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CalRegions Email Newsletter - June 2006

From the President ...

Bonny HermanThe first four months at CCRL have flown by or rather I have flown, a lot. I've been meeting with Board members, Regional Collaborative leaders, local stakeholders and staff in San Francisco as well as attending my first Alliance for Regional Stewardship Conference in Chicago to get an overview of the national regionalism movement. (See expanded story below).

I want to thank David Abel, our immediate past chairman, for his guidance through the transition period and to Community Partners in Los Angeles who provided the holding place for CCRL's administrative functions earlier this year. On another high note, I'd like to extend my personal congratulations to the returning and new board members. I appreciate your commitment including the never tiring David Fleming for accepting the Chairmanship this year.

Internally, staff is up and running to implement a variety of projects: The Blueprint Learning Network is in full bloom with meetings scheduled around the state; the Regional Growth Dialogues are quietly being set up behind the scenes also around the state and the EDA grant for the Economic Leadership Network is about to be announced. "The California Progress Report" is pretty well along funding wise thanks to our partners in the many Cal COGS around the state, and we hope to finish up with the usual funding complications so we can begin the actual work on the statewide indicators quite soon. Other fascinating projects are in the works but are quietly germinating and gathering support.

Allow me to direct your attention to the very full agenda below for the June 15 Regional Collaborative meeting that follows the Economic Leadership Network roll out that morning, both taking place in Sacramento. CCRL is in the thick of statewide policy and we're proud to share so many projects and knowledgeable speakers with you at that upcoming meeting. We've received many positive RSVPs. Please plan to be there.

On a final personal note, I have more trips ahead of me as I have yet to reach the Redwoods, the Sierras and Central Valley; but logistics challenges aside, it will happen. I've hired Marcia Dinneen to assist with the September Civic Entrepreneurs Summit, and more information on that extensive agenda will be forthcoming. Meanwhile I'm seeing momentum for regionalism everyday. Keep up the great work!

Best Wishes,

  1. President's Message
    1. Regional Collaborative Meeting Convenes June 15
    2. Reflections of my first Alliance for Regional Stewardship Forum, held May 4 and 5, Chicago, IL
    3. 2006 CCRL Board of Directors elected
    4. David Fleming named CCRL Chairman of the Board
  2. CCRL News and Projects:
    1. From the Founder...
    2. Blueprint Learning Network
    3. Nick Bollman receives the California Association of Non Profits 2006 'Excellence for Public Policy Award'
  3. By Region...News, Events, and Projects
    1. Action Pajaro Valley moves forward with plans for the Pajaro River Flood Protection Project
    2. Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley wins Alliance for Regional Stewardship Award
    3. Orange County Business Council "State of the County" Forum covers Orange County Community Indicators
    4. San Diego Dialogue calls for Borderless Innovation at International Forum
    5. San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership sets focus on area transportation needs
    6. Valley Vision recognized as "Nonprofit of the Year"
  4. In Memoriam, James McClatchy, Owner of the McClatchy Company that included 28 Newspapers
  5. CCRL Upcoming Events
    1. June 15, 2006 - Roll out of the Economic Leadership Network with the Cabinet and the Regional Collaborative meeting in Sacramento
    2. September 24-25, 2006 - 2006 Civic Entrepreneurs Summit, San Francisco
    3. November 8, 2006 - Regional Collaborative Meeting, San Diego

Other related Upcoming Events

  • Novemeber 16-17, 2006 - Alliance For Regional Stewardship (ARS) Nation Forum on Regional Stewardship, Ft. Lauderdale

I. President's Message

A. Regional Collaborative Meeting convenes June 15.

(See the "CCRL Upcoming Events section near the end of the newsletter for specifics)

B. Reflections of my first Alliance for Regional Stewardship Forum, held May 4 and 5, Chicago, IL

The session opened with a narrative presentation by Chicago civic entrepreneurs who have implemented the vision for Chicago Metropolis 2020. The City has successfully reinvented itself with a thriving downtown that has become a Mecca for young professionals with talent and opportunity options. We heard Ed Uhlir, Director of Design for Millennium Park, share the trials and tribulations of creating Chicago's newest icon, which has had more than one million visitors attend its free concerts, festivals, winter ice skating rink and special events. I was impressed with the City's ability to get their legislators to approve funding for a new Regional Planning Board that has holistic plans for the Greater Chicagoland region of more than three million residents.

