Joe Mathews http://kvpr.org en Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-california-should-go-rogue-fresno <p>I’m not talking about secession or flying Sarah Palin down from Alaska but about what may be the most important California arts event most Californians have never heard of: Fresno’s Rogue Festival. Founded more than a decade ago in the backyard of artist Marcel Nunis, the independent festival brings thousands of people from around the country and the world to Fresno the first two weekends of March for hundreds of performances in a dozen different venues. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:11:45 +0000 Joe Mathews 28651 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno Commentary: The War On Thanksgiving? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-war-thanksgiving <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I miss the days when Thanksgiving felt as big as all of California.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:08:26 +0000 Joe Mathews 25121 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: The War On Thanksgiving? Commentary: Take A Trip On Amtrak's San Joaquin http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-take-trip-amtraks-san-joaquin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m not a big fan of trains, but my oldest son, Ben, 4, loves them. He’d been lobbying to go on a “big train trip,” and his school would be closed for a couple days at the end of September, when I had a meeting in Sacramento. Why not take the kid on a train trip from L.A. to the state capital, by Amtrak?</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:16:21 +0000 Joe Mathews 23413 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Take A Trip On Amtrak's San Joaquin Commentary: Puig & Trout - How California Holds Back the Young http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-puig-trout-how-california-holds-back-young <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a nasty California disease spreading so fast that even our baseball teams have caught it.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:04:21 +0000 Joe Mathews 19217 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Puig & Trout - How California Holds Back the Young Commentary: California Misses The Connection At the Airport http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-california-misses-connection-airport <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A riddle. If you land at a big-city airport and there’s no train there, where are you?</span></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Answer: California.</p><p>Yes, San Francisco, I know you’re the exception, with a BART train stop inside San Francisco International Airport (SFO). But the California rule is that we’ll invest billions in our airports and billions in our trains, but we wouldn’t dream of directly connecting the two.</p><p>Instead, we taunt those who dare to dream.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 03:49:46 +0000 Joe Mathews 19162 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: California Misses The Connection At the Airport Commentary: Go Inland, Young Californians http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-go-inland-young-californians <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are you a young person in an expensive coastal city who fears the California dream ended a few generations back? Do you see no end to your struggles with high rents and a sluggish job market?</span></p><p>Go inland, young Californian.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:39:13 +0000 Joe Mathews 18431 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Go Inland, Young Californians Commentary: The Secret Potential of Secret Marriage in California http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-secret-potential-secret-marriage-california <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pssst. </span>Wanna<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> know a secret?</span></p><p>I’m going to let you in on confidential marriage, an only-in-California concoction that is little known but deeply relevant to today’s debates about marriage.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:31:22 +0000 Joe Mathews 17001 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: The Secret Potential of Secret Marriage in California Commentary: To The Class of '13... You Did More With Less http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-class-13-you-did-more-less <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To the distinguished California Public High School Class of 2013.</span></p><p>I’m sorry James Franco canceled at the last minute. I’m even sorrier that you wound up getting me as your substitute commencement speaker, but I was offered gas money plus a free lunch.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 23:58:49 +0000 Joe Mathews 15513 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: To The Class of '13... You Did More With Less Commentary: Forget Debates, Here's Five New Ideas For California Candidates http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-forget-debates-heres-five-new-ideas-california-candidates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, I watched a debate between Los Angeles mayoral candidates Eric </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garcetti</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Wendy </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Greuel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and a clear winner emerged: Warren Olney, the moderator. I’m not saying that Olney’s fine grilling made the experience worthwhile, though, because nothing could. The California political debate is dead. When was the last time you heard one with an argument that convinced you of anything? Wed, 15 May 2013 18:36:58 +0000 Joe Mathews 15184 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Forget Debates, Here's Five New Ideas For California Candidates