Wendy Estrada had occasional work cleaning houses when organizers at her church helped her enroll in Los Angeles community college. Within a few months, the 30-year-old mother of two had brushed up on her English and math, and earned her accreditation as a certified nursing assistant. Estrada just landed her first job as a home health aid, pulling in $15 an hour.Read More
State officials had just issued the worst unemployment report in 15 years, but Steve Factor was decidedly upbeat. In the packed auditorium of San Fernando High School one recent Sunday, the SolarCity executive told Rep. Howard Berman, “My company’s hired over 200 people in the last 18 months. Leave it to a guy in the sunshine business to see opportunity in bleak times.
Cohen-Marks, Mara and Christopher Stout. 2011. “Rating Los Angeles’ Top Cop: Descriptive Representation and Support for the Police Chief.” Race and Justice. 11 (1) 341-361.
Cohen-Marks, Mara and Christopher Stout. 2011. “Can the American Dream Survive the New Multiethnic America? Evidence from Los Angeles.” Sociological Forum. 26 (4) 823-845.
Cohen-Marks, Mara and Jim Faught. 2009. “Perceptions of Race Relations in Contexts of Ethnic Diversity and Change.” Sociological Perspectives. 53 (1) 73-97, ISSN 1533-8673.
Cohen-Marks, Mara, Stephen Nuno and Gabriel Sanchez. 2009. “Look Back in Anger: Voter Reactions to the 2006 Immigration Demonstrations.” Urban Affairs Review. 44 (5) 695-717.
Cohen-Marks, Mara. (2009) Book review: Berkeley: A City in History by Charles Wollenberg, Berkeley: University of California, 2008; and Berkeley Bohemia: Artists and Visionaries of the Early 20th Century
by Ed Herny, Shelley Rideout, and Katie Wadell, Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 2008. California History.
Barreto, Matt, Mara Cohen-Marks and Nathan Woods. 2008. “Are All Precincts Created Equal? The Prevalence of Low-Quality Precincts in Low-Income and Minority Communities.” Political Research Quarterly 61 (December).
Cohen-Marks, Mara. 2009. “Absentee Voting.” In Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics. Ed. by Michael A. Genovese and Lori Cox Han. New York: Facts on File.
Barreto, Matt, Mara Marks and Nathan Woods. 2007. “Homeownership: Southern California’s New Political Fault Line?” 2007. Urban Affairs Review, 42 (January) 315-341.
Cohen-Marks, Mara. 2007. “Community Redevelopment..” The Development of Los Angeles City Government: An Institutional History, 1850-2000. Ed. by Tom Sitton. The Los Angeles City Historical Society: 415-445.
Cohen-Marks, Mara. 2007. Book review: “Making a Better World: Public Housing, the Red Scare, and the Direction of Modern Los Angeles” by Don Parson. California History. 84: 70-71.
Barreto, Matt, Fernando Guerra, Mara Marks, and Matt Streb. 2006. “Do Absentee Voters Differ From Polling Place Voters? New Evidence From California.” Public Opinion Quarterly. 70 (Summer): 224-234.
Barreto, Matt, Fernando Guerra, Mara Marks, Stephen Nuño, and Nathan Woods. 2006. “Controversies in Exit Polling: Implementing a Racially Stratified Homogenous Precinct Approach.” PS: Political Science and Politics 39 (July): 477-483.
Marks, Mara. 2005. “Shifting Ground: The Rise and Fall of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.” Southern California Quarterly. 86: 241-290.
Marks, Mara, Matt Barreto, and Nathan Woods. “Race and Racial Attitudes a Decade After the 1992 Riots.” 2004. Urban Affairs Review. 40 (September): 3-18.
Marks, Mara. 2004. “Structures Matter but Leadership Matters More: The Practice of Politics in a Fragmented Region.” National Civic Review. 93 (April): 28-38.
Marks, Mara, Elizabeth Gearin and Carolyn Armstrong. 2004. “The Experimental Metropolis: Political Impediments and Opportunities for Innovation.” Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California, eds. Jennifer Wolch, Manuel Pastor, Jr. and Peter Dreier. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Marks, Mara. 2002. “Getting it Together? Local Elected Officials’ Opinions Regarding Regionalism.” Journal of California Politics and Policy. 6 (July): 38-58.
Guerra, Fernando, Mara Marks, and Matt Barreto. “Chasing the Dream: Latinos and Housing in Los Angeles County.” Part of the Latino Scorecard 2003 and 2005 Update. United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Guerra, Fernando and Mara Marks. “Rebuilding the Dream: A New Housing Agenda for Los Angeles.” October
2001. Center for the Study of Los Angeles Working Paper.
Guerra, Fernando and Mara Marks. “Quality of Life in Southern California: Public Opinion Survey of Residents
in the SCAG Region.” 2001. Center for the Study of Los Angeles Working Paper.
Marks, Mara. “Los Angeles at the 21st Century: An Assessment of Race and Human Relations.” 2000. Los Angeles: City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.
Marks, Mara. “Shifting Ground: Bureaucratic Capacity and Redevelopment in Los Angeles.” 1999. Ph.D. dissertation.
Reed, James and Mara Cohen. “State-Tribal Relationships: Jurisdiction over Nuclear Waste Transportation on Indian Tribal Lands.” State Legislative Report 16 (May 1991).