The Los Angeles Times featured research by USC Price Research Professor Adam Rose and colleagues, finding that an earthquake shutting down water delivery from Northern California could devastate L.A.'s economy. "There are a couple of different ways to deal with this," Rose said, stressing the need to protect the California Aqueduct at its source and to invest in alternative water supply sources, storage and desalination.
The Los Angeles Times featured research by USC Price Research Professor Adam Rose and colleagues, finding that an earthquake shutting down water delivery from Northern California could devastate L.A.'s economy. "There are a couple of different ways to deal with this," Rose said, stressing the need to protect the California Aqueduct at its source and to invest in alternative water supply sources, storage and desalination.
USC Price School of Public Policy students who took part in the school's China Lab presented their findings to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Port-Cities Programme working group in Paris. The presentation explored the intersection of international trade, public policy and urban planning by comparing the impacts of global goods movement in L.A. with those of China's Zhejiang Province.
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy's Noah Dormady, Adam Rose and Dan Wei in October received the first Outstanding Economic Analysis Award from Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI). The award was given in recognition of their paper, "Regional macroeconomic assessment of the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan," published in the journal, Regional Science: Policy and Practice.
The Riverside Press Enterprise highlighted a documentary about the housing crisis, based on the dissertation project that USC alumnus Imran Farooq did while at the USC Price School. The documentary looks at ways to help neighborhoods devastated by foreclosures, following Farooq's community revitalization efforts in San Bernardino, Fontana, Bloomington and other areas.
American Public Media's "Marketplace" interviewed Bonnie Reiss, global director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, housed at the Price School, about California's climate change law.
SmartPlanet highlighted an op-ed by USC Price Professor Richard Little of the USC Price School about the privatization of water.
Live Science quoted Price Research Professor Hilda Blanco in a story on the rapid expansion of urban development. "Urbanization has been neglected as a factor in deforestation and degradation and their contribution to carbon emissions. The projections are pretty sobering," she said. Blanco directs the Center for Sustainable Cities at USC, the story noted.
Over the summer, dozens of students from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy went the extra mile through internships and international lab experiences across the globe. Price students took part in International labs in Brazil and China; worked with key organizations like the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Hong Kong-America Center, Shanghai Center for Sustainability; and interned at the U.S. State Department in Armenia.
A contingent of professors, researchers and alumni from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy visited Sao Paulo in August to participate in a two-day workshop on metropolitan development. The group from USC Price shared experiences and research regarding land use, transportation planning, housing, economic development and infrastructure with local academics and officials from the state government. The workshop was an outgrowth of Dean Jack H. Knott's visit to Brazil in December, when he met with Edson Aparecido, secretary of metropolitan development for the State of San Paulo.
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy's first two social innovation interns blurred the lines between local and global arenas by serving refugees and other residents of San Diego's City Heights neighborhood. The internships were organized and funded by the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, which promotes sustainable community development in City Heights and underserved urban areas.
Indi-West featured the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy at the USC Price School, which was announced in early August by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and USC President C. L. Max Nikias. Schwarzenegger will head the institute's board of advisers, which will also include Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, chair of the 2007 Nobel Peace Price-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand ) quoted USC Price Research Professor Hilda Blanco, interim director of the Center for Sustainable Cities, about California law regarding greenhouse gas emissions.
Laurie Nijaki, 26, earned her Ph.D. in policy, planning and development from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in May. But already, she's made significant contributions in the field of sustainability -- and has plans to do more. This September, Nijaki will begin a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, widely considered the most prestigious postdoctoral opportunity in sustainability in the United States.
Three USC Sol Price School of Public Policy MPP graduates will spend their upcoming year working toward a healthier future for people and the planet thanks to the Clinton-Orfalea Fellowships. Allison Kwan will apply her talents to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which aims to eliminate childhood obesity and promote healthy habits. Kerem Yilmaz will work for the Clinton Climate Initiative, which is currently partnering with the C40 Climate Leadership Group to help large cities reduce their carbon emissions. And, Kathryn Urquhart will also work for the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Faculty at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy hosted a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) between May 29 and June 1 to share their research on how to develop technically feasible, politically viable and cost-effective climate strategies. The event was coordinated by USC Price Assistant Research Professor Dan Wei and USC Price Research Professor Adam Rose in conjunction with the Center for Climate Strategies. CAG is a training center for people in public service who are in mid- and high-level civil service positions at the national, provincial, and municipal levels in China.
