In a conversation with Brad Pomerance of Charter Local Edition, Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, discussed the results of the Quality of Life Index released earlier this year by the L.A. Initiative. The interview focused on the results of the survey revealing the serious concerns L.A. residents have about deportation.
Irvine’s Great Park is an unusual case in the modern era, said Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, professor of urban planning and associate provost of academic planning, in a Register story about the long-running development project. Irvine is working with private entities to find revenue sources to build and maintain Great Park, while keeping it open to everyone, she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Irvine pulls it off because it’s a wealthy community,” Loukaitou-Sideris said. “It would be a great example for other cities.”
In an NPR story about a California bill designed to use the Cap-and- Trade system to control other pollutants, the efficacy and impacts of this possible increase in emissions regulation were discussed. “This is the first time that the design of a greenhouse gas policy has been manipulated in the service of trying to solve another problem,” advised J.R. DeShazo, professor of public policy, urban planning and civil and environmental engineering. DeShazo would rather see stronger local regulations instead of an expansion of current policy to cover something it was not designed to do.
“Gangs do not flourish because of weak immigration policies. Gangs flourish because of economic disenfranchisement,” cautioned UCLA Luskin lecturer Jorja Leap in a story fact-checking President Donald Trump’s tweet about the supposed rise of MS-13 gangs under the Obama Administration. “It’s no surprise that gangs are developing in Central America. As long as people are poor we’re going to have gangs,” Leap said in the factcheck.org story, which details the history of MS-13 in the United States and uses the expert advice of Leap and others to gauge the tweet’s factual basis.
In an interview with Canada’s CBC News, Mark A. Peterson, chair and professor in the Department of Public Policy, talks about the multifaceted role of Jared Kushner in the White House. “Jared Kushner seems to be providing a significant oversight over a very large number of issues, on both the domestic and foreign side. He’s supposed to be the point person on the Middle East peace process; the point person on our relations with China; now he’s in Iraq,” Peterson said in a story posted April 4, 2017. Peterson questioned the wisdom of giving such an expansive role to Kushner, a political neophyte. “Now he’s going to be running this office of American innovation? We had whole commissions in the past where the person was running that and not anything else,” Peterson noted.
In a story about the rush to develop driverless cars and takeout food delivery robots, the Journal talks about sidewalk robots that will soon be tested on the streets of San Francisco. There are still some obstacles and skeptics, however. “I’m not sure what pressing problem these robots are supposed to solve for us,” says Michael Manville, assistant professor of urban planning. If the goal is to ease traffic congestion, Manville offers other means by which cities could tackle this problem, including tolls on busy roads or higher gas taxes, plus improvements to bicycle lanes.
In a story by UCLA Magazine, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, professor of urban planning and associate dean of the Luskin School, and Paul Ong, professor of urban planning, social welfare and Asian American studies, shed light on the ramifications of the expansion of transit in Los Angeles. Along with urban planning graduates Eugene Kim Ph.D. ’00 and Chancee Martorell M.A. ’93, the researchers talk about the toll on vulnerable neighborhoods and communities that have undergone rapid transformations as a result of gentrification and population displacement.
Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials have come up with new guidelines regarding palliative care and the safest ways of controlling intractable pain and setting a required opioid dosage. However, Barbara Nelson, professor emerita of public policy, social welfare, urban planning and political science, writes that the dosage recommendations in the CDC guideline do not do justice to patients in need of palliative care and higher dosage of opioids. The CDC could simply resolve the matter by producing “an appendix for all prescribers, not just primary care doctors, that would help them provide fully adequate pain relief to palliative care patients with life-long pain rather than near-death pain,” Nelson suggests.
One district’s answer to the Bay Area’s affordable housing crisis could also mitigate teacher attrition rates. Casa del Maestro, a project in recruiting and retaining teachers through housing accommodation in Santa Clara Unified School District’s 822, has set a precedent that other school districts could follow. The passage of the 2016 Teacher Housing Act, enabling districts to provide low-income housing subsidies to teachers and district employees, has raised red flags for some, however. “This pick and choose mentality about professions that we value and professions that we don’t seems kind of crazy,” says Paavo Monkkonen, associate professor of urban planning at UCLA Luskin, in a story about the issue. Affordable housing subsidies are limited, and most teachers might not not qualify for subsidized units. The easier thing to do, Monkkonen said, is to ask an obvious question: “Why not pay them more?”
