Weekly Updates


December 14, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 46                  


Hello Friends,


This week represents the official end of the 2011 Fall Quarter. This quarter has been a tumultuous time and a time of renewed hope for a national, state, and local agenda around social equity. From Occupy Encampments to Port shutdowns, many Americans (including many students) have been able to voice their frustration in an overwhelmingly positive and peaceful manner.

The winter break represents a chance for tensions to cool on our own campus and for a future conversation, next quarter, about how we might reimagine our economic and educational systems to increase access for those that feel increasingly left behind.

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
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities

CRC Activities

On Monday, the CRC convened its 3rd Community of Practice (COP) event of 2011. the event was a continuation of the last COP event titled, "Progressive Economic Development in the Sacramento Region". Leaders in the region came together to discuss their work, find opportunities for collaboration, and to discuss how to ensure that economic growth is partnered with environmental sustainability and social equity.  For more information about Communities of Practice and the CRC's approach to the concept, click here.
Special Reports on Regional Change


Is Sacramento's long-standing love of suburban living winding down? A blunt new analysis says yes, but some local builders say no way. The report released this week by the Urban Land Institute contends that Sacramento and other California metropolitan areas are about to discover they have an "oversupply" of classic subdivision housing, thanks to a sea change in what buyers want and can afford. Click here to read more. 

Regional Change in the News
 Roads don't pay for themselves. But maybe they should. "Taxpayers cover costs that should be borne by road users," asserts the State Smart Transportation Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Road subsidies push up tax rates, squeeze government services, and skew the market for transportation."Read this blog by clicking here.


To parents like Charlene Adams, the Occupy movement couldn't be farther away from her West Oakland neighborhood. And the reasons behind that distance help explain a disconnect between the larger Occupy Wall Street movement and the African American community. Read the rest of this story here.   


Call them the underemployed generation. Since the start of the recession, the number of new college graduates in California working as cashiers, office clerks, retail salespersons, bartenders, secretaries, child care workers, tellers and customer service representatives has jumped by 40 percent, or 12,000, according to a Bee review of census data.  Meanwhile, the number of new grads employed in their chosen professions as schoolteachers, architects, accountants and myriad other careers has fallen. Click here for more on this story.    

Upcoming Events

Attend the 3rd Annual California Equity Summit. We envision a provocative platform that elevates the voices of the incarcerated, brings best practices to the fore, and analyzes current regional, statewide, and national data. Participants will leave the equity summit with a deeper understanding of the strategies we can use daily, in our work to advance the principles of social justice. Click here to learn more and to register.   dot.ca.gov        

Register today for a 2-day training course, "Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements" on March 7-8 2012 at UC Berkeley. With collaborative leadership playing a greater role in public policy, this course is timely for a wide range of professionals working across the full range of environmental and natural resource issues in planning, policy development, or site-specific projects. Click here for more information about this training course.  


Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Bikes Belong Coalition, a national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to "put more people on bikes more often," offers grants to organizations that strive to improve bicycling in the United States through the building of trails and paths, or through promoting general bicycling advocacy and awareness. Click here for more information.    


The Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green have announced the Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship, a new program for individuals dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. The fellowships are designed to support social entrepreneurs who are starting up new organizations to help transform the lives of black men and boys in their communities.
Click here for more details about this opportunity.


The Jenzabar Foundation has opened the nomination process for its fifth annual Student Leadership Awards, which recognize student groups that have made a difference in the world through service and philanthropic activities at the local, national, and international levels. Each award includes a $5,000 grant to support the student or group's future humanitarian endeavors  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Hazing Awareness Scholarship Offered. Milk & Honey Publishing, CollegeGreekBooks.com and Big Walt Anderson are proud to announce up to SEVEN $700 CASH AWARDS FOR THE FALL 2011/SPRING 2012 SCHOOL YEAR. All students that are enrolled in any accredited college or university that has a Greek Social Setting may apply.  You must be in good standing at your school with a minimum 2.0 GPA or C Average. Click here for more.  


The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute at California State University, Fresno is seeking an Executive Assistant/Program Coordinator to run various programs, enhance the institute's social media presence and conduct other activities such as meetings, travel etc., as needed, for the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, the Institute's subcommittees and other groups as directed by the Executive Director. Click here for the full description.  


Move LA is looking for a Project Assistant to support their work to develop a comprehensive and financially sound public transportation system and forward looking transit-oriented land use policies in Los Angeles. The Project Assistant would staff a regional working group on SB 375 implementation, conduct policy research on transportation and land use, and outreach to organizations and local elected officials. This is a six month paid opportunity. To get further details about this position, click here.  


The UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies is pleased to announce the 2011-12 seed grants program. UC Davis faculty, researchers and graduate students are eligible. $30,000 in total small seed grant funding available for distribution for 2011-12. Grants are available up to $6,000. Grants will fund innovative solutions that work to alleviate poverty and/or inequity abroad. Click here for details.