A Holmes and Watson Approach to the Homeless Crisis

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

I’m not sure who plays which role but Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas are attacking the California crisis of homelessness like the team of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson using what Steinberg called a “deductive” approach to the problem. The co-chairs of the Governor’s Homelessness Task Force want to […]

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Senator Warren’s Wealth Tax Example Hit Home in CA 40 years Ago

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

While Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is gaining attention and objections on how she proposes to pay for her Medicare-for-All plan, let’s focus on the initial defense of her wealth tax proposal which proves to be a succinct explanation for why middle class Californians embraced Proposition 13’s property tax protections. Warren defended her wealth tax on […]

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SF DA’s Race Foreshadows Coming LA DA’s Fight and Continuing Battle Over the Criminal Justice System

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

Today’s vote in San Francisco will not merely fill the District Attorney position but provide insight on where California stands in the national movement to change the criminal justice system. That effort, spurred on by progressives, will extend to Los Angeles next year when the county’s voters will likely decide between two candidates who will […]

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California the Bellwether

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

Once again California set the pace on a policy issue that is influencing national debate when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) declared its intention to find a way for college athletes to be compensated for the use of their name or likeness.  The NCAA’s turn of mind is sure to confirm for many California […]

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From a Historic Winery in the North to the Reagan Library in the South, California is Burning: Who Will Pay?

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

The price for California’s plague of wildfires could be political or could be monetary, but political history dictates that someone pays a price for disaster. Anger and frustration is palpable around the state over endless fires threatening lives and property. The people of California know that something has gone wrong and want answers. The trouble […]

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City Finances Squeezed by Pensions

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

Perhaps the most telling comment in response to the California State Auditor’s report on the financial health of the state’s cities came from a League of Cities official who complained that the auditor was working off old figures because cities have approved new taxes and other measures to improve finances. The crux of the matter […]

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Fire and Blackouts: How Does Government Respond?

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

With the devastating fires and difficult widespread blackouts plaguing California the state’s investor owned utilities are in a world of trouble. No solution will be easy to the projected decade of darkness offered by the head of Pacific Gas & Electric before the problem is fixed. He won’t have that long. The governor and legislature […]

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Gavin the Magician Tries Sleight-of-Hand With Gas Prices

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

The key to a successful magic performance is to keep your audience’s attention away from the movement that makes the magic trick work. Governor Gavin Newsom plays the magician when he calls for an Attorney General investigation of oil companies for overcharging gas prices. That move keeps voters’ eyes away from the chief reason for […]

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Do You Miss Jerry Brown (Sometimes), Yet?

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

Jerry Brown was often identified as the adult in the room when he served as a check on legislative moves to take California beyond practical boundaries. The state has a new governor now and Gavin Newsom often draws outside traditional lines. Chris Micheli wrote a widely circulated summary on bills that Governor Newsom signed and […]

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A Lesson in Real World Politics

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

I guess I have to thank Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his office for providing a great example to support a lesson I teach my public policy classes—you must understand and deal with the politics surrounding any attempted policy change. In the case of the new title affixed to the recently filed split roll tax […]

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