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.
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