From USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack H. Knott: Dear Price community, it is with deep sadness that I inform you that our colleague and friend, Ki Suh Park, passed away at his home earlier this week after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Ki Suh was a valued and respected member of our school's Board of Councilors, serving as a trusted advisor and close friend... Los Angeles has lost someone very special. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
From USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack H. Knott: Dear Price community, it is with deep sadness that I inform you that our colleague and friend, Ki Suh Park, passed away at his home earlier this week after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Ki Suh was a valued and respected member of our school's Board of Councilors, serving as a trusted advisor and close friend... Los Angeles has lost someone very special. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, called his recent trip to Asia "one of the most exciting I've ever undertaken." Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 4, he visited China, India and Hong Kong to advance the school's mission of shaping -- and being shaped by -- the world. "These are very important countries to Los Angeles, to USC and to the Price School," he said. "I was really impressed by the range of people that we were able to meet and the relationships that we solidified, as well as initiated."
When it came to the 2012-13 California Planning Foundation scholarships, eight proved to be the lucky number for the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy's master of planning students. "Eight winners is a wonderful achievement," said Professor Marlon Boarnet. "Our graduate students are among the most competitive in the state -- and this is another indication." Established by the APA's California chapter, the foundation provides scholarships and awards to in-state university students who demonstrate talent, motivation and academic excellence.
Palos Verdes Peninsula News featured USC Price Senior Fellow Frank Zerunyan's family history of civic participation. Zerunyan is the mayor of Rolling Hills Estates and director of executive education at the USC Price Schoo
The Sacramento Bee reported that USC Price School of Public Policy alumnus Jay Hansen was appointed to the Sacramento City Unified School District. Hansen is the chief strategy officer for the California Medical Association, the story noted. He graduated with his MPA in 1998, and currently serves on the advisory board for the USC Price School's State Capital Center.
Genevieve Giuliano, senior associate dean at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and director of the METRANS Transportation Center, discussed changes in federal transportation policy during the Eno Center for Transportation's 15th annual policy forum in Denver. The Eno Center is a nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based think tank that promotes policy innovation and provides professional development opportunities in the transportation field. "The federal role is changing in really fundamental ways, and I'm not sure this is being done in any deliberate way," Giuliano said.
The Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise launched its new "Lunch with a Leader" series, aimed at providing a small group of USC students the opportunity to engage with state and national leaders to discuss issues of governance and policy implementation. "Our goal is to have a series of small events where we have real, in-depth conversation," said USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Professor Raphael Bostic, director of the Bedrosian Center.
Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, will serve as president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the organization announced on Nov. 28. NASPAA is an international membership organization of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs and is the recognized accreditor of master's programs in public affairs.
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.
When October's Superstorm Sandy knocked out power in parts of Torrington, Conn., Mayor Ryan Bingham -- a student in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy's online MPA program -- used social media to communicate with his residents. Through social media, he said, you "can speak directly to people, and they can speak directly to you."
By all measures, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy experienced a historic year. And on the evening of Nov. 13, the Price School commemorated its accomplishments, honored its supporters, and looked toward the future by announcing the launch of its $150 million fundraising initiative. More than 400 guests attended a festive gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel for the USC Price Guardian Awards & Campaign Celebration. With this initiative, the school aims to become a global center for public policy, planning and development in the urban 21st Century.
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NBC News interviewed Robert Kirkland of the USC Price School about past American generals who had extramarital affairs. Kirkland is a military historian, the story noted. Kirkland was also quoted by the Daily Mail (U.K.).
Imran Farooq DPPD '11 proved that he was ready for his close-up during the Oct. 24 broadcast of SOS: Sustaining Our Society, a PBS documentary based on his USC Sol Price School of Public Policy dissertation. The documentary -- available for viewing online -- demonstrates how Farooq used private investment to acquire and rehabilitate an abandoned, foreclosed property and improve the surrounding neighborhood block in the 62nd Assembly District, an area hard hit by the housing crisis in San Bernardino, Calif. It's also the region where Farooq grew up and the place that he still calls home.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias is pleased to announce a $25 million gift from Leonard D. Schaeffer, the Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor at USC, to endow and support the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. The gift bolsters the university's commitment to using rigorous research to develop policy solutions, including controlling health care costs and improving patient outcomes in the United States and worldwide. Established in 2009, the Schaeffer Center is jointly housed in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Pharmacy.
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.
NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger, who spoke about the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy's bipartisan mission. The Morning Sun mentioned the institute as well.
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Professor Janet Denhardt, DPA '91, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in recognition of her exemplary professional accomplishments in teaching, research and public service. Denhardt, the inaugural holder of the Chester A. Newland Professorship of Public Administration at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento, will be formally inducted next month at the academy's national conference in Washington, D.C.
The USC Alumni Association (USCAA) celebrated one of the university's most precious assets -- the alumni volunteers, organizations and friends who dedicate their time, energy and expertise to support the advancement of USC -- at the 2012 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Sept. 21. Among the honorees was James Lewis '97, who serves on the USCAA Board of Governors and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Leadership Council.
Jewish Journal covered the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy's inaugural symposium, attended by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story noted that Schwarzenegger hopes to support bipartisan solutions to civic problems through the institute. "Political courage is not political suicide," Schwarzenegger said.
The Los Angeles Times noted Schwarzenegger holds the position of Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, and that his institute is dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to civic problems. "If a soldier can risk his life for his country, why isn't a politician willing to risk his office for making the right decision?" Schwarzenegger said during one panel. "The purpose of this is to give people a chance to see what our institute is all about. And it's really about trying to foster post-partisanship," Nancy Staudt of the USC Price School, academic director of the institute, told NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV. "We see the institute as a way to move ahead with a lot of the important initiatives that he continued or began as governor," said Bonnie Reiss of the USC Price School, global director of the institute. Kevin Starr of the USC Dornsife College said that a university environment brings out sides of people that aren't usually seen in normal political discourse. The symposium was covered in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Guardian (U.K), Asian News International, the Daily Beast, the Scripps Howard News Service, GlobalPost, the Star-Tribune, KPCC-FM, ABC News, Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, two NBC Los Angeles stories (second article), Variety, Deadline Hollywood, and LA Observed.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hosted the official launching of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy on Sept. 24 with a daylong symposium that brought together prominent leaders in government and entertainment. The event drew nearly 1,000 attendees to USC, along with approximately 30 national and international news media outlets. The Schwarzenegger Institute is housed at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
The Washington Times featured the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy's inaugural symposium, which will take place September 24. The institute, announced at the USC Price School last month, is a think tank dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to civic problems. "During my time as governor of California, I learned that the best solutions to the challenges we face come only when all sides are willing to meet in the middle and engage respectfully," former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. The story noted that participants will include Sen. John McCain, former Govs. Charlie Crist and Bill Richardson, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and director James Cameron. The event was also covered by Deadline Hollywood.
Three students in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy were immersed in the world of nonprofit educational organizations in Los Angeles this summer, gaining valuable experience and direction for their futures while contributing to educational advancement. Jessica Papia MPP '12, Amira Resnick and Diana Wiley were among 321 graduate students and early career professionals nationwide who were awarded 10-week fellowships by Education Pioneers, an organization that seeks to improve and revamp K-12 education.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, is heading the blue ribbon panel of poets and literary scholars that will select L.A.'s first poet laureate. "The major reason why you create a poet laureateship is to symbolize the importance of reading and writing literature in a free society," Gioia said. He told KPCC-FM that the panel is looking for a fine writer with a true commitment to community service.
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 York Times featured the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, co-founded by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the USC Price School. The story reported that Schwarzenegger will head the institute's board of advisers, which will include former Mexican President Vicente Fox. The institute will focus on finding bipartisan solutions to civic problems, including education, energy and environmental issues. Schwarzenegger will hold the position of Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, named after the only other immigrant governor of California, John G. Downey. "From the time we immigrated here we always thought about what can we do for the state of California," Schwarzenegger said.
