Berkeley Is Great. But UCLA Is Greater

The University in Westwood Has a Scale—and a Rapid and Relentless History—That Defines California

Berkeley. Schmerkeley. California’s most important educational institution is UCLA.

Now would be a good time for Californians to recognize this, and not only because the school in Westwood is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. UCLA’s rapid rise is also a California triumph that offers a thorough rebuttal of all our excuses for not supporting our most vital institutions.

Like California itself, UCLA’s impact is so broad and diffuse that it can be hard to appreciate. While we Angelenos often take the place for granted—it’s our local UC and feels like it’s …

Go Ahead and Blame Berkeley. Everyone Else Does.

A University and Its Environment Help California by Being Such a Great Scapegoat

Thank you, Berkeley.

Recent headlines should remind Californians of yet another way we are lucky. Our state has the world’s best scapegoat: you.

You—our most distinguished public university and all the people, …

Berkeley’s Henry Brady

There Goes My Chance For a Newt Gingrich Staff Gig

Henry Brady is dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked in Washington, D.C. at the Office of Management and Budget, …