Region Matters


   July 29th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 40                          

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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


Transportation Image. Photo Credit: istockphoto.comCRC postdoctoral researcher Alex Karner recently published an article in the Journal of Transport History entitled "Multimodal Dreamin': California Transportation Planning, 1967-1977." The piece discusses the origins of California's contemporary transportation policy goals, the barriers to their achievement posed by relatively weak regional governments, and the important role of social equity stakeholders in ensuring future success.


Click here to read the article. 

CRC in the News
Jesus Hernandez portrait
Franklin Boulevard Neighborhood Revitalization in South Sacramento
Jesus Hernandez, CRC faculty affiliate with the UCD Department of Sociology, is working with the North Franklin District Business Association to try to "reboot" and "reconnect" the neighborhood. His work received press last week in both the Sacramento News & Review and on Capital Public Radio
To hear the story on Capital Public Radio, click here.
The Sacramento News & Review article can be read here. 
CRC Impact
Heat Wave Worrisome for Worker Health
The California Report story covers the recent death of three farm workers as temperatures in California soared above 100 for almost three weeks. Lisa Morehouse reports state regulators are investigating those deaths to see if employers violated heat illness prevention laws. The report finds that of the nearly 4,000 farms visited farm worker heat storyby the state regulatory agency Cal OSHA, more than 1,000 did not fully comply with state heat illness prevention regulations in 2012. California became the first state, in 2006, to adopt heat illness regulations: employers must provide water and shade as well as allow breaks but there needs to be more trained workers and supervisors and have an emergency plan for every location.
To read or download audio, click here.
Regional Change in the News
HUD New Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing to Include Providing National Uniform Data and Geospatial Tool

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a new proposed rule to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) in the Federal Register. The proposed rule refines existing requirements so the individuals, organizations, and state and local governments implementing HUD prorams better understand their requirements under the Fair Housing Act and have the tools they need to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing.Under the proposed new rule, HUD will provide program participants with:


    A clearer definition of what it means to affirmatively further fair housing;

    An assessment template that replaces the current Analysis of  Impediments;

    Nationally uniform data and a geospatial tool; and

    Clear guidance and technical assistance.


To read more about the rule and public review process, click here.

Upcoming Events

Coming August 5, 2013, the Health Initiative of the Americas, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, in partnership with key collaborative agencies, is holding the XIV Binational Promotores Conference, 2013. The objective is to link the work of promotores in the U.S. with those in Mexico to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations. The conference will be in Spanish.


Registration deadline is July 30. To RSVP for the event, click here.

mural from Cal School of Public Health