Weekly Updates


April 4th, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 14                            



Friends and Partners of the Center for Regional Change,


As indicated in our last newsletter, I will be serving as Acting Director for the next few months, allowing Jonathan London to take some time to focus on important writing projects. I am grateful for the chance to become even better acquainted with the work of the Center and to work more closely with its talented staff.


We owe Jonathan a great debt of gratitude for the energy, vision, and spirit of partnership he has brought as the Center's director. He has brought to life a vision catalyzed by the late Ted Bradshaw-a vision emerging from discussions among UC Davis faculty about how to build more effective bridges between the campus and community.


Even at this early stage, the Center's research on regional equity, youth well-being, environmental justice and related topics is informing key policy decisions, catalyzing important community conversations, and creating closer university ties with grassroots organizations that are often left out of public deliberations. Creating public value in these ways is the kind of work universities should be doing.


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have ideas to share or questions about the Center's work. I can be reached by email or at 530-754-4328.



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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Special Reports on Regional Change
Upcoming Events
Expanding the Circle on Regionalism
Requests for Proposals
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
CRC Activities

Our own Mindy Romero is featured in this months Sacramento News and Review.  Titled Building a Healthy Sacramento, the article highlights Mindy's efforts to improve community leadership in Sacramento through her work with The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) and the Sacramento Housing Alliance (SMHA).  You can check out the whole article here
The UC Davis Center for Regional Change is an organizing partner with the Sacramento Equity Summit. The Coalition on Regional Equity (CORE), a project of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and its partners will convene a day-long summit on April 10th, where equity advocates from across the state can develop strategies to move forward an equity agenda for California and its diverse regions. Check out more here.
Our California Community and Regional Mapping Laboratory has been updated.  We now support Geographic Information System (GIS), which affords us more tools to help monitor regions in northern California for factors like density and quantity.  We expect the update to further enhance our ability to track different trends and areas of interests within the region. Click here to find out more about our mapping lab.  
Regional Change in the News

The building of a new arena in Sacramento is being stalled by pre-development cost disputes.  The Maloof family, who owns the Sacramento Kings claims that they never agreed to pay $3.2 million, their share of the pre-development costs.  The $391 million building is being financed by the city of Sacramento with large help from the NBA. Get the rest by clicking here.     


The Lodi Winegrape Commission's more than 70 regulations growers must abide by to qualify for the Lodi Rules Sustainable Winegrape growing certification is proving helpful for many residents.  Implemented in 2005, the new rules have proven to increase demand and boost quality of the wine. Click here to learn more.    


A study done by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks counties across the nation based on a number of health-related factors. The study found that wealthier counties proved to be more healthy in northern California and across the country, with Yolo county placing number 8th most healthy in northern California. Read the entire report here.


Jim Prigoff, a Sacremento Resident and co-author of  the book, "Spraycan Art" is giving a lecture in Modesto, where the problem of graffiti has become a major topic of discussion among residents and city-council members. Prigoff hopes to dispel the notion that all graffiti is gang-related and highlight it's importance as an art form.  Click here for a link to the article.  


Special Reports on Regional Change


Although we've been experiencing more rain as of late, experts find it is not enough to make up for the dry December and January.  The state Department of Water Resources expects little immediate affects in our water supply because of the heavy rain last winter.  This year's drought however, will prove impactful next winter, when people will have to resort to reservoir water much sooner than usual. Get the complete report by clicking here.  

Upcoming Events


The UC Davis Native American Studies Graduate program is hosting the first annual Native American Studies Graduate Student Symposium titled Engaging the Indigenous Americas.  The symposium will take place Friday, April 13th and will feature submissions from Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Community Development, English, History, Native American Studies and The University Writing Program. Click here to learn more.    

The Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy is hosting a the Academy Fellowship Fundraising for Science and Engineering Green Tech Researchers.  The three-day event on June 25-27 will feature seminars and networking sessions to help students, researchers and professionals learn how to commercialize technology.  Click here to find out more.

Dr. Vajra Watson, Director of Research and Policy for Equity at the UC Davis School of Education has written a book titled "Learning to Liberate: Community-Based Solutions to the Crisis in Urban Education."  Dr. Watson will be at a booksale and signing on Wednesday April 25th. Click here to learn more about this event.

On April 19th at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, The Ella Baker Center For Human Rights is hosting a discussion and screening on the film, "Heist: Who stole the American Dream?"  The panel discussion will feature "Heist" Director/Producer, Donald Goldmacher, Christine Cordero from Occupy the Hood - Oakland and UC Berkeley labor economist Sylvia Allegretto. For more details click here.

Expanding the Circle on Regionalism 
The National Archives have released records from the 1940 census and it's quite evident a lot has changed in California and throughout the country.  The vast changes in our demographics and population numbers highlight the radical change this our State has been through in the last 72 years.  An article in the Fresno Bee takes a look at the numbers and compares the Fresno we know today to the Fresno of 1940.  Check out the numbers by clicking here.  
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers



On October 4-5 the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting the second annual Food Studies Conference.  The Conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the Food Studies Conference. Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.  Participants are encouraged to submit papers either before or after the conference for Food Studies: An interdisciplinary Journal. For more information about how to register click here.



Outdoor clothing company, Patagonia supports small, grassroots activist organizations and is giving out grants between $3,000 and $8,000 to action-oriented groups who show a commitment to long-term change. Additionally, each Patagonia retail store accepts applications year round for their own local grant programClick here for more details about this opportunity.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The San Francisco Planning Department has three full-time paid and eight unpaid internship opportunities for a 12-week program this summer.  Planning Interns will conduct research and collect and analyze data for planning work related to historic preservation, open space / urban design, transportation, sustainable development, and legislation. Find out more here.    

Sacramento Air Quality District has a temporary position available and is seeking applicants who major in environmental or scientific field to assist with samples and record information.  The position runs from July through September. here


TransForm is hiring a Chief Operating Officer in Oakland.  This is a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in shaping the future development of a highly respected, nationally recognized organization, and you can apply here


CFY, an educational non-profit is hiring a Director of Programs in Los Angeles.  The position manages multiple full-time staff responsible for the implementation of the Digital Learning Program and the new elements of our work with teachers.  Must have experience in program management and working with low-income communities. Find out more here.