Four UCLA Luskin School alumni are running for office in the upcoming Nov. 6 election.Public policy graduates Rusty Bailey (1999), Mike Stajura (2005) and Manan Trivedi (2007) and urban planning grad Raul Bocanegra (1997) are all involved in election campaigns as the election date nears.Bailey is running for Mayor in Riverside, Calif. which is his home city. Bailey, whose website is available here, works as a teacher at Riverside Poly High and served in the Army.
Part of the attraction of the UCLA Luskin School of Public
Affairs is the ability to take classes that cross three continuums – public
policy, social welfare and urban planning.
Being able to put into practice what was learned spanning
those focuses is part of the idea behind the School's vision.
But being able to put that into practice in bringing one of
the biggest attractions to Los Angeles is exactly what Maria Mehranian did.
The first Luskin Lecture Series of the 2012-13 school year took place on Wednesday night at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles."Sea Change or More of the Same?" featured four political experts speaking about the upcoming presidential election and more.With UCLA Luskin dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. leading a panel discussion that had writers Adam Nagourney from the New York Times, Mark Barabak from the Los Angeles Times and Val Zavala from KCET, along with politics expert Dan Schnur from USC, the event drew a large audience and rave reviews.
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean, Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., is organizing a UCLA Luskin team for the United Way’s Annual “HomeWalk”, a 5K Walk/Run to End Homelessness, on the morning of Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Exposition Park. Joining Dean Gilliam in leading the team are: Erica Quintana, MPP ’13, Brad Rowe, MPP ’13, Ian Bohannon, MSW ’13 and Jacki Murdock, MURP ’13.
On Tuesday evening, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom spoke to
an intimate gathering at the Fowler Museum on UCLA’s campus, titled “California: Getting Back to Business.”
The event, hosted by the UCLA Luskin School’s Dean’s Associates program, brought
together donors and invited guests.
To learn about how to become part of the Dean’s Associate
program, please click here.
Recent Public Policy graduate Karissa Yee wasted little time
in making a big splash at her new job.
Yee, who earned a master’s of public policy in 2011, helped
the Los Angeles Unified School District receive a grant that could total $50
million over the next five years.
The San Francisco native, who is a program and policy
development specialist at LAUSD, helped write the proposal for the grant which
will help provide support and development opportunities for teachers at high
The annual UCLA Luskin School's "Transit Tour" gave students the opportunity to hit the streets of Los Angeles and learn some of the ins and outs of the city.Using public transportation to get along, the group toured City Hall and other important parts of downtown while also hearing from Deputy Mayor Romel Pascual, the Green LA Coalition, Los Angeles Walks and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership among others.Check out the video that captures the day.
While many who have worked, or do their work, inside the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs have made a great impact on the city of Los Angeles – and in other places around the world – two people associated with the School were recently honored by a pair of L.A. publications.
Numerous members of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
led a report that could result in extensive changes throughout Los Angeles
Social Welfare lecturer Miriam Krinsky, who teaches Public Policy for
Children and Youth in the spring quarter at UCLA Luskin, was the executive
director of the Citizens' Commission on Jail Violence, leading a panel
appointed by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to investigate the use of
excessive force in jails.
Dr. Paavo Monkkonen returns to the UCLA Luskin School
of Public Affairs after earning his MPP here before earning his Ph.D. at
Berkeley. After teaching at Hong Kong University, he is now teaching urban
planning courses, specifically 208 C in Fall 2012. The course is required of
all Ph.D. students who have passed their field examinations but have not yet
advanced to candidacy, and all M.U.R.P. students completing their thesis