December 21, 2012
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.
November 28, 2012
The New York Times quoted Price Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer about the impact of a light-rail line opening in the Crenshaw area.
November 28, 2012
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.
October 14, 2012
The Christian Science Monitor quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School of Public Policy about the California initiative process.
October 7, 2012
The Los Angeles Times mentioned that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had dedicated himself to the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, housed at the Price School of Public Policy.
October 1, 2012
The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by USC Price Senior Fellow William Fulton about the hidden costs of city sprawl, and how they contribute to city bankruptcies. "Where houses go, where businesses go, where roads go, where sidewalks go, where farms and open space go are all things that collectively affect a community's economic performance and the cost of providing services there," Fulton wrote.
September 27, 2012
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.
September 4, 2012
The New York Times quoted Raphael Bostic, professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, about the Environmental Quality Act.
September 2, 2012
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran a column by USC Price Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The spotlight will be on him at the Democratic National Convention, she noted. "His time on the Main Stage may provide an audition for future political roles. What's next?" Jeffe wrote.
August 31, 2012
Salon featured the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, co-founded by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at the USC Price School. The story noted that Bonnie Reiss and Nancy Staudt of the Price School will guide the institute in its mission to find post-partisan solutions to major policy problems. Reiss said the institute will collaborate with everyone from school superintendants to governors and other think tanks. It will also collaborate with R20, a nonprofit coalition founded by Schwarzenegger that is dedicated to climate change work.
August 25, 2012
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran a column by Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School of Public Policy about California's pension system. "It's clear that public employee pensions have emerged as a center-stage issue in California," Jeffe wrote. "What we can't yet know is how the political equation will turn out: who will win, who will lose, and who will go broke."
August 11, 2012
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.
August 8, 2012
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.
August 4, 2012
The Economist quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy about Gov. Jerry Brown's political strategy regarding a high-speed rail plan.
July 24, 2012
The Los Angeles Times quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School of Public Policy about a proposal by L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich to extend term limits.
July 13, 2012
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran a column by Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about corruption in California cities and how the cities contrast with the fictional town of Mayberry from "The Andy Griffith Show." "The culture of responsibility, at least for the public good, has withered," Jeffe wrote.
July 12, 2012
Inter Press Services quoted Professor Roberto Suro of the USC Price School of Public Policy and Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism about the Latino vote in the upcoming presidential elections.
June 28, 2012
The Sacramento Bee quoted Professor James Ferris of the USC Price School about nonprofit organizations that raise money using fireworks.
June 11, 2012
La Opinion quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about Los Angeles district attorney candidate Jackie Lacey's performance in the recent primary election.
June 6, 2012
La Opinion quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about a lack of enthusiasm among California voters.
May 4, 2012
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.
April 26, 2012
NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV ran an op-ed by Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about tax plans proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villraigosa. Jeffe noted that Villaraigosa's plan has a number of hurdles to clear in the near future, and will face competition from Gov. Brown, who worries that too many tax plans on the ballot will bring down all the proposals. "It remains to be seen whether Mayor Villaraigosa's persistence in pushing his transportation goals will run headlong into Governor Brown's persistence in pursuing his budget goals," Jeffe wrote.
April 18, 2012
The Los Angeles Daily News quoted Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School about L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's support for extending Measure R, which involves a tax to support public transit.
April 14, 2012
The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School about Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 30/10 transit plan and possible sources of funding for it. Schweitzer wrote that receiving federal funding may be a dream, but turning to California's Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, the European Investment Bank or the private global capital market may be viable options.
April 11, 2012
The Atlantic published an interview with USC Price Professor David Sloane focusing on his new book, Planning Los Angeles. The article states, "Covering everything from early planning documents to the impact of the recession to the challenges of regional transportation development, Planning Los Angeles is a comprehensive look at how the city has been shaped by urban planning. Sloane says the essays paint a more complete picture of where planners have done well in the city, where plans have fallen short and why, despite its reputation as an unplanned city, urban planning continues to mold L.A."
April 11, 2012
LA Streetsblog published a story by David Sloane, professor and director of undergraduate programs at USC Price. In the story, Sloane writes about CicLAvia, "a civic event that brings together people of many ages, races and ethnicities, from many neighborhoods around Los Angeles for a momentary 'ephemeral event' where they walk, ride, talk and laugh together. Such moments are crucial to the public life and culture of any city, but especially our city." Sloane added: "Too often Angelenos see the world through the windshield of their car, not imagining that they can safely move around their neighborhoods by other means, and do it faster and more efficiently." The story mentions that Sloane's newest book, Planning Los Angeles, will be released this week.
