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Joe Mathews

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KCRW contributor and Connecting California editor at Zócalo Public Square; co-president of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy;  Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation; author of The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy and California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It; former contributor to the Washington Post and writer of its Class Struggle blog; former contributor to NBC's Prop Zero blog 

Joe Mathews on KCRW

Public pensions are eating away at California’s future, and a misguided legal precedent is making the situation worse.

It’s time to break the California Rule

Public pensions are eating away at California’s future, and a misguided legal precedent is making the situation worse.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

The “Bethel effect” – named after a local church – is transforming the city of Redding in a way that even non-Christians can appreciate.

Redding and willing

The “Bethel effect” – named after a local church – is transforming the city of Redding in a way that even non-Christians can appreciate.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

A disastrous rail extension in the heart of San Francisco is unfortunately business as usual in California.

The longest mile

A disastrous rail extension in the heart of San Francisco is unfortunately business as usual in California.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

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