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Addressing gang violence at the Dept of Labor/YouthBuild Gang Summit

Here's a note from Jorja Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare, reporting in from her travels--

"I am in Seattle, WASHINGTON today as a featured speaker at the U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild Gang Summit. I will be speaking on "Key Characteristics of Effective Approaches in Addressing Gang Violence and Related Harm."

Cordon Blues?

Envy the lucky travelers of London. As you may know, in 2003 the city imposed a congestion toll of £5 (later raised to £8) on all vehicles entering the central district. In 2007, Transport for London, a government agency, did a cost-benefit analysis of the impacts (find the full report here).

It found the following about costs per year to travelers in the central district:

Can Less Punishment Reduce Crime?"

In the 1960s, the U.S. prison population has increased fivefold. Prisons today hold one inmate for every one hundred adults — a record rate in American history, and one unmatched by any other country. But despite the high prison population, crime has stopped falling. Punishments can seem random in their severity and implementation, minorities and the poor still disproportionately become victims and inmates, and enforcement — particularly of probation and parole — is haphazard. How can crime be controlled?

To post or not to post? A question for the Bee

Dan Mitchell writes: "In principle, information on individual UC salaries was always available. But without the Internet, it would have been difficult to obtain.  Actually, that is not quite so; without the Internet and the decision of the Sacramento Bee to post the information on its website, it would have been difficult to obtain. In short, it wasn’t just technology; a journalistic decision to post the information was critical."

Read more.

LA Times reports Santa Monica Plans to Raise Parking Rates

The following is excerpted from a story reported in the October 15, 2009 edition of The Los Angeles Times:

"We grow up thinking that somebody else should pay for parking," said Donald Shoup, a Yale-trained economist and UCLA urban planning professor who wrote "The High Cost of Free Parking," considered by many the definitive text on the subject. "The cost doesn't go away just because the driver doesn't pay for it."

Health-Care Reform Checklist, from UCLA Magazine

By Mona Gable, Illustrations by Brian Cronin

The following is excerpted from the October 2009 edition of UCLA Magazine.

Health Care Reform: Origins and Responses with Mark Peterson

Mark A. Peterson, UCLA professor of public policy and political science, talks about the origins of the health care crisis and how long the health care system has been heading towards a crisis state.

Origins of the Health Care Crisis

Will Health Care Reform Include a Public Option?

Prisoner Abuse and National Security

Amy Zegart, associate professor of Public Policy, joined a panel of experts on KCRW’s nationally-syndicated public radio program, “To the Point,” (8/25/09) to discuss CIA interrogation and President Obama’s creation of a new Interagency Interrogation Group, the quality of intelligence information-gathering in U.S. agencies. Hosted by Warren Olney, the panel also featured R.

Faculty Commentary: The Business of Medical Marijuana

Mark A. R. Kleiman, professor of public policy, participated in a panel discussion on the business and politics of the booming medical marijuana business in California on KQED Radio’s “Forum” (July 24, 2009).

Listen to the entire broadcast here

What is your sense of how the shifting political winds is changing the way policy makers are thinking about this question of what to do about it in terms of regulation and taxing it?

Faculty commentary: Will Congress Pass Health Care Reform?

Mark Peterson, professor of public policy and political science, provides analysis on the push for health care overhaul on “Midmorning” on Minnesota Public Radio (July 23, 2009).

Listen to the entire broadcast here.

The following is an excerpt transcribed from the radio broadcast:

Mark Peterson, do you think that we’re finally going to be able to pass a health care plan this time around?

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