The proliferation of cars guarantees a convenient way to commute, but free parking has become a major conundrum for government officials to provide. Donald Shoup, distinguished research professor in the Department of Urban Planning, says in a story by The Economist that the negative outcomes of parking requirements include high costs to meet parking minimums, thus hindering housing redevelopment. The scarcity of street parking with permits is another major issue touched on by Shoup. In tiny cities where the demand for parking is high such as Westwood village in Los Angeles, drivers cruising around for spaces has led to traffic congestion and air pollution, damaging our environment.
Mark Peterson, chair and professor in the Department of Public Policy, is quoted in a story about how 44 Democrats sent a letter to President Trump urging him to drop his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and join them in making adjustments to it. “It’s at this point a political strategy more than a policy strategy,” Peterson told the Monitor. “For President Trump to accept this invitation would, number one, mean that he would have to declare that he wasn’t going to do something that he made big promises about. And two, he’d have to work up a coalition built almost entirely around Democrats and some moderate Republicans.”
Donald Shoup, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning, is quoted in a story about how reducing the number of parking spaces west of the 405 might reduce congestion. Shoup argues that cities should eliminate free parking and roll back off-street parking requirements because more parking only contributes to automobile dependence. “The only people who should pay for parking are the drivers,” Shoup told The Argonaut. “It just makes the city worse, because we have the worst traffic congestion and the worst pollution in the country.”
Sarah Reber, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, writes a column for Econofact.org about the pros and cons of a school voucher program touted by President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “The effects of any new voucher programs the federal government might fund — who benefits educationally and financially and who may be harmed — will depend critically on how such programs are designed,” Reber wrote.
Donald Shoup, distinguished research professor in the Department of Urban Planning, is quoted in a Washington Post story about how some employers are trying to create incentives to encourage workers to find a more sustainable mode of transportation. “People who walk or ride the bus get nothing. It is unfair,” Shoup said.
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, professor in the Department of Urban Planning, is quoted in a BBC story about how benches are starting to appear in urban centers — part of a movement called tactical urbanism. “American cities have an excess of roadway space,” says Loukaitou-Sideris. The street seats movement aims to reclaim some of that road for the pedestrian. The seats “make public space more vibrant,” she added.
In a recent news article published by the Los Angeles Times about the recent rise in violent crime in Los Angeles, Jorja Leap, an adjunct professor of Social Welfare at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and director at the Health and Social Justice Partnership, said, “People don’t want things to go back to the way they were.” She cited finding employment and deportation fears as more of an issue for the residents of South L.A. than crime.
In a recent op-ed to the Los Angeles Times Herbie Huff, a research associate and communications manager at the UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies and the Lewis Center, said, “Nobody likes paying for anything they are used to getting for free, and freeway tolls are no exception. But why are we willing to pay for electricity, gasoline or air travel, but not for roads?” Huff argued for increased use of “dynamic tolling” and High Occupancy/Toll (HOT) Lanes on the congested highways of Los Angeles.
“Anyone who thinks otherwise is living in La La Land,” says Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the L.A. Initiative at UCLA Luskin and a former Los Angeles city councilman and county supervisor, in a story about whether President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric potentially threaten L.A.’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will decide between Paris and L.A. this September. “I don’t think it’s fair to say L.A.’s bid is dead in the water,” Yaroslavsky says. “I think it is fair to say the bid has been dealt a blow not of its own making.”
In recent weeks, discussion of Measure S has escalated much like traffic builds up around the city. The rhetoric regarding the pros and cons of the measure are tackled in an op-ed piece by Martin Wachs, distinguished professor emeritus of urban planning at UCLA Luskin. He says that Measure S is unlikely to mitigate L.A. traffic congestion; in fact, denser development helps traffic because it reduces urban sprawl. “Voters should not be fooled by specious arguments that it will reduce traffic congestion. This would require a set of measures not addressed on the ballot,” Wachs writes.
The spirit of NIMBYism that permeated recent protests related to the North Dakota Access Pipeline is reaching Los Angeles for a somewhat different reason. With Measure S on the March ballot, Paavo Monkkonen, associate professor of urban planning at UCLA Luskin, is cited in an article related to his recent white paper about the negative impacts of NIMBYism on housing developments and affordable housing. It can lead to serious economic instability, as well as exacerbating income and spatial inequality, Monkkonen writes. He also suggests a set of policy recommendations to address the issue and enhance public awareness of what NIMBYism really is.
In a live interview with HLN host Michaela Pereira, Mike Manville, assistant professor of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin, weighs in on a plan by Elon Musk to start digging a tunnel under Los Angeles to ease traffic congestion. Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, said he plans to start digging the tunnel in a month but Manville says that the proposed plan isn’t very practical and probably wouldn’t help traffic.
