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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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.

The U.S. Supreme Court caused a stir this week when it agreed to weigh in on a case that could pose a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade and access to abortion.

Former California Governor Gray Davis might be the most powerful ally for Governor Gavin Newsom and the state’s ruling Democrats in defeating this year’s recall campaign.

Joe Mathews says national governments and tech companies are not up to the job of regulating the worldwide web.

Joe Mathews writes that the real problem of California’s high-speed rail project is management, not money.

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