If you're looking for reasons why California can seem ungovernable, start with the courts. Zócalo columnist Joe Mathews says state courts have been broken for so long that we've stopped expecting them to work. Much of the dysfunction is due to inadequate funding. And the effects can be felt in everything from California's inadequate schools, to its housing crisis and poor business climate. The problems in the courts also raise profound questions about justice dealt out by the state's legal system. Mathews says the mess can be cleaned by giving the courts the money they need to do their job.
FROM THIS EPISODE
More From Zócalo's Connecting California
LATEST BLOG POSTS
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint news conference President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for a summit today in in Helsinki, Finland. This is the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders, and comes just… Read More
In Malibu, a Section 8 voucher gives one man a place to live Malibu is known for ultra luxury housing, like celebrity beach mansions and hidden canyon estates. But one homeowner recently began renting a back house to the city’s first-ever Section 8… Read More