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:
What does it mean to be rich in Los Angeles? Public Policy Professor Michael Stoll spoke with American Public Media's Marketplace on the issue of what $250,000 buys an individual in two distinct LA neighborhoods. Separated by six miles, Stoll describes Rodeo Road and Rodeo Drive to have substantially different standards of living, household incomes, and crime rates. The story explores varying perspectives and lifestyles within Los Angeles, and what an average American lifestyle really resembles.
Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy, was honored on October 27, 2010 by Angeles Plaza City View during the organization's 30th anniversary celebration. Opened in 1980, Angelus Plaza is the largest affordable housing community for older adults in the nation.
Transportation and parking expert Prof. Donald Shoup of the Urban Planning Department proposes increasing fines for chronic offenders of parking violations in the 10/27/10 edition of the Los Angeles Times:
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.