Car Wars

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

Government efforts to upend California’s car culture often face stiff opposition from the public. Look no farther than the battle in the state’s big cities over road lane reductions or even banning cars from vital arteries. In Los Angeles, city officials are adding bike lanes and reducing the number of car lanes in an effort […]

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Is Antonio Adopting the Old GOP Fishhook Strategy?

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

For those who remember the Republican “fish hook” strategy for winning statewide races three and four decades ago you can see a similarity to Antonio Villaraigoisa’s potential roadmap to capture the governorship: string together a strong showing through Central Valley counties and hook up through San Diego and Orange Counties to his home county of […]

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California at Politicon

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

The third annual Politicon convention in Pasadena on all things political produced long lines for lively debates and entertainment, and while a major focus was on national events, as always California and Californians captured a good share of the spotlight. CNN’s Chris Cillizza asked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra how much time he spent confronting the […]

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“Tax Land Wealth” Theory Ignores Ability to Pay

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

A recent Los Angeles Times op-ed by three professors at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs suggests the way to raise revenue to deal with homelessness is to tax land because “housing scarcity delivers unearned wealth to people who own housing.” This tired argument of taxing land wealth ignores two important principles: ability to pay and […]

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Surprising Item in Poll on the Environment; But What If They Asked a Follow-Up Question

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

The Public Policy Institute of California released its poll on Californians & the Environment and the poll indicated that residents and voters are definitely pro-environment. But, the poll included a surprise for those who followed the cap-and-trade debate. Californians were asked if they supported cap-and-trade even if the process added 15-cents per gallon to gasoline. […]

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Road to PAGA Ballot Initiative Paved by CA Supreme Court Ruling

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

As if businesses were not troubled enough by substantial penalties tied to minor labor law infractions when private attorneys take on lawsuits under the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), a California Supreme Court ruling has opened the door for more business burdens when confronting PAGA lawsuits. In a recent unanimous decision in Williams v. Marshalls […]

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Will Gov. Campaign for Measure that Sealed Cap-n-Trade Deal?

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

A major concession Governor Jerry Brown made to secure Republican votes for his cap-and-trade extension was to allow a constitutional amendment to move forward that gives Republicans a chance to influence spending of cap-and-trade money one time in 2024. But that doesn’t mean Brown will campaign to pass the amendment. Republicans insisted that the provision […]

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How About Naming Rights For the State Capitol Building?

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

For $12 million a year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are willing to offer naming rights to the field within Dodger Stadium on which the ball club plays. If that helps the Dodgers meet its budget obligations, perhaps the state should adopt a similar plan. Wonder how much the state could get for naming rights for parks, […]

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Cap-n-Trade—and Costs—Up

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

A punch from the left, a punch from the right but still standing, battered but victorious, the cap-and-trade extension. It was an odd fight. Republicans citing environmental groups’ positions to oppose the measure; Democrats hauling up the flag of big business in support. Establishment Republicans like former Gov. Pete Wilson and former United States Secretary […]

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Jeopardy for the Bullet Train with Cap-n-Trade Amendment?

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

Late Friday, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes threw into the cap-and-trade negotiation mix a plan to require a one-time two-thirds vote requirement on how cap-and-trade revenues are spent. The vote would come no sooner than 2024. That proposed vote is a long way off but it could play a role in the funding of the controversial […]

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