The judiciary has often checked presidential authority in foreign affairs, security and immigration, UCLA Luskin’s Mark Peterson tells the Economist in a story that focuses on the court battles that followed the President’s executive order barring banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Immigration is the area “most prone to such a judicial role,” Peterson says. Although all presidents encounter some resistance from judges, so far only Andrew Jackson has challenged the authority of the courts, Peterson notes.
In a story about a decline in overall ridership on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s bus and rail system, UCLA Luskin’s Michael Manville talks about the opening of four new rail extensions in Los Angeles since 2009. Although rail ridership has soared 21 percent since then, bus trips — a much larger share of overall ridership — has dropped 18 percent. “We’ve made a lot of investments, and we’re going forward to make a lot more investments,” said Manville, an assistant professor of urban planning. Metro may have lost a small group of dedicated riders who formerly took transit for multiple trips per day, he said. Such riders can have an outsize impact on overall ridership. Manville, an expert on transportation issues, was also recently quoted by Real Deal magazine and its website in a story that looked at parking requirements in big cities.
Research by UCLA Luskin’s Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris that shows gender is the single most significant factor explaining transit-based fear and anxiety is cited by the website in a story about women’s transportation safety around the world . In car-centric Los Angeles, Loukaitou-Sideris says, gendered harassment is more common on buses, which draw ridership primarily from low-income communities rather than “the well-to-do areas of the city. This is affecting a subgroup of the city. Often they’re immigrant women,” she says. “They don’t report it to the police.”
In a piece responding to White House efforts to block access to the United States by citizens from seven countries, UCLA Luskin’s John Villasenor notes America’s reputation as a global leader in technology innovation and mentions tech companies co-founded by immigrants such as Google, Yahoo, eBay and Facebook. Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering, public policy and management, concludes by writing that he understands the desire to keep Americans safe from terrorist attacks. “But that mission can be pursued with tools that are far less blunt than the recent executive order, which among its many other consequences will lead to less technology talent in American universities and companies, less technology innovation, and fewer job opportunities for all Americans, whether native born or naturalized.”
Today’s technology is an advantage for organizers of protest rallies, says Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld, a UCLA Luskin assistant professor who studies mass protests and authoritarian regimes. “Like almost all things computer based, it speeds up the process,” he told Wired magazine. The varied nature of the impromptu protests against policies announced by President Donald Trump also may be an indication that such rallies will become a routine aspect of his term in office. “This is a pretty new phenomenon,” Steinert-Threlkeld says of the multi-pronged approach that organizers have taken. “If anti-Trump protests are driven by sub-issues, then that has the potential to last much longer.”
In a study of rural communities in five countries, researchers found that women provide far more hours caring for others in their daily lives than do their male counterparts. Leyla Karimli, assistant professor in the Department of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is lead author of the report published by the UK-based international organization Oxfam. “Care work is essential for personal well-being and for maintaining societies,” stated Karimli and her co-authors. “But across the world, it is overwhelmingly the preserve of women, and it often restricts their opportunities for education, employment, politics and leisure.”
In an op-ed column in Zocalo, Daniel J.B. Mitchell, a professor in the UCLA Luskin Department of Public Policy, argues that financier Warren Buffett’s 1987 proposal for a market-based system based on the cap-and-trade arrangements currently being used to control greenhouse gases and other pollutants might be the best solution to our trade troubles with China. “In short, it’s time to dust off the Buffett plan of three decades ago before the U.S. embarks on a road to frictions with China and other trade partners,” Mitchell said.
In a story about the Women’s March on Washington planned for Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, Mark Peterson, professor and chair of the Department of Public Policy, is quoted as saying that, unlike a protest march after the election of George W. Bush in 2001, the Jan. 21 march appears to be focused entirely on the incoming president. He also said that logistical challenges, including heightened security during presidential inaugurations, could hamper the women’s march.
In a story about how immigrants are beginning to change their public transit habits, writer Tanvi Misra cites a graphic presented at a 2016 transit conference by Evelyn Blumenberg, professor of Urban Planning. “It (the graphic) shows that immigrants experienced the highest decline in transit ridership (16 percent to 10 percent) between 1980 and 2014, whereas the trend for other groups is more or less flat.,” Misra wrote.
In a column for The New York Times opinion page, John Villasenor, a professor in the Department of Public Policy, joins Nancy Chi Cantalupo, a professor at Barry University in Miami, in debating the question of whether there should be a higher standard for campus sexual assault. Villasenor makes the point that “Title IX tribunals that have proliferated on U.S. college campuses since 2011 have been enormously problematic.”