With more than half of the world's population now living in cities, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy believed it was time to address the challenges of urbanization. To that end, USC Price dean Jack H. Knott moderated the discussion "Cities of the Future: Community, Creativity, Culture and Technology" on April 23. The panel featured Michael Antonovich, Los Angeles County supervisor; Hilda Blanco, USC Price research professor and interim director of the Center for Sustainable Cities; Hsi-Wei Chou, former governor of Taipei County, Taiwan; and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, USC Price associate professor.
USC's Center for Sustainable Cities commemorated Earth Day with a forum to discuss the progress and challenges in meeting California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), key legislation that set an aggressive target of increasing renewable energy resources to 33 percent of total procurement by 2020. Energy company representatives joined academic researchers on April 25 for two panel discussions on how electric service providers will reach the state's ambitious requirement.
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy was well represented at the American Planning Association's national planning conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 14-17. To coincide with the conference, David Sloane, professor and director of undergraduate programs for USC Price, edited the book Planning Los Angeles, published by the American Planning Association, using contributions from many USC Price faculty and alumni to catalog the history and trends that impact planning in the city.
United Press International featured research by Adam Rose of the USC Price School about the potential effects of a dirty bomb on Los Angeles. The study found that such a terrorist attack could have a decade-long impact and cost the city nearly $16 billion. The research focused on the psychological effects of a dirty bomb attack. "The economic effects of the public's change in behavior are 15 times more costly than the immediate damage in the wake of a disaster," Rose said. The study was also covered by the Huffington Post, KPCC-FM, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, and KNX-AM.
The Los Angeles Times quoted USC Price Distinguished Fellow Stan Ross, chairman the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, about possible real estate or media development in Chavez Ravine.
Rapid urbanization has created a need for sustainable funding and financial strategy for infrastructure renewal in China, said Richard Little, a senior fellow at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, in a seminar offered on March 7 by USC Price and the METRANS Transportation Center. In 1980, China's population was just 20 percent urbanized. Today, that number has reached about 50 percent. To support this unprecedented growth, the country has invested enormous sums to provide transportation, power, communications, sanitation and other basic infrastructure.
U.S. News & World Report featured several USC schools and programs in its 2013 edition of "Best Graduate Schools." The USC Price School was ranked No. 4 for Health Policy and Management; No. 6 in Public Affairs, up from No. 7 last year; No. 6 for Public Management Administration; No. 7 for City Management and Urban Policy; No. 7 for Nonprofit Management; No. 9 in Social Policy; No. 12 for Public Policy Analysis; and No. 21 for Public Finance and Budgeting.
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy advanced its work of "shaping the world" during Dean Jack H. Knott's recent trip to Israel. Knott traveled in the company of USC leaders, including President C. L. Max Nikias. During the trip, Knott forged relationships with policymakers, as well as representatives from top educational institutions, to create new opportunities for collaboration. He signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel's first private college.
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy was among several USC schools and programs that ascended in the latest national rankings released by U.S. News & World Report . The Price School climbed to sixth place (from seventh in 2008) in the newest edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" for public affairs.
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy professor Peter Gordon formally began his one-year term as president of the Western Regional Science Association last month during the association's 51st annual meeting in Kauai, Hawaii. Founded in 1961, the WRSA is an international multidisciplinary group of university scholars and government and private-sector practitioners dedicated to the scientific analysis of regions. At the annual banquet luncheon, Gordon delivered his presidential address titled "Thinking About Economic Growth."
Genevieve Giuliano, professor and transportation researcher at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award, an honor that includes two Nobel Prize winners among its past recipients, from the Transportation Research Forum. Giuliano, senior associate dean of research and technology at USC Price, is the first woman to receive the award in its 35-year history.
Nuclear power produces about 20 percent of the electricity in the United States, and it's an increasingly important part of the overall energy supply mix. Still, the 2012 presidential candidates aren't likely to mention it during their campaigns, according to Detlof von Winterfeldt, professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, who recently completed a three-year appointment as director of Austria's International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, which explores issues of nuclear power.
Matthew Kahn proudly calls himself a "free market environmentalist." During his recent talk on "China's Future Green Cities" at Lewis Hall, he explained the moniker as part of the Urban Growth Seminar Series hosted by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Center for Sustainable Cities. Kahn, a professor at UCLA, began his talk with the idea that the world's population is urbanizing. China is following this global trend, with half of its denizens now living in cities. This has led to some widely recognized sustainability challenges. According to the World Bank, China has some of the planet's most polluted cities, Kahn noted.
The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a Q&A with USC Price Senior Fellow William Fulton about the "smart growth" planning concept, and noted that he was mayor of the city of Ventura.
City planners long have debated how to get people on their feet and cars off the road. But encouraging urban dwellers to go pedestrian could require different strategies depending on their attitudes toward walking, according to USC Sol Price School of Public Policy professor Marlon Boarnet. The research comes at a time when scholars from multiple disciplines tout the value of walking for health and environmental benefits as much as to alleviate congestion.
The Whittier Daily News quoted USC Price Senior Fellow Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about voter attitudes toward redevelopment agencies.
Leaders from government, business, academia, media and the community recently met at USC to discuss the state's energy future in a forum titled "Powering California." The November forum focused on California's increasing energy needs, the viability of various sources to meet those demands and the impact of energy development on growing the state's economy. The event was a joint effort by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, The Communications Institute and Sandia National Laboratories.
The Center for Sustainable Cities, housed within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, held its inaugural forum on climate change last month. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board, offered the keynote address on the role of cities in mitigating climate change. USC Price professor Dan Mazmanian, director of the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise and a member of the executive committee of the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, and Con Howe, managing director of CityView and a member of the latter center's advisory board, moderated a discussion following the speech.
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development students learned about the latest privately built apartment complex intended for USC students as part of SPPD's Fell Undergraduate Student Conversation series last month. Con Howe, managing director of developer CityView and adjunct faculty member at SPPD, provided the details on the development of West 27th Place, which puts the luxury amenities usually reserved for apartments downtown just a short bike ride down the Figueroa corridor from the University Park campus.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development brought its international expertise to the table at the 2011 USC Global Conference, held Oct. 13-15 in Hong Kong. SPPD faculty joined business experts to discuss issues of worldwide significance at the three-day event. "Most of the issues we deal with -- from health care to urban development to the environment -- don't occur just in the United States but around the world," said SPPD Jack Knott. "We incorporate that global perspective as an integral fabric into everything we do at the school."
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) has a mission to "shape the world," and more than 60 students spent their summers putting these words into action in Brazil, China, Bolivia and Australia.
From the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina to this year's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the last decade has shown that disasters -- whether natural or man-made -- are inevitable and that the next one is coming soon. USC hosted the second annual International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) conference, "Reframing Disasters and Reflecting on Risk Governance Deficits," which was co-sponsored by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and CREATE Homeland Security Center.
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Martin Krieger peered at the screen and saw 20 to 30 images of his heart from all different angles. It was three years ago during an echocardiogram. And it was the technology of medical tomography -- imaging multiple slices of an organ from various points of view -- that gave him the idea of how to tie together the photographic and aural documentation he had been doing of Los Angeles since 1997. The result is his new book, Urban Tomographies.
CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV interviewed SPPD Adjunct Professor Errol Southers about al Qaeda plans to target train systems in the United States. Southers is the associate director of the USC CREATE Homeland Security Center.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development gave new meaning to the words "travel planning" during the recent international planning studios in India and Argentina. Led by Tridib Banerjee, SPPD professor and director of graduate programs in urban planning, the two studios gave students an opportunity to put theory into practice, collaborating to address real-world planning challenges in international settings.
Seventy-nine students from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development spent their spring break working with government agencies, nonprofits or consulting firms through the school's Externship Program. SPPD's Office of Career Services matches students with host organizations nationwide based on their skills and interests. They work on substantive projects and gaining real-world exposure to jobs relevant to their studies.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Gujarat and the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University in India to establish a long-term institutional partnership in education and research.
USC's Center for Sustainable Cities -- housed at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development -- launched its newly redesigned Web site: http://sustainablecities.usc.edu.