Reflections of visitors in the now famous "Bean"
Reflections of visitors in the now famous "Bean"

Randall Kemper, Council of Competitiveness, moderator, vividly promoted the recently announced WIRED grants as an important recognition by the Administration of Innovation and Regional Collaboration. The breakfast session "Growing, Retaining and Attracting Talent" provided just-in-time data for CCRL's upcoming meeting with SCAG regional leaders. Mary Jo Waits had outstanding data on talent and its emergence as the key to a places' success. Her presentation provided convincing data that underscores the need to encourage our civic leaders in your respective regions to "invest" in the workforce now, because it will be a long time before mobility and housing costs come down … making housing, rental choices and commutes to and from jobs, a challenging one – which will impact our region's ability to attract outside talent.

Drivers of Income Growth

The Talent Imperative

Contact Mitch at for the complete information packed power point presentation on "The Talent Imperative"

DAvid ThornburghThe Friday morning session began with an introduction of and remarks by ARS's new President and CEO, David Thornburgh who officially begins June 1 with offices in Philadelphia, signaling a new era for ARS in its professional growth and development. Welcome David. Best wishes!

Outgoing President John Parr shared his highlights of ARS' Strategic plan, which includes more services and content to support the regional movement. ARS co-founder Doug Henton and John Melville of CEI, presented a diagnostic assessment exercise to help regions identify their cornerstones and building blocks to create a Regional Competitiveness Roadmap" that was one of the most outstanding and useful take-aways of the Forum. You are encouraged to contact them about bringing this activity to your region

The Forum finale was the presentation by co-founder Becky Morgan of the ARS 2006 Regional Stewardship awards. Three $10,000 stipends went to Central Puget Sound, Pittsburgh Region and the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance (Los Angeles), one of our CCRL partners. The awards criteria were for progress in all four areas of regional stewardship: innovative economy, social inclusion, livable community and collaborative governance. Congratulations to all those recognized.

We encourage all our partners to apply for the 2007 Award especially since California will be the host of next year's Forum in late May.

Please welcome the 2006 CCRL Board of Directors, led by Chairman David W. Fleming, Esq. (story to follow).

C. 2006 CCRL Board of Directors elected

D. David Fleming named CCRL Chairman of the Board

David FlemingFleming Elected Chairman of CCRL; First Goal is to Empower Regional Governance

LOS ANGELES, CA – David W. Fleming, Esq., who spearheaded a complete reform of city government in 1997 by joining then Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan to co-chair a voters' initiative to reform the 75-year-old constitution of the City, has been elected Chairman of the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL), an influential public policy organization that researches and addresses regional infrastructure, economic, environmental and quality of life concerns and issues. Mr. Fleming is of counsel to Latham & Watkins, and Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. As Chairman of CCRL, he succeeds David Abel of Metro Forum Project and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

"Regional governance is the new paradigm for California," says Mr. Fleming.

"As Chairman of CCRL, my goal is to nurture and strengthen the regions to better address and solve the vexing problems they face, that are, in fact, regional in nature. These challenges include: traffic congestion, job creation, air quality, housing access and affordability, water quality and supply, land use, ground and air transportation facilities, and goods movement.

"Regional governance transcends the artificial boundaries of cities and even counties, a throw-back to when California was in its infancy. Today's Regional Collaboratives are the seeds of future governance, and the only way we can effectively create a better California in the future."

David Fleming is a past chairman (2000-2002) and a current board member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the largest economic development organization of its kind in the nation. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, a non-profit economic development and marketing corporation.

In July of 2005, he was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to represent the City of Los Angeles as a director of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. In 2003, David Fleming was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a trustee of the James Madison Foundation, a thirteen-member Foundation that is composed of two members of the U.S. Senate; two from the House of Representatives; one State Governor; two Federal Appellate justices; three members from law school academia; the Secretary of Education, and two private citizens, of whom Fleming is one.

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II. CCRL News and Projects

A. From the Founder...

Infrastructure Investment for California's Regions and Communities: A Promising Start, but More Work Lies Ahead

Nick BollmanFrom the Founder …

Note: In the January issue of CalRegions we suggested that 2006 might be the "Year of Infrastructure" for the people and communities of California.  In this issue we want to return to that subject, report on what CCRL and our Regional Collaborative partners have been doing to help advance that idea, and describe the work that's ahead if a promising start is to result in significant and lasting achievement.

