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Best and Worst 2014

March 1, 2015 by Raphael Bostic When we started the Bedrosian Center Best and Worst in Governance feature, our goal was to highlight what’s going on in the field. And while we thought that instances of poor governance would provide … Continue reading

Save the Date: Will Los Angeles Change Its City Elections?

February 27, 2015 by Jeremy Loudenback Next Tuesday, Los Angeles will take to the polls to confront one of its enduring stereotypes. Los Angeles, critics say, is a civic wasteland, a sprawling city still struggling to forge an identity for … Continue reading

LA County’s Health Chief Dedicated to Providing Healthcare to All

On March 3, the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics invite you to hear Dr. Mitchell Katz, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, speak about how policy work can impact issues such as needle exchange, changes in public health law related to HIV and STDs, and increasing access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.

Congratulations Dr. Schweitzer

The Best Paper published in 2014 Journal of the American Planning Association has been chosen and the winning paper is by our own Lisa Schweitzer, Bedrosian Faculty and Associate Professor here at the Sol Price School of Public Policy: “Planning and social media; A case study of public transit and stigma on Twitter.” The award will be presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Planning Association in Seattle this coming April.

New podcast – Reproducing Racism

In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss the new book Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage by USC Gould Professor Daria Roithmayr.

A look at CVE policy implementation

February 20, 2015 by Justine Dodgen This week, the White House hosted a summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to discuss how the United States and its partners can counter extremist ideologies and prevent the radicalization of domestic individuals. The … Continue reading

Mayor Bogaard, 15 years in Pasadena

by Justine Dodgen
While Pasadena City Hall may be best known for its appearances on the hit show Parks and Recreation, it is also home to one of the longest-governing mayors in LA County. Bill Bogaard, Mayor of Pasadena, has been elected four times, having first taken office in 1999. On February 24, the Bedrosian Center will host Bogaard at our monthly Lunch with a Leader to discuss his experiences and the many changes to Pasadena that have occurred under his leadership.


Americans have long been concerned about the dominance of the money power, the capacity of these elite financiers to exert influence not just on the economy but on politics and government as well, all towards their own ends rather than the public good. Since it is widely understood that the primary goal in capitalism is to maximize profit, we should assume that the capitalists in charge of the world’s central banks and the international banking system share this objective. Unfortunately, with profit maximization as their primary goal, capitalists too readily discount the importance of other considerations such as human well-being, with efforts to make money oftentimes generating negative externalities that reduce the quality of life for people outside the profit margins. This is the great danger in outsourcing Congress’ constitutional power over the monetary system to a consortium of private bankers. As the history of the 20th century suggests, those controlling the money and the banks have found many ways to profit at the expense of the people.

LeVar Burton seeks to integrate storytelling into education

by Matthew Kredell
Television icon LeVar Burton discussed how he’d like to see storytelling better integrated into education during a Jan. 28 Holt lecture series event presented by the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise.

Worst in Governance: John Boehner

That the United States is increasingly riven by strong partisan divisions is not exactly news in 2015. But the recent controversy around House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress establishes sets a dangerous precedent of disrupting the protocols that undergird the governance process.

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