The New York Observer featured the new USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, co-founded by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the USC Price School. The story noted that Schwarzenegger will be the inaugural holder of the position of Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC.
USA Today covered the new USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, co-founded by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the USC Price School. Notimex (Mexico) reported that former Mexican President Vicente Fox is a collaborating partner in the institute. The institute was also covered by Los Angeles Magazine , Reuters , American Public Media , American Public Media's "Marketplace," L.A. Observed , NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, NBC News San Francisco affiliate KNTV-TV, RTT News , the Los Angeles Daily News , and the Guardian Express .
The Washington Post featured the new USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, co-founded by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the USC Price School. Schwarzenegger has committed to funding the institute with a $20 million gift, the story reported. NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran an op-ed endorsing the new institute. "Universities all over the world would have happily grabbed him, and USC did L.A. a public service by keeping him at home," wrote author and scholar Joe Matthews. "Schwarzenegger should be able to draw speakers and thinkers and students and money to L.A. that otherwise might not have come." The institute was also covered by a second story in the Washington Post, the Guardian (U.K), Wiener Zeitung (Austria), Politiken (Denmark), JydskeVestkysten (Denmark) , ANSA (Italy), Lenta (Russia), RT(Russia) , Antara (Indonesia), Slate , Reuters , Asian News International , the San Francisco Chronicle , Voice of America , CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV, two stories in the Sacramento Bee ( second story ), and the Los Angeles Business
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the new USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, co-founded by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a commitment of $20 million. The Los Angeles Times reported that Schwarzenegger will be named the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at the institute and will serve as chair of its board. The institute, devoted to finding bipartisan solutions to policy problems, will be housed within the USC Price School and will have the school's Nancy Staudt as academic director and the school's Bonnie Reiss as global director. "We're very excited about this because USC has had a deep commitment to civic engagement, especially with the Sol Price school, with a lot of different programs over the years locally, nationally and internationally," said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. "This is something I'm very passionate about, and I'll be involved in bringing talent from around the world to USC to do lectures and seminars," Schwarzenegger said. "Its guiding principles and focus reflect our school's mission," USC Price School Dean Jack H. Knott told City News Service . The news was also covered by the Washington Post, the The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Inside Higher Ed , the San Francisco Chronicle, United Press International , KPCC-FM's "Air Talk," another KPCC-FM story, La Opinion, the Daily Caller , and The Wrap .
NPR News' "Morning Edition" highlighted recent USC Price School graduates LaMikia Castillo and Julia Capizzi as part of a new, "global" generation that is changing the American dream. They are more diverse, worldly and interested in traveling internationally than their parents, the story reported. In many cases, they're more interested in helping others than in their own advancement. "My American dream is for other people to be able to achieve whatever it is they would like to achieve," Castillo said. "It's more about trying to make a difference in the world." Capizzi said part of her dream is being willing to travel anywhere to achieve her goals and explore the globe. "The larger world is an extension of me, so I feel an obligation to know what that is. Otherwise I feel like I'm walking around with blinders on."
Past presidents of the Korean Social Science Research Council include some of South Korea's highest-ranking officials -- among them, a former chairperson of the civil service commission, a former deputy prime minister of education and human resources development, and even the country's former prime minister. Now, a USC alumnus holds the position. Yong-duck Jung, who received his PhD in public administration from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in 1981, took over as president of the research council in January.
The Los Angeles Business Journal reported that Scott Evans has been appointed CEO of the USC Norris Cancer Hospital and Keck Hospital of USC. Evans had been the interim CEO of the two hospitals. Evans, who is currently in the Price School's Executive Master of Health Administration program, has been a USC hospital administrator since 2004. "We are confident that Scott's experience, foresight, commitment and vision will build our hospitals' reputation as leading, innovative and patient-driven facilities," said Tom Jackiewicz, CEO and senior vice president of USC Health. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune also covered the news.
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.
Scott Evans, who has served in leadership roles at USC hospitals for a decade, has been named the new CEO of Keck Hospital of USC and the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, both a part of the Keck Medical Center of USC. Evans has been at the forefront of numerous milestone achievements, including USC's historic purchase of both hospitals from Tenet Healthcare Corp., major improvements to hospital operations and the development of measures aimed at significantly enhancing patient care. He is currently in the Executive MHA program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
After the financial crash of 2008, Leonard Hyman developed a strong interest in economics. He decided to combine that with his longtime affinity for politics by pursuing his MPP degree from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Hyman, who graduated in May, fused these interests with his background in communications to create Crowdvocate, a novel and promising way to fund advocacy efforts for a variety of causes. It's an approach that combines crowdsourcing -- the mass solicitation of contributions online -- with crowdfunding, people pooling their money to support a cause.
From social media in Africa to "fracking" in California, the 2012 Policy Analysis Practicum challenged MPP students from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy to grapple with the most pressing issues of the day. During the practicum, small groups of MPP students worked together to put theory into practice, serving as consultants for high-profile clients and performing in-depth policy analyses of real-world issues. This year, clients included the Congressional Research Service, the RAND Corp., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, among many others.
Three members of the USC Price School of Public Policy's class of 2012 will put theory into practice in new positions at departments within the federal government. Raabia Budhwani MPA/MPL '12, Steven Shepherd MPL '12, and Robert Trombley MPP '12 have accepted high-level positions through the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program designed to groom future government leaders and administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Shepherd will serve as a housing program policy specialist the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trombley accepted an offer as a budget policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. And, Budhwani will work as a foreign affairs officer at the Department of State.
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.
USC Price alumnae Jingjie "Ginger" Li MPA '11 and Wenting Wu MPA '11 have a lot in common. "Here we have two young ladies from Shanghai who did not know each other there but were both admitted to the Master of Public Administration program at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Now they are both working for USC with important jobs helping to foster the university's global agenda," said Professor Eric Heikkila. Li has been working full-time for the USC Price Office of International Initiatives since July 2011. In May, Wu became the new associate director of the USC Shanghai Office.
Outgoing USC Alumni Association Board of Governors President Lisa Denton Barkett '81, an attorney in private practice and vice president of La Jolla, Calif.-based real estate investment firm Merjan Financial Corp., has been elected to a five-year term on the USC Board of Trustees. Barkett earned her BA from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
David Bennett '12, this year's USC Sol Price School of Public Policy valedictorian, was always a man with a plan. "It's very impressive the way that he actually constructed his USC education," said David Sloane, professor and director of undergraduate programs at USC Price. "He got himself a mentor; he got himself internships. He had a very clear plan and was able to implement that, which is nice. And then to end up where he ended up is really quite amazing."
L.A. Weekly L.A. Weekly highlighted the USC Price School's Executive Education for Local Leaders program, noting that it offers current politicians lessons in public transparency and ethics, leadership, governance and environmental policy. The program's upcoming event will include 18 mayors, mayors pro tem and council members from cities ranging from West Hollywood to Diamond Bar.
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy faculty Juliet Musso and Dana Goldman were named recipients of a 2012 USC Mellon Mentoring Award. The awards honor a select faculty for helping build a supportive academic environment at USC through faculty-to-student or faculty-to-faculty mentoring.
Will leaders, managers or analysts shape the future? This was the critical question that USC professor Leonard D. Schaeffer posed during the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy's Judge Widney Distinguished Lecture on April 10 at Doheny Memorial Library. As founding chairman and CEO of WellPoint, the nation's largest health benefits company, and a leader in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Schaeffer spoke from decades of experience
USC Price undergraduate student Mikey Geragos was sworn in as president of USC's Student Government April 3 at the USG Senate Meeting in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
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.