April 10, 2012
The Los Angeles Times quoted Senior Fellows William Fulton and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy about Los Angeles County supervisors.
April 6, 2012
California Watch quoted Professor Richard Little of the USC Price School about a lack of public services in unincorporated communities. The story noted that it received support from the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, a program of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships administered by the USC Annenberg School.
March 30, 2012
Planetizen ran a Q&A with David Sloane, professor and director of undergraduate programs at USC Price, that discussed his new book, Planning Los Angeles. In the interview, Sloane said: "I would argue that planning is everywhere in LA: from the very grid that underlies the vast majority of the basin, to the way that the rivers are controlled, to the residential neighborhoods that are so carefully protected from commerce and from traffic. So, all those things are just classic elements of 20th century planning. The question then becomes, is it well planned? In some sense, that's what the book gets at as well, the successes and failures."
March 29, 2012
California Watch quoted Erroll Southers, USC Price adjunct professor and associate director of USC's CREATE Homeland Security Center, about free military surplus gear in use by Californian law enforcement.
March 14, 2012
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.
March 14, 2012
Bloomberg News quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School of Public Policy about a deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Federation of Teachers.
March 5, 2012
The San Diego-Tribune quoted Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about a proposed amendment to the California legislature.
February 16, 2012
Politico ran an op-ed by Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School, in which she wrote that the Obama administration has been clueless on transportation policy. The administration has tried to cover urban transport needs with federal funds, which come from suburban and rural taxpayers in addition to urban ones, Schweitzer noted. That creates friction and opens the president up to conservative criticism. She wrote that transit advocates need to start looking for funding at the local, regional and state levels. "Without a change in the federal gas tax, the days of federal largesse to transit are coming to a close," Schweitzer added.
January 11, 2012
The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by USC Price Senior Fellow William Fulton about "the death of redevelopment" in California. Fulton wrote that he supported Gov. Jerry Brown's elimination of redevelopment agencies, having seen the redevelopment system break over time. He added that for redevelopment to work, it needs to be purely about true revitalization; California needs to cap the amount of tax-increment money agencies can collect; and the requirement that an area must be "blighted" to be redeveloped must be eliminated. "Eliminating the blight requirement would make California more consistent with other states, and it would also pave the way for projects that are more consistent with public needs," Fulton wrote.
January 7, 2012
The Whittier Daily News quoted USC Price Senior Fellow Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about voter attitudes toward redevelopment agencies.
January 5, 2012
Leaders from government, business, academia, media and the community recently met at USC to discuss the state's energy future in a forum titled "Powering California." The November forum focused on California's increasing energy needs, the viability of various sources to meet those demands and the impact of energy development on growing the state's economy. The event was a joint effort by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, The Communications Institute and Sandia National Laboratories.
December 14, 2011
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.
December 2, 2011
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.
December 2, 2011
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.
November 27, 2011
The Washington Post highlighted research by USC Price Professor Dowell Myers and John Pitkin of USC's Population Dynamics Research Group, which concluded that immigrants as a whole are becoming more integrated into U.S. society. Their research found that by 2030, the percentage of new immigrants speaking English "well or very well" will rise from 57.5 percent to 70.3 percent. The study also found that group as a whole will be more successful financially and educationally.
November 19, 2011
The Los Angeles Times quoted Assistant Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Sol Price School of Policy about the L.A. County Sheriff's Department reopening the investigation into actress Natalie Wood's death.
November 15, 2011
The Los Angeles Times quoted USC Price Senior Fellow Richard Little about Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's timeline for a recently proposed street repair plan. Little directs USC's Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, the story noted.
November 12, 2011
The Los Angeles Times responded to a letter to the editor by Emeriti Professor David Lopez-Lee of the USC Price School of Public Policy about what the Board of Supervisors can do to address reports of inmate abuse by sheriff's deputies in L.A. County jails.
October 30, 2011
CNN quoted SPPD Senior Fellow, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe on the leaderless nature of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
July 29, 2011
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."
