UCLA In the News February 28, 2018

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Los Angeles’ notorious traffic problem explained in graphics | CNN

“One of the things that has characterized Los Angeles over the past quarter century is that the metropolitan area has been continuing to grow,” says Brian Taylor, director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “It’s portrayed in media and movies as a city of sunshine and palm trees, and tracts of single-family houses stretching off into the horizon — when actually, as an urbanized area, it’s the densest in the country, more so than New York.”

Diversity on screen equals bigger box office bucks | Reuters

The University of California, Los Angeles study, which analyzed 2016 film and TV data, comes as debates on race and gender dominate Hollywood, and led to a push by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to diversify its membership…. “Our findings reveal that, regardless of race, audiences want to see diversity on the screen,” study co-author Ana-Christina Ramon said in a statement. (Also: KNBC-TV, HuffPost)

How gun ownership became a powerful political identity | Vox

“Few people realize it, but the Ku Klux Klan began as a gun control organization,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler writes in “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” “After the Civil War, the Klan and other violent racist groups sought to reaffirm white supremacy, which required confiscating the guns blacks had obtained for the first time during the conflict.” He notes that a century later, in the 1960s, politicians turned to gun control measures to “disarm politically radical urban blacks, like the Black Panthers.” (Also: NPR’s “The Takeaway”)

L.A. County leaders look to regulate short-term rentals | Los Angeles Times

Michael Lens, assistant professor of urban planning at UCLA, said the effect of short-term rentals on the housing market isn’t clear cut. “There are very few places where Airbnb and other short-term rental outlets make up so much of the housing stock that it has an effect,” Lens said. “I think it’s one of those hot issues that is largely a distraction from bigger problems that are causing our housing crisis.”

Growing up near green areas helps kids’ brains grow | Agence France-Presse

Led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, in collaboration with the Hospital del Mar (Spain) and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (UCLA FSPH), the study looked at 253 schoolchildren taking part in the BREATHE project in Barcelona.

The ads take aim | The Economist

Such a stalemate is to be expected, says Lynn Vavreck of the University of California, Los Angeles. Candidates seek to neutralise one another’s advantages, and plan and budget accordingly. Moreover, the effects of political ads are so fleeting, she argues, that it is hard to gain a lasting advantage. Measurable impacts on polls, she says, tend to appear only when there is a clear disparity between one candidate and another on the airwaves, and even then they will largely dissipate within 48 hours.

Bridges and walls of L.A. River | KCRW’s “Design and Architecture”

But this is one of the parks that’s bringing a new concern. “There is the possibility that with the green improvements, new parks, there could come green gentrification,” said UCLA environmental historian Jon Christensen.

Climate change casualties: marshes, coastal tourism spots | Los Angeles Times

UCLA geography professor Glen MacDonald has it right when he laments, “We’re essentially drowning the marshes” — an outcome that would be repeated at the Ballona Wetlands if Ambrose has his way.

Predators pose as Uber, Lyft drivers and attack women | Los Angeles Times

Sexual predators “are exploiting a new mode of travel,” said Gail Abarbanel, founder and director of the Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center…. She urged ride-hailing customers to check the vehicle license plate against their app and the driver’s identity before getting in the car.

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