Tag Archives: California

The Brick People

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Bill Deverell, Director, Huntington USC Institute discusses the history of Simon’s Brick Yard #3, “It’s seen by many people as ironic that there is virtually nothing left there today, but in fact that’s fairly typical of Los Angeles having a sense of amnesia quality to its past, and an ineffable ability to cover up what once was, but when the Simon’s Brick Yard was roaring through the 20’s and even into the Great Depression period, it was seen to be the world’s largest brick yard.”

“The Brick People” chronicles the story and legacy of the first generation of Mexican immigrants who struggled to work at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles during the early part of the 20th century. The bricks they made literally and culturally laid the foundation for Los Angeles and the surrounding region.

Produced by UC Irvine professor Alejandro Morales, this documentary explores themes of immigration, discrimination and cultural foundry as told by former residents and historians of Simons, California.

Join the conversation @UCTelevision, #thebrickpeople

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Implementing Medi-Cal and Private Insurance Coverage in California

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a pervasive impact on the nation and particularly California, the most populous and diverse state in the country.

In this new program from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Robert Wood Johnson Post-doctoral Scholars Program in Health Policy Research, Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives, The Kaiser Family Foundation, and Bruce Bodaken, Chairman and CEO, Blue Shield of California examine access, cost and quality of care issues.

Watch “Implementing Medi-Cal and Private Insurance Coverage in California,” online now. For even more discussion of important health policy issues, also check out our programs from UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies.

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Onward California!

California is home to the world’s greatest public university and, chances are, the University of California has played a part in your day.

“Onward California,” a new series of video shorts on UCTV Prime, shows you how by taking you along for the ride to meet up with some of UC’s extraordinary people.

Watch the first three episodes now at UCTV Prime’s YouTube channel, or just watch right from here. And make sure to check out the Onward California website to discover even more ways that UC is making an impact on California and the lives of its residents.

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California’s Fiscal Crisis: Prospects for Deficit Reduction and Pension Reform

California’s dubious ranking as the state with the most foreclosures is matched in its grimness by recent bankruptcy declarations by San Bernardino, Stockton and Mammoth Lakes, continued declines in property and sales tax revenues, and massive unfunded liabilities in public worker pension plans.

To address these issues and a host of intertwined financial concerns, the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) brought together players in government, labor, finance and public policy for an all-day conference last month, during which they explored “California’s Fiscal Crisis: Prospects for Deficit Reduction and Pension Reform in the Golden State.”

The six panel discussions, available this month on UCTV, include everyone from labor leaders to the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. These diverse voices examine the severity of the crisis; possible paths to reform; the politics, principles and laws governing municipal financial restructuring;  issues such as outsourcing, public-private partnerships and how to deal with credit markets; and the efficacy of pension reforms, including those just signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

You can find these and other programs at the IGS series page on the UCTV website. Get informed!

 

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Cesar Chavez and the Community Service Organization

Tomorrow is a holiday in the State of California. While some of us may have the day off, work will be at the top of our minds as we honor Latino labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar E. Chavez, who was born on March 31, 1927.

Chavez is an inspirational figure to so many — especially here in California, where he co-founded the organization that would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). But what inspired him to transition from farm worker to labor organizer?

Using archival footage, oral history interviews and more, the documentary “Organize! The Lessons of the Community Service Organization” looks at the pivotal grassroots effort launched in the 1940’s that empowered a generation of Mexican-Americans, including Chavez. Poor immigrants were able to move into the mainstream of American society through voter registration drives, lawsuits and legislative campaigns. Over 50 years later, the leaders of the movement reflect on the impact.

Take this opportunity to host your own Cesar Chavez Day celebration by watching the documentary. You might also want to browse around the Cesar Chavez learning resources put together by the California Departement of Education.

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