USC Price School of Public Policy

SPPD Review 2009-2010

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The student-run journal of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development

Welcome to the 2009-2010 edition of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development Review. The Review is a student-run academic journal comprised of all disciplines within the School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) at the University of Southern California. The Review publishes effective and inspiring policy reports that address global issues on a multi-disciplinary level.

Created in 2009 by graduate students of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, the Review incorporates the expertise of all programs at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. The goal of the Review is to promote discourse amongst graduate and professional degree students of Public Policy, Public Administration, Real Estate Development, Health Administration, and Planning programs by encouraging students to produce work that inspires dialogue on a broad range of topics.

Public Policy

Public Policy

Green Pathways Home

Currently California faces two great opportunities for job creation and economic growth. The first is in the emerging sectors of the green economy. The second is the urgency to grow these sectors generated by Governor Schwarzenegger’s goal of obtaining 33% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2020. Read more »

Public Administration

Public Administration

“Paper or Plastic?” San Francisco’s Plastic Bag Ordinance and the Problem of Substitutes

In 2007, the City and County of San Francisco prohibited supermarkets and chain drug stores from providing non-compostable plastic bags at checkout. This policy was intended to help realize San Francisco’s goal to create zero waste by 2020. However, it appears that this policy has resulted in the increased use of single-use substitutes, namely recyclable paper bags, which may create greater landfill waste than plastic bags. Read more »

Urban Planning

Urban Planning

Gregory Ain’s Mar Vista Housing Tract

Gregory Ain tried to create a response to the typical post-war housing tract in his Mar Vista Housing development. Ain followed convention in trying to keep costs as low as possible to make his homes affordable to more people; however his emphasis on community, and his vision of the development as a single unit composed of many individual parts, eschews the traditional perspective and intention of post-war housing designers and developers who created homogeneous neighborhoods composed of identical units. Read more »

Health Administration

Health Administration

Decision Analysis: Commercializing Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Monoclonal Antibody or Implantable Medical Device

Drug/medical device development requires detailed planning and analysis because the commercialization process is time consuming, capital intensive, and highly regulated by the FDA. Therefore, Decision Analysis was used to determine the best alternative for SCLERA LLC, the proposed client of this decision analysis for purposes of this assignment. Read more »

Real Estate Development

Real Estate Development

Valuation of the Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program in California

The financial valuation of historic properties is more art than science. Historic buildings have an inherent complexity that can create opportunities for success, and spectacular failure—these complexities are often beyond the grasp of the most thorough analysis. The rehabilitation process often contains unforeseen financial risk unaccounted for in the contingency budget of any economic model. This inherent risk is a primary premise behind the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive program administered by the National Park Service. Read more »

Acknowledgments

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of our faculty advisers, Dr. Richard Callahan and Dr. Elizabeth Graddy, for their hard work and guidance throughout the duration of this project. Additionally, this project would not have been possible without the assistance of the SPPD Communications team, specifically Jan Peterson and Ben Dimapindan.