The Huffington Post featured work by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development doctoral student Imran Farooq, who for his doctoral thesis worked to rehabilitate an underserved San Bernardino neighborhood, utilizing local community vendors and integrating environmentally sustainable building principles. "My goal is to create a model of neighborhood rehabilitation, anchored around private partnerships that can be used to stabilize neighborhoods affected by foreclosures," Farooq said.
The Christian Science Monitor quoted SPPD Research Professor Adam Rose about the impact of the recent earthquake and tsunami on Japan's economy. Rose is the coordinator for economics at the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events.
The Riverside Press Enterprise featured work by SPPD doctoral student Imran Farooq, who for his doctoral thesis worked to rehabilitate an underserved San Bernardino neighborhood, utilizing local community vendors and integrating environmentally sustainable building principles. Farooq said he hopes the project will serve as a model for other Inland neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures. The Press Enterprise also ran a video story featuring the work.
A hurricane-like superstorm expected to hit California once every 200 years would cause devastation to the state's businesses unheard of even in the Great Recession, a USC economist warns. Researchers estimate the total property damage and business interruption costs of the massive rainstorm would be nearly $1 trillion. USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development research professor Adam Rose calculated that the lost production of goods and services alone would be $627 billion of the total over five years.
A delegation of USC leaders led by president C. L. Max Nikias is visiting India to build relationships with civic, academic and corporate leaders. In New Delhi on Feb. 24, counter-terrorism expert and SPPD research professor Stephen Hora will lecture on "Science as the Ultimate Weapon in the War on Terror." A noted researcher with more than two decades of experience in risk analysis, Hora directs the Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).
Los Angeles Downtown News highlighted a USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development event on the importance of public parks.
Erroll Southers, associate director of USC's National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, delivered the keynote speech at the fifth annual Global Security Leadership Summit in New Delhi, India. Speaking before an audience that included academics and government officials from Asia, Europe and Africa, Southers addressed the topics of terrorism and global security. Southers, MPA '98, is an adjunct professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
Stephen Hora, director of the USC Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), has been named to a National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements scientific committee. He attended the committee's first meeting Dec. 9 and 10. Hora is a research professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
RedOrbit featured an upcoming USC Center for Sustainable Cities event, at which Daniel Mazmanian of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development will present a report on climate change adaptation.
The State of California's advisory panel on climate change adaptation, led by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Daniel Mazmanian, recently released the report "Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change - A Strategy for California." Mazmanian, the holder of SPPD's Bedrosian Chair in Governance, whose research and teaching focus largely on environmental policy, served as co-director for the Pacific Council on International Policy's Task Force on Adaptation to Climate Change and helped draft the council's 71-page report.
The Los Angeles Times reported that SPPD Professor Daniel Mazmanian was co-director of a new Pacific Council report on climate change, and quoted him about the report. Mazmanian directs the USC Bedrosian Center for Governance and the Public Enterprise.
The failed Al Qaeda attempt to blow up U.S.-bound cargo planes in October could be part of a terrorist strategy to move to more small-scale attacks, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said Sept. 4 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series offered by USC's National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).
The National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) was awarded a new $15.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CREATE, established in 2004 at USC as the first DHS Center of Excellence, will continue to improve the nation's security by evaluating the risks, costs and consequences of terrorism, and by helping to guide cost-effective investments in homeland security. The center is affiliated with the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Viterbi School of Engineering.
The Laist cited USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Professor James Moore about an environmental impact report which found that the Subway to the Sea project would not relieve congestion in Los Angeles' Westside.
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed SPPD and USC Viterbi Professor James Moore about the recent natural gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif. The Orange County Register also quoted Moore.
The Los Angeles Times quoted USC faculty James Moore (SPPD, Viterbi) and Jean-Pierre Bardet (Viterbi) about the recent natural gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif. Moore was quoted in a second article in the L.A. Times.
New greenhouse gas emissions policies at the federal level could generate as many as 2.5 million new jobs and $134 billion in economic activity in the United States while keeping energy costs down, according to a new report from the Center for Climate Strategies published jointly with Johns Hopkins University and co-written by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development research professor Adam Rose.
The Saigon Times (Vietnam) reported that SPPD Professor Eric Heikkila participated in a roundtable focused on master planning for Vietnam's new Hiep Phuoc-Nha Be Port urban area and District 6. Viet Nam News (Vietnam) also covered the story.
