Weekly Updates


September 21, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 34             

Hello Friends,

The academic year is upon us and by all indications we are set to "hit the ground running". We continue to present the research released earlier this summer, prepare for upcoming national conferences, and meet with affiliated faculty, professionals, and organizations in order to continue the momentum with which we left the last academic year. Make sure to stay connected because we have a lot of exciting news and projects to unveil in the coming months.

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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

CRC Director, Jonathan London will be speaking at the Community Forum on Sustainability this Friday, September 23rd at the San Joaquin Council of Governments in Stockton, CA. The forum will address sustainability related to SB 375. Other guest speakers include: State Senate President Pro-Tempore, Darrell Steinberg; Chairperson for the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols; and E.D. of the San Joaquin Council of Governments, Andrew Chesley.  Click here for more information.  


The Culture C.O.-O.P., directed by Sandy Holman, a Regional Advisory Committee Member, will be part of the International Festival in Davis on October 1st. Please see the "Upcoming Events" section for more on this event.  

Special Reports on Regional Change
Sandwich generation: nogreenbananas.net
Family members or friends caring for aging or disabled individuals in California are under both financial and emotional strain and are likely to face even greater burdens, given recent cuts in state support for programs and services that support in-home care, write the authors of a new
policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. 
Click here for the report.   
Regional Change in the News

Fresno County supervisors decided Tuesday that the county can't afford to launch a new federally supported health program for the poor, setting back efforts to bring national health-care reforms to Fresno County. Get the complete story by clicking here.  


Graffiti house: fremontuniverse.com 

Residents in the Oak Park area are protesting the lack of responsibility taken by banks for the foreclosed properties that the banks now own. Resident activists are asking the state to go after the banks for their neglect of these properties and the deleterious effects of having a multitude of abandoned properties in their neighborhood. Click here to learn more.


Fresno County supervisors, to the dismay of most public health experts, recently backed away from a plan to legalize a 15-year-old underground needle exchange program - reversing a truce they had struck with health officials and activists three years earlier.  Doctors and activists continue to run the needle exchange...illegally.  Read the rest of this story here.



After five successful Tamejavi Festivals on September 24, 2011,  the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee will launch the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program (TCOFP).   

This ground-breaking program will help ten immigrant leaders to develop community and heritage-based cultural and art projects that will support actions for social change. The Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Program also will provide opportunities for building relationships and support systems across cultural lines. Click here to learn more.


Expanding the Circle on Regionalism
On August 9, The Center for Disability Research and the RAND Corporation presented a webinar that provided tips on how to compete for some of the $31.2 billion in medical research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The webinar entitled, Constructing Successful NIH Proposals by Thinking Like a Reviewer has now been archived for future viewing. the presentation goes beyond the formal application process to describe what you need to know to successfully compete for funding from the NIH, one of the world's foremost medical research centers. Learn how to build a successful grant application, including understanding how to design your approach according to NIH scoring criteria. Get more information on this webinar by clicking here
Upcoming Events

Rural housing flyer: calruralhousing.org 
You are invited to the 2011 Rural Housing Summit. The Rural Housing Summit brings together housing and planning professionals to examine rural issues and develop a strategic action plan for the upcoming year and beyond. Participants will explore and identify opportunities to improve the living conditions of rural California families. This year's theme is "On Stranger Tides: Navigating Uncharted Waters". For more
event details, please click here.


Registration has begun for the Oct. 18th conference, "Changing Our Perspective: New Ways of Thinking About the Delta." During this one-day forum, speakers will explore new ideas and take a fresh look at the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. As planning continues in an effort to "solve" the Delta's problems, this event will aim to turn the discussion in a new direction - how to manage the Delta's conditions to maintain its local and statewide resources and uses. Get more conference information by clicking here.       


You do not want to miss the International Festival which is occurring on October 1st, in Davis, California at the Veterans' Memorial Center from 12-6pm. It is going to be a world party honoring Unity in Diversity. The Culture C.O.-.O.P is proud to partner with The International House, Davis, and other key sponsors, to bring this wonderful event to our community. For more information about this event, click here.    
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
California flag/map:clipartsy.com
The California Council for the Humanities
is accepting applications for the California Story Fund.
Matching grants of up to $10,000 are available for humanities-informed projects designed to tell the story of California's people, with an emphasis on stories involving democracy and citizenship. Click here 

 for more details about this opportunity. 


A call for nominations for the 2012 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize has been posted. The prize program, now in its second year, honors individuals under age the age of 40 from

anywhere in the world who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Click here for

the full description.   

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

Greenbelt Alliance's Development Team is looking for a Membership and Database Manager. The candidate will be responsible for membership outreach and for raising the funds to support the organization's advocacy efforts on behalf of land conservation and smart growth urban planning throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Get more position information by clicking here. 


California Food Policy Advocates seeks an Executive Director for the overall development and implementation of all CFPA policies and programs, including  development and management of all funds and resources; hiring and supervision of staff; design of program goals and objectives and deployment of programmatic and administrative staff to achieve them. For more information, click here. 


The California Urban Water Conservation Council has an immediate internship opportunity for a grad student or former grad student who is looking to learn more about water conservation while assisting the state's largest water conservation organization.  Click here for the full announcement.

 Caltrans logo

Recent Graduates and December, 2011 graduates are encouraged to apply for Transportation Planning jobs with Caltrans, statewide. If you are If you are interested in making a difference in California's Transportation Systems, then this is the job for you! For more information, click here.