The Forum Goes to Virginia!

Your favorite Policy Forum is headed to the University of Virginia! Hosted by the Virginia Policy Review on January 17th, 18th, and 19th, this National Journal Conference for Schools of Public Policy and Affairs will mark the second conference since UVA’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy held the inaugural event in 2013. This year’s conference … Continue reading The Forum Goes to Virginia!

An Assessment of Oakland City Council’s Mandate to Reorganize Human and Recreation Services

By Ana Reidy, BA Public Policy,  2012 In January 2012, City of Oakland employees were in a state of uncertainty and anxiety after learning that the California Redevelopment Agencies were to be dissolved, costing Oakland nearly $29 million. Up to that point, the City of Oakland used Redevelopment Agency funding to help support eleven city … Continue reading An Assessment of Oakland City Council’s Mandate to Reorganize Human and Recreation Services

A Healthy Oakland: Examining The Intersections Between Health And Land Use

By Laura Flynn, MPP 2012 Health and Our Home Step outside and walk around your neighborhood. Take notice of the presence and proximity of freeways, vacant lots, housing types, industries, modes of transportation, and grocery stores. These are just some examples of factors that affect the health of a neighborhood. Typically, many of us do … Continue reading A Healthy Oakland: Examining The Intersections Between Health And Land Use

A “Nickel a Drink” Tax Increase: How Would California’s Alcohol Industry Be Affected?

By Katherine Puliafico, MPP, 2009 In recent years California lawmakers have pushed for increases in alcohol taxes as a way to help close the budget gap.  But these proposed measures continue to be defeated in the legislature.  This is due, in large part, to resistance from the state’s alcohol industry.  Currently, California is the biggest … Continue reading A “Nickel a Drink” Tax Increase: How Would California’s Alcohol Industry Be Affected?

School-Based Health Outreach and Enrollment

By Bianca Louie, BA Public Policy, 2012 Author’s Note: Under the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as “Obamacare”), children are eligible for more choices and stronger coverage. Open enrollment in ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace began on October 1, making it easy for Californians to compare qualified health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they … Continue reading School-Based Health Outreach and Enrollment