Weekly Updates 

June 15, 2011

Vol. 1. Issue 20 

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Hello Friends,

With the academic year behind us, we are gearing up for a summer filled with projects to prepare for a dynamic 2011/2012 academic year. We are currently seeking a Graduate Student Researcher to assist in qualitative data gathering for the USDA's Rural Business Opportunity Grant (click here for more information), and also preparing for our twice yearly committee meeting of our Regional Advisors.

Below you will find the latest in regional news and events.

 

Center for Regional Change

In This Issue
CRC Activities
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Special Reports on Regional Change
Regional Change in the News

CRC Activities

The Center for Regional Change is embarking on the next phase of the USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant. As such, we are seeking a Graduate Student Researcher for a 25% position during the Summer to assist with qualitative data gathering (including phone and in-person interviews, and inventory of existing organizations), regarding barriers and opportunities to regional business development in four sectors and regions of rural California. For more information about this exciting position, click here.
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

Open Meadows Foundation is inviting funding proposals for projects, up to $2,000, that benefit women and girls. For information click here

 

The United Methodist Women's Division  is offering funding for grassroots programs to address youth violence. For additional details, click here.  

 

Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America are accepting applications from organizations that want to serve as Lead Organizers for their Child Hunger Volunteer Project; planning grants are available. For further details, click here

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking students for paid internships of 8-12 weeks. Additional details can be found here.

The California Farm Bureau is looking for a Field Representative for their Central Bureau in Sacramento. Click here for more information.

Causa Justa/Just Cause is looking for a Part-Time Foreclosure Prevention Counselor/Organizer. for more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

The Yolo County Redistricting Committee is looking for residents to provide input regarding how the county should redraw its 5 district maps on June 29th. Click here to find out more.

June 16th is "Dump the Pump" day. Residents are encouraged to take public transit and some agencies are offering free public transportation alternatives. Click here for more information and to be a part of this event.

The Fathers and Families of San Joaquin and Victory in Praise Church are hosting Father Fest 2011 on June 18th to celebrate both Father's Day and Men's Health Week. Click here for details.
Special Reports on Regional Change
A recent University of California at Berkeley study entitled, "Social Disparities in Nitrate Contaminated Drinking Water in California's San Joaquin Valley" has documented a connection between Latino-dominated communities and drinking water systems contaminated with nitrates in all eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley.
Regional Change in the News
Merced County has become the most recent battleground in a protracted fight between real estate interests and agricultural preservationists; even in the midst of the current housing crisis. Find out why by clicking here.

UCLA forecasters portend a shift in housing demand; away from single-family and inland homes, and toward multifamily, coastal homes. All of this will have an impact on structural unemployment in the state as well. Get the full story here.

The tiny Fresno County Community of Lanare faces budget constraints that disallows it to use its own water treatment plant while its neighboring Community, Riverdale is considering building another treatment facility. Read here to learn why sharing between the locales is not an option.
 See all of this information and more on our website: regionalchange.ucdavis.edu. We invite any input on or contributions to these announcements.  Also, if you are interested in providing a post for our blog, please let us know.  To unsubscribe, click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thanks for your time!

 

Michael Johnson 

UC Davis Center for Regional Change