PERE in the News


L.A. City Council adopts rules to ease health hazards in polluted neighborhoods

April 13, 2016
Los Angeles Times
By Tony Barboza

Clean Up, Green Up! That's what L.A. city officials are planning on doing for L.A. neighborhoods most plagued by industrial and traffic pollution. The Clean Up Green Up ordinance was developed by scholars, scientists, community advocates/leaders, and academics including PERE director Manuel Pastor. For those hoping this ordinance influences future environmental regulations, Pastor calls "its adoption 'a pioneering move that's likely to be replicated.'" 

Read the full story >>

Culture is key to turning the page on hostilities: That's the consensus among panelists at a timely USC conference on civil discourse

April 7, 2016
USC News
By Gretchen Meier

This great recap article covers the major highlights of USC PERE's 4/6 event, Turning The Page On Hate. As USC PERE/CSII director Manuel Pastor's first event as holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Turning the Page On Hate was an inspiring afternoon of civil dialogue and community-building. 

Read the full story here >> 

Volteando la página del odio

April 6, 2016
Radio Bilingue
Samuel Orozco

Professor Manuel Pastor spoke live on-air on Radio Bilingue’s Línea Abierta to discuss the Turning The Page On Hate event, and a range of newsworthy topics around the need for a foundation of respect, care, and community to promote civil discourse for social change amidst a very polarized political climate. When asked how he thinks the political and socioeconomic climate of the U.S. has changed, Pastor said, "Podemos ver que hay mas separacion redencial, que los ricos estan viviendo con otros ricos, los pobres con otros pobres. Entonces no solo es la desaparacion de la clase media en la sociedad, sino que tambien, hay menos contacto entre las clases sociales. We can see that there is more residental separation, where the rich are living with other rich, the poor with other poor. So it is not only the disappearance of the middle class in society, but there is also less contact between the social classes."

Listen to the recorded show >>

Money doesn't matter: White people breathe cleaner air

March 11, 2016
Aura Bogado

Using data from the National Equity Atlas's new interactive air pollution index (a joint project of PolicyLink and PERE), this article argues that skin color matters when it comes to environmental health. PERE data manager Justin Scoggins refutes the assumption that income levels would matter more than race/ethnicity: "I'm sure it's the case that in some regions, race may matter a little less, but by and large the result is that race explains the diffrences in pollution exposure holds."

Read the full article >

Where Children Rarely Escape Poverty

March 7, 2016
The Atlantic
Emily DeRuy and Janie Boschma

This article cites analysis of federal data provided by the National Equity Atlas (a joint project of PolicyLink and PERE) focuses on the dire state of upward mobility for poor children in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Charlotte, North Carolina, wants to change its status as one of the worst places in the United States for poor children to have a shot at getting ahead as adults. If the city succeeds, its efforts may offer a roadmap for other major metro areas gripped by barriers such as concentrated poverty and school segregation. Improving schools, particularly how they serve poor black and Latino children, will be a crucial piece in the fight to reduce inequity," write Emily DeRuy and Janie Boschma.

Read in full >

The Place Where the Poor Once Thrived

February 24, 2016
The Atlantic
Alana Semuels

If there's any place in the United States where it seems the American Dream would be most attainable, it might be San Jose, California according to this article. Data suggest that this has been the case, but how is this changing? And why are some San Jose residents experiencing a sense of lowered prospects for upward mobility and rising inequality? Citing research from Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor's most recent book, "Equity, Growth, and Community", the article takes an in-depth look at what the nation can learn from San Jose.

Read more here >>

Even in sunny L.A., warming climate may be the next big public health problem

February 23, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Soumya Karlamangla

By 2050, the greater Los Angeles area is expected to become five degrees warmer on average, and by midcentury, the number of extreme heat days in LA County is expected to triple or quadruple, if nothing is done soon. Reporter Soumya Karlamangla reached out to director Manuel Pastor to discuss reasons for the "climate gap"the sometimes hidden and often-unequal impact climate change will have on people of color and the poor in the United States.


What About the Rest of LA's Active Environmental Disasters?

February 22, 2016
Bianca Barragan

"Rich Porter Ranch got a lot of attention for its gas leak, but it's not the only ongoing environmental disaster in LA."

Take, for example, Wilmington, a low-income, minority neighborhood in the Los Angeles metro area. Wilmington residents have been disproportionately burdened with toxic exposure and lowered quality of life, but not much has been done to alleviate their plight. In this Curbed LA piece, PERE director Professor Manuel Pastor remarks on why polluting industries often target poorer neighborhoods over richer areas for their industrial activities. 

Read more here >>

Why it took so long for Compton to get its own movie theater

February 12, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Ryan Faughnder & Samantha Masunaga

Compton residents need to travel at least thirty minutes away to nearby areas like Baldwin Hills or Paramount if they want to watch a movie, but this is about to change. In this LA Times article, PERE Director Manuel Pastor explains how serving underserved areas like Compton benefits the entertainment industry.

Read the article here >>

After decades without a movie theater, Compton could get one

February 10, 2016
89.3 KPCC
Leslie B. Rojas

Compton has one of Los Angeles County's highest unemployment rates, and up until recently, there has been a great deal of underinvestment in Compton. Now, however, city officials are proposing a movie theater development plan. PERE's Professor Manuel Pastor explains how shifting demographics lend themselves to increasing investment and change for Compton residents. 

Listen to the radio piece here >>

Watch Spotlight CA's "In Our Air" Episode with Prof. Manuel Pastor

Air date: February 9, 2016
NextGen ClimateKiran Deol

Spotlight CA, a documentary web series launched by NextGen Climate, investigates the environmental challenges facing Californians today. From drought issues to pollution, Spotlight CA travels through the Central Valley and Los Angeles to uncover the consequences of California's environmental crisis.

In Episode 3, comedian and host Kiran Deol investigates air pollution through the stories of community groups like Communities for a Better Environment. She also speaks with PERE's Manuel Pastor on environmental inequality, why organizing matters, and why he just might be a "Fiesta Scientist."


Suburban Ideals vs. New Realities: Informal Housing in South Gate

January 12, 2016
By Ryan Reft 

In southeastern Los Angeles County, immigrant cultures and urban realities clash to offer a glimpse into the world of persistent surburban ideals in the midst of changing demographics and economies. This article offers a thoughtful and historical examination of housing and economic trends in this region, and refers to Professor Pastor's 2013 article, "Maywood, Not Mayberry".


Infinite Earth Radio, Episode 2: Equitable Development and Economic Growth

Infinite Earth Radio
By Mike Hancox and Vernice Miller-Travis

In Episode 2 of Infinite Earth Radio, a weekly podcast committed to encouraging urban equality and community building, PERE and CSII director Manuel Pastor talks about the multiple crises facing America as well as spatial, political, and intellectual segregation. What implications do they hold for America’s future? Is there a solution? Pastor thinks there is one: epistemic communities. In his own words, “We are in a place where people don’t agree on the basic facts. An epistemic community is about creating opportunities for people to know together so they can grow together." 

Listen to the rest here.

Seattle Is America's Income Inequality Problem on Steroids

December 8, 2015
The Stranger: Blog
By Rich Smith

This piece offers a thorough and thoughtful summary of key points and research presented by PERE's Manuel Pastor in Seattle on the region's high levels of economic inequality and the need for more inclusive growth.


Environmental justice scores a win in California carbon policy

December 7, 2015
By Aura Bogado

California Governor Jerry Brown is taking a firmer stance on environmental equity, asking CalEPA to track and evaluate California's greenhouse gas emissions, pollutants, and other environmental health exposure indicators. Professor Manuel Pastor shares thoughts on the governor's heightened interest in environmental justice, and says that a data-driven initiative is a step in the right direction.

Read the article >>

Opinion: Why California should follow its cities to a higher minimum wage

November 22, 2015
By Manuel Pastor

In this op-ed for CALMatters, Prof. Pastor offers data-backed perspectives on the minimum wage debates, citing how examples of recent increases in cities like Los Angeles are instructive as we consider the costs and benefits of raising the state minimum wage.

Transit Issues Should Drive Emissions Strategy

October 19, 2015
Los Angeles Business Journal
By F. Noel Perry and Manuel Pastor

Los Angeles Business Journal published an op-ed by F. Noel Perry and PERE Director Manuel Pastor on why California's long-term emissions strategy needs to consider transit and equity. They argue that climate-friendly transportation policies can yield health, economic, and social benefits for Californians.

"Indeed, transportation is the state’s biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and it is an especially critical challenge – from a health, environmental and quality-of-life perspective – for Southern California. Without addressing transportation, the state has little hope of meeting its long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions – nor will we be able to curb the crippling air-quality challenges we face. This is particularly important for our low-income communities of color who are more exposed to transportation-related emissions – and the related health consequences..."

Read the full op-ed >>

"Once Upon a Time, the City of Angels Was Defined by Sprawl, Cars, and Racial Conflict..."

October 15, 2015
Zócalo Public Square
By Manuel Pastor

In this essay for a Zócalo Public Square's #LADreams series, PERE/CSII director Manuel Pastor writes about the reinvention and changed aspirations of Los Angeles. Whereas Los Angeles once desired carefully delineated and defined communities, it now craves open public spaces to accommodate the diverse, eclectic blend of the city's residents.

