Weekly Updates


February 15, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 7                     



Hello Friends,


There seem to be a never-ending array of options for those wanting to learn more about and be involved in change at the regional level.



This week, we would like to bring your attention to something that is deeply connected to our individual health and the health of our communities; substance abuse. If for any reason you have questions about substance abuse or need information to help someone else, click here.


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
Earlier this month, Associate Professor and Chair of the Geography Graduate Group, Chris Benner sat on a panel for the 11th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. His panel featured a discussion about how  affordability can be incorporated into planning; specifically exploring issues of displacement, fair housing, job access and public priorities.

Chris will also have a book signing event at UC Davis for his latest book with Manuel Pastor, Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America's Metro Regions. The event will take place on Thursday, March 15th from 12-2pm in the Garrison Room at the UCD Memorial Union.
On February 14th, CRC Director, Jonathan London spoke on Valley Public Radio about the opening of the new Participatory Action Research Resource Center in Fresno. The partnership, which focuses on issues like environmental justice, is a  collaboration between professors from UC Merced, UC Davis, and the San Joaquin Valley Latino Environmental Advancement Project (Valley LEAP). Jonathan and Dr. Isao Fujimoto were both featured in the radio interview.

Expanding the Circle on Regionalism

Ferris Wheel Community. Photo Credit: ehw.org 

HUD recently launched the Sustainable Communities Resource Center (SCRC) - an online resource dedicated to providing  information that supports local and regional strategies with an emphasis on sustainable housing and planning. Get to it by clicking here.  

Regional Change in the News

For California, the Attorney General insisted on better terms in foreclosure deal --Kamala D. Harris, the attorney general of California, could have derailed a nationwide settlement with big banks over home foreclosure abuses when she walked out of talks last September. Last week, though, she emerged with a prize and a little vindication. Find out how by clicking here.  


 California's experiment in combating global warming by creating a cap-and-trade program could generate more than $12 billion a year in revenue, but officials can't rely on that windfall to fix the state's fiscal problems, according to a new report.Read this entire story by clicking here.    


Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said he's optimistic the city is on course to have an arena financing plan together before a March deadline - or will be close enough to prove to the NBA the city should keep its basketball team. Click here for the story.  


Five years ago, after a retired University of California professor found a light brown apple moth in his Berkeley backyard, the state and federal government responded with a blitzkrieg. Warning that the invasive pest could devastate California's farms.  In the fall of 2007, they used airplanes to spray wide areas of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Now,  however, the state is quietly dropping funding for the program.

Find out more here.  


Special Reports on Regional Change
Southern Californians are among those at highest risk of death due to air pollution
, according to recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research published in the journal Risk Analysis. Find out more by clicking here.


Upcoming Events

African American & African Studies is a part of a major Social Justice Initiative Teach-In event on
February 23, at the ARC Pavilion.There will be a discussant group of student activists with Angela Davis, followed by a Faculty Roundtable of representatives of the Ethnic Studies Programs and Women & Gender Studies. Associate Professor in Sociology, Bruce Haynes will be a part of the discussion as well.
AAS and others are attempting to raise the bar of discussion on campus through scholarship.  This Social Justice Initiative Teach-In is an attempt to do just that. Click here for more information on this event.  


Shelly Tochluk, Associate Professor of Education and Department Chair at Mount St. Mary's College will have a talk entitled "Confronting White Privilege: Continuing Realizations and Growth Opportunities,"  

 Dr. Tochluk will share her research into whiteness, its meanings, effects, and the overt and subtle ways white privilege occurs in society, home, and work. Click here to learn more about this dialogue.   


The City of Sacramento and 350 Sacramento will review the City's newly adopted Climate Action Plan and the Cool California Challenge - A contest between California Cities created by the CA Air Resources Board and UC Berkeley. Join us at the SMUD Auditorium THIS THURSDAY to learn the terms of the challenge and understand how it's up to area citizens, faith groups, and small businesses to win! For more information click here.


Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


ChildObesity180 and the Partnership for a Healthier America have announced the launch of the Active Schools Acceleration Project, a national competition to identify and reward effective school-based programs and technological innovations that promote physical activity for children. Click here for more information.


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced that in 2012, the Knight News Challenge, an international media innovation contest, will be offered three times with three different topics. The news challenge seeks to identify and support innovative ideas for using digital media to deliver news and information to geographically defined communities. The 2011 contest awarded a total of $4.7 million to support the development of sixteen ideas. Click here for more details about this opportunity.  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

 New York

WE ACT is seeking a skilled and experienced legislative policy analyst and grassroots federal agency liaison who can successfully advocate for federal legislative and regulatory action that addresses its eight core environmental and public health indicators affecting environmental justice communities in New York City. Click here for the full description.  

Ibis Reproductive Health seeks a Project Manager to be based in their Oakland office to manage research projects and participate in a range of Ibis activities in the US and internationally. Ongoing projects include research on abortion in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, and access to reproductive health care among low-income women in the US. To get further details about this position, click here.    


Teach for America is looking for a Managing Director of Strategy and Development to lead their campaign to raise 68 million dollars over the next 5 years in operating revenue and reserves. The position entails setting and executing high-level development strategy, managing a team of talented development professionals, and working directly with donors and prospects. For more on this position, click here


The LAW Fund and the Endowment for Equal Justice in Seattle, Washington are seeking a creative, strategic, highly experienced development professional with a strong commitment to access to justice to serve as their next Director. Click here for more on this opportunity.