On April 24, 2019, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs marked its 25th anniversary with the inaugural convening of a research-informed, cross-sector conversation about the major issues facing the Los Angeles region, “Luskin Summit 2019: Livable L.A.”
Congresswoman Karen Bass, who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011, provided the keynote address. She said that “Democrats and Republicans actually do work together” in the nation’s capital. “We don’t hate each other.”
Providing a framework for the day’s discussions was the unveiling of the fourth Quality of Life Index, a project at UCLA Luskin that is supported by The California Endowment under the direction of longtime Los Angeles political stalwart Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative. The survey asks county residents to rate their quality of life in a range of categories and to answer questions about important issues facing them and the region.
The half-day conference featured a cross-section of elected officials (including several mayors from Los Angeles-area cities), decision-makers in government and business, UCLA scholars, civic leaders and difference-makers in the nonprofit and philanthropic spheres.
A panel discussion about civic issues was moderated by Adrienne Alpert of ABC7 in Los Angeles. It featured:
- Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy – Burbank
- Mayor Thomas Small – Culver City
- Mayor James Butts – Inglewood
- Mayor Tim Sandoval – Pomona