Joe Mathews

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In California’s Middle Kingdom, Life is SLO

SLO down, California. Even in pandemic, you move too fast. This new year, perhaps Californians should resolve to model the spirit of SLO, the acronym for San Luis Obispo County, perhaps the easiest place in California to catch your breath. Joe Ma...
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Thank You, Texas, For Taking Elon Musk

Thank you, Texas, for taking Elon Musk off our hands. It may seem strange for California to not care as the world’s fourth-richest person relocates from L.A. to Austin. But we’re sanguine for two reasons: we...
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We’re Doing This COVID-19 Mask Thing All Wrong

Agoston Haraszthy didn’t hesitate to wear masks. A Hungarian immigrant, he became San Diego’s first sheriff by portraying himself as a military colonel. Then, he sold himself as a metallurgist to win a top job at the San Francisco’s first U.S. Mint office. He ...
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Can California Save America From Itself?

“Go to my website or use the hashtag #LetsGetTheCalOuttaHere!” shouts Gwyneth Paltrow in the Netflix series The Politician. Running for governor on a platform of leading California’s secession from the United S...
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