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CalRegions Email Newsletters Archive

Volume IV, Issue 3 - June, 2003

Civic Entrepreneur Summit 2003:
The California Regional Network comes of age, and not a moment too soon...

  1. Remembrance of Chuck Nathanson

  2. Welcome to the 2003 Civic Entrepreneur Summit
    1. Overheard at the Summit
    2. Premiered at the Summit, Coming Now to a Region Near You…
    3. Thanks to the Summit Sponsors

  3. 2003 Civic Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

  4. Summit Sessions

  5. Regional News and Information
    1. Upcoming Events
    2. Recent Events
    3. Resources
    4. Projects

I. In remembrance–Chuck Nathanson

There is nothing sadder than losing someone in the prime of life, with so much yet to contribute. There is nothing more joyful than observing a life well lived, with so much given already. These are our feelings about our good friend and colleague Chuck Nathanson from San Diego, who passed recently after a long and courageous bout with cancer.

Chuck was an extraordinary person–husband, father, friend. And with all his personal warmth, he was also a determined and effective visionary for the people and place he loved, San Diego. I met Chuck when, through San Diego Dialogue, he and others were advancing the idea, not altogether popular at the time, that San Diego's future is tied inextricably to Tijuana and northern Baja, Mexico. While others used the border as a "wedge" issue, to divide San Diegans and Californians against each other, Chuck saw the international border as a seam not a fence. And this is how he approached all issues, always asking the question: how do we work together to define and then achieve a common vision? Chuck did not "suffer fools gladly." He was a truth-teller, and encouraged others to do the same, no matter how hard or risky it might be. But he always offered others the opportunity to join in, to learn from mistakes, and to march forward together.

Beyond San Diego and across the state, many of us in California's regional collaborative movement looked to Chuck for insight, thoughtful suggestions, leadership at precisely the right moment, and the application of passion and values in a most pragmatic manner. We were blessed to have shared a little bit of his life, just as his family and friends were blessed to have shared so much of it. And just as his San Diego community was blessed to have received his love and commitment and daring and leadership, and is even now the better for his service. In years to come, people will look back at that small, brave group of San Diegans, Chuck among them, who changed the course of San Diego's future through vision and action. And they will be thankful.

II. Welcome to the 2003 Civic Entrepreneur Summit

This issue of CalRegions reports on the highlights of the sixth annual Civic Entrepreneur Summit. From June 1 to 3, 2003, 168 civic entrepreneurs from around California - representing the state's 22 Regional Collaboratives as well as business, policy advocacy, planning, grassroots, and government organizations - gathered in Sacramento for a whirlwind of presentations, discussions, and catching up. The Summit is the opportunity for California's regional civic leaders to come together with statewide leaders, elected officials, and others, to assess the critical issues facing the state and to exchange ideas on how better to meet those challenges, whether through regional programs or state policy reforms.

The biggest announcement of the 2003 Summit was the launch of the California Regional Network, a voluntary network that will help to advance on a statewide basis the shared values and principles of the Regional Collaboratives. A new and colorful report, California Regional Network: Regions Working Together for a Better California, outlines the philosophy underlying the Regional Collaborative movement and highlights some of the work being done by each RC. Find the report at
(Note that this Adobe Acrobat document is 3.3 MB).

This year's Summit had a special policy focus and took place in Sacramento partly so that the leaders of the Regional Collaborative movement could have access to state policy debates and policymakers. Just as importantly, the policymakers could hear from these innovative civic leaders. With the state's current budget and fiscal crisis (and some would suggest a crisis in political leadership as well) the opportunities to make a difference through values-based, problem-solving civic leadership are greater than ever, and more necessary than at any time in recent decades. California is well served by the people and ideas and strategies you'll encounter in this report. We encourage our readers to be in touch with us at CCRL or directly with the Regional Collaboratives (see for further information or to find out how to get involved.

We at CCRL would also like to express our gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Valley Vision, who invited us to their home region, provided invaluable assistance in coordinating the Summit, and put together a memorable and fun reception on the river!

