Weekly Updates


March 28, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 13                           



Hello Friends,


We are working to make sure that there is a smooth hand off, of the CRC's  programming and research, from Jonathan London to Dave Campbell (detailed below).



Below, you will find events, 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
The Transition Begins: Jonathan London, Director of the CRC will be taking leave from April to September Dave Campbell, Specialist in the Cooperative Extension; Director of the California Communities Program and CRC Executive Committee Member, will serve as Acting Director in his place.

Jonathan is taking this time to devote to his academic writing. During this time Jonathan will only handle emergencies or pertinent financial business for the center and we ask that people forego making any direct requests to him during this time period. Please contact
Katrina Stanley, the Business Operations Manager for the CRC.

CRC Regional Advisory Committee Member, Deb Marois is excited to support the Respite Partnership Collaborative, a new public-private partnership of the County of Sacramento, Division of Behavioral Health Services, Sierra Health Foundation and the community at large. The goal of the Respite Partnership Collaborative (RPC) is to increase local mental health respite service options to offer alternatives to hospitalization for community members experiencing a crisis in Sacramento County. Sierra
Health Foundation is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve in the RPC.

There is a GSR opportunity available to work with the CRC as part of a UC Agricultural and Natural Resources Strategic Initiative. The GSR will work directly with an inter-disciplinary team spanning the natural/ ecological and social sciences as well as a network of environmental justice community partners.
This project developed out of a Community of Practice Meeting held by the CRC last year.
Regional Change in the News

About $1.4 billion in redevelopment funds for low- and moderate-income housing would continue to be spent for those purposes under legislation approved on Monday by the Assembly. Get the rest by clicking here.     


A group that was instrumental in passing California's ban on same-sex marriage in 2008 tried to pit African Americans and Latinos against gays and lesbians in its winning campaign to ban such marriages in Maine the following year, according to internal documents made public Tuesday. Click here to learn more about this issue.    


Both Southern California (SCAG) and Sacramento (SACOG) are poised to adopt their first-ever Sustainable Communities Strategies under SB 375. These plans, taken together, allocate $560 billion in transportation funding over the next 25 years and lay out a vision for where and how their regions should grow. Find out more here.  


Special Reports on Regional Change


The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University has published "The Impact of Center City Economic and Cultural Vibrancy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation", a peer-reviewed research report. Based on their findings, the authors believe this can happen if policy makers rethink current land-use regulations; continue investments to reduce center city crime; and increase local public school quality. Get to the complete report by clicking here.

Upcoming Events


The USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative is hosting the 2012 Summer Enrichment Program! They are now accepting applications through May 31, 2012. The USC Price School of Health Administration proudly offers the program and it provides minority students the opportunity to learn from and discuss with faculty and health care leaders current opportunities, challenges and growth in the healthcare field. Click here to learn more.    

The UC Davis Center for Community School Partnerships, in collaboration with Access Sacramento (Cable TV), Sacramento City Unified School District, and a host of community partners seeks to recognize the regional work of youth-generated social media projects that have been created and produced for social change. Selected projects will be featured at the 2012 Youth Media Forum for Social Change to be held at the Sacramento Press office on May 11, 2012. Click here to learn more about this event.


Attend (Online) the Rural Roads Webinar Series! There will be three series offered. The first will cover environmental issues and constraints associated with roads, fundamentals of road design and operation and regulations affecting rural roads. The second will cover road drainage alternatives, stream crossings, road maintenance and erosion control practices. The third will cover road assessment, remedial and restoration treatments and treatment and maintenance costs. Click here to learn more about this series.   


Storywalkers Consulting Group assists organizations, teams and individuals who work for the public good. They will be hosting a series of learning conversations. At this retreat, they will generate a rich, creative and dynamic learning environment centered around organizational story-telling, team-building and working collaboratively.  For details, click here.  

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity Program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Approximately $1.7 million will be awarded in grants of up to $170,000 for a maximum funding period of eighteen months. Click here for more information.


The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a philanthropic program of State Farm, is accepting applications for youth service-learning projects designed to create sustainable local change in communities across the United States and Canada. Click here for more details about this opportunity.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Public Health Institute is seeking a full time Research Associate IV for the Network for a Healthy California. This position is located in Sacramento.The Research Associate IV will work in coordination with other interdisciplinary research staff in the preparation and conduct of evaluation and research projects, including evaluation of Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3), competitively funded local contractors, and other research and evaluation projects as required. Click here for the full description.  

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is seeking a Grantmaking Operations Coordinator. The Grantmaking Operations Coordinator position presents the right candidate with a unique opportunity to provide grantmaking programs with compliance consultation and support.To get further details about this position, click here.    


The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking is seeking a Social Services Director to provide the day-to-day management of the CAST direct client services program. This highly responsible position supervises the direct services staff and manages the development, coordination and implementation of comprehensive services to victims of slavery and trafficking. For more on this position, click here.