Joe Mathews

joe mathewsJoe Mathews is California & innovation editor of Zócalo Public Square, a Little League coach, and a fourth-generation Californian who was raised in Pasadena, he also was a staff writer at the Baltimore Sun and Wall Street Journal. His work appears in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and other newspapers and magazines.

Pope Francis Is Making a Big Mistake

Pope Francis Visits America

Joe Mathews: You could drop by the California Institution for Men in Chino—part of our state’s unconstitutionally overcrowded prison system—to wash prisoners’ feet, as you have done elsewhere.

Futureshock: A Letter from 2060

California Tomorrow

Joe Mathews: California, for all its wealth and advantages, looked to be in a precarious position in the second decade of the 21st century. The state’s government was broken, with its budget and tax systems unable to produce the kind of investments to make every child educated and healthy.

Let’s Put Voting Machines in In-N-Out Burger

Fixing Voter Turnout

Joe Mathews: The very thing that makes politics and governance in L.A. so confusing—all the different governments and elections in 88 cities, 150 or so school districts, and hundreds of special districts—makes this a great place for experimenting.

Think Big, California!

California Goals

Joe Mathews: Lacking ambitious goals, the state seems content to drift, waste money, and keep doing the same old things.