PERE in the News

"Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost GDP by $2.1 Trillion"

October 29, 2014

Citing PolicyLink and PERE's report The Equity Solution, the National Journal's Janie Boschma explains why cities all across the country would benefit from racial equity.  

Read the full article >> 

"Why Racial Equality is Good for the Economy, In One Chart"

October 28, 2014

News.Mic's Tom McKay delved in to some of the data on PolicyLink and PERE's National Equity Atlas website, and made the case for why racial equity in the U.S. would help the economy. 

Read the article >> 

"What the U.S. economy would look like if racial inequality didn’t exist"

October 28, 2014

The Washington Post's Emily Badger interviewed PERE's Justin Scoggins and Manuel Pastor about the data behind our recently launched National Equity Atlas website (by PolicyLink and PERE) and the costs of inequality.

Read the article on the WaPo Wonkblog >>

L.A. Times cites PERE research on gender wage gaps in California


October 23, 2014

Gail Holland wrote a great piece covering a recent State Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality event in Los Angeles where PERE's Manuel Pastor presented demographic research.

Pastor's key points on closing the gender wage gap, included: raising the minimum wage, creating more affordable housing, and providing relief for women without immigration documentation.

Read the full story >>

La Voz de Houston covers regional equity profile by PolicyLink and PERE

October 16, 2014

Estudio: urge dar más oportunidades educativas y laborales a hispanos en sureste de Texas

by Álvaro Ortiz, La Voz de Houston

Photo credit: Cody Duty

 

Prof. Pastor cited in L.A. Times op-ed debate on raising the minimum wage in L.A.

October 11, 2014

This L.A. Times op-ed debate between Edward Leamer (UCLA Professor) and Daniel Flaming (Economic Roundtable) mentions Manuel Pastor's research on the minimum wage.

"A study by Manuel Pastor at USC calculated that California's minimum wage in 1975, when adjusted for inflation, was only $0.86 less than what Mayor Garcetti is proposing, and back then, housing took a far smaller percentage of income."

Read full op-ed >>

Video: Manuel Pastor clip in ABC7 coverage of L.A.'s proposed minimum wage increase and area poverty

 

October 7, 2014

ABC7 Eyewitness News' Elex Michaelson spoke with Manuel Pastor about the local context of poverty, jobs, and Mayor Garcetti's plan to increase the L.A. minimum wage

Read the full story and watch the clip >>

Experts Say 'Good Jobs Are No Longer an Afterthought' in Transportation Spending

October 3, 2014

Metro Magazine quoted Prof. Manuel Pastor in their piece on a new interactive map from the Jobs to Move America coalition.

"Experts Say 'Good Jobs Are No Longer an Afterthought' in Transportation Spending" via (Metro Magazine)

“This map gives policymakers and others a long-term view of transportation investment as a potential job-creation engine,” said Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of the University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE).
“With billions of public dollars being dedicated to transit spending in every region of the United States, there’s great potential for transit system growth to transform the lives of low-income Americans.”
Read full article >>

Truthout article argues that "pollution inequality in America even worse than income inequality"

October 3, 2014

PERE's research was cited in a Truthout piece featuring Professor James K. Boyce professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, directs the environment program of the Political Economy Research Institute. 

"Shocking: New Research Shows Pollution Inequality in America Even Worse Than Income Inequality," by Lynn Parramore (AlterNet Editor; Co-founder, Recessionwire; Founding Editor of New Deal 2.0).

"Lynn Paramore: You’ve noted that exposure contributes to student achievement gaps. Does this information challenge the assumption that the problems of education lie mostly with schools and teachers?

James K. Boyce: Of course it does. What it suggests is that the playing field is not level, and that not all teachers are teaching in the same environment. So even if teachers are equally qualified, and equally hard-working, educational outcomes will differ. A team of researchers led by Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California looked at variations in school performance in the Los Angeles Unified School District. They controlled for the usual factors, such as parental income and education, class sizes, and teacher salaries, and found that when they plugged in data on variations on air quality, it had a significant adverse effect on school performance. What that implies is that even if one attended to every other educational problem, we'd still see disparities in educational outcomes as long as we have serious disparities in pollution exposure."

