New sanctions coming against Russia, U.S. treasury secretary tells UCLA audience

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin answers a question from Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal during the 2018 Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture on Economic Development. (Todd Cheney/UCLA)

Steven Mnuchin delivered the 2018 Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture on Economic Development

Story by Mike Fricano, UCLA Newsroom

In a wide-ranging discussion about U.S. economic and financial policies, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told an audience at UCLA to expect new sanctions against Russia in the next 30 days and shared one of his biggest worries.

“Cyber is a real issue,” said Mnuchin, who was on campus Feb. 26 to deliver the Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture on Economic Development, which is sponsored by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. “It’s something that we’re spending a lot of time on to make sure the financial infrastructure is protected from cyberattacks.”


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Postcard from Sacramento: Latino Policy and Politics Initiative Showcases Research

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista gives a presentation to the California Latino Legislative Caucus during a trip in early February. (photos courtesy LPPI)

UCLA’s Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) officially launched last December and has wasted little time in getting its message to the public, and the elected officials who serve California.

Part of that process was a trip to Sacramento February 8-9, whereby over half-dozen LPPI members visited legislators and their staff, and presented applied policy research before the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Under the guidance of new Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Gary Segura, UCLA Government and Community Relations and LPPI have embarked on a collaborative effort to promote faculty research and innovations.

“LPPI was created to close this gap in both research and attention to the needs of ethnic minorities and low-income Californians,” said Sonja Diaz, LPPI executive director. “That being said, there are very important policy considerations, challenges and opportunities taking place nationally, so LPPI at this point is focused on state and local government innovation.”

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University of California 2018-19 State Budget Request

The University of California received a 3% general fund increase in the Governor’s January budget proposal. We are grateful for these much needed funds; however, this amount falls short of the funding needed to take care of our current students and expand access. In addition to the funds provided in the Governor’s budget, the University is requesting:


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UCLA Professors Lend Expertise To State Senate Aerospace Industry Hearing

UCLA Professor and Department Chair Chris Lynch speaks before a special California Senate joint committee hearing on higher education and the aerospace industry. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

Approximately $61.6 billion of revenues go to the state of California annually from the aerospace industry, with a good portion of that activity coming from the Greater Los Angeles area.

“Folks may know that aerospace is a larger revenue for the state of California than the entertainment industry — than agriculture,” said California State Sen. Ben Allen. “It’s a pretty amazing thing that is sometimes lost in the broad discussion of our various industries in Sacramento.”

Conversely, the average age of an aerospace industry worker is 52 — there is a need to inject more youth to its ranks.

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VIDEO: Panel examines the convergence of art, government and the public space

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, muralist Judy Baca, architect Frank Gehry and theater director Peter Sellars, discuss the role art and artists in California play in the public sphere. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

Artist Judy Baca, architect Frank Gehry and director Peter Sellars spoke at UCLA as part of the Assembly Speaker’s lecture series

When California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon looks to make sense of the world in a time of uncertainty, he said he has often looked to his own state’s diverse and exceptional art community.

“There has always been this sort of rendering of California as different than the rest of the country,” Rendon said. “And that’s always been interesting to me, and there seems there has been no better time to discuss this than there is now.”


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