Community Engagement Post #4: On social media and online engagement

In our previous post on community engagement, we talked a lot about innovation and how to make citizen engagement more attractive for community members. Additionally, during our first LA Civics Initiative workshop, we talked about the barriers that prevent people from becoming civically engaged in LA. One of the barriers that our attendees pointed to was a certain disconnect or feeling of apathy from Angelenos towards government or other formal institutions. Could online engagement and social media be the keys to making communities feel more interested and connected to local governance and decision-making?

Kevyn Orr: Leading Detroit on its path to better governance

On October 15, the Price community welcomes Kevyn Orr to campus as part of the Leading from the West speaker series, in partnership with the USC Price Athenian Society’s Dean’s Speaker Series. A litigator with over three decades of experience, Orr served as the Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit, appointed by Michigan Governor…

Panelists discuss renovation of Los Angeles River

By SELENA NG Originally posted by The Daily Trojan, March 26, 2015   The Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise hosted a panel discussion on the government and nonprofit sector efforts in revitalizing the Los Angeles River on Thursday night. The panelists in attendance discussed the various projects involved in the L.A. river revitalization…

Leading from the West: The future of the L.A. River

This Leading from the West conversation presented an opportunity to consider the future of the Los Angeles River. The panel discussion gathered some of the many stakeholders, decision makers, and visionaries working to implement the new revitalization plan. Panelists: Renee Dake Wilson, vice president, Los Angeles City Planning Commission; Carol Armstrong, Director, LA River Works,…

On the Banks of Change: Implementing a Plan for the Los Angeles River

Last year, when the Army Corps of Engineers signed off on a $1.08 billion plan to revitalize an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River, momentum for the project turned from a trickle into a swift current of expectations. Though a modest “back to basics” message has been a consistent theme of his young administration,…

Leading from the West: A Conversation with Condoleeza Rice, Patrick Haden

The Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise and The USC Department of Intercollegiate Athletics presented a conversation with Condoleezza Rice, Patrick C. Haden, and Raphael Bostic. The discussion centered on sports governance and collegiate sports policies. The event was part of the Bedrosian’s Leading from the West series and the…

A Student Point of View on the Speaker Pérez Event

Last Wednesday night the Bedrosian Center had the privilege of hosting Legislative Representative and California’s Assembly Speaker, John Pérez.  I regret to admit that being a native San Diegan and only having lived in Los Angeles for the past year, I had only scraped the Wikipedia surface of Pérez’s accomplishments in California but walking away…

Leading from the West: A Conversation with John Pérez

Join us for a conversation with John Pérez, the Speaker of the California Assembly. The Leading from the West speaker series offers insight into effective governance through conversations with major western leaders. John A. Pérez was elected in 2008 to represent the 46th Assembly District and in 2010 he was elected the 68th Speaker of…