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Downtown L.A. gathering for 'inequality' issue of Blueprint

Blueprint and inequality
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Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gestures at discussion of income equality hosted by UCLA Blueprint. Blueprint editor Jim Newton, from left, with Villaraigosa, Dr. Robert Ross and Father Gregory Boyle.

Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Wednesday night in a conversation with policy makers, community leaders and the public about the causes, effects and policy implications of economic inequality, the topic of the second issue of Blueprint, a new policy magazine from UCLA. Blueprint Editor-in-Chief Jim Newton led the discussion with Villaraigosa, Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle and California Endowment president Dr. Robert Ross.

Each issue of Blueprint is built around a theme and presents groundbreaking research from UCLA and other institutions. In this issue, research by UCLA education professor John Rogers focuses on the cycle of poverty perpetuated by impoverished schools. UCLA economist Lee Ohanian challenges the conventional wisdom by suggesting that policy makers focus on economic growth rather than inequality. The magazine also profiles Los Angeles City Council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who is concentrating on creating jobs in his district, and features a policy discussion with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz on the causes and effects of inequality nationally.

The first issue of Blueprint, released in June, centered on criminal justice and policing. To receive emails from UCLA Blueprint with links to new issues and public events, register on the website.

You can read more about Wednesday's discussion here.

Listen to the conversation below:

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