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Agriculture Workers Victory: A Look Back at History”

On the 40th anniversary of the successful grape boycott led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, UCLA urban planning alumnus Alvaro Huerta looks at the event in the context of today’s labor laws and working conditions.  In a piece published in The Progessive, Huerta writes:

Project 50: Up-Close and Personal Stories of the Homeless on L.A.'s Skid Row

Interview everyone living on these streets. Find out how long they've been homeless.

Dude, Where's Your Car? How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser

Ben Stiller in "Greenberg"In this recent article from Slate.com, writer Tom Vanderbilt points the the cultural status that cars represent, at least in the movies.  The most recent example?  The Ben Stiller dramedy, Greenberg.

LA Gang Tours

Los Angeles has many attractions such as Hollywood, but what about gangs? Former gang member Alfredo Lomas has collaborated with community leaders and former gang members to help create a LA Gang Tour. The tour looks at the history, art, and seeks to educate those unfamiliar with Los Angeles gangs.  NBC4 Los Angeles recently covered the tour and it's highlights.

 

Promoting Bamboo Homes--Matthew Kahn

Matthew Kahn, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment with joint appointments in economics and public policy, was quoted on July 7 in a Miller–McCune  article on the potential of bamboo houses to fight climate change, encourage economic growth and protect the poor from natural disasters.

Promoting Bamboo Homes--Matthew Kahn

Matthew Kahn, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment with joint appointments in economics and public policy, was quoted on July 7 in a Miller–McCune  article on the potential of bamboo houses to fight climate change, encourage economic growth and protect the poor from natural disasters.

CA Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure—Experts Speak to the Issue on KPCC

KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, held on June 16, 2010, discussed the possible legalization of marijuana for recreational use—an issue that will come up before voters on this November’s California ballot.  The discussion, moderated by KPCC’s Larry Mantle, brought together the following speakers who hold views on both sides of the upcoming ballot measure:

• Hon. Jim Gray, Judge of the Superior Crt. (ret.) -- Pro Initiative
• Hon. Lee Baca, Sheriff, Los Angeles County -- Anti-Initiative

Summer Event on South Lawn of White House

Post from Associate Dean Fernando Torres-Gil:

Scenes from the Field: Skies Above Senegal

Urban Planning doctoral student John Scott-Railton has embarked on an ambitious and unusual fact-gathering summer project—creating his own aerial photography apparatus involving a remote control camera hoisted to high-flying kites.

"Aerial photography is generally quite expensive," says Scott-Railton, "which is what inspired me to think about creating a low-cost alternative."

Evaluating Presidential Commissions: Prof. Amy Zegart

On NPR’s Morning Edition, Ari Shapiro interviews Amy Zegart on the value of presidential commissions, especially under the Obama administration.

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