Weekly Updates


September 07, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 32            

Hello Friends,

Labor Day, a uniquely American holiday, marked the unofficial end of the Summer. For many school is already in session, for us it is a time of last minute reflection before the start of another challenging and rewarding academic year.

This summer we have been able to finish Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions research and disseminate its findings, hire for the USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program, Meet with our Regional Advisors, improve our online presence and so much more.

We, of course, want to wish you a happy and productive unofficial end of summer and we look forward to continuing to bring you these weekly updates into the foreseeable future.

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Below, you will find relevant: news, resources, opportunities, and events in the regions we serve and beyond.


The Center for Regional Change

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

CRC Activities

The CRC is looking for a student intern to conduct Civic Engagement Analysis for the center's California Civic Engagement Program (CCEP). The internships are eligible for CRD internship credit and will involve a time commitment of 10-20 hours per week. Click here for more information about this exciting opportunity.  

We are gearing up for the start of the academic year and scheduling a number of events for our Regional Advisory Committee Members, Executive Committee Members, and Faculty Affiliates in order to strengthen those connections and both share and receive the resources that can aid us in our regional work.

Special Reports on Regional Change

Winded Heart: heartheavy.com 

Obesity and Diabetes may be driving small town heart procedures in the Central Valley. In fact, the rates are staggering: Between 2005 and 2009, Corcoran had an angiography rate of 1,874 per 100,000 people -- twice the Fresno regionwide rate of 949 and five times the state rate of 381, according to a new study. Other small towns have been implicated as well, as are endemic poverty and lack of health insurance. Click here for more. 

Regional Change in the News


Of the 15 million Californians who commute to work, 2.7 million commuters spend at least 45 minutes getting to their jobs, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.The latest estimates come from the 2005-09 American Community Survey, which has half of commuters clustered in the 5- to-24-minute range. Get the complete story by clicking here. 


 Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will unveil his proposal on how to pay for a new downtown arena on  Thursday, perhaps the most critical step so far in the two-year crusade to keep the Kings in town.

Representatives of the mayor's arena study group say they've identified enough public and private pots of money to build a $387 million sports and entertainment facility on city land in the railyard. Click here to learn more.


"Smart Growth" advocates face a conundrum in the Central Valley. A 2010 study out of UC Merced detailed the significant challenges of implementing smart growth practices in the Central Valley. People there: love their cars; love their detached, single-family suburban homes; are immersed in a commuter culture, and old habits are generally hard to break. Click here for the story.   

Upcoming Events
Ag Sustainability Institute
The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis
invites you to an event to celebrate the creation of a new undergraduate major in "Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems". The celebration will take place at the Student Farm on Wednesday, September 28th. 
For more event details, please click here.

Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money, will speak on "Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Matter," followed by Q&A and networking. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 20th and will include a brief introduction to current UC Davis research on values-based food systems, where relationships between growers, funders, distributors, consumers and others are based on shared values. Get more event information by clicking here.  
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Education Collage: jamalifouru.com

The Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program
seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars  to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The program funds a small group of outstanding advanced doctoral candidates with $25,000 annually. Click
here for more details about this fellowship. 


The Fresno Regional Foundation (FRF) will be granting approximately $215,000 in its environment grant cycle. FRF will be granting approximately $35,000 specifically for the goals to fund stated above. Grant ranges will be from $5,000 to $30,000 and grant duration will be one-year. Organizations serving Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Tulare and/or Mariposa are eligible for environment grants. Additionally, $80,000 has been earmarked specifically for air quality and $100,000 has also been earmarked specifically for the restoration of the San Joaquin and Kings rivers. Click here for the full description and to get bidder's conference dates.     

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

The Sacramento Housing Alliance is looking for a Housing and Environmental Justice Policy Coordinator. The position entails: policy analysis, advocacy, coalition-building, and outreach. Candidates with knowledge of homeless issues and environmental justice are encouraged to apply. Get more position information by clicking here. 


Public Health Law and Policy is seeking an Evaluation Coordinator in their Oakland office. The coordinator works closely with each program director to ensure that PHLP's policy development, training, and technical assistance efforts are evaluated to measure the efficacy of their work. The evaluation will measure both the impact of PHLP programs at a national, state and local level, as well as the effectiveness of the overall organization in achieving its mission.

For more information, click here. 


TIGRA is seeking a highly motivated individual who can commit a minimum of one year to a challenging and dynamic paid internship focused on building a movement for a more just remittance industry. Their

 ultimate goal is to leverage power in the remittance industry so that remittance companies will invest in community development, engage in transparent business practices, and charge migrants and their families fair remittance prices. Click here for the full announcement.  


Safe Routes to School Logo. Photo: sta.ca.gov 

TransForm seeks an experienced, highly organized individual with good communication skills to collaborate with our team in implementing our Safe Routes to Schools campaign throughout Alameda County with a strong concentration in low income communities and communities of color.  This position will be located in Oakland, CA and will involve travel to various parts of the county. For more information, click here.

 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