July 29, 2011
The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by SPPD and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Professor James Moore on finishing the 710 Freeway. "In the best case, the political impasse over raising the nation's debt ceiling would lead to a new political reality for evaluating transportation projects: new rules that favor projects with needs and benefits solidly documented, with proven technology, and that do not push funding obligations onto future generations of taxpayers. The poster child for such a scenario would be the long-debated completion of the 710 Freeway," Moore wrote.
July 13, 2011
The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by SPPD Professor Lisa Schweitzer on whether the U.S., like Greece, might have to privatize large portions of its transportation system as a result of debt crisis. "So long as Americans refuse to even index gas taxes to inflation, let alone raise the tax outright, we won't be spending enough to maintain our transportation infrastructure, which means that its value will continue to fall," Schweitzer wrote. "That will make it difficult to attract private investment or get a fair price for state-owned assets if the government opts to privatize its transportation assets. Too many more years of disinvestment and we will have to make gun-to-the-head decisions like Greece's," she added.
July 7, 2011
The Los Angeles Times quoted USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Professor James Moore about L.A. County adding toll lanes on the 10 and 110 freeways.
July 6, 2011
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."
June 12, 2011
The Bay Citizen quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about California's largest labor union announcing that it will make political donations exclusively to the Republican Party.
May 26, 2011
KPCC-FM featured a recent conference on public pensions that was held at USC. Part of the problem is that the public pension issue has become a political lightning rod, said Juliet Musso, associate professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. "People either view pension reform as being anti-union on the one hand, or they perceive it as being pro-government, pro-union, and people vilify public employees as getting pension benefits that are too generous," she added.
May 26, 2011
The Los Angeles Wave noted that Michael Kodama, adjunct associate professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, is executive director of the Orangeline Development Authority.
May 18, 2011
Education has been driven by special-interest groups with no one advocating for the children, said Michelle Rhee, former D.C. schools chancellor and founder of StudentsFirst, at a recent Distinguished Speaker Series event by the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. "She shared the lessons she's learned in the trenches and had some insights about what's possible," said James M. Ferris, director of the center and professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development.
May 13, 2011
The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Richard Green, SPPD professor and director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conference "New Partnerships: Government and Real Estate."
April 26, 2011
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.
April 25, 2011
The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Professor James Moore about the drying up of funds for California's high-speed rail project. "California officials, lawmakers and citizens now have the opportunity to step back and reconsider the inflated promises that pervade the high-speed rail program," Moore wrote. "Railroads are a crucial component of the U.S. freight management and distribution system, but we do not need and cannot afford a high-speed rail system for passengers."
April 12, 2011
Bloomberg News quoted SPPD Professor Richard Green about a new Los Angeles ordinance that will limit new hillside homes to roughly 3,000 square feet on a typical 5,000-square-foot lot. Green is director and chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.
March 22, 2011
The Sacramento Bee quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch about county central committees.
March 14, 2011
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.
March 11, 2011
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.
March 9, 2011
NBC News' "NBC Nightly News" interviewed SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about this week's elections in the corruption-plagued city of Bell, Calif.
March 1, 2011
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."
February 25, 2011
A hurricane-like superstorm expected to hit California once every 200 years would cause devastation to the state's businesses unheard of even in the Great Recession, a USC economist warns. Researchers estimate the total property damage and business interruption costs of the massive rainstorm would be nearly $1 trillion. USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development research professor Adam Rose calculated that the lost production of goods and services alone would be $627 billion of the total over five years.
February 14, 2011
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.
February 11, 2011
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.
January 31, 2011
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.
January 12, 2011
The Sacramento Bee reported that SPPD alumnus Matt Rexroad, of Woodland, was unanimously elected by his colleagues on Jan. 11 as chairman of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. Rexroad is a political consultant, former Woodland mayor and former Marine, the story noted. Rexroad received his master of public administration in 2002 from the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento.
December 6, 2010
On Nov. 17, the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, the USC Office of State Government Relations and the USC College's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics presented a panel discussion in Sacramento titled "A Transition of Governance in a Time of Crisis." The event, the fifth and last in a series on "Civil Discourse on the California 2010 Elections," drew more than 100 attendees to the USC State Capital Center.
December 5, 2010
The Hartford Courant mentioned a research project by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development graduate students, on economic development policies in Hartford, Conn.
