I hope your summer has been both relaxing and productive.
As the new academic year begins, you will notice a couple of new features to our website that will keep you better informed and more engaged with UCLA. We have started a series called “Advocates in Action,” profiles of our tried and true advocates – our first profiles were of Councilmember Paul Koretz ’79, and Howard Welinsky ’72, grad year. The second series we have begun is “Mythbusters,” a chance for us to give you the hard facts to clarify some misinformation that tends to spread – our first Mythbuster provided facts clarifying the acceptance and enrollment of non-resident students.
Howard Welinsky shows off some Bruin hardware with memories of a successful career in the movies adorning the background.
When Howard Welinsky ’72, talks, elected officials listen. And if you aren’t hearing from Welinsky at all, well, chances are you already know why you are in the doghouse.
Welinsky has been directly involved with UCLA advocacy since the 1980s.
“At some point I kind of realized that the two issues I cared about were higher education and Israel,” he said. “Over time I learned how to develop political relationships, take advantage of opportunities that existed. Over time, you kind of develop a reputation.”
A political science major while at UCLA, Welinsky said he has always been politically active — literally walking precincts with his mother when he was seven or eight years old, running city council campaigns in Culver City, and becoming involved with the Democratic party and the Jewish Federation.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was among the dignitaries who attended the opening of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital.
In a collaboration that exemplifies UCLA’s commitment to working outside of its Westwood boundaries, officials gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, and the beginning of a new partnership.
The dedication ceremony took place on Aug. 7 at the new hospital, located at 1680 E. 120th St., which was built through a public-private partnership. Los Angeles County contributed $284 million for its construction and $171 million in start-up funding, but the hospital will be run by the nonprofit Martin Luther King, Jr. Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation, with its own independent board of directors.
A panel discusses Tom Bradley after a screening of a new documentary about the former Los Angeles mayor.
UCLA co-sponsored a special film screening and panel for the PBS documentary “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race”.
The screening and panel took place on Aug. 10 at the Luckman Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles.
Assembly Member David Hadley met with a number of UCLA representatives and student leaders on August 5.
California Assembly Member David Hadley (R-Torrance) has been on the job for less than a year but that hasn’t stopped him from immersing himself in the issues, including higher education, which he took a closer look at during his first visit to the UCLA campus since being elected in November 2014.
The 50-year-old small business owner said he hadn’t run for office since the seventh grade, making his path to Sacramento an “unusual” one. He said he found himself worried about the next generation, including his own four children — especially in California where he believes the state has lost itself as a “place of opportunity”.