A study in the latest issue of the Journal of American Planning Association concludes that contrary to current thinking, exposure to poor air quality is higher in compact U.S. regions than in sprawled locations. The study is authored by Lisa Schweitzer, associate professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
Fifteen senior-ranking officials from Vietnam's Ministry of Planning and Investment met with faculty from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development in May to discuss prospective collaborations in education and research. "They are seeking partnerships for developing courses and programs in public administration, public finance, project management and other topics related to regional economic development in Vietnam," said SPPD Senior Associate Dean Genevieve Giuliano.
The Modesto Bee cited research by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development graduate student Tiffany Chao, who produced a study with two colleagues on suburban infill development that included a case study on Modesto. The study recommends incentives for infill development as opposed to sprawl, the story noted.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development won an award from the American Planning Association's technology division for its "Multimedia Boot Camp" class, taught by professor Martin Krieger. The award recognizes the most effective use of teaching with technology in preparing future planners for professional work.
At the fourth annual Department of Homeland Security University Network Summit, USC experts from the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) impressed the homeland security community with what director Stephen Hora called "academic research that produces boots on the ground solutions." Hora is a research professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
The Center for Sustainable Cities and its affiliated Sustainable Cities Graduate Certificate Program have been transferred from USC College to the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, where it will continue to engage in multidisciplinary research and education on one of the most pressing issues of our time: the environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges facing metropolitan regions.
In recent weeks, Scripps Health president and CEO Chris Van Gorder, an alumnus of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, has led two trips to Haiti to help the victims of the earthquake. "The damage was much worse than I anticipated," said Van Gorder, MPA '86. "Just like everyone else, I watched all the major news stations, but that doesn't prepare you for the wide scope of devastation."
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development research professor Adam Rose and postdoctoral research associate Dan Wei have found that the implementation of the Michigan Climate Action Plan could do more than battle global warming. It could also give a much-needed boost to the state's economy -- creating a projected net increase of 129,000 jobs, a $25 billion net gain in the Gross State Product.
Daniel Mazmanian, holder of the Bedrosian Chair in Governance at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, will lead the Task Force on California's Adaptation to Climate Change, a new statewide advisory panel created by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This fall, leaders from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development headed to Foshan, China, to foster dialogue and advance the school's longstanding commitment to global outreach. SPPD cooperated with the World Bank to create an "Urban River Transformation" forum hosted by the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development and Foshan Municipality in China's Guangdong province.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little in a story about slow progress on green jobs in California, despite targeted federal stimulus funding. The real effect will probably be seen in the first quarter of 2010, as projects move from the planning stage to implementation, said Little, who directs the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy.
The New York Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little about the new water package that would lead to a sweeping overhaul the state's troubled water system. "This is the most comprehensive water resources action that California has taken since the state water project in the '60s," Little said. "First of all, there is so much in it. And for the first time, they are tying ecosystem enhancement and environmental restoration directly to the infrastructure. Before, we always planned the projects and then mitigated the impacts. Now it is all on co-equal footing." The Riverside Press-Enterprise also quoted Little on the subject.
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development alumna Anupama Mann recently received the Gill-Chin Lim Award for the best dissertation on international planning for her thesis, "A Megaproject Matrix: Ideology, Discourse and Regulation in the Delhi Metro Rail." The award is given by the Global Planners Educators Interest Group at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
The USC Center for Economic Development was awarded a two-year $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to broaden the scope of the center's applied research and outreach initiatives. The center is housed at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
Ed Roski Jr., chairman and CEO of Majestic Realty Co. and president of the USC Board of Trustees, gave a behind-the-scenes look at the proposed NFL stadium during a special event presented by the SPPD Athenian Society at Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry. The Athenian Society is the premiere donor group of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
The New York Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development in an article on recent water main breaks around Los Angeles. "I am one person who thinks there is something odd going on here," Little said, referring to a theory that fluctuations in water pressure related to the city's conservation efforts could be putting added stress on the city's pipelines. Little is director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy.
