Joe Mathews: California should have the right to grant legal residency to the undocumented.
Joe Mathews: As big cities shed the NFL, only smaller, poorer cities are desperate enough to host teams.
Joe Mathews: The Golden State’s Major League Baseball is slow-paced and pricey, but out minor league beautifully binds us together.
Joe Mathews: If you root for the Dodgers, pay taxes and battle traffic, are you any less a Californian than me?
Joe Mathews: To be a leader on national issues, we must leave our smug, protective cocoon.
Joe Mathews: The park represented, in the words of one state press release, a “once-in-a-century” opportunity for California. It still may achieve that kind of status. … But the park that opened this spring is missing very basic things.
Our state’s leaders understand the problem with underspending, but they haven’t been successful at explaining the problem, credibly, to the public.
The threat of the state seizing power may be the last, best hope for pressuring the biggest obstacles to new housing — local governments — to get out of the way.
Our clogged legal system creates overcrowded prisons, underfunded schools, and housing shortages.
Yes, California as a whole takes a lot of critical blows. But can you imagine how more bloodied the rest of our state would be if we didn’t have you around to absorb so much abuse?
Extensive research shows we must find a way to fund and organize more instructional time. Dozens of studies of campuses with longer school days and school years have found that such schools do better, especially in serving students considered to be at-risk.
The Golden and Silver States share a certain moral flexibility, and a big enemy in Washington.
Joe Mathews: It’s not the Golden State’s fault that its diversity and success sparked a backlash.