Can tattoos be viewed as evidence of guilt? Prosecutors in the case of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez say yes. But Jorja Leap, adjunct professor in the Department of Social Welfare, disagrees. “I think its kind of preposterous,” Leap said. “Traditionally people do not put smoking guns to show they’ve killed someone. They are not that literal about their crimes. I have students at UCLA who have gun tattoos and they’re not gang-affiliated.”
Dana Cuff, a professor in the Department of Urban Planning, interviews Mike Davis, one of California’s great storytellers and the author of “City of Quartz,” for Boom California. Remaining a central figure of a discipline at the intersection of geography, sociology, and architecture known as the Los Angeles School of Urbanism, Davis is now in retirement from the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Last summer, he invited Cuff and Jennifer Wolch, the dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, into his San Diego home to discuss his career, his writings, and his erstwhile and ongoing efforts to understand Los Angeles.
Bill Parent, a lecturer in the Department of Public Policy, is quoted in a special issue of Los Angeles Magazine focusing on philanhropy. The magazine cites the two-year study of individual giving in Los Angeles that was led by Parent. It showed that while wages, disposable income and overall giving are recovering, people are giving less to charitable causes. “People will change what they give to, but the give more or less the same amount,” Parent said.
Three UCLA Luskin faculty members were quoted in a New York Times story about the impact of the $1.6 billion renovation of the 405 freeway. Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative at Luskin, called it “the most disruptive project” he had seen in his 40-year political tenure in Los Angeles. Martin Wachs, distinguished professor emeritus of Urban Planning, commented on how the latest budget overruns associated with the 405 project were announced after voters had approved the Measure M transportation tax. And Brian Taylor, director of Luskin’s Institute of Transportation Studies, discussed how he and other experts knew that the overhaul of the freeway would have little effect on easing congestion.
In an interview with Robert Scheer, Zev Yaroslavsky, the director of the Los Angeles Initiative at UCLA Luskin, said he believes anxiety about the future led to the election outcome in November. Yaroslavsky also discussed the value California places on immigrants as the state continues to move in a more progressive direction than much of the rest of the country.
In a letter to the editor about a story that appeared in the Los Angeles Times, J.R. DeShazo, the director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, reminds readers of California’s aim to protect moderate- and lower-income consumers during the transition to a clean economy. “The Times’ article fails to recognize the resulting clean technology innovations and job creation, now numbering in the hundreds of thousands, that are now signature features of California’s economy,” DeShazo wrote.
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Juan Matute, the associate director of the UCLA Luskin Lewis Center, and his co-authors point out how parking policy is a key part of realizing Measure M’s success. “Only by making parking more scarce will we give drivers a reason to switch to buses or subways — and achieve Measure M’s promise of reducing traffic,” Matute and his colleagues wrote.
In a Christian Science Monitor story about what Paris is doing to combat its worst air pollution in a decade, Madeline Brozen, the associate director for external relations in the Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies, said that quality of service impacts whether environmentally conscious commuters use public transportation. Brozen told the Monitor that while free public transportation is a strategy that has worked on a smaller scale, it is incredibly hard to achieve in a city of more than 2 million people.
In an interview, Ananya Roy, the director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy, discusses the mission of the institute, displacement, eviction, financialization and how the institute is addressing displacement challenges in Los Angeles. “We’ve set out an intention to journey with social movements and to journey with particular forms of activism and organizing,” Roy said in the interview.
In a story about Donald Trump appointing Georgia congressman Tom Price to be his secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services, Public Policy chair Mark Peterson is quoted as saying that Trump’s plan to repeat Obamacare could benefit upper middle-class Americans but “the expectation would reasonably be several more million people returning to the uninsured ranks, who will then rely on free and uncompensated care or delaying care or going bankrupt.”
In a story about Donald Trump appointing Elaine Chao as transportation secretary, Wach discussed the impact that Chao might have on companies like Uber and Lyft. “Elaine Chao is a conservative by nature, and that would suggest she might prefer to see the drivers treated as contractors rather than employees,” Wachs said. “She has experienced some of these labor issues and that will affect the positions that she takes.”
In an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times, UCLA Luskin’s Jorja Leap writes that the supposed “rebirth” of Watts just adds to the growing unease around Jordan Downs. Many residents worry that the neighborhood’s affordable real estate and proximity to both downtown and Los Angeles International Airport render it ripe for gentrification. Residents are fearful that they will lose control over their community, or be displaced entirely.
In an interview for KCRWs “Morning Edition” that focuses on how public transportation is often used as an interesting backdrop for character interaction on television shows, UCLA Luskin’s Michael Manville notes that, dramatic potential aside, mass transit does have its shortcomings. Privacy is compromised, plus riders “pay a time penalty in most places for riding public transportation,” says Manville, assistant professor of Urban Planning and a researcher with UCLA Luskin’s Institute of Transportation Studies.