MSNBC quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little about water main breaks in Los Angeles. The story cites changes in water use resulting from rationing rules as a possible cause. "Potentially it could cause a surge in flow," Little said. "Couple that together with old brittle pipes and that's not a good recipe." This was an Associated Press story. Little is director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little and Jean-Pierre Bardet of the USC Viterbi School about recent water main breaks around Los Angeles. Little and Bardet theorize that the city's watering restrictions, limiting watering to two specific days a week, may have something to do with the breaks. "As Sherlock Holmes used to say, when you eliminate everything, whatever is left is the reason... . If the pipe wasn't bad, and it [wasn't seismic activity] and it wasn't a funky contractor, well, what you've changed is this twice-a-week surge flow because of watering restrictions," said Little, director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy. Bardet began informally consulting with Department of Water and Power officials last week on the water main problem, the story reported. Bardet said that rationing should be examined, but questioned why other cities with similar programs haven't seen a surge in blowouts. Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV and ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV also covered the story.
Richard Callahan, associate dean and director of leadership programs at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, has been appointed to a newly formed advisory board for the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control.
More than 160 leading experts, ranging from USC faculty to government officials and business executives, gathered at USC to address pressing infrastructure challenges facing the Southwest Megaregion, which encompasses Southern California and portions of Nevada and Northern Baja, Mexico. The conference was part of an America 2050 forum, sponsored by the Regional Plan Association, the USC Bedrosian Center and the USC Keston Institute.
As the U.S. Congress considers enacting historic "cap and trade" legislation, a new book by research professor Adam Rose provides valuable lessons and reference points in evaluating the economic impacts of climate change policy. Rose is considered to be one of the preeminent scholars in the field, and the book - The Economics of Climate Change Policy: International, National and Regional Mitigation Strategies - represents much of his 20 years of research and involvement in policy design on the many aspects of the subject.
Congressional Quarterly quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch about Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has adopted a conciliatory approach in order to push a climate change initiative. "She cannot do it alone," Jeffe said. "Rightly or wrongly - and there may be some sexism in this - Boxer doesn't always radiate the image of a team player. To be an iconic figure of the left and to be perceived as not being flexible enough to be a team player is not a good thing."
Reuters noted that SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little spoke at the Reuters Infrastructure Summit about a possible national infrastructure bond fund. Little's idea for such a fund seemed odd to officials in Washington a year ago, he said. Now they are giving it a second look, in light of the trillions of dollars in infrastructure work the U.S. may require in coming decades, Little added. "Why not create a vehicle where the federal government could issue infrastructure bonds?"
More than a decade ago, when sustainability issues were still a specialized curiosity, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Daniel Mazmanian turned his attention to the emergence of locally-based environmental policies in several communities and regions across the nation.
Appearing on a panel at the Financial Times' Asia Infrastructure Summit, Richard Little addressed the question of whether private investment in infrastructure could be Asia's highway to economic growth. Little is a senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy.
Adam Rose, research professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and coordinator for economics at the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), was appointed in March to the committee on National Earthquake Resilience - Research, Implementation, and Outreach. The committee is part of the National Research Council, which operates under the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
According to the NAS, the committee aims to develop a viable "road map" for earthquake hazard and risk reduction in the United States. The project is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The road map will be framed around the "objectives for achieving national earthquake resilience in public safety and economic security stated in the ... strategic plan of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) submitted to Congress in 2008," the NAS Web site states.
One of the committee's specific goals is to host a national workshop centered on evaluating the basic and applied research, seismic monitoring, knowledge transfer, implementation, education, and outreach activities needed to achieve national earthquake resilience over a 20-year period.
Dr. Rose joins 10 other leading national scholars in the area of natural hazards. His expertise in the area of disasters includes modeling the economic consequence of natural hazards and terrorism, resilience and mitigation.
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Los Angeles' "transportation transformation" was the subject of a recent panel discussion hosted by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The event took place at the downtown headquarters of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). It was the third event in the SPPD Dean's Speaker series, which has focused on the revitalization of Los Angeles.
