Volume I, Issue 4 - November 2000
1. News About California's Regions: "TWO HANDS CLAPPING: LAND CONSERVATION, LAND RECYCLING"
* Action Pajaro Valley
* Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development
* Gateway Cities Partnership
* Great Valley Center
* Metropolitan Forum Project
* Orange County Business Council
* San Diego Dialogue
* Santa Barbara Region Economic Community Project
* Sierra Business Council
* Tri-Valley Business Council
* Valley Vision/RAP
2. News About Government And Public Policy
* Governor's Commission on Building for the 21st Century (see news about CCRL)
* Speaker's Commission on Regions
3. News about CCRL
* Governor's Commission on Building for the 21st Century
* 21st Century Fund
* Workforce Development
* Alliance for Regional Stewardship
* Governor Davis's "California Philanthropy Summit"
NEWS ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S REGIONS:
TWO HANDS CLAPPING: Land Conservation, Land Recycling
Many of California's Collaborative Regional Initiatives are using mapping, planning, and civic engagement to secure the sustainable use of the land in their regions. Sometimes this involves protection of habitat, open space, and working landscapes; sometimes it involves recycling of and reinvestment in urban lands that are unused or underused; in major metropolitan regions and rural towns with sprawling edges, it requires both. CRI leaders understand that the interdependency of California's regions requires both hands clapping, throughout all the regions of the state.
"From our work on a variety of different place-based programs designed to respond to the demands of the Endangered Species Act, we have learned that when landowners, developers, local government and citizens come together with the lofty goal of preserving landscapes of special regional significance and character for park, habitat or open space, they can generate the energy needed to begin to find consensus on where and how future growth should be accommodated as well. Conservation biology teaches us that only by protecting large, connected areas of open space will we able to halt the crisis of extinction; common sense tells us that only by designating areas appropriate for development will California survive as a prosperous and pleasant society."
- Mary Nichols, Secretary, State of California Resources Agency
"The preservation of open spaces beyond the urban perimeter is tied to the stabilization and renewal of communities within the urban fabric. Population growth in the years ahead dictates that no community can be viewed as expendable . Air quality is affected by commutes across regions, including the travels of residents of urban core and inner ring suburban communities to jobs being created on the urban edge. Urban reinvestment can reduce auto dependence, traffic congestion, and air pollution....California's economic and social strength will be diminished if the issue of inequality of economic opportunity goes unaddressed. It is a matter of great common interest to all Californians and all communities to close the widening economic chasm. The Double Bottom Line Initiative...calls on the public sector--from public pension plans to state and local governments--to invest capital in a way which meets 'the double bottom line'--achieving successful investment results and broadening economic opportunity in California's at-risk communities. It calls on the private sector--the engine of our remarkable economy--to join the public realm in finding and making investments that can bring new life and vitality to the State's less prosperous neighborhoods."
- State Treasurer Phil Angelides, in The Double Bottom Line: Investing in California's Emerging Markets
Some current CRI projects:
Action Pajaro Valley is using population growth and land development as the fundamental challenge driving their "Pajaro Valley Vision Process". Using conservation/land protection as the common ground among a highly diverse group of community leaders, APV moved the collaboration process forward producing a strategic plan to address more complex growth patterns around the Pajaro Valley. APV's strategy process is addressing the issue of an urban growth boundary around the city of Watsonville and community of Pajaro. The growth strategy will eventually include policies on development within and outside the growth boundaries. APV's sensitivity to development and growth patterns has facilitated a collaborative process keenly focused on protecting Pajaro's thriving agricultural economy, while also accommodating the demands brought by new jobs in a broad range of high quality employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. (See www.actionpajarovalley.org)
Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development is using both strategies. The Bay Area Livability Footprint seeks to achieve significant region-wide consensus among a critical mass of public officials, civic leaders, and stakeholder organizations representing business, the environment, and social equity, about how the Bay Area will grow and use land over the next 20 years, and to translate that consensus into a series of land-use maps and illustrations. The Community Capital Investment Initiative seeks to mobilize market-based capital investments targeted to low-income neighborhoods, through establishing a Bay Area Family of Funds operating as the vehicle for equity investments and loans for large-scale "keystone" projects. (See www.bayareacouncil.org/ppi/sed/sed_pe1.html)
Gateway Cities Partnership has mapped 20 brownfield sites in 10 cities, in preparation for a major demonstration of cleanup and reuse on at least two of those sites. (Contact Richard Hollingsworth at email@example.com).