Representatives of county and city governments joined academic policy scholars at USC to begin a yearlong series of panel discussions exploring California's realignment of services and funds in the areas of prisoner reentry, social services and redevelopment. Titled "Shifting the Burden," the series is presented by the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, which is housed at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and the Southern California chapter of The American Society for Public Administration.
USC celebrated the life of professor Harry Pachon with a memorial symposium discussing politics and policy from a Latino perspective. Pachon, who died in November at age 66, was a pioneer in researching Latino culture and politics. He joined the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2003, bringing with him the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI). He served as president of the institute from 1993 to 2010, turning it into the nation's premier think tank on policy issues relevant to Hispanics. He also was a founding board member and executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund from 1983 to 1993.
Confetti shot through the air, the Spirit of Troy played the USC fight song and faculty, staff, students, alumni and university officials lifted two fingers in a victory salute on Feb. 7 as the university celebrated the newly named USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. USC president C. L. Max Nikias and USC Price dean Jack H. Knott were joined on stage in front of Lewis Hall by brothers Robert and Larry Price to officially announce the $50 million naming gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund to honor the life and legacy of entrepreneur and philanthropist Sol Price '36, '38.
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Hsu Jen-hui, dean of the College of Management at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, has been appointed Taiwan's deputy finance minister. Hsu, a graduate of the doctoral program at USC Price, specializes in local government finance and new institutional economics, the story noted.
During the fall, USC students who signed up for the course, "The Nonprofit Sector and the Public Interest," found themselves with $10,000 and a tough assignment. They had to give the money away to up to five deserving Los Angeles-based nonprofits. As part of the course, offered through the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, professor Richard Sundeen asked each student to choose a nonprofit to research. At the end of the semester, they presented their findings to the class as persuasive pitches asking for $2,000 to $10,000 gifts to meet specific needs of the organizations.
Brent Tercero walked to the front of the Pico Rivera City Council chamber with butterflies in his stomach. At 26 years old, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy MPP student was about to be sworn in to a four-year term as the newest member of the five-person group at a Dec. 13 ceremony. "It was unreal," he said. "There were a lot of people there, maybe 200. I mean, it was filled to capacity -- not even standing room -- and then there was a huge overflow crowd in the lobby. It was intense, but it was a great experience."
The more the president talks about saying no to drugs, the more the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. attorneys, and state and local agencies say yes to arrests and convictions. University of Georgia professor Andrew Whitford shared these and other findings at the Governance Salon Series sponsored by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise. The presentation focused on Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda: Constructing the War on Drugs, a book Whitford co-wrote with professor Jeffrey Yates of Binghamton University.
The Ventura County Star profiled USC Price Senior Fellow William Fulton, an urban planner and mayor of the city of Ventura. Fulton is losing his sight as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. Due to the progression of the disease, he has announced that he will not seek reelection when his term is up this year. He will join a think tank in Washington, D.C., but will continue to teach a course at the Price School.
The Los Angeles Timesprofiled William Fulton, senior fellow at the USC Price School of Public Policy, an urban planner and mayor of the city of Ventura. Fulton is losing his sight as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, which limits his peripheral and depth perception. Due to the progression of the disease, he has announced that he will not seek reelection when his term is up this year. Fulton said that Americans with Disabilities Act issues surrounding accessibility are very real to him. "They're not an abstraction," he noted.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the Price Family Charitable Fund, established by late USC alumnus and Price Club founder Sol Price and late USC alumna Helen Price, has donated $50 million to endow the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, formerly named the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The story stated that USC has landed several unusually large donations over the last year, as USC President C. L. Max Nikias launched what is believed to be the most ambitious fundraising campaign in U.S. higher education. This gift will also establish the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, which will promote sustainable community development in low-income urban areas. The center will continue Sol Price's work improving schools and social services in the City Heights neighborhood, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. "USC has one of the finest public policy schools in the nation," Nikias said. "With the Price family's extremely generous gift, we will take the school to an even higher level of excellence, ensuring that it becomes the undisputed, international leader in the field of public policy." USC Price School Dean Jack Knott added: "The missions of the school and Price Charities are built upon a common conviction that positive societal change grows out of a holistic approach to social and economic issues." The Chronicle of Philanthropy , the Orange County Register and the Daily Breeze also featured the donation.
The San Diego Union-Tribune ran an editorial praising a charity founded by USC alumnus Sol Price for its donation of $50 million to endow the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and establish the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. The latter is a think tank dedicated to promoting sustainable community development in low-income urban areas, and will focus especially on the San Diego neighborhood of City Heights. Price and his family foundation have worked intensely to develop the neighborhood since 1994. Biz Journals reported on the gift as well.
The Washington Post noted that executive Dan Dunmoyer is chair of the USC State Capital Center Advisory Board.
The Los Angeles Times ran an obituary for Harry Pachon of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, who was president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at USC. Pachon researched key issues affecting Latinos, including bilingual education, voting patterns and immigration. "Harry pretty much invented the idea of the Latino think-tank," said Roberto Suro of the USC Annenberg School, who directs the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. "His legacy of extraordinary contributions to Latino politics and policy at a crucial period in the development of the Latino community in America will be remembered always," School of Policy, Planning, and Development Dean Jack Knott told La Opinion. Pachon was a brilliant scholar and a trailblazer, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told KPCC_FM. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Pachon to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. The same year, the Mexican government presented him with a humanitarian award for his research on Mexicans living in the U.S. Pachon was also remembered by a Hispanic Business and a second La Opinion story.
Harry Pachon, professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and president of the nation's oldest and most recognized think tank on Latino issues, died Nov. 4 following an extended illness. He was 66. "USC is saddened by the loss of professor Harry Pachon, an inspiring teacher, researcher and humanitarian who served both our university and our community at large," said USC provost Elizabeth Garrett. "His pioneering and celebrated career as a scholar of Latino culture and politics has heightened our understanding of the issues and challenges facing the Latino community, and he translated this work to society by encouraging local activism and advancement through education. Professor Pachon's dedication and character has left a lasting impact on the world."
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L.A. Observed reported that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the passing of Professor Harry Pachon of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, praising him as a brilliant scholar and a trailblazer. Pachon was president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at USC and a founding board member and past executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund. La Opinion also noted that the Mexican government awarded Pachon with the Ohtli Award in 1997 for his work on Mexicans living in the United States. Villaraigosa said that Pachon contributed immensely to research on Latinos and the policy issues that affect them. "Although we will miss him dearly, he leaves a legacy of outstanding scholarship and of advancing the participation of Latinos in the democratic process," Villaraigosa said.
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."
As coverage of the 2012 presidential race gains steam, so begins the hypothesizing: What would a Mitt Romney administration look like? Would a second term for President Barack Obama mean a cabinet shakeup? While conventional political wisdom holds that presidents surround themselves with allies who are in lockstep with their political beliefs, a new USC study, co-authored by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development associate professor Anthony Bertelli, shows the opposite more often is true.
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Richard Green testified on tax reform options and incentives for homeownership in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Green, director and chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate, focused his testimony during the Oct. 6 hearing on phasing out the home mortgage interest deduction. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the committee, asked Green to participate.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Richard Green, SPPD professor and director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, spoke before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on mortgage interest deductions. Eliminating the deduction entirely would only lead to a percentage-point decline in the nation's home ownership rate, Green said.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Richard Green, SPPD professor and director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, spoke before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on mortgage interest deductions. Eliminating the deduction entirely would only lead to a percentage-point decline in the nation's home ownership rate, Green said.
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.