Nick Bollman and the CCRL Board and Staff

  1. Overheard at the Summit

  1. Premiered at the Summit, Coming Now to a Region Near You…

    Four brand-new reports were presented at sessions of the 2003 Summit. All are available on the CalRegions website as Adobe Acrobat documents:

    1. The California Regional Network: Regions Working Together for a Better California (3.3 MB)

      See session: California Regional Network Launch

    2. ASPIRE: PREVIEW Report (130 K)

      See session: ASPIRE

    3. California's Regional Collaboratives: Inventory and Analysis of Community Indicator Reports (Draft Summary Report) (418 K)

      See session: Community Indicators

    4. "Invest for California"…How Are We Doing? - A Progress Report (639 K)

      See session: Infrastructure Policy

  1. Thanks to the Summit Sponsors

    We are truly grateful to the following sponsors, who have given generous support for the 2003 Civic Entrepreneur Summit:

III. 2003 Civic Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Every movement needs its heroes. In the Regional Collaborative movement, we honor those who set high examples and standards for civic leadership through the Civic Entrepreneur Awards. The recipients of these awards are nominated and chosen by the Regional Collaborative leaders. An excerpt from the nominating criteria for this year's awards illustrates their exceptional requirements:

"The nominee must embody the values and vision that comprehend the interconnectedness of economic, social, and environmental goals, and must have the kind of deep personal commitment to community that is necessary to regional civic leadership.

"The nominee must posses an entrepreneurial approach to the civic purpose: creative, flexible, boundary-crossing, collaborative, inclusive, results-oriented, and accountable."

This year, the awards committee decided to establish awards in two new categories, Media and Policymaking, to reflect the inevitably growing interaction of the regional civic movement with the media and state policy. The 2003 Civic Entrepreneur Awards were presented by West Sacramento Mayor and CCRL Board member Christopher Cabaldon. A short quote from his presentations is printed below each awardee's name.

  • Professional Award: Kate McLean, President, Ventura County Community Foundation

    "With Kate's driving vision, a talent for brokering relationships, a discipline to keep people on task, and a remarkable way of thanking everyone involved, Kate is truly the founding mother of the Regional Civic Alliance for Ventura County..."

    See a photo of Ms. McLean and presenter Christopher Cabaldon here.

  • Volunteer Award: James McClatchy, Publisher, McClatchy Co.

    "In addition to those other remarkable achievements, Jim McClatchy from the very beginning has been a leader, a driver, a supporter of Valley Vision, the Regional Collaborative for the six-county Sacramento region."

  • Media Award: Jay Harris, Director, Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy, University of Southern California

    "Now in the 21st century, in a world full of doubt and conflict, who better to carry forward the idea of journalism as a cornerstone of democracy, and partner to the civic community, than Jay Harris."

    • See a photo of Mr. Harris at the podium here.

  • Policymaking Award: Hon. John Vasconcellos, Member, California State Senate

    "Senator John Vasconcellos is the Dean of the California State Legislature, having served for more than 30 years. But John Vasconcellos is also in so many ways the Dean of California's regional civic movement."

    • See a photo of Sen. Vasconcellos addressing the Summit here.

Read the text of all of the presentations at:

You can find a photo of all of the awardees together at:

In addition to the great privilege of working with committed civic entrepreneurs like these four award-winners, we are honored and grateful for the support of the Morgan Family Foundation in sponsoring the Civic Entrepreneur Awards.

IV. Summit Sessions

"Virtual Tour of the 2003 Civic Entrepreneur Summit" is now available on the CalRegions website. By taking the tour, you can read summaries of the productive discussions that took place in every session, review the presentations, see photos of Civic Entrepreneurs in action, and find links to important reports and other resources related to the sessions.

Session reviews have been arranged by topic, as below. We urge you to follow the links and read through the reviews!

  • Regional Civic Movement

    "People are tired of the old puff piece that says everything is great and that we're the center of everything. They appreciate that we're tracking these measures." - Wallace Walrod, Orange County Business Council

    • Welcome and Orientation: Civic Entrepreneurs Working for California's Future (California Regional Network Report)

    • Measuring California's Progress - Meeting California's Challenges: Regional and Community Indicators Roundtable

    • Metropolitan Regional Grantmaking

    • Organizational Development (La Piana and Assoc. workshops)

  • Fiscal and Budget Policy

    "Good ideas don't die; they just wait for the right crisis. This may be the right time for these good ideas." - Sunne Wright McPeak, Bay Area Council

    • The State Fiscal Crisis - A "Terrible Opportunity" for Fiscal Reform (Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy)

    • Rewriting the Sausage Recipe: Reforming the State Budget

  • Infrastructure and Land Use Planning Policy

    "You're going to see a more focused and integrated state." - Tal Finney, Interim Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research

