UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

April

April 27, 2012
Alice (Laughlin) Kitchen, (MSW ’72) is among 10 “Champions of Change” honored recently by the White House for dedication to improving access to health care. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
April 23, 2012
If it is built, the proposed 72,000-seat Farmers Field stadium in downtown Los Angeles will bring many benefits but also major traffic congestion. Despite an optimistic estimate that 20% of patrons will ride public transit on a weekday, and 15% on weekends, the project's environmental impact report says almost 20,000 cars will also arrive for events there.
April 23, 2012
JR DeShazo, associate professor of public policy and urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, commented in the April 23 edition of the Los Angeles Times ("Solar Power Producers Hesitate to Embrace New DWP Program"). DeShazo, who is also director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, was quoted on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s feed-in-tariff solar program, a program designed to let producers of solar power reduce their energy costs.
April 17, 2012
California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities have been inefficient, but a closure plan proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown, should “not rely solely on fiscal motivations,” says Laura Abrams, author of a newly published policy brief on the governor’s budget realignment plan.
April 13, 2012
UCLA political ecologist Susanna Hecht has spent 30 years studying Amazon rainforest settlements or quilombos, making frequent trips to visit these areas where residents have shown her how they farm, fish, hunt and gather in a way that maintains the forest.  While some environmentalists fret that Brazil’s quilombos could thwart efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest  — Hecht argues that the villagers are actually vital caretakers of the forest.
April 12, 2012
Adeline Aranaydo, a first-year Master of Social Welfare (MSW) student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is one of 12 students nationwide to be selected as a 2012 Native American Congressional Intern through the Udall Foundation. Aranaydo, of the Tohono O’odham Nation, will intern in the office of U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).
April 10, 2012
  What does sustainability look like on the ground?  Just how sustainable can a city, or a neighborhood be?   This quarter Walker Wells and Ted Bardacke are working with a group of Urban Planning students (in UP 269 Green Urban Studio - Designing Living Neighborhoods) in an attempt to answer these fundamental  questions. The objective of the course is to develop a proposal for the redesign of a Los Angeles neighborhood that achieves a high level of sustainability. 
April 09, 2012
 Gary Orfield, UCLA distinguished professor of education, law, political science and urban planning, has been selected as one of the 2012 winners of the Dr. John Hope Franklin Award for his achievements as an advocate for racial equality in education, including his work with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) at UCLA. For the complete story seethe article in  UCLA Today

March

March 26, 2012
A UCLA research team led by Todd Franke, associate professor of social welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has been awarded $500,000 to evaluate the impact of the Bloom project (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) by the California Community foundation. The goal of BLOOM is to redirect Black male youth (ages 14-18) involved with the Los Angeles County probation system toward a path that produces improved education and employment opportunities.