WELCOME FROM OUR DIRECTOR
RICHARD l. KRAVITZ, MD, MSPH
Welcome to the UC Center Sacramento. The UC Center educates California’s future leaders in the craft of politics and policymaking, while making the expertise of faculty of the nation’s leading university available to decision-makers in the legislative and executive branches of government.
UCCS is one of Sacramento’s best-kept secrets. As director, my job is to let the secret out! Whether you are a student, educator, policymaker, or concerned citizen, UCCS has something to offer. I invite you to explore our website and check out our programs.
HOUSING, LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT LECTURESHIP
Understanding and Challenging Opposition to Housing Construction in California's Urban Areas
Sacramento, CA - UC Center Sacramento hosted the inaugural Housing, Land Use, and Development Lectureship on December 1, 2016. Open to faculty and researchers from throughout the UC system, the Lectureship facilitates research focusing on evidence-based public policy as it relates to housing in California.
The winner was Paavo Monkkonen, Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Professor Monkonnen's research focused on the role of new housing supply in California. His paper seeks to provide essential background for understanding the economics of housing markets, the motivations of opponents to new housing and higher density in California’s cities and what might be done to overcome this opposition. The lecture, “Understanding and Challenging Opposition to Housing Construction in California's Urban Areas”, included a policy brief and white paper, available above.
This program is made possible by a generous unrestricted gift from the Center for California Real Estate, an institution dedicated to the advancement of real estate knowledge.
New UCCS Associate Director
We are pleased to announce that after a full external search, Cindy Simmons has been offered and has accepted the position of Associate Director at UC Center Sacramento.
In addition to her many other responsibilities on campus, Cindy has, for several years, provided UCCS with administrative direction and support. We are delighted that she will now be able to take on expanded responsibilities in the areas of undergraduate and graduate experiential learning, policy engagement, and operational management.
Cindy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Harvard. Cindy returned to the University of California as the graduate coordinator in the Department of Political Science on the Davis campus and then rose to the position of Management Services Officer. Most recently, Cindy has served for nearly six years as Chief Administrative Officer of the Orange Cluster in the Division of Social Sciences serving the Departments of Communication, Linguistics, and Political Science and the UC Center Sacramento.
Cindy will be transitioning into her new position beginning in early May. She will be working closely during the transition with current Associate Director AG Block, whose retirement is slated for this September.
UCCS BACON LECTURESHIP
Optimizing California's Tax System to Reduce Fiscal Barriers to Climate Change Goals
Sacramento, CA- UC Center Sacramento hosted its second annual UCCS Bacon Public Lectureship and White Paper Competition on Wednesday, February 24. Open to faculty and researchers throughout the UC system, the Bacon Lectureship focuses on evidence-based public policy.
The winner was Professor Karen Chapple from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Richard Kravitz, Director of UC Center Sacramento, believes that the Bacon Lectureship affords an important opportunity for the University of California to deliver on its promise of discovering and sharing knowledge to advance the public good in California. “Through the generosity of Kevin and Kim Bacon, UC Center Sacramento will bring world-class UC faculty to the state Capitol to address critical policy questions raised by legislative staff and other government officials,” said Dr. Kravitz.
Professor Chapple’s entry focused on how to relate tax incentives to the state’s climate change goals. The lecture, “Optimizing California’s Tax System to Reduce Fiscal Barriers to Climate Change Goals”, included a policy brief and white paper, available above.
Chapple’s paper was submitted as part of a UC-wide “call” that asked UC faculty to submit proposals to stimulate evidence synthesis and creative thinking around a pressing public policy problem. In addition to presenting the lecture, Professor Chapple received research support and met with relevant policy staff in Sacramento. Her entry was selected by a panel of policy experts convened by UC Center.
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