Joe Mathews: Anti-corruption laws actually make it harder for us to keep tabs on local elected officials.
Joe Mathews: Between severe drought and predictions of massive flooding, the forecast is bleak.
Joe Mathews: You could drop by the California Institution for Men in Chino—part of our state’s unconstitutionally overcrowded prison system—to wash prisoners’ feet, as you have done elsewhere.
Joe Mathews: California, for all its wealth and advantages, looked to be in a precarious position in the second decade of the 21st century. The state’s government was broken, with its budget and tax systems unable to produce the kind of investments to make every child educated and healthy.
Bobbi Murray: Proposition 13 has been called the third rail of California politics—touch it as a political leader and your hair is likely to go on fire.
Joe Mathews: Lacking ambitious goals, the state seems content to drift, waste money, and keep doing the same old things.
Carole Bartolotto: What I don’t see people talking about is the potential for an increased risk of valley fever during construction of the rail line.
Mario Solis-Marich: News of the late night firing of a top Democratic staffer does not only have political watchers scratching their heads but, unfortunately for Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, it has them scratching below the surface as well.
Joe Mathews: A state once famous for offering escape and lucky breaks is now just a place where people aspire to stick around and settle in.
Randy Shaw: After doing what many thought impossible in winning election to the Attorney General as a woman of color, her statewide political strength is clear. Harris either decides to become the state’s next governor, or wins Boxer’s seat hands down.
Joe Mathews: If you want to be a California saint, prolific winning—a philosophy even Charlie Sheen could understand—can mask your sins.
Joe Mathews: The state’s greatest public event delivers every year–which is more than you can say for Sacramento.
Joe Mathews: Its flights are more expensive and less reliable. Is travel across this big state destined to be miserable?