Stories about Veterans

Regional planners mount a quiet coup to promote developers and attack vulnerable communities

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has been planning a coup. Not the putsch kind of coup, where armed insurgents overthrow a duly constituted government, but an insidious takeover led by an...

On Veterans Day, let’s also remember those who fought for the right to dissent

When Robert Simmons, an African American man from Savannah, Georgia, was brought to the foggy, windswept island of Alcatraz in the winter of 1918, he was thrown into the...

No men, no boats, no problem: ACT’s ‘Men on Boats’ is wild ride

ONSTAGE The first thing you notice about Men on Boats at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (through December 16) is that there are no men and there are no boats. Well, I take that...

Reconstituting Orson Welles, in ‘Wind’ and in ‘Love’

When Orson Welles died in 1985 at age 70—hardly “prematurely,” since given his prodigious appetites (esp. culinary) it was already a miracle he’d survived that long—he’d long been the...

Tenant Troubles: What Prop. 10 is really about

“Local governments are on the front lines of managing homelessness, displacement and gentrification. They need the ability to stop the bleeding. Proposition 10 would give them an additional option...

The neighborhood case for Proposition 10

Vote YES to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (state ballot measure Proposition 10).  This state law repeal will impact the entire state. Current existing rent control laws will still...

Screen Grabs: Dark Money, Generation Wealth, Everything Else

SCREEN GRABS This week’s movies seem unified by the theme of money—not least the big new popcorn movie Mission: Impossible 6, because no one makes a sixth entry in...

Poor People’s Campaign marches on Trump’s DC

Well I went down to the rich man’s house- to take back what he stole from me -- take back my dignity, take back my humanity…. There we were --...

Yimbyism and the cruel irony of metropolitan history

The sense of housing crisis is nearly everywhere. Debates about housing policy are heating up, turning once arcane fields into the subject of fevered Facebook exchanges. Housing prices are...

The story of SF’s hidden monument to WWI

This year is the 100-year anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I. It is also the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, at root...