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.
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, a UCLA Department of Urban Planning alumnus, delivered the keynote address during the 2010 UCLA School of Public Affairs school-wide orientation for incoming students.Speaking at the Sept. 21 event, Reyes shared stories about growing up in Los Angeles, being a graduate student at UCLA and his work with the Los Angeles City Council.Watch his full speech below.
Second year master’s student from Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning needed to work as a Graduate Student Researcher in fall, winter and spring quarters to assist Dean Frank Gilliam on his spring 2011 course, “Strategic Communications, Social Justice and Public Policy." In fall and winter, this student will help Dean Gilliam in the research and design of the course. In spring, the student will help prepare weekly lecture notes and powerpoint presentations for each class.COURSE DESCRIPTION (DRAFT):
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: