Weekly Updates


November 23, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 43                 


Hello Friends,


We are gearing up for our next Regional Advisory Committee Meeting this coming Tuesday.  Additionally we are setting other dates to meet with regional leaders in order to connect our current and future research to those organizations and policymakers seeking to promote regional collaborations for social equity, economic competitiveness, and ecological sustainability in this region.

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

After The CRC released findings related to the three-year San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Project in mid-November the CRC received many requests for presentations on the research and its implications as well as a flood of positive media including articles in the: Hanford Sentinel, Central Valley Business Times, Vida en el Valle, and the Vacaville Reporter
Special Reports on Regional Change


A Los Angeles Times survey has found a significant racial divide among likely voters on the state's DREAM Act. The bill would allow undocumented immigrant students to apply for state-funded financial aid, and has become been the source of widespread direct action organizing by students across the country. The Times poll found that, among Latinos, 79 percent support the measure, compared with only 30 percent of whites. Click here to read more.

Regional Change in the News
The succulent cherries and juicy ripe peaches that Californians enjoy every summer could disappear in some regions as climate change warms the cold winters that trees need to bear fruit in the spring.
Read more about this here.   

Read why Mike Rhodes thinks that Fresno can become a model for how to treat homeless people with dignity and respect by providing: a safe and legal place for them to live, help with finding permanent housing, and creating an entirely new paradigm about how to end homelessness. Read the rest of this story  here. 


Zero Net Energy homes are being built today, along Farmington Road east of Highway 99. And you won't see lots of gadgets and gizmos on the walls,  these are regular homes where regular families should enjoy an irregularly small electric bill. 
Click her to read more.
Upcoming Events

SACOG has released its Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy; the long range plan for transportation in the Sacramento Region. They are taking public comment until January 9th. Additionally, there are public hearings scheduled. Click here to learn more about this.    


ReFund California has joined local Occupy general assemblies in calling for student and faculty walkouts on November 28th to protest fee hikes and other issues faced by students.  Click here for more information about walk out events.  

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Does your work address environmental justice, environmental racism, health or inequalities, and/or contribute to the search for solutions to California's environmental problems? Then
the John Muir Institute

of the Environment Graduate Student Award Program is for you! Students from ALL disciplines are encouraged to apply. Awards may support thesis and dissertation research, collaborative research with community groups, education, outreach, and/or community engagement. Click here for more information.  


Youth Service America and the Sodexo Foundation have announced they will award a hundred Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to youth-led service projects in the United States that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012) Click here for more details about this opportunity.

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The CSU Fresno Foundation is looking for a Government Affairs/Workgroup Coordinator. This person contributes to the achievement of the Partnership's policy-related goals and objectives and the enhancement of the Partnership's leadership profile and image with the public at large, elected officials, regulators and stakeholders in the San Joaquin Valley.  Click here for the full description.


Sonoma State University seeks a Director for the Office of Research and Sponsored Program. The position advocates for faculty research activities and is responsible to increase Sonoma States University's (SSU) grants and contracts success rate. In addition, the Director of ORSP works independently managing all university Pre-award activities; oversees compliance training and Human Subjects review; works effectively with the post award office; and provides staff supervision  To get further details about this position, click here. 



Become an Associate Director at the Oakland Schools Foundation. Join a hard-working team of professionals that has raised more than $20 million for low-income Oakland public schools over the past eight years. The Oakland Schools Foundation is a dynamic non-profit organization serving more than 40 Oakland public schools and partnering with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). We provide support for community outreach and marketing, grants and donor development, collaborative programming, and leadership, operational, and financial coaching services for schools. Get more  information by clicking here.