Region Matters


  April 22nd, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 27                        

Welcome Back to Region Matters!  There is much good work happening around the regions of California! Please read on to learn more!

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In This Issue
CRC Impact
CRC Partner News
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
CRC Impact

jkl On May 1st, Jonathan London will share the research of the CRC with the Placer Collaborative Network Project, a program of the Placer Community Foundation that brings together 60 nonprofit, government, faith-based, educational and municipal entities working on collaborative solutions to issues facing children, adults and families of Placer County. 


On May 8th, Jonathan London, Teri Greenfield and Tara Zagofsky will participate in the public launch of the CRC's newest research report, Revealing the Invisible Coachella Valley: Putting Cumulative Environmental Vulnerabilities on the Map. The events will include a press conference and a community forum to be held in the community of Mecca. This report documents the overlapping environmental and social challenges faced by residents of this often-forgotten but vital corner of the state. The project is part of a partnership with the California Institute for Rural Studies funded through a generous grant from The California Endowment.


Follow Jonathan on Twitter @jklondon40

CRC Partner News

SHF CRC Regional Advisory Committee Member, Deb Marois, has called our attention to the Respite Partnership Collaborative. The Collaborative is offering an unique opportunity to make an impact on mental health services in Sacramento County. The RPC is seeking new members to help establish respite services to address mental health crisis and reduce psychiatric hospitalizations. This diverse group includes mental health clients/consumers and their families, working in partnership with mental health providers and other human service system representatives to create a continuum of services and direct funding to new programs.


If this calls to you, the deadline to apply is April 26. Details can be found here:


The RPC is a partnership of the County of Sacramento Division of Behavioral Health Services and Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management. The RPC is funded through the Sacramento County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Component.

Regional Change in the News

The Sacramento News & Review just published an article on the troubling state of Sacramento's affordable housing market. The last affordable-housing project in the pipeline for West Sacramento was just built and Sacramento County might be significantly reducing its affordable-housing requirements for the region's developers. Click here to read the article. 


Fresno Unified high school graduation rates are on the rise, although not all schools had a gain, according to the state Department of Education. Read the recent coverage by the Fresno Bee, here.


Nearly half of Stanislaus County residents are much more exposed to pollution-related health risks than most of California, a new screening tool says. The California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, or CalEnviroScreen, meshed 19 indicators to produce early versions of the controversial rankings. Some reflect an area's "pollution burden" based on proximity to farming pesticides and landfills, for example; the others show demographic information such as income and unemployment. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Transportation Choices Summit Coordinated by TransForm

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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. Click here for more information. 


You are invited to the 7th Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation

Lecture by Edward Glaeser

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lecture: 6:40 pm in 112 Wurster Hall

Reception follows in the Wurster Gallery

Please RSVP to Morgan Velarde by April 22, 2013

Edward Glaeser is currently the Fred and Eleanor Gimp Professor of Economics at Harvard Kennedy School., He also serves as the director of both the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He studies the economics of cities, and has written scores of urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime, and housing markets. He has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity can play in creating knowledge and innovation. Glaeser is also the author and co-author of over forty publications, including online and print material. At Harvard he teaches urban and social economics and microeconomic theory. His work focuses on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. This lecture is funded by the Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation Fund. Click here for more information. 


Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues Speaker Series: Decolonizing Knowledge: Towards a Critical Research Justice Praxis

Friday, April 26


First Congregational Church in Oakland

2501 Harrison St Oakland, CA 94612

Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor Maori at University of Waikato

Michelle Fine, Professor at CUNY and Public Science Project with Andrew Jolivette, Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University, as moderator.

This event will recognize two signature moments in the struggle toward indigenous and Research Justice--the 2nd edition release and forthcoming anniversary of the publication of Linda Smith's seminal work, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, and the 35th anniversary of DataCenter. Click here for more information. 

Sponsored by: Public Science Project, URBAN at MIT, and DataCenter. Co-Sponsored by the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues



May 2, 2013




4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

"It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood: A Testimony from the Frontlines"

As depicted in the book Learning to Liberate, come hear from one of the most successful youth organizers in the Bay Area. Learn about Grassroots Youth Leadership Development and Violence Prevention within and beyond the walls of school.

Rudy Corpuz Jr. is an ex-felon turned community activist. Corpuz was born and raised in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. He worked with youth and community members to found the United Playaz in 1994 at Balboa High School in response to violence between ethnic groups. Corpuz is recognized as a leader in the field of youth violence prevention and believes strongly in the UP motto "It takes the hood to save the hood. For more information, click here

Co-Sponsored by the Committee for Social Justice, UC Davis School of Education, Office of Graduate Studies, and Office of Campus Community Relations.



UNICEF Chief of Child Protection Presentation: May 13, 2013

Susan Bissell, UNICEF's Chief of Child Protection, will make a free public presentation at UC Davis on May 13, 2013 at 5 p.m in Hunt Hall Room 100. 

Her talk is entitled "The Protection of Children in Our Globalizing World: Change, Challenge and Champions." This event is offered by Healthy Youth/ Healthy Environments, an initiative of the Center for Regional Change, focused on building a network of scholars at UC Davis and beyond. Click here for more information. 

Grant Opportunities 
Imagining America is offering ten tuition awards of $2,000 each to publicly engaged students of photography, media, or visual arts selected from their member institutions. They are looking for students with demonstrated leadership facilitating community-based photo or media arts experiences with people unlikely to otherwise have access to art-making.

The submission deadline is May 22. Only one award will be given per school. Click here is learn more and to apply.