Great Valley Center, with major support from the Packard Foundation, has established the Agricultural Transactions Program. ATP provides support to communities interested in the long-term conservation of their agricultural lands, with preference for those communities engaged in the on-going development of growth management strategies. ATP provides assistance to purchase fee title, options, easements, or other long-term protections for agricultural use, as well as technical assistance and training to partner communities. (See www.greatvalley.org).
Metropolitan Forum Project, through its New Schools Better Neighborhoods project, advocates for the siting, planning and design of "schools as centers of communities," understanding that schools are a magnet for development and therefore can be used to limit greenfield sprawl and increase urban revitalization. Through its work on the Commission on State-Local Government Finance, MFP leaders proposed the most sophisticated proposals for dealing with the "fiscalization of land use" in the last 22 years, proposals supported by a broad consensus of stakeholders. (See www.metroforum.org).
Orange County Business Council is helping to address land develop issues through the Orange County Affordable Home Ownership Alliance (OCAHOA). OCBC recognizes the impact that land development and growth issues can have on economic growth and working families in Orange County, and thus has created this collaboration of business and civic leaders to advance strategies for increasing the availability and supply of quality affordable housing for working families. OCAHOA has a particular focus on neighborhood transformation and rehabilitation. It serves as a resource center for local governments, businesses, and the development community, highlighting successful programs and identifying new resource opportunities and unmet development needs. (See www.ocbc.org/OCBChtml.htm).
San Diego Dialogue is sponsoring the Forum Fronterizo luncheon series which gathers several hundred of the region's elected officials, business leaders, and educators for programs of cross-border interest, among them the importance of addressing border infrastructure planning and growth patterns in the San Diego and Northern Baja region. The Dialogue's urban development program on "smart growth" and livable communities studies the connection between the problems occasioned by growth in the San Diego region and the renewal of low-income central city communities; and is in the process of proposing sustainable development strategies for San Diego County. (See www.sddialogue.org).
Santa Barbara Region Economic Community Project has completed the first phase of its work, developing computer tools to help simulate the impact of various build-out scenarios for the South Coast, based on economic, social, and environmental indicators. It will soon embark on its Community Regional Planning Project to catalyze and facilitate a regional land-use planning process for the South Coast. A report, "Regional Impacts of Growth" will be the product of this two-year project. (See www.sbecp.org).
Sierra Business Council has completed the first stage of its Placer Legacy Project to develop a countywide open space and habitat protection program. As of this writing (pre-election), we are waiting with baited breath for the results of the initiative that SBC and the County Supervisors put on the ballot, a quarter cent sales tax increment to fund program implementation. (See www.sbcouncil.org).
Tri-Valley Business Council, after a thorough multistakeholder consensus process, issued Vision 2010. This proposal for land protection and development guidelines is one of two measures on the November 7th ballot, and is presented as an alternative to the proposal that would require residents to vote on individual projects, among other important distinctions. This vote may be a bellwether for whether the no-growth movement in California will overtake the Smart Growth movement. (See www.trivalley.org).
Valley Vision/RAP is using both strategies. Its Green Valley Initiative is a partnership of environmentalists, farmers, ranchers, and government working to preserve open space in the region. And Valley Vision is in the early stages of exploring development of a regional urban reinvestment fund. (See www.valleyvision.org).
