Joe Mathews

Commentary
4:01 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Commentary: Just How Much Does California Want To Do For The San Joaquin Valley?

It’s not clear if Governor Jerry Brown and his challenger Neel Kashkari will debate each other this fall. But if they do, there should be no doubt about the proper location for any and all debates: the San Joaquin Valley.

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Connecting California
12:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno

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.

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Connecting California
1:08 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Commentary: The War On Thanksgiving?

file photo
Credit Flickr user OZinOH / Creative Commons License / Flickr.com

I miss the days when Thanksgiving felt as big as all of California.

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Commentary
3:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Commentary: Californians Should "Get Busy" To Solve A Slowing Birth Rate

Sam Mathews' father, Joe, who writes for Zocalo Public Square

At the moment of my birth—a moment that occurred only last week—I was the most valuable child in the history of California.

That’s not merely the opinion of my proud father, the usual author of this Connecting California column. And that’s not the idle boast of a 7-day-old infant. My value is a hard demographic and economic fact for California—and a huge burden for me.

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Valley Edition
12:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

On Valley Edition: Payday Lenders, Delta Smelt, Victor Davis Hanson, Moving To The Valley

Zocalo's Joe Mathews says young Angelenos should consider moving to Fresno and Visalia.
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition FM89's Ezra Romero reports on payday lenders and why a Fresno faith based groups says the lenders practices are immoral.  Also on the program Capitol Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports on the dwindling numbers of the Delta Smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

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Connecting California
10:39 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Commentary: Go Inland, Young Californians

Downtown Visalia (file photo)
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

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?

Go inland, young Californian.

This may seem like strange advice. Inland California—especially Southern California’s Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino—was ground zero for the housing and foreclosure crisis. Inland regions have some of the state’s dirtiest air and most dangerous streets, along with jobless rates that remain in the double digits.

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