San Francisco, Almost the Capital of the World

The City's Campaign to Host the United Nations Failed, But Left a Legacy You Can See Today

In today’s San Francisco, there are traces of the dream that gripped the city in the spring of 1945, when diplomats from around the world gathered to draft a charter for the United Nations, the organization envisioned for preserving peace in the wake of two world wars. The War Memorial Opera House, where the charter conference convened on April 25, 1945, retains its glorious interior, and commemorative plaques and paintings of the charter signing in June can be found in the Veterans Building next door.

With its accommodating Civic Center buildings …

But Who Gets Hemet?

Splitting California in Two Would Be Great, If It Made Any Sense

“Marriage is hard,” proclaimed New America Foundation Irvine Senior Fellow Joe Mathews. Schwarzenegger and Shriver couldn’t make it; Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries survived just 72 days. But California has …

Maybe It’s Time to Hate Riverside

A Zócalo Panel Contemplates California’s Newest Divides

What was traditionally California’s most heated rivalry–that of north versus south–may soon give way to a different divide. At an event co-presented by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the …