Nick Bollman

A Promising, Historic Start

At the beginning of 2006, the Governor and Legislative leaders pledged to work together to put an infrastructure initiative on the ballot in 2006.  After sustained good-faith negotiation, an agreement to put measures on the June primary ballot almost succeeded, but failed at the last moment, on March 15.  But then our state leaders got back together and finished the work, putting a total of more than $37 billion of infrastructure measures (four in all) on the ballot for November.  Pundits have described this as one of the most significant bipartisan policy agreements since the state fell into the depth of budget deficit crisis several years ago.  For a description of the ballot measures and their implications for the state's regions, please visit the Governor's "Strategic Growth Plan" website at

CCRL convened our Regional Collaborative (RC) partners from across the state in February, and began a sustained effort to promote legislative action this year.  First, a committee of RC leaders put together a set of principles which were conveyed to policymakers, detailing the approach to infrastructure investment that ought to be adopted.  Second, several of the Regional Collaboratives organized high profile public education forums in their communities, to draw attention to the issue.   RC leaders and CCRL Board members authored OpEd pieces calling for action.  In addition, many RCs took groups of business, civic ad community leaders to Sacramento to urge action. CCRL joined the California Infrastructure Coalition to add our voice to their collective efforts.

Though there are many "proud parents" of this major bipartisan agreement, we are truly pleased that Regional Collaboratives, which have urged movement on this issue for many years, engaged their leaders and members so effectively in helping to encourage state action.

What's Next: An Informed Citizenry

Because the next, crucial decision now rests with California's voters, CCRL and the Regional Collaboratives under the philanthropic sponsorship of Bank of America, will organize "Regional Growth Dialogues" (public information forums) to enable leaders from all sectors to understand what has been proposed by the Governor and Legislature and what implications these measures may have for their regions.  A fifth measure, which would authorize $5.4 billion in spending on the "green infrastructure" of water, parks and other natural resources, may qualify for the ballot through signature-gathering. If so, this measure will be addressed in the regional convenings as well.  In addition, local infrastructure measures, such as sales tax extensions, will also be on many local ballots, and will be important subject matter for these Dialogues as well.  CCRL and many of the Regional Collaboratives are nonprofit organizations which do not take positions on these measures and are prohibited from electioneering, but it is our civic duty to provide people with good information about these measures and an opportunity to discuss their merits.

What's Next: Strategic Policy and Program Implementation

In addition, because various elements of the bond measures either require or permit policy discretion in the allocation of funds, and because the availability of funds is no guarantor that they will be spent cost effectively, policymakers (and the regional civic community across the state) will be interested in whether and how the discretion offered by the measures is used by state, regional and local authorities.

For example, some have suggested that funds could be directed to reward better planning and performance against explicit statewide, regional and local outcomes (in transportation, housing, conservation, etc.).  To assist with better planning and performance, the state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BT&H) and the State Department of Transportation (CalTrans) has established and funded the Regional Blueprint Planning Program, among other program initiatives.  This Program is "intended to better inform regional and local decision-making, through pro-active engagement of all segments of the population as well as critical stakeholders in the community, business interests, academia, builders, environmental advocates, and to foster consensus on a vision and preferred land use pattern."

CCRL is assisting BT&H and CalTrans to convene and support the Blueprint Learning Network, whose purpose is to enable the funded regional planning organizations to share and further develop "best practices" in creating and implementing regional and local growth planning strategies through regional visioning.  The Network consists of most of the state's regional planning organizations and their local government and civic and community partners (including many of our Regional Collaborative partners).  Imagine that these "best practices" were encouraged and supported through the discretionary allocation of bond funds!  For more information on the state's Regional Blueprint Planning Program, see

Because infrastructure investment is so vital to the economic competitiveness and quality of life for all California's regions and communities, we will continue to report on these matters in future issues of CalRegions.

B. Blueprint Learning Network

Local elected officials who are in-touch with their citizenry recognize that there must be a better way to manage growth. They know that people need decent shelter and that people value agricultural lands and that we all want clear air and more choices in home ownership and transportation alternatives. But, we have a system that continues to push people out into neighboring regions. Blueprint Planning is not the only solution to the challenges that have been mounting in California for years, but it does offer an approach to building strategic alliances among local jurisdictions and with the State government.

The Blueprint Learning Network is a forum for sharing best practices and formalizing the policies and practices developed through Blueprint Planning efforts across the state.