To be a leader in the world of public policy requires being comfortable with one's self, controlling one's own mental and emotional state, as well as having a keen awareness of what is going on around you and the ability to empathize with others. Dan Siegel recently discussed his transformational concept "mindsight" with students in the Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development (DPPD) program as part of an orientation event hosted by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
The Australian (Australia) featured USC's transformation under USC President Emeritus Steven B. Sample. "Today, USC is a pin-up college of American higher education. From 1991 to 2008, USC jumped an unprecedented 28 places to 23rd position on the highly influential U.S. News & World Report rankings," the story stated. Sample established USC as a pioneer in interdisciplinary research and education, and the school now attracts more international students than any other American university, the article stated. "Dramatically improving every aspect of undergraduate education was the highest priority of the USC strategic plan, starting with a complete overhaul of the undergraduate program. Innovations included an interdisciplinary approach, senior academics teaching freshmen in intimate settings, and reducing undergraduate places by 500," the story continued. Sample also implemented a three-tiered, merit-based scholarship program which worked spectacularly well, and USC now out-competes Harvard University, Yale University and Stanford University for the best undergraduate students, the article stated. "Offering responsible, careful, middle-class families with striving children a small amount of merit-based aid that recognized achievement regardless of need resonated like a thunderclap," said Professor James Moore of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Jack Knott, Dean of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, helped represent universities in conversations with the federal government as it drafted new regulations designed to facilitate students' entry into public service. The existing system wasn't conducive to bringing in this younger cohort, Knott said. "Some of our best students who were interested in federal employment were very frustrated in actually trying to get a job," he added. "And when you see disasters like the recent financial crisis or Hurricane Katrina, you know you don't want a federal work force that's not as capable and competent as it might be." Knott said that he's glad to see a clear signal from the administration "that getting good people into government is a top priority."
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the political impact of City Council President Eric Garcetti playing a fictional mayor on the TV series "The Closer."
How can an online game educate Californians about carbon emissions? What's the best way for the California government to prepare for the baby boomer retirement? Can private canine companies provide an effective and reasonably priced screening method to enhance airline security? These are a few of the real-world issues that USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development MPP students tackled during the 2011 Policy Analysis Practicum.
Veeral Shah, Eesha Chakravartty, Rachel Liberatore and Allison Viramontes are four recent MHA graduates to discover that their real-world class projects and 1,000 hours in an administrative residency left them qualified to make instant impacts in the field of health management and policy.
The Ventura County Star reported that SPPD Senior Fellow William Fulton, who is mayor of Ventura, will not seek reelection, as a result of health issues and a desire to devote more time to his personal and professional life. The story noted that Fulton, who was elected in 2003, is author of four books, including Los Angeles Times best-seller "The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles."
Helping Americans lead healthier and wealthier lives -- that's how USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development graduates Brooke Lykins and Mary Kuhn plan to spend their upcoming year courtesy of the Clinton-Orfalea Fellowships. The fellows will head to New York in August to work at the William J. Clinton Foundation, which addresses issues of global climate change, HIV and AIDS in the developing world, childhood obesity, and economic opportunity and development.
The nation's biggest employer - the federal government - already has snapped up four members of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development's Class of 2011. Master of public administration graduates Kristina McBoyle, Marie Mazwi and Yuliya Zingertal and MPA/master of social work graduate Juliet Bui have been selected to participate in the Presidential Management Fellowship program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and designed to groom future government leaders.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a Q&A with Dana Gioia, holder of the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, about his recent reading, which included "Clio on the Coast" by Kevin Starr of the USC Dornsife College.
Assembly member Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles) -- a graduate of SPPD's Executive Master of Leadership program -- met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss national and state efforts to create jobs in California and spur economic development throughout the nation.
The Sacramento Bee stated that editors for the new online publication, "Statistics, Politics and Policy," will come from highly regarded statistics and public policy programs such as those at USC, Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon.
ABC News featured USC alumni Carmen Gomez and Allen Gomez, who became the first mother-son pair to graduate from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development on the same day. "It was very emotional. As a staff member, I broke into tears," said Lisa Luna, administrative assistant at SPPD. Carmen Gomez, administrative services coordinator at the school, has worked at USC for many years, the story noted. Salon and ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV also covered the Gomezes' graduation.
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 METRANS Transportation Center has been named Organization of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation (CTF), a leading nonprofit providing support for the transportation community statewide. METRANS is directed by Professor Genevieve Giuliano, senior associate dean for research and technology at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
Sidney Harman, philanthropist, audio pioneer, husband of former Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman and business tycoon who purchased Newsweek from The Washington Post Co. last year for $1, died in Washington, D.C., on April 12 of complications from leukemia. He was 92. Harman officially joined USC in 2008 when he was named the first Judge Widney Professor of Business. This university-wide position enabled him to lecture at a variety of schools, including USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
Johann D'Agostino, a Master of Public Administration student at SPPD, received the Rockwell Dennis Hunt Award, which recognizes an alumna or alumnus of USC who is pursuing a graduate or professional degree at the university and who is most representative of the Trojan Family's traditions and values. The award was presented at the 30th annual USC Academic Honors Convocation held on April 6 at Town & Gown.
Faculty, staff and graduate students from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development took part in a focus-group discussion of proposed regulations for President Obama's executive order to reform student pathways into government. SPPD Dean Jack Knott played an integral part in calling for this reform of federal hiring in his role as chair of NASPAA's policy issues committee.
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 USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development celebrated the completion of a $1 million fundraising campaign to establish the Chester A. Newland Professorship at a Feb. 25 gala held at the university's State Capital Center in Sacramento. More than 130 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered to recognize Newland, as well as the donors who endowed the fund. USC University Professor Kevin Starr delivered the evening's keynote address.
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.
Do top city administrators reflect the growing diversity of California's communities? Student associations from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development invited five alumni panelists to address this and related questions at "Cultivating Diverse Leadership: The Emerging Face of City Management."
After realizing that his students had done everything from founding nonprofits to raising more than $25 million for the Downtown Women's Center, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Robert Myrtle had two words to say: "Holy smokes!" Myrtle teaches "Strategic Management in the Nonprofit Sector," one of the three required courses in SPPD's popular Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Policy program.
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).
L.A. Observed reported that SPPD Professor Dowell Myers will be one of the first fellows of the new nonpartisan Center for Social Cohesion, which will promote understanding of how diverse societies cohere.
Students at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development chose seven nonprofit organizations to give a total of $10,000 as part of the Learning by Giving program sponsored by the Sunshine Lady Foundation. As part of a project in "The Nonprofit Sector and the Public Interest," a course taught by SPPD professor Richard Sundeen, students were afforded the opportunity to have their academic research make a real-world monetary impact.
University Publications, a department of USC Student Affairs, and the USC College Office of Communication won a total of seven regional awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). A collaboration between University Publications and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, the SPPD 2009-10 degree brochure brought home the silver in Excellence in Design (multiple page publications).
With the help of Keith Hwang MS '83, Ph.D '92, the Cheonggye stream -- buried for more than a half-century beneath six kilometers of elevated highway -- is flowing again in downtown Seoul. Hwang, president of the Korean Transport Institute, recently visited USC to give a presentation on the stream restoration and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Jack H. Knott, the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and professor at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development reached its $1 million fundraising goal to establish a professorship honoring Chester A. Newland, the Duggan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration. A celebration will be held Feb. 25 at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento to recognize Newland and the donors who endowed the fund.
Ronald Reagan's life, leadership and legacy were analyzed at USC by former members of the Reagan administration, journalists who covered the Reagan era, political scholars and historians at a conference Feb. 1-2 as part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration. The event was co-presented by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
Not many dissertations become PBS documentaries, but that hasn't stopped doctoral candidate Imran Farooq from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The media component of Farooq's dissertation has been made into SOS: Sustaining Our Society, a documentary to be broadcast on the PBS affiliate KVCR in April.
To commemorate former President and California Gov. Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Reagan Presidential Foundation have partnered to present the Reagan Centennial Academic Symposium, a two-day examination of his leadership and legacy, Feb. 1 and 2. The symposium will bring more than 25 outstanding scholars, pundits and former Reagan staffers to the USC campus and conclude with a special panel at the Reagan Library moderated by former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw Feb. 2. All events are free and open to USC students, faculty and staff, as well as the public.
