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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San Francisco is at times known for its rough-and-tumble approach to local politics. But now a more bruising political fight is playing out in the City by the Bay.

Other states are obsessed with California and its policies, which is a way to show their love, according to Joe Mathews.

Just getting through the day can now sometimes feel like an exercise in diplomacy, especially with disputes over COVID vaccines, mask mandates, and critical race theory in schools.

The grass is greener outside of the Golden State. That’s the message from other states that are trying to lure workers and businesses out of California.

As the approaching second pandemic winter is raising concerns about another surge, California health officials are forging ahead with its campaign to get as many people as possible…

The U.S.-Mexico border is set to reopen following a long shutdown to all but “essential” traffic.” This will likely bring heavy traffic, sanitation issues and crimes.

You should count yourself lucky to occupy a haunted house — if you’ve got the right ghost, writes Joe Mathews.

"Californians have never been less mobile than they are right now.

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