Despite the political uncertainty of a new president, California will continue to be an engine for innovation in the areas in which the Luskin Center works.
Take climate change. In 2016, California legislators extended and expanded the state’s commitment to climate action. In support of this, the Luskin Center began an ambitious project to measure the air quality and health co-benefits associated with the state’s suite of climate polices. We have also been estimating job creation from California Climate Investments. Early in the year we published our analysis of California’s Cap-andTrade program and its financial impact on low-income households. We concluded that the state is effectively protecting the low- and moderate-income Californians during our transition to a clean energy economy. This message was covered in newspapers across the state.
Continuing the theme of protecting the most vulnerable, we have partnered with the State Water Resources Control Board to conduct research that will inform a low-income rate assistance program for household drinking water service. We are crafting policy options to make drinking water more affordable for low-income households which are increasingly dealing with rising water service costs.
More locally, we recently released the “Los Angeles River Greenway Guide” to support the transformation of the L.A. River and surrounding lands, from eyesore to community resource. The Guide features 14 case studies of collaborative projects that have created parks, pathways and bridges along and across the L.A. River.
We look forward to building more bridges–both figuratively and literally—as we together make progress for the health of people and the planet. We thank our many supporters for your recent gifts and grants. In particular, we appreciate Meyer and Renee Luskin for their generous support and foresight, which resulted in our beautiful office and inspiring team of researchers and student workers. Come visit us and please stay connected.