According to Pastor, "Los Angeles is not restoring itself or merely updating itself and its dreams of the future. The city is reinventing itself in ways that are leading its people to reimagine what the place could be."

Read the essay here >>

'Straight Outta Compton' Not Playing In Home City Due To Lack Of Theater

August 17, 2015
CBS Los Angeles

'Straight Outta Compton' is one of the hottest movies of the year. It is a retelling of how gangsta rap group N.W.A. rose to notoriety in the midst of violence-ridden Compton. Despite breaking box office records across the nation, no one is paying to watch it in its home city because there are no movie theaters in Compton.

In an interview with CBS TV Los Angeles, Professor Manuel Pastor explained as a factor behind this: "It's a low income area, it's been heavily disinvested in...When you live in a community that doesn’t have that kind of retail, it’s a sign that the community is devalued and people within the community feel devalued.”

Watch the video here >>

Several notable outlets also picked up and cited Professor Pastor's commentary, including:

"Full Employment for All" media mention

August 14, 2015
Ledger Gazette
By Frank Ramirez

Frank Ramirez's article cited data analysis from PolicyLink and PERE's joint report, "Full Employment for all: The Social and Economic Benefits of Race and Gender Equity in Employment"


Policylink, PERE, and CPD report on economic benefits of full employment

August 11, 2015
The Washington Post Wonkblog

In a piece covering the Fed Up campaign, the Wonkblog cited a new research report conducted in partnership with PolicyLink, PERE, and the Center for Popular Democracy on the social and economic benefits of full employment.

Read the full story >>

Read the report via CPD >>

USC Report: Inequality Could Stifle Economic Progress In San Diego County

August 4, 2015
KPBS Midday Edition
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, & Peggy Pico

In this episode of Midday Edition by KPBS Radio, Professor Manuel Pastor, Kyra Green, and Bruce Reznick discuss the findings of PERE's report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego".

To listen to the episode, click here and press play on the audio player.

Who Speaks For California Latinos on Climate Change?

July 31, 2015

Huffington Post: The Blog
By Manuel Pastor

In his latest op-ed piece, Manuel Pastor discusses Latinos, climate change, and politics. He offers a rebuttal to urban analyst Joel Kotkin's claim that California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León is out of step with his primarily Latino constituents when it comes to environmental planning. However, focusing on healthier neighborhoods has always been a priority for Latino communities, as Pastor explains through polling data. 


USC Report: Inequality Threatens San Diego's Future

July 30, 2015
San Diego Free Press
By Doug Porter

This piece covering PERE's Linking Innovation with Inclusion in San Diego report applauds its analysis on the benefits of inclusion for the region and its residents. Says Doug Porter, "I could dazzle you with charts and figures (and there are plenty in the report) but here's the bottom line: the way public policy is and has been made in San Diego benefits a few at the expense of the many. Trading short term greed for long term growth would be better for the overall economy and the environment."

Read more >> 

How the Clean Power Plan Will Affect Low-Income and Minority Communities

August 4, 2015
CityLab, The Atlantic
By Brentin Mock

In response to Obama's formal announcement regarding his Clean Power Plan, journalist Brentin Mock investigated the equity (or lack therof) that the CPP would potentially introduce. PERE's "Facing the Climate Gap" report is cited for its models on how to achieve racial and economic equity while attaining climate change goals. 

Read here >>

"Report pegs S.D. economy to inequality"

July 30, 2015
The San Diego Union-Tribune
By Dan McSwain

This thoughtful review (and critique) of PERE's report making the equity-growth connection in San Diego strikes up precisely the kind of dialogue we hoped to spur with the release of PERE's new report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego".


Audio: "Report: San Diego Must Address Inequality For Economic Growth"

July 30, 2015
By Jean Guerrero

KPBS News covered PERE's report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego" and interviewed Diane Takvorian from the Environmental Health Coalition, a local partner on this research.

“We have to start to recognize that diversity is a strength and I think in our past we may not have seen it that way,” Takvorian said.  Her group has pushed for more transportation options for low-income and minority communities. The report cited the 50-10 Urban Transit Investment Plan as an example of an effort that will boost the economy of San Diego overall. “We need to look at it both from a human rights perspective as well as from an economic opportunity perspective,” Takvorian said.

Listen to the clip >>

LA’s Solar Energy Initiative Delays Are Unnecessary, Threaten Long-Term Growth

July 27, 2015
By James Ayre

In this article which notes a study conducted by USC PERE & UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation, Ayre makes the case for stronger solar energy investments in Los Angeles. 

"The new research also notes that the potential is there for the expansion of the local solar program to 1,500 megawatts (MW) annually — meaning that the program could serve as an economic catalyst, resulting in the creation of thousands of new solar-related jobs as well as bringing in significant investment money."

Read it here >>

EPA 'environmental justice' map highlights California's pollution ills

June 10, 2015

This LA Times article by Tony Barboza discusses the Environmental Protection Agency's recently released environmental justice map, and compares it to a similar map, CalEnviroScreen, which was created by PERE. Says director Manuel Pastor of EPA's map, "It's a very sophisicated and good tool that is going to be exceptionally useful for those other states in helping them pinpoint where the problems are."

Read full article >>

Report: St. Louis economy would gain $14 billion if racial income inequality disappeared

May 24, 2015

St. Louis Public Radio covered a new report published by the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis that used data from the National Equity Atlas (by PolicyLink and PERE) to calculate the potential economic gains of racial equity for the St. Louis region.

Read the full article >>

"Education Gaps Pose Looming Crisis for U.S. Economy"

May 2015

and of the National Journal used data from the PolicyLink/PERE National Equity Atlas to examine the racial education gaps in the 150 largest U.S. metros and discuss what the potential impacts mean for our economy.

"The fastest-growing segment of the workforce is also the least educated. That's a problem as employers struggle to fill high-skill jobs."

Read the full article >>

Media mentions for #WomenCanBuild PERE report

Changing Demographics in San Francisco: Poised to become the "Whitest County" in Bay Area By 2040

A new demographic profile by PolicyLink and PERE highlights San Francisco's changing diversity: "It's startling because the city's diversity and identity as a progressive, inclusive city is seriously at-risk," says Sarah Treuhaft (director of Equitable Growth Initiatives at PolicyLink).
The paper referred to can be found here.

The EPA has a plan to protect vulnerable communities, but will it work?

April 27, 2015
By Brentin Mock

This article discusses the Environmental Protection Agency's current working agenda in regards to environmental justice. The new agenda, dubbed the EJ 2020 Action Agenda, attempts to unite equity, sustainability, and citizen-driven environmental justice. 

Manuel Pastor, PERE director, comments on the effectiveness of the EPA's agenda in the past: "[T]hat agenda was often fumbled in the face of legal issues, bureaucratic obstacles, political resistance, and even an inability to crisply define an environmental justice community."

Read the full story here >>

"Six Graphs On Race & Income That Will Change The Way You Look At The Bay"

April 22, 2015

PolicyLink and PERE released the equitable growth profile for the San Francisco Bay Area region.  This Buzzfeed piece by Courtney Hutchison features charts from the PolicyLink and PERE National Equity Atlas: "Six Graphs On Race & Income That Will Change The Way You Look At The Bay."

Learn more about the SF Bay Area profile summary and full report >>


"Growing urban inequality has made mayors' jobs harder across the country"

April 8, 2015

Ron Brownstein wrote a compelling piece in the National Journal on the impact of urban inequality. As part of his analysis, he cited data from the National Equity Atlas:

"Data from the "National Equity Atlas" compiled by PolicyLink, a research institute, and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity deepens that picture. That analysis shows the gap in hourly wages earned by whites and non-whites is wider now than in 1980, not only in Chicago but other cities such as Boston and Los Angeles."

Read full article >>

Data Dig: Economic Mobility in Greenville, SC

March 6, 2015
Manpower Development Corp.
by Alyson Zandt

In one of MDC's State of the South reports, socioeconomic data is pulled from the National Equity Atlas to analyze Greenville's overal economic mobility profile. 

"A young person's economic prospects should not be determined by his or her zip code. Unfortunately, in the area known as the 'White Horse Corridor', prospects for a successful future are tough," says program manager John Concklin. 

Full article here >>

What We've Learned from California's Previous "Wars on Poverty"

February 24, 2015
by Michael Bernick

This piece features a graph created by PERE data analyst Jared Sanchez. As part of a series over the coming months, it dives into the history of race and poverty in California, and what the future of combating poverty looks like in the state. 

"So what can we take for California anti-poverty discussions in 2015? Job training is certainly one element of any California anti-poverty approach. But alone it will have very limited impact on poverty rates, and needs to be augmented by other shifts in social and economic thinking and action." 

Read the whole story >> 

A surprising tool to slow gentrification: Land trusts

February 13, 2015
The Grist
By Ben Adler

In this piece on using community land trusts (CLTs) to combat gentrification, PolicyLink and PERE's equity brief findings were cited:

“Every region of the country would be financially stronger with racial inclusion. Potential metro GDP gains range from $287 million per year in Springfield, Mo. (the lowest potential gain), to $510 billion per year in Los Angeles (the highest).”

