San Diego Has California’s Greatest Urban Park, but It’s Falling Apart

Balboa Park Has a Zoo and a Model Train Museum, What It Needs Is Leadership

If I had a free Sunday and could spend it anywhere in California, I’d head for Balboa Park in San Diego.

The Golden State has some grand urban parks, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to Los Angeles’s Griffith Park to lesser-known beauties like Bidwell Park in Chico. But no other public space in our state offers as many different experiences with as much sunny spectacle as Balboa Park. And the park could become even better if San Diego and the rest of California could figure out how to better support …

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Berkeley Is Great. But UCLA Is Greater

The University in Westwood Has a Scale—and a Rapid and Relentless History—That Defines California

Berkeley. Schmerkeley. California’s most important educational institution is UCLA.

Now would be a good time for Californians to recognize this, and not only because the school in Westwood is celebrating its …

Why Does California Want My Kids Glued to Their Computers?

As the State Moves Testing and Homework Online, Parents Are Losing the Battle Against Screen Time

A great conflict is tearing this country apart, bitterly pitting generations against each other. It’s not immigration or “Medicare for all.” It’s the fight over how much time kids can …

Yosemite Is Not for Claustrophobes

As It Accommodates Millions of Visitors a Year, California’s Signature National Park Feels Less Like an Escape

The Yosemite National Park shuttle bus to Mariposa Grove wasn’t running. And the road up to the grove is no longer open to private cars. Would my three sons, ages …

Making the California Legislature 50 Percent Female Should Be Easy

The Gender Quotas Used in European Countries Offer a Straightforward Path to Parity—and More Democracy

A few months ago, the new mayor of South Pasadena appointed 18 people to the voluntary local commissions that advise the council in the San Gabriel Valley city.

Routine? Yes, except …

Why California’s Pensions Only Deepen Inequality

The Golden State's Promise to Retirees Puts at Risk the Other Promises It Makes to Its Citizens

If we can’t get rid of the California Rule, can we at least ditch the name?

The California Rule is the misleading moniker we’ve given to our state’s most troublesome legal …