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