Region Matters


  August 26th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 43                         

Dear Friends and Community,     

We love hearing from you! Thank you for sharing your news about upcoming events, recent publications and reports, and the good work you do toward regional change. Please enjoy this week's newsletter!

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

jay lund The Sacramento Bee Covers the State's Water Funding Issue


Jay Lund, CRC faculty affiliate and director of the UCD Center for Watershed Sciences, along with Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California and Brian Gray, UC California Hastings Law School authored a thoughtful piece that was published on August 25 in The Sacramento Bee under the headline "Viewpoints Looks at State's water funding habit must change". In recent weeks, work has begun in earnest in the Capitol to revamp the water bond that will go before California voters in November 2014. Everyone seems to agree that the new bond needs to be smaller than the $11 billion bond currently slated for that ballot, which polling suggests is more than the voters are likely to approve. But agreeing on what the new bond should include is proving harder. Our advice? This is an opportunity to put California on a more sustainable water funding diet - with a balanced portfolio that relies less on periodic injections of general-fund-backed debt.


To read the full article, click here.


CRC Spotlight


Journal of Human Rights: "Best Interests of the Child - Genocide and the Transfer of Children" Curated by Keith David Watenpaughkeith watenpaugh

Keith David Watenpaugh, CRC faculty affiliate and UC Davis associate professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights & Peace shared news of the recent publication of the Journal of Human Rights with a special section on the Best Interests of the Child and the Transfer of Children during Genocide that is built from work at UC Davis on the history and theory of human rights, genocide and childhood, and is one of the first major research outcomes of  UC Davis' Human Rights Initiative.  

Regional Change Impact

PERE Offers Regional Data for Downloading at No Cost


As part of The California Endowment's Building Health Communities (BHC) Initiative, USC pere Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) has put together Regional Profiles that provide detailed and user-friendly data describing socio-economic conditions for each of the 14 BHC sites. In partnership with Healthy City, the BHC Regional Profiles are now available online for free.


Click here to download profiles. 

Upcoming Events

California Coalition for Rural Housing's Rural Housing Summit 2013


October 10-11, Asilomar State Conference Grounds rural housing


Rob Wiener, CRC Regional Advisory Committee member and Executive Director of the California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH), one of the oldest state low-income housing coalitions in the county presents The Rural Housing Summit. The Asilomar conference brings together housing professionals and advocates to examine key policy and program issues and develop a strategic action plan to improve the living conditions of low-income and rural Californians during the upcoming year and beyond.


For conference details, click here, and to register online, click here




2013 San Joaquin Valley Fall Policy Conference  


October 9 - 11, University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Stockton, CA


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 The annual fall policy conference brings together experts and community members to learn and discuss San Joaquin Valley's transportation and planning issues. The event is presented by the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council, StanCOG and San Joaquin COG.


To register click here. Registration deadline is October 2, 2013.




Environmental Journalism Panel Discussion


September 10, noon to 1:00 p.m., UC Davis, King Hall Room 1002

The UC Davis California Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy kick off their Fall 2013 Speakers' Series with a panel on Environmental Journalism. The moderator is Chris Bowman, Communications Director at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences; featured panelists are Amy Quinton, reporter at Capitol Public Radio; Fiona Smith, reporter from The Daily Journal; and Matt Weiser, the Water and Environment Journalist to The Sacramento Bee. The event is free and open to the public.


Click here for more details.



Employment Opportunities


UC ANR seeks Director for Nutrition Policy Institute

UC ANR seeks a Cooperative Extension Specialist to serve as the inaugural director who can provide leadership and operational management for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI).  NPI is a special program within UC ANR, with the mission of improving nutrition and reducing obesity, hunger and chronic disease risk in children and their families in diverse settings. Applications are due October 7, 2013.

For a full position announcement, click here.

Policy Fellowships with The Society for Research in Child Development


The Society for Research in Child Development is seeking applications for Policy Fellowships for 2014-2015. Fellows work in Washington, DC and use their research skills in child development to inform public policy.  Some SRCD Fellows begin or return to academia following their fellowship, while others continue to work at the interface of research and policy in both government and the private sector. Application deadline is December 15, 2013.


More information about the Fellowships click here.