Region Matters


October 28, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 45     

Hello CRC Community,
Jonathan London
CRC Director
We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters - Because we intend Region Matters to be an asset to our campus and community partners, Please continue to send your requests for inclusion in our newsletter to CRC Info.      

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Healthy Youth/Healthy EnvironmentMaking Youth Data MatterPutting Youth on the Map
Regional Opportunity Index
CRC Spotlight 

UC Center Sacramento Presentations

On October 23rd, CRC Director Jonathan London and CRC affiliated faculty in Human Ecology Chris Benner and Nancy Erbstein presented two data mapping tools, the Regional Opportunity Index and Putting Youth On the Map . These tools help identify and direct investment to disadvantaged communities. The presentation introduced these tools to leaders in public policy, planning, business, and advocacy sectors, and they also highlighted how they can use them to inform and inspire their work.


CRC's Fall Regional Advisory Committee Meeting

 Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) meetings are crucial opportunities for the CRC to get feedback on its activities and input regarding future strategies from leaders in the government, non-profit, business, and media sectors across California. The meeting focused on developing action plans for RAC member engagement in the implementation of the new Strategic Plan.  The meeting also involved three presentations from RAC members Dr. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony, Co-founders of theEarth House Center, Darryl Rutherford, Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and Bill Myers, an affiliated scholar with the UC Davis Department of Human and Community Development.


CRC Faculty Affiliate and Student Open House 2014

CRC was pleased to host a faculty affiliate and student open house on October 15. The open house is part of the CRC's efforts to broaden and deepen collaborations across the UC Davis campus. Look for the next CRC faculty and student open house date in spring 2015.


CCEP Appearances in State and National Media

Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project  (CCEP) has made multiple media appearances at the state and national level in the last week. These appearances include an article on the Yahoo! webpage, the Huffington Post, and a radio interview on Southern California Public Radio.


For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero.

CRC Partnership/Affiliate Highlight

Michael Rios in the Sacramento Bee

Michael Rios, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Ecology/ Environmental Design and CRC Executive Committee member, was featured in a recent story in the Sacramento Bee where he discussed the importance of revitalizing the Broadway corridor. "Downtown is the city's living room," said Michael Rios. "But the commercial corridors like Broadway are the neighborhoods' living rooms. It shouldn't be an either/or of where we invest." Read more here.

Recent Reports, Research, and Resources

Rebalancing the American Dream

The latest issue of Community Investments , published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, focuses on the efforts that help households build on their earnings and invest in their future.  Highlighted are programs and policies that expand consumer access to more affordable financial products; support renters in building their credit history; and provide assistance to families investing in their futures through children's savings accounts, entrepreneurship, and retirement.


Upcoming Events

Integrating Social Equity in Sustainable Community Strategies

On October 28th, UC Davis Extension Land Use & Natural Resources and the  California Research Bureau will launch the first in a year-long series of policy seminars on perspectives and ideas for achieving California's sustainability goals. Jonathan London, Director of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) and Chris Benner, Department of Human Ecology will be presenting on an array of analytical tools to measure and represent the value of social equity in the context of sustainable communities. These tools, developed by Benner, London and other colleagues at the CRC, help identify the populations and places that are most vulnerable to changes in environmental, economic and social conditions so they can be considered in policies and plans focused on energy, transportation, land use and related issues. This research is funded by the California Energy Commission through the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA.


Community Development Events in the Central Valley

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco  is sponsoring workshops to learn more about community development. The first workshop is hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Community Reinvestment Act Collaborative and will take place on November 4 in Fresno, CA. Click here  for more information and to register.


 The second workshop will take place on November 5 in Tulare, CA. This workshop will focus on exploring opportunities to eliminate food deserts, and for low-income communities to have better access to healthy foods in the Tulare County region. The CRC's Sergio Cuellar and Chris Benner will present on the uses of the Regional Opportunity Index . For more information and to register, click here.



San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit

Dr. Chris Benner, CRC faculty affiliate, will be speaking at the San Joaquin Valley Affordable Housing Summit  on "Impacting Communities with Collaborative Community Development". The summit will bring together professionals from around the state to Stockton, California to bolster political advocacy for affordable housing in the San Joaquin Valley. It will also educate and empower on challenges and opportunities the region faces, and build traction for the San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative. For more information or to register, click here .


UC Davis Solar Team Decathlon Kickoff Event

UC Davis is competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon . This will be the first time that UC Davis has sent a team to the decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams across the United States to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  The kickoff event will allow individuals to preview the Aggie Sol solar decathlon team net zero house and learn more about the goal of designing and building an affordable green house.

Date: October 30

Time: 5:30pm-7pm

Place: 2020 L Street Suite 300, Sacramento, CA

Food will be provided. Click here to register.


Trust Challenge Webinar

The Trust Challenge will fund successful collaborations that create scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning that bridge technological solutions with complex social considerations of trust. Connie Yowell of the MacArthur Foundation and Cathy Davidson, co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory and director of the City University of New York's Futures Initiative will talk about the challenges and opportunities for connected learning when human and digital systems are designed with trust at the forefront.

Date: October 30

Time: 11am-12pm

Place: Online

Registration is free.


Job/Internship Opportunities 

Deputy Planning Director of Fresno is Seeking Applicants

The new deputy planning director for Fresno is looking to fill two positions for the City of Fresno's Development and Resource Management Department.  The positions are;  Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Manager and Planning Manager.  Deadline: October 31


Student Exchange With Wageningen University

Wageningen University in the Netherlands is inquiring about UC Davis student's interest in the areas of climate adaptation tools for public organizations in urban areas, along with development and testing of metrics for climate smart agricultural activities. For more information, click here 


About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Launched in 2007, the CRC is a catalyst for innovative, collaborative, and action-oriented research. It brings together faculty and students from different disciplines, and builds bridges between university, policy, advocacy, business, philanthropy and other sectors.  The CRC's goal is to support the building of healthy, equitable, prosperous, and sustainable regions in California and beyond.  


Learn more! Visit the CRC website. To contact us directly, email or  call us at (530) 752-3007.