Special event: Thursday, February 9th, 1:00 – 2:30, Luskin School of Public Affairs

The Road to and from Los Angeles’ Measure S: The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative

A discussion with UCLA Housing and Land Use Experts

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This event features experts in land use law, housing policy and development who will help to explain the concerns that led to this outcry and think through what the passage of this initiative could mean for the City.

  • Paavo Monkkonen, UCLA Department of Urban Planning
  • Joan Ling, UCLA Department of Urban Planning
  • Mike Manville, UCLA Department of Urban Planning
  • Jonathan Zasloff, UCLA School of Law 

Event resources: Further Reading and Relevant Case Law 
Other Measure S events happening in Los Angeles

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The Future of Public Transit: The 9th Annual UCLA Downtown Forum @ The California Endowment
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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The Future of Public Transit

9th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment

Presented by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

Strong public and political support for public transit is abounding across the United States. The Los Angeles region, by some measures, is seen as the poster child for this enthusiasm; home to the largest group of public works projects in the United States. But new transit project construction is only a part of what will shape the future. Transit managers need to understand their markets and competition, and how both might be expected to change in the years ahead.

The 9th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment will focus on the future of public transit. Speakers at the event will provide attendees an understanding of who transit customers are, how large societal shifts are likely to change the characteristics of current and potential riders, and how transportation planning and policy should think about responding. As such, the morning includes two panels; (1) speakers discussing demographic and technological trends and how these trends are likely to shape public transit ridership and (2) presentations of how agencies can respond to these changing preferences, technologies and demographics. The forum will conclude with a keynote address from the former FTA acting administrator and soon-to-return to Los Angeles, Therese McMillan, to tie together the themes of the day and reflect on how public transit adds value to the transportation network and to society in Los Angeles and other U.S cities. 

Attendees can expect a content-rich program and time to network with fellow transportation professionals. Those who plan, advise and think about public transit will find the 2016 UCLA Downtown Forum a highly worthwhile experience. 

Speakers and talks include:

  • Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Urban Planning “Taste for Transit: Youth, immigrants, and transit use trends in the U.S”

  • Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft “Friend or Foe? Exploring new business models for transit agency/private sector collaborations to attract more passengers”

  • Kurt Luhrsen, Vice President of Planning, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, “What if we start over from scratch? How Houston is reimagining its transit system.”

  • Phillip Washington, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, “New trains, new services, new networks, new fares, new partners… Metro’s strategies for building ridership in the years ahead”

Please stay tuned to the forum website for program updates.

AICP credits available.

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Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Genevieve Giuliano – Evaluating Buses Versus Rail in Urban Public Transit Planning @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Emily Castor – The Rise of Transportation Network Companies @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
The Past and Future of L.A.’s Metro Rail @ UCLA School of Public Affairs Room 2355
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Past and Future of L.A.’s Metro Rail

The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Department of Public Policy, and History Department presents, Professor Ethan Elkind, “The Past and Future of L.A’s Metro Rail.”

Professor Ethan Elkind is the Director of the Climate Program at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and leads the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative on behalf of the UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law.

He is the author of Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City (2014). The California Planning & Development Report lauded Elkind’s book, saying it “…tells a straightforward, well researched story — with little embellishment or dramatic flair — not about the politics of rail writ large but rather about the specific political process that birthed, delayed, and, eventually, gave rise to today’s system…The story makes for hard driving, but essential reading.”

This presentation will cover the recent history of Metro Rail and its likely future with the passage of Measure M, Los Angeles County’s transportation tax and master plan to build out a comprehensive transit network.

Public Housing & Activism Series Pt. II @ PAB Room 2343, 2nd Floor
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Challenges ahead for Jordan Downs & South LA

We will turn our attention back to Los Angeles as a follow up from the screening of the “70 Acres in Chicago” and the discussion of the destruction of the Cabrini Green development. On Thursday, January 26, the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin and the UCLA Ziman Center’s Howard and Irene Levine Program in Housing and Social Responsibility will host a discussion centering around Jordan Downs, the Los Angeles public housing development slated for transformation into an “urban village.” This years-long redevelopment effort is one of the largest public works projects in Los Angeles. Many people wonder how the 2,600 current residents will fare, particularly in Los Angeles’ housing crisis. The event will situate Jordan Downs in the cultural history and geography of Watts and South Los Angeles, identify current residents’ concerns and highlight how residents and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles are working to shape redevelopment.