UCLA Luskin takes pride in helping to improve society through undergraduate and graduate education in the fields of public policy, social welfare and urban planning. We hope that our research can also help drive transformative action that produces policy solutions for California. To further this effort, the School will present its inaugural UCLA Luskin Briefing at the UC Center Sacramento on Feb. 14, 2024.
UCLA FACULTY PRESENTATIONS:
Changing How — and Where — Californians Get Their Water: UCLA Luskin researchers have examined which strategies work best for cities coping with dwindling water resources amid climate change. Research efforts that analyze water policy in six major metropolitan areas can guide legislators toward the best decisions on major statewide investments as California transitions from reliance on imported water to increased usage of nontraditional sources like recycled water, stormwater collection and desalination. Presented by Greg Pierce, adjunct associate professor of urban panning; co-executive director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
Responding to Homelessness Through Land Use and Zoning Policy: A Fair Housing Land Use Score developed at UCLA measures the extent to which local regulations promote inclusion across neighborhoods. The Southern California scorecard shows most city zoning and housing plans do not advance fair housing goals, in some cases exacerbating rather than reversing segregation. Excluding new housing from desirable neighborhoods likely contributes to housing scarcity and unaffordability, while increasing the risk of homelessness. Presented by Michael Lens, associate professor of urban planning and public policy; associate faculty director, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
Current legislators, representatives of government agencies and other policy experts will provide insights during the panel discussion and Q&A sessions to follow. This event is also envisioned as a listening opportunity. If you’re involved in policymaking in Sacramento, please contact us about attending and encourage your colleagues to do so as well. We look forward to hearing your suggestions relating to legislative priorities that would benefit from UCLA research.
Check-In and Breakfast: 9 a.m.
Opening Remarks: 9:30 a.m.
Panel 1: 9:45 a.m.
Networking break: 10:45 a.m.
Panel 2: 11 a.m.
Closing Remarks: noon