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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.