A new study in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, “A Spatial Analysis of Risks and Resources for Reentry Youth in Los Angeles County” by assistant professor Bridget Freisthler, and associate professor Laura Abrams, both of Social Welfare Department, measures the rate of juvenile offenders released into each of Los Angeles County's 272 ZIP codes and examines specific neighborhood-level factors that could play a significant role in their reintegration or recidivism.
THE MSW Diversity Caucus is hosting its annual Diversity Fair on November 13, 2010. The event, organized by students and hosted with Department of Social Welfare faculty and staff, is one of the department's outreach events to attract talented potential social workers from many different backgrounds into the profession.
The following are excerpts from L.A. Weekly article “Proposition 19 Dreams of Legal Weed” (Oct. 21, 2010):“On November 2, California will vote on Proposition 19 , a measure intended to make it lawful for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, as well as the freedom to grow the weed in a 25-square-foot plot.Experts on either side of the marijuana issue don't agree on much — including whether legalization will lead the state into chaos and ruin — but they do agree that there's a real chance the people will vote to toke.
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.
The upcoming documentary Gerrymandering resurfaces the controversial nature of behind redistricting, and CNN spoke with Dean Frank Gilliam to gain perspective on the matter. The coverage discussed whether voters will make changes to reform the system through independent commissions. In effect, the November ballot in several states, such as California's Proposition 20 and 27, are asking people to take politicians out of the "horse trading" process. As Gilliam put it:
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.
Dean Frank Gilliam and Associate Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris welcome faculty, students, and staff to the 2010-2011 academic year, highlighting faculty accomplishments, new projects, and opportunities for students.
Physician and public health researcher Mitchell Besser visited the School of Public Affairs on Oct. 4, delivering a presentation on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa. Besser is the founder of Mothers2mothers, an organization that trains mothers with HIV to work in health centers to educate and support pregnant women who are HIV-positive.