Public Banks Driven by Political Agendas; A Test of Public Banks in LA

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

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 857 to allow California cities and counties to establish public banks. A political agenda was behind the move to public banking and in the end it could be extremely costly and unmanageable for taxpayers. Los Angeles city, in particular, may be a test case for the validity of public banks […]

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California Lawmakers Upsetting Traditions of College Athletics

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

Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 206 allowing college athletes to prosper from the use of their name, image and likeness.  Perhaps in the end the law balances for some college athletes the potential side effects of the state’s travel ban that could undermine college teams from participating against certain rivals. For better and for worse, […]

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Education Strategy Isn’t Working for Property Tax Increase Plan

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

Education is intended to be the cutting edge of the blade to alter Proposition 13 with a ballot initiative in next year’s election. However, the just released Public Policy Institute of California poll indicates that strategy may not be as sharp as anticipated by the measure’s backers. In attempting to raise billions of dollars for […]

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L.A. County Assessor on Implementing a Split Roll

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

Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang told an audience that implementing the split roll property tax increase proposal headed for the 2020 ballot would put a strain on his office. The split roll would require property assessments on many commercial properties every one to three years. Prang said he currently doesn’t have the staff or […]

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Casting a Vote on Newfangled Voting Equipment

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

There was a mock election in Los Angeles County this weekend put on by the county registrar-recorder’s office and I voted for the Hollywood sign as the most iconic L.A. landmark. The question about the best landmark was one of the 14 test questions included in the mock election for county residents to test out […]

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SoCal Undercutting Harris’s Hopes

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

California Senator Kamala Harris’s campaign in her home state is floundering according to the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll.   That seems a bit of a surprise until one takes a longer look at Harris’s election history in the Golden State. Coming from the heated political environment of San Francisco, Harris barely captured […]

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Road Funds as Political Football

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

Too much traffic, too many potholes–California road conditions stink. While some money is in place to deal with the roads both federal and state authorities weaponize taxpayer funds intended to fix the roads to try and bend other government entities to their will. The losers are taxpayers and suffering commuters. The latest episode is the […]

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Meetings of Rivals the Solution to Complex Problems? Gov. Thinks So

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

Governor Newsom’s plan for solving major complex issues is to bring all sides of an issue together to hammer out solutions. It might prove more difficult than he can imagine. When he signed Assembly Bill 5 to oversee the classification of workers, Newsom declared, “”I will convene leaders from the Legislature, the labor movement and […]

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Garcetti Says Business is Booming in LA; But Beware of New Business Taxes

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

In his annual address to the San Fernando Valley’s United Chamber of Commerce event, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proudly proclaimed Los Angeles a city of the future that promotes the business community. While he had a list of positives about the city’s economic vitality, including tax reductions for business, he didn’t mention that he […]

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A Bill to Advantage Labor over Business in Using Direct Democracy

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

The latest effort by the legislature to reduce law-making competition from the initiative process now on Governor Newsom’s desk favors the majority party’s labor allies over the business community.  AB 1451 authored by Assemblyman Evan Low requires that at least ten percent of petition signatures come from unpaid signature gatherers. The measure would also ban […]

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