Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman was recently featured on NPR to discuss new figures showing a "spectacularly dramatic" drop in homicide rates in both Los Angeles and nationwide. Speculation behind these numbers consider an increase in officers, gang crackdowns, neighborhood initiatives, socio-economic changes, and policing strategies.
Associate professor of public policy Andrew Sabl recently wrote a strategy memo that was published in The Democratic Strategist, a journal of public opinion and political strategy.In the piece, Sabl puts forward the idea that "Obama cannot be an activist, an organizer and a legislator at the same time. He is right to redefine himself but has not successfully made one coherent role his own."Read the complete article.
Most Los Angeles nonprofit organizations continue to struggle with declining revenue and increased demand, and there's no end in sight, according to a new report released by the Center for Civil Society at the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
Civil rights attorney and gang intervention strategist Connie Rice doesn’t mince words to describe her philosophy on social change and crime prevention, “I expect action,” she told the crowd of nearly 150 students, faculty, and visitors at UCLA, “and if I don’t get action, I’ll sue you.”
by Brian Wren, MSW '10When I was in my second year of social work school, I was placed at a local Los Angeles hospital. In November 2009, I rotated onto the respiratory intensive care unit located in the brand new critical care tower. The ICUs in the tower were truly the peak of medical care: they had all of the best medical equipment money could buy, a roster of the best specialty doctors in the city, and a staff of nurses that was exquisitely trained in every aspect of care. All of which were stymied by a patient named Charles.
By Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D. and Nancy J. Williams, MSWOften, the research carried out on social welfare problems does not seem to affect what actually takes place in practice. Research seems inaccessible to practitioners; studies are designed and findings interpreted without input from those working in the field. In the case of this study, however, we have been able to use recent research findings combined with practice experience to help understand the findings and suggest clear and practical recommendations for the field.
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.
Education for incarcerated youth is largely a neglected issue, as social concerns have dismissed these juveniles to be too difficult to teach. Washington D.C's New Beginning Youth Development Center's Maya Angelou Academy, a charter school within a juvenile lock down facility, decided to educate youth through a diverse curriculum and supportive environment. By doing so, the facility turned around the lives of youth and came out with positive results.
This election season, the nation turned its focus on California as a barometer of public discussion and policymaking. On three of the major ballot initiatives that drew national attention, faculty from the UCLA School of Public Affairs brought their expertise into the public sphere to discuss the possible consequences of this year’s vote: