April 6, 2007
- PROPOSITION 1C: THE HOUSING AND EMERGENCY SHELTER TRUST FUND ACT OF 2006
- DELTA VISION BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE: A PROCESS AND TIMELINE FOR ACHIEVING A "SUSTAINABLE" SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA MANAGEMENT PLAN
- 2007 RURAL ECONOMIC AND HEALTH VITALITY POLICY AGENDA
- MEASURING PROGRESS FROM THE REGIONS
- OTHER NEWS FROM THE REGIONS
From Climate Change to Housing to Flood Protection, Californians are concerned about the future of our state and planet. While opportunities for public input into the allocation of the $42 billion bond funds abound, the potential for key voices to be left out in the cold are great. Now more than ever, the regions of California need to be informed about state policies to ensure that their interests are heard. I'm writing with an update about time-sensitive developments in two key areas of interest - the Housing Bond and the launch of the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force - and to provide a sneak preview into the forthcoming 2007 Rural Economic and Health Vitality Policy Agenda. As is CCRL's tradition with the Calregions newsletter, regional agencies conducting innovative work in their communities are showcased. Please continue to send us examples of your work and we will persist with connecting the great regions of California to one another.
PROPOSITION 1C: THE HOUSING AND EMERGENCY SHELTER TRUST FUND ACT OF 2006
The state infrastructure bonds offer a host of opportunities for regional collaboration on housing, transportation, parks and future planning. CCRL has been closely following the process of fund allocation for the recently-passed measures to ensure the regions of California are well-informed about policy proposals, allocation procedures, and the intended results of the forthcoming $20 billion public investment. Click here for a brief summary of the programs within Proposition 1C (Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006) that require legislation, and the key bills related to those programs. Legislative hearings are scheduled to begin in April.
DELTA VISION BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE: A PROCESS AND TIMELINE FOR ACHIEVING A "SUSTAINABLE" SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA MANAGEMENT PLAN
The "sustainability" of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has long been on the list of California's pressing land use and natural resource policy topics. Hurricane Katrina's assault on the levees in New Orleans in late August of 2005 moved the issue to the top of that list. With the signing of SB1574 and Executive Order S-17-06 by Governor Schwarzenegger, the Delta Vision effort was established, with a timeline and process for developing and implementing a durable management plan for the region. For more information »
2007 RURAL ECONOMIC AND HEALTH VITALITY POLICY AGENDA
Building on the 2005 Rural Economic Vitality Conversation and in collaboration with the Governor's Cabinet, the Legislature, and regional and statewide leaders, the 2007 Rural Economic and Health Vitality Policy Agenda lays out policy-specific recommendations in four core policy opportunity areas -- ubiquitous broadband access; housing, land use and infrastructure; education and workforce development; and the innovation economy. The Agenda identifies leverage opportunities in the recently approved infrastructure-related bonds For a preview of the Agenda's recommendations click here. This project is sponsored by the California Endowment and the Humboldt Area Foundation, CCRL's northstate regional collaborative partner. To receive a copy of the 2007 Rural Economic and Health Vitality Policy Agenda upon its release,please contact Mary Newson, CCRL's new Program Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEASURING PROGRESS FROM THE REGIONS
- The Orange County Business Council has released the 2007 Orange County Community Indicators report, providing balanced measurements of the contributing factors to Orange County's vitality: a healthy economy, education and technology capacity, social and civic engagement, high quality of life, public safety, and environmental well-being. For a copy see: www.ocbc.org/cip.html
- Joint Venture Silicon Valley released its annual Silicon Valley Index, measuring the strength of the region's economy and the health of its community. Fifteen hundred people attended the release of the report, which highlighted opportunities in clean technology and green technologies and the Valley's role in this emerging sector. In addition, the nationally recognized publication highlights the region's challenges and provides an analytical foundation for leadership and decision making. Special features address trends in climate change and energy use. For a copy see: www.jointventure.org/publicatons/siliconvalleyindex.html
- Southern California Association of Government's State of the Region Report tracks Southern California's progress in achieving the goals in SCAG's Regional Comprehensive Plan and Guide. It compares the recent performance of the region with its own previous record and that of the other large U.S. metropolitan regions. For a copy see: www.scag.ca.gov/sotr
OTHER NEWS FROM THE REGIONS
- The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley announced that it has selected 15 groups to receive a total of $2.5 million in state "seed grants" to help projects seeking to improve the economy, environment and quality of life in the region. The Partnership is a model for state-regional collaboration on broad-based economic strategy. For more info see: www.sjvpartnership.org
- California's EDGE Campaign (Education, Diversity and Growth in the Economy) is a non-partisan coalition of groups with diverse and even divergent outlooks but united in the belief that California's future economic growth rests in large measure on the skill base of its workers. Early endorsers from the CCRL network include Gateway Cities Partnership and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. For more information, see: www.californiaedgecampaign.org
- The management team of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Urban Area Security Initiative (SUASI) will soon have the support of eleven regional planners to assist them in efforts to enhance the ability of the Bay Area to respond effectively to disasters of regional scale. The management team has selected CirclePoint to hire the regional planners and assist in building an effective regional planning team. For more information about the SUASI positions, go to www.circlepoint.com and click on careers.
- EVENT: Agriculture at the Metropolitan Edge Symposium, April 5th and 6th at UC Berkeley. For event info, see: http://metrostudies.berkeley.edu/agmetroedge/events/symposium2007
- EVENT: Great Valley Center's Annual Conference - "New Thinking for a Big Valley" - will be held May 10 and 11 in Sacramento. For event info and registration, see: www.greatvalley.org/conference