Crackdown on Big Tech a Threat to California’s Economy?

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

The Federal Justice Department announced a broad antitrust review of large tech firms with three of top companies often mentioned headquartered in California. If Facebook, Google and Apple are all found to be restricting competition with monopolistic behavior, they could face disciplinary actions with one option in the extreme case, forced breakup. California’s booming economy […]

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DMV Report Shows Legislature’s Actions Added to the Agency’s Problems

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

With the delivery of the report by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s DMV Strike Team it is clear why the legislature turned thumbs down on auditing the agency’s many problems—the legislature itself was a major player in DMV’s troubles. The Strike Team report revealed that two specific issues caused the surge of residents at DMV offices: REAL […]

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More and More Tax Revenue, Bigger Surpluses…And Still Not Satisfied

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

Tax revenue and government surpluses are up all over California, but that fact doesn’t satisfy advocates for more and more taxes. Tax raising activists could step on each other in the charge for more money. It was reported last week that the state brought in another $1 billion in unexpected revenue. Already, California is sitting […]

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RATS!

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

It’s hard to believe in modern day California multiple stories of rats are making news. From the 15-pound rats in the Delta, to the rats inhabiting downtown Los Angeles—one expert told a Los Angeles news radio station there probably exist in the city the same number of rats as the human population, in other words […]

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Harris Gains in Poll

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

The Quinnipiac poll this week showed Kamala Harris taking the lead in the presidential contest among California Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. Her gain in the polls reflects rising support for her candidacy in Southern California.  In February, Quinnipiac polled California Democratic voters on which Democratic candidate they were most excited about. Joe Biden topped Harris […]

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Tom Steyer Wants a National Referendum

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

I’m trying to imagine how the national referendum proposed by Tom Steyer as part of his presidential platform would work.  He said he trusted the people to make the laws, and that he had success using initiatives in California. Of course, his great wealth spurred those law changes in the Golden State. It would take […]

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Exemptions Could Doom Dynamex Bill

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

The Achilles heal of the bill to define workers role in the gig economy just might be a growing list of exemptions in the measure.  In attempting to codify the California Supreme Court’s decision in the Dynamex case, which set a test to determine whether a worker was a full time employee or an independent […]

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Supreme Court Needs to Decide Tax Vote Requirements for Initiatives

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

I can’t say I was surprised by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman’s ruling that two San Francisco tax increases for special purposes were valid despite receiving less than a two-thirds vote. A tax dedicated for special purposes needs a two-thirds vote,  but a California Supreme Court decision in 2017 created confusion about the […]

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How NCAA Athletes and Your Privacy are Linked

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

Will legislators consider that two seemingly different policy choices debated currently share a similar principle and therefore require a like solution? I’m looking at Senate Bill 206 by Sens. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley and Steve Bradford of Gardena to allow college athletes to be paid for the money-making use of their name, image, and likenesses, […]

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Earthquakes! Divine Message or Wake-Up Call

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

Had the two major earthquakes that hit Southern California over the last few days occurred three centuries ago they might have been seen as a message from God that Californians strayed from the righteous path. That was the reaction of New England residents and ministers after a major earthquake hit in 1727. I suppose there […]

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