UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

January

January 12, 2011
The American Planning Association (APA) has selected Urban Planning Alumnus Alvaro Huerta to receive the 2011 National Planning Achievement Award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff. The award honors a project, group or individual for promoting diversity or demonstrating a sustained social commitment to advocacy within the planning field. The award honors the late APA member, Paul Davidoff, for his contributions to the planning field.
January 12, 2011
 For the 11th time in the past fourteen years, a UCLA Urban Planning student has won an award for the best transportation policy and planning master’s project, thesis, or dissertation from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in Washington, DC. The CUTC (http://cutc.tamu.edu) was established in 1979 as the umbrella organization representing more than 70 major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States.

November

November 04, 2010
With their growing influence on policy Asian Americans are now key players in electoral politics and voting behavior. Important questions regarding decisions by minority groups such as Asians have sprung into the mind of those fomulating public opinion.  Are they influential? Do they tend to vote as liberals or conservatives? What is their polling turnout compared to other groups? Voice of America recently asked these questions to Professor Paul Ong to guage the seemily equal influence of Asian American voters.

October

October 28, 2010
 Transportation and parking expert Prof. Donald Shoup of the Urban Planning Department proposes increasing fines for chronic offenders of parking violations in the 10/27/10 edition of the Los Angeles Times: 
October 18, 2010
Cities are now searching for ways to make-up for shortfalls, and Urban Planning Professor Donald Shoup and his book "The High Cost of Free Parking" are setting the benchmark. Recently featured in the Los Angeles Times, his innovative models showcased cities, such as Pasadena, to have cost-effective solutions for parking and people's transportation needs.
October 12, 2010
Recent planned spending for large infrastructure projects, including high-speed rail and other commuter enhancements, have brought into question where funding for our nation's transportation projects should be allocated.
October 04, 2010
 The UCLA Department of Urban Planning invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in housing beginning July 1, 2011.   We seek bold and innovative thinkers who show intellectual leadership in addressing the housing challenges and inequalities faced by diverse populations in cities and regions.   The appointment is expected to be at the rank of assistant professor, although applicants at other levels may also be considered. A Ph.D. in Urban Planning or a related field is required.

September

September 28, 2010
Dean Frank Gilliam and Urban Planning Chair Brian Taylor spoke to the Milken Institute about Restoring California's Promise. The Milken initiative seeks to rejuvenate Californians in tackling state's problems such as political gridlock and polarization. Dean Gilliam discussed issues surrounding the state budget, higher education, and mobilization issues surrounding politicians.
September 27, 2010
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.
September 24, 2010
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):