On Friday, March 18, 2011, the UCLA School of Public Affairs was officially renamed the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs during a ceremony hosted by Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. and featuring remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, and UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh.
Is Barack Obama the most misunderstood president in American history? Political science professor Michael Haas thinks so. In his new book, The Aloha Zen President: How a Son of the 50th State May Revitalize America Based on 12 Multicultural Principles, Haas argues 12 multicultural principles uniquely developed in Hawai‘i are the source of President Obama’s charismatic personality and centrist political philosophy.
On February 18, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs held its 7th annual School of Public Affairs Day at Los Angeles City Hall.
Hosted each year by City Controller Wendy Greuel, the annual event brings graduate students from the Departments of Public Policy, Urban Planning and Social Welfare, to downtown LA to study an urban social policy issue impacting the city of Los Angeles. This year, the topic was "How should the City of Los Angeles prioritize its renewable energy goals while creating accountability to the DWP ratepayers?"
by Robin HefflerAccording to Los Angeles’ economic development czar, a variety of resources are available to improve the business climate and create much-needed jobs in Los Angeles, which faces a 13 percent unemployment rate and a $350-million budget deficit next year.
Two faculty members of the Department of Social Welfare, associate professor Laura Abrams and assistant professor Bridget Freisthler, recently completed a report for the County of Los Angeles titled the "Young Offender Reentry Blueprint," which was presented at a summit on juvenile justice, "Off the Page and Into Reality: A Call to Action to Implement the Los Angeles County Blueprint for Youth and Young Adult Reentry," held in downtown Los Angeles on February 16.
Gridlock, rising fuel costs, and blighted roads are common frustrations on the tops to-do list across government agencies in the state and the country. Recent developments with plans for high-speed rail and a subway to the sea in California show government planners addressing problems to lessen congestion.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected Albert Carnesale, UCLA chancellor emeritus and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and public policy, as a new member. He is among 68 new members and nine foreign associates chosen for this top honor this year, the NAE announced today (Feb.