California Center For Regional Leadership Publishes First-Ever "The State of California's Regions" Report
San Francisco, CA – Published by the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL), "The State of California's Regions 2001" is the first major report declaring the state of California a "state of regions." The report asserts that certain major issues such as population growth, economic development, poverty reduction, and the environment, can only be addressed successfully at the regional level.
"This will require a new era of collaboration among local governments and regional agencies, and business, civic, and community organizations," said Nick Bollman, President of CCRL.
The report suggests that major policy and funding decisions by the state government, in transportation, housing, economic development and the environment, must be tailored to the particular needs of our regions.
"For example, beyond the current energy crisis, housing is a priority issue in the Bay Area, jobs and the economy in the Central Valley, and traffic congestion and air quality in Los Angeles. State policy needs to reflect that," says Bollman.
The full report can be downloaded from the Center's website:
(Link updated 20091005 to redirect to archive domain.)
CCRL is a statewide nonprofit organization established to support, facilitate, and promote innovative regional solutions for the state's major economic, environmental, and social challenges, and to help achieve a more sustainable California. More information as well as a free e-newsletter, is available at www.calregions.org.
The report tells the story of California's diverse regions and the 21 new civic and business organizations that have emerged in recent years to solve regional problems, including groups like the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, the Gateway Cities Partnership, the Institute of the North Coast, and the Sierra Business Council. A complete list of these organizations can be found at www.civicnavigator.com
The report also describes the work of the Speaker's Commission on Regionalism < www.regionalism.org >, appointed last November by California Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg. The Commission will make policy recommendations to the state government to support more effective regional, multi-jurisdictional solutions to the state's major challenges; and population growth is at the top of the list. The Commission recently delivered to Hertzberg its first set of recommendations, a package of 20 reforms in state-local finance, which, if adopted, would be the most sweeping set of reforms since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.
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