California Crack Up

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Pasadena Poly grad Joe Mathews, above, is the author, with Mark Paul, of the new analysis of what ails the Golden State, “California Crack Up.” Joe spoke to the annual fundraiser for the Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys the other day at a lunch at Smitty’s on South Lake — that’s architect Andrew Sussman in the frame as well.

Joe and his co-author are big-thinking iconoclasts. He doesn’t believe in the Tooth Fairy of redistricting reform helping California back to a rational politics. In a chapter called “A More Direct Democracy,” they point out that legislative districts are the same size as in 19th-century California, when few people were here, and so map out a system that relies in part on many more representatives getting involved at a local, council-style level.

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    Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    Silly little Larry.

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