Weekly Updates


May 24th, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 20                            

Hello Friends!
Check out the "Expanding the Circle on Regionalism" section this week to take a look at a new book by Ken and Melanie Light, which takes on issues in California's central valley through stunning photographs and powerful writing.

The book has been featured in a number of publications and features an introduction by author Thomas Steinbeck.  Titled The Valley of Shadows and Dreams, the book sheds light on the central valley in a way most academic papers can not.  

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


Remember, on Tuesday, June 5th the CRC  is hosting a book launch for CRC Executive Committee Member, Prof. Stephen Wheeler for his new publication, Climate Change and Social Ecology: A New Perspective on the Climate Challenge in the De Carli room from 12:00pm-2:00pm.  

Regional Change in the News

A report titled, "Fault Lines in Our Democracy: Civil Knowledge, Voting Behavior and Civic Engagement" explores how age, affluence and education are strong indicators of whether a person is engaged and interested in public affairs. Education appears to shape not just the likelihood of voting, but also interest in civic issues.  Read more about the study here


Farm leaders in Modesto are concerned with the proposed contract between the Modesto Irrigation District and San Francisco, which plans to buy water from the area in upcoming years.  The board has set a June 26th vote to decide whether to go through with the sale.  Officials have said farm water rates would have to rise by as much as $65 per acre-foot to cover the same costs they do now if the sale goes through.  Find out the details here


With this years dry winter, the San Joaquin Valley has already violated the federal ozone standard 14 times.  This summer plans to be tough for those with asthma and other lung problems.  Air quality activists say the local air district should be doing more to publicize the problem and inform people about the pollution spikes.  Read more here


The San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative met Tuesday for the first time since 2010 to discuss forclosure recovery and other topics in housing.  The collaborative is made up of housing experts, stake holders, real estate professionals and government leaders.  Read more here

Special Reports on Regional Change

  Ready by 21 has conducted a State Policy Survey, looking at the way 6 states coordinate multiple child and youth services and groups to improve upon "cradle to career" models.  The study goes in depth, looking at academic supports, social and civic reports and other variables to determine what services work best together in raising children that will become successful.  The study also focuses on the way higher education can get involved in the process by marketing the benefits of a coordinating body to education stakeholders.  Check out the entire report here


Expanding the Circle on Regional Change
Valley of Shadow and Dreams is a book by Melanie and Ken Light that explores California's central valley through black and white photographs and beautiful, powerful essays. They dig deep into the harsh truths of farm workers' daily experience, revealing a deep sense of anger and betrayal toward the destructive legacies of politics, bureaucracy, and control.
Upcoming Events
Join the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center for an open house at the TahoeCity Field Station. The station houses the Eriksson Education Center, native plant demonstration garden, a small laboratory facility, and equipment.  Learn all about the building on June 2nd.  Find out more here

On May 25 Dr. Bruce Appleyard will give a talk on "Livability in Transport/Land-Use Research and Policy." Dr. Appleyard has over 20 years of experience working as a planner and urban designer, focusing on the intersection of transport, urban form, land use and environmental quality.  Check more info on the event here.

Dr. Jeffrey Underwood, Professor and Chair of the Geology and Geography department at Georgia Southern University will be discussing climate and weather research in the San Joaquin Valley.  The event will take place at Modesto Junior College on Thursday June 14.  Download the flier here.   
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


AVANCE invites nonprofits with a capacity to serve a minimum of 25 families to apply for grants to implement parent-child education programs.  AVANCE is a organization that provides parenting and early childhood education programs along with other family support services.  Read more about the application process here

Grantmakers in Health is seeking nominations of individuals for the 2013 Terrance Keenan Leadership award in Health Philanthropy.  Must be an active grantmaker for at least five years with a health foundation or corporate giving program making grants in the field of health.  Read more here.  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities

Housing Communities in Sacramento seeks a Sustainable Communities Coordinator to focus on the intersection of housing and transportation planning.  Find out more about the job here

The UC Office of the President's Physical and Environmental Planning department is hiring a Sustainability Specialist in Oakland.  Read more here

Urban Farm Stand seeks an Intern for the summer to supervise youth interns and volunteers as well as assist with outreach.  Download the information here

Emergency Food Bank and Family Services is looking for an Executive Director in Stockton.  The position would report to the board of directors.  Download the flier here.