Weekly Updates


January 25, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 4                  



Hello Friends,


There is a wealth of exciting information contained within this week's issue, including: an announcement of funding for the San Joaquin Valley  through the EPA, a new book from one of our Faculty Affiliates, and a chance to learn about the future of Egypt after its recent revolution.     

Read on for opportunities to learn about, participate in, and work within efforts for change at the regional level.   


Best wishes,


The Center for Regional Change.


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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Special Reports on Regional Change
Regional Change in the News
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Upcoming Events
Jobs & Employment Opportunities

CRC Activities

In keeping with highlighting the exceptional work of members of the CRC, this week, we are thrilled to announce that CRC Executive Committee Member, Michael Rios will have a book published. The book will be released this Friday, January 27th; was co-edited with Leonardo Vasquez (with content from Lucrezia Miranda) and is entitled Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. It documents the growth of the Latino population in the United States and discusses how the growth of this group has impacted urban, suburban, and rural places. It is a first-of-its-kind book written for readers seeking to learn about, engage and plan with Latino communities. Learn more about this book by clicking here.
Special Reports on Regional Change

LGBT Mental Health Booklet 

According to Mark Hatzenbuehler's research in the American Journal of Public Healthanti-gay legislation potentially hurts the mental health of gay people generally, and not just the health of people who want to marry but cannot. Find the rest of the report by clicking here.  

Regional Change in the News

Four congressmen on Tuesday introduced a bill that would carry out a compromise on cages for laying hens. The bill would roughly double the minimum floor space per hen for most U.S. egg producers - but fall short of the space that had been sought by the Humane Society of the United States. Merced County was the top egg producer in California in 2010. The county's 1.35 billion eggs brought $93.3 million in gross income to farmers; Stanislaus County produced 387 million eggs in 2010; San Joaquin County 450 million. Get more by clicking here.  


The state's public universities admit thousands of students every year who do not meet minimum admission requirements. But even as competition rises for admission to its select schools, UC campuses are admitting more students who don't meet the requirements, while the Cal State campuses are cutting back. Read this entire story by clicking here.    


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a $5 million investment in the San Joaquin Valley to try to solve some of the most pressing issues in what is one of the most polluted regions in the country. An additional $16 million in grants also was announced to help curb diesel emissions and to improve air quality and public health throughout California. Click here for more on this announcement.  


Expanding the Circle on Regionalism
The Environmental Protection Agency
is looking to strengthen and Revitalize the EPA's Civil Rights and Diversity Programs.  The EPA must continue to attract, develop and retain a highly skilled, diverse work force to meet the demands placed on the agency each day. The draft report is posted online for public review. Your thoughts and comments on the report and recommendations are welcomed.
Click here to see the report.
Upcoming Events

Each May, hundreds of anti-hunger advocates from across the state to educate their legislators about hunger and encourage their support for anti-hunger legislation. This year, advocates will converge on the capitol on Thursday, May 17th, 2012. Click here for more information on this event.   


On Saturday, Feb. 11th in the Community Room of the International House, a panel discussion will take place on "The Egyptian Revolution and Where It's Going." The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Panelists include Dr. Noha Radwan of UC Davis, Dr. Metwalli Amer formerly of Sac State, Kais Menoufy of Delegate and Fr. Arsanios of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Roseville. Music will be provided by Flowers of the Nile band. For more information click here.


The California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) invite you to participate in an informational webinar to learn about lobbying and advocacy guidelines for non-profit organizations. Led by Alliance for Justice (AFJ), this webinar will clarify what are considered legally permissible "lobbying" or "advocacy" activities.Click here to learn more about this summit.   


The LDA 190 Lunchbag Lecture Series will be held on Fridays in Wellman Hall on the UC Davis campus.  This quarter's lecture topic is "FOOD AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT". Click here for lecture series information.   

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

Empathy Button 

Ashoka Changemakers has announced the launch of Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools to Teach What Matters, a global competition seeking solutions that help young people learn and practice empathy in school so they are equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Click here for more information.


The pre-application guide is available online for the very competitive 2012 Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG). The deadlines to apply are: March 7, 2012 for the Native American Allocation Reserve; and April 11, 2012 for all other allocations. You can also find the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Rural Energy for America Program-Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects. Click here for more details about this opportunity.      


Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Sacramento Housing Alliance seeks a Regional Equity Coordinator. The coordinator will work with the Executive Director of SHA to staff the Coalition on Regional Equity, which includes staffing the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, and supporting other coalition subgroups including the Transportation Equity and Sustainable Communities Working Groups. Click here for the full description.  

The UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences is looking for a Communications Coordinator in the Horticulture Section. The position is responsible for managing and generating website design and content; creative development, writing, and generation of program publications; synthesizing information and reports generated from scientific projects for stakeholders, policymakers, and other audiences. To get further details about this position, click here.    


The Metropolitan Transport Commission is hiring for a Section Director in the Electronic Fare Program. The person in this position will primarily oversee the information technology and electronic payment infrastructure for both the FasTrakŪ and Clipper enterprises and the Customer Service Center's within MTC. For more on this position, click here