Joe Mathews

In Modesto, Uncle Shelby’s Old House Is Now a Rental

This is the fifth of six columns from Joe Mathews in a series about California housing, struggles, and dreams. (GV Wire Illustration/Alexis DeSha) Housing and the stability it promises can be hard to find in California. Take the family of Shelby Humphre...

This Tiny Redlands Home Once Hosted Thanksgiving for 50

This is the second of six columns from Joe Mathews in a series about California housing, struggles, and dreams. (GV Wire Illustration/Alexis DeSha) On Thanksgiving, I wish I were back at the tiny house at 830 Ohio Street, in one of the oldest sections of o...

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 ...
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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...
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