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Joe Mathews is the California editor of Zócalo Public Square, a not-for-profit daily Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. He is the author of The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger And the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy and coauthor of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It, books that established him as one of the premier translators of the state’s politics and policy. Previously, he was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Baltimore Sun.
Guest commentaries from Zócalo Public Square's Joe Matthews, one of the state’s most respected political writers. Mathews offers new narratives for California—stories that show readers how life is here today, who Californians are now, and how 21st-century California communities work—and don’t work. He challenges media assumptions—that California’s people are a collection of competing demographic groups, that the good old days are behind us, and that our politicians are always to blame for all our problems—by offering stories from all over the state.