Joe Mathews: Preschool makes liars of California adults, demonstrating the vast canyon between our progressive rhetoric (“children are the future”) and reactionary reality (“kids don’t vote so why should we care about them?).
Joe Mathews: As a whole, California—while maintaining that it’s a global leader—is actually No. 2 in some important measures.
Joe Mathews: I couldn’t have conceived of a wealthy and beautiful place of 40 million people that claims it is welcoming to the whole world while refusing to house people.
Joe Mathews: The ex-financier has run the L.A. Times, the L.A. Department of Water and Power, and Now L.A. Schools. All he lacks is know-how.
Joe Mathews: Regular California-Texas summits would remind us that, while we will never be the most cohesive country, we are a collection of states that requires some unity.
Joe Mathews: Californians are so angry about politics that fewer will stop to talk and sign, preferring to scream or make obscene gestures.
Joe Mathews: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is being coy about whether he’s running for president. But he doesn’t fool me. I’ve already written the speech, or perhaps I should say sermon, that he should give when he announces his candidacy.
Joe Mathews: After providing a century of service and a new in-law, the Golden State should be adopted by the House of Windsor
Joe Mathews: Protecting its own immigrants and providing housing for its own people shouldn’t be a heavy lift for a wealthy county with 3.2 million people—more than the population of 21 states.
Joe Mathews: Civic leaders’ fantastical claims of water self-sufficiency may endager Southern California’s real water supplies.
Joe Mathews: In an era when seemingly every body of water inspires plans for public access or development or both, Lake Mathews retains a special mystique. My lake is like an old-time movie star—deliberately unknowable. And that’s probably the way it should remain.
Joe Mathews: If all of this seems like news to you, it’s because train deniers—who insist that Californians don’t care for train travel—have dominated the public conversation in the state, especially when it comes to high-speed rail.
Joe Mathews: Snowbirds Have Saved SoCal’s Desert Economy. Why Not Just Deed Them the Land?