Read full article >>

L.A. Times covers the CalEnviroScreen and the state's cap-and-trade program debates

September 23, 2014

PERE Director, Manuel Pastor was recently quoted in the L.A. Times by Tony Barboza on the current debate about California's plans to distribute the state's cap-and-trade program funds.

PERE conducted the foundational research and development of the Environmental Justice Screening Method, which was a precursor to the CalEnviroScreen tool.

"The good news is there's now a method and a flow of money that is aimed at addressing the most environmentally exposed and disadvantaged communities and dealing with climate change at the same time," Pastor said. "This is a state that's no longer debating that there is a pattern of environmental disparities, but actually marshaling resources to try to address it."

Read the full story >>

Photo Credit: L.A. Times

Manuel Pastor's Op-Ed on L.A. Mayor's Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

September 2, 2014
The Huffington Post

Following Mayor Garcetti's announcement of a proposed minimum wage bump this past Labor Day, PERE's Manuel Pastor looks back at a previous wage increases in his recent Huffington Post entry.

Read the full op-ed >>

#EndingPoverty in L.A. with the Tavis Smiley Foundation, Manuel Pastor highlights issues of concentrated poverty

July 3, 2014
USC News

USC's feature story by Lizzie Hedrick covers a panel discussion hosted by the Tavis Smiley Foundation to address poverty in Los Angeles. At the event, Manuel Pastor was invited to speak on a panel about racial disparities and the effects of concentrated poverty in L.A. County.

Read more >>

Op-Ed - "The Color of Carbon: How the EPA Clean Power Rule Could Help Communities of Color"

June 27, 2014

This op-ed in the Huffington Post by Manuel Pastor and Rachel Morello-Frosch that brings health and equity concerns to the forefront of the debate on the EPA's proposed "Clean Power Plan Rule."

Pastor and Morello-Frosch offer a compelling analysis of the proposed Rule's effects through a climate justice and public health lens. The authors point out that lowering greenhouse gas emissions—and their toxic co-pollutants—can yield immediate health benefits for communities of color.

Read the full article  >>

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"Just Growth" research mentioned in "Silicon Valley's minimum wage success story"

June 18, 2014
Opinion piece Amy B. Dean, Al Jazeera America

Silicon Valley's minimum wage success story

"Academic research has backed the idea that Silicon Valley’s experience with minimum wage and living wage measures can be applied broadly. As the University of California at Davis’ Chris Benner and the University of Southern California’s Manuel Pastor report in two of their books — “This Could Be the Start of Something Big” and “Just Growth” — there is a robust body of regional economic studies showing a strong correlation between shared prosperity and strong private sector growth. In a 2013 paper for the MacArthur Foundation, Benner and Pastor summarized this research, arguing that lower levels of income inequality are the most reliable predictors for longer periods of growth and greater overall employment levels."

 

Read the full story >>

Prof. Manuel Pastor's HuffPo op-ed: "Are Latinos Really Turning White?"

May 29, 2014
Prof. Pastor's recent Huffington Post blog post stirred up quite the buzz on Twitter, in the blogosphere, and in The New York Times blog, The Upshot.
In this new op-ed, Prof. Pastor infused some much needed "data reality" into the public discourse which followed an earlier NY Times blog by Nate Cohn titled, "More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White." (May 22, 2014) 
In his op-ed on May 29th, Prof. Pastor argued that:
"...a more nuanced understanding of the data and the questions being asked would probably lead one away from a breathless conclusion that a new and fundamental shift in Latino assimilation is occurring."

Read Manuel Pastor's full article on The Huffington Post >>

 

Related articles and mentions of Prof. Pastor's post

 

"Campaign 2014: Race to replace Waxman has something for everyone"

by Anne C. Mulkern
Environment and Energy Publishing
May 28, 2014

Manuel Pastor offers his input on the potential outcomes of the race to replace Senator Henry Waxman. 

"Giving Up on Urban Neighborhoods"

by Jim Russell
Pacific Standard
May 23, 2014

Jim Russell explores a short history of neighborhood revitalization tools and draws on Manuel Pastor's ideas of how Obama's 'Promise Zone' might work in LA. 

"Feeling defeated? These solutions fight climate change and empower people"

by Brentin Mock
Grist
May 16, 2014

Citing approaches mentioned in PERE's report Facing the Climate Gap, Brentin Mock proposes small solutions people can embrace in the face of a seemingly insurmountable problem. 

"60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, segregation is poisoning young minds"

by Brentin Mock
Grist
May 14, 2014

Brentin Mock digs into data behind the disproportionate effect pollutants have on communities of color, citing work from Rachel Morello-Frosch, PERE's Manuel Pastor, and Bill Jesdale. He questions this ongoing problem 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education and posits that full equality will not be achieved until all children breathe clean air. 

New map could refocus state's pollution battles

by Tony Barboza
Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2014

Tony Barboza looks at a new screening method that intends to assess the impact of pollutants on specific communities. 

KPCC's "Take Two" radio show talks data with PERE/CSII Director about recent deportation numbers

What's behind Obama's deportation numbers?
KPCC’s “Take Two” morning radio show
Air date: April 7, 2014

Manuel Pastor, the Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, was interviewed on KPCC to take a closer look at what deportation figures really mean for families, for immigration reform, and for California.

From KPCC's website:  "Immigrant rights groups rallied in cities and in front of deportation centers across the U.S. this weekend, marking what they called an historic moment: 2 million deportations under the Obama Administration. But some have questioned that figure and have pointed to data that shows that deportations are actually down in certain parts of the country and among certain groups."

Listen here >>

"Cynder Sinclair: Dramatic Demographic Changes Impact Nonprofits"

Noozhawk Santa Barbara
by Cynder Sinclair
May 13, 2014

Cynder Sinclair explores the relevance of nonprofits in a demographically shifting nation, highlighting Manuel Pastor's keynote speech at the Partnership for Excellence conference. 

PERE in the Media: January to March 2014

PERE kicked off 2014 with a bustling round of media coverage!  PERE director, Manuel Pastor, was cited in several media outlets on major news stories on topics including: income inequality, California demographics, and the Los Angeles Promise Zone designation.  Below are links to radio interviews, media mentions, and print and online coverage.

"Is Los Angeles a City in Decline?"
KCRW "Which Way L.A.?" Radio Show
Air date: Jan. 8, 2014

Manuel Pastor speaks with Madeleine Brand and LA 2020 Commissioner Mickey Kantor about a new LA 2020 report that highlights some of the city’s problems. Pastor points out some things that have improved in recent years, including police/community relations, multi-community coalition building, and acceptance of immigrants. Moving forward, he emphasizes the need for better wages, more job training programs, and a serious look at the long term effects of income inequality. While the city has many challenges, Pastor is hopeful for its future. 


"War on Poverty has had limited success"
By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Jan. 8, 2014

In this piece, Brenda Gazzar examines the War on Poverty after 50 years and speaks with Manuel Pastor about its achievements and downfalls. Pastor notes that while some programs have helped families get by, “…what the War on Poverty really didn’t change is the fundamental structure of the economy.” He also points to solutions looking forward, including universal prekindergarten and helping former inmates find good jobs. 

“Money to L.A.'s 'Promise Zone' could displace poor, experts say"
By Soumya Karlamangla, The Los Angeles Times
Jan. 10, 2014

Manuel Pastor analyzes LA’s ‘Promise Zone’, noting that it is set to take place in an area that could quickly gentrify and render the plan ineffective, but that it will also give the government an opportunity to look at how the Promise Zone model works in different conditions. 

"State of the Union Preview: Obama to address income inequality"
KPCC’s “Take Two” morning radio show
Air date: Jan. 27, 2014

In anticipation of President Obama’s remarks on income inequality in his 2014 State of the Union address, PERE’s Manuel Pastor looks at the issue in California and in the United States. Poverty, he says, creates problems in social distance, investment and economic prosperity. Much of this poverty, especially in California, is hidden among undocumented immigrants and other voiceless populations. To fix this ever-growing burden, which Pastor calls “corrosive to democracy”, he suggests an increased minimum wage, reformed tax policy, and a renewed focus on livable wages for all.  

"What Obama's Promise Zone Could Mean to L.A."
Op-ed by Dixon Slingerland and Veronica Melvin
Jan. 28, 2014

"A Vision for the next Los Angeles: Transportation Equity and Just Growth"
by Manuel Pastor
February 10, 2014

"What Latino Plurality Means for California"
KCRW's Which Way L.A.? Radio show
(Audio segment begins at 13:00 minute mark)
Air date: Feb. 12, 2014

In this piece, Manuel Pastor speaks with Which Way LA’s Warren Olney and Saul Gonzalez about Latino plurality and the future of California. In March 2014, Latinos became the largest race or ethnic group in California. Pastor notes the significance of this change in terms of politics, the economy and social structures. He stresses the importance of educating the young Latino population and of bridging the gap between them and the state’s older white demographic. He also points out that Latinos are a swing constituency in California and will be critical in upcoming elections. Furthermore, 40% of the California Latino population is made up of immigrants, a significant portion of which is undocumented. All of these factors, Pastor says, are key in the development of new policy.  

"Los Angeles urban swath to test Obama's 'promise zone'" plan
By Alex Dobuzinski, Reuters
Mar. 6, 2014

"Pollution burden higher for state's Latinos and blacks, report finds"
By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Mar. 7, 2014

“How to get Civic Leaders to Think 20 Years Out”

Manuel Pastor was interviewed by Jody Brannon
The National Journal
The Next America, Perspectives
Jan. 23, 2014

“How to get Civic Leaders to Think 20 Years Out”

Excerpt:

"One of the most rewarding things that has happened to me as an academic was when I was making a presentation about low-income neighborhoods in Pacoima, an inner-ring suburb here in Los Angeles, and a gentleman from the neighborhood came up to me and said, 'I saw myself in your statistics.' His story was represented in the way we were providing a profile of the neighborhood and that was very satisfying.

For those of us who have a position in a university or a voice in the public square, we can represent and be the voice and help a person to feel seen. That's an incredibly important mission, and it's one I hold close. That's been a beacon for me—that the work we do has resonance with community-based organizations and people on the ground."

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Reducing inequality key to economic growth in Kansas City

The KHI News Service and the Kansas City Star featured key findings from PERE and PolicyLink's study, “An Equity Profile of the Kansas City Region,” that show widening racial gaps in income, health, and work opportunities in the Kansas City metro area.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/28/4582799/racial-inequality-threatens-kansas.html#storylink=cpy
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Reducing inequality key to spurring economic growth in KC, expert says
By Mike Sherry
Kansas Health Institute
KHI News Service
October 30, 2013

Racial inequality threatens Kansas City economy
By Diane Stafford
The Kansas City Star
October 28, 2013

"Cities can't ignore big chains' poverty wages"

by Neal Peirce
The Seattle Times
September 14, 2013

Neal Peirce examines the problems caused by the non-livable wages big chains pay their workers, and points out the important role cities play in regulating this. 

"Seattle's economic growth masks losses in homegrown population"

The Seattle Times
by Hillary Pennington and Manuel Pastor
June 22, 2013

Hillary Pennington and Manuel Pastor look at the growth and future of Seattle, with an emphasis on the importance of immigration, education, and governmental and social structures. 

"Crossing Borders: Worldwide, young people yearn for jobs"

The Sacramento Bee
June 16, 2013
by Pia Lopez

Pia Lopez scrutinizes the phenomena of worldwide joblessness among youth and the long term consequences it will have. 

Utah’s little secret: Inclusion a key to economic growth

PERE's study found that states that were more inclusive had greater economic growth across the board.

