Zócalo's Connecting California

Zócalo's Connecting California

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Every week, Zócalo columnist and fourth-generation Southern Californian Joe Mathews talks to Morning Edition host Chery Glaser about 21st-century California's people, politics, trends and idiosyncrasies.

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It’s an issue many communities across California are wrestling with: how to preserve historic buildings and landmarks that are part of their heritage without draining local government…

Your airwaves are going to be increasingly filled with political speeches and rallies. These are connected to the campaign aimed at removing Governor Gavin Newsom from office.

Communities across California are gearing up to celebrate the anniversary of the country's independence — with barbecues, picnics, parades, and fireworks.

Did you know California has had 6 state capitals in its history? Actually, seven, if you count both times Sacramento has held the distinction.

Joe Mathews says, “If America needs a 1/6 commission, then California must have a 3/13 commission.”

"Have not parking lots provided great utility, even life-saving service, during the COVID plague?

Joe Mathews says that focusing on the state budget, when it appears in good shape, obscures California’s systemic failures.

All of California is officially facing drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor . And much of the state is in extreme or severe drought after the dry winter.

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