USA Today highlighted the upcoming "Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration Academic Symposium on Leadership and Legacy," presented by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and quoted Richard Reeves of the USC Annenberg School about the paper he will present at the event.
Elizabeth Garrett formally was installed as USC provost Jan. 11 at a Town & Gown ceremony attended by friends, family and colleagues. As the second-ranking officer under the president and the chief academic officer of the university, Garrett oversees all USC's deans and vice provosts, as well as the CEO of the USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. Also under her purview are the divisions of student affairs, libraries, research advancement, information technology services, student religious life, and admissions and planning. She holds joint appointments with SPPD and USC College.
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Terry Cooper was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Cooper, the Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values at SPPD, was formally inducted Nov. 18 at the academy's annual conference in Washington, D.C. Fellows are chosen for their sustained and outstanding contribution to the field of public administration through public service or scholarship.
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.
Voice of America quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch about an upcoming meeting of Republican governors and governors-elect.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about how California Governor-Elect Jerry Brown's clothing style has evolved since his first term as governor in the 1970s.
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).
Dana Gioia, an acclaimed poet and essayist who served two terms as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), has been appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC by President C. L. Max Nikias. Named after USC founder judge Robert Maclay Widney, the title of Judge Widney Professor is reserved for eminent individuals from the arts, sciences, professions, business and community leadership. Gioia's university-wide appointment includes affiliations with USC College, USC Thornton School of Music, USC Marshall School of Business, and USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias announced the appointment of legal scholar and interim provost Elizabeth Garrett to the post of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. As the second-ranking officer under the president, and the chief academic officer of the university, Garrett will oversee all USC's deans and vice provosts, as well as the CEO of the USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. Garrett is the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy at USC, holding a joint appointment at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
The Fresno Bee quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the timing of high-speed rail funds, mostly by Democratic lawmakers, to coincide with the upcoming election.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development hosted a panel -- featuring SPPD faculty, public officials and Los Angeles Times writers -- that addressed the checks and balances needed to prevent government corruption scandals like the one in the City of Bell. The event was co-sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration and the USC Judith and John Bedrosian Center for Governance and the Public Enterprise.
NBC Los Angeles news reporter Conan Nolan and political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe addressed the highly contested gubernatorial and senate races, as well as the ballot initiatives, during a recent discussion hosted by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The event, "The Political Future of California," was part of SPPD's 2010-11 Dean's Speaker Series, presented by the Athenian Society, the school's premier philanthropic support group.
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the impact of an aide to California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown allegedly using a sexist slur to refer to opponent Meg Whitman.
La Raza featured research by Dowell Myers of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and colleagues on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's housing policy. The study was conducted for the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, the article stated.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise quoted SPPD Professor Chester Newland about the newly formed Redlands Association of Department Directors.
Over the summer, seven students from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development blazed trails of reform as fellows for Education Pioneers, a national organization of graduate students focusing on urban education issues through 10-week, paid positions outside the classroom.
Professor James E. Moore II has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the California Transportation Foundation. Moore is the first academic to serve on the foundation's board and the first ever nominated to do so.
Robert P. Biller, professor emeritus of public administration and a longtime USC administrator, died on Aug. 29 at his home, following a difficult illness. A gifted teacher, collaborative administrator and distinguished dean, Biller had played a key role in USC's development and growth for the past 25 years. He was also instrumental in merging the School of Public Administration with the School of Urban Planning and Development to form the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD), and served as interim dean of the new school from 1998 to 2000.
When the World Bank needed two summer interns to serve in its Beijing office, it turned to USC's School of Policy, Planning, and Development. MPA students Muge Wang and Jingjie Li proved to be the ideal candidates, thanks to their fluency in Mandarin and English, previous experience working on urban development issues in China during SPPD's international lab in Foshan and high academic standing. The students spent the summer working on an urban-rural integration project and creating a PowerPoint about the project for use by World Bank staff at global conferences.
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development Executive Master of Leadership (EML) students Lt. Col. Robert Huntly and Janet McIntyre spoke about the importance of leadership in today's ever-changing, increasingly globalizing world at the 2010 World Leadership Congress in Los Angeles.
The San Diego Tribune quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina's strategy in discussing veterans' issues.
Members of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development's class of 2010 are ascending the ranks at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, thanks to the Presidential Management Fellowship program. The PMF program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is designed to groom future government leaders.
Kristie Hernandez works full time at the community clinic organization AltaMed Health Services and goes to school full time at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, where she is pursuing a master of public administration with a certificate in public policy. It's what she does in her spare time as a volunteer with the East L.A. Residents Association that earned her a place at this year's Women of the Year "Unsung Heroines" award ceremony, presented by Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano.
Voice of OC cited work by Professor Yan Tang of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Tang, who teaches an introduction to public administration and society class, said USC has teamed up with the International City/County Management Association's California branch to expand the talent pool of Generation X and Y students interested in becoming local government leaders. The partnership includes a fellowship program, in which students compete for the opportunity to interact with city managers and receive tuition help, and specialized two-day workshops taught by a city manager.
With more than 100 law enforcement leaders from across the state in attendance, Richard Callahan, associate dean and director of state capital and leadership programs at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, delivered the keynote address at the installation ceremony for the new president of the California Peace Officers' Association. Callahan's remarks focused on the important role of peace officers, not only within public safety, but within society in general.
Eleven graduate students representing the various master's programs in the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development launched the school's first student-adjudicated academic journal. The USC Policy, Planning, and Development Review, an online publication, aims to promote discourse among students of SPPD's professional degree programs by encouraging them to produce work that addresses important social topics.
The Los Angeles Times ran a Q&A with Jane Pisano of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Pisano is president and director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, which is undergoing a $115 million makeover, the article stated. "I've been interested in this institution long before I joined this board. When they asked me to take this on, I said yes because I felt like it was an institution that could be world class and that Los Angeles deserved a world-class natural history museum," Pisano said.
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 Sacramento Press noted that SPPD Associate Dean Richard Callahan, was the keynote speaker at Sacramento's Game Plan Academy, which aims to help high school athletes excel academically. Callahan is director of state capital and leadership programs at SPPD.
Covering many complex questions facing the nation in areas like the financial crisis, health care reform, transportation and regulation, Congressman Gary Miller spoke at a recent event sponsored by SPPD. The discussion was part of the Dean's Speaker Series presented by the SPPD Athenian Society.
Los Angeles Downtown News mentioned that SPPD's Brenda Barnes is using her degree -- a doctorate in Planning and Development Studies -- to develop a new media master plan for KUSC, including new features for its Web site and a recently launched iPhone app.
Richard Callahan, associate dean and director of state capital and leadership programs at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, recently participated as a guest scholar in the Global Perspectives Program at Istanbul Aydin University in Turkey. Over the course of his two-week visit, Callahan gave lectures and held workshops on issues such as effective public sector leadership and public management.
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."
The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development celebrated its 10th anniversary with a forum on "Philanthropic Leadership: Exploring Opportunities in Uncertain Times." More than 200 leaders from the nonprofit sector, government, business and academia attended the two-day conference. The keynote speaker was Sonal Shah, deputy assistant to the U.S. President and director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that White House Official Sonal Shah made a speech at a conference held by SPPD's Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy about her views on the challenges for government, foundations and non-profit organizations. Shah is head of the White House's Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, the story noted.
The Los Angeles Daily News published an op-ed by California State Assemblyman and SPPD Executive Master of Leadership student Isadore Hall, III on LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program, which enters its 22nd year serving the community. "LA's BEST has maintained a balance of high quality standards for education, enrichment and recreation," Hall wrote.
