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2017 Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains

The annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium brings together influential planners, policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders for three days of immersive discussion on the connections between land use, transportation, and the environment. This October's 27th edition of the gathering tackled the highly relevant topic of "Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains," examining how land use policy interacts with and often impedes climate goals. Sessions covered everything from housing displacement to freight logistics to infrastructure planning for greenhouse gas emissions. Speakers summarized some of the symposium's key themes and insights in the video below: We've also recapped three selected sessions in more detail: Building our way to denser, greener, more affordable neighborhoods Dr. Paavo Monkkonen, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Sen. Scott Wiener, California State Senate Dena Belzer, Strategic Economics How pricing and technology can improve transportation and climate impacts Dr. Michael Manville, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Ellen Greenberg, California Department of Transportation Dr. Anne Goodchild, University of Washington [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2017 Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains

Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Implementing climate goals through local tools

By Alfonso Directo Jr. The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” - tackled the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here's a dispatch from a session on Tuesday, October 17, and a summary video with the three panelists.   How can we grow our urban areas more responsibly? The 2017 symposium’s final panel, moderated by the Lewis Center’s John Gahbauer, featured pragmatic local leaders presenting tools they have each used to help communities, developers, and decision-makers better understand, create, evaluate, and modify individual projects that support positive growth. Jason Neville, founder and CEO of Building Blocks, argued for activating the underutilized residential urban land tucked away in Southern California backyards. His company builds accessory dwelling units (ADUs), which he believes are one way to grow the region’s housing stock while simultaneously addressing residential displacement in rapidly developing neighborhoods. ADU permits have skyrocketed in Los Angeles [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Implementing climate goals through local tools

Lake Arrowhead Symposium: How pricing and technology can improve transportation and climate impacts

By Jordan Fraade

The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” - tackles the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here's a dispatch from the opening night session and a summary video with the three panelists.

Users of our transportation system are accustomed to flat fees — a single fare per transit ride, a set per-hour rate for street parking, a fixed delivery fee for packages, and so on. [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lake Arrowhead Symposium: How pricing and technology can improve transportation and climate impacts

Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Building our way to denser, greener, more affordable neighborhoods

By Eve Bachrach

The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” - tackles the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here's a dispatch from the opening night session and a summary video with the three panelists.

California is not building enough housing, and the denser, more walkable, more environmentally friendly neighborhoods that are being built are not affordable. [...]

By | October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Building our way to denser, greener, more affordable neighborhoods

Recapping our Housing and Activism series: Despite the contentious past, presenting hope for the future

Public Housing and Activism series brought together community members, activists, academics and public officials to discuss the thorny intersection of displacement, environmental justice, and housing policy.  The 2016-2017 Housing and Activism series, produced with our partners at the Ziman Center for Real Estate and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy,  strove to center stage the people that have lived and are living through the massive federal policy change away from public housing developments. The series started with a look back at the city considered the epicenter for public housing demolition, Chicago, hearing the perspective of former and current residents who witnessed the near wholesale displacement of their community at Cabrini Green. The second installment focused on LA’s own plans for demolition with a conversation on the much debated and awaited Jordan Downs redevelopment. The final event returned to another community that famously fought the loss of its public housing units, Boyle Heights with Pico Aliso, this time addressing the displacement [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Recapping our Housing and Activism series: Despite the contentious past, presenting hope for the future

A Case of Arrested Development – UCLA Housing and Land Use experts on the Road to and From Los Angeles’ Measure S

A complete video recording of the event available on YouTube The merits of an upcoming ballot initiative in the City of LA, Measure S, that would mean big changes for big development projects in the city brought together a panel of UCLA experts in housing and land use. If passed by voters in March 2017, Measure S would impose a temporary moratorium on development projects that require changes to zoning, land use and building height laws in Los Angeles. In addition, the measure would restrict other changes and impose mandatory review procedures to the Los Angeles General Plan, while preventing project applicants from conducting their own Environmental Impact Reports (EIR). “If you’re a developer and you want to do some affordable housing … it would be informally discouraged in wealthier areas,” said Joan Ling, a longtime lecturer in the UCLA Luskin Department of Urban Planning. “There’s a lot of talk about reforming land use laws in L.A., but there’s very [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Housing, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Case of Arrested Development – UCLA Housing and Land Use experts on the Road to and From Los Angeles’ Measure S

