Wednesday, September 20, 2006
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The Haynes Foundation's Board of Trustees recently established the Haynes Award for Research Impact as a means of recognizing individuals whose research has been especially important in raising the public's awareness of significant Los Angeles issues and in affecting policy outcomes. The awards, in the amount of $25,000 each, have been made to two scholars with long histories of Haynes research support -- Dr. Dowell Myers and Dr. Raphael Sonenshein. Dowell Myers is a professor of urban planning and demography in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. The director of the School's Population Dynamics Research Group, his research has addressed the upward mobility of immigrants to the US and California, trajectories into home-ownership, and projections for the future of the California population. Dr. Myers has received a total of six major research grants from the Haynes Foundation. The most recent, completed in 2005, is "The Dynamics of Immigrant Settlement in Los Angeles: Upward Mobility, Arrival and Exodus." Raphael J. Sonenshein is professor of political science and public administration at California State University, Fullerton. He has written extensively on the relationships among racial and ethnic groups, and on the governance of American cities, particularly Los Angeles. He has received numerous Haynes research awards as well as serving as Haynes Fellow in 2001-04. In that capacity, he spearheaded a major conference on Los Angeles governance. Currently, Dr. Sonenshein has undertaken the complete revision of an indispensible book published periodically by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, "Los Angeles: Structure of a City Government." The Haynes Foundation provided some $90,000 for this effort. Dr. Sonenshein served as Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Appointed Charter Reform Commission (1997-99) and has just been named Exeutive Director of the City's Neighborhood Council Review Commission.

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