Chris Tilly, an economist and professor of urban planning at UCLA Luskin, is quoted in a story about whether the Trump administration will seek to undo recent policy changes that favor workers, including increases in minimum wages. “There’s a whole set of areas where I think we’ll have to expect rollbacks,” said Tilly, former director of the university’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. “Labor will hope the Democrats fight for some of these things, but some of them are very much under the discretion of the administration and their appointees.”
Zev Yaroslavsky tells KPCC’s AirTalk that any attempt to withhold federal monies from Los Angeles because of the city’s stance on immigration could backfire on the Trump Administration. Yaroslavsky is the director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Department of History, focusing on the intersection of policy, politics and history of the Los Angeles region.
In an Associated Press story published on Salon, UCLA Luskin’s Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris notes that privacy has always been a selling point for suburban residents, dating back a century or more. “Suburbs were marketed as completely different from the evil urban settings,” said Loukaitou-Sideris, an urban planning professor. “Private, rural, very green areas.”
Martin Wachs, distinguished professor emeritus of city and regional planning at UCLA Luskin, recently spoke with KPCC radio about the plan to build a bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco and whether Donald J. Trump will support the high-speed rail line. Wachs tells A Martinez of “Take Two” that he thinks ongoing disagreement among Californians about the project may hinder efforts to obtain federal funds despite Trump’s campaign vow to spend billions to improve the nation’s infrastructure.
Writing for Vox, UCLA Luskin’s Wes Yin takes a close look at Donald J. Trump’s economic policy, offering advice on key issues that will likely take center stage as the president-elect seeks to act on his campaign promises. Yin, an associate professor of public policy and management, notes that Trump has signaled a less-extreme approach on some issues, including deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants and dropping the idea that Mexico would pay for a “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. But it would be a mistake to view these reversals as a sign that Trump will pursue a moderate or populist agenda, Yin writes.
In the aftermath of the election of Donald J. Trump as U.S. president, news media reached out to UCLA Luskin’s Mark Peterson for comment. The chair of the Department of Public Policy says controversy is likely to keep haunting Trump. “We have never had a president-elect like Donald Trump, who in the course of his career and the campaign has done so much to be offensive to such a large range of groups,” Peterson said.
Gary Segura, who will become the new Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in January, appeared on MSNBC on the eve of Election Day to talk about the Latino vote and how it might impact the results of the U.S. presidential election.
With Election Day looming, Reuters talked with UCLA Luskin’s Laura Wray-Lake, an assistant professor in Social Welfare, about whether an increase in millennial registration could benefit Democrats seeking to use social media techniques to motivate voters in swing states. “Young people have huge potential for political impact” Wray-Lake said. “I think eventually these millennials will be deciding the future of the country.”
In a recent Op-Ed piece, Zev Yaroslavsky of the UCLA Luskin Department of Public Policy says that a good deal of the grumbling about California’s initiative process is either misinformed or misdirected — starting with the length of the 2016 ballot and its 17 statewide measures. In fact, 30 times in the last century there have been 17 or more state propositions on a single ballot, the record being 48.
UCLA Luskin professor Wes Yin was among the featured experts in recent articles on WalletHub that discussed the probable economic impact of each of the presidential candidates, Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Southern California Public Radio covered the release by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation of its Los Angeles River Greenway Guide, a roundup of small and large projects that have been implemented all along the the river. Kelsey Jessup, project manager at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, is quoted in KPCC’s online story, saying that “future project proponents can use that information and don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time they’re working on something new along the greenway.”
A recent Reuters wire service story quoted Mark Kaplan, a professor in the UCLA Luskin Department of Social Welfare, about a new study by the Centers for Disease Control that found the suicide rate among U.S. middle school students surpassing the incidence of youngsters ages 10 to 14 who died in car crashes. In the story, which was picked up by the Washington Post and Canada’s CBC News, Kaplan says any rise in youth suicides “should be of concern.” Yet, he noted, the underlying causes of suicide are highly complex, making it difficult to explain the findings without more research.
In a story about a proposed development project in the Hollywood Hills and whether it is simply too large for its location along the Sunset Strip, professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, associate dean of UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, explains that increasing density is an ongoing issue in L.A. and in many other cities that are grappling with a housing crunch. “What are you going to do? Build a wall and say people cannot come to L.A.?” Loukaitou-Sideris said. “It’s a huge battle because the city is growing and it needs to house people.”
