Local Government Has Changed So Much That the Historic Brown Act Is Silencing Us, Not Protecting Us he Ralph M. Brown Act, first approved in 1953, is celebrated for its supposed guarantees that we citizens have a voice in the decisions of all our local governments. But today, it is little more than a gag […]
Joe Mathews: The Olympic Movement Is Relentlessly Corrupt, so Why Should Southern California Help Save It?
Joe Mathews: We don’t believe Trump is legitimate, but we respect Republicans and Trump voters. To make this sell, California Democrats should hold their noses and deploy the words of California president—and “great communicator”—Ronald Reagan as weapons against the current president.
Joe Mathews: My Trump Hasn’t Made Any Racist Statements or Told Any Lies—But I Still Don’t Know What to Do With Him
Joe Mathews: We’re fawning over the outgoing president—but the feeling isn’t mutual.
Joe Mathews: California needs lubrication. We must expedite the building of affordable housing, homeless housing, housing on lots already zoned for housing – even if it means paying off opposing interests and handing out exemptions to zoning and environmental laws like party favors.
Joe Mathews: From parks to housing to economic renewal, the Golden State’s former backwaters face a flood of expectations.
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.