Weekly Updates


November 2, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 39               


Hello Friends,


This week has been amazing. Not only have we been able to receive guidance from our Faculty Affiliates, we are also working feverishly on our San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Project.

The project focuses on multiple types and sources of pollution, with advocacy focused on the agencies that regulate pollution sources and community empowerment. There will be more information about the project as well as its regional implications in the coming weeks.

Once again, we hope that you find: insights, entertainment, and opportunities to be involved in regional change.

Best Wishes,


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

The CRC has recently conducted a meeting with our Faculty Affiliates one week after meeting with members of our Executive Committee. Both meetings concerned the CRC's future goal of providing space and funding for inter-(trans) disciplinary, action research for faculty interested in working on issues at the regional level.

The CRC has recently recruited Meea Kang, Founding Partner of Domus Development to be a member of the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC). We continually seek to add the best and brightest minds, working in a variety of capacities, to the RAC in order to enhance the center's ability to facilitate progressive change in the region. Meea's background includes: art, design, architecture, construction, housing and community development. Meet her (virtually) here.


Special Reports on Regional Change

On Thursday, October 27th the Bus Riders Union, lead coordinator for the TRPT National campaign released a report, Transit Civil Rights & Economic Survival in Los Angeles: A Case for Federal Intervention in LA Metro. This report could be seen as a "People's Civil Rights Compliance Review" of the Los Angeles MTA. The report dissects the devastating and discriminatory impacts of MTA policies on unemployed and low wage workers, students, immigrants, seniors and differently abled people. Click here to read more about this report.

The Applied Research Center
has just released "Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System," a groundbreaking report offering the first national data available on the perilous intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system. ARC's Investigative Research package includes a poignant video and Colorlines.com articles which bring to life the story of one family trying desperately to stay together.
Click here to read this report.  
Regional Change in the News
Michael Macor: The SF Chronicle
The Oakland City Council
will take up a resolution Thursday supporting the Occupy encampment and calling on city administrators to "collaborate with protesters" for the "safe and lawful" use of Frank Ogawa Plaza as a 24-hour demonstration sit. Read more here


While members of the so-called 99% take part in Occupy Wall Street protests, a new website lets some of the wealthy 1% declare their support for the movement. The site, called "We are the 1 percent. We stand with the 99 percent," lets people post photos pronouncing their solidarity with the Occupy protesters in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Read the rest of this story here.

For a while now, the assumption has been that, at some point, the Latino population would become so large and its influence would be so profound that it would be impossible to ignore. However, Latinos have learned that if someone wants to ignore you, they will. And in a country that still defines racial and ethnic relations in terms of black and white, those who fit into neither category are often ignored. Click here to read more.


Manuel Jimenez of Woodlake has been named a recipient of the California Peace Prize by the California Wellness Foundation. Jimenez started Woodlake Pride, a volunteer youth group that plants and maintains 10 acres of orchards, vineyards, vegetables, tropical fruit trees and roses at the Bravo Lake Botanical Gardens in Woodlake. "We plant gardens and grow kids," Jimenez said. "It teaches them about respecting others from different backgrounds." Click here for more information about this local hero.   


Expanding the Circle on Regionalism
The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for everyone, including those living in communities that are overburdened by pollution
. To that end, each Environmental Justice Interagency Workgroup (EJ IWG) agency is posting an environmental justice strategy on its website for public comment. This release is the latest step in a continued Administration wide effort to elevate the environmental justice conversation and address potential disproportionate environmental and health effects on low-income, minority and tribal communities pursuant to Executive Order 12898.
check out these strategies by clicking

Livability Solutions, a nonprofit coalition headquartered in New York City, is now accepting applications from communities that have a strong interest in and commitment to livability, smart growth, and sustainability principles, but face a significant challenge or barrier to moving forward. The coalition recently received a grant from U.S. EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to provide free technical assistance to communities seeking to implement sustainable and smart growthdevelopment and programs. Get more information here.

Upcoming Events
Learn more about the challenges of feeding the planet from Dean Neal Van Alfen and three faculty experts featured in this issue of CA&ES Outlook, who will speak on Saturday, November 5, at the UC Davis Conference Center.  For more
 event details, please click here. 


Online Conference: Watch the Healthy Communities Conference: Building Systems to Integrate Community Development and Health. This conference will convene health experts, community developers, bankers, and policy makers to discuss promising new models and explore three areas of system reform that are urgently needed to formally align community development and health: data, capital, and policy. For more information, please click here


The Urban Land Institute in Sacramento is sponsoring an event to promote Healthy and Resilient Communities. These communities offer clean air and water, safe schools, good jobs, diverse housing mix, walkable streets, civic amentities, access to healthy foods, and strong social networks.  Over the next year Urban Land Institute's Sacramento District Council will explore several of these life enhancing factors within our region.  Through an on-going dialogue we will identify opportunities for the Sacramento region to improve the health disparities of our residents while strengthening the resiliency for our community and all who live within it. Click here for details. 

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


The U.S. Soccer Foundation is offering the opportunity for organizations around the United States to apply for the 2012 Soccer for Success Social Innovation Fund Subgrant. The 2012 Soccer for Success SIF Subgrant will support the replication of Soccer for Success, the foundation's free after-school youth development soccer program, which was designed to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities. Click here for more information.


The ARAMARK Building Community Innovation Awards will present a total of $100,000 in 2012 to community centers showing innovation in workforce readiness programs, and will provide selected organizations with a platform to share best practices as well as replicate and scale programs that are successful at putting people back in the workforce. The Peter B. Goldberg ARAMARK Building Community Executive Leadership Award will honor a local executive director and support their community center with a $40,000 grant.  Click here for more details about this opportunity.


Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Napa County's Health and Human Services Agency is hiring for a Staff Services Analyst I. This is the entry-level into the Staff Services series responsible for performing professional level analytical duties.  Incumbents develop and support program evaluation activities using qualitative and quantitative methods, support quality improvement projects, research best and evidence-based practices, assist in strategic
planning efforts, and more. For more information about this position, click here


The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation invites applications from highly talented graduate students in New England and California for Switzer Environmental Fellowships for the academic year 2011-2012. The award amount is $15,000. At least twenty fellowships will be awarded to assist graduate students in a broad range of environmental science and related fields. Click here for the full description.


The UC Davis Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources seeks a Junior Specialist with a M.S. (preferable) or B.S. degree in Soil Science, Entomology, Ecology or Environmental Science. The project involves investigation of soil ecosystem services within a variety of rangeland restoration sites in the Sacramento Valley.  To get further details about this position, click here. 


Humboldt State University (HSU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for University Advancement. The Vice President reports to the President, is a member of the President's Executive Committee, and serves as Executive Director of the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation. Get more  information by clicking here.