With cargo flow down about one-third since last year, port stakeholders packed the 10th METRANS Town Hall meeting on March 11 in Long Beach. More than 1,000 people, including longshore workers, terminal operators, logistics providers and elected officials, attended the event. The topic was how to make the San Pedro Bay ports competitive and protect high-paying local jobs.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Adjunct Professor Michael Woo about how rising sea levels could affect California. "The rising sea level could be California's version of Hurricane Katrina," Woo said. "Taxpayers and insurance ratepayers might question their responsibility to help homeowners and businesses which knowingly build in high-risk coastal areas," he noted. Woo is a Los Angeles planning commissioner, the story reported.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the World Bank signed an agreement designed to merge scholarly research and specific program initiatives to address sustainable development in the East Asia and Pacific Region. The signing ceremony took place during a conference in Washington, D.C., focusing on challenges facing megacities in the developing world.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development marked its 80th anniversary by hosting a special colloquium Jan. 16 at the Davidson Conference Center. During the conference, Dean Jack H. Knott noted that SPPD remains dedicated to advancing academic theory and making a vital impact in the world.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development signed a formal agreement to participate in Fellows/USA, the Peace Corps' graduate fellowship program. This agreement will enable former volunteers to pursue a graduate education in public administration, public policy, urban planning, health administration and real estate development.
Taught by Professor Daniel Mazmanian, a new class at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development gave graduate students an introductory overview of key sustainability issues along with the chance to meet with environmental policymakers, chat with "green business" entrepreneurs, and measure their own carbon footprints.
The New York Times published a statement on infrastructure stimulus spending, signed by SPPD's Richard Little and Mark Pisano and 24 other infrastructure experts. "A new approach is needed that establishes a new level of accountability, transparency, and economic and environmental performance for how this country invests in infrastructure projects," the experts wrote. "We should only invest in projects that achieve job creation in the short run while creating the foundation for long-term economic success and energy independence." Little is director of the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, and Pisano is a senior fellow at SPPD.
The impact of Hurricane Katrina continues to be felt in the New Orleans region and beyond as researchers and policymakers examine what went wrong and how to deal with the effects of a similar disaster in the future. The latest contribution comes from a team of professors at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, who edited and wrote chapters for Natural Disaster Analysis After Hurricane Katrina: Risk Assessment, Economic Impacts and Social Implications.
Dr. Louise Nelson Dyble, associate director for research at the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, recently received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Michael Robinson Award for her article, "Revolt Against Sprawl: Transportation and the Origins of the Marin County Growth-Control Regime."
METRANS celebrates 10 years of research and education on metropolitan transportation. For the past decade, the center has aimed at "generating the highest quality basic and applied research," according to METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano, professor and senior associate dean at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
SPPD Associate Professor Catherine Burke wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times about improving mass transit with "podcars." These personal rapid transit vehicles would provide on-demand, private, nonstop travel on small, overhead guideways above existing roads, Burke wrote. "Podcars offer a new kind of service, providing the convenience of an auto without the negatives for the individual - costly to purchase plus high costs for gasoline, insurance, maintenance and parking. For society, podcars would reduce the use of petroleum as well as pollution, congestion, accidents, injuries and deaths," she noted. "With governments in Europe and South Korea already supporting this development, the U.S. needs to get onboard and begin test runs on the podcar designs being created in this country."
Richard Little is among panelists at a conference on sustainability at Arizona State University, a story in the Arizona Republic reported. Little directs the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, the story noted.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, was quoted in the Congressional Quarterly about congressional efforts to permit offshore oil drilling. Relentless Republican attacks on Democrats regarding the issue have hurt Democrats, who have been slow to counter them, Jeffe said. "It's interesting to me that it's taken so long [for Democrats] to figure out how to come back on this without giving in on offshore drilling," she said.
Research Centers and Groups
METRANS is a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center. It is a joint partnership of USC and California State University, Long Beach. Its mission is to solve transportation problems in large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. Its four areas of focus are goods movement and international trade; urban mobility; transportation infrastructure and finance; and safety, security, and vulnerability.
Affiliated with both SPPD and the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Lusk Center conducts a broad array of research activities, conferences, forums, published reports, and educational programs. Established in the early 1980s, the center addresses issues and opportunities in real estate, development, planning, infrastructure, and finance in the new arena where public, private, and nonprofit interests converge. The Lusk Center also houses the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.
The National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) is an interdisciplinary national research center based at USC and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CREATE's mission is to improve our nation's security through the development of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs, and consequences of terrorism and to guide economically viable investments in homeland security.