Cop in the Hood

We ask how to define “good” policing, as we discuss sociologist Peter Moskos’ Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District. What expectations do we put on police officers? How do police departments measure success? What should we measure for success? What does “law and order” mean? Do police receive the right kind of training to deliver the service communities want them to provide? How does Baltimore differ from Los Angeles? We also discuss the epic policy failure of the War on Drugs and the idea of legalization.

Five Minutes with Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard

by Jeremy Loudenback In February, when Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard visited campus as part of Bedrosian Center’s Lunch with a Leader series, we had a chance to ask him a few questions about his long tenure at the helm of Pasadena. But change is coming for the city. Next Tuesday, Pasadena voters will elect a new…

Building Bridges with Bill Bogaard

by Jeremy Loudenback Despite his soft-spoken public persona, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard casts a long shadow. Over the course of his 16-year tenure, most current Pasadena schoolchildren have grown up knowing only Bogaard as their mayor. During that span, Pasadena has undergone dramatic change, shifting from a sleepy town known for its time-honored traditions to a…

Mayor Bogaard, 15 years in Pasadena

While Pasadena City Hall may be best known for its appearances on the hit show Parks and Recreation, it is also home to one of the longest-governing mayors in LA County. Bill Bogaard, Mayor of Pasadena, has been elected four times, having first taken office in 1999. On February 24, the Bedrosian Center will host Bogaard at our monthly Lunch with a Leader to discuss his experiences and the many changes to Pasadena that have occurred under his leadership.