The The New York Times quoted SPPD Professor Richard Green about Ben Bernanke's nomination for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman. Green is director and chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC.
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development Dean Jack H. Knott spoke to a packed audience about his firsthand experiences in Guantanamo Bay and Central and South America while participating in the 78th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, last fall. The week-long conference focused on the Southern Command, which is responsible for all U.S. military activities in Central and South America in addition to participating in disaster response in these areas, including Haiti.
The Ventura County Star reported that SPPD professor emerita Lois Friss will be given the Volunteer of the Year award at the 17th annual David C. Fainer Gala Awards Dinner and Fundraiser. The awards are given each year by the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation in recognition of members of the medical community who embody excellence and dedication to the community, the story noted.
KPCC-FM interviewed SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about Republican Tom Campbell ending his bid for California governor to challenge U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer for her seat. "He was being smothered by the money in the governor's race," Jeffe said. In the Senate Republican primary, Campbell would face former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. Jeffe said that DeVore is a darling of conservatives, and thats an advantage in a Republican primary. "I still think that in California, the ideological right controls the debate," she said.
The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State address. "I went back and read his first State of the State speech in 2004, and a lot of things he talked about then, he talked about now," Jeffe said. La Opinion also quoted Jeffe on the subject.
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.
With California facing a historic financial crisis, citizens statewide are looking for answers. On Nov. 12 at USC's Galen Center, some were offered and others refuted at a public forum of top policy advisers, academics and government officials. This was the inaugural event in the USC Critical Issues Forum, a new series sponsored in partnership between the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the USC Office of Government and Community Relations.
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.
ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV reported that William Fulton of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development was appointed mayor of Ventura, Calif., by the Ventura City Council. Fulton, a senior fellow at SPPD, will serve a two-year term, the story stated.
The San Francisco Chronicle quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about California gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Jerry Brown, who recently received campaign donations from gambling interests that his office regulates. "He can say he's not influenced by contributions," Jeffe said. "But whether it's true or not won't really matter. Whoever his opponent is in the general election will make a big deal out of it."
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about Abel Maldonado, a Republican California state senator who has been nominated for lieutenant governor. The article reported that Maldonado faces opposition from both Democrats and Republicans, with Democrats objecting along party lines and Republicans angered by his endorsement of tax hikes. However, the article noted that Maldonado is Latino, a representative of California's fastest-growing ethnic demographic. "The Democrats now have to think about voting against a Latino," Jeffe said. "And so do the Republicans."
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Shui Yan Tang was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Established in 1967 and chartered by Congress in 1984, the academy consists of professional and academic leaders in public management.
"Leaders are great storytellers," said entertainment industry stalwart Peter Guber in a lecture hosted by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the Davidson Center on Nov. 11. Guber, founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, was the guest lecturer as part of SPPD's Dennis and Brooks Holt Visiting Professorship in Communication and Public Policy.
Now in its third year, ENGAGE has been helping make a positive difference each week in the local community, providing dinner, structured homework time, guest speakers, field trips and activities for neighborhood children. The program began when then-USC graduate students Jesus Diaz and Renee Burwell noticed a dearth of after-school programming for local children. Burwell is an alumna of the USC School of Policy, Planning, Development, having earned her MPA degree in '08.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dropping out of the California gubernatorial race. "Voters are a little chary of electing another novice," Jeffe said. "Where are you going to get that experience? In one of those six-year Assembly people who have nowhere else to go? I don't think so."
Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, met with congressional staffers on Oct. 14 in the offices of Rep. Brian P. Bilbray (R-Carlsbad) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) about federal hiring practices and federal internship programs.
The Wall Street Journal quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in a story on how the media seem to be easier on President Obama than former President George W. Bush. "There may well be almost an unconscious effort on the part of the media to give Obama a bit more slack because he is more likable, because he is the first African-American president. That plays into it," Jeffe said.
The Christian Science Monitor quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in a story on how comedians are finally getting laughs out of President Obama jokes, nine months after his inauguration. Jeffe said that comic sketches such as those on "Saturday Night Live" have more power today because they live in cyberspace forever. "Back when Chevy Chase made Gerald Ford into a bumbling idiot, you either saw it on TV or you read about it," Jeffe said. "But it didn't play forever. Now people send these links to all their friends and it has a whole new, secondary life that people talk about more." The danger is that people will lose sight of what comedians actually do -- namely, work for a laugh, Jeffe said. "Shows like 'SNL' are perceived to be part of the liberal media establishment, so when they use the president to get a laugh, it's perceived as some sort of betrayal."
Politico ran an op-ed by SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about Speaker Nancy Pelosi's struggle to keep all political factions happy, even if that means bucking her own party's president. "Today, there's a lot more attention paid to what congressional leaders do and say. Smoke-filled rooms have been replaced by the 24-hour news cycle, blogs, Facebook and Twitter. That makes compromise harder and leadership (on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue) an often helter-skelter proposition," Jeffe wrote. "There is irony in all of this tumult. Pelosi may be playing to her crowd -- independent of Obama's wants -- to solidify her base. But in the end, everything Pelosi wants to accomplish depends, to a large extent, on the president. For her to be successful, Obama needs to be successful."
The Los Angeles Times noted that Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian, who is a doctoral of policy, planning, and development student at SPPD, will retire from his post to head the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Oct. 5 during a national police leaders meeting in Denver, according to the story.
Variety quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in an article on the fundraising efforts of Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown, who are seen as the gubernatorial frontrunners for the California Democratic Party. "We are talking about California," Jeffe said, referring to the use of filmmaker Roman Polanski's case in the governor's race. "I think it is going to be a minor issue for anyone who is running. The people who are going to be totally up in arms aren't going to vote for a Democrat, anyway."
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured SPPD Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Kodama and his work in transportation planning. Kodama was recently named executive director of the Orangeline Development Authority, charged with planning a high-speed rail system that will link 14 cities through Southern California. The story highlighted Kodama's transportation planning class, in which he requires his students to travel an assigned route on a commuter train and write an essay about the experience. Kodama also requires his students to develop their own public transit projects, which they discuss with transportation professionals and present to the class. Board members viewed Kodama's teaching background as a plus when they chose him to direct the project, said the development authority's chairman. "I've been involved with a lot of different transportation projects and they all find their ways back into the classroom," Kodama said. "Teaching is enjoyable and rewarding -- and I get to see where some of the students end up. I still run into quite a few of them."
Dana Goldman, a widely respected expert in health economics, has been named director of the new Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC, according to an announcement from USC Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias. Goldman most recently served as director of the RAND Corp.'s Health Economics, Finance and Organization Division.
The Sacramento Bee quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe on how gubernatorial candidates are responding to the problem of prison overcrowding in California. With voters reminded of the alleged crimes of parolee Phillip Garrido in the Jaycee Lee Dugard case, the tendency for candidates is to tack right for fear being labeled soft on crime, Jeffe said. "The candidates are only worried about the fallout," Jeffe said. "All candidates are somewhat boxed in on the center-right when it comes to public safety."
A major new research center focused on health policy and economics has been established at USC, Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias announced. The center is funded by a $1.2 million operating gift from health care industry leader Leonard D. Schaeffer and his wife, Pamela. The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is a collaboration between the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the USC School of Pharmacy.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development hosted members of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce this summer in the first stop of the Texas delegation's three-day Los Angeles tour aimed at exchanging information with local civic leaders and experts.
Erroll Southers MPA '98 has been nominated by the Obama administration to run the Transportation Security Administration. Southers is an adjunct professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and he also serves as associate director of the USC Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events.