Dana Cuff, a professor of Architecture/Urban Design and Urban Planning at UCLA, recently spoke with KCRW radio about so-called granny flats, which are detached second units that some homeowners build on their properties. City officials are scrambling after a recent lawsuit threw the structures’ legality into question. Click here to listen as Cuff tells “Press Play With Madeleine Brand” why she thinks granny flats can help alleviate the housing affordability crisis in Los Angeles.
John Villasenor, a professor of Public Policy and electrical engineering, in his regular column for Forbes, writes about the key challenge facing the fintech revolution: cybersecurity. “Simply put, given the growth, dynamism, and complexity of the digital financial ecosystem, it is inevitable that some solutions will be insufficiently secure against cyberattacks,” Villasenor writes.
Vinit Mukhija, a professor of Urban Planning, is quoted in a story about the controversial addition of second homes — sometimes called “granny flats” — on single-family lots in Los Angeles. Mukhija said opposition to second homes often involves calls to preserve a neighborhood’s “character,” a sweeping word that can refer as much to the social character as to the physical design of a community.
Mark S. Kaplan, professor of Social Welfare, is quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about the lack of quality mental health services for university faculty. “Not only are there these mounting stressors in academia today,” Kaplan said, “but opportunities to share those with somebody and being able to have a dialogue is often not there.”
UCLA Social Welfare professor Laura Abrams is quoted in a story in the Indianapolis Star about the challenges faced by juveniles once they’re released from detention. In recent years, juvenile correctional systems across the country have placed greater emphasis on rehabilitation rather than punishment, said Abrams, a UCLA professor who studies juvenile justice. Rehabilitation and treatment, she said, fall more in line with the commonly held idea that children can be retaught and guided back to a better path. “That’s the whole reason we have a juvenile justice system,” Abrams said, “is because supposedly juveniles are deserving of a second chance.”
UCLA Urban Planning distinguished professor emeritus Donald Shoup’s 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking, is the subject an article in Governing Magazine by Alan Ehrenhalt. Reflecting on the state of parking in U.S. cities more than a decade since the publication of Shoup’s book, Ehrenhalt writes, “Shoup’s ideas have taken root in cities all over the country. Urban Planners who scarcely gave parking a second thought in the pre-Shoup era have come to regard it as a crucial force in determining the future of their cities.”
UCLA Luskin professor of urban planning Vinit Mukhija is quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on the controversy over ‘granny flats,’ or second homes, on single family home lots in U.S. cities. “Most important is the cost of housing is so high now…I think we may be reaching a point where [our perspective around housing] has to be rethought.”
In a new study by the Center for Technology Innovation, researchers found that smartphones are one of the key tools for giving women access to banking — but much of the world is still a long way from widespread financial inclusion. “There are still roughly 2 billion people in the world that are excluded from financial participation,” John Villasenor, professor of Public Policy and one of the study’s authors, told BuzzFeed News.
Chris Tilly, professor of Urban Planning and director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, is quoted in a story about how opponents of the Labor Department’s overtime rules argue that it holds disadvantages for colleges and university. “Part of the reason that higher education works as a poster child for the opposition is that some universities have been outspoken against” the rule, “and universities, unlike a lot of large institutions, are relatively well-respected at this time,” Tilly said.
Brian D. Taylor, UCLA Urban Planning professor & director of the UCLA Lewis Center, is quoted in The New York Times on the expansion of 13 new stations along the Expo and Gold lines. “In incremental terms, these new lines aren’t revolutionary,” he said. “They are more revolutionary in symbolic terms. They are a very public and specific commitment to spending on public transit.”
In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Juan Matute, associate director of the UCLA Luskin Institute of Transportation Studies and the Lewis Center, argues that Los Angeles should not give up on its most successful rapid busway, the Orange Line, and convert it to a rail line.
Jorja Leap, adjunct professor in the Department of Social Welfare, is quoted in a story about whether verbal attacks on police by politicians, Black Lives Matter and the media might have caused the attacks on police officers. Leap said just because someone expresses outrage over the behavior of certain police and advocates for accountability — even with the most vitriolic language — doesn’t mean they are advocating murder. “Take an organization like Black Lives Matter. They are demanding accountability,” Leap said. “They are not saying, ‘Let’s kill cops.’ ”
In an article about the gentrification of Boyle Heights, Michael Lens, a professor of UCLA Urban Planning who specializes in housing policy and equity, told LAist, “It’s easy to look at Boyle Heights and say, ‘Oh well, things are getting better there, why are you complaining.’ But that would be completely ignorant of history.”