November 29, 2010
The State of California's advisory panel on climate change adaptation, led by USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Daniel Mazmanian, recently released the report "Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change - A Strategy for California." Mazmanian, the holder of SPPD's Bedrosian Chair in Governance, whose research and teaching focus largely on environmental policy, served as co-director for the Pacific Council on International Policy's Task Force on Adaptation to Climate Change and helped draft the council's 71-page report.
November 21, 2010
The Sacramento Bee highlighted research by SPPD Professor David Sloane and a colleague about the community impact of an anti-gang injunction, and quoted Sloane on the subject.
October 26, 2010
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.
October 5, 2010
Researchers at the USC METRANS Transportation Center and the USC Integrated Media Systems Center have received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from L.A. County Metropolitan Transit Authority to create an integrated data system that ultimately could improve traffic flows in and around Los Angeles. The work will include development of applications in regional planning, traffic management, system performance and policy analysis. METRANS is directed by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor and senior associate dean Genevieve Giuliano.
October 1, 2010
The Riverside Press-Enterprise quoted SPPD Professor Chester Newland about factors that influence city managers' pay.
September 29, 2010
The Riverside Press-Enterprise quoted SPPD Professor Chester Newland about the newly formed Redlands Association of Department Directors.
September 17, 2010
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Mark Pisano about a civil lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Jerry Brown against the city of Bell's leaders.
September 16, 2010
The Christian Science Monitor quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about how the city of Bell's elected-official pay scandal has played into the California governor's race.
September 16, 2010
La Opinion quoted Mark Pisano, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, about a civil lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Jerry Brown against the city of Bell's leaders.
September 16, 2010
On Sep. 8, the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the USC Office of Government and Civic Engagement co-sponsored a policy briefing for the Sacramento policymaking community featuring professor Dana Goldman. The event, which was held at the California Chamber of Commerce, drew more 110 guests from the state capitol, state agencies, local health-related private and non-profit organizations, as well as USC students and alumni.
September 6, 2010
National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" interviewed SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little about public-private partnerships in city parking systems. Little directs the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure at USC.
August 29, 2010
The Ventura County Star quoted Professor Terry Cooper about the importance of trust in local government.
August 17, 2010
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little about public-private partnerships in city parking systems. Little is director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at USC, the story noted.
August 14, 2010
The Daily Breeze quoted David Lopez-Lee, professor emeritus of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, about what some perceive to be excessively high pay for city officials.
August 14, 2010
The Los Angeles Daily News quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about the efficacy of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's administration.
August, 8, 2010
Bloomberg News quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little about public-private partnerships in city parking systems. Little is director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at USC, the story noted.
July 23, 2010
The Los Angeles Times quoted Professor James Moore of SPPD and the USC Viterbi School about the impact the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's development of rail service has had on bus transit.
June 28, 2010
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.
June 17, 2010
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.
April 26, 2010
In a collaborative student-led effort, leading voices in minority health advocacy in Los Angeles came together at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development for a panel discussion on "Inequities in Minority Health: Access, Quality and Outcomes." The event, featuring representatives from the nonprofit, education and government sectors, covered a variety of pressing health care issues facing minority communities across the country.
April 20, 2010
La Opinion quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Mark Pisano about Los Angeles' budget problems.
March 8, 2010
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.
February 13, 2010
The Santa Claria Valley Signal quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Richard Little about lease revenue bonds. Little is director of the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy.
December 26, 2009
The Riverside Press-Enterprise quoted SPPD Senior Fellow Sherry Bebitch Jeffe in a story about San Jacinto, Calif., city council members who have been charged with trying to bypass the state's campaign-finance limits by hiding contribution sources. The council members have said they will not resign and face a possible recall campaign going into 2010. Jeffe said that citizen participation is important in keeping an eye on government. "Voting alone is not enough," Jeffe said. "You can't go into the voting booth, walk out and not pay any attention to governance and assume you're going to get the government that you voted for."
December 21, 2009
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.
December 9, 2009
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.
October 28, 2009
The USC Center for Economic Development was awarded a two-year $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to broaden the scope of the center's applied research and outreach initiatives. The center is housed at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
September 16, 2009
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.
September 13, 2009
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
August 30, 2009
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.
August 20, 2009
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.
July 15, 2009
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.
May 6, 2009
The image of California as a land of migrants is being shattered by demographic data indicating the emergence of a newer generation of Californians that is homegrown and willing to stay in the state, according to a new study by USC researchers. The study found that today's teens and young adults will be the first generation in California history whose majority will be California-born when they assume positions of leadership in middle age.
