Q & Advocacy: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Talks UCLA Partnership, City Services, Civic Engagement

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia speaks with UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Gary Segura during a spring meeting at the Long Beach Civic Center.

During the spring, UCLA officials and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia made a promise to open a dialogue and seek out new ways for the two entities to partner now and into the future.

Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Gary Segura made the trip, and officials discussed subjects including housing, homelessness, tenants’ rights, multi-modality, the U.S. Census, and even how public policy and social welfare graduate students might be able to intern and work with the City of Long Beach.

As a way to keep the conversation going, Garcia agreed to a short correspondence regarding this new burgeoning partnership, issues affecting his city, and how to get others civically engaged.

The following is the transcript from the email interview.

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The University of California leads in US patents

(photo by L. Duka/UC Riverside)

The University of California was granted more U.S. patents last year than any other university in the world.

From the UC Newsroom

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 524 utility patents to UC in 2017, according to a report by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Coming in second was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with 306.

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Breaking down the midterm elections with New York Times journalists

New York Times journalist Alex Burns discusses the 2018 mid-term elections with his colleagues Adam Nagourney, Maggie Haberman and Nate Cohn. (photos by Les Dunseith)

Veteran reporters came to UCLA to discuss demographic and political trends that will determine who controls Congress

Article by Bill Kisliuk for UCLA Newsroom

President Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but his ascendance and reverberations from the 2016 presidential election will dominate congressional races across the country in November. That was the assessment of national political reporters from The New York Times during a panel presentation held at UCLA on June 26.

Nearly 400 people filled Korn Convocation Hall at the UCLA Anderson School of Management for “The Midterm Elections 2018: Prospects for Los Angeles, California and the Nation,” which featured Times journalists Alex Burns, Nate Cohn, Maggie Haberman and Adam Nagourney.

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Smart Manufacturing Institute On the Move Through Los Angeles Partnership

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces the partnership moving the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute to WeWork spaces. (photos courtesy Mayor’s Office)

Founded two years ago, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) was a culmination of political willpower from local, state and federal governments, universities and the private sector — with over $140 million in investments from the partnership.

“Smart Manufacturing is an unprecedented exploitation of data into real-time actions that changes the manufacturing industry with ever advancing data and information technologies not unlike what has happened in other industries like Amazon, TrueCar, etc. and how we buy products; ATM and mobile banking; Uber and Lyft ride share services, Airbnb for room sharing,” said Jim Davis, UCLA Vice Provost of Information Technology and co-founder of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition that was awarded CESMII. “What does next generation digitalized manufacturing look like?”

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Postcard from Washington, DC: Robotic Hands Research Helps Veronica Santos Feel Out Federal Funding

Professor Veronica Santos, who works with robotic hands, took her work to Washington, D.C. (photos by Veronica Santos)

UCLA Professor Veronica Santos’ research can be explained in any number of ways. She can even reference Homer Simpson, if the occasion calls for it.

During her trip to Washington, D.C. for the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Day, Santos found her voice talking with staff and members of Congress — taking the theory of her Biomechatronics Lab, and making a pitch for life-saving benefits in the real world. The emphasis of the trip was to advocate for vital National Science Foundation (NSF) funding.

“It’s a good exercise to make you get out of your tunnel vision of what you’re doing in the lab and think at a high level as to what your research is contributing to society,” she said. “You’re trying to sell those advantages to people you hope will champion this for the betterment of society.”

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