California gas tax a victory for Jerry Brown 2.0

San Jose Mercury News quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the evolution of California Governor Jerry’s Brown’s political strategy. “Jerry Brown 1.0 was someone who didn’t reach out — he didn’t do politics,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a veteran political analyst at the University of Southern California.  This time around, “Jerry…

America needs small apartment buildings. Nobody builds them

Bloomberg highlighted research co-authored by Raphael Bostic  and Enterprise Community Partners which shows that average monthly rents in small to mid-sized apartment buildings are the most affordable nationwide, but these smaller apartment buildings are the least likely to be built. If this trend continues, the market for affordable housing will continue to dwindle. Zoning rules have developed to favor…

Small and Medium Multifamily Housing is Overlooked Part of Solution to Housing Affordability Challenges

While rental housing is often associated with large, high-rise apartments, 54 percent of U.S. rentals are in small and medium multifamily housing (SMMF), properties with between two and 49 units. SMMF is a much more important source of homes than has generally been recognized, especially for low-income households, according to new research from Enterprise Community Partners Inc. (Enterprise) and the The USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, housed at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Metro trying vendor marketplace at Westlake/MacArthur Park station

The Macarthur Park street market will run as a year-long pilot program and could be expanded if it is successful. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the program will increase accessibility and safety at the station and eliminate vendors who don’t have permits. Lisa Schweitzer, a University of Southern California urban planning professor,…

Devices Banned on Flights From 10 Countries Over ISIS Fears

The New York Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the effectiveness of new aviation industry restrictions limiting electronic devices on commercial flights. Erroll Southers, director of the Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program at the University of Southern California, said the new guidance would do little to enhance security. “This does little…

The U.S. government’s program to counter violent extremism needs an overhaul

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why the federal government needs a new strategy to counter violent extremism. According to Southers, changes proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration do not effectively address the needs of the current environment. The extremist threat in the United States is…

Does Airbnb decrease housing values, as Miami Beach mayor says?

PolitiFact quoted Richard Green, director of the USC Lusk Center, on whether absorbing Airbnb units into the housing market would have a real impact on rental prices. Green, the real estate professor at the University of Southern California, said that focusing on Airbnb doesn’t get to the heart of the matter — “that cities are making…

Bogus statistics undercut city program to help Portland renters

The Oregonian quoted Juliet Musso about the failure of Portland housing officials to rehabilitate rental properties as budgeted. The Portland Housing Bureau won nearly $500,000 from the City Council last year, bureau officials banked the money and let it sit. They haven’t repaired a single unit. The amount could have paid for nearly four dozen…