Homeboy Industries, the LA-based gang intervention program founded and run by Father Gregory Boyle, recently received a $1.3-million contract from Los Angeles County supervisors to continue their program for at-risk youth. The contract will make it possible for Homeboy to hire 20 job trainees and provide services such as tattoo removal and employment counseling to over 600 individuals. Additionally, Homeboy has decided to use a portion of the funds to contract with UCLA researchers currently involved in a 5-year longitudinal study of the organization.
In 2007, the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) announced the “Neighborhoods@Work” Initiative, a 5-year strategic plan designed to address issues related to education, employment, health, housing, and safety in neighborhoods throughout South Los Angeles. The ultimate goal of LAUL’s initiative is to create a best practices model for sustainable neighborhood change that can be replicated in other urban communities across the nation. LAUL’s initial effort focuses on a 70-block area in the predominantly African American community of Park Mesa Heights.
Michael Stoll, professor and chair of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, spoke with CBS Evening News regarding U.S. census data being released this week that experts predict will show a record increase in the nation's poverty rate. The anticipated poverty rate increase — from 13.2 percent to 15.0 percent — comes just seven weeks before mid-term elections.
Social Welfare Professor Yeheskel "Zeke" Hasenfeld was recently selected by the Society for Social Work and Research to be the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Career and Achievement Award. The award recognizes Professor Hasenfeld's social work over the years, his level of innovation and research, and impact towards those in the field.
Public policy professor and intelligence expert Amy Zegart spoke with the Australian Broadcast Company, to discuss the growing need for intelligence reform in the United States. The article highlighted both positive and negative impacts created by post 9/11 policy and leadership reforms. Combined with several deteriorating factors, the article states that President Obama's creation of an intelligence "czar" and waning support by Congress have weakened national security efforts to protect against large-scale terrorism. Zegart states that:
CNN's Brooke Anderson spoke with professor Albert Carnesale about the release of Countdown to Zero, a documentary on nuclear non-proliferation and the ever-present threat of nuclear weapons. According to the film, the danger stems from the changing balance of power and the ability of terrorists and rogue nations to acquire or manufacture weapons. Interviews inluded 100 international nuclear experts and policy leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, James Baker, and Mikhail Gorbachev.
With the November elections steadily approaching, Proposition 23 seeks to kill California's cap-and-trade system set to take hold in 2011. The proposition will directly undo the cap-and-trade plans for environmental sustainability in California as a means of seeking economic growth. Known as Assembly Bill 32 ("AB 32"), the plan will now face tough opposition from Proposition 23 and its backers, which include the oil industry.
Luskin Scholar Matthew Kahn’s study─ showing how energy conservation incentives can sometimes ironically lead to greater consumption─ caught the attention of a range of mainstream media outlets. "Nudges Gone Wrong" was a typical headline about it. Most recently, his study was featured on the American Public Media radio program Marketplace.
The “Marketplace” story describes how Dr. Kahn and Dr. Dora Costa analyzed a group of utility customers who were getting regular notices from their power company comparing their energy use with similar households.