Joe Mathews

Welcome to the Bay Area, Fresno and Merced!

Welcome to the Bay Area, Merced! Welcome as well to Modesto, Sacramento, and Yuba City. Looking south, you’re invited, too, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Salinas. And while you’re almost in another state, don’t worry, Tahoe City! Bay waters are warm. This ex...
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Go Back Home to Ohio, LeBron James

Sure, I’m happy to see the world’s greatest basketball player join my favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers. But as a Californian, I fear LeBron is the last thing our state needs. His arrival is a high-profi...

High-Speed Rail Deniers Have It All Wrong

If California’s train deniers are right—that no one ever rides trains here, that Californians prefer to drive or fly, and that high-speed rail is a boondoggle that won’t attract riders — then how do you explain...

Oprah the Politician? Run for County Supervisor First

Opinion by Joe Mathews Dear Oprah, You might become a fine president. But you and your state, California, would be better off if you ran for Santa Barbara County supervisor instead. That’s no joke. If you want to tackle some of our nati...
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