USC Price School of Public Policy

Southern California Policy Review

The student-run journal of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy


Welcome from the Editor-in-Chief
Welcome to the Southern California Policy Review! We are Southern California’s largest student peer-reviewed policy journal. Our mission is to deliver amazing student derived content to help decision-makers across the region and the world. The Southern California Policy Review is the latest iteration in a two-decade tradition at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. We have made the transition from an academic journal to an innovative digital content system for the exposition of student projects and papers. The 2015 Review will exhibit the best work from six universities and colleges nationwide.

Thank you for joining us on the Southern California Policy Review! Please explore the links to the right for more information and to view archived articles from our previous publications.


Brandon De Bruhl MPP ’15
2015 Editor-in-Chief


In the 2013-2014 Issue

Urbanization and Development in Niamey, Niger
Authors: Alison Spindler

EAT: Edible Art Tours of the Senses
Author: Christine Dang, Jared Johnson, and Alison Spindler

Should Medi-Cal Invest More in Home and Community-Based Services for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Author: Chelsea Guibord Cox

Which Transportation Model Better Suits the Needs of California: The High Speed-Rail or the Hyperloop? A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Authors: Hovanes Gasparian and Kelley Groves

An Assessment of the Implementation of AB 109 and Prison Realignment in California
Authors: Alexander Becker, Nathan Damoradan, Kelley Groves, Xiangyi Jing, and Kele Song

New Media Tools and Urban Planning: A Case Study of the NoVacancy Prototype
Author: Nick Busalacchi

The Costs of Condemnation: The Economic Impacts of Expanding the Public Use Requirement
Author: Paris Rebeil

Who Sweeps the Sidewalks?
Author: Qianyao Duan

The Performance Management System of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Author: Willie Marquez

The Tide That Took 8 Washington
Author: Owen Serra