Region Matters


    November 8th, 2012  Vol. 3. Issue 8                             

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are hearing that many of you are engaged in exciting and innovative work! We would love to help highlight this work and share it with our larger community. Please be sure to send us any news or developments you would like to be included in our Region Matters newsletter. 


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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events

Restore/Restory Project Debut A Big Success!


Over 300 hundred people came out to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve on October 20th to experience the debut of the Art of Regional Change's Restore/Restory Project. Restore/Restory explores the history of the Preserve through the voices, views, and images of a diverse cross section of Yolo County residents-from tribal leaders to teachers, miners to environmentalists, farmers, scientists, poets and policy makers. The project tells the story of California's rich cultural and environmental heritage and builds connections between people and the place they call home.


The outdoor event showcased the stories of Yolo County's peoples, traditions, and relationships to the land through site-based audio tours, multimedia exhibits, nature and culture walks, story circles, and basket-weaving demonstrations.  For many folks, the highlight was the Project Hootenanny--where about 100 people from different parts of the county sat together at picnic tables laden with food and listened to guest speakers and project stories and then had a chance to meet one another and share their own experiences.Click here for more information on the project.  

Regional Change in the News

pactinThe University of California at Davis, Humboldt State University and Pajaro Valley Unified School District are pleased to announce a third round of Pacific Coast Teacher Innovation Network T-BAR Program funding: Grants for Teachers. In 2013 PacTIN T-BAR will award Cohort 3 grants of up to $15,000 to 24 teams of K-12 teachers working within California's Pacific Coast Region. The grants will allow teachers to design their own professional development and to translate that experience into a classroom or school project. PacTIN is supported by the California Department of Education with funding from the federal Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program. For eligibility and application information, click here


Last month, Venture Philanthropy Partners released a groundbreaking look at the status of children and youth in the National Capital Region (NCR).  The information contained on the website and in the extended report by Child Trends can help practitioners and policymakers alike address concerns in the NCR.  By considering children's well-being across a metro area, we gain a much richer and deeper understanding of the interplay of social and demographic factors occurring across communities, which may be missed in state-level analyses. Click here to read the report. 


Have you heard Detroit is changing? The popular story of the last half-decade has largely revolved around the economic fallout of the troubled automobile industry, interspersed with tales of population drain and abandonment. Based on this narrative, it might be easy to dismiss Detroit, to write the city off as a once-great but now-fallen metropolis of yesterday. Smart Growth America recently posted a blog entry highlighting positive changes in the city of Detroit: Smart Growth Stories: Building a solid foundation for the future of Detroit. Click here to read the blog. 

Upcoming Events

The Central California Environmental Justice Network is pleased to announce the: MP

2012 Bi-Annual CCEJN Conference

"Roots of Resistance: Building Environmental Justice for Healthy Communities"

WHEN: November 10, 2012

TIME: 9 am Continental

Opening 9:30 CEREMONY


WHERE: Big Red Church: 2131 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno,93704

For More Information, click here


The Center for Research on Social Change presents: Los Angeles City's Neighborhood Councils: City Hall Competes with the Street for Legitimacy

Wednesday, November 14

4:00-5:30 pm

Wildavsky Conference Room

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

2538 Channing Way, Berkeley

For more information, call the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at 510-642-0813 or

USC's PERE (Program for Environmental and Regional Equity) invites you to attend:

New Organizing For a New America: How to make electoral organizing count for long-term base building.

While the 2008 presidential election saw an unprecedented integration of community organizing and get-out-the-vote efforts, long-term movement building goals were never quite met. So, during this election cycle, community organizers have been deliberate about using November 6th as one effort in building a stronger, national movement - one that is more grassroots than any campaign could dream to be. Amidst high levels of voter suppression, organizers from Florida - one of the most politically challenging and electorally important states - to California (our home state) will relay what it takes. Join PERE as they explore one of the most exciting new developments in organizing and its impact on our latest election! RSVP here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library Room (240) Doheny Library, USC


The Center for Cities & Schools, UC Berkeley in partnership with the California Department of Education. Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Strategic Growth Council, and the California Department of Public Health invites you to join leaders from across California to discuss aligning important policy agendas: ensuring high-quality, opportunity-rich schools in healthy, sustainable communities. The success of our cities and regions depends on high-quality schools, just as high-quality schools depend on the vibrancy, health, and sustainability of our communities. State and local policy leaders increasingly recognize how the conditions, qualities, and locations of K-12 school environments affect not only teaching and learning but also equity and healthy community objectives, including land use, growth, and congestion. For more information and registration, click  here.

December 6, 2012

Partnering with K-12 Education in Building Healthy, Sustainable, and Competitive Regions

A California Policy Symposium

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA

10 am to 4 pm