Region Matters


  July 8, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 37                   

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Please read on to learn about ways you can become more involved with regional change around housing, mental health and other issues that are critical to the CRC!
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In This Issue
CRC Spotlight
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
RC Spotlight 


CRC Executive Commitee Member Stephen Wheeler's recent publication is the second, much-expanded edition of his book Planning for Sustainability: Creating Livable, Equitable, and Ecological Communities by Routledge. Since the publication of the first edition in 2004 this book has been widely used in university classes on urban and regional sustainability in several countries. Stephen is also at work on a third edition of The Sustainable Urban Development Reader (co-edited with Timothy Beatley), which will be published in 2014.



 Why is Civic Learning Important?  


The CRC's Mindy Romero, Project Director of the California Civic Engagement Projectmr, was asked to contribute her thoughts on this important question to The Source. The Source is the quarterly magazine of the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) and is part of the California Subject Matter Projects from the University of California, Office of the President. A select group of the state's leading educators and legislators were also asked to address this topic. Read all of their contributions here.


The Media Discussion Continues on the Latest Policy Brief of the CCEP!

This Tuesday (July 9th), CCEP Director, Mindy Romero, will be  will be interviewed on Nuestro Foro, a program of Fresno's KFCF 88.1FM. Click here to listen to the live streaming of the program



Regional Change in the News


New Farmworker Justice Report Profiles Americans Working in Agriculture


Farmworker Justice, a national farmworker advocacy organization that takes the lead on federal policy advocacy for farmworkers, has released a report entitled "Who Works the Fields? The Stories of Americans Who Feed Us". This report provides several personal stories of farmworkers from around the country, giving the details of farmworkers' lives that are frequently lost in the statistics and stereotypes. Farmworker Justice notes that while a majority of farmworkers today are undocumented immigrants, there are hundreds of thousands of legally authorized U.S. farmworkers in this country.
To read the report, click here.



Upcoming Events


Housing Elements Webinar


Coming July 18, ClimatePlan has partnered with Housing California to host an informative webinar and training opportunity titled Sustainable Communities Affordable to All: Housing Elements in the SB 375 Era. The webinar will discuss interplay between housing elements and SB 375 and hear from advocates about how they're engaging in housing element advocacy in their region. Speakers include Valerie Feldman, Legal Services of Northern California, discussing the basics of Housing Elements and state requirements for affordability, Mike Rawson, Public Interest Law Project California, presenting Sustainable Communities Strategies Implementation, and Susan Riggs Tinsky, San Diego Housing Federation sharing examples from the field.


To learn more details, including agenda and instructions on how to register for the 10:30 to noon webinar, contact Felicity Lyons at Housing California or Catherine Cecchi with ClimatePlan.



Creating Community Solutions - National Dialogue on Mental Health (Sacramento)


On July 20, Sacramento is hosting  Creating Community Solutions - National Dialogue on Mental Health, a community conversation on mental health as part of President Obama's National Dialogue. America Speaks is working with other national deliberative democracy partners to increase understanding and awareness of mental health by holding community conversations in cities all across the country. By providing a safe and welcoming environment for citizens to learn and talk about mental health, true local action can be planned to improve our Nation's mental health infrastructure. AmericaSpeaks is working with local partners, including Sacramento-based Converge CRT, to hold one of the first meetings at the Sacramento Convention Center. The focus will be on creating an action plan to address mental health in our community, especially with regards to young people.Volunteer facilitators are needed to facilitate small group discussions throughout the meeting.



Click here for more information.