Joe Mathews: America no longer wants steady and boring chief executives. So it’s time to let the Golden State chose.
Joe Mathews: While we Angelenos often take the place for granted—it’s our local UC and feels like it’s been around forever—UCLA is actually one of the world’s youngest elite universities.
Joe Mathews: As the state moves testing and homework online, parents are losing the battle against screen time.
Joe Mathews: As it accommodates millions of visitors a year, California’s signature national park feels less like an escape.
Joe Mathews: Gender quotas work in other fields in California. A 2018 state law requires every public company that is incorporated or based in California to have at least one woman board member by the end of this year.
Joe Mathews: The rule also reduces even our most well-intentioned leaders to liars; they may talk about the need to embrace sustainability and fight inequality, but they are powerless to change the state’s most unsustainable and unequal rule.
Joe Mathews: During the last 23 years—a period in which Newsom launched his political career, got married, was elected mayor, got divorced, got remarried, was elected lieutenant governor, had four kids, and got elected governor—a rail project of just 1.3 miles has gone exactly nowhere. The best-case scenario is that the DTX would open in 2027—a year after Newsom would leave office if he serves two terms.
Joe Mathews: Even if the governor succeeds in creating a permanent ban, Californians will lose the scrutiny that the death penalty brings to criminal justice, and we seem unlikely to find some other mechanism to replace it.
Joe Mathews: I’d argue that within California, the best city when it comes to infrastructure for participation is Los Angeles, despite its hard-won reputation for apathy and low voter turnouts.
Joe Mathews: When people know they themselves are paying for the local media, they are more likely to read it, and complain if it’s not really serving them. This local funding, and the accountability it brings, should make the local news livelier and more grounded in community, and more interesting.
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.