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Volume II, Issue 3 - May 2001

The State of California's Regions


I. May 2001: CCRL Releases First-Ever "State of California's Regions 2001," the "SOCR 2001" Report
II. Speaker's Commission on Regionalism
III. Regional News and Information

I. May 2001: CCRL Releases First-Ever "State of California's Regions 2001," the "SOCR 2001" Report

The following is an excerpt from The State of California's Regions, 2001 (SOCR 2001) prepared by the California Center for Regional Leadership and released in May 2001. A full copy of the report may be downloaded here.

"...Throughout California, people from every walk of life are working on new ways to solve the social, economic, and environmental problems that beset the State's communities--problems that will be even more challenging in the future. These people are business leaders, community activists, developers, economists, educators, environmentalists, planners, public officials, and just good citizens. We call these new leaders "civic entrepreneurs" or "regional stewards." They represent the prosperous and the poor. They reside in inner cities, older suburban areas, new suburbs, and rural areas. They are working in every region of the State. And, they care about their communities. They have created a new kind of organization, the Collaborative Regional Initiative (CRI), to carry out this work. CRIs work through cadres of committed volunteers and have highly competent staffs.

The State of California's Regions, 2001 (SOCR 2001) is the first annual report about this extraordinary new movement. It is the mission of The California Center for Regional Leadership to help this field grow and develop, and to tell its story to a broader public. SOCR 2001 represents the first installment in the story of these civic entrepreneurs and the regional collaborations they have created: the story of hard-won victories and painful failures, of lessons learned in the struggle to improve our communities. It tells a story that is still unfolding, yet holds great promise. We will update this story annually because there is much still to be done, to be learned, to be shared.

SOCR 2001 briefly describes the challenges and opportunities faced by our communities and regions--the pressures of population growth, the promise and perils of the new economy, and the divide between rich and poor. It defines and describes California's New Regionalism and the work of the CRIs on an array of crucial issues, all of which demand comprehensive, long-term, regional solutions. SOCR 2001 summarizes some of the CRIs' accomplishments in 2000 and their plans for 2001. It also presents a brief overview of the fourth annual Civic Entrepreneur Summit, held in September 2000 in Huntington Beach, which brought together 145 individuals from 20 regions throughout California to share their struggles, strategies, successes, and lessons learned, and to forge new ideas for sustainable change.

This report is also an invitation to all Californians to join together at the regional level to help lay a new civic foundation for the decades ahead. California's New Regionalism is not a "quick fix," but rather an important first step toward establishing a new approach for addressing the State's economic, environmental, and social challenges. We think that the generation of regional civic leaders highlighted in SOCR 2001 is up to the task of meeting these challenges.

Please join them, and us, in this important civic mission...."

Download an electronic version of the SOCR 2001 report here.

To request a print copy of SOCR 2001 or for additional written information on the Center or the Collaborative Regional Initiatives, please contact:

Emily Liolin at the California Center for Regional Leadership, 455 Market Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105, (PH) 415-882-7300, (Fax) 415-882-7272, or email us at

For more information in general on the work of the Center or the Collaborative Regional Initiatives (CRIs) around California, please visit:

II. Speaker's Commission on Regionalism (SCOR)

  • April 20, 2001 SCOR Meeting, Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey, California: Commission Adopts a "Platform" of 20 Recommendations to Reform State and Local Finance; Recommendations Warmly Embraced by Speaker Robert Hertzberg

The State-Local Fiscal Committee of the Speaker's Commission developed a "platform" of twenty recommendations to reform state and local finance to improve regional outcomes, covering revenue reforms, budget incentives, and capital expenditure reforms. The full Commission reviewed and adopted the recommendations at the April 20th SCOR meeting in Monterey, California. The Commission is deeply grateful to Public Policy Institute Senior Advisor, Fred Silva, who captured the Committee's recommendations in a report titled Local Finance Reform from a Regional Perspective: Thinking Regionally - Acting Locally. A copy of the report can be downloaded at The Commission was most fortunate to meet in Monterey together with the leaders of the California State Association of Councils of Government, whose advice and feedback was very helpful in developing and reviewing the platform of state-local fiscal reforms.

The following week, Commission Chair Nick Bollman and Executive Director Christopher Carlisle presented Speaker Hertzberg with the recommendations, which he warmly embraced, and pledged to move them forward into the legislative process.

