UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


July 19, 2010
In the July 16 edition of The Los Angeles Times, Professor Mark Kleiman explains legal and market-based reasons why the legalization and taxation of marijuana won't be an answer to the state's budget shortfall.
July 07, 2010
Professor of public policy Arleen Leibowitz celebrated her retirement at a reception this past May that included remarks from her colleagues and friends throughout UCLA.  Many shared fond remembrances of Leibowitz's scholarship, her generosity with colleagues, and her accomplishments during her years as chair of the Department of Public Policy, including Prof. Daniel Mitchell, who could not attend in person, but sent his written comments to be read:
July 06, 2010
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


June 30, 2010
On NPR’s Morning Edition, Ari Shapiro interviews Amy Zegart on the value of presidential commissions, especially under the Obama administration.
June 29, 2010
Could the counter-narcotics efforts of U.S. forces and their allies in Afghanistan actually make the insurgency worse? 
June 21, 2010
Four big California public employee unions -- including firefighters and highway patrol officers -- would roll back their pensions under a deal struck this week with the governor. The compromise comes at a time when public sector unions are increasingly under pressure to make sacrifices to help state and local governments balance their budgets.  KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny hosted Professor Daniel J.B.


March 24, 2010
 Professor Mark Peterson of the Department of Public Policy provided analysis of the historic passage of the week's health care reform bill; he was featured on "Midmorning" with Kerri Miller on Minnesota Public Radio (along with David Drucker, staff writer for Roll Call; and Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women).The following is an excerpt from the hour-long program:
March 24, 2010
The School of Public Affairs congratulates Professor Amy Zegart on her recent appointment to the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association (IAA) external advisory board. In this role, she will provide advice and assistance to the FBI IAA to advance the interests of the FBI’s intelligence analysts in an effort to increase our national security.


February 16, 2010
The latest volume of the UCLA School of Public Affairs' annual state policy report, "California Policy Options 2010," brings together perspectives and analysis on some of the most difficult issues facing the state, including the downward spiral of the state budget and dysfunction in governmental processes, as well as longer-term challenges involving income distribution, greenhouse gas emissions and public transportation. The report provides a snapshot of current interrelated policy problems though in-depth case studies and includes examinations of:
February 11, 2010
Chancellor Emeritus Albert Carnesale has been selected to serve on a high-level national commission that will study and make recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to the serious problem of managing the nation's nuclear waste.    President Obama directed the U.S.