UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

September

September 05, 2012
With a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles looming, Social Welfare professor Bridget Freisthler conducted groundbreaking research funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to put a number on exactly how many dispensaries there are in the city limits. The final tally, 472 as of Tuesday – two days before the ban was to go into effect – is radically different than the amount of medical marijuana dispensaries believed to be in operation.

August

August 31, 2012
Social Welfare professor Fernando Torres-Gil,one of the nation's foremost experts on aging and gerontology, has identified the upcoming presidential election as one that wil have a major effect on a growing generation of older citizens. Torres-Gil, who is also the Director for the Center of Policy Research and Aging, answered some important questions hovering over the election and the public.
August 28, 2012
Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved plans to temporarily convert red curb and a couple curb-side parking spaces into four small public plazas.
August 23, 2012
Public Policy professor emeritus Arleen Leibowitz has co-authored an editorial in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine advocating that all state Medicaid plans should cover infant male circumcision.
August 21, 2012
The California state Assembly has passed a bill, SB-9, on to the state Senate that would allow minors sentenced to life in prison the ability to apply for a new sentence. UCLA Luskin School social welfare professor, Laura Abrams, and social welfare student, Alea Bell, wrote a brief concerning the bill earlier this year that was handed out to all of the Assembly members.
August 17, 2012
Dr. Richard Jackson will be presented with the Socially Responsible Medicine Award by Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR-LA) at their annual Gala Dinner.  He will be recognized for his long time advocacy to protect farmworkers and children from pesticide risks and improving community health by changing the built environment.  Founded on the principle that we must "prevent what we cannot cure," PSR-LA is committed to reducing threats to public health related to nuclear and environmental toxins.
August 15, 2012
Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. appeared on KTLA-Channel 5 on August 13 to provide analysis on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.To see Dean Gilliam's appearance, watch the video below.
August 06, 2012
J.R. DeShazo, Director of the Luskin Center and Associate Professor of  Public Policy, has joined the LA Metro Blue Ribbon Committee Blue Ribbon Committee. DeShazo, nominated for his expertise on renewable and energy planning issues in Southern California, joined Metro CEO Art Leahy,  the CEOs of Edison International and Sempra Energy and the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, among other leaders, at their inaugural meeting on July 31st.