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Creating Culture Change at City Hall

December 19, 2014 by Jeremy Loudenback At 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, … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Spending to reach more economic equality

December 11, 2014 by Justine Dodgen 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, … Continue reading

Planning the Future of CEQA and Dense Development

December 10, 2014 by Jeremy Loudenback As California ponders the shape of its future, nothing underscores the current challenges of urban development more than the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Since its passage in 1970, CEQA has remained at the … Continue reading

November Worst in Governance is Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Worst in Governance

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Governance Tuesday 12.9.2014That courts in Ferguson, MO, and New York failed to indict police officers in recent deaths of two unarmed African-American men was sadly a surprise to very few. Recent months have shown that the list of unarmed Black men slain by police is more than just Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. Recent months have included Akai Gurley in Brooklyn, 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, among others. According to a recent ProPublica analysis of federal data on fatal police shootings from 2010 to 2012, Black teens are a staggering 21 times more likely to be killed by police than their white peers.

November Best in Governance is Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board

Best in Governance

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board

In October of last year, Maryland was poised to roll out a health insurance exchange as part of healthcare reform as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hopes were high that the state would be able to serve the almost 800,000 uninsured residents in the state.

The Face of Los Angeles’ Public Services

December 3, 2014 by Justine Dodgen Doane Liu, Deputy Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, is no stranger to local government. Liu, the first deputy mayor appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti of the four in his administration, oversees 15 … Continue reading

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The shift from the modern industrial era into the new, post-modern Information Age presents contemporary society with a rather significant paradox. On one hand, there is fairly widespread agreement that the governmental apparatus established to implement public policies – the bureaucracy – is not very efficient or effective. On the other, there is equally widespread belief that bureaucracy is necessary in order to successfully implement those policies. We are stuck in something of a love/hate, “can’t live with it, can’t live without it” dilemma when it comes to the presence of the large bureaucratic systems, at all levels of government, that are critical to the actual delivery of services that constitute the ultimate operationalization of legislative dictates.

Kleinbard tells us the hard truths

November 25, 2014 by Justine Dodgen Edward D. Kleinbard’s solution to America’s economic inequality might seem pretty revolutionary. Last month, The LA Times quoted Kleinbard as saying, “the left sees me as a Wall Street Journal Satanist, and the right … Continue reading

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