On Such a Full Sea

In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we’re looking at the dystopian novel On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee. Lee’s novel follows Fan, a young woman from one of the labor communities, as she leaves her home in search of her love. In a corporatized future world – where the wealthy fly in helicopters, workers try to compete with robots, and the really poor live in favelas – what becomes of social mobility and the notions of resilience and hope and equality?

Managing a Giant

January 20, 2015 by Jeremy Loudenback For William T. Fujioka, a distinguished 40-year career in public service began in humble circumstances. In 1972, Fujioka started working in the public sector as a custodian for Santa Cruz County. But after rising through the ranks in jobs for both the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles…

Tweeting a Successful Campaign

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, with Twitter and other social media becoming a contentious political battlefield for candidates from both parties. However, a new paper argues…

Planning the Future of CEQA and Dense Development

December 10, 2014 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 heart of many battles over development, with local governments, environmentalists, developers, and community groups all staked to a…

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.

Robert Garcia Blazes New Trail in Long Beach

Despite some wince-worthy moments along the way, Garcia has handled a tough city campaign and the responsibilities of his new office with the candor, grace, and aplomb of someone much older than his 36 years. Last week, Garcia visited the Bedrosian Center’s Lunch for a Leader series to provide special insight into his unlikely ascension to the mayor’s office after a hard-fought campaign, how his age helps his communicate with Long Beach residents, and his education-based initiatives aimed at tackling the city high poverty rates.

In Search of Denser Developments, California Ponders How to Manage New CEQA Guidelines

November 13, 2014 by Jeremy Loudenback California is finding that the path toward creating more compact, transit-oriented developments is not always a smooth ride. Over the past couple of years, California has inaugurated new policies many hope will incentivize developers to build more in denser urban areas and lead to developments that prioritize transit, walking,…

Saluting a Mayor Who Knew How to Listen

November 7, 2014 by Jeremy Loudenback The book of disappointing mayors is a long one. The ledgers are full of entries on bumbling bribe takers, sexually harassing hizzoners, influence peddlers, and kickback artists, with a special section devoted to the crack-smoking shenanigans of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Great leaders, unfortunately, are much harder to come…