Note: This story appeared as a "Spotlight" on June 26, 2012Most Urban and Regional Planning students complete their degree by working on a capstone project, a rigorous group report conducted in collaboration with an external client, designed to simulate the intensity of preparing a planning report for real-world stakeholders. The capstones are a chance for students to apply their theoretical training to find solutions to challenges found across Los Angeles, and require creativity, critical thinking, leadership and a lot of work.
The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs had over 100 members on its team for the United Way Home Walk 2012. The annual event raises money and awareness to end homelessness in Los Angeles. The UCLA Luskin team raised over $11,000, which was the most among universities and non-profits and ranked sixth overall among all affiliates at Home Walk.
UCLA Today featured a piece on MURP student Diane Ionescu's experience working with the Motor Avenue Improvement Association to create the Palms neighborhood farmer's market. "It definitely
taught me a lot about city government and bureaucracy," she said.
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The UCLA Luskin
School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and
Employment jointly hosted an event on Thursday entitled “Death and Taxes,” the
purpose of which was to more fully inform California voters, who bear momentous
responsibility in determining the state’s future.
By Ruby Bolaria, Urban Planning 2014
Today I met my senior fellow who will mentor me for this
academic year. To what end remains to be seen but I was filled with excitement,
anxiety and anticipation nonetheless. The UCLA Luskin School’s unique Senior
Fellows program was established to “connect the world of political and policy action to education for the
UCLA Luskin School professor Michael Storper was honored earlier this month with the Sir Peter Hall Award, presented by the Regional Studies Association, recognizing his vast work in urban and regional planning.Dr. Storper, recently named UCLA Luskin's Director of International Initiatives, was given the award in a ceremony in London.
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.