This election season, the nation turned its focus on California as a barometer of public discussion and policymaking. On three of the major ballot initiatives that drew national attention, faculty from the UCLA School of Public Affairs brought their expertise into the public sphere to discuss the possible consequences of this year’s vote:
What does it mean to be rich in Los Angeles? Public Policy Professor Michael Stoll spoke with American Public Media's Marketplace on the issue of what $250,000 buys an individual in two distinct LA neighborhoods. Separated by six miles, Stoll describes Rodeo Road and Rodeo Drive to have substantially different standards of living, household incomes, and crime rates. The story explores varying perspectives and lifestyles within Los Angeles, and what an average American lifestyle really resembles.
Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy, was honored on October 27, 2010 by Angeles Plaza City View during the organization's 30th anniversary celebration. Opened in 1980, Angelus Plaza is the largest affordable housing community for older adults in the nation.
The upcoming documentary Gerrymandering resurfaces the controversial nature of behind redistricting, and CNN spoke with Dean Frank Gilliam to gain perspective on the matter. The coverage discussed whether voters will make changes to reform the system through independent commissions. In effect, the November ballot in several states, such as California's Proposition 20 and 27, are asking people to take politicians out of the "horse trading" process. As Gilliam put it:
Physician and public health researcher Mitchell Besser visited the School of Public Affairs on Oct. 4, delivering a presentation on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa. Besser is the founder of Mothers2mothers, an organization that trains mothers with HIV to work in health centers to educate and support pregnant women who are HIV-positive.
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, a UCLA Department of Urban Planning alumnus, delivered the keynote address during the 2010 UCLA School of Public Affairs school-wide orientation for incoming students.Speaking at the Sept. 21 event, Reyes shared stories about growing up in Los Angeles, being a graduate student at UCLA and his work with the Los Angeles City Council.Watch his full speech below.
Second year master’s student from Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning needed to work as a Graduate Student Researcher in fall, winter and spring quarters to assist Dean Frank Gilliam on his spring 2011 course, “Strategic Communications, Social Justice and Public Policy." In fall and winter, this student will help Dean Gilliam in the research and design of the course. In spring, the student will help prepare weekly lecture notes and powerpoint presentations for each class.COURSE DESCRIPTION (DRAFT):
Michael Stoll, professor and chair of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, spoke with CBS Evening News regarding U.S. census data being released this week that experts predict will show a record increase in the nation's poverty rate. The anticipated poverty rate increase — from 13.2 percent to 15.0 percent — comes just seven weeks before mid-term elections.
CNN's Brooke Anderson spoke with professor Albert Carnesale about the release of Countdown to Zero, a documentary on nuclear non-proliferation and the ever-present threat of nuclear weapons. According to the film, the danger stems from the changing balance of power and the ability of terrorists and rogue nations to acquire or manufacture weapons. Interviews inluded 100 international nuclear experts and policy leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, James Baker, and Mikhail Gorbachev.