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV interviewed SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in a story about former President Bill Clinton endorsing San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for governor of California. "It does mean something, because the buzz has been that Newsom hasn't gotten traction, and he needed to get some traction," Jeffe said. "Bill Clinton will give Newsom media attention. He will allow Newsom to raise some money. Newsom hasn't been very good at that. But I'm not sure, as one pollster put it today, it upends the Democratic gubernatorial primary." The Los Angeles Wave also covered the story.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in a story about Inland Empire political candidates eschewing the word "change" in their campaigns, fearing voter burnout after President Obama's campaign. "Bottom line, he won, so it made the slogan appealing," Jeffe said. But as Obama's popularity numbers continue to slip and his policies come under increased fire, the risk of backlash for candidates attaching themselves to the slogan is higher, Jeffe said, especially in conservative areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties
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.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in a story on the relative voter appeal of young candidates and older, more experienced ones. "When voters perceive change as too much risk, they pull back, unless they are so fed up they don't care," Jeffe said.
The Columbus Dispatch quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the White House indicating that it would accept a health care bill without a public option. This has infuriated liberal Democrats who supported Barack Obama's campaign in 2008, the story stated. "These guys on the left invested an awful lot in Barack Obama, and I think they feel as if they own a piece of him," Jeffe said. "He's not delivering from their perspective."
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in an article about questions that have surfaced over Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's recent travel to Iceland and South Africa.
The Los Angeles Wave reported that SPPD Clinical Professor Leonard Mitchell has been appointed to the newly formed 26th District Workforce Development Task Force. The task force is devoted to creating at least 10,000 new jobs in the district by the end of 2011. Mitchell heads the USC Center for Economic Development, the story noted.
The Daily Breeze reported that the Obama administration plans to appoint SPPD Adjunct Professor Erroll Southers as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In the position, Southers, MPA '98, would oversee a workforce of 50,000 airport screeners. Southers is a former FBI agent and previously served as deputy director of the California Department of Homeland Security, the story noted.
The USC State Capital Center welcomed more than 20 senior legislative staff from across the nation for an eight-day leadership and management training program. The goal is to help professionals develop and enhance critical skills such as effective communication, team building, negotiation and conflict resolution. Rich Callahan, associate dean at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, is co-director of the Legislative Staff Management Institute program.
The Orange County Register quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about a proposed ballot measure that would call a California constitutional convention. Given the starting estimate of $60 million to cover convention costs, voters may balk at approving the convention, even though that would be a small part of the state's $84 billion general fund budget, Jeffe said.
In his new role as assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USC's Raphael Bostic will face a huge task: helping policymakers come up with ways to bring stability back to the nation's housing market. Bostic, a professor at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, was sworn into his new government position on July 16.
The Los Angeles Times quoted Professor Harry Pachon about the community support role of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles. The consulate has long served as a bridge between the U.S. and Mexico, but has become increasingly active in recent years, Pachon said. "It reflects the recognition by Mexico that a significant portion of its people are living in the United States. This is one of a series of steps helping the Mexican consulate be a relevant factor in the community."
The L.A. Metro Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration honored the USC City/County Management Fellowship program and its chair, William Kelly MPA '74, with the 2009 ASPA Chapter President's Award, which celebrates significant contributions to public service and developing future leaders. The program is an innovative collaboration between the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, alumni executives and the California International City/County Management Association.
NBC Nightly News interviewed SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the California budget crisis. "[T]he eighth largest economy in the world is unable to borrow, is unable to pay its bills, and that will have an impact not only on the state economy, but on the national economy and on the global economy," Jeffe said.
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."
The Orange County Register noted that SPPD Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Kodama has been named executive director of the project to develop a maglev train system for Southern California. Planners envision an elevated, 110-mile train line between Irvine and Palmdale, with overall costs estimated in the $12 billion range, the story stated.
The New York Times highlighted SPPD alum Hilda Solis and her unique road to becoming Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. After overcoming many obstacles, Solis, MPA '81, a former four-term congresswoman, has become the first Hispanic woman to serve as a cabinet member, the story noted.
Richard DeBeikes Jr., president of the diversified real estate corporation DeBeikes Investment Co., has been elected to a five-year term on the USC Board of Trustees. DeBeikes, a 1978 graduate of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, is also outgoing president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, having served for 2008-09.
Variety quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about Attorney General Jerry Brown's chances in the California gubernatorial race. "If you asked me four or five months ago, I would say it is a slam-dunk for Jerry Brown," Jeffe said. "I don't believe that anymore. When I talk to my graduate students, if they know anything at all about Jerry Brown, it is 'Gov. Moonbeam.'" CBS Radio San Francisco affiliate KCBS-AM also interviewed Jeffe on the subject.
A group of 150 USC alumni and prominent Trojans gathered at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., on May 21 to hear a panel of experts assess the early accomplishments of the Obama administration and offer their prognosis for its future.
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about California's perennial budget woes. It's become apparent that the state has been ungovernable for a while now, Jeffe said. "When was the last time we had an effective governor?" she asked.
Congressional Quarterly quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi facing fire for her handling of the CIA harsh interrogation technique authorizations. Even though, barring any new disclosures, Pelosi is likely to surmount her difficulty, that doesn't mean she has been at her best, Jeffe said. By seeming to change her story and by parsing words, Pelosi hasn't handled the situation well, Jeffe added.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the close race for the congressional seat in the San Gabriel Valley. "[Gil] Cedillo has got to mobilize his base," Jeffe said. Rival Judy Chu needs to show voters she has support among Latinos, Jeffe added.
The Los Angeles Times quoted Professor Harry Pachon about the hotly contested congressional election taking place in the San Gabriel Valley. The top candidates are a Latino man and an Asian woman, the story noted. "Ethnicity is a factor," Pachon said. "But it's not the only factor." Pachon is president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at USC, the story noted.
If anyone needs to get in touch with USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development graduate student Laura Peralta this summer, they can reach her at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. Peralta, who is working toward her master of public administration degree, has earned the prestigious distinction of being one of 100 nationwide students selected to intern in the White House under President Barack Obama.
The National Journal quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the California gubernatorial race. "Whoever becomes governor [in 2010] is going to be faced with an absolute mess," Jeffe said.
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about California's gubernatorial race. "It takes a lot of luck and money and intelligence and timing, and heaven knows what else," Jeffe said.
Morris News Service quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the "tea party" protests last week against President Obama's spending and tax plans. Polls indicate that most Americans don't agree with the protests, the story noted. "The public seems willing to go along with Obama's programs as long as they don't seem too permanent," Jeffe said.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the South Korean government to provide graduate education and training for selected officials from Korea's Ministry of Public Administration and Security.
Raphael Bostic, a professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and Elizabeth Garrett, USC's vice president for academic planning and budget and a professor at the USC Gould School of Law, have been asked to join President Obama's administration in Washington, D.C.
As the Obama administration prepares to disperse economic stimulus money for infrastructure, a timely new book sheds light on special districts -- the "shadow governments" that will be responsible for spending a large portion of these funds. In her book, Paying the Toll, Louise Nelson Dyble, associate director for research at the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, documented how the bridge district grew from well-intentioned public corporation with bipartisan support to notorious organization rife with corruption.
National Public Radio interviewed SPPD Senior fellow Richard Little about President Obama's infrastructure stimulus plan, which designates tens of billions of dollars for so-called "shovel-ready projects." Little, director of the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, discussed the impact of those projects on the nation's economic crisis and decaying infrastructure. "Essentially, it's projects that can be gotten underway within 120 days, meaning they are out to bid and ready to proceed," Little said. "The emphasis is on getting people to work and spending money," he added.
During a recent discussion held at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) shared personal lessons and political insights from her book, Dream in Color: How the Sanchez Sisters Are Making History in Congress (Grand Central Publishing, 2008).
On Feb. 24, Rep. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) was confirmed by the Senate to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor for President Obama's administration. Solis graduated from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development in 1981 with a master of public administration degree.
