Archive Tag: Mention/Expert Opinion

California needs is a water infrastructure vulnerability assessment that includes dams, aqueducts and coastal aquifers. This assessment must be used to develop a priority list for retrofits and construction.
Hector Amezcua

California has seen an unusual winter with increased storm activity in both its Northern and Southern regions. This has raised an alarm for the state’s dated-infrastructure as is the case with the unfolding situation of Oroville Dam. In an Op-Ed for the Sacramento Bee, Alex Hall, UCLA atmospheric and oceanic professor, and Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and Read more

The California Department of Water Resources stopped the spillway flow on Thursday morning to allow engineers to evaluate the integrity of the structure after water had been released at 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) through the night. There is no imminent or expected treat to public safety or the integrity of Oroville Dam at the Butte County site. After conferring with State and federal dam safety entitles, DWR decided to increase the release volume to 35,000 cfs to help operators absorb the inflow of the storm waters expected today and Friday. More erosion is also expected.
Photo taken February 9, 2017. Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources KELLY M. GROW/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

Mark Gold, UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, sat down with KPCC’s Take Two to discuss the Oroville Dam and the role of climate change in the future of infrastructure. Gold leads the university’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, which aims to achieve 100% renewable energy and 100% locally sourced water, while enhancing ecosystem  Read more

Landscaping around the Luskin Conference Center features California-friendly, drought-tolerant plants. A satellite weather controller governs the minimal irrigation required.
Jamie Kripke/UCLA

The new UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center features a sustainable design without sacrificing beauty, serving as a role model for LEED-certified green buildings in the Los Angeles area. Features of the center include maximized natural light, drought-tolerant plants, and a satellite weather controller that governs irrigation. UCLA environmental economist, Magali Delmas, Read more


Magali Sanchez Hall and her family have lived in this neighborhood in Wilmington for 20 years. Sanchez Hall stands on Sanford Avenue in front of New Hope Baptist Church and a shipping container storage yard near her home on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2017.

California’s cap and trade system, a market-based law that allows companies to buy and trade pollution allowances by decreasing their carbon emissions, may be disproportionately polluting communities of color. Ann Carlson, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, says that worsened air quality in low-income Read more

Old Pacific Electric Railway cars await their conversion into scrap metal at a junkyard on Terminal Island in 1956. The collapse of the railway system that once crisscrossed Southern California was due to a number of factors, including the rise of the automobile.
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive/UCLA Library

In a recent lecture at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, professor Ethan Elkind chronicled the history of public transit in L.A., beginning with the old Pacific Electric Railway system and concluding with the passing of Measure M, which promises to generate $30 billion for transit over the next 40 years. Elkind, who directs the Climate Change and Business program and is jointly Read more