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

by Robyn Burleson 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…

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…

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

by Jeremy Loudenback 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…

A Student Point of View on the Speaker Pérez Event

by Caroline Stevens 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…

Bedrosian to Host California Assembly Speaker Pérez

by Jeremy Loudenback On October 22, the Bedrosian Center receives a visit from one of the state’s most influential lawmakers as part of the Leading from the West conversation series. California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez will talk about the most important policy issues facing California, review the California Legislature’s busy year of legislation, and share lessons…

Pérez’s Leadership Marked Productive 2013 for Assembly

by Jeremy Loudenback As California Legislature reached the end of its legislative term last month, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) looked back on a busy year of legislation, headlined by the passage of a balanced budget. “In this first year of our two-year session we passed an on-time balanced budget for the third year in…