April 06, 2007

L.A. Mayor Antonio VillaraigosaLOS ANGELES - Anyone can identify a problem. The challenge is finding the solutions.

This spring, the UCLA Anderson Forecast accepted that challenge and, in turn, challenged a cross-section of prominent leaders from the worlds of business, politics, academics and public policy to not only identify the significant problems facing the City of Los Angeles, but to offer solutions to the serious issues facing the citizens of L.A.

As Forecast Director Edward Leamer wrote in the preface to a published collection of essays distributed at the most recent UCLA Anderson Forecasting Conference where Mayor Antonio Villaraigoso provided the keynote address, "… we cast the net widely, asking Angelenos representing every facet of life to offer their solutions in two-page op-ed pieces. We didn’t want to hear a litany of problems. We wanted the solutions. What can our local and state government do? What can our businesses and our schools do? What can our families do? What can we as individuals do?"

"And what if we all worked together?"

In all, more than three dozen essays from forty different authors were collected. The authors included Blair H. Taylor (’90), president and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League; Julia A. Stewart, President & CEO, IHOP Corporation (and member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors) and Daniel J.B. Mitchell, Ho-Su Wu Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA School of Public Affairs.

The topics ranged from the obvious – traffic, education, affordable housing – to less obvious, but equally essential and intriguing areas of concern such as graffiti, volunteerism and building “green.” The essays are honest and though-provoking.

Most importantly, the essays provide a literary diving board from which we can leap into the deep end of issues facing the Los Angeles community and begin a dialogue. As Prof. Leamer wrote, “... a half-day to discuss these solutions is not going to miraculously solve all our problems. The conversation must go on.”

With that in mind, UCLA Anderson presents the essays as a living, evolving document and will periodically post additional solutions. “If you have a great idea,” Prof. Leamer adds, “or a half-baked idea, please make a visit and post it (here). It could make a difference.”

Read the Solution Essays

About UCLA Anderson Forecast
UCLA Anderson Forecast is one of the most widely watched and often-cited economic outlooks for California and the nation and was unique in predicting both the seriousness of the early-1990s downturn in California and the strength of the state’s rebound since 1993. More recently, the Forecast was credited as the first major U.S. economic forecasting group to declare the recession of 2001. Visit UCLA Anderson Forecast on the Web at http://uclaforecast.com.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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