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L.A. congresswoman Karen Bass to give keynote talk at UCLA Luskin Summit

The inaugural conference will address major issues facing the region

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Karen Bass

Congresswoman Karen Bass will present the keynote address at “Luskin Summit 2019: Livable L.A.”

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass will provide the opening remarks when the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs marks its 25th anniversary April 24 at “Luskin Summit 2019: Livable L.A.”

The congresswoman will speak to elected officials, government and business leaders, UCLA scholars, civic leaders and others in the nonprofit and philanthropic spheres at a half-day inaugural conference at the Luskin Conference Center at UCLA.

The Luskin Summit is designed as a research-informed, cross-sector conversation about major issues facing the Los Angeles region. Following Bass’ remarks, participants will attend breakout sessions moderated by UCLA faculty members that will focus on issues such as public mobility, climate change, housing and criminal justice.

Bass is expected to speak about her efforts at the federal level to advance Los Angeles’ perspective on such vital issues as housing equality and access to public transportation.

Bass, a Democrat, has represented California’s 37th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013. She represented the 33rd congressional district from 2011 to 2013.

She served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010, and was Assembly speaker from 2008 to 2010 — the second woman and third African American to hold the position.

“Congresswoman Karen Bass has built a distinguished career as a leader and a legislator,” said Gary Segura, dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. “In Sacramento, she rose to the position of speaker of the Assembly, and in Washington, she now chairs the Congressional Black Caucus. Her record of advocacy for fairness and opportunity on behalf of Americans from all walks of life and economic circumstances is a model of constituency service and fierce representation. We are honored that she will provide the keynote address at our inaugural summit.”

The conference will close with a panel discussion featuring mayors from four cities in Los Angeles County — Emily Gabel-Luddy of Burbank, Thomas Small of Culver City, James Butts of Inglewood and Tim Sandoval of Pomona.

The moderator for the mayoral panel will be Adrienne Alpert, a general assignment reporter at KABC-TV who hosts the Los Angeles station’s weekly public affairs program, “Eyewitness Newsmakers.” Alpert is also scheduled to introduce Bass when the summit gets underway at 8:45 a.m.

Also on the agenda for the Luskin Summit is the release of results from the 4th annual Quality of Life Index, a project at UCLA Luskin that is supported by The California Endowment under the direction of longtime Los Angeles political stalwart Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative. The survey asks county residents to rate their quality of life in a range of categories and to answer questions about important issues facing them and the region.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a former colleague of Yaroslavsky’s on the Los Angeles City Council, is among other elected officials who are expected to attend.

Luskin Summit 2019 will precede the 49th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association, which begins later that day and continues through April 27 at the Luskin Conference Center. This conference will bring together more than 1,000 multidisciplinary and international scholars to discuss urban-focused research, with plenary and special sessions featuring local and global experts on urban issues.

News media representatives interested in attending the Luskin Summit and/or covering the release of the Quality of Life Index may contact Les Dunseith, executive director of communications for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, at (310) 206-5252 or ldunseith@luskin.ucla.edu.

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