NBC Nightly News interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, about the recent budget deal reached by California lawmakers. The deal involves higher taxes, deep cuts in services and more borrowing, the report noted. "This is what happens when partisans force their elected representatives to pay more attention to ideology than to the needs and the concerns of the general public," Jeffe said. Click here to watch to the full online interview with Sherry Bebitch Jeffe.
The Oregonian quoted Professor Richard Green about President Barack Obama's mortgage restructuring initiative. "It's a clever plan," Green said. "It might actually help the housing market bottom," he added. Green is director and chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the USC Annenberg School for Communication hosted the inaugural Dennis F. and Brooks Holt Professorship Lecture in Communication and Public Policy on Feb. 11. The Holt Professorship, a joint undertaking between the two schools, focuses on the role of communication in the policymaking process of a democratic society and market-based economy.
The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe and Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics at USC College, about California's gubernatorial race. Senator Dianne Feinstein's name has come up as a possible contender, the story stated. "She's still thinking about it, but I don't see it happening, because she's got herself an incredibly powerful position right now," Jeffe said. "It seems likely we've spent more than a decade now waiting for Dianne Feinstein to decide whether to run for governor," Schnur said.
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.
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the politics of being mayor in Los Angeles. It's better for a mayor to have more friends than enemies, Jeffe said.
Faculty and students at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development took part in a leadership training conference to help local government officials find solutions for public problems afflicting cities nationwide.
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.
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the inauguration of President Barack Obama. In his address, Obama did not try to sugarcoat the problems facing the country, Jeffe said. It was similar to the speech FDR gave when he took power amidst the Great Depression, she added.
La Opinion quoted Professor Harry Pachon about the future of the Republican Party. The party will have to reach out to Latinos if it hopes to build its electoral base, Pachon said. There are two reasons for the high number of potential Latino voters: the naturalization of immigrants and a new generation of young Latinos who have reached voting age, he explained. Pachon is president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about former President George W. Bush's role in tarnishing America's image in the world. Bush's policies generated the ill will abroad, Jeffe said.
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.
McClatchy Newspapers quoted Assistant Professor Elizabeth Currid in a story about Barack Obama's personal style. The historic nature of Obama's presidency, his iconic status in youth culture, and the viral marketing of the president-elect as the personification of cool have helped ensure that he will have a lasting impact on the world of fashion, Currid said.
Reuters quoted Richard Little about how President-elect Obama's proposed stimulus funds may be channeled into "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects. "We must save the patient first, then think about long-term strategy," Little said. "If the objective is to create jobs, we should focus on projects that are ready to go." Little is director of the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, the story noted.
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about President Barack Obama's Iraq policy. Obama will take concrete steps to accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, Jeffe said.
During a Dec. 19 press conference in Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama nominated Rep. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) for Secretary of the U.S. Labor Department. Solis is an alumna of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, graduating with a master of public administration degree in 1981.
The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, a new student organization at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, hosted its inaugural event -- a panel discussion at Lewis Hall addressing key issues currently facing the Asian American community.
Agence France-Presse quoted SPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about John McCain's role in the Senate following his loss to Barack Obama. "I think that's the role he must play -- to be a bridge between Obama and the Republicans on the Hill," Jeffe said. "It's clearly the kind of role that McCain feels comfortable in. He built his reputation on working across the aisle and that is what he has to do again. It makes infinite sense for him to attempt to work in partnership with Obama."
The Congressional Quarterly quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about Rep. Henry Waxman. Waxman is reportedly trying to unseat veteran House Energy and Commerce Chairman John D. Dingell, in part by appealing to freshman legislators whose campaigns received contributions by the California congressman. "The last time this strategy was used by Henry, it worked," Jeffe said. "That tells me he has a good chance."
The Los Angeles Times quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the surge in Barack Obama ads hitting the airwaves. Obama has been outspending John McCain on ads because of a large fundraising advantage, the story stated. "If you have the money, you spend it," Jeffe said.
During an Oct. 21 panel hosted by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry said that the goal of downtown's revitalization effort is to restore "the excitement of an earlier time." The changing downtown landscape was the focus of the panel discussion, which took place inside City Hall. The event was part of the SPPD Dean's Speaker Series.
The Los Angeles Times quoted Assistant Professor Elizabeth Currid about Barack Obama's and John McCain's positions on arts funding. McCain's near silence on the issue shows indifference toward the arts, Currid said. "No one says they don't support the arts. But they say it implicitly," she added. Obama's proposals to bolster the arts with federal money and programs show that he has put his left foot forward to support the arts, Currid said.
The Orange County Register quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe regarding a news article about an anti-Obama Web site. "By writing a story about it, you're giving them the press they seek and are sending people there that wouldn't otherwise go," Jeffe said.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe was quoted in the Orange County Register about a Web site aimed at "swift-boating" Barack Obama. "I don't think this particular Web site is effective," Jeffe said. "But you can't be sure it won't have some effect."
SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe was quoted in a USA Today story about Barack Obama's controversial "lipstick on a pig" comment, which John McCain's campaign has called sexist. "Lipstick on a pig" is the cousin of another old chestnut, the one about making a "silk purse out of a sow's ear," Jeffe said. "It means taking something that you can't change - that's a negative - and putting the best spin on it," Jeffe said. "It has nothing to do with sexism."
SPPD Adjunct Professor Dora Kingsley was interviewed on New York affiliate WNYC-FM about Sarah Palin. "I'm so pleased with the nomination of Gov. Palin and the opportunities that Sen. Clinton has afforded women in the process of making public policy and decision-making, and that's why I'm excited to be a Republican this year," she said. Kingsley is a delegate at the Republic National Convention in St. Paul, the story noted.
SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe was quoted by the San Diego Union-Tribune about Hillary Clinton's address at the Democratic convention last night. It was one of the best speeches Clinton has ever given, Jeffe said. "She really knocked it out of the ballpark," Jeffe added.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe was quoted in the Rocky Mountain News about high demand for tickets to Barack Obama's nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention. The historic nature of the convention and the enthusiasm of Obama supporters will generate a huge demand for tickets, but there will be little downside from would-be attendees who get shut out, said Jeffe, senior fellow at SPPD. "People at this point in time are used to being locked out of concerts and sporting events. It happens. I really don't see people rising up in anger over not getting a ticket to the speech," she said.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, was quoted in a New York Sun article about John McCain's campaign organization. Observers speculate that McCain may bring in Michael Murphy, a strategist in his 2000 presidential bid, to work on the campaign's message. However, this might be an awkward fit with Steve Schmidt, an operative from President Bush's 2004 campaign, who took over McCain's day-to-day operations last week. "I don't see a co-campaign manager dynamic working out," Jeffe said. "If Murphy comes in only to do the media, if they cut that piece off and that's his, that's one thing, but I don't think it's helpful to have two people calling the shots," she added.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article on how presidential candidates benefit from military experience. Military experience "does help a candidate make the case that his expertise goes beyond the boundaries of the United States," Jeffe said.
Harry Pachon was interviewed on "CNN Newsroom" about Robert F. Kennedy's legacy. "The national focus on the Hispanic community is something that was new," Pachon said. "He reached out and you felt that there was really a coalition that could be made of black, Latino and white working class of, you know, voters. We all have something in common. It was very powerful at that time." Pachon is president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at USC, the story noted.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development was quoted in the San Francisco Sentinel about widows of politicians who succeed their husbands. "When I was in college, it was said that the only way for a woman to get to Congress was wait for her husband to die," Jeffe said.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe was quoted in a recent Politico news story about whether John McCain can win in California. "McCain is going to have a hard time in the state no matter whom he faces," said Jeffe, a senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. "This is a state that hates President Bush, and I don't see how John McCain will be able to totally disassociate himself from the president," she said. "This is a blue state. I just don't see the arithmetic working for McCain."