California Governor Responds to Deadly Wildfires From Afar

U.S. News & World Report (in an Associated Press story) quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on why the role of “consoler-in-chief” does not fit the political profile of California Gov. Jerry Brown when considering his response to the devastating fires in Northern California. “I’m not at all sure what he could…

LA, OC Rent Increases To Continue Into 2019

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center that predicts rents across Los Angeles will rise by $136 per month by 2019. Demand for housing continues to increase with job and population growth, but Los Angeles housing development has failed to keep pace with this trend. The…

Southern California apartment rents will keep climbing

Los Angeles Times featured research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center and the annual USC Casden Real Estate Economic Forecast that predicts rents across Los Angeles will rise by $136 per month by 2019. Demand for housing continues to increase with job and population growth, but Los Angeles housing development has failed to…

Investigators Struggle For Answers In Las Vegas Shooting Investigation

U.S. News & World Report and CBS News Miami affiliate WFOR-TV quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why it is difficult to determine the shooter’s motive. U.S. News & World Report: “It’s extremely difficult,” said Erroll Southers, the director of homegrown violent extremism studies at the University of Southern California.  “The lack…

Stymied Police Seek Help in Uncovering Vegas Gunman’s Motive

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why it is likely intentional that the Las Vegas shooter did not have a social media footprint. “The lack of a social media footprint is likely intentional,” said Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism studies at…

In light of the Las Vegas Shooting, how can we secure open spaces better?

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”  interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on how large outdoor events can better protect attendees from mass shootings or other incidents. It’s a situation that presents a whole new set of concerns for security officials. “In an outdoor event you are literally cooped up…and you are limited with regards to…

After Las Vegas mass shooting, experts say Southern California open-air venues are vulnerable

The Orange County Register interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on security measures for mass shootings or other incidents. While visible security measures can certainly be a deterrent for attackers, tighter security would likely not have made much difference in the Las Vegas shooting because of the shooter’s elevated position, said Southers, who…

Schweitzer, Southers discuss hate speech, policy implications after Charlottesville

USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott was joined by Bedrosian Faculty Affiliates Lisa Schweitzer and Erroll Southers (director of the Safe Communities Institute), in a discussion of the policy implications and responses to racism and extremism after the violence triggered by a white-nationalist rally in the Charlottesville, Virginia last month.

“White supremacy is not a historical construct we get to walk away from. We have to really interrogate how white supremacy informs public policies within the structures of our cities, within education and politics,” said Lisa Schweitzer. Erroll Southers indicated that he considered Charlottesville a pivotal moment for extremism in the country.

Gary Cohn: ‘People don’t buy homes because of the mortgage deduction’ — or do they?

USA Today quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on how the federal mortgage interest reduction affects homeownership rates. Green notes that the deduction is most important to those living in states like California, which has both high tax rates and high home prices. Home prices there, he said, could drop without the…

CA’s presidential primary moves again, SCOTUS considers unions

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School: Governor Brown signed yet another bill Wednesday. This one moves California’s presidential primary from June to March. But don’t celebrate yet: it might not mean much by 2020. The Supreme Court could deal a blow to unions next session. It’s a move that…