April 2, 2009
Los Angeles' "transportation transformation" was the subject of a recent panel discussion hosted by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The event took place at the downtown headquarters of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). It was the third event in the SPPD Dean's Speaker series, which has focused on the revitalization of Los Angeles.
March 26, 2009
The New Statesman (U.K.) featured a talk by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Currid delivered at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London. Currid's book, The Warhol Economy, argues that New York's art scene is a major economic engine, and in her talk, she suggested that the same may be true of London, the story noted. In big cities, where the arts generate billions, urban policymakers need to recognize the role that networking plays in the creative sector, she said.
February 8, 2009
The San Diego Union-Tribune quoted Professor Chet Newland about widespread discrepancies between what a contractor charged for picking up wildfire debris and what was actually delivered at recycling centers. "They should have clear records for each of the deliveries, and they certainly should match with the billing," Newland said. "The city simply must hold them accountable -- usually it would have been before making a payment," he added.
February 4, 2009
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.
January 26, 2009
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.
December 21, 2008
The Los Angeles Times quoted Professor Genevieve Giuliano about the expected departure of L.A.'s Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Roger Snoble. "The next person is going to have to be hardheaded about the market for some of these capital investments," Giuliano said. If not, the cost of running and building rail could drain agency coffers, she noted. Guiliano is senior associate dean for research and technology at SPPD and director of the METRANS Transportation Center.
December 17, 2008
L.A. Weekly quoted Adjunct Professor Michael Woo about the resignation of Los Angeles Planning Commission President Jane Usher. Usher was widely viewed as independent of the city's powerful developer sector, the story stated. "There has never been such a proactive commission," Woo said. Woo is a commissioner and a former Los Angeles city councilman, the article noted.
November 20, 2008
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.
November 6, 2008
Dr. Louise Nelson Dyble, associate director for research at the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, recently received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Michael Robinson Award for her article, "Revolt Against Sprawl: Transportation and the Origins of the Marin County Growth-Control Regime."
October 29, 2008
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.
October 17, 2008
The Star-Ledger reported that SPPD Assistant Professor Elizabeth Currid will speak at a symposium held at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The conference will investigate how the cultural economy works, the roles of state and local government in promoting it, and how cultural advocates measure success, the article noted.
July 29, 2008
In a Los Angeles Times story, Prof. Gary Painter was quoted about the penalty for delays with Los Angeles' Grand Avenue project. The board overseeing the project approved a measure stipulating that if the project is delayed beyond February, the developer will be fined $250,000 a month. Financial penalties like this can sometimes help get projects moving, Painter said. He added that $250,000 per month seemed not a large sum of money relative to the scale of the project.
July 3, 2008
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about backlash faced by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom over several young illegal immigrant drug dealers who escaped from an unguarded Inland Empire facility, to which they had been escorted by the city. If Newsom won the Democratic nomination for California governor in 2010, Inland California voters would be critical in the general election, said Jeffe, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
June 4, 2008
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior fellow at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, was interviewed on "Which Way, L.A.?" on KCRW about Tuesday's elections in California. The Los Angeles county supervisor race was whittled down to two candidates who will participate in a run-off election in November, the story stated. "It was a very interesting semi-final," Jeffe said. "I had thought that a run-off would be avoided, and I would have thought that Bernard Parks would have won [over Mark Ridley-Thomas] because his supporters are more high-propensity in what was to be a very low turnout," she said. "They are both competing for a very rare jewel in the L.A. crown: a very powerful position, with the ability to shape policy. And it's one of the few offices that still allow the exercise of power outside of the penetrating eyes of the media and the public, because it's boring and no one covers it. But developers and labor unions and businesses know all about it."
May 24, 2008
Juliet Musso of was quoted by the Los Angeles Times about the city of Vallejo's filing for bankruptcy. It appears that Vallejo negotiated contracts with employees that were too burdensome when the economy slowed down, Musso said. "It's a continuation of the story of bust-and-boom cycles in California," she explained.
April 1, 2008
Richard Little was quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune about San Diego considering the sale of private bonds. The funding approach is likely to rattle anyone who has been watching the credit crunch closely, Little said. "We're kind of in the midst of a shaky situation, so any kind of activity like this is going to be open to question," he explained. Little is director of the USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, the story noted.