Weekly Updates


February 2, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 5                   



Hello Friends,


Welcome to February and the first day of Black History Month; an event that grew out of "Negro History Week," the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans. 

Also called, National African American History Month, it is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.


Below, as usual, you will find resources, events, and opportunities to learn about and get involved in regional change, both in the regions we serve and beyond.


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
mapping regional change
If you haven't checked out the CRC Mapping Website, now is the time to do so. Teri Greenfield, CRC Informatics Coordinator, has been working feverishly to add more and more data to the site.

For those who are unfamiliar with it, it provides access to hundreds of maps that illustrate a wide array of indicators of regional well-being; they also  provide a visual representation of the vast differences and in some cases, disparities across the places and populations in our region. Check out the site and  the new data by clicking here.
Special Reports on Regional Change


Here's some good news: California added jobs at a faster pace than all but six other states last year.

The number of employed Californians grew by 263,000, or 1.9 percent, during 2011, significantly higher than the 1.1 percent nationwide growth rate. Find the rest of the report by clicking here.  


Regional Change in the News

As Oakland puts the Occupy Movement back in the national spotlight with TV images of flag burning and violent police clashes, there is a media war going on to define the very nature of the Occupy movement itself, with Oakland as its potential flag-bearer. Get more by clicking here.  


For seniors who arrived in the Sierra Nevada foothills with retirement plans and enough money to buy homes, a dreary economy has turned everything upside-down. Now many are scraping by on a fixed income, a tough task in a place so isolated. Read this entire story by clicking here.    


The prickly pear cactus may not sound like a trendy cash crop but it could become a phenomenon among farmers on the arid west side of the San Joaquin Valley. The cactus can grow in the west-side's salty soils, drink briny water and live just fine in very dry times. But the real attraction:  as it grows,

the cactus slowly absorbs and cleans up a chemical villain in the soil -- selenium.

Click here for more.

Upcoming Events

Within the next 20 years 70% of our nation's farmers will retire. "The Last Crop" tells the story of Jeff and Annie Main who, like many farming families, confront an uncertain future as development impinges on their rural community and their children choose careers off the farm. The movie showing takes place on February 6th on the UC Davis campus. Click here for more information on this event. 

Please join the Community Water Center for a presentation and Q&A by the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) - New Mexico on their experience in New Mexico creating joint, regional solutions to local drinking water challenges for small, low income communities.
For more information click here.


Attend the "Labor Across the Food System Conference" happening on February 3rd and 4th sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Center for Labor Studies. The 2012 conference will bring together key scholars and activists from California and beyond to engage in critical discussions of the role of labor and social justice in reshaping the food system. Click here to learn more about this conference.   


The Real Estate Law Student's Association is hosting a talk on Redevelopment on Wednesday, Feb. 8th at King Hall at UC Davis. Join the experts as they address the dissolution process and the prospects for legislation to breathe life into a new mechanism for locally funded community and economic development.  Click here for information on this talk.  

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

Jamba Juice and the National Gardening Association's KidsGardening are offering the It's All About the Fruits and Veggies grant program to provide schools with gardening supplies, curriculum materials, and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. Click here for more information.


The San Francisco Foundation is inviting nominations for its 2012 Community Leadership Awards.

The awards are designed to celebrate visionary leaders doing extraordinary work to strengthen Bay Area communities. This work may address societal or civic issues, health or environmental concerns, or promote the arts and humanities. Click here for more details about this opportunity.      


Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Climate Policy Initiative is looking for a skilled and dynamic Communications Associate or Communications Manager to support its Communications Director in implementing the organization's global communications strategy. Click here for the full description.  

 Become an Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 2012 - 2013  Peer Adviser at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center. These advisors will offer general advising to studentsregarding internship placement, Aggie Job Link, resume writing, cover letter writing, interview preparation and fair preparation. To get further details about this position, click here.    


Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. Financial assistance is available. For more on this position, click here  


Mercy Housing seeks a Director of Supportive Housing. The Director ensures that Supportive Housing developed by Mercy Housing California (MHC) provides high quality and effective environments and programs that are congruent with current practices, trends, standards, and funding requirements. Click here for more on this opportunity