Bedrosian Center, SCI event spotlights refugee experience, from vetting to resettlement

In collaboration with the Safe Communities Institute, we hosted a discussion on the experiences and impact of refugees who arrive in the U.S. in search of their new home. Professor Raphael Bostic moderated a panel featuring Ehsan Zaffar, senior advisor for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, executive director of Tiyya, an organization that serves refugees; and USC Social Work Associate Dean Cherrie Short.

Cutting bureaucratic red tape for the public good

originally published on USC News, March 27, 2015 By overcoming obstacles, health services official reforms public health and strengthens communities How does policy work impact public health issues and the community? Mitchell Katz, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, discussed the topic during an event hosted on March 3 by the…

Dr. Mitchell Katz: Making a Difference through Health Policy (Highlights)

Highlights from Dr. Mitchell Katz’ presentation sponsored by the USC Schaeffer Center and Bedrosian Center. Watch the full version here.

USC Schaeffer Center Quintiles Health Policy Seminar Series and the Bedrosian Price Research Collaborative Series.

The Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics invite you to hear Mitchell Katz, M.D., the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, speak as part of the Quintiles Seminar Series that features prominent academics, researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders to discuss prevalent and current themes in health, policy, and economics.

CEQA and Infill Development: Should there be a safe haven? (Highlights)

Highlights from the USC Bedrosian Center and Lusk Center panel on CEQA. Watch the full version here:

The Price Research Collaborative aims to foster critical discussion about both specific policy areas as well as the ways in which those policy areas are being implemented. This collaborative brings together the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.

This solution-oriented panel of experts will span the policy space and focus on the notion of a safe haven from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for infill development projects.

CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. Every development project which requires a discretionary governmental approval will require at least some environmental review, both procedural and substantive, pursuant to CEQA. New legislation (SB-743) has recently been drafted that would change the way transit oriented infill projects are analyzed under CEQA, opening the door for a possible “safe haven” for infill development.


Raphael Bostic, Director, USC Bedrosian Center on Governance


Ann Sewill, California Community Foundation
Ethan Elkind, UC Berkeley & UCLA
Rick Cole, City of LA
Mott Smith, Civic Enterprise Associates