Joe Mathews says his late grandmother, Frances Mathews, should be role model for California. You see, Grandma Mathews was a serial pruner – no plant or tree was safe in her presence. That could lead to some uncomfortable situations, like when she wanted to prune other people's plants without their permission. But Joe says cutting back on old-and-no-longer-relevant growth is not just good for gardeners, it's also good for government. Unfortunately, California political leaders seem not to have learned that lesson.