Weekly Updates


November 30, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 44                  


Hello Friends,


As the Fall Quarter and the year come to a close, we look forward to engaging our allies and advisors as we continue to disseminate the research findings from the two groundbreaking projects that we released this year.  


The events on campus, now international news, have both been a galvanizing force for students seeking progressive change, and a time for university faculty and staff to come together to make sure that the safety of students and university guests is of utmost priority. With that in mind, we have postponed our Regional Advisory Committee Meeting in light of these recent incidents. We do look forward to engaging our advisors in this coming Winter Quarter and we wish everyone a productive final week of formal classes.   

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

CRC Director, Jonathan London, will speak at the "Building Healthy Youth in Merced County: Community Engagement and Scholarship" event sponsored by the UC Merced Chancellor's Task Force on Community Engaged Scholarship.  His presentation will be on Friday, December 2nd and is titled, "Putting Youth
on the Map: Visualizing Health, Wealth, Knowledge and Action".
The CRC has scheduled its third Community of Practice (COP) Convening of the year. This event is the follow-up to the second COP convening around "Progressive Economic Development in the Region". The goal of the event is to bring together regional leaders and catalyze collaborative action. One past project that came out of this process was a partnership between urban gardeners in Sacramento and University-based lead testing facilities which allowed urban gardeners in the region to efficiently test for soil lead in order to eliminate exposure risks. Click here to learn about the CRC's approach to Communities of Practice.

Special Reports on Regional Change


California may finally be getting a handle on its 30-year battle with childhood obesity, but it also showcases a patchwork of progress that leaves the majority of the state's counties still registering increases in obesity rates among school-age children, a joint study released this month by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy revealed. Click here to read more. 

Expanding The Circle On Regionalism
We have formed a partnership with HealthyCity.org to bring detailed maps of demographic information for our region.  In this week's installment they have been able to create visual representations of our region's disproportionate amount of owner-occupied housing units as compared to statewide averages. Click here to see the map.
Regional Change in the News
Bill Barnes, a Director at the National League of Cities
takes on the importance and "messiness" or working regionally ."It's really not about making nice; it's about working through competing interests and values and about dealing with often fierce disagreements on matters of mutual concern." Read more about the trials and tribulations of regional work here.   


A wealthy civil rights advocate said she will file a ballot initiative today that would hike income taxes on most Californians to raise $10 billion for public schools and preschools. The initiative by Molly Munger and her nonprofit Advancement Project is the latest entrant in the crowded race to the 2012 ballot.  

Read the rest of this story  here. 


Hospital officials in California's rural counties say the latest round of cuts to Medi-Cal could leave thousands of the state's neediest people without access to medical care. At particular risk, they say, are elderly and long-term patients who need skilled-nursing care. Click here to read more.


California's population increased by 10 percent between 2000 and 2010 but the number of Californians living in poverty grew more than three times as fast, a new U.S.Census Bureau report reveals.  The data are found in a massive compilation of poverty statistics broken down by state, county and school district. Click here for the rest of this story.  
Upcoming Events

Revolution Books and various UC Berkeley Campus organizations presents "In the Age of Obama...Police Terror, Incarceration, No Jobs, Mis-education: WHAT FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH?" The event primarily consists of a conversation between Cornel West and Carl Dix. The event happens on Friday, December 2nd at 7pm. Click here to learn more.    


Please join the UC Davis Landscape Architecture program this fall as they present the LDA 190 Lunchbag Lecture Series for Fall 2011. This year's theme is Putah Creek--Lifeblood of the region. The first lecture will happen on Friday, December 2nd. Click here for more information about this series.  


UCD Students are encouraged to enroll in the "Translating Research Beyond Academia Graduate Seminar". In this interdisciplinary graduate student seminar, graduate students gain professional skills for careers beyond academia by learning effective strategies for communicating research and academic knowledge to the media and general audiences. Participants will develop and practice writing skills designed to concisely relay research to a lay audience.   


Join the Center for Cities & Schools, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute for a discussion of "Opportunity-Rich Schools and Sustainable Communities:

Seven Steps to Align High-Quality Education with Innovations in City and Metropolitan Planning and Development". This is a free webinar happening tomorrow, December 1st.  

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in healthcare advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color. The fellowship is designed to increase the number of low-income, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander social justice leaders.Click here for more information.   


The Siemens Sustainable Community Awards program provides a national platform for recognizing small, medium, and large size communities which have improved the quality of life for their residents, become responsible stewards of the environment, and increased the ability to sustain a successful community for generations to come. Click here for more details about this opportunity. 

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Beginning  in January, 2012 the Northern Sierra Partnership is offering fellowships. The fellows will work under the direction and guidance of Lucy Blake as a Butler Koshland Fellow. In this role, the fellow will participate in and support the executive-level goals of the Northern Sierra Partnership. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone to contribute directly to the success of one of the most ambitious and innovative conservation partnerships in the country. Click here for the full description.


Tides is looking for a Vice President of Client Services. Client Services serves as the epicenter for client activity, developing client service standards and processes, and applying the right mix of products, solutions and services to maximize client success. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing key client relationships, determining strategies, and executing programs that facilitate a cohesive partnership between the Client Operations and the Client Relationship teams. To get further details about this position, click here. 


Sacramento Steps Forward, a local non-profit with the mission to help end chronic homelessness, is seeking a Program Director to help manage SSF activities as a HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) board and manage the distribution of Supportive Housing Program funding to sponsor agencies. Click here for details.  


Southern California Edison seeks a Grants Systems Administrator. This position will be in the Community Investment group within Southern California Edison's (SCE) External Affairs Business Unit. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, launching and maintaining a more automated approach for collecting, vetting, and responding to grant requests, in kind donations, sponsorship requests and year-end reports. Get more  information by clicking here.