  • May 16, 2001 SCOR Meeting, Sacramento, California: SCOR Takes Up Principles of Collaborative Regional Planning

Commissioners began addressing the issues and challenges for collaborative regional planning at the February 23rd SCOR meeting held at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At the May 16th meeting in Sacramento, SCOR members continued to develop principles of collaborative regional planning by reviewing a paper prepared for the Commission by Elisa Barbour and Michael Teitz of the Public Policy Institute titled, A Framework for Collaborative Regional Decision-Making. A copy of the report can be obtained by visiting the CCRL website at,

For more information about the work of the Commission, contact:

SCOR Executive Director, Christopher Carlisle, at the Office of Speaker of the Assembly, Robert Hertzberg, State Capitol Building, Room 219, Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone (916) 319-2040, Fax 916-319-2140,

SCOR Chair, Nick Bollman, at the California Center for Regional Leadership, 455 Market Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone (415) 882-7300, Fax (415) 882-7272,

III. Regional News and Information

  • The Alliance for Regional Stewardship hosted its 3rd Alliance Leadership Forum May 9th - 10th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More than 50 Alliance members from 25 regions attended the Forum, focusing on downtowns of the future, a new federal-regional partnership, and innovative regional governance. The results of the forum will be published in the June Alliance E-newsletter. In addition, the Alliance has released the second in a series of monographs entitled, Empowering Regions: Strategies and Tools for Community Decision Making. To obtain this monograph or other publications by the Alliance (including regional best practices and book reviews on regional topics), or to learn more about the Alliance in general, visit their website at You may also contact the Alliance at The Alliance for Regional Stewardship, 350 Cambridge Avenue, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA, 94306. Phone: (650) 614-0230.

  • The Great Valley Center held its annual spring conference May 9th & 10th at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento. The GVC Conference focused on the issues and interests of California's Central Valley. The conference brought together business and community leaders, governmental officials, farmers, environmentalists and individuals who have an interest in the future of the region. The annual conference serves as an opportunity to network, address the unique challenges facing Valley communities, discover solutions and create a shared vision for the future in the Valley. The Great Valley Center is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization committed to building support for California's Great Central Valley as a distinct region and assisting in the process of planning for the 21st century. To learn more about The Great Valley Center, view GVC's latest newsletter or other download recent publications, visit The Great Valley Center, 911 13th St., Modesto, CA 95354, Phone: (209) 522-5103, Fax: (209) 522-5116,

  • San Diego Dialogue is accepting nominations for the organization's Civic Excellence Awards honoring individuals who work to improve education or create sustainable development in San Diego County, or in collaboration with Baja California. The awards ceremony will be held October 1st. For information or to nominate someone, log on to, or call San Diego Dialogue at (858) 534-8638. San Diego Dialogue advances solutions now to this cross-border region's long-term challenges in economy, environment, and equity. For more information click on the Dialogue's website, or San Diego Dialogue, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0176, Phone: (858) 622-4842, Fax: (858) 622-4842.

  • PolicyLink's "Beyond Gentrification Toolkit: Tools for Equitable Development" is now available online at PolicyLink announced the new web-based toolkit for use in communities faced with gentrification, displacement and disinvestments. The toolkit is a work in progress and will feature the most innovative and successful equitable development strategies in place in culturally diverse communities across the country. Beginning in May, and continuing throughout the year, the tools will come online. Please visit the website, review the policy framework and principles, and scan the list of tools in development. Then register and share your experience and insights. For more information contact the PolicyLink headquarters at 101 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607, Phone: (510) 663-2333, Fax: (510) 663-9684,

  • Following its successful "Summit 2000" last year, The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley is hosting "Info Summit 2001". This "Mini-Summit" will be held Thursday, May 31st, 20001, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Sportsmen's Lodge - Studio City. This summit will present the latest information about regional topics and issues such as: A Status Report on the Economy of the San Fernando Valley presented by Jack Kyser, Chief Economist with the LAEDC; A Snapshot of an Emerging Growth Industry Cluster prepared by The Training Alliance and Civic Center Group; and the Second Annual San Fernando Valley Public Opinion Survey conducted by the Rose Institute of Claremont McKenna College. Registration is available online at, or by calling (818) 379-7000.

    The Economic Alliance is also hosting its fourth annual "Valley of the Stars Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, June 30, from 6-10 p.m., at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. This high profile and popular event, designed to celebrate outstanding achievement in California's San Fernando Valley has sold out every year, so the Alliance encourages everyone to call early for reservations. For information on table and individual ticket prices, please call the Alliance office at 818- 379-7000. EASFV is a private, non-profit economic development and marketing collaborative made up of private and public investors organized for the purpose of growing and sustaining the economic base of the San Fernando Valley. To sign up for the Alliance electronic newsletter, or learn more about EASFV, visit, or call/write at their new location: Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 200, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-1497, Phone 818-379-7000, Fax 818-379-7077, E-mail:

  • The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation is hosting its Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 31, 2001, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina - Marriott Hall. More than 1,000 business and community leaders are expected to attend the EDC's Annual Dinner featuring NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. The event is a celebration of regional accomplishments and will include recognition of EDC's Board of Directors and, in the spirit of celebrating, EDC will present the Civic Entrepreneur Award honoring outstanding leadership. For more information regarding registration, contact Jennifer Henry at The San Diego Regional EDC serves as the region's primary catalyst for a competitive regional economy, taking focused actions to promote an increased standard of living and a high quality of life. For more information about EDC visit, or contact: San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, 401 B Street, Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92101, Phone: (619) 234-8484,