Taking Care of Workers; What About Businesses?

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

Governor Gavin Newsom announced additional worker protection proposals on Friday to confront the spread of the coronavirus. While these additional protections along with pending legislation the returning legislature will consider are aimed at offering benefits for workers, not enough has been offered for employers who struggle to keep their businesses open.  Among Newsom’s new initiatives […]

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Time to Begin Learning about Those Confusing Ballot Propositions

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

For voters who don’t spend their days engrossed in policy issues, the uncomfortable initiative season is upon us. How to decide on the 12 propositions on the November ballot?  Reading through the arguments both pro and con can be confusing if the voters don’t take the time to dig deeper. That probably means getting off […]

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Will Masks Interfere with Courtroom Justice?

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

The fact that wearing or not wearing a mask has become a political symbol of state authority versus freedom seems so far out of bounds with medical reality. Think of masks representing the old marketing slogan some apple producers thought up: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Wearing a mask, along with following […]

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The Attorney General’s Uneven View on What’s Right

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

Two events yesterday showed an unequal outlook on fairness by California’s Attorney General. In one instance, AG Xavier Becerra rightly objected to President Trump’s order attempting to limit the people counted in the census as ignoring the plain language of the United States Constitution. On the other hand, he issued titles and summaries for California […]

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Because of COVID-19, Fewer Laws

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

Back in April, I wondered on this page if the pandemic’s effect on the legislature shutting down the capitol during an extended break would result in fewer bills passed and signed into law. Apparently, that will be the case. On top of the extraordinary month-long lockdown in March, the legislature was forced to extend its […]

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Beware of Sleight-of-Hand in Prop 15 Numbers

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

The Yes on Proposition 15 campaign has bandied about all kinds of figures on how many commercial properties will pay a bulk of the new record property tax increase if the measure passes. First, they showed a study that reported 6% of the properties will pay 78% of the taxes. Next we heard that 10% […]

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Close LA? No Dodger Baseball?

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

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti raised a red warning flag this week saying the surge of COVID-19 in Los Angeles could again shut down the city. One of my first thoughts was will the mayor stop Major League Baseball resuming at Dodger Stadium, even with no fans?  The fate of the Dodgers could serve as […]

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Federal Dollars Won’t Be Coupled to Tax Reform

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

Slightly more than a decade ago as California was working its way out of the last devastating recession, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the legislature created the Commission on the 21st Century Economy, chaired by financier Gerald Parsky. Often referred to as the Parsky Commission, it boldly followed its mandate to create a new tax structure […]

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New Shutdown Points to a Dimming CA Economy

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

If there were a stock exchange dedicated exclusively to California’s fiscal health it would take a drubbing with the double announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom closing down many work establishments that were opened just a month ago and large school districts in the state announcing they would remain closed and go to online learning instead […]

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Racial Soul-Searching and White Comfort

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

During this time of national reflection on racial issues, the terms white privilege, white supremacy, and white power have been bandied about plentifully. A different term has been offered up by eminent Los Angeles civil rights attorney, Connie Rice, in assessing the potential outcomes from current protests: white comfort.  I asked Rice where this latest […]

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