July 27, 2007
Sacramento policymakers in budget gridlock and the latest polls revealing
dismal voter confidence, we've got our work cut out for us. Will the
infrastructure bonds be implemented in a way that makes our state more
green? Will new leadership at the Air Resources Board be able to achieve the
ambitious goals set forth in AB32? Across a range of issue areas, our
leaders are looking for answers. Our program work in the areas of land use
planning, economic development, and greenhouse gas reduction - all aiming to
improve public decision-making and rebuild public trust - will require your
effort in the weeks and months ahead. We look forward to your ongoing
leadership and engagement.
Seth Miller, Interim CEO
WELCOME! MEET CCRL'S NEW BOARD CHAIR AND NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS
CCRL is proud to announce Randal Hernandez as our new Board Chair. Randal is Bank of America's senior government relations executive for California, based in Los Angeles. A natural partner to CCRL given its statewide reach and commitment to sustainable economies, Bank of America is one of California's – and the world's – largest financial institutions, and has recently announced a ten-year, $20 billion initiative to support the growth of environmentally sustainable business activity to address global climate change. Randal currently holds an appointment to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, and was CCRL's "Outstanding Volunteer for 2006" for his commitment to finding solutions to the state's housing and other infrastructure problems. Randal replaces Dan Mazmanian, Bedrosian Chair in Governance at USC's School of Policy, Planning, and Development, who generously served as Interim Chair since early this year. Thank you to both Randal and Dan for their commitment and service to CCRL!
At its June 21st meeting in San Diego, the CCRL Board enthusiastically welcomed its three new board members:
- Carl Anthony is a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation, where he previously directed the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative and the Regional Equity Demonstration Initiative. Carl has served as President of the Earth Island Institute, co-founder and Executive Director of Urban Habitat, and Co-Chair of the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development.
- Kathy Moxon is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Humboldt Area Foundation, and Director of Redwood Coast Rural Action. Among other notable contributions, Kathy is Vice-President of Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc., and serves as Trustee of the Garfield School District in Eureka, CA.
- Peter Weber is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ANRON International, and a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for the Mayor of the City of Fresno. Previously, Peter spent three decades in a variety of senior management roles with FMC Corporation and was Co-Chair of the Fresno Regional Jobs Initiative.
Carl, Kathy, and Peter add their breadth of experience to CCRL's Board that also includes: David Abel, Christopher Cabaldon, Randal Hernandez, Robert Hertzberg, Dan Mazmanian, Julie Meier Wright, and Jim Wunderman.
JUST RELEASED: 2007 CALIFORNIA REGIONAL PROGRESS REPORT
CCRL is pleased to announce the release of "California Regional Progress Report - One State, Many Regions, Our Future", the first comprehensive statewide region-based indicator report. This report provides a baseline for how California's regions are doing across a range of integrated quality of life measures, within the framework of the desired goals and outcomes of the innovative California Regional Blueprint Planning Program. This collaborative project was sponsored by the California Association of Councils of Government (CALCOG) and member agencies, with support provided by Caltrans and the Morgan Family Foundation, in partnership with UC-Davis.
The Regional Progress Report includes thirteen overall indicators with twenty-seven total progress measures, along the dimensions of place (the natural and built environment), prosperity (employment, incomes and innovation) and people (educational status, health status and public safety). Indicators address the overall goals of the Regional Blueprint programs, progress toward the region's own vision for future transportation and land use, and statewide performance measures toward statewide transportation and housing goals. As we look ahead, we see that regional planning and benchmarking will become even more important as regions devise their strategies for achieving climate change goals and investing the recent voter-approved $42.7 billion in infrastructure bonds.
The full report - complete with regional detail - is available for free download.
California Regional Progress Report 2007 [2.24MB, PDF]
BLUEPRINT LEARNING NETWORK: 2007 WORKSHOP SERIES UNDERWAY
The Blueprint Learning Network held its first Workshop of 2007 in San Diego, June 20-21. The workshop showcased the capacities of Regional Blueprint Planning efforts to measure and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions reductions and revealed the strengths of Local Government and Affiliate Groups to partner in this work. Of the nearly 140 participants, 18 MPO's came to represent their regions, and 15 state agencies attended. The Workshop also enjoyed a wide representation of Local Government Officials and Agencies, as well as Non-Profit organizations - a full representation of the "three E's." The entire BLN Workshop is archived at: http://www.cal-span.org. Accompanying the webcast are presentation materials and background reports.
The next Blueprint Learning Network Workshop will take place at the Radisson Hotel in Fresno on September 25th and 26th and will focus on the connection between Regional Blueprint Planning, Air Quality, Health, Economic Prosperity and Agricultural Lands Conservation. To register »
CLIMATEPLAN: MAKING THE LAND-USE AND CLIMATE CHANGE CONNECTION
CCRL is serving as the fiscal sponsor and manager for the newly-launched ClimatePlan Campaign, a collaborative effort of leading environmental, civic, transportation, environmental justice, and housing organizations to ensure that land use in California minimizes the production of greenhouse gases while improving the environment and promoting social equity. With incubation funding from The San Francisco Foundation, the ClimatePlan Network is currently undertaking replicable pilot activities in the Bay Area that emphasize land use planning in the attainment of the AB 32 greenhouse gas emissions targets, including an update of the Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Blueprint Plan. Current ClimatePlan partners include: California Center for Regional Leadership; Climate Change Funders Network; East Bay Community Foundation; Greenbelt Alliance; Local Government Commission; National Resource Defense Council; Planning and Conservation League; San Francisco Foundation; Sierra Club; Transportation and LandUse Coalition; Urban Land Institute.
For a draft copy of the
ClimatePlan summary brochure that draws the linkage between land use and
climate change, please contact Mary Newson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER NEWS FROM THE REGIONS
The California Association of Councils of Governments has issued a summary of key transportation provisions of the Governor's May 2007 Budget Revisions.
The California State Association of Counties has established a Climate Change Working Group and held its first meeting on June 8. To learn more and/or participate, see: www.csac.counties.org
The League of California Cities has announced a tentative schedule for its 2007 Annual Conference at the Sacramento Convention Center, September 5-8. For event info and to register, see www.cacities.org/ac
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation released its 2007 Mid-Year Economic Forecast on July 18. See: www.laedc.org/forecast/
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is hosting an educational session "GIS in Transportation," presented by the Bay Area Automated Mapping Association on July 26 from 9:00AM-noon. See: www.mtc.ca.gov/meetings/workshops/GIS.htm
- The Public Policy Institute of California has issued a new statewide survey, "The Goal is Always Greener: Worried Californians Looking for Stronger Government Action on the Environment." See: www.ppic.org.
- The SANDAG Board of Directors accepted the Draft 2007 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for distribution and public comment on June 22. For a copy, see: www.sandag.org/2007rtp.
- The Southern California Association of Governments held a Bond Implementation Workshop - Bonds 101: How to Access the New Transportation, Housing, Water and Open Space Bond Monies - in May, 2007. Presentations and fact sheets are available at: www.scag.ca.gov/events/bondworkshop.htm.
- The Ventura County Civic Alliance has issued its 2007 State of the Region Report. See: www.vccf.org/civicalliance/state.html