Learning about sustainable water management: The case of Los Angeles

Running water in our homes is sort of magical when you think about it. It’s one of the most important technological improvements of industrialized societies, which has, without a doubt, had a major impact on our quality of life … it is hard to keep water policy in the public discourse and in the forefront of policy when we don’t really educate ourselves about how basic water management works.

On Flint, water, and environmental justice

by Patricia Quintero Estades If you’re like me, you don’t worry about how you’ll get your next glass of water to drink or your next shower. In most developed nations, clean and safe water is something we often take for granted. When we think of conserving water we most often worry about reducing our utility bills…

On civility and the true meaning of “politics” in an election year

by Patricia Quintero Estades A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece on partisanship in Puerto Rico and its detrimental effects on governance. In it, I mentioned how bipartisanship and cooperation is something that the U.S. needs as well. Nothing drives a wedge between people of different ideologies like an election year. What we are…

A conversation with Dr. Lucy Jones: Lessons Learned

by Patricia Quintero Estades On Monday November 30th the Bedrosian Center held their last Lunch with a Leader of the semester with seismology expert Dr. Lucy Jones. Dr. Jones has worked with the US Geological Survey for over 30 years. More recently she started a collaboration with Mayor Garcetti and the City of LA, first in…

A Conversation with Paula Daniels: Lessons Learned

by Patricia Quintero Estades On Tuesday, November 17 the Bedrosian Center welcomed the Executive Director of California Central, Paula Daniels for our third Lunch with a Leader event of the semester. Daniels has worked extensively on sustainability policy, holding important positions in both the nonprofit and public sector. She started her environmental work volunteering with Heal…

Unbudging Partisanship: How it has exacerbated bad governance in Puerto Rico

by Patricia Quintero Estades I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and I grew up finding the showy, grand, and loud political campaigns of every election cycle normal. I grew accustomed to political campaigns that are unlike anything I have seen in mainland U.S., except in the context of rival sports teams and championship parades.…

Five minutes with Liz Falletta

by Patricia Quintero Estades The Bedrosian Center recently sat down with one of our new faculty affiliates for this school-year year, Liz Falletta, to talk about her current research on design and multi-family housing in LA. Professor Falletta is a licensed architect who teaches design skills in both the urban planning and the real estate development programs…

A Conversation with Michael Maltzan: Lessons on Affordable Housing

by Patricia Quintero Estades On Tuesday October 20th we had the pleasure of hosting LA architect Michael Maltzan for our second Lunch with a Leader this semester. We were also lucky to have our own wonderful “architect-in-house” Professor Liz Falleta as our moderator. Mr. Maltzan walked us through some of his most impactful projects, some we highlighted previously: from the Star Apartments…

Former Press Secretary Dana Perino for the Holt Lecture Series: October 29, 2015

by Patricia Quintero Estades Dana Perino served as the 27th White House Press Secretary from September 2007 to January 2009, under President George W. Bush, becoming the first Republican woman to hold the position. The Bedrosian Center is excited to welcome Ms. Perino for the next installment of the Holt Lecture Series on October 29th 2015. The…