Joe Mathews: California may have the size and economy and independent spirit of a good-sized country. But California is not a nation. Which is precisely why it would be so self-destructive to seek to become one.
Joe Mathews: When CNN and Twitter are polluting public discourse, an economic incentive could stanch the flow of misinformation.
Joe Mathews: Traveling abroad would help politicians and voters fix America’s troubled democracy.
Joe Mathews: The cartel members would be a small number of companies with the size and resources necessary to control the distribution of cannabis so that our state can properly track, regulate, price, and tax America’s largest marijuana market.
Joe Mathews: We’d all be better off if older workers said long, extended goodbyes.
Joe Mathews: The most resilient communities are ones with the most diversity. They have people of different ages, levels of education, and backgrounds. Neighbors work in a wide variety of industries.
Joe Mathews: As a Californian, Sherman would serve again and again as a stabilizing figure during great volatility—war, the Gold Rush, and financial and political crises.
Joe Mathews: An alliance between two state legislators represents a sharper focus on the needs of low-income-inland communities
Joe Mathews: Donald Trump is the epitome of constant bragging about inflated success, but we’re all guilty, especially in California.
Joe Mathews: Growth restrictions have saved open space in California, but wealthy elites also use them to keep the middle class out.
Joe Mathews: In transition from prohibition to legalization, are we putting too many expectations on weed?
Joe Mathews: Rather than engage with california, our humorless tech overlords hide behind a wall of jargon.
Joe Mathews: South Los Angeles is the largest working-class place left in coastal California. If it can figure out a way to remain such, it could provide a crucial model of success.