Weekly Updates


October 19,  2011   Vol. 1. Issue 38              


Hello Friends,


This week represents the formal start of a series of meetings that the CRC will be conducting with Faculty Affiliates, the Executive Committee, RAC members, and those professionals interested in joining our "Community of Practice".  


The CRC continues to network with organizations, and political entities that have an interest in actionable, regionally relevant research as well as disseminating our own research and that of others that can move this and other regions forward.

We hope that this newsletter is not only informative, but also a good read.

Thanks for your time.


The Center for Regional Change.


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

CRC Activities

CRC Graduate Associate, Michael Johnson, wrote a blog entry entitled "The Sacramento Region's Economy is ALIVE" on the center's Wordpress page about the Sacramento Internal Study Mission Conference on October 20th and 21st. The Internal Study Mission looked at those economic sectors that might serve as the pillars on which the region's current and future economy may likely rest. Check out the blog entry by clicking here.

The CRC conducted its fall Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 25th and plans to convene the the center's Faculty Advisors this coming Monday. Both groups of professionals and academics help to guide and augment the center's work and research. Meet them by clicking here.


Special Reports on Regional Change


The top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation's income over the last three decades, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, in a new report likely to figure prominently in the escalating political fight over how to revive the economy, create jobs and lower the federal debt.. Click 

here to read more about this report.  
Regional Change in the News
Federal courts in California have been more likely to allow immigrants to remain in the United States
in recent years, despite a widespread perception that all federal officials are cracking down and sending more people back to their native countries. Read more here.


In mid-September, Paratransit Community Outreach Ambassadors kicked off a new program that will provide homeless people in Sacramento with: transportation, employment search services, health resources and training about how to use public transit.  "Wheels to Work", is the product of a unique collaboration between Paratransit Inc., Women's Empowerment, the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and other homeless and housing service providers.  Read the rest of this story here.


Healthcare reform is coming to California ahead of most the nation under California's Bridge to Reform, a joint federal and state program to make primary and specialty care available to adults who do not have insurance or the means to obtain it. As this change occurs, the California Rural Indian Health Board hopes to form a consortium of tribes to administer healthcare reform for Indians and native Alaskans in 37 rural California counties. Click here to read more.  


The number of California school districts at risk of financial collapse has tripled over the last five years, according to state figures. There are 110 school districts on the state's watch list that could be headed for insolvency, up from 37 five years earlier, according to the most recent figures available. Click here for more information.  


Expanding the Circle on Regionalism
Legal Services of Northern California's Race Equity Project
has recently published "A Guide to Incorporating Equity into Sustainable Communities Regional Planning" (referencing PolicyLink's guide). The theory underlying the Sustainable Communities Initiative is that economic competitiveness, social equity, and environmental and public health are interconnected and that all of these outcomes can be improved if regions better coordinate their public investments, including transportation systems, toward the goal of sustainability. The Guide seeks to help applicants for the regional planning grant program effectively address equity in their proposals.
check it out by clicking here.


Upcoming Events
Join: the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, the Center for Transformative Scholarship, the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, El Centro Chicano and the Latina/o Student Assembly at USC for a provocative evening of performance, media art and rebel phones. The October 27th event will highlight three extraordinary projects
that support immigrant communities in Los Angeles through the use of mobile-phone devices. The controversial Transborder Immigrant Tool, a mobile-phone app by the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g lab, helps sustain those crossing the border into the United States by assisting with directions to water and poetry. For more event details, please click here. 


On Friday, October 28th, you are invited to attend a presentation by Meea Kang, President and Co-Founder of Domus Development, on Transit-Oriented Development. Domus has been successful in developing and building attractive, walkable, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible infill communities in California. This presentation will outline several of Domus' innovative infill developments that promote transit, create affordable eco-friendly housing and exemplify how to break down barriers to help California reach land use goals set by SB 375.  For more information, please click here


You are invited to attend a free webinar on October 27th on "Supporting Rural Economic Vitality through Campus-Community Partnerships"  hosted by representatives from California State University, Fresno. Click here for details. 

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Kaiser Family Foundation is accepting applications for the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. Administered in partnership with Howard University, the intensive eleven-week summer program brings rising college seniors and recent college graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices to learn first-hand about health policy and the legislative process, and to learn about issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. Click here for more information.


The Big Read is inviting applications for community-wide reading programs. The National Endowment for the Arts as well as Arts Midwest are working in partnership on this program. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately seventy-five organizations from throughout the United States will be selected.  Click here for more details about this opportunity.


The J. Jill Compassion Fund  is accepting pre-applications for 2012 Grants to help disadvantaged and homeless women.  Community-based organizations that support underprivileged and homeless women in the United States are eligible. Funding priority is given to nonprofit programs and organizations that provide job training, education, and transitional and/or affordable housing to disadvantaged and homeless women. For more details, click here.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is looking for an Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Giving. Their mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships. The Foundation seeks an experienced and creative development professional to join its efforts in building a sound financial base to support its operational and programmatic initiatives. For more information about this position, click here


The University of California Cooperative Extension seeks Extension Advisors to work in various locations in California. Advising categories include: Delta crops resource management; Livestock and natural resources; 4-H youth development; urban integrated pest management; and youth, families, and communities. Click here for the full description.


Build it Green in Oakland, CA seeks to fill the position of Development Manager. Build It Green is a membership supported non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient homes in California. The Manager will secure corporate sponsors that provide discounted products, underwriting for educational resources, and direct financial support for GreenPoint Rated homeowner education, Build It Green professional members, and other Build It Green events. To get further details about this position, click here. 


The Sandler Foundation seeks a Program Associate for its San Francisco Office. The position revolves around both civic engagement and education equity in Latino communities. The Foundation primarily makes grants that have national impact. The Foundation has an Education Program that focuses on advocating and implementing education policy that is equitable and is based on a vision of meaningful learning. The Latino Civic Participation area is in a preliminary stage of development and current activities involve gathering information to inform the program's strategy and focus. Get more  information by clicking here.