Joe Mathews

Time for Yosemite and Humanity to Take a Break?

The road to Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park is closed to cars, and the shuttle bus wasn’t running. Would the Three Stooges—my sons, ages 10, 8 and 5—agree to a 2 ½ mile uphill hike to see Yosemite’s si...
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Why Gavin Newsom Is No Fan of High-Speed Rail

How will California ever finish high-speed rail when it can’t finish San Francisco’s Downtown Rail Extension? Opinion Joe Mathews Twenty-three years ago, a restauranteur named Gavin Newsom was appointed to his first political gig, as a San...
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Universal Service Will Put the ‘Us’ Back in USA

“The President of The United States, Greeting: YOUR NAME HERE You are hereby ordered to report for induction into the ARMED FORCES of the UNITED STATES. …”  —  Draft notice salutation, circa 1968 U....
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So, Hollywood, Where Is the Oscar Love for Oakland?

The best California movie scene of recent vintage is the opening of the 2018 film Sorry to Bother You. A man and his girlfriend are getting intimate when his apartment suddenly fills with daylight, making their union visible to the people outside on an Oakland...
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