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How decades of L.A. smog led to California’s war with Trump over car pollution | Washington Post

In 1953, there were no San Gabriel Mountains — at least not that Lee Begovich could see. When the 24-year-old kindergarten teacher moved from Chicago to Southern California that year, Los Angeles was choked with smog — eye-burning, lung-stinging, headache-inducing smog. It hung so thick in the air that it often limited visibility to mere miles for months on end…. You wouldn’t hear that story today, said Ann Carlson, Begovich’s daughter and an environmental law professor at UCLA. For the past two decades, the air has been far cleaner. Now, in most panoramic photographs of the city, the mountains sit atop its skyline like a crown. “People don’t realize just how bad it was and how much better it is today,” said Carlson, who’s writing a book on the region’s history of air pollution.

Why TV networks are embracing diversity and inclusion | Marketplace

“You cannot make a TV show that’s not diverse,” said Darnell Hunt, co-author of UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report, which is in its 6th edition. “The majority of babies born in America today are people of color. And that’s been true for the last four or five years.” This is a fact that can’t be ignored because, Hunt said, “you’re talking about not only your current market, but your future market.”

Where to find a quiet spot amid the bustle of L.A. | Los Angeles Times

“The human brain needs to rest; it needs to not have constant stimulus,” says Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at UCLA Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center… Should you ever need to jump off the 405 Freeway for a little quiet time, this garden [UCLA’s Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden] is an easy exit away. It’s on a hillside behind the health sciences complex with gates open at posted hours. Inside, you’re mentally miles away from the hopping campus and Westwood. There are a bunch of little gardens in this terraced hill with a stream: an ancient forest, desert plants, a stand of palms and showy plants native to Hawaii. It’s intended to be educational, of course, but it also seeks to create “a tranquil environment with the urban surroundings,” its mission statement says.

Many of this year’s wealthiest Angelenos share a common bond: extensive real estate holdings | Los Angeles Business Journal

“Ever since we got out of the last recession, the real estate market has generally fared very well,” said Paul Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at UCLA. “The market is very stable, especially in industrial and multifamily. We’ve seen good growth in value of properties.”

Pregnant mom’s air pollution exposure may affect babies’ health | The Scientist

When she first moved to the Los Angeles area in 1989, says Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health, she found it hard to breathe because of the smog. By the early 1990s, she’d had two pregnancies and became concerned about how the air pollution may have affected her children, which led her to study pregnant women. In one of her first studies, she found that babies born in Los Angeles between 1994 and 1996 and whose mothers were exposed to high levels of pollutants during pregnancy had lower birth weights and were more likely to be born preterm than babies whose moms breathed cleaner air.

Fan gets opportunity to sing with rock band MANA | Spectrum News 1

What started as a FaceTime call with her favorite rock band turned into an opportunity of a lifetime for Olivia Diaz Ramirez. She has been a fan of MANA since 1991. The iconic rock band from Jalisco, Mexico, formed in 1986 and since then have been selling out venues throughout the world…. A lot has changed in her life since then she graduated from Stanford, became a wife and mother of two and is now the Associate Dean of Administration for the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University California Los Angeles. But she has always remained a fan, going to over 10 concerts through the years. “The music is timeless, you can listen to it, be feeling down or be stressed out and you listen to it and it gets you in a really happy mood, at least that’s what it does for me,” said Ramirez.

California legislators approve 3 new bills aimed at curbing teen, youth suicide | Southern California News Group

Ron Avi Astor, a professor of social welfare at UCLA who has studied suicide ideation rates among California high schoolers, said the legislation offers some hope. “I think in general, anything that has money connected to it has a chance of succeeding, although it doesn’t guarantee it,” he said.

$5 million grant will bring startup coaching program to UC campuses | Sacramento Bee

Victoria Slivkoff, global head of strategic partnerships for the UC system, said UCLA has been enjoying the benefits of Blackstone’s LaunchPad program since 2014. “We’ve seen great results,” Slivkoff said, including facilitating more than 800 startup ventures and hosting more than 3,000 consulting meetings at the Southern California university.

