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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Mayors Don’t See Eye to Eye on Infrastructure Fixes

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

Can a Northern California big city Democratic mayor and a Southern California big city Republican mayor find common ground when it comes to infrastructure improvements? Sacramento’s Darrell Steinberg and San Diego’s Kevin Faulconer both want infrastructure improvements but place a different emphasis on how to get the job done. The mayors talked infrastructure fixes to […]

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Business Networking Key to Boosting Bay Area over LA

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

The “Beat LA” chant that occurs at many San Francisco sporting events featuring teams from the two regions of the state may reflect more than the athletic contest on the field. The San Francisco Bay Area’s economy has surged ahead of Los Angeles’s economic growth over the past 40 years. Professor Michael Storper of UCLA […]

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Educating Voters on Education Spending

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

The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll reflected a similar finding from previous PPIC polls that’s puzzling: When it comes to actual state spending priorities versus the knowledge voters have of those spending priorities the lineup is nearly reversed. California spends the most money from its General Fund budget on K-12 education (42.6%), the […]

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Rendon Endorsement of Chiang Matters

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

The relatively early endorsement of California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for gubernatorial candidate state Treasurer John Chiang is important for a number of reasons. A prominent Latino leader endorsing Chiang shows that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a previous Assembly Speaker himself, can’t be seen as the candidate that Latino voters and leadership will […]

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The Pension Monster that Devoured Education

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

I suppose not too many readers remember the television sitcom, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, from the late 1950s, early 1960s (Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl remembers because she acted in it) but one character, beatnik Maynard G. Krebs, often talked about a movie that he saw many times: The Monster that Devoured Cleveland. […]

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Kamala for President and Other Odd Political Stories

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

Writing about political horse races are always more interesting than dissecting the details of policy but aren’t we a bit ahead of ourselves with all the stories about potential presidential candidates in 2020? The current president has been in office far less than a month and already journalists are drawing up lists and making conjectures […]

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Untested Consequences Come with Legislative Pushback on Immigration Order

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

In their haste to confront the Trump Administration on immigration, lawmakers on the local and state level are making proposals that have untested consequences for businesses and residents and even some of the immigrants themselves. Two examples: the Los Angeles proposal to legalize street vendors, whether the vendors are legal citizens or not; and Assemblywoman […]

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Transitioning to an Emerging Green Economy

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

California may not be alone in its efforts to deal with climate change but neither can state officials ignore the need for a smooth transition to a greener economy that would rely on traditional energy sources. That was the message gleaned from the opening sessions of the 10th annual VerdeXchange conference in Los Angeles dedicated to […]

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