Region Matters


   January 11th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 13                            

Greetings Community,

Region Matters is back from its holiday break! We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season. We look forward to sharing the work of the CRC with all of you in the coming year. 

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In This Issue
CRC Research Innovations
CRC Impact
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
Grant Opportunities
CRC Research Innovations

Recently the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) released a 

third policy brief in its election series. The brief (click here) examines the impact of youth and online registration on the 2012 California electorate. Boosted by online registration, the youth electorate in California grew significantly for the November 2012 election, dramatically outpacing growth in the state's general registration and driving the decline in major party registration. Youth comprised 30% of all online registrants and variation in party affiliation was greater online than in other registration type. 


Since the brief's release, its findings have been featured in numerous television, radio and newspaper pieces. Check out all of the project's coverage here!

CRC Impact

The Center for Regional Change's California Civic Engagement Project is pleased to invite you to attend an upcoming talk to be held at the UC Sacramento Center: Unpacking California Voter Registration and Turnout Trends: The Youth Impact on California's Electorate. 


California's November 2012 turnout as a share of eligible voters was 55.5%, down 3.7 percent from 59.2% in 2008. This presentation will analyze the voter registration and turnout trends for the state of California and its counties. Variation will be mapped to identify disparities in representation across the state, with a focus on young adult voting patterns. Where did youth have the biggest impact on California's electorate in 2012? Where do they have the least representation? Institutional factors affecting voter participation will be examined, including recent online registration and the possible role of high schools. While their share of the state's electorate increased over the last decade, young adult citizens remain significantly under-represented in the California political landscape. These trends suggests the need for new conceptual tools and change strategies to bring us closer to a system of "one person, one vote." To register, click here


Who: Mindy Romero, Project Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project and Jonathan                    Fox, PhD, UC Santa Cruz 

When: Jan 24, 2013

From: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Where: 1130 K Street, Room LL3: UC Sacramento Center

Regional Change in the News

MLKOn January 15th there will be a free public screening of the documentary "From the Community to the Classroom" Featuring NEW LESSON PLANS and DISCUSSION GUIDES for Teachers, Activists, Youth, and Families, as well as an Update on Equity Data in Davis Schools. Students, youth, parents, educators, elected officials, and community members are encouraged to attend and participate. 


The Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, historic Oak Park, Sacramento, CA. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 6-8:30pm.


This documentary tells the story of how a partnership of youth and adults helped their community confront its 21st century racism. The film opens with a racial incident in January 2003 and the community's initial response. It continues to trace the community over the next seven years: how tension in the community rose, how a group of young people began to speak out and have the hard discussions about race that adults were putting off, and how an innovative youth-adult partnership helped the community break out of its denial and begin to address its problems with courage and with its eyes open.  This is an ongoing process.  The YIF/CSJ Research Scholars have presented their research at more than 60 venues and for hundreds of people, including Sacramento State; UC Davis; the California Teacher Association; the California State Legislature; the National Youth-at-Risk Conference; the American Education Research Association; the Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations in Beijing, China; and in front of classmates and community members in Davis. 72 minutes. Executive Producer Jann Murray-García, MD, MPH. 


The evening will feature a community discussion after the screening and a reception following with involved Davis youth and adults next door at Underground Bookstore. For more information, call (916) 484-5025 or email

Upcoming Events
Don't miss this year's Annual WCAHS Graduate Student Presentations. Featured presentations: Alejandro Castañeda - "Allergic Response to Agricultural Dusts", Emily Sousa - "Legal Status, Precarious Employment, and Self- Rated Health in Foreign-Born California Farmworkers (MICASA)". 


Date: January 14, 2013

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Center for Health and the Environment Board Room

Contact: 530-752-4050,

On January 15, from 11:00am - 11:30am, learn strategies to create a healthier and more inclusive community. Register now for the Sustainable Communities Learning Network's Brownbag Webinar featuring Keith Woodcock, Director of Community and Regional Planning Center at California State University, FresnoThis webinar is hosted by the Sustainable Communities Learning Network - a partnership of the Institute for Local Government, the Strategic Growth Council, the Information Center for the Environment at UC Davis, and the California Endowment. Learn more about this webinar series here: 


OEHHA is co-sponsoring a children's environmental health symposium along with the West Coast NIH/EPA funded Children's Environmental Health Centers and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at UCSF.  The meeting will be in Sacramento, CA January 16th and 17th at the Cal/EPA building (1001 I st).  The overarching theme is cumulative impacts and children's health. The meeting will be Webcast as well as recorded by UC Berkeley and made available to the public. Registration is required but the symposium is free. For more information, email


Building the Future We Deserve. On January 17 at 5:00 PMAmanda Eaken, Deputy Director of the NRDC and a major architect of SB 375, will discuss how cities and regions can meet the new Sustainable Communities Strategy requirements--and why it will improve cities. This event is being held at Modesto Junior College, Forum Building. Click here for more information. 


Registration is now open for the equitable development workshop--
Sustainable Neighborhoods, Thriving Residents: Strategies for Building Equitable Communities--on Feb. 6, 1:00-6:30
, in Kansas City, Missouri. The workshop is part of the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. 
Participants will explore how low-income, minority, tribal, and other overburdened communities are integrating land use and economic development strategies to revitalize their neighborhoods and build residents' skills and wealth. Leaders from community-based organizations, local and regional governments, economic development agencies, and businesses will share how they are knitting together planning, infrastructure investment, development policies, workforce training, business assistance, entrepreneurship, and other approaches to improve the physical environment, capitalize on local assets, create jobs, avoid displacement, and encourage inclusive and enduring economic growth. R
egister for the Equitable Development Workshop at
 Learn more about registration and scholarships for the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference at

We are delighted to inform you of all the upcoming events for the Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good, which is sponsored by the Provost's Office, the Community and Regional Development Program, and Center for Regional Change. Please mark your calendars:

For more information and updates please visit our homepage:

Grant Opportunities 

SHF Logo Capacity Building/Leadership Development Funding Available for Minority-Led Organizations in Northern California. 


In partnership with The California Endowment, Sierra Health Foundation for the third year will support organizational capacity building and leadership development activities for minority-led organizations serving in Sierra Health's 26-county funding region. Competitive grants up to $10,000 are available to minority-led, community-based nonprofit organizations serving communities of color. This funding round is open to youth-focused organizations addressing health disparities. We will award a total of $60,000. A proposers' webinar on Jan. 30 will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participation in the webinar is recommended, but not required to apply for funding. Potential applicants are encouraged to begin their applications before the webinar and to ask any questions they may have during the webinar. Send any questions before or after the webinar to Applications are due by noon on Feb. 19.

For more information about the funding opportunity, to sign up for the proposers' webinar and to download application materials, please visit the Sierra Health Foundation web site.


The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) seeks to fund research that will enhance our understanding of how policies and programs can build economic self-sufficiency by increasing employment, wages, labor market skills, and earnings, which is one of three integrated research themes shaping IRP's research agenda as a National Poverty Research Center. IRP anticipates funding up to five projects, with a maximum award of $20,000 each, to emerging scholars as defined below. Grantees will benefit from consultation with IRP senior affiliates, with each other, and-during a workshop at which grantees will present their draft paper-with other senior poverty scholars. Application period: Friday, December 21, 2012 - Friday, February 1, 2013 - 3:00PM. Click here for more information.