    • Infrastructure Policy: Legislative Priorities and Opportunities

    • Implementing AB 857 and the State Environmental Goals and Policy Report

    • Imagining Our Regional Futures: Best Practices in Comprehensive Regional Planning and Visioning

  • Regional Equity

    • Using State Policy as a Tool to Achieve Social and Economic Change: ASPIRE Report and Speaker's Analysis

  • Economic Strategy

    "Think like regions; act like a state." – Steve Levy, Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy

    • Creating a Shared California Economic Strategy: The California Economic Strategy Panel, the California Workforce Investment Board, and the California Regional Economies Project

    • Rural Economic Strategy and Implementation: Innovative Practices with Lessons for Both Rural and Urban Settings

Once again, we thank our sponsors, the speakers, and Valley Vision for their assistance in putting together the 2003 Summit. Until next year!


  1. Upcoming Events

    • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation has partnered with LEAD San Diego, Inc., and the University of California, San Diego, Civic Collaborative to present a public forum featuring Dr. Richard Florida. The program, titled "The Rise of the Creative Class: San Diego's Forum on the Future," will take place on Thursday, July 10th, 2003, from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Sheraton Harbor Island. For additional information and registration please call (619) 615-2969, email: or visit

    • Join the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley for a Housing Needs Conference at 8 a.m. on July 16, 2003, in Studio City. The Economic Alliance, in cooperation with Pepperdine University's School for Public Policy and California State University, Northridge, will release a housing needs study called "Communities that Matter." One of the major aspects of the study is the current shortage of low-to moderate-priced housing and barriers to entry for first-time homebuyers. Contact Lori Brogin at 818-379-7000, ext. 109, for more information.

    • "Partnering for Success in Gateway Communities" will convene September 25-27, 2003, at the breathtaking Mammoth Mountain. Participants can register as individuals or community teams to develop action plans around initiatives that promote social, financial, and natural resources in your gateway community. See for more information.

    • GOSERV, the Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism, invites you to join California First Lady Sharon Davis at the "Governor's Conference on Service, Volunteerism, and Mentoring," October 7-8, 2003, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Especially in this time of endangered federal support, it is vital to make the case that service and civic engagement are crucial and can help solve community challenges in areas of education, environment, health and human services, public safety and homeland security.

  2. Recent Events

    • Contra Costa is among the most rapidly growing counties in the state, and its housing prices have leapt accordingly. Therefore, the regional dialogue on housing convened April 23, 2003, by FaithWorks!, the California Works Foundation, and the California Policy Reform Network was a welcome step in finding solutions to affordable housing in the county's changing communities. Find the eSummary of this event at

    • As always, the Great Valley Center's annual conference was chock-full of good information and networking opportunities. Held May 14-15 2003, in Sacramento, this has now become a "must-attend" event for those interested in helping shape the future of the Central Valley. Presentations, session descriptions, and photos from "Great Valley Conference 2003: Creating Better Futures" are available at

    • A recent roundtable put together by the California Policy Reform Network, "Fiscal Reform and the De-fiscalization of Land Use," on May 20, 2003, focused on the effects of the current state/local fiscal system on land use, as well as some proposals to change some of the incentives. Legislative staff and state experts debated the merits of proposals for a sales-tax/property-tax "swap" (AB 1221) and the reassessment of commercial property. Read an eSummary of the day's discussion at:

    • The demographic picture of the Gateway Cities region heralds California's future. On May 22, 2003, Gateway Cities Partnership, Inc., hosted "Immigration and the Gateway Cities: A Critical Analysis," a conference focusing on the impact that immigration has upon the region, with important implications for the state and the rest of the country. For a copy of the report, visit

    • A key component of better communities is the integration of public school facilities as neighborhood centers. That was the premise of the New Schools Better Neighborhoods symposium "Schools as Centers of Community Vitality," held at the Getty Center on May 29, 2003. Two articles that review discussions at the symposium can be found at

  3. Resources

    • They don't look much like lab rats, but the Regional Collaboratives are a hot topic for research. Judith Innes of UC-Berkeley and David Booher of the Center for Collaborative Policy at CSU Sacramento have written a new paper exploring possible methods to evaluate collaborative organizations, using the RCs and the California Regional Network as prime examples. We couldn't say it better ourselves: "…[S]ome new forms of collaborative dialogue, policy making, and action are filling the gaps left as our formal institutions of government are failing to carry out their responsibilities or where no agency has jurisdiction. These collaborative processes, engaging public and private sector players representing many interests working on tasks that are about public welfare, have become part of an emerging governance system."

