Petition Closed

The pursuit of a professional sports business education is increasingly becoming a viable career choice for students and entrepreneurs—and no wonder, the U.S. sports industry is big business, very big business. According to Sports Business Journal, the sports business industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. In 2005, Sports Business Journal conducted a survey of the size of the industry and estimated the sports business industry was at $213 billion per year and growing. It’s more than twice the size of the U.S. auto industry and seven times larger than the movie industry.

At present, African Americans and other people of color, as well as women are woefully underrepresented in the sports business industry. By establishing “The Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business at UCLA,” a degree program within the existing Anderson School of Management, UCLA will emerge as one of the leader in educating the next cadre of professionally educated sports executives who will increasingly be needed worldwide in the 21st century. And among them will be a diverse group of highly educated sports executives of all races, ethnicities, and women.

Le Conte Avenue was named after Joseph Le Conte.

Joseph Le Conte was an officer in the Confederate States of America army. He came from a slaveholding family with ties to Georgia and South Carolina.

John Le Conte, Joseph’s brother, was both first acting president (1869) and president (1876-1881) of the University of California, Berkeley.

UC, Berkeley (a state university) did not initially accept African Americans, women, Catholics, or Jews. Joseph Le Conte was also a renowned professor, scientist and environmentalist…and a staunch white supremacist and racist during his lifetime.

None of the qualities and attributes cited above (about the Le Conte’s) is the reason that we’re petitioning the City of Los Angeles and UCLA to change the street name to Jackie Robinson Way and establish the Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business at UCLA, We are petitioning this change because Jackie Robinson was the antithesis of white supremacy and racism, and he fought all his adult life for the brotherhood of man. And for that, America is a better place because we had Jackie Robinson for a brief time in our lives. And he is in our hearts—still.

Letter to
Regents of University of California, UCLA, City Council of Los Angeles
Please honor (posthumously) Jackie Robinson with the UCLA medal, and establish “The Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business” at UCLA, and lend your support to the renaming of a short segment (the street fronting UCLA between Hilgard Avenue on the east and continuing west to Levering Avenue) of Le Conte Avenue to “Jackie Robinson Way.

More specifically:

1. Respectfully request the Regents and UCLA honor (posthumously) Jackie Robinson with the UCLA medal and, in addition, establish “The Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business at UCLA,” a degree program within the existing Anderson School of Management. Further, have the Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges and Universities to ensure a steady stream of trained and highly educated graduate candidates fill the ranks of sports management executive positions that are, at present, woefully underrepresented by women, African Americans and other people of color.

2. That the Los Angeles City Council and the mayoral candidates, Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, pledge (when either is elected) to rename a short segment of Le Conte Avenue to “Jackie Robinson Way.”

Sincerely,
Carl Gordon
A steward of University of the 'Hood
http://universityofthehood.com/


California Regents Office
Mark G. Yudof
President
UC Office of the President
1111 Franklin St. 12th floor
Oakland, CA 94607-5200
president@ucop.edu,

Anne L. Shaw
Associate Secretary, California Regents
Office Of The Secretary And Chief Of Staff
1111 Franklin Street, 12th floor
Oakland, CA 94607-5200
(510) 987-9220
FAX: (510) 987-9224
anne.shaw@ucop.edu

UCLA

Chancellor Gene D. Block
UCLA Chancellor's Office
2147 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
chancellor@ucla.edu

Charles E. Young
Chancellor Emeritus
Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, & Management
UCLA School of Public Affairs
337 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
cyoung@publicaffairs.ucla.edu

Judy D. Olian
Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management
Collins Center - A4.16
110 Westwood Plaza
Box 951481
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
Phone: (310) 825-7982
Fax: (310) 825-0218
judy.olian@anderson.ucla.edu

Rhea Turteltaub
Vice Chancellor
UCLA External Affairs
2224 Murphy Hall, Box 951405
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
(310) 794-5567
Fax: (310) 825-8480
rheat@support.ucla.edu

Patricia M. Jasper
Senior Campus Counsel
3149 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-4042
pjasper@conet.ucla.edu

The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles.

The Honorable Ed Reyes
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 1
200 N. Spring Street, Room 410
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7001 Fax: (213) 485-8907
Jose A. Gardea, Chief of Staff
jose.gardea@lacity.org

The Honorable Paul Krekorian
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 2
City Hall 200 N. Spring St., Room 435
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7002 Fax: (213) 978-3092
Councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org
Areen Ibranossian, Chief of Staff
areen.ibranossian@lacity.org

The Honorable Dennis Zine
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 3
200 N. Spring Street, Room 450
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7003 (213) 485-8988 Fax
Jimmy Blackman, Chief of Staff
Jimmy.Blackman@lacity.org

The Honorable Tom LaBonge
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 4
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 480
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 485-3337 Fax: (213) 624-7810
Mailstop: #206
Carolyn Ramsay, Chief of Staff
carolyn.ramsay@lacity.org

The Honorable Paul Koretz
Council Member, Council District 5
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring Street, Room 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-473-7005 Fax: 213-978-2250
Richard Llewellyn, Chief of Staff
richard.llewellyn@lacity.org
Joan Pelico, District Director
joan.pelico@lacity.org

At this time Council District 6 is vacant

The Honorable Richard Alarcón
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 7
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 470
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tele: 213.473.7007 FAX: 213.847.0707
Becca Doten Chief of Staff
becca.doten@lacity.org

The Honorable Bernard Parks
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 8
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 460
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-473-7008 Fax: 213-485-7683
Bernard C. Parks, Jr., Chief of Staff
Bernard.Parks.Jr@lacity.org

The Honorable Jan Perry
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 9
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 420
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone:213 473-7009 FAX: (213) 473-5946
Kathy Godfrey, Chief of Staff
Kathy.Godfrey@lacity.org

The Honorable Herb Wesson
L.A. Council President
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 10
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 430
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7010 Fax: (213) 485-9829
Deron Williams Chief of Staff
deron.williams@lacity.org

The Honorable Bill Rosendahl
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 11
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 415
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-473-7011
Mike Bonin Chief of Staff
councilman.rosendahl@lacity.org

The Honorable Mitchell Englander
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 12
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 405
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7012 Fax: (213) 473-6925
John Lee -Chief of Staff
John.S.Lee@lacity.org

MAYORAL CANDIDATE
The Honorable Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 13
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 470
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-473-7013 Fax: 213-613-0819
Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff
Ana.Guerrero@lacity.org
Phone: 213 473 7013

The Honorable José Huizar
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 14
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 465
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7014 Fax: (213) 847-0680
Paul Habib, Chief of Staff
Paul.Habib@lacity.org

The Honorable Joe Buscaino
Los Angeles City Councilmember
Council Member, Council District 15
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 425
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7015 Fax: (213) 626-5431
Doane Liu Chief of Staff
doane.liu@lacity.org

MAYORAL CANDIDATE
The Honorable Wendy Greuel
Los Angeles City Controller
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Room 300
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone:213 978-7200 FAX: (213) 978-7211
Executive Assistant, Yvette Rojas
Yvette.Rojas@lacity.org