Second annual City Managers’ Summit focuses on employee satisfaction, climate change, leadership

by Matthew Kredell

“I see city managers as kind of unsung heroes,” USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott said in his welcoming remarks. “I don’t feel you get the recognition and respect that you deserve for the fantastic job you do managing complex organizations.”

California mandates solar panels on all new homes by 2020

CBC Radio (Canada) quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on why mandating solar panels for new housing in California may drive up housing costs. “I think mandates tend to be bad policy,” Green says. “If you make it more expensive to buy a new house, then rich people stay in old houses and…

Jerry Brown—the Man Who Wasn’t There

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe about Gov. Jerry Brown’s conspicuous absence from the California Democratic party convention. If the San Diego convention is any indication, both Governor Brown and the California Democratic Party have moved on.  The Governor is focused on battling…

Somewhere in a Galaxy Not So Far Away…President Jerry Brown

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe about the political past and future of California Governor Jerry Brown. All right, it is fantasy. But this fairy tale scenario illustrates why Jerry Brown won his climate change battle in Sacramento, while President Donald Trump has been losing…

State Legislature Approves Extension Of Landmark Cap-And-Trade Program To Combat Climate Change

LAist quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on how cap and trade in California can serve as a model for the rest of the world to limit carbon emissions. “The whole point of Governor Brown’s intense fight for this is to the show the rest of the world that cap and trade…

California Governor Plans to Host 2018 Global Climate Summit

Voice of America quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School on California’s leadership role in climate change. California has taken a leadership role on climate legislation since the 1970s, said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She noted the U.S. state…

The Water Knife

This podcast features *spoilers – so, please listen after you’ve read the book unless you are okay with hearing about major plot details and the ending of this amazing novel.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife looks at our use and manipulation of water and water rights in the US and brings us to an ultimate conclusion. In a Southwest decimated by climate change, with the Colorado River a trickle, local and state governments in the Southwest are employing any means necessary to secure water rights. Following several main characters in a desperate search for recently discovered senior water rights for the city of Phoenix. Is #PhoenixRising or is #PhoenixDownTheTubes? NPR, All Things Considered called the novel, “A noir-ish, cinematic thriller set in the midst of a water war between Las Vegas and Phoenix. . . . Think Chinatown meets Mad Max.” Join us as we discuss the plausibility of this near-future Phoenix and the dire straits it’s characters find themselves in.