Local Government Advocacy Days Build Lasting UCLA Connections

Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson holds a handout showing UCLA’s direct impact on the lives of residents in his district. (all photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

Matthew Flesock, an assistant manager of a UCLA Health program that has set up fitness centers in 103 LAUSD schools, waited anxiously to talk to L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz about the new gym the program recently established at Hamilton High School as well as one opening up soon at Emerson Middle School, located in Koretz’s West L.A. district.

When time came for the Sept. 28 meeting at Koretz’s Wilshire Boulevard office, Flesock gave the city councilman a quick rundown on the UCLA Health’s Sound Body Sound Mind program and its positive impact on young people’s health.

This was all good news to Koretz, who said he had never heard of the program before. He expressed excitement about seeing the Emerson facilities when the program launches in December.

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Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2016 Signed Into Law


Campus Community,

I am pleased to inform you that President Obama signed the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act. This legislation, authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressmember Ted Lieu, authorizes the Veterans Administration (VA) to implement the Master Plan for the West Los Angeles VA campus. One of the key provisions of the bill enables the VA Secretary to enter into leases at the West Los Angeles VA to provide for permanent supportive housing and services including legal representation, spiritual enrichment, vocational training, addiction treatment and recreational opportunities.

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U.S. secretary of energy tours UCLA labs, meets researchers and campus leaders

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second from the left, gets a look at the UCLA Particle Beam Physics (Neptune) Lab. (Matthew Chin/UCLA)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke with UCLA leaders and researchers in engineering and physics and astronomy this morning and toured two laboratories on campus that are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. During his visit to Los Angeles, Moniz focused on the Department of Energy’s role in combating climate change and driving clean energy innovation and deployment.

“I’m so pleased that we were able to show Secretary Moniz a portion of UCLA’s energy-related portfolio, much of which has been made possible through the generous support of the Department of Energy,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Ann Karagozian, a distinguished  professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, who organized the visit.

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