Joe Mathews: Generations of excessive frugality and underinvestment have created various forms of scarcity in public services.
Joe Mathews: Our most powerful aspirations are no longer about growing the city or its global footprint, but about splitting it into pieces, shrinking it into smaller communities.
Joe Mathews: The recently ousted publisher sought to turn the paper into a political institution, which has long been an American tradition.
Joe Mathews: The only “problem” with these newborns is that the Golden State doesn’t have enough of them.
Joe Mathews: The Central Coast is growing heart-healthy fruits and vegetables. And having candidates and voters drinking lots of California wine is probably the only way today’s crazy American politics could begin to make sense.
Joe Mathews: The agricultural superstar’s high crime and poor health are dark indicators of what the Golden State could become.
Joe Mathews: From onscreen icons to tech stars, the state’s obsession With larger-than-life characters is a way to avoid inconvenient truths.
Joe Mathews: But with immigration flatlining and the climate drying up, it may soon be.
Joe Mathews: Another state budget, accompanied by an eight-month-long controversy over the University of California, demonstrated once again that we Californians don’t have a clue about what our public universities mean to the state.
Joe Mathews: Two contemporary bands evoke the glorious grit that binds our state together.
Joe Mathews: There are plenty of guilty parties during this dry spell—even the cows are mooches.
Joe Mathews: Even this jaded journalist was shaken by the cynicism in Hollywood’s latest disaster movie.
Joe Mathews: While our race- and ethnicity-obsessed media prefer to emphasize that Harris is black and South Asian, and that Sanchez is Latina, the heart of the difference between the candidates, and the two regions, is class.