Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News

January

January 27, 2016
Anyone who has driven around Los Angeles knows that searching for an open parking space in an unfamiliar area is a free-for-all—a competitive sport—with arbitrary winners and losers. Historically, cities have done little to actively manage parking and thus rationalize the supply and demand for space. Instead, cities have maintained policies where drivers have benefited from having free or low-cost parking, while an oversupply of parking has effectively made pedestrians and transit-riders bear the costs of traversing sprawling urban areas.  
January 07, 2016
The Luskin Center for Innovation’s comprehensive Los Angeles County Community Water Systems: Atlas and Policy Guide characterizes each of the county’s community water systems and the populations they serve. In the guide, we analyze the drinking water delivery system of a county more systematically than previous studies, provide a rich data resource to study drinking water governance in Los Angeles County, and suggest a template for future research outside the county.

December

December 01, 2015
If you have uttered a phrase like, “we can’t be friends anymore because you are moving to the Valley,” then you understand the enormous role that transportation plays in the everyday lives of Angelinos. Our quality of life is impacted every day by transportation, from our personal safety to the way we spend our time (sitting in traffic or being with family?) In his new book, Start-Up City, Gabe Klein discusses the role of the transportation sector in shaping and transforming cities.

October

October 23, 2015
As the center enters its sixth year, we continue to leverage the intellectual capital of UCLA to address pressing issues.
October 09, 2015
Supplying water to Californians using traditional conveyance methods requires nearly 20 percent of the state's energy. Extracting this embedded energy from gas and coal emits large amounts of greenhouse gases, in particular, carbon dioxide. The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) is one of the first water agencies in the world to supply its customers with carbon-free water and has consequently become a world leader in sustainability.

September

September 24, 2015
A study on residential graywater recycling, funded in part by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, was published this month in the Journal of the American Water Works Association. The authors, Zita L. T. Yu, J.R. DeShazo— director of the UCLA Luskin Center, Michael K. Stenstrom, and Yoram Cohen performed a cost-benefit analysis of onsite graywater recycling in single-family and multifamily residences.

August

August 26, 2015
The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) co-hosted, in conjunction with North East Trees, the Lower Los Angeles River: From Gray to Green workshop on Tuesday, August 18th. The workshop took place at the beautiful Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach and drew attendees from throughout Los Angeles County.
August 19, 2015
PLANNING CALIFORNIA CLIMATE INVESTMENTS IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES$2.2 Billion in Climate Investments Expected for 2015-16 Rapidly growing revenues from California’s Cap-and-Trade program, which are deposited into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), represent a major new source of funding for state programs.

June

June 17, 2015
Earlier this month, business leaders convened for the Los Angeles Business Council’s Energy and Environment Committee Meeting, where discussion focused on ways to enhance the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) feed-in tariff program as the utility plans to ramp up solar investments. In March, the 100 MW program (the FiT 100) released its fifth and final allocation, marking the end to the country’s largest feed-in tariff. As the Luskin Center for Innovation prepares a forthcoming evaluation of the FiT 100, Director J.R.
June 03, 2015
Los Angeles Times reporters Ron-Gong Lin II and Priya Krishnakumar wrote two separate articles in May highlighting findings of the Los Angeles County Community Water Systems Atlas and Policy Guide Volume I. This Luskin Center report presents a high-level view of the drinking water systems that serve LA County based on in-depth, system-level profiles of water supply vulnerabilities.