2016 Arrowhead Symposium: Investing in Sustainable Mobility

Every year, urban planners, academics, public officials, and transportation enthusiasts gather in the mountains near San Bernardino for 3 days of thoughtful, frank discussions on the connections between transportation, land use, and the environment. This year's Lake Arrowhead Symposium was no different, with all the sessions revolving around the theme of "Paying It Forward: Investing in Sustainable Mobility." Panelists and attendees came from all over the country to discuss funding innovative transportation programs, coping with fiscal uncertainty, and planning for future innovations like Autonomous Vehicles.This was the 26th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only gathering, and we've put together 4 stories to share some of the highlights with you.1. Adding Capacity Without Adding ConcreteThe era of major highway construction is over, and there's still traffic everywhere. Are there other ways to help cut down on congestion?2. Funding Transportation Through Cap-and-TradeOne of California's most innovative transit-funding programs is also one of its most unpredictable. How can we plan for the future?3. How [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2016 Arrowhead Symposium: Investing in Sustainable Mobility

Getting Ready For the Rise of Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles (AV) are coming, and they are coming faster than we imagined (possibly within the next 5-10 years), but are we ready? AVs have the potential to transform the way people travel, but their impacts on congestion, greenhouse-gas emissions, and travel patterns will largely depend on planning and policy choices. A reoccurring question of concern in this Monday afternoon session was whether a world of driverless cars would be considered heaven or hell in the realm of transportation. Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of Contra Costa County Transportation Authority (CCTA), showcased the progress CCTA has made with AVs. Under his leadership, CCTA has founded a large connected vehicle (CV) and AV test facility located in Concord, CA (GoMentum Station Program). Among other things, CCTA is exploring how shared AVs like autonomous 12-passenger vans that serve as shuttles to BART and other destinations could complement mass transit to overcome first mile-last mile challenges. Following Iwasaki’s presentation, Prof. Joan Walker, co-director of the [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Getting Ready For the Rise of Autonomous Vehicles

How Will High-Speed Rail Change California?

California’s High-Speed Rail system isn’t just the biggest transportation project happening in the state right now, it’s the biggest public-works project ever in the history of California. Monday night’s panel, moderated by UCLA Prof. Emeritus Martin Wachs, convened experts to discuss what Californians can expect from this huge undertaking in the years ahead. Wachs began the panel by stressing just how much of a work in progress High Speed Rail is. The overall estimated price tag is $64 billion, and $40 billion of that amount is still uncommitted. In order to save money, the system is being built from the middle out, meaning it won’t serve either of the state’s two main cities for some time. Above all, Wachs noted, “the rules about expending the funds that we have are forcing, in the short run, decisions which are very complex and which are shaping the project in the long run.”As an example of this, Wachs pointed to the legislative mandate [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Will High-Speed Rail Change California?

Funding Transportation Through Cap-and-Trade

Sunday night’s panel, “Cap and Trade and the Implications of Stop-And-Go Transportation Funding,” provided a crash course on one of the state’s most innovative funding mechanisms for public transit. Ever since California passed AB32 in 2006, the state’s greenhouse-gas reduction mandates have been some of the strictest in the nation, setting the goal of reducing GHG levels to 1990 levels by 2020, and then reducing them again by 80% by the year 2050. The state-run Cap and Trade program has been a highly publicized part of this process, and because a certain portion of C&T funding is set aside to fund low-carbon transportation, a panel of environmental experts got together to discuss the program’s successes and failures.JR DeShazo of UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation explained the basic structure of the state’s Cap and Trade program: A business needs a permit to emit a ton of carbon, and there is an overall statewide cap on the number of permits that can [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Funding Transportation Through Cap-and-Trade