Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and the Women Vote

Richard Rubin
He writes about political issues and is President of a Public Affairs Management Firm. He also teaches courses on the Presidential & Congressional Elections at the University of San Francisco and is Vice Chair of the California Commonwealth Club.

Hillary Clinton should follow the advice of Fox TV host Megyn Kelly in how to deal with Donald Trump when Clinton faces Trump in the General Election.

Kelly wisely chose not to respond to Trump’s crude references to her bodily functions after an early Presidential Debate.

In a recent TIME interview, Kelly said, “If I came out there and started fighting Trump, he would have just turned around and said, she can’t be fair, right? At times, I think it drove him nuts that I wasn’t responding. But that was clearly the right course to pursue.”

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LA Needs Jobs, Not Tax Hikes, to Fight Poverty, Homelessness

Susan Shelley
Susan Shelley is an author, former television associate producer and twice a Republican candidate for the California Assembly.

In 2007, about a year before the economy crashed, the Gallup Poll found that 28 percent of Americans had at some point worried about becoming homeless.

It’s worse today. A new UCLA study found 31 percent of county residents worried about becoming homeless. Even among people earning between $90,000 and $120,000, 1 in 4 were afraid they would one day live on the street.

The fear is a symptom of a stagnant economy. If people felt confident that they would always be able to find a job, some kind of job to pay the bills, everybody would be sleeping better at night. Instead, there is widespread anxiety that unemployment could be imminent, devastating, and at an ever-younger age, permanent.

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Raising Wages

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

The Department of Labor’s new overtime rules come at a jarring time for California businesses which have seen recent changes in California laws to increase both the minimum wage and mandated leave. Small business employers can’t catch a breath before a new mandate comes down affecting their employees and ultimately their bottom line.

The Department of Labor’s new rule allows workers earning $47,476 annually time-an-a-half for every hour they work beyond 40 hours. The previous annual salary threshold for requiring time-an-a-half pay was $23,660.

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Irreverent and Unsolicited Advice to Transit Advocates – Part 4

Norm King
Strategic planning & transportation consultant, former City Manager of three California cities, and former Executive Director, San Bernardino Transportation Commission

(Editor’s Note: This week Fox and Hounds is running a five part series by Norm King dealing with transportation issues based on his years of experience as a city manager and transportation consultant)

Sustainability & Mobility Plan Strategies Are Unsustainable

Give up trying to increase densities as a realistic way to reduce greenhouse gases and reduce congestion. Participate in the discussion to reform the unsustainable AB375, “Sustainability Communities Strategy” mandates.

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Small Business Day: Buttressing Optimism with Support

Betty Jo Toccoli
President of the California Small Business Association

There’s a lot of current media attention on the extent of the recovery from the Great Recession. And indeed, numerous surveys are showing that employers are feeling more optimistic in 2016 than in recent years.

That’s good news – and bad news. It’s wonderful that business owners are more confident about the future, and we’re hopeful that their optimism is translated into business success. But it’s also concerning, because our elected officials may get the mistaken impression that optimism reflects a rosy business environment.

On May 25, California legislators can learn first about those issues when 90 small business owners are honored on California Small Business Day. Our policymakers should use that opportunity to move small business issues to the top of the legislative agenda.

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Why California Keeps Failing to Grade Its Schools

Joe Mathews
Connecting California Columnist and Editor, Zócalo Public Square, Fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (UC Press, 2010)

It’s a California educational reality worthy of Kafka. Our state’s leaders keep asking parents and communities to take bigger roles in making local schools better—even as those same leaders keep us in the dark about how our public schools are doing.

In the 2013-14 school year, the state suspended the Academic Performance Index, or API, the chief tool Californians had for seeing how their kids’ schools stacked up among schools across the state. API wasn’t a perfect measure, but it offered a clear and consistent language for judging schools that could be understood by anyone in your neighborhood—from parents to real estate agents. And, for the many communities and schools that hung API banners boasting of school improvement in the rankings, the index provided a point of pride.

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We Need a New Owner of the LA Times

Jack Humphreville
LA Watchdog writer for CityWatch, President of the DWP Advocacy Committee, Ratepayer Advocate for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, and Publisher of the Recycler

More than likely, our Los Angeles Times will have a new owner as Gannett, the publisher of USA Today and the largest newspaper publisher in the country, has offered to buy Tribune, the owner of The Times and the Chicago Tribune, in an all cash deal for $15 a share, double the price of Tribune’s stock prior to the publication of Gannett’s initial offer of $12.25 a share on April 25.

While Tribune’s newly installed, self-centered management and clueless directors may resist this very generous offer, most investors will be standing in line to sell their shares at this bonkers price.  At the same time, while Gannett is not an eleemosynary institution, our Los Angeles Times will be better off being free of Chicago based Tribune which has mismanaged The Times ever since Tribune acquired Times Mirror Corporation, the owner of our hometown paper, in 2000 for over $8 billion (including debt). 

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Chiang Entry into Governor’s Race and the Business Community

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

State Treasurer John Chiang’s entry into the 2018 governor’s race scrambles strategies of other candidates considering a run as well as the business community’s view of potential candidates for the top job.

Chiang’s success as both state controller and treasurer has given him bona fides as fiscally responsible. In that way, he will attempt to claim the mantle now adorning Governor Jerry Brown as “the adult in the room” when it comes to legislative budget excesses.

Chiang gained attention during California’s battle with the Great Recession both in holding up legislators’ pay because of an unbalanced budget and publicizing public employee salaries. He also battled Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over public employee pay cuts during the budget deficit time and added transparency to the state’s fiscal situation with searchable online databases.

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Irreverent and Unsolicited Advice to Transit Advocates – Part 3

Norm King
Strategic planning & transportation consultant, former City Manager of three California cities, and former Executive Director, San Bernardino Transportation Commission

(Editor’s Note: This week Fox and Hounds is running a five part series by Norm King dealing with transportation issues based on his years of experience as a city manager and transportation consultant)

Willingness to fund transit is up; willingness to use it is down.

Be realistic about the impossibility of increasing taxes enough to increase transit ridership sufficiently to make a measurable impact on the environment or mobility.

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