Utah’s little secret: Inclusion a key to economic growth
By Whitney Evans
Deseret News
May 27, 2013

Utah’s inclusion helps economic growth, researcher says
By Lee Davidson
The Salt Lake Tribune
May 14, 2013

Photo Credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Latest CLEAN LA Solar Program

April 19, 2013

We are excited to share with you the latest step in making Los Angeles one of the cleanest, greenest big cities in America in our new video celebrating its groundbreaking urban rooftop solar program. The CLEAN LA Solar Program will allow folks to sell the power generated from their rooftops back to the city’s utility. And later this month, first solar panels to generate power for the city’s grid will be installed – bringing CLEAN LA Solar from a vision to a reality. 

Manuel Pastor in Poder Magazine’s Top 100 Green Leaders

Like plants peeping up here and there in spring, the green economy is growing and blooming nationwide. Across sectors and professions, Latinos are leading the way. Two of the hottest issues in the United States today are the significant growth in the Hispanic population and the increased emphasis on green issues. Less publicized is what is happening at their confluence: more Latinos are playing important roles in environmental issues than ever. PODER’s Top 100 Green Latinos recognizes the pioneers of this new frontier.

By Jens Erik Gould and David Quiñones

Poder360

April 2013

L.A. Bus Buy Creates New U.S. Jobs… Let's Make Sure Other Cities Follow Suit

A collaborative project between Los Angeles for a New Economy, Green for All, and PERE informs Los Angeles bus buy that creates new U.S. jobs.

L.A. Bus Buy Creates New U.S. Jobs… Let's Make Sure Other Cities Follow Suit
By Linda Nguyen-Perez, Michelle Knapik
The Huffington Post
February 20, 2013

In Bid for New Buses, L.A. Demands American-Made
By Matt Bevilacqua
Next City
February 21, 2012

Leveraging Public Sector Contracts for new Manufacturing Jobs
By Carmen Rojas
Living Cities
February 22, 2013

The Lesson of 2012? It was Never About Obama, It Was About Us

After the 2012 election Director of Florida New Majority, Gihan Perera and Director of PERE, Manuel Pastor reflect on how the masses in key states fought against voter suppression and how this movement should be carried beyond the election season.

By Gihan Perera, Manuel Pastor

Colorlines Magazine

December 20, 2012

Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future

By Ange-Marie Hancock

December 2012

CSII Co-Director and PERE Faculty, Ange-Marie Hancock, examines African American philanthropy in Los Angeles, and highlights the beginning of intensifying interest within the African American community to delve into and effectively deploy philanthropic assets and power.

PolicyLink President, Angela Glover Blackwell and Manuel Pastor comment on reactions to the election results in recent op-ed

Can You See It Now?

By Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor

The Huffington Post Blog

November 12, 2012

Alternet features a vignette from PERE's report, Facing the Climate Gap

October 15, 2012

For a week, AlterNet posted vignettes on organizations across California from our new report Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California.  Each organization is dealing with the “climate gap” – the disproportionate burden of climate change on vulnerable communities. 

Read more about the series >>

PERE Trainings June 2012

Could your organization benefit from a training from one of our reports? See our publications page for the options and email us today: pere@dornsife.usc.edu.

More information >>

Congratulations to PERE's Director on being the 2012 recipient of the Wally Marks Changemaker Award from the Liberty Hill Foundation.

2012 Wally Marks Changemaker Award
Liberty Hill presents the annual Wally Marks Changemaker Award to an outstanding individual whose work in the community illustrates Dr. King's insight that while "the arc of history is long, it bends toward justice."

Manuel Pastor's acceptance speech
30th Annual Upton Sinclair Awards
May 9, 2012

Change Over Charity 
By Michelle Salzman
USC Dornsife News
May 14, 2012

Congratulations to PERE/CSII Project Manager, Rhonda Ortiz for being awarded with the Rockwood Fellowship for a New California: Developing Leaders of Immigrant Communities

The Rockwood Leadership Institute, a leading national organization that provides transformative, powerful training in leadership and collaboration, is proud to announce its newest program, the Fellowship for a New California.  

