Weekly Updates


May 31st, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 21                            

Hello Friends!
Last week we attended the Sacramento Housing Alliance's 2012 awards night and witnessed a lot of great people get noticed for the wonderful work they are doing in their communities.  
The Women of the CRC at the SHA Awards

Among the winners was Chet Hewitt, CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation and friend of the Center for Regional Change.  It's always an inspiring moment to see our incredible community partnersget recognized for all the hard work they put in, and we're very proud of Chet.

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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


 Don't forget that on Tuesday, June 5th the CRC is hosting a launch for CRC Executive Committee Member, Prof. Stephen Wheeler for his new book, Climate Change and Social Ecology: A New Perspective on the Climate Challenge in the De Carli room from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Prof. Wheeler will be discussing and signing his book and light refreshments will

be provided. 





In the latest CCREC newsletter there is a featured article on Robin DeLugan about her project with Jonathan London, Resourcing and Critical Reflection on PAR Capacity Building in the San Joaquin Valley. The project was awarded a CCREC Planning and Developing Grant last spring.  The article details the ongoing effort to study and improve the issues now facing California's Central Valley.  Find the article on page 3-4 of the newsletter here



Regional Change in the News

A recent New York Times article details the way the California budget crisis is hurting farmworker communities.  The article focuses on Duroville, CA located in Riverside County which has been hurting since Gov. Jerry Brown moved to shut down redevelopment agencies last year.  Read the entire article here


The City of Davis has received an urban greening grant from the California Strategic Growth Council.  The money will be used to restore areas of Putah Creek and provide better bike access to the city's arboretum.  The project will also implement green parking lot retrofits.  Read more about the plans here


Dolores Huerta, civil rights activist who in 1962 co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Caesar Chavez was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The award is the highest honor given to a civilian.  Stockton-born Huerta was among the thirteen individuals who received the award.  Read more about Huerta here.


As number show that half of newborns born in the US are either Latino, Black or Asian, questions about a generation divide begin to arise amongst those who make policy and those who are affected by it.  There is a 15 year gap between the average white citizen and average Latino citizen in the United States.  Read this article which details how policy makers can bridge the generation gap and provide equal opportunities to minorities in the US. 

Special Reports on Regional Change

Caltrain recently announced the release of the California Interregional Blueprint Draft Interim Report which will help identify a future sustainable transportation system.  SB 391 requires the state's long-range transportation plan to meet California's climate change goals under AB 32.  The draft was presented on May 23rd at the CIB Summit.  Comments are due by June 6.  Read the entire report here.  



Upcoming Events
Fresno State is hosting a pilot workshop on The Great Health Care Debate: Seeking Solutions in the San Joaquin Valley.  The event will take place this Friday, June 1st and will be filmed by ValleyPBS.  You can find out much more about the workshop by clicking here.  
 The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed is holding their annual this weekend in Berkeley.  This year's theme is "Interpreting the world, changing the world."  The group seeks to challenge oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice.  Visit the website here to RSVP for the event.  
The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the California Center for Urban Horticulture is hosting an event that explores cost-effective ways to offset your carbon footprint.  The all day event will take place on June 6 and meets at the ARC ballroom.  For more information visit the website here.  
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


The European Society for Environmental History invites proposals for sessions, roundtables, papers, posters and other, more experimental forms of communicating scholarship for its upcoming biennial conference in Munich, Germany. Find out more about applying here.   

Kaiser Permanente
invites applications for community based interventions to increase HIV testing grant program.  Awards will be made to community-based projects that focus on reducing new HIV infections through identification of HIV infection among recently infected adolescents and adults and on increasing access to and utilization of HIV care, particularly among newly diagnosed adolescents and adults. Click here to learn more.

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities

Friends of Earth seeks an International Forests Campaigner in San Francisco with experience in environmental advocacy.  Read more here

 The Environmental Defense Fund is hiring a Director of Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Markets.  Qualifications include and advanced degree in law, economics/policy, natural resource management, or science. Find out more here.

The Delta Protection Commission is hiring a paid student assistant to help log incoming land use projects.  To apply download the form here.  

The Department of Environmental Health is currently accepting applications for an Environmental Health Specialist in San Diego County.  To apply visit the site here.