Eighteen students in from across all three graduate programs traveled to Los Angeles City Hall on Feb. 19 to examine whether privatizing the Los Angeles Zoo would be beneficial to public constituents and save the city money as it faces unprecedented budget shortfalls.
The Department of Urban Planning is continuing a research exchange agreement with China’s leading urban planning agency, the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD). Under this agreement the Department of Urban Planning hosts seven to ten managers and senior staff from CAUPD each year. These visiting affiliates attend courses on physical planning and urban design and audit and participate in other classes offered by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning.
The latest volume of the UCLA School of Public Affairs' annual state policy report, "California Policy Options 2010," brings together perspectives and analysis on some of the most difficult issues facing the state, including the downward spiral of the state budget and dysfunction in governmental processes, as well as longer-term challenges involving income distribution, greenhouse gas emissions and public transportation. The report provides a snapshot of current interrelated policy problems though in-depth case studies and includes examinations of:
Chancellor Emeritus Albert Carnesale has been selected to serve on a high-level national commission that will study and make recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to the serious problem of managing the nation's nuclear waste. President Obama directed the U.S.
"Is outsourcing public spaces the answer to solving the city’s budget crisis?"Each year, for the past five years, a select group of Public Affairs students comes to City Hall to study a complicated and multi-faceted policy issue on behalf of City Controller Wendy Greuel. This year's challenge to address an aspect of the City of Los Angeles’ budget crisis.
A recent study indicates that UCLA contributed the greatest number of papers to the field of urban studies over the five year period from 2004 to 2008. Based on each institution’s percentage of 5,518 papers published in Thomson Reuters-indexed urban studies journals, UCLA ranked first with 76 papers, representing 1.38 % of the field.
The Center for Community Partnerships is accepting applications for the Rishwain Social Justice Entrepreneurship Award, carrying a prize of $2,500. The prize's primary goal is to publicly acknowledge UCLA students who work in collaboration with non-profit organizations to address social justice issues.
By Robin Heffler As part of a School of Public Affairs effort to explore social justice issues and their relevance to students’ future careers, some 170 students, faculty, and community members recently viewed a film and engaged in a lively discussion about the legacy of slavery and racism in the U.S.