UCLA’s Martin Wachs, professor emeritus of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin, is quoted in a blog post by Murtaza Haider, associate professor at Ryerson University, about infrastructure spending in Canada after years of neglect. In the article, Haider describes Wachs as being gravely concerned about inflated ridership forecasts. Wachs’ advice to forecasters: “Never put a number and a date in the same sentence.”
UCLA’s Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a professor of urban planning and associate dean at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted by the Toronto Star in a story about steps being considered to improve safety for women who use the city’s public transit system. Anxiety about the use of public transit is “quite universal” among women around the world, said Loukaitou-Sideris, who has spent more than a decade studying women’s safety and transportation. The story noted that her research has shown that fear of harassment cuts across lines of marital status, nationality and sexual orientation, and makes women much more likely than men to confine their use of public transit to certain hours of the day or to situations where they’re accompanied by a friend or partner.
In a story about ongoing efforts to reform the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the wake of a high-profile jail abuse and corruption scandal, UCLA’s Jorja Leap was asked to comment on efforts to improve the assessment of new deputies. She noted that this is a necessary step, but it will not change the department’s long-standing culture of secrecy and abuse. “If you don’t change that culture, it doesn’t matter what you do with deputies,” said Leap, an adjunct professor of Social Welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
A generosity gap: Not on our watch | Jewish Journal
A column written by Marvin Schotland highlights a recent study by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: For anyone concerned about the future of Los Angeles and the role of charitable giving in creating a healthy community here for us all, a recent study, “The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County,” documents a decline in local giving of nearly 16 percent, from $7.16 billion to $6.03 billion, from 2006 and 2013. The Generosity Gap was drawn from a research project developed by Bill Parent, lecturer in the Department of Public Policy, and Urban Planning professor Paul Ong.
Paul Ong, professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Asian American Studies, is quoted in an article about the influence of Americans who are of Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. “The tipping point is the increase in the voting population,” Ong said. “If you don’t believe that, wait till November.” Ong stressed that population increase alone would not translate to individuals achieving the American Dream, or attaining equity for AAPIs as a minority group.
J.R. DeShazo, professor of Public Policy and director of the Luskin Center for Innovation, is quoted in a sidebar to a story about a scientist in the UK who wants to use bone as a building material. The sidebar in which DeShazo is quoted focuses on the UCLA effort to transform greenhouse gas emissions into a new environmentally friendly buiding material, CO2NCRETE. “What this technology does is take something that we have viewed as a nuisance, carbon dioxide that’s emitted from smokestacks, and turn it into something valuable,” DeShazo said.
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, professor of Urban Planning and associate dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, says there’s definitely a market for women-only driving services, particularly late at night. “There is a lot of fear in terms of issues like serious crimes, like rape — it’s the first thing on women’s minds — but women are also intimidated by sexual comments, harassment, groping,” says Loukaitou-Sideris.
Social Welfare adjunct professor Jorja Leap is interviewed in this segment that aired on KCET’s SoCal Connected about the plans to tear down the Jordan Downs housing complex in Watts and build a new model for public housing. Leap’s interview begins at the 10-minute mark. The project, which has been stalled for many years, is scheduled to break ground in 2016.
Urban Planning Professor Emeritus Donald Shoup is quoted in a story about the lack of parking spaces in Portland-area neighborhoods. Shoup, a parking expert, suggests making the process easier for accessory lot owners to share their excess spaces with residents, area employees and valets. “If the city allows those spaces to be made available to the general public, it will reduce the shortage of parking.” Shoup added, “It doesn’t increase the incentive to provide more parking. It does the opposite.”
A story about labor negotiations at Southern California supermarkets included comments from Chris Tilly, professor of urban planning and head of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. “What you saw over the last 10 or 15 years was that grocers adopted a negotiating stance toward the union which was, ‘We have to be competitive with Wal-Mart and there have to be major concessions,’” Tilly explained. Union workers who took a hit during the Great Recession are now trying to “regain lost ground,” he noted.
UCLA Luskin’s Paavo Monkkonen, an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Planning, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about the housing crisis in New Zealand and its similarities to the affordable housing shortage in U.S. cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. “People are already leaving the Bay Area and Los Angeles,” Monkkonen said, “these cities are losing lots of low income families just because they can’t afford to stay anymore.”
Is the state’s cap-and-trade climate change program hurting or helping residents of San Bernardino? A UCLA study reveals that San Bernardino households benefit financially under cap-and-trade. The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation estimates that the average household could gain approximately $50 per year as electricity consumers and $7 per year as natural gas consumers under the state’s cap-and-trade program. By Colleen Callahan, J.R. DeShazo and Julien Gattaciecca.
In 2004, the UFCW represented 59,000 workers at Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons. Now the union has about 12,000 fewer members at those and affiliated stores. “Grocery store jobs look much more like fast-food jobs than they used to,” said Chris Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. “Lower pay, fewer benefits, more people part-time.”
About a third of county residents worry about being pushed to the brink of hunger or homelessness, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs an Zev Yaroslavsky. Nearly half lack sufficient savings or assets to stay above poverty for even three months after losing a job.
In some parts of L.A., it’s already illegal to rent out a residence under current zoning ordinances, technically. Depending on where you live in the city, the disparity can be wide, UCLA urban planning professor Paavo Monkkonen told The Real Deal. “Most single family zoning prohibits it, and some multi-family zoning does but not all. And when I say illegal, it’s a zoning code violation rather than a criminal infraction,” he said. “But the codes were written 60 years ago, and the legality of it in many cases can be murky.”
Each year, over 33,000 men die from suicide each year, according to data from the CDC. This accounts for 2.5 percent of all deaths among men, making it the 7th leading cause. What’s more, suicide actually ranks as the second most common cause of death for every age group for men 10 through 39, the data shows. “I think there’s a silent epidemic of male suicide,” says Mark Kaplan, Dr.P.H., a professor of social welfare at UCLA. “For as common as it is, you don’t hear many people talking about it.”
The California Environmental Quality Act is a valuable protector of this state’s resources, says Jim Newton, lecturer in the Department of Public Policy, in a recent Op-Ed piece. It guides planning by forcing agencies to consider the environmental implications of proposed projects. CEQA is also a woefully blunt instrument that thwarts economic growth and, perversely, can actually harm the environment. That’s exactly what’s happening with a proposed switching yard at the Port of Los Angeles.
In a recent book, The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies, the economic geographer Michael Storper — along with his colleagues Thomas Kemeny, Naji P. Makarem, and Taner Osman — explores why and how San Francisco has performed so much better than L.A. Storper is one of the world’s leading urbanists, and has conducted definitive research on both regions in addition to authoring some of the most important books and articles on urban development of the past few decades.
Three years after the March 2013 murder of the head of Colorado’s Department of Corrections, speculation remains that a prison gang ordered the murder. Tom Clements was murdered at his home in Monument, Colo. by parolee Evan Ebel, a member of the prison gang known as the 211 Crew. Jorja Leap, an adjunct professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, studies gangs and serves as a policy adviser on Gangs and Youth Violence for Los Angeles County. In this interview, she discusses the case.
The parent company of Mesabi Academy, a 123-bed juvenile treatment facility on the Iron Range, said today it was closing the facility by the end of June. UCLA professor of social welfare, Laura Abrams, discusses whether the problems at Mesabi Academy are felt nationwide, or if the situation is anomalous.
The Sanders candidacy combines an election campaign with a social movement, writes Jack Rothman, professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. The size of this movement is unprecedented. Going against the odds, Sanders has revealed and activated a significant left in America and altered the political dialogue in the country. The movement he has generated is, in itself, an historic achievement and the instrument for a continuing potent shift to the left in America.
Ill-advised bill would decentralize L.A. Metro board’s authority | Los Angeles Times
(Op-ed co-written by UCLA’s Zev Yaroslavsky) For Metro to succeed, everyone has to collaborate. Mendoza now proposes to pack the Metro board with eight more members: one new Los Angeles seat, one new Long Beach seat, four additional small city seats and two new members appointed by the Legislature’s leadership in Sacramento. Under this scheme, Los Angeles, with 40% of the county’s population, would have only 24% of the board’s 21 votes, while the outlying cities would more than double their current representation.
A survey by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs found that 6 in 10 County residents consider the lack of affordable housing for low-income families a very serious problem, and that many County residents are worried about going hungry or becoming homeless themselves.
Former County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who spent nearly two decades on the council, said Wednesday’s announcement is clearly a response to the proposal drafted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. That proposal has given a voice to residents who feel the planning process is “rigged in favor of developers and against communities,” said Yaroslavsky, director of the L.A. Initiative at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and Department of History.
Baltimore steel mill site repurposed for logistics | Wall Street Journal
The distribution system and warehouses have employment, and so logistics is viewed as a kind of savior,” said Goetz Wolff, a professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “But it’s not a solution in the sense of a real transformation.”
How zoning promotes economic segregation | The Atlantic
A new study by Michael C. Lens and Paavo Monkkonen from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Health, published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, takes on the precise nature of the connection between land-use restrictions and the economic segregation of metros. The study uses new and better measures for both segregation and land-use restrictions to examine this relationship in 95 large metropolitan areas in 2000 and 2010.
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