PPA in the Community 

Downtown Sacramento

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updated: November 23, 2015

Fall 2015

  • Professor Andrea Venezia co-authored a report which was published this week, Co-Design, Co-Delivery, Co-Validation: Creating High School and College Partnerships to Increase Postsecondary Success
  • PPA Professor Rob Wassmer recently presented his research on whether the rate of property taxation causes greater urban sprawl in U.S. urban areas to the 108th annual meeting of the National Tax Association in Boston, MA. See his presentation here.
  • Josh Rosa (MPPA 2008) is on Sacramento Business Journal's list of 40 Under 40.
  • Madeline Henry (MPPA student) participated in the Provost’s Student Research Showcase. See her presentation examining youth voting motivations
  • Ginger Hashimoto (MPPA student) participated in the Provost’s Student Research Showcase. See her presentation analyzing predictors for almni giving at Sacramento State
  • Jack Reeves (MPPA student) participated in the Provost’s Student Research Showcase. Here is his research poster about nutrition label reform and reducing consumption of sugary drinks.
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor of Public Policy and Admin at Sac State, offered his thoughts on "Perception of Gasoline Taxes and Driver Cost: Implications for Highway Finance" on 10/23 to an invited conference on Reforming State and Local Tax Systems at Tulane University in NOLA. Working paper. Power Point slides.
  • Tami Cowgill (MPPA student) started working this summer as a Policy Analyst with CalPACE (California Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). "Much of my job is reviewing and analyzing bills associated with long-term services and support, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more, for the aging population." Congratulations, Tami!
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Sac State, was the invited moderator of a Forum on the Sacramento $12.50 Minimum Wage Proposal sponsored by Power Inn Business Alliance, and held at Depot Park in Sacramento on 9/11/2015 at 8 am. Background slides are attached.
  • PPA professor, Rob Wassmer, will talk before the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Policy Council September 8, 2015 on California State and Local Tax Reform. You can see the outline of his talk here.
  • Alumnus Cosmo Garvin (MPPA 2014) has taken a position with the State Water Resources Control Board. He joins PPA alumna Angela Marin (MPPA 2013) as a Legislative Analyst; alumnus Charles Delgado (MPPA 2008) is Assistant Director for Legislation.
  • Lucinda Winward (MPPA 2006) recently accepted a position as a Special Consultant to the California Department of Social Services. Here she provides executive managerial advice to the largest divisions on best methods for integration and update of the department's extensive technology infrastructure.
  • Capitol Weekly Top 100! John Latimer (MPPA 1992). John is a member of PPA’s first class.
  • At the request of the London School of Economics and Political Science, PPA Professor Ted Lascher and his research collaborators wrote an entry for the School’s American Politics and Policy blog based on their academic journal article published recently in Political Behavior. Their blog entry is entitled "The ballot initiative process does not make people more generally knowledgeable about politics."

Summer 2015

  • Rob Wassmer, Ryan Ong (MPPA 2013), and Geoffrey Propheter (MPPA 2010) co-wrote a piece on the subsidy of professional sports arenas/stadiums. Read it here or in a forthcoming issue of the journal Economic Development Quarterly.
  • Rob Wassmer, Sac State PPA Professor, has been offered a bi-monthly column titled "State Fiscal Affairs" in the practitioner journal State Tax Notes with Economics Professor Ron Fisher of Michigan State. Their first column is entitled "Perceptions of Gasoline Taxes".
  • Rob Wassmer, Sac State PPA Professor, presented his working paper on "Property Taxation, its Land Value Component, and the Generation of Urban Sprawl: The Needed Empirical Evidence" to the Western Economic Association Meetings in Honolulu on July 2, 2015. 
  • Jamie York (MPPA 2001). This past spring Jamie York started working at the Sacramento County CEO’s Office as the CEO Management Analyst II, serving the Criminal Justice Cabinet (CJC), Community Corrections Partnership (CCP), and Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Steering Committee. Congratulations, Jamie!

Spring 2015

  • Congratulations, Terra Thorne! Terra is graduating with her MPPA this spring. She won the 29th annual CSU Student Research Competition in her category.
  • Congratulations to Rupinder Jawanda (MS/ULD 2011) for her recent appointment as Public Alternate Member to the Sutter County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
  • Rob Wassmer (PPA Professor) and Peter Detwiler (PPA Lecturer) are quoted in the Sacramento News and Review article "It Fakes a Village".
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor of Public Policy and Administration, just had a coauthored publication with Ron Fisher (Michigan State) on "A (Baker’s) Dozen Years of State and Local Government Capital Investment" published in the practitioner's journal State Tax Notes.
  • Congratulations to Eric Guerra (MPPA 2008). Sacramento’s newest City Council member. See the Sacramento Bee article with the details.
  • Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (MPPA 2011) just co-authored an article with Assemblyman Mark Stone special to the Sacramento Bee, "California Must Lift Kids Out of Poverty". 
  • PPA Professors Su Jin Jez and Rob Wassmer have co-authored and article which was just published in the journal “Education and Urban Society”. Congratulations, professors!
  • Professor Jez's op ed in the Sacramento Bee: Wealth, not income, matters for getting into college.
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor of Public Policy and Administration, presented his paper on "The Importance of Supply and Demand Factor to Preschool Attendance" at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economic Association on March 28 in Minneapolis.
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor of Public Policy and Administration, had his coauthored paper on "An Analysis of State and Local Government Capital Expenditure During the 2000s" published in the refereed journal Public Budgeting and Finance.
  • PPA Professor Su Jin Jez is presenting her classification system for for-profit colleges and universities at the Institutional Design Frontiers Summit hosted by ASU in April.
  • PPA Professor Su Jin Jez gave a presentation titled: Perspectives on Financial Aid Policy: Reducing the Impact of Wealth Disparities at the California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Day at the Capitol, hosted by the California Student Aid Commission.
  • Peter Detwiler, PPA Lecturer, facilitated the California Housing Finance Agency’s two-day annual executive staff retreat. The retreat was designed to write the Agency's annual business plan.
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Sacramento State, placed questions related to the condition of CA roads and ways to fund improvements, on the most recent CA statewide Field Poll, that was awarded to him and Professor Ron Fisher (Michigan State University) as part of the Field CSU Academic Fellowship Program. The Press release is here. A Sac Bee article on it is here. He plans to conduct further research on this that compares CA results to the same questions asked in MI.
  • PPA Professor Andrea Venezia has co-authored a book, Supporting the Dream: High School-College Partnerships for College and Career Readiness, which is coming out in May. It is currently available for pre-order at Corwin Publications. Congratulations, Andrea!
  • PPA Chair, Mary Kirlin, and PPA Lecturer, Peter Detwiler, have been working with the California Department of State Housing and Community Development on the State Housing Plan. Additionally, Mary Kirlin, recently worked with California State Association of Counties (CSAC), training county officials on how to use data.
  • PPA Lecturer, Peter Detwiler, has been very busy recently. In January he gave a talk about local government structure and powers to a Local Government Law class at McGeorge School of Law. This week he went over to UC Davis and talked to a graduate seminar about the craft of policy committee consulting.
  • On February 21, PPA Lecturer, Peter Detwiler, is on a panel at the Planning & Conservation League’s annual conference, talking about state laws for local land use decisions. On February 26, he’s presenting to the land use and development decision segment of CSAC’s New Supervisors’ Institute, along with Tim Snellings, Butte County’s planning director. On April 15, he’ll be on the Sonoma State campus to talk to an undergraduate Land Use Law class about LAFCOs and land use.
  • PPA student Josef Preciado has been promoted to Associate Director for International and Out of State Admissions at Sacramento State. Emiliano Diaz, the University's Director of Admissions and Outreach, indicated that Jo "brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge coupled with a strong desire to raise Sac State’s profile."
  • Rob Wassmer, Professor in Public Policy and Administration at Sac State, was part of the California Economic Summit Working Landscapes Action Team that suggested public policies to pursue for “A ROADMAP TO SHARED PROSPERITY: The right next steps toward sustainable growth” (document attached). This group was coordinated by California Forward; of which their Executive Director Jim Mayer is a PPA Alum.

Fall 2014

  • We are proud to announce that PPA Professor Ted Lascher is the recipient of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies 2014-15 Oustadning Scholarly and Creative Activity Award. Congratulations to you, Ted, and to all the 2014-15 Outstanding Faculty Awards recipients.
  • Kent Anderson (MPPA 2011), deputy director of economic develoopment in Layton City, Utah, has helped make Layton one of the top 50 cities in America. Here are two articles that illustrate that point, one about a partnership with the local AFB and one about what Layton City has to offer.
  • Cosmo Garvin, contributing reporter on The View from Here and recent MPPA alumnus, reported on Hidden Hunger: Food Insecurity in Sacramento’s Overlooked Neighborhoods. This is an excellent piece of journalism about a serious regional issue.
  • Professors Su Jin Jez and Julian Heilig (EdD program) discuss an article about Teach for America in the October 2014 edition of California Educator (page 21).
  • On October 30, PPA professors, PPA alumni, PPA and Government students, and others presented a Non-Partisan Voter Information Form at the Alumni Center on campus. 
  • In September, Governor Brown appointed MPPA Alumnus Andrew Sturmfels as Deputy Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
  • In June, MPPA Distinguished Alumnus Honoree and City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was awarded the prestigious 2014 City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ for his leadership, creativity, and innovation. 
  • MPPA student Josef Preciado recently presented a paper based on a class group project at the APPAM International Conference in Segovia, Spain.
  • In August, MPPA alumna Leslie McGorman promoted to Deputy Policy Director at NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington D.C.
  • MPPA alumnus Nick Kosla is now Chair of the Orinda Planning Commission and Director of Planning and Entitlement for Pulte Group in the Bay Area
  • HPPA President Devin Lavelle (MPPA 11) wrote an article for Fox and Hounds on America's recent soccer craze and election turnout.
  • Katie Cardenas (MPPA 13) co-managed her mother Nancy's successful campaign for Lassen County Treasurer/ Tax Collector.
  • PPA alumna Lisa Phillips assumed a team lead position as Regional Acreage Limitation Coordinator for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • PPA alumna Ly Lac was promoted to Cal MediConnect Operations Unit Chief at the California Department of Health Care Services.
  • PPA alumna Maya Wallace recently became External Affairs Director for California Steps Forward.
  • PPA professor Andrea Venezia authored commentary about Common Core implementation in California in the Social Policy Report and a report on Deeper Learning in Higher Education. 
  • PPA professor Ted Lascher coauthored an article about the effects of ballot initiatives on political knowledge appearing in Political Behavior.
  • Ben Lichty, a 2013 graduate of the Master's in Urban Land Development Program, was part of a multi-agency work group to help develop guidelines for funding Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities via AB 32 revenues. The draft guidelines were posted on the Strategic Growth Council's website.
  • Rob Wassmer, PPA Professor, offered an invited presentation on the pros and cons of taxing “personal” property in CA to the 80th International Annual Conference on (Property Tax) Assessment Administration in Sacramento on 8/26. A summary and his PP presentation are here.
  • Welcome to our 17 new MPPA students students who entered this fall. See who the new cohort is here.
  • Congratulations to the 14 new MPPA and three new MSULD graduates who have completed their degrees since fall of 2013. A complete list of names and topics is here.
  • Andrea Venezia, PPA professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, is quote in a Sacramento Bee article the SAT and high school students in Sacramento.

Spring 2014

  • Last month, Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni won the 2014 Alumni Chapter of the Year Challenge. Prizes for winning include a slot on Sac State’s electronic billboard, $500 for scholarships, recognition on the donor board at the Alumni Center, a Sac State video, a feature in Sac State's magazine Torchlight, and recognition at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony! Way to go, HPPA!
  • Josef Preciado and his PPA 210 final project team, Teresa Palmer, Terra Townsend, Millie Yan, and Cecilia White, submitted their paper for APPAM’s international conference, and it was accepted! They’ll be off to Spain in September to present it. Congratulations team! We are so proud of you!
  • Colonel Michael P. Spears, US Army (MPPA 93), graduated from Air War College, Maxwell AFB and received a Masters of Strategic Studies Degree and War College Diploma. Colonel Spears will report to US Forces Korea in July as Director, Reserve Affairs. The United States Air Force Air War College is the senior Air Force professional military school and their mission is to educate officers to serve as strategic national security leaders.
  • PPA Professor Su Jin Jez presented a paper on April 29 at the University of Southern California School of Education’s Seminar on Developing a Research Agenda: Tax‐paying Colleges and Universities. Su Jin’s paper is titled “What Data Exist That Might be Useful to do Research on For-Profits?
    On March 14th, PPA Professor presented a paper titled "Focusing the Aim of For-Profit Policy: Classification Systems for For-Profits and Postsecondary Institutions" at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Congratulations to MPPA student, Jodi Lewis, for being recognized at the SSRIC Student research conference at CSU Fullerton on May 8, 2014 for presenting the "Best Qualitative Paper" Award (with a $5,000 prize!). Jodi had this to say, "I can't say enough about the solid, practical research foundation I've recieved from the MPPA program." Well done, Jodi!
  • Kristen Bennett (MPPA 2013) accepted a position in Washington, DC. In March she started with the National Conference on Citizenship as the Associate Program Director of National Service. Congratulations, Kristen!
  • Professor Rob Wassmer presented his recently completed Faculty Fellows research on "The Relative Importance of Supply and Demand Factors in Determining Preschool Attendance and Hours Attended" to economic department seminars at Oakland University (3/24) and Wayne State University (3/25) in the Detroit Area. The paper and PowerPoint presentation are available at these hyperlinks.
  • Rob Wassmer, PPA Chairperson and Professor, had his coauthored article on "The Issuance of State and local Debt During the United States Great Recession" published in the refereed National Tax Journal, March 2014. A reprint of the article can be found here.
  • Two PPA Alumni will be among the honorees at the 2014 Distinguished Almni Awards on April 24. Congratulations to James P. Mayer (MPPA 1992) — Distinguished Service Award, President and CEO, California Forward, and Keri Thomas (MPPA 2006) — Distinguished Service Award, Community and Government Relations Director, Sutter Health.
  • Alumna, Andrea Howard (MSULD 2013) is featured in the publication, In El Dorado County.
  • Associate Professor Su Jin Jez published a new policy report, Teach for America: A Return to the Evidence. This is a link to Dr. Jez's rebuttal to TFA's response to this article
  • Associate Professor Su Jin Jez posted on Mike Kirst's College Puzzle Blog on the gap between black males and females in college entrance and selectivity.
  • ASPA will present 2014 Awards of Excellence to outstanding public servants and scholars. Geoffrey Propheter (MPPA 2010) will receive the Burchfield Award for Best Book Review: Geoffrey Propheter for his review of Evaluating the Public Costs of Public–Private Partnerships: The Case of Professional Sports Facilities.
  • In August, Alumnus Richard Funderburg (MPPA 1998), will start a new tenure track position at the University of Illinois Springfield. He will be teaching classes in budgeting and finance and policy analysis and advising doctoral students.
  • Professor Jez recently did her first in-studio interview. She discusses Teach for America, which starts about 7 minutes in (her first quote starts at about 9 minutes).

Winter 2014

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