Going off the rails in Wasco High-speed rail is still a ways off in California. But if, and when, the bullet train is up-and-running, plans call for the southern end of the line to be in the city of Wasco. Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews says Wasco is a nice town, and he helps us find it on the map.
Rising shines where others have faltered Who's the most influential contemporary Californian that you've never heard of? It just might be Nelson Rising, an LA developer, lawyer and political insider who's shown that you can get a lot done in California if you are willing to listen more than you talk.
Time for Central Valley cities to realize they're all grown up Bakersfield is bigger than Cincinnati and Fresno is bigger than Miami. That's true, but you'd never know it from visiting those places. Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews says California's Central Valley cities continue to exist in a state of "agriculture-based denial."
Here's what to do about President Trump's war on California California and President Trump are not off to a good start. Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews says that may be the president's fault, but it's our problem. And he says state leaders need to do a better job preparing for the consequences of Trump's hostility.
A good prune isn't just for seniors When your garden grows wild, you cut it back. But Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews says that practice doesn't apply to state government, which is overgrown with a thicket of ever-expanding rules and regulations that make living and doing business here more difficult than it should be.
It's not so easy to get rid of Donald Trump Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews says California has a real dilemma on its hands with Donald Trump. He should know, because a piñata version of the president-elect has been living in his closet for months, and, despite his best efforts, he can't give it away.
California's creaky government wheels could use some greasing Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews says California lawmakers need to return to swapping favors to deal with some of the state's most pressing needs. And he says embracing "corruption" could also help us along better with President-elect Donald Trump.
Is California losing touch with Español? This may come a surprise, but the Spanish language is on the decline in California. İQue lastima! says Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews. He says losing Spanish means turning our backs on a fundamental part of our state's heritage and identity.
Secession no longer a joke, but still a bad idea The election of Donald Trump has breathed new life into a scheme to have California secede from the United States and form its own country. Joe Mathews says Californians would be better served to focus their energy in fighting for our values nationwide.