    • In 2001, the USC Southern California Studies Center released Sprawl Hits the Wall, a catalyzing report that diagnosed dilemmas and identified issues confronting the Metropolitan Los Angeles region. Now, the Center has joined with the USC Center for Sustainable Cities and the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate to publish After Sprawl: Action Plans for Metropolitan Los Angeles, which seeks to answer the question "What do we do to achieve a better urban future?" along with a companion compendium of seven supplemental reports. These two new publications are intended to serve as a challenge to the civic and community leadership of Los Angeles as well as state policy makers, to address urban problems with effective, innovative approaches that make the city and region more sustainable.

    • The Sierra Business Council has released Investing for Prosperity, a cutting-edge guide to economic and community development in a rural region, which includes 45 case studies and hundreds of ideas on building long-term wealth within communities. SBC will be launching a major educational campaign to share the findings with the region's elected officials, business leaders, and concerned citizens. To order a copy, contact SBC at 530-582-4800 or

    • The California Legacy Project continues to bear fruit. Now available on the inter-agency initiative's website ( is the California Digital Conservation Atlas, a comprehensive public website that provides easy-to-use map views of the state's natural resources and working landscapes. It is designed so that even people who may not be familiar with specialized geographic software can overlay maps of natural resources, polluted areas, growth projections, and dozens of other factors to draw their own conclusions.

    • A new report from the Department of Conservation illustrates how quickly those resources maps are changing. The biennial California Farmland Conversion Report reveals that statewide urbanization exceeded 90,000 acres for the first time since 1990-1992, while "Prime Farmland" decreased by 44,126 acres. Interestingly, vineyard development in coastal counties contributed to a net gain in "Unique Farmland" during the two-year period. Find the report at:

    • More maps: Myron Orfield and the Metropolitan Area Research Corporation have completed an extensive study of social, economic, and development trends in the Los Angeles region. Los Angeles Metropatterns: Social Separation and Sprawl in the Los Angeles Region also outlines the effects of these "metropatterns" and policy strategies for reform. Read the report at:

    • Poster maps for California Senate, Assembly, and Congressional Districts are now available through These color maps are each 23"x20" and show in detail the state's counties, urban areas, highways, public lands, and topography. District boundaries are current with recent redistricting and the maps include a listing of office holders, district numbers, and party affiliation. Maps are laminated for durability and are attractively designed. Ordering information is on the web site.

    • How dense is your neighborhood? And what impact does that have on the environment? The San Francisco League of Conservation Voters has created a "Density Calculator" (at that shows land and auto use, as well as amenities like local shopping and transit, in neighborhoods of varying densities, side-by-side with those of average "sprawl density." You can also check the numbers for your own neighborhood.

  4. Projects

    • We have excellent news about a topic that is probably of interest to everyone: funding. At it's March 13, 2003, meeting, the Board of Directors of the James Irvine Foundation approved grants for CCRL and several Regional Collaboratives, including:

      • California Center for Regional Leadership
      • Santa Cruz Clusters Initiative (through the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County)
      • Fresno Area Collaborative Regional Initiative (through the Fresno Business Council)
      • Gateway Cities Partnership, Inc.
      • Orange County Business Council
      • Regional Alliance for Ventura County (through the Ventura County Community Foundation)

      Visit for more details about these grants. As always, we are profoundly grateful to the James Irvine Foundation for its critical support of the Regional Collaborative movement, its organizations, and most importantly their programs.

    • More great news: The U.S. Department of Commerce chose San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (SDREDC) to receive their 2003 Regional Competitiveness Excellence in Economic Development Award. The award recognizes SDREDC's "commitment to sound, research-based, market driven economic development in helping grow the local economy." Congratulations to SDREDC President & CEO Julie Meier Wright and the rest of the team!

    • Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network has launched a study to help revitalize the Silicon Valley's central economic corridor: El Camino Real and Monterey Highway. Joint Venture's Economic Development Roundtable, representing 30 cities and two counties along the Valley's Central Economic Corridor, created the Main Street Silicon Valley Project to develop collaborative approaches to manage the region's central corridor resource. More information on the project is available at: