Weekly Updates


November 2, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 41                


Hello Friends,


We left the PolicyLink Equity Summit with a multitude of policy options and ideas for promoting equitable growth in the region. We also got a chance to preview the CRC's latest research on the San Joaquin Valley, "Land of Risk, Land of Opportunity: Cumulative Environmental Vulnerabilities in California's San Joaquin Valley".

Upon our return, we released the report while still disseminating the findings of the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions research that we released last summer. Seeing years of research and community participation released to the media and having policymakers, activists and others take action around the implications of that research is an indescribable feeling.

Once again, we hope that you find: insights, relevant news, and opportunities to be involved in regional change contained within this newsletter.

Best Wishes,


The Center for Regional Change.


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

CRC Activities

The CRC has released a report, on Monday, of its findings related to the three-year San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Project. The report is entitled, "Land of Risk and Land of Opportunity" and has already received a great deal of coverage from the press as well as community groups interested in its findings. You can find the report in the next section (Special Reports on Regional Change).

Today, the Vacaville Youth Roundtable, in collaboration with the Vacaville AWARE and REACH coalitions, hosted a "Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions" study presentation and professional panel in the Vacaville City Council Chamber. The "Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions" study was conducted by the CRC and commissioned by the Sierra Health Foundation with additional support from The California Endowment. You can find more information about this event here.  

Special Reports on Regional Change

The CRC released a study Monday linking pollution and poverty to illness and early death in the San Joaquin Valley. It estimates 1.2 million people are at extreme risk. That's about a third of the Valley's population, so it means there are big health risks in broad sections of Fresno, Stockton, Modesto and Bakersfield-- the largest cities in the Valley. Click here to read this report.

Regional Change in the News
Opponents of stricter regulation of air pollution typically argue that jobs would be lost if the federal government tightened limits on industrial emissions of ozone. A new study presents a counterpoint: lower ozone levels seem to increase worker productivity. Read more about their findings here.    

An article from the EllaBaker Center in Oakland on the Occupy Movement: "the Occupy camps, from the West Coast to Wall Street, themselves are merely one tactic in a growing movement for economic justice. The movement to promote solutions for the 99% is what this is really about. And we need to do whatever we can to keep the focus on the goals of the movement, rather than a debate on the tactic." Read the rest of this story here.

Californians are among the top fuel-wasting drivers in the nation, burning up more than 38 million gallons in the most congested roadways last year, according to a report released Tuesday. Click here to read more.


The Obama Administration will announce Monday as much as $1 billion in funding to hire, train and deploy health-care workers, part of the White House's broader "We Can't Wait" agenda to bolster the economy after President Obama's jobs bill stalled in Congress.Click here for more information. 

Upcoming Events
The "Faith, Food, & Farming" Symposium will be held in Stockton on November 19th. Learn how farmers

and farming are evolving in the agricultural landscape of the San Joaquin Valley, and discuss the role of faith in the future of food and farming. Click here for information about this event.  


WALKSacramento & the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will host "We've Built It and We're Living In It - But Is It Healthy?" on November 18th. This presentation suggests policies and practices to improve health, many of which also improve livability, sustainability, and economy. We will also hear about Health Impact Assessments, an emerging tool that can help us begin to anticipate potential health effects of transportation and land use policies and decisions. Click here to learn more about this event.   


On Thursday, December 1st, The Young Planner's Group, together with ASLA's Emerging Professional's Group, is co-hosting an informative event exploring how recent transportation policy has transformed our professions and explores policy, politics, and changes to state law that can help to achieve sustainable communities and transportation systems. Click here for more event information.  

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The U.S. EPA is sponsoring Brownfields Assessment Grants. These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Click here for more information.


UC Davis Dining Services is accepting applications for Go Green Grants. UC Davis affiliated students, staff, faculty, and departments are eligible for up to $3,000 to research, develop, implement, and design solutions to campus sustainability challenges. The Go Green competition is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, professional students, faculty, and staff at UC Davis in all departments and disciplines. Click here for more details about this opportunity.


Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Trust for Conservation Innovation seeks a Program Associate. This position will work closely with the Executive Director on the management of organizational updates, orientations for new projects/employees/contractors, communications materials, website and social media maintenance. Candidates also have a chance to become involved with conservation projects across the environmental spectrum: marine, land conservation, food systems, climate change and more. Click here for the full description.


The Division of Society and Environment in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California at Berkeley invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Agriculture, Society and Food Security, to begin July 1, 2012. To get further details about this position, click here. 


The City of Fairfield is looking for a Distribution System Water Quality Analyst I. This is the entry-level class of this water quality support series. Initially, under close supervision, incumbents learn basic water quality sampling and testing, develop a working knowledge of the City's reservoirs/distribution system, and manage standard laboratory equipment and records. Get more  information by clicking here.