The Flint Lead Poisoning Disaster: Why We Must Invest in Healthy Homes

About 150 years ago, people figured out that lead pipes could kill them. In 1861, fifty prisoners in King County Jail in Brooklyn started vomiting uncontrollably, until a doctor realized that the water supply was contaminated with lead. Seven years later, a New York City woman named Elizabeth Galler was accused of poisoning her husband…

Richard II

Featuring Raphael Bostic, Carla Della Gatta, Lisa Schweitzer, and Donnajean Ward Richard II, the first of four Shakespeare plays known as the “Henriad,” is the tale of strife between Richard II, the rightful but terrible king, and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Followed by Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V, Shakespeare explores the question of political…

Villaraigosa convenes experts to debate California Environmental Quality Act

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the focus of much discussion about development since its enactment in 1970, was front and center at a recent debate at the Galen Center. The California Central-USC Villaraigosa Initiative at the USC Price School of Public Policy hosted the event, which convened leading practitioners in environmental law and urban…

HUD at 50

On January 12th in Washington DC, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research commemorated HUD’s 50 years. Raphael Bostic, the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, co-authored HUD at 50: Creating Pathways to Opportunity (see Chapter 3) and was a discussant on the panel of The Evolution of HUD’s Policies…

California Environmental Quality Act: Workshop

On December 10, 2015 we co-hosted a CEQA workshop with California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative. CEQA has been in the cross-hairs of discussion about development since its enactment in 1970 by then Governor Ronald Reagan.  It was adopted in the spirit of environmental protection that also led to many regulatory and other initiatives in…

CEQA Workshop

On December 10, 2015, California Central hosted a workshop on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), to discuss the praise and critique of CEQA, and consider some proposed recommendations for reform. California Central was joined in partnership with the Bedrosian School of Governance, and the panelists Mary Leslie of the LA Business Council, Gladys Limon…

Rez Life

Featuring Caroline Bhalla, Raphael Bostic, Peter Mancall, and Lisa Schweitzer To participate in Native American History Month, we read Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by USC Professor David Treuer. Novelist David Treuer’s book “blends memoir and history” to render the uniquely beautiful story of the uniquely American places known as reservations. Treuer spirals in and out of personal story, interviews, and…

Raphael Bostic, National Community Land Trust Conference, October 2015

Raphael Bostic, Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, was the keynote speaker at the national Community Land Trust conference held in Lexington, KY, October 19-22.  Theme of the conference was Intersections.  This is the only national conference dedicated to permanently affordable housing and…

Why Home Matters: Welcome to the Conversation

How do you talk about home without thinking of the American dream?   It was Thomas Jefferson who first solidified the vision of homeownership as the foundation of American democracy. He saw it as the antidote to European aristocracy, which perpetuated itself by keeping land in the hands of the nobility. Jefferson’s radical proposal would…