Happy Thanksgiving

Fox and Hounds Daily Editors

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

Fox and Hounds Daily will resume publishing on Monday, November 27th.

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Other Revenue Sources Should Be as “Devastating” as Prop 13

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

You’ve heard the complaints and criticisms for four decades now on how Proposition 13 severally cut government finances. Yet, once again a report from a government agency itself says that just isn’t so.

As part of the Legislative Analyst’s Office recent report on California’s Fiscal Outlook for 2018-2019, a chapter on property taxes is titled “Property Taxes Exceed Budget Expectations.”

I would add the word “again.”

Under Proposition 13, property taxes continue to exceed expectations and outgrow population and inflation growth. Property tax revenue has grown more than 1000-percent since Prop 13 passed.

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When DiFi Was Anti-Immigrant

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)

Elections are supposed to be about the future, not the past. But the U.S. Senate contest between Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de Leon may get most interesting when transported back a quarter century.

Back then, Feinstein was helping develop the communications framework for anti-immigrant politics—a framework subsequently deployed by Gov. Pete Wilson and a generation’s worth of politicians, all the way up to Donald Trump.

After being elected to the Senate in 1992, Feinstein made “illegal immigration,” the term she used, a major issue. She wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that blamed a host of different problems on immigrants.

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Bocanegra Saga Embroils the Assembly

Scott Lay
Publisher of The Nooner

Raul Bocanegra announced intention to resign on September 1, 2018, thus avoiding a special election, just as the Times was preparing a story on 6 women who alleged inappropriate sexual advances while he was a staffer, a candidate, and a legislator. Previous, the lone allegation was while he was a staffer.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Downey), who chairs the bipartisan Legislative Women’s Caucus, called for him to resign immediately on Twitter. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, whose husband is Bocanegra’s district director has also called for him to resign immediately. Martinez is a likely candidate for an election to succeed him. 

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Crime—Statistics and Perception

Susan Shelley
Columnist and member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, and the author of the book, "How Trump Won."

Is the LAPD cooking the books to make the city’s crime rate look lower than it is?

That’s the allegation from Captain Lillian Carranza of Van Nuys Division, who has filed a claim alleging that aggravated assaults have been intentionally underreported in more than one division of the LAPD.

Carranza contended at a news conference that there has been a “highly complex and elaborate coverup.” Police Chief Charlie Beck responded angrily that the accusations were “untrue,” “outrageous” and “damn lies.”

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Ready, Set, Go! Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday

Fox and Hounds Daily Editors

The holiday season is here so to set you off over the next few days of retailers and charities seeking your attention here are some statistics compiled from NationalToday.com’s holiday shopping survey of 1000 Americans.


75% of Americans will go shopping this Black Friday, and 33% will spend more than $500. Walmart is America’s favorite Black Friday store (75% will shop there) and clothing is its most coveted category of deal (58%). P.S.—Americans most want deals on Victoria’s Secret (54%)!

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Newsom Better When Salty

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)

Whatever your politics, Gavin Newsom has a distinguished record as a mayor and policy thinker. But in person, he has often seemed boyish and slick, and too eager to please.

That may be changing. I recently watched video of the gubernatorial frontrunner conducting an extensive question-and-answer session at a Public Policy Institute of California event. And while all the familiar wonkishness was there, the ingratiating demeanor was gone. Instead he was putting things bluntly and offering a take-or-leave-it series of provocations.

Newsom tastes a lot better salty.

The lieutenant governor covered so much ground that I can’t recall it here, but he went from community college graduation rates to pre-natal care (“If you don’t have a prenatal plan, you shouldn’t run for governor”) to the connections between health care costs and tuition costs to the toilet-to-tap water recycling in Orange County.

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2018 Brings New Protections for Job Applicants with Criminal History

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1008 (McCarty – Sacramento) on October 14, 2017 as Chapter 789 to address employment discrimination based upon criminal conviction history. Employers in California need to be aware of this bill’s numerous provisions that take effect on January 1, 2018.

This new law adds Section 12952 to the Government Code to provide that it is “an unlawful employment practice” for an employer with 5 or more employees to:

  • Include on any employment application any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s conviction history, prior to the employer making a conditional offer of employment to the job applicant;
  • Inquire into or consider the conviction history of the job applicant until after the employer has made a conditional offer of employment;
  • Consider, distribute or disseminate information about any specified results while conducting a conviction history background check; and
  • Interfere with, restrain or deny the exercise of any right under this new code section.
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It’s Not Only Good Intentions that Pave the Way to You Know Where 

Ronald Turovsky
Partner with the law firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips in its Los Angeles office. He attended UC Berkeley for his undergraduate degree and law school.

Hell appears to be filling up quickly these days.  And not just with members of the political class, although if you follow the news, political types apparently will make up a good portion of travelers there.  But given the mixed crowd that could end up in the same place, there will be some awkward moments.

Ivanka Trump said “there’s a special place in hell” for people who prey on children.  By that she referred to Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, expressing her belief that he fell into that category.  White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short reportedly agrees with the premise, though not necessarily the conclusion, when he said there’s a “special place in hell” for people who commit sexual crimes against children, but noted that Judge Moore had not yet been “proved guilty.”  Since those who decide between heaven and hell presumably are not limited to the outcome of a jury verdict, and instead know for a fact whether he did it or not, Judge Moore may well be there either way, based on the premise.

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California also gives hefty tax breaks to business

Dan Walters
Columnist, CALmatters

There’s much political complaining in California these days over congressional plans to overhaul the nation’s tax system in a way that would cost many Californians, particularly those in high tax brackets, more money.

The federal plans are still being finalized – if they can be – and are aimed at raising enough money to pay for corporate tax cuts that Republican sponsors say are needed to improve the economy by stimulating investment.

The most controversial proposals would eliminate, or at least reduce, personal income tax deductions for state and local taxes, thereby increasing tax payments to Washington.

The proposal would hit taxpayers in high-tax states such a California the hardest and the opposition brands it as unfair to tap individual taxpayers so that corporate taxes can be reduced.

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