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Region 9 Head Start Association
Family Engagement Keynote Anthony Barrows:
Applying Behavioral Science to Program Design
Do you know what’s best for you and your family?
This simple question keynote speaker Anthony Barrows often asks his audiences. It is a question born from his own hard experience growing up in the projects of Boston.
Barrows, 42, is a Head Start alumni. He was a foster child. He was a social services worker. He knows the system. He knows it focuses more often on getting people to comply, rather than getting them what they need. | Read More Here
Exceptional ideas in an unconventional year:
Family Engagement Conference speakers model new approaches
An unconventional year makes it clear that the 2020 Family Engagement Conference should lean to the exceptional for intelligent and innovative methods to assist children and families—especially those experiencing poverty.
In presentations that are insightful and inspirational, keynote speakers Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, DHHS Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson, policy change agent Anthony Barrows and Office of Head Start Director Dr. Deborah Bergeron, will challenge attendees to take a second look at their own systems to find a better way.
As Assistant Secretary Johnson says, “Our safety net, just like it does with fish, keeps people caught sometimes, and our goal is to get them unstuck and move them to success.” | Read More Here
Best practices: Upcoming Region 9 HSA round table to look at how to better serve families experiencing homelessness
Recovery from the Great Recession has been uneven for minorities and families at-risk. Moreover, as the economy improved and businesses expanded, the cost of housing rebounded. Across Region 9, home prices have soared and as well as rents—in cities, the suburbs and even in rural and isolated communities.
In fact, even in America’s richest cities, the homeless crisis is getting worse, according to Bloomberg Businessweek: “A toxic combination of slow wage growth and skyrocketing rents has put housing out of reach for a greater number of people,” say writers By Noah Buhayar and Esmé E. Deprez, further noting that “at least 10 cities on the West Coast have declared states of emergency in recent years. San Diego and Tacoma, Wash., recently responded by erecting tents fit for disaster relief areas to provide shelter for their homeless.”
Here are some specifics regionally: In Sacramento, the biennial point-in-time count conducted in 2017 found that 95 percent of homeless families live in shelters or in transitional housing, where they comprise over a third of all homeless that use shelters. | Read more on PDF
California Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce
CalAsian Chamber receives additional grant for $750,000 to expand operation of Sacramento MBDA Export Center
As a testament for ongoing work assisting minority business enterprises (MBE), the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian Chamber) has received an additional grant for $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to continue operating the Sacramento MBDA Export Center.
The award is in addition to the $250,000 the CalAsian Chamber previously received for the MBDA Export Center, which provides technical assistance and business development services to MBEs.
“We believe now more than ever there needs to be entities like ours engaged in helping our MBEs succeed in trade to the Pacific Rim,” said Pat Fong Kushida, President & CEO of the CalAsian Chamber. “Consumers there are becoming the economic drivers globally, and with the MDBA’s assistance, API and other minority California businesses are better able to participate in this economic opportunity.” | Read More on PDF
California Outback Report | ANewsCafe.com
Car talk: Caltrans Collects Comments
to Improve a High Desert Highway
By H.A. Silliman | May 30, 2017
Highway 395 runs along California’s eastern side—a backbone highway figuratively—and a lonely one, too. Not as lonely as Nevada’s Highway 50—the so-called “Loneliest Road in America,” but Highway 395 travels a route through country that is high desert and scrub, shuttered towns and isolated cattle ranches with those sweeping, circular wheel lines that water the heck out of alfalfa fields.
It actually slices through four states—California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington—serving as a route for goods movement, commuters and vacationers: some 1,300 miles that can be traversed at highway speeds in 23 hours.
At night—especially warm summer evenings when the stars are out full-bore—you can have that all-American road-trip experience: windows down, freedom flying in your hair. Unless you’re listening to Coast-to-Coast AM radio show with George Noory. Then the dark side emerges: You suddenly realize—the highway is great place for an alien abduction. | Read More Here.
CIA Director tells Cap-to-Cap delegates: Cyber attack could be next 'Pearl Harbor'
By Hal Silliman | April 20, 2010
WASHINGTON D.C.—Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta told 300 Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap-to-Cap delegates that the next “Pearl Harbor” is likely to be an attack on the United States’ power, financial, military and other Internet systems.
Panetta addressed the Sacramento delegation that includes 43 elected officials and hundreds of business and civic leaders who are in Washington D.C. for the annual program that advocates for the region’s most pressing policy issues. He spoke on Monday, April 19, during the Cap-to-Cap opening breakfast.
“Cyber terrorism” is a new area of concern for the CIA, Panetta said. The United States faces thousands of cyber attacks daily on its Internet networks. The attacks are originating in Russia, China, Iran and from even hackers. | Read More Here.