New Zealand finds nearly a third of transgender people raped, but few seek help | Thomson Reuters

There are no accurate estimates of New Zealand’s trans and non-binary populations. But in the United States, about 0.6% of adults identify as trans, according to the Williams Institute, a think-tank within the UCLA School of Law.

What happens to Southern California if we don’t combat climate change? | KCRW-FM

By the end of the 21st Century, [UCLA’s Alex] Hall says if we keep increasing greenhouse gas emissions as we have, those temperature increases will become more extreme. “You really see Los Angeles becoming a very different place. The winters would become much more like the spring and fall, and the spring and fall we have now will become much more like summer, and our summers would become something much closer to Phoenix.”

We answer your climate change questions | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“We need to realize that our individual actions collectively can make a difference,” said UCLA’s Aradhna Tripati. “But it’s important to really think about what those actions are. So showing up to vote, calling for regulatory changes, calling for particular standards in different industries,” she says. “I’d encourage you to get together with your neighbors, with fellow parents, colleagues at work, start organizing to call for action. California has a referendum process. So many of the things that can be done are in fact things we can call for with that process.”

Emmy Awards 2019: LGBTQ characters and shows in focus | Agence France-Presse

A new study published this week by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) said that in order for Hollywood to be a more inclusive and diverse industry, companies need to adopt new strategies focused on hiring, sponsoring and promoting minorities and women. “Despite audience yearnings for change, the history of diversity efforts in Hollywood suggests that the industry’s diversity problem will not simply correct itself,” said the report drafted by the authors of UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report. “The path forward must be paved with intentions — by industry decision-makers who actively embrace the means necessary for achieving the end of a more inclusive creative space.”

There’s too much artificial light at night to see stars. That’s a problem | Boston Globe

“When I first got interested in the topic [of light pollution] in the mid-1990s, it wasn’t even really a unified field,” says Travis Longcore, an urban ecologist at UCLA. He says it wasn’t until he and a number of other scientists brought their disparate research together in the early 2000s that people started to see the larger problem of the loss of darkness on par with and integral to other preservation and conservation efforts.

How black filmmakers have made their own space | KCRW-FM

Women Under the Influence, or WUTI, is hosting an event this weekend to celebrate the contributions of women in film. The festival is paying homage to a film movement known as the “LA Rebellion,” where young African and Black filmmakers who studied at UCLA created an alternative to classic Hollywood cinema. 

UCLA hosting Volunteer Day in honor of its 100th year | KTLA-TV

“It started in 2009, where we provide opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community to participate in volunteer activities,” said UCLA’s Karen McClain.

Lion chased lion into cars | Culver City Observer

“With P-61, we have a documented conflict between males, which we think increases with isolation, and then likely running from this fight, he dies from a clearly human-related cause, a speeding vehicle,” said Seth Riley, the wildlife branch chief for SMMNRA and an adjunct professor at UCLA. “But it’s incredibly lucky to be able to see how this unfolded.”

Parking reform will save the city | CityLab Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Donald Shoup) American cities have unwisely adopted these three car-friendly policies. Separated land uses, low density, and ample free parking create drivable cities and prevent walkable neighborhoods. Although city planners did not intend to enrich the automobile and oil industries, their plans have shaped our cities to suit our cars.

A matter of life and death | The Argonaut

“It will be rolling back the clock to a time when millions of people, including millions with preexisting conditions, could not get health coverage. There could very well be direct damage to any coverage for a huge portion of the population,” said Nadereh Pourat, a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “You’re talking about all those who gained coverage that were not covered before would now be losing coverage.”

This new device can make renewable energy from the cold night sky | Space.com

Researchers say their device is a useful form of renewable energy, especially because lighting demand peaks at night. “Beyond lighting, we believe this could be a broadly enabling approach to power generation suitable for remote locations, and anywhere where power generation at night is needed,” lead author Aaswath Raman, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement. (Also: Scientific American, Times of India, Express [U.K.])