Read more the Rockwood Fellowship award

 

News about "From the Ashes" conference

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Lessons for L.A. from 1992
By Manuel Pastor and Kafi Blumenfield
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2012

De las cenizas surgio todo un movimeinto
By Jessica Kwong
La Opinion
April 26, 2012

 

Manuel Pastor Speaks at the Center for American Progress on "Economic Growth and Equality"

See the Video on C-SPAN
April 22, 2011

The Center for American Progress held a forum on economic growth and equality. After opening remarks from Vanessa Cárdenas and Angela Glover Blackwell, members of the first panel (including Emmanuel Saez and PERE Director Manuel Pastor) talked about the link between economic growth and equality. In the second discussion, panelists talked about the policies needed to help foster equality in the economic realm and its importance to overall national prosperity.

Race and Our Metropolitan Future

This article for Citiwire – a web journal with the mission to reflect a new narrative for 21st century cities and regions – notes that metropolitan areas are ahead of most of the country; they’re already grappling with what it means to be “majority minority.”

Race and Our Metropolitan Future
Manuel Pastor
Citiwire.net
July 4, 2010

Press coverage of Minding The Climate Gap: What's at Stake if California's Climate Law isn't Done Right and Right Away

Who loses if California's Climate Law is Halted?
By Rachel Morello Frosch and Manuel Pastor
The Huffington Post
April 14, 2010

In the Green Technology Revolution, How Can We Best Reach the Summit?
By H. Fields Grenee
Madame Noire
April 28, 2010 

Split Down the Middle

Split Down the Middle
By Elise Buik and Manuel Pastor
Los Angeles Business Journal
March 29, 2010

Press coverage of Looking Forwards: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State

Book Release

This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Reshaping Metropolitan America
By Manuel Pastor, Chris Benner, and Martha Matsuoka

Learn more about Something Big

Released Report: January 2009

Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles: Strategic Directions for Funders
By Manuel Pastor and Rhonda Ortiz
January 2009

News about the report:

The California Community Foundation plans a campaign to help L.A. immigrants become more active citizens by helping them learn English, improve job skills and increase civic participation.

Foundation aims to help L.A. immigrants
By Teresa Watanabe 
Los Angeles Times 
February 10, 2009

Released Report: September 2008

Cumulative Impacts in East Oakland: Findings from a Community-Based Mapping Study
Communities for a Better Environment
September 2008

News about the report:

Uneasy Breathing -- Air Pollution in Oakland
By Jane Kay
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2008

Oakland residents test neighborhood air quality
By Alan Wang
ABC 7
September 22, 2008

OAKLAND: Study Says Industry Causes Health Problems in East Oakland
OAKLAND (BCN)
September 22, 2008

Groups convene to address environmental concerns in East Oakland
By Kamika Dunlap
Oakland Tribune
September 18, 2008

Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

USC College and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) have created a new center addressing the urgent need for knowledge about the successful integration of immigrants.

Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced  /PDF
By Pamela J. Johnson
USC College News
April 2008

Don't forget immigration reform

Reality about immigrants differs from perception. Let's change the narrative.

Don't forget about immigration reform /PDF
By Dowell Myers and Manuel Pastor
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2008

Environmental Justice For All

Manuel Pastor ran bus tours of Los Angeles a few years back. These weren’t the typical sojourns to Disneyland or the MGM studios, though; they were expeditions to some of the city’s most environmentally blighted neighborhoods—where railways, truck traffic, and refineries converge, and where people live 200 feet from the freeway.

Environmental Justice for All /PDF
By Leyla Kokmen
Utne Reader
March-April 2008

The New Three R’s

Manuel Pastor brings his brand of social (con)science to USC College.

The New Three R's /PDF
By Wayne Lewis
USC College News
October 1, 2007

How to build in South-Central

If we help kids learn a trade, they'll be able to cash in on a construction boom.

How to build in South-Central/ PDF
By Manuel Pastor
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2007

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