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Creating Culture Change at City Hall

December 19, 2014
by Jeremy Loudenback

2014.12.09 Lunch with a Leader - Doane Liu 023At the Bedrosian Center’s Lunch with a Leader program last week, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Doane Liu recalled with pride how he first got a taste for public service.

As a San Pedro resident, he helped broker a deal in the mid-1990s that turned surplus land in San Pedro left over from the closing of the Long Beach Naval Shipyard into a homeless facility, a high school, and part of the Port of Los Angeles complex.

“I worked with the congresswoman [Jane Harman] to come up with a three-way deal,” Liu said. “It was a win-win-win situation. The Port of L.A. got a key parcel of land, the school got a new site, and a local homeless shelter got $1.3 million. After that, I got the bug for politics.”

“We are starting to develop a culture where there’s no wrong door, no ‘It’s not my job.’  We are all responsible for how the city looks and performs.”

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Tweeting a Successful Campaign

December 16, 2014
by Jeremy Loudenback

In the 2008 presidential campaign, the much more prominent use of social media by Barack Obama’s campaign served to highlight his relevance and forward-looking perspective.

But by 2012, the social-media gap had narrowed sharply, with Twitter and other social media becoming a contentious political battlefield for candidates from both parties.

However, a new paper argues that the Obama campaign’s continued social-media savviness and organization spelled an important advantage for him in the 2012 election.

In “Seizing the moment: The presidential campaigns’ use of Twitter during the 2012 electoral cycle,” Duke professor Daniel Kreiss examined how both the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns used Twitter to influence journalists, appeal to key supporters, and shape strategic communications.

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Spending to reach more economic equality

December 11, 2014
by Justine Dodgen

Edward Kleinbard  at the lectern

Edward Kleinbard at the lectern

Last week, the Bedrosian Center hosted Professor Edward Kleinbard of Gould Law School to discuss his new book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend our Money. In our conversation, Kleinbard, students, and fellow faculty discussed the themes of federal government spending and how fiscal policy could be implemented more effectively.

Kleinbard argues in his book that the United States needs a more “muscular” government because evidence shows that markets are inevitably incomplete in managing our economy. For proof, he says, look no further than America’s growing economic inequality. “There’s no country in the OECD that… rivals us in the difference between rich and poor in this county. Similarly, we accept more poverty that any other OECD country.” (more…)


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