Weekly Updates


March 14, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 11                         



Hello Friends,


Next Week is Finals week here and we are finalizing the work that we started at the beginning of this year and this quarter and we are now planning for research, data dissemination and democratization, and CRC programs for the Spring Quarter.  


This week, we encourage you to come to Chris Benner's launch of his new book focusing on regional equity(next section). If you read this newsletter, then you should definitely be(come) familiar with Chris and his work.  


Below You will find those events and other resources and opportunities to stay informed and engaged.  


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
Upcoming Events
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
CRC Activities
Chris Benner,
Department of Human and Community Development and Executive Committee member of the Center for Regional Change, will discuss and sign purchased copies of his latest book Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America's Metropolitan Regions; coauthored with Manuel Pastor. The event will take place TOMORROW from 12-2pm in the Garrison Room at the UCD Memorial Union. The book empirically establishes the link between social equity and economic growth and competitiveness at the regional scale in the U.S. For more details, click here.

Check out the Spring Art of Regional Change (ARC) Newsletter.
The ARC is a joint initiative between the UC Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change. the newsletter includes information on current and upcoming projects including a project with the Cache Creek Conservancy. Click here for more information.
Regional Change in the News

Against the backdrop of a recent federal report showing African American students being disproportionately suspended or expelled from California schools, a flurry of bills have been introduced in the state Legislature over the past several weeks to reform California's  extensive set of laws governing school discipline. Find out what they learned by clicking here.  


The highest levels of income inequality in California are found in its most urbanized regions - Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area - and in a few rural areas, according to a new Census Bureau report. Get the rest by clicking here.    


Where you live can be an indicator of how long you'll live, according to a new study on San Joaquin Valley health. Published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, the report found that in counties spanning from Tulare to Stanislaus, life expectancy varied markedly by ZIP code. Click here to learn more about this issue.    


Two Realtors waded through a house littered with empty beer cans, broken glass and piles of garbage last week -- the result of disgruntled tenants who were evicted from the home after their landlord was foreclosed on.  The destruction appears to be the result of a "Sharpie party," a new fad where people losing their homes to foreclosure invite friends over for a booze-fueled party, pass out felt-tip markers, draw on the walls and destroy the property. Find out more about this phenomenon here.  


Special Reports on Regional Change


A newly released UC Davis study, funded by the State Water Resources Control Board in response to state legislation, concludes that two of California's most productive agricultural regions - the Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley - have a drinking water problem from nitrate contamination. This area includes Salinas, Fresno and Bakersfield, where roughly 2.6 million people rely on groundwater for drinking water.

Get the rest of this information by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
On April 16th, the John Muir Institute of the Environment will welcome Bill McKibben: author, educator, and environmentalist to speak. Bill is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, and he is also a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, Click here to learn more.

The Center for Diversity and the Environment is offering a two-day retreat that includes diversity training and provides tools to develop action-based solutions at the movement-wide, organizational, and individual levels. Click here to learn more about this retreat.

Attend the Immigration and Mobility Discussion Group: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on (Im)migration. It will be held tomorrow, Thursday March 15th and Mary Mendoza, Ph.D candidate will be historicizing the physical manifestation of the U.S-Mexico border in the twentieth century with a specific focus on border fences, reasons for fence construction, and the ultimate implications of fences for immigration. Click here to learn more about this event. 

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Roadmaps to Health Community Grants program will support communities working to implement policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influence health outcomes in their community. These include education, employment and income, family and social support, and community safety. Click here for more information.


The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund seeks to support films exploring timely and compelling social justice issues that have been historically underexposed, misinterpreted, or ignored. The foundation invites accomplished film, video, and digital media artists to apply. Click here for more details about this opportunity.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 


TransForm, a leading environmental and social equity nonprofit, is seeking an experienced professional to be their State Campaign Organizer, a full-time exempt position based in Sacramento. Click here for the full description.  

The University of California, Office of the President seeks to hire a Clinical Sciences Program Officer. This position has primary responsibility in the area of clinical sciences in the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP), including program development and planning, peer reviewer and applicant relations, grant application and award management, and representing the program and disseminating research findings to a broad range of organizations and institutions concerned with HIV/AIDS-related issues. To get further details about this position, click here.    


The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is offering a paid internship to an undergraduate or graduate student who has knowledge of and interest in public transit operations planning and transportation planning. For more on this internship, click here.


KLJ Solutions, an employee-owned company in North Dakota, has a range of openings including several Environmental Planner Positions. The Environmental Planner assists with projects by providing timely, accurate, and cost efficient professional environmental planning services in the office and in the field for both KLJ internal practice areas and external clientele. For more information, click here.