Region Matters


   March 25th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 23                         

Dear Community, spring

Spring has sprung on campus! We hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful warm weather. Thank you for joining us this week. Please read on to learn what's happening at the CRC and around the region. 

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CRC Innovations
CRC Impact
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
CRC Innovations

Tomorrow the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project is releasing two new policy briefs in its series on the November 2012 election:


CALIFORNIA'S 2012 YOUTH VOTER TURNOUT: DISPARATE GROWTH AND REMAINING CHALLENGES examines how the 2012 youth vote differs from California's voting electorate and what impact these differences have on the political party representation in the state. Research found that more than two-thirds, or 2 million, of California's eligible young adults failed to vote in the 2012 general election, even after a significant increase of 18-to 24-year olds registering to vote. 2012 youth registered turnout decreased 10 percentage points from the 2008 registered turnout of youth.


ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION: IMPACT ON CALIFORNIA'S 2012 ELECTION TURNOUT, BY AGE AND PARTY AFFILIATION identifies the impact from California's new online voter registration system on the state's electorate. Some analysts questioned whether online registration would actually create more voters- whether online registrants would actually turn out to vote. The brief finds that voters who registered online turned out to vote at higher levels than those who registered in traditional ways. Online registrants that voted also looked very different than the rest of the electorate, in terms of age and political party affiliation. Youth made up 30 percent of those who registered online and 26% of all online registrants who voted, adding to overall youth registered turnout.  


Please check the CRC's CCEP website on Tuesday, March 26 to download the briefs. 

CRC Impact

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Last week Jonathan London presented two PAR trainings focused on regional equity and environmental justice in the Central Valley. On March 19th,he provided a workshop in power mapping for advocates in Stockton engaged in regional land use, transportation, and housing (under Senate Bill 375). This work is supported by a grant from the Resource Legacy Fund. On March 21st, he presented a workshop on community-based research in Huron (a predominately farm-worker community in rural Fresno County, as part of the Participatory Action Research Resource Center). This project is supported by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California ( 
Upcoming Events

Live Webcast of the UC Global Food Systems Forum

The University of California, through its Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will convene some of the world's leading experts April 9 at the Global Food Systems Forum to address how to sustainably feed 8 billion people by 2025. The discussion will bring together people from a dynamic range of disciplines, including farmers, researchers, policymakers, economists, environmentalists and geopolitical experts.

We invite you to view this free event live by webcast and to join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #Food2025.


The daylong forum will feature two moderated panels and two keynote addresses.

Keynote Speakers:

Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997; the United Nations high commissioner for human rights from 1997 to 2002;and founder and president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010).

Wes Jackson, founder and president of The Land Institute, is the author of several books, including New Roots for Agriculture, Becoming Native to This Place, Consulting the Genius of the Place and Nature as Measure. 

WHAT:  Live webcast of UC Global Food Systems Forum

WHO:  World-renowned leaders in food systems dialogue

WHEN:  April 9, 2013 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

WHERE:  Ontario, Calif., and live webcast


Transportation Choices Summit:  April 23 - Sacramento 

Creating a movement for equity, health and sustainability. Join leading community organizations and advocates in Sacramento and help ensure state policies and investments promote effective public transit, great walking and bicycling, and affordable homes. Learn about the hottest issues from non-profit leaders, with keynotes from Brian Kelly, Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing and Mary Nichols, Chair of the Air Resources Board. And Join for this free, optional Days that bookend the summit!

April 22-- Mobile Tours and Networking, organized by ClimatePlan.

April 24 - Transportation Choices Advocacy Day. Join over 100 advocates at the State Capitol. With diverse voices we can ensure the legislature funds a transportation system that provides access for all, protects our environment and is the cornerstone for sustainable, equitable communities.

Register here.    


NextEd's Convergence

Pathways to Prosperity

May 3, 2012

Cal Expo


The May 3rd Convergence program showcases "Pathways to Prosperity," a hallmark report published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. "Pathways" calls for the establishment of rigorous programs that equip students with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for success in the workplace of the 21 Century and a primary strategy to enhance the educational and economic success of the US and its young people. Convergence will also profile the Academies of Nashville, one of the most robust "wall to wall" high school career academy initiatives in the nation. NextEd will host a visit to Nashville, November 13 - 15 as part of its inaugural "Best in Class" Tour.


2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Regional Economic ForumCreating a great place for people and business. Join the discussion on regional progress and economic opportunity in the San Joaquin Valley. Recommendations from the day will be elevated to the 2013 California Economic Summit.

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 8am to 2:30pm

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center


For more information, contact Mike Dozier, Lead Executive, Partnership at 559-294-6021 or Download the informational flyer here.

Employment Opportunities 

The CRC is hiring! 

We are accepting invitations for two new positions:

Informatics Project Associate:Payroll Title ANALYST I  

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CRC Program RepresentativePayroll Title PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE II

Please see the position description at:


Harder+Company seeks a Research Assistant in its Davis office to provide support on a diverse array of teambased research projects. The Research Assistant will be responsible for literature reviews; planning and assisting with focus groups; conducting interviews; entering, coding, and analyzing data; administering surveys; and assisting with the preparation and editing of reports.To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to: Please specify "Davis Research Assistant" in the subject line and reference "Assistant2013-UCD". Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Click here for more information.