California Spotlight

In support of the University of California’s mission as a public research institution, the Social Science Matrix “California Spotlight” series focuses on important issues that are directly relevant to the people of California.

California Spotlight

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Event Date: March 18th, 2024
12:00pm-1:30pm

Conservatorship: Inside California’s System of Coercion and Care for Mental Illness

Register to join us on March 18 for a discussion of Professor Alex V. Barnard’s book, "Conservatorship: Inside California’s System of Coercion and Care for Mental Illness," which analyzes conservatorship, a legal system used to take legal guardianship over individuals deemed unable to meet their own basic needs. Barnard will be joined by advocate Lauren Rettagliata and Jonathan Simon, Lance Robbins Professor of Criminal Justice Law at Berkeley Law.

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California Spotlight

Recap

Published November 13, 2023

California Spotlight: From Boom to Doom in San Francisco

Watch the video (or listen to the podcast) of our California Spotlight panel focused on the current state of commercial real estate in San Francisco — and what lies ahead. Panelists included Nicholas Bloom, from Stanford University; Ted Egan, Chief Economist of the City and County of San Francisco; and Nancy Wallace, from Berkeley Haas. Amir Kermani, from Haas School of Business and the National Bureau of Economic Research, moderated.

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California Spotlight

Recap

Published April 12, 2022

The Social and Economic Impacts of Wildfires

Recorded on April 4, 2022, this panel focused on the contemporary social and economic impacts of wildfires in California during another record-breaking fire season. How have fires changed during the last five years, and with what impacts on the economy? How might policy-makers and economists respond to the changing fire season? The panel was co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) and presented as part of the Social Science Matrix California Spotlight series.

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California Spotlight

Recap

Published November 20, 2021

The Labor of Fire: Wildlands Firefighting and Incarceration in California

Recorded on November 10, 2021, this panel discussion considered how changing wildfires have changed not only how fires are fought, but who fights them. The panel included Brandon Smith, Co-founder and Chief Director of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP); Jameson Karns, PhD Candidate in History at UC Berkeley; and Lindsey Raisa Feldman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Memphis. Moderated by John Radke, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.

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California Spotlight

Interview

Published August 11, 2021

Kate Pennington on Gentrification and Displacement in San Francisco

What impact does new housing have on rents, displacement, and gentrification in the surrounding neighborhood? Read our interview with economist Kate Pennington about her article, "Does Building New Housing Cause Displacement?:The Supply and Demand Effects of Construction in San Francisco.”

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Matrix On Point

Recap

Published September 28, 2020

Homelessness and the Bay Area Housing Crisis

On September 21, 2020, a panel of researchers, advocates, and medical practitioners joined a "Matrix on Point" discussion focused on homelessness and the San Francisco Bay Area’s housing crisis.

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