Weekly Updates


October 12,  2011   Vol. 1. Issue 37              


Hello Friends,


This week has involved planning for large-scale events and conferences both here and in other parts of the nation. This fall, there are a variety of lectures, seminars, webinars and other engaging opportunities to learn about regional change. See the events section for the first installment of this series of events and look forward to more information about upcoming events in future issues of this newsletter.

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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

Jim Rogers, co-coordinator of the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition (WSYRC), has written a blog entry about the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions research previously conducted (and currently disseminated) by the Center for Regional Change. In the blog entry, he also names the Sactown Heroes as important allies of the WSYRC and discusses the potential of youth/adult partnerships.  Click here to read the blog entry.  

  Art of Regional Change: Facebook.com 

Jesikah Maria Ross, Founding Director of the UC Davis Art of Regional Change (ARC) Program, was interviewed by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA). The ARC is a collaboration between the Center for Regional Change and the Davis Humanities Institute and Ross is a Community Development practitioner whose teaching and production work centers on: collaborations with schools, community-based organizations, and social action groups to create projects that generate media art, civic participation, and social change.  


CRC Director, Jonathan London, has been selected as a trainer at the upcoming 2011 Equity Summit, hosted by PolicyLink in Detroit, Michigan. This fourth national PolicyLink Summit, brings together the nation's equity movement: advocates, activists, policymakers, foundation officials, and equity leaders-to advance a truly inclusive policy agenda. 

Special Reports on Regional Change


Experts warn that California needs to significantly boost the number of undergraduate degrees granted each year in order to turn around the state's economy and help the country remain competitive. A new report, however, from Sacramento State University's Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy says the state's public higher education segments are not on track to meet that goal. Click 

here to read more about this important issue. 
Regional Change in the News

A new state law barring most employers from using pre-employment credit checks in hiring could remove another hurdle to work for jobless Californians. Assembly Bill 22, authored by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D- Artesia, would put the brakes on most employee credit checks and California becomes the seventh state in the nation to enact such a law. Click here to learn more.

Among the many ways that residents, scientists, and regulators determine air quality in the Valley, there seem to be some disagreements about whether the air quality is actually improving or becoming worse. According to this article, it has everything to do with: who you talk to, what is being measured, and which part of the valley you reference. Read the rest of this story here.


Here is a lecture, given by MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter which details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy. Click here to see the video and see how environmental justice is an issue for all Americans. 

Expanding the Circle on Regionalism


The Living Streets Manual is now publicly available The manual, supported by a RENEW LA grant, and in partnership with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, provides guidance for cities seeking to update their existing road standard manuals with new techniques to reflect a greater emphasis on active transportationIt expands on traditional street standards by including principles for reducing stormwater run-off in streets and thereby increasing environmental sustainability. The manual was written by a team of national, regional and local experts in traffic engineering, transportation planning, land-use planning, architecture, public health and other fields. check it out by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
The Institute for Local Government is sponsoring a free webinar. This one-hour webinar will explore different funding sources for sustainability projects available from the State of California and tools to access those funding opportunities.  Panelists will discuss the new Funding Wizard and other tools the California Air Resources Board offers through CoolCalifornia.For more webinar details, please click here.



There is now a "Guide for Agritourism" and it takes the form of a 3-session class, sponsored by the UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno County, and the UC Small Farm Program. Fresno, Merced, Madera, Kings, and Tulare County Farmers and Ranchers are encouraged to participateGet more class information by clicking here.       


You are invited to a symposium on asset-building in low-income communities and EITC programs and policies on November 15th. Topics Include: Asset Building & the Role of Financial Institutions, Collaborating Beyond EITC/Vita. National Policy Landscape: Protecting Consumers, Building Wealth, Homeownership Opportunities & Foreclosure Prevention. Building Practitioner Capacity: effective Coalitions, building wealth, promoting health and MANY MORE! Click here for details.  


Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans today to help an estimated 125 local, state, and tribal governments create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. Both the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program (SGIA) and the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program will be accepting letters from interested communities from Sept. 28 to Oct. 28, 2011. Click here for more details about this opportunity. 

The MacArthur Foundation has announced an open call for documentary film proposals. This highly competitive program seeks to fund documentary projects that address the significant social challenges of our time and/or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome, and preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur's grantmaking areas. Click here for the full description

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Lilliput Children's Services is looking for a full-time Program Manager for their Fairfield office.  
The Program Manager will be responsible for leading the Fairfield team to provide Solano County's preferred model of emergency foster care for children entering the foster care system. For more information about this position, click here


Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP) pioneers innovative ways to leverage law and policy to improve public health. The organization seeks to hire an Evaluation Coordinator to work closely with each program director to ensure that PHLP's policy development, training, and technical assistance efforts are evaluated to measure the efficacy of our work and to improve programs and services. To get further details about this position, click here. 


Yolo Housing is seeking an intern to work directly with the Executive Director as a Special Assistant. Applicants must be UC Davis students and be working through a program that provides work experience and/or internship opportunities. Click here for the full announcement.


The CS Fund is seeking a Research Assistant to support program staff in the areas of economic globalization and food sovereignty. This position requires a high degree of skill in research, analysis and writing.  The Research Assistant must be willing to work in the foundation's office, located in rural Sonoma County, California.

Get more position information
by clicking here.