Read the full story >>

Capital and Main's #StateOfInequality Series Launched

February 4, 2015

Over the coming month, Capital and Main will feature stories, photos, infographics and podcasts to educate and inform on the rampant inequality in California and offer solutions to get the state back on track. The State of Inequality Series also features an essay by PERE Director, Prof. Manuel Pastor, along with work by New Yorker contributor Maria Bustillos, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and many others. Stay tuned for updates throughout February and follow the hashtag #StateOfInequality

See the series on Capital and Main >> 

"Black Lives Matter" Aspires to Reclaim the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2015
Mother Jones

Gabrielle Canon and Bryan Schatz's piece delves into the history of social movements, and explores how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and work remain important to today's Black Lives Matter movement. PERE's Manuel Pastor discusses about movement building research and what will need to happen for this one to last.  

Read the full article >>

Racial Generation Gap Looms Large for States

January 16, 2015
Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts

Citing Manuel Pastor's research on the racial generation gap, Teresa Wiltz examines the long-term consequences of a disconnect between an older white population and a young one that is mostly people of color. 

Read the full post >>

Also read a related piece by Carla Murphy via Colorlines: "Racial Mismatch: Will White Seniors Support Today's Youth of Color?" >> 

Police-related deaths bring a divided neighborhood together

January 9, 2015
by Jorge Rivas and Hector Batista

The piece explores the impact of the deaths of two men, Omar Abrego and Ezell Ford, on a South Los Angeles neighborhood. In the wake of these police-related tragedies, Black and Latino communities that are frequently in conflict have come together. 

Read the full article >> 

Data Tools for Policymaking: The National Equity Atlas

December 4, 2014
The Progressive Pulse
by Alexandra Sirota

NC Policy Watch's Progressive Pulse examines the value of PERE and PolicyLink's National Eqeuity Atlas for gathering data for individual states, and note the influence of equity on North Carolina's economy.  

Read the full article >> 

"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 >>

"How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer"

October 23, 2014

The Atlantic CityLab's Tanvi Misra covered PolicyLink and PERE's research brief and Equity Atlas data. The piece highlights our findings that the largest metros would have gained a economic growth boost of 24 percent in 2012 if racial employment disparities didn't exist.

Read the blog >>

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

Dr. Manuel Pastor was asked to comment on the long-term economic and employment consequences of increased national spending on public transportation. 

“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.”

Full story here >>

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

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 >>

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

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 >>

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

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

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

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 >>

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

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.


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

June 27, 2014

This op-ed in the Huffington Post by Manuel Pastor and Rachel Morello-Frosch 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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Prof. Manuel Pastor's HuffPo op-ed: "Are Latinos Really Turning White?"

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 >>

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

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


"Giving Up on Urban Neighborhoods"

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. 

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

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. 

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

by Brentin Mock
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. 

New map could refocus state's pollution battles

by Brentin Mock
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. 

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

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. 

"Cynder Sinclair: Dramatic Demographic Changes Impact Nonprofits"

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."

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PERE in the Media: January to March 2014

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. 

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

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

Reducing inequality key to economic growth in Kansas City

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”


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

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.

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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

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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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

Manuel Pastor in Poder Magazine’s Top 100 Green Leaders

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. 

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

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


April 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Can You See It Now?

By Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor

The Huffington Post Blog

November 12, 2012

PERE Trainings June 2012

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. 

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

Could your organization benefit from a training from one of our reports? See our publications page for the options and email us today:

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

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

News about "From the Ashes" conference

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


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


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


Race and Our Metropolitan Future

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.

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

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
July 4, 2010

Split Down the Middle

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 

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

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

Book Release

Released Report: January 2009

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: September 2008

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

Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

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
September 22, 2008

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

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

Don't forget immigration reform

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

Environmental Justice For All

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

<p>Manuel Pastor ran bus tours of Los Angeles a few years back. These weren&rsquo;t the typical sojourns to Disneyland or the MGM studios, though; they were expeditions to some of the city&rsquo;s most environmentally blighted neighborhoods&mdash;where railways, truck traffic, and refineries converge, and where people live 200 feet from the freeway.</p><p><a title="Environmental Justice for All" href="" target="_blank">Environmental Justice for All</a>&nbsp;/<a title="Environmental Justice for All" href="/assets/sites/242/docs/Environmental_Justice_For_All.pdf" target="_blank">PDF</a><br />By Leyla Kokmen<br />Utne Reader<br />March-April 2008</p>

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