in California on the bread-and-butter issue of taxes, a possible shift in the state’s political orbit for it seems that voter […]

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Kamala Harris for VP?

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

As I watched results from Super Tuesday’s elections come in, I remembered that California’s junior Senator Kamala Harris had not endorsed in the presidential race after dropping out like some of her competitors did. Good move for her, I thought, because it puts her in a place that she could be called on as the […]

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“Get Off My Porch”

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

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s husband should not have brandished a gun at Black Lives Matter protestors approaching the couple’s house in the early morning hours the day before election. But his cry of “Get off my porch” may come to symbolize for many exasperated voters’ pushback against the growing incivility in this election […]

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As This is Written…Quick Hits on the Election the Morning After

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

Any observations on the results of the California primary early the morning after Election Day must carry the phrase “as this is written” because the election process, as it has evolved in California, means final results are not certain because of late arriving ballots. Proposition 13 School Bond The biggest surprise so far is that […]

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Today’s Big Stories and the November Election

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

Today two big stories dominate the news and both could have a great influence on California ballot measures that will be tested in the November General Election—the California presidential primary election and the spread of coronavirus Today is election day, or should we say, the key day for what amounts to election months in California. Voters […]

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Taxing Empty Properties

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

Moves to tax housing units and storefronts left empty are gathering steam in California and once again will pit government instincts to “do something” with real and perceived problems in conflict with rights of property owners.  In San Francisco tomorrow, voters will decide if storefront properties left empty for 182 days or longer will have […]

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