UCLA In the News June 27, 2017

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

How will L.A.’s new tallest building fit into fabric of city?  | Los Angeles Times

For Thom Mayne, one of the city’s preeminent architects, the Wilshire Grand’s success depends on how the city rises up to meet it. Looking at the future, Mayne, the executive director of the UCLA Now Institute, believes that Los Angeles’ greatest challenge is an anticipated population increase of 1.5 million by 2050. He argues for the increased densification of the Wilshire Corridor, from downtown to Santa Monica, soon accessible by subway.

How Silicon Valley pushed coding into American classrooms | New York Times

“It gets very problematic when industry is deciding the content and direction of public education,” said Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mom-to-be survives heart condition for 10 days | NBC News’ “Today”

About 50 percent of people with aortic dissection die instantly, said Dr. Richard Shemin, a cardiac surgeon at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, who performed Malisa’s surgery. He’s impressed by Malisa. “The miracle is she lasted long enough to have the diagnosis made,” said Shemin. “She is really quite lucky.”

Ranks of homeless vets swelling in Los Angeles | Agence France-Presse

“There is little doubt that veteran homelessness is now moving in the wrong direction,” said Gary Blasi, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles who has studied the issue. “We do not house veterans as quickly as veterans are becoming newly homeless,” he added. “The result is entirely predictable, tragic, and — in the larger context of this country’s wealth and military expenditures —outrageous.”

Minimum wage fight may heat up | Los Angeles Times

“Los Angeles should be alarmed by this,” said Edward Leamer, an economist at UCLA. Seattle is packed to the gills with high earners, he said, and is the type of city that economists expect to weather minimum wage increases better than most.

DWP workers poised to get generous new contract | Los Angeles Times

While the mayor won political points for promising DWP reform in 2013, this time around the union appears to have made up for “lost ground” with a generous package, said Chris Tilly, a labor economist with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “This is a different attitude and outcome than we saw before,” Tilly said. “This is a return to more of the norm in terms of City Hall and unions.”

Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court | Washington Post

(Commentary by UCLA’s Adam Winkler) Studies have shown that the court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, is the most business-friendly court in nearly a century, and the cases decided this term only buttress that finding. Of the 19 decided cases pitting corporations or business entities against individuals or government agencies — regardless of whether the chamber filed a brief — the court ruled in favor of business 14 times, or 74 percent of the time.

Pride-police controversy was a media conflagration | Star Tribune

(Commentary by UCLA’s Eileen Scallen) Pride organizers also started discussions about where to feature police who wanted to march, although they realized any other spot would be less desirable. Everyone wants to be at the front of the parade. However, these discussions suddenly became the subject of rumors on social media. Pride organizers sought to explain why they would not have a large police contingent start the parade. Then, the social-media hounds of hell of broke loose.

Supreme Court will review Trump’s travel ban | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“A lot of media outlets are describing today’s Supreme Court decision as a major victory for the Trump administration, but I don’t think that’s an accurate description,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler.

California gun owners may be breaking law on July 1 | Sacramento Bee

Adam Winkler, a professor at UCLA School of Law who writes about Second Amendment issues, said gun owners ignore local ordinances banning magazines, a trend he expects to continue with a statewide ban. “We see no compliance from gun owners,” he said. “As best as we can tell, no gun owners are giving up their high capacity magazines or selling them out of state.” (Also: KPCC-FM [Audio download])

State may get hit hard by Senate GOP health care bill | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“I think that in the immediate future, what we would see are headlines that this is horrible news for California. The immediate impacts we’re going to see would start next year,” said UCLA’s Gerald Kominski.

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