UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


March 15, 2010
J.R. DeShazo, the director UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation, has long studied how governments can promote and help implement environmentally friendly energy policies. Now, his recent research on solar energy incentive programs, conducted with Luskin Center research project manager Ryan Matulka and other colleagues at UCLA, has become the basis for a new energy policy introduced by the city of Los Angeles. On Monday, March 15, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced an ambitious program to move the city's energy grid toward renewable energy sources over the next decade.


February 25, 2010
  Enrollment for Summer Sessions is up and running on URSA.   Students are encouraged to take advantage of the relaxed summer atmosphere and opportunity to enroll in the following Urban Planning classes. Session A -- 6 weeks ( Jun 20 - Jul 29 )
February 22, 2010
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.
February 18, 2010
 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.
February 16, 2010
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:
February 11, 2010
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.
February 04, 2010
"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.
February 03, 2010
 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.
February 02, 2010
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.