On the heels of the recent
City Council vote to allow the construction of a series of micro-parks in Los
Angeles, researchers from UCLA Luskin's Complete Streets Initiative are releasing a comprehensive guidebook
to planning, building and maintaining “parklets,”—small parks created in urban
areas from the conversion of parking spots, alleyways and other underutilized spaces
for cars into places for people.
The Federal Highway Administration of the US Department of Transportation has selected the Model Design Manual for Living Streets as one of only twelve recipients for the 2012 Exemplary Human Environment Initiative award. The award recognizes the comprehensive street design manual, which including extensive guidance for active transportation and environmentally sustainable design practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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