FOR A FASCINATING AND IMPORTANT DIALOGUE ON "TWO HANDS CLAPPING" BETWEEN RICHARD HOLLINGSWORTH OF THE GATEWAY CITIES PARTNERSHIP AND CAROL WHITESIDE OF THE GREAT VALLEY CENTER, READ THE CURRENT (OCTOBER 2000) ISSUE OF THE METRO INVESTMENT REPORT. ALSO AVAILABLE AT www.ablinc.net/mir.
NEWS ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
The Speaker's Commission on Regions (SCOR). State Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg has appointed a 28-member Commission, which will report back to him in Spring, 2001, if there are urgent legislative or constitutional recommendations, and SCOR will issue its final report and recommendations in November 2001. The Speaker has asked CCRL President Nick Bollman to Chair the Commission, and its Executive Director is Christopher Carlisle. The Mission of the Speaker's Commission is to develop innovative state government policies and strategies that will encourage and support regional collaboration among local governments; and that will encourage regional collaboration among local governments and civic, business, and other community organizations, to better enable our governments and our citizens to address California's major economic, social, and environmental challenges in the years ahead.
For more information on SCOR, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: THE NEXT ISSUE OF CALREGIONS (IN DECEMBER) WILL BE A SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE SPEAKER'S COMMISSION
NEWS ABOUT CCRL
The Governor's Commission on Building for the 21st Century. CCRL has been asked by Commission Chair Maria Contreras-Sweet, Secretary of the State's Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, to work with her and Commission members and staff to help develop the Commission's Final Report, which will be produced in the first quarter of 2001. The Commission is charged with developing a plan for infrastructure planning and investment for the next 20 years, and the Report could be the single most important document of its kind since the era of Governor Pat Brown. The Commission is blessed with a wide array of leaders from the state's business, labor, environmental, and other communities, and from local government. We are delighted to be involved, as there is no set of issues more important to the state's regional leadership than growth and development, and no determinant of that growth and development greater than the state's own policy, planning and investment strategies. For more information, please contact Trish Kelly at email@example.com.
The 21st Century Fund. CCRL, in partnership with State Treasurer Phil Angelides, is developing a program proposal for a statewide real estate investment fund, seeded with state funds, which would partner with market capital to support investment in California's emerging markets (its unused and underused urban and older suburban communities). We have retained the services of nationally renowned Shorebank Advisory Services to help us with program development. For more information please contact Diane Bone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Alliance for Regional Information Technologies (CARIT). A report will be available shortly from CCRL, "Informed Regional Choices" a study of the use of information technology tools by eight of California's Collaborative Regional Initiatives, and recommendations for establishing CARIT as a statewide intermediary organization. For a copy of the report, please contact Renee Hild at email@example.com.
Workforce Development. CCRL President was asked to present the CCRL paper, "Building a Workforce for the 21st Century" to the California Workforce Investment Board, the public-private partnership charged by Governor Davis with ensuring that California has workforce development policies and programs that enable our businesses and workers to compete in the global economy. For a copy of the paper, please contact Renee Hild at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliance for Regional Stewardship. CCRL is affiliated with this new national network of regional organizations, which recently held its second national convening in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The ARS website is up and running, and a terrific source of information on effective regional strategies. For more information, please visit www.regionalstewardship.org.
California Philanthropy Summit. CCRL President Nick Bollman was privileged to join 25 of California's leading philanthropists and the Governor and his top staff recently for a daylong dialogue on the possibilities of new partnerships between the state government and philanthropy. This was a historic first-ever event, and we are very proud of our Governor for taking this important step, and thankful to his staff, Lynn Schenk, Kari Dohn, and Steve Nissen for organizing a splendid event. Stay tuned!
Speaking of which...we at CCRL are deeply grateful to our philanthropic supporters. Of course, our major benefactor is The James Irvine Foundation, which gave CCRL its start-up core support. But we are also grateful to the S.H. Cowell Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for support of the 21st Century Fund Project, and to our co-hosts for the recent Civic Entrepreneur Summit in Huntington Beach, the Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Community Foundation. Thanks to our investors!
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