C. Nick Bollman receives the California Association of Non Profits 2006 'Excellence in Public Policy' Award

The California Association of Non-Profits (CAN) presented CCRL Founder Nick Bollman with its award for Excellence in Public Policy during a special Ceremony for his contributions to strengthening the public policy partnership between nonprofits and government. Sunne Wright McPeak, Secretary of California's Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, served as the keynote speaker at the event.

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III. By Region … News, Events, and Projects

A. Action Pajaro Valley moves forward with plans for the Pajaro River Flood Protection Project

ACtion Pajaro ValleyAction Pajaro Valley is expending significant effort to find a flood protection solution for the Pajaro River that the community can support. The Pajaro River Task Force, a committee of Action Pajaro Valley, has expressed its intent to continue its collaborative planning process to develop a recommended Locally Preferred Plan for modification, operation, and maintenance of the Pajaro River Flood Protection Project.

Both the Monterey and Santa Cruz Boards of Supervisors have endorsed the planning approach to refine and adapt Project Alternatives 2A and T4 to address issues of sediment transport, maintenance sustainability, levee setback distances and cost. The Boards have also endorsed a parallel Watershed Study, which provides a vehicle to add project features not otherwise possible within the cost to benefit constraints of the National Economic Development (NED) project authorities.

For more information on Action Pajaro Valley, visit

B. Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley wins Alliance for Regional Stewardship Award

Economic AllianceThe national Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS) announced on May 5 at its annual meeting in Chicago that the Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley has won its 2006 cash award of $10,000 for "organizing multi-sector and multi-jurisdictional initiatives to improve the region it serves." The Economic Alliance is one of only three metropolitan communities to share the prestigious honor. Pittsburgh, PA, and Puget Sound (Seattle), WA were also named.

Bruce Ackerman, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley, accepted the national award, on behalf of the Economic Alliance, at ARS's annual meeting. "It is an honor to have been selected for the national Alliance for Regional Stewardship's award. As America's foremost voice for regional collaboration, ARS is the leading provider of tools for regional stewards, and we are proud to be recognized for the achievements we have made in bringing together business, labor, and community organizations to address our shared concerns and find innovative solutions."

For more information on the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, visit

C. Orange County Business Council "State of the County" Forum covers Orange County Community Indicators

Orange County Business CouncilThe 2006 Orange County Community Indicators Report was unveiled during the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) "State of the County" Forum. This report provides balanced measurements of factors that contribute to sustaining Orange County vitality, such as infrastructure issues involving area mobility (p. 22), overcrowding (p. 50), sewage systems (p. 64), and more.

(NOTE: The report is in PDF format, and requires the Adobe Reader program to view it.)

To access and view the report, visit Community Indicators.

Orange County Business Council
Area leaders who were at the event are [l-r]: Supervisor Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors; Linda Martin, Vice Chair Research & Communications, OCBC; former Assemblyman Phil Isenberg; and Steve PonTell, President of The LaJolla Institute.

Organe County Business Council
OCBC VP of Research and Communications Wallace Walrod and OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn stand with the report.

The report also details findings on economic health; education and technology capacity; social and civic engagement; quality of life; public safety; and environmental well-being.

For more information on the Orange County Business Council, visit

D. San Diego Dialogue calls for Borderless Innovation at International Forum

San Diego DialogueBaja California Governor Eugenio Elorduy and business leaders from both sides of the US-Mexico border respond to a groundbreaking report on how to stimulate borderless innovation during "20th Forum Fronterizo - Borderless Innovation: A Call to Action," which was hosted by the San Diego Dialogue (SDD) in partnership with Mexico Business Center's "Fifth Annual Mexico Economic Outlook." SDD, a think tank that focuses on border issues, published a report on the matter – "Borderless Innovation" – to highlight economic clusters of the region, and to make recommendations to increase economic efficiency and competitiveness in the cross-border region. Suggestions from the SDD report included the creation of a Crossborder Innovation and Competitiveness Center, ongoing research on economic clusters, the fostering of binational science and technology relationships, and improving infrastructure in both California and Mexico; biomedical devices, aerospace and defense, software, marine biotechnology and pharmaceuticals as influential clusters were addressed as well.

Mary WalshokThe Dialogue also suggested "nearsourcing," the use of services and resources in nearby Mexico over outsourcing in Asia. "There are many, many significant and parallel efforts taking place. However, they tend to be fragmented," said Mary Walshok (pictured at right), associate vice chancellor of the UCSD Extension and co-author of "Borderless Innovation."

Additional discussions on the socioeconomic issues of the U.S. /Mexico border included tax issues, regional growth, and infrastructure and security. It was estimated that the economic loss of delays and congestion at the border to be worth around $6 billion in 2005, with losses expected to double in the next 10 years. The conference culminated in an economic forecast of Mexico by Citibank Banamex CEO Julio A. de Quesada.

To view the forum's webcast, visit

For more information on San Diego Dialogue, visit

E. San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership sets focus on area transportation needs

San Gabriel Valley Economic PartnershipObtaining funding for the San Gabriel Valley's critical transportation needs is among the legislative priorities that the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (SGVEP) is looking to this year. The area's mobility demands include completion of the I-710 gap, and the construction of the Alameda Corridor and the Gold Line Extension. Having a fiscally responsible infrastructure bond package that remedies California's most pressing needs is also on the Partnership's agenda.

For more information on the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, visit

F. Valley Vision recognized as "Nonprofit of the Year"

Valley VisionFor the fifth straight year, the Nonprofit Resource Center took time to honor two of the Sacramento area's most outstanding nonprofit organizations at its annual Look of Success event.  This year, the honorees selected by a distinguished panel of community leaders were WEAVE, picked in the large nonprofit category; and Valley Vision, winner of the small organization category.

According to Jan Stohr, executive director of the Nonprofit Resource Center, both organizations were selected because of their unparalleled dedication to our community and the necessity of the services each provides for the Sacramento area to grow and prosper. 

"We benefit from one of the best Board of Directors in the region, a great Leadership Council, and a very capable and hard-working staff.  In receiving the award, our Board chairman, Shelton Duruisseau of the UC Davis Health System, commented that many people, past and present, have played an important leadership role in Valley Vision's development over the past twelve years.  We just wanted to take a moment to thank each of you, our civic leaders, who continue to help make Valley Vision a truly innovative and effective organization for regional change."

For more information on Valley Vision, visit

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IV. In Memoriam, James McClatchy, Owner of the McClatchy Company that included 28 Newspapers

James McClatchyThe recent death of James Briggs McClatchy, a primary CCRL contributor and fourth-generation family owner of the newspaper company that bears his name, did not stop his spirit of caring for the areas he touched.

According to Valley Vision, Mr. McClatchy was a tireless advocate and supporter for regional thinking and action, and he caused leaders in the Capital Region to appreciate why bold vision and cross-boundary cooperation were essential to the economic, environmental and social health of our area.

Fresno Business Council CEO Deborah Nankivell believed he represented what's best in media.  She said, "He felt his industry had a responsibility to look after their communities, and he led by example. And his newspapers carry on that 'take care of your own' tradition today, and it shows in the way they operate."

Among the numerous voluntary acts he performed as one of the area's top regional proponents, CCRL recognized Mr. McClatchy in 2003, honoring him with that year's CCRL Civic Entrepreneur award for bringing Valley Vision to life.

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v. CCRL Upcoming Events

A. June 15, 2006 – Roll out of the Economic Leadership Network with the Cabinet and the Regional Collaborative meeting in Sacramento

On Thursday, June 15, the Economic Leadership Network will be introduced by members of the State Cabinet. The Regional Collaborative was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about its implementation followed by an RC quarterly meeting, which will be held in Sacramento. The agenda for the RC meeting is as follows:

California Center for Regional Leadership

Regional Collaborative Meeting Agenda

Labor & Workforce Agency Office Building
801 K Street

Thursday, June 15, 2006
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (18th floor)

Welcome and self introductions
Bonny Herman, CCRL President and David Fleming, Chairman of the Board

Valley Vision Overview
Bill Mueller, Managing Partner

Insider's Analysis of November Ballot Measures - Infrastructure Investment Bonds (4)
Brian Kelly, Principle Consultant, Office of Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata

Special Address
Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak

  • Highlights of Current CCRL Projects
  • The Blueprint Learning Network
  • The Regional Growth Dialogues
  • CCRL's role with the new Economic Leadership Network Status of the "California Progress Report"
  • Quick Overview of Alliance for Regional Stewardship's status with respect to "Early Adopters" Retreat and Conference "Inventing the Future" and the May 2007 ARS Forum in Southern California

And winding up with Review of 2006 Civic Entrepreneurs Summit Agenda for September 24 and 25, 2006 in San Francisco

Hold the Date
Fall RC meeting, Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - San Diego
Exploring the explosion of border economies!

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