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.
The upcoming documentary Gerrymandering resurfaces the controversial nature of behind redistricting, and CNN spoke with Dean Frank Gilliam to gain perspective on the matter. The coverage discussed whether voters will make changes to reform the system through independent commissions. In effect, the November ballot in several states, such as California's Proposition 20 and 27, are asking people to take politicians out of the "horse trading" process. As Gilliam put it:
Recent planned spending for large infrastructure projects, including high-speed rail and other commuter enhancements, have brought into question where funding for our nation's transportation projects should be allocated.
Dean Frank Gilliam and Associate Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris welcome faculty, students, and staff to the 2010-2011 academic year, highlighting faculty accomplishments, new projects, and opportunities for students.
Physician and public health researcher Mitchell Besser visited the School of Public Affairs on Oct. 4, delivering a presentation on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa. Besser is the founder of Mothers2mothers, an organization that trains mothers with HIV to work in health centers to educate and support pregnant women who are HIV-positive.
The UCLA Department of Urban Planning invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in housing beginning July 1, 2011. We seek bold and innovative thinkers who show intellectual leadership in addressing the housing challenges and inequalities faced by diverse populations in cities and regions. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of assistant professor, although applicants at other levels may also be considered. A Ph.D. in Urban Planning or a related field is required.
Robert Schilling, chair of the UCLA Department of Social Welfare, was ranked among the top five scholars in terms of the number of HIV/AIDS-related publications (39) and number one in the number of citations (1177), as reported in the article “HIV/AIDS Scholarship: An Analysis of Groundbreaking Programs and Individuals” in the journal, Social Work in Health Care.
Dean Frank Gilliam and Urban Planning Chair Brian Taylor spoke to the Milken Institute about Restoring California's Promise. The Milken initiative seeks to rejuvenate Californians in tackling state's problems such as political gridlock and polarization. Dean Gilliam discussed issues surrounding the state budget, higher education, and mobilization issues surrounding politicians.