Talking Headways Podcast: Lightsaber Fights From Autonomous Pods

Streetsblog USA podcast interviewed Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School.  In the first of a two-part series, Dr. Schweitzer talks about how her students respond to urban planning classes, what a recent controversy in a Los Angeles City Council election reveals about bike advocacy, and autonomous vehicles and land use policy. Listen to the podcast.

CALEXIT? New California independence movement willing to negotiate with Trump

Newsweek quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on how the California secession movement is capitalizing on voter disdain and distrust of President Donald Trump’s policies. “If down the line the impact of the Trump administration becomes more negative on the ordinary Californian, the Calexit movement may offer a release of anger, of…

For Democrats in California, a generational shift pulls the party left, with danger and opportunity ahead

Los Angeles Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the generational split in the California Democratic Party. “You can’t hide the fact that this is old school vs. new school, it is a generational split, it is the Berniecrats vs. the establishment,” Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a USC public policy fellow who…

Adam Schiff’s star turn sparks buzz at California convention

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Politico quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about Representative Adam Schiff’s long-term political aspirations. …few on Capitol Hill embody the “streetcar theory of politics” more than Schiff, she said. That theory is: “You’ve got to be on the right corner, with the right change, at the right time — and the streetcar…

California Democrats’ big event likely to expose infighting amid anti-Trump resistance

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on the limited impact intra-party fighting has on the California Democratic Party’s core purpose. “The main function of a state party — either of them — is to raise money,” she said, “and to provide a faucet by which big donors…

Indivisible, the political group

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the anti-Trump group Indivisible and its strategy that encourages constituents to demand town hall meetings with their representatives.  Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a longtime political analyst at the University of Southern California, said Indivisible was smart to demand town hall meetings…

The AHCA’s MacArthur Amendment: Unusual politics, unusual policy

Blogpost on Brookings, included discussion of Pamela McCann’s book. By giving states the ability to opt-out of particular requirements established in federal law, we can think of the MacArthur Amendment as a specific example of what political scientists call delegation, or the decision by Congress to give some other actor the authority to make certain choices…