Letter from the Editor

Abby Goldstein

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Review. This is the first student-run online academic journal of its kind within Price School of Public Policy (USC Price). On behalf of the 2009-2010 Editorial Committee, I want to express how thrilled we are to share with you the final product of this momentous endeavor.

Under the purview of eleven graduate student editors, the Steering Committee released a call for submissions at the end of Fall 2009 semester. The criteria for selection included a high level of relevance, technique, and prose. Of the many worthy submissions we received, we have chosen five submissions from the Public Policy, Public Administration, Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development degree programs for the inaugural issue. Together with our faculty advisers, we have helped the authors of these articles offer a highly refined work product that brings our readership substantial educational value. We believe that the topics of these articles are of interest not only to USC Price students, but also practitioners, faculty members, and casual browsers alike.

In this issue, we are proud to showcase a number of articles and comments exploring themes previously discussed in USC Price coursework. Kabira Stokes Hochberg (MPP ’10) presents the prospects for engaging recently released, formerly incarcerated individuals to be employed in California’s emerging green economy. Kiyomi Burchill (MPA ’11) worked with classmates Christine Oh and Yuliya Zingertal to consider San Francisco’s zero-waste policy which banned single-use plastic bags, and reveals this policy’s unintended potential harm. John Mimms (MPL ’11) looks at values of community and equality as expressed by Gregory Ain’s Mar Vista Tract housing development. Brian Neman (MHA ’10) used decision analysis to determine the preferred therapeutic agent in treatment for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Michael Tornabene (MRED ’10) analyzes trends in the adaptive reuse of historic structures by focusing on the various themes of the federal program as applied within California.

The Review’s inaugural issue represents a strong finale to a successful, productive, and prolific publication project. Based on our accomplishments this year, we are confident that we will continue to excel and distinguish ourselves as a growing student-run online journal. As outgoing Editor-in-Chief, I have proudly watched ideas in their infancy take root and flourish under the diligent work ethic of committed student authors, editors, and designers. I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure with this dedicated and talented group of editorial board student authors, and look forward to the future of this distinctive publication.


Abby Goldstein
MPP 2010
Editor-in-Chief, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Review