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Upcoming Events

October 2022

solar panels in the desert
Oct
11
Tue

Resiliency in the Face of Changing Climate

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Californians — and citizens worldwide — are feeling the effects of a changing and warming climate. Sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting and wildfires are more intense and frequent. As California grapples with how to address the impacts of climate change, the California Natural Resources Agency has been tasked with building California's climate resiliency, preserving the state's biodiversity and expanding equitable access to natural areas. Join our chat with California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot as we discover what the California Natural Resources Agency is working on and how it's preparing California for a more climate-resilient future.
san francisco city hall
Oct
11
Tue
San Francisco

Ballots & Brews: San Francisco Spotlight [In-Person Event]

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Every election, the SPUR Voter Guide provides in-depth analysis and recommendations on the complex measures up for vote. Join our policy staff in a beloved tradition as they explain the local measures on the November 8 San Francisco ballot and SPUR’s stance on each one. Grab your ballot and your brew and join us in person for this San Francisco spotlight! (See October 4 for our event on statewide measures.)
oakland city hall
Oct
12
Wed
Oakland

Ballots & Brews: Oakland Spotlight

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Every election, the SPUR Voter Guide provides in-depth analysis and recommendations on the complex measures up for vote. Join our policy staff in a beloved tradition as they explain the local measures on the November 8 Oakland ballot and SPUR’s stance on each one. Grab your ballot and your brew and join us in person for this Oakland spotlight! (See October 4 for our event on statewide measures.)
Senator Skinner chats with constituents.
Oct
13
Thu
Oakland

A Conversation with Senator Nancy Skinner [In-Person Program]

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Elected to the California State Senate in 2016, following three terms in the California State Assembly, Senator Nancy Skinner is a social justice and climate change advocate and leader in the legislature. She currently chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and is vice chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus. In her six years in the senate, she’s authored and successfully passed landmark legislation that has tackled housing affordability, criminal justice reform, income inequality and far more. Join us for a one-on-one conversation with the senator to learn more about what she plans to accomplish this year and her outlook for both the state budget and the current legislative session.
oakland skyline
Oct
17
Mon
Oakland

Oakland's Next Leader: A Candidate Forum

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With Mayor Libby Schaaf's final term coming to a close, Oakland residents will soon have the opportunity to cast their votes for a new mayor. Join SPUR, East Bay For Everyone, Seamless Bay Area, East Bay Young Democrats, Greenbelt Alliance, and Transport Oakland for a virtual mayoral candidate forum, moderated by KQED's Priya David Clemens. At this event, candidates Ignacio De La Fuentes, Gregory Hodge, Treva Reid, Loren Taylor, and Sheng Thao will share their views on the most pressing civic issues in Oakland, such as housing, transportation, and sustainability.
The Tenderloin
Oct
20
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Collaborative Solutions for Addressing Substance Use in San Francisco

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Open-air drug sales and public drug use have escalated in San Francisco in recent years, causing distress and harm in many communities. Understanding the root causes of this epidemic and developing policies to address them have proved challenging, and there’s widespread consensus that the status quo isn’t acceptable. Join us as we learn the facts surrounding substance abuse and drug dealing in San Francisco, and how public health officials, city governments and community groups are working together to develop solutions that work.
houses
Oct
24
Mon

Bay Area Regional Black Housing Fund: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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For generations, Black communities have been stripped of access to wealth, prosperity and opportunity, particularly the economic benefits of home ownership and affordable housing. The Bay Area Black Housing Advisory Taskforce—a coalition of over 35 Black-led organizations—is proposing a $500 million state budget allocation to create the Bay Area Regional Black Housing Fund to assist Black housing developers and invest in Black-led community-based organizations. Join us to learn about the fund’s proposed uses, advocacy efforts at the state level, and what’s necessary to ensure this request is included in the next state budget.

November 2022

Person walks by a mural of a butterfly.
Nov
1
Tue

Tigers, Transit and Trees, Oh My! BART's Living Roof Project

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Market Street and Montgomery Street, parallel to the Salesforce Transit Center and Park — serve as two of San Francisco’s most significant transit arteries. Every day, cars, buses, cyclists, and pedestrians travel these streets, likely unaware of a neighbor that’s been present since the 1970s: the Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. To the butterfly, the city landscape resembles its natural habitat: a tree-lined "river" of vehicles, nearby parks, rooftop gardens and plazas make up an urban canyon. But a lack of nectar sources and larval food—as well as pending tree removal—call for a revamped place for our winged friends to call home. This year, Nature in the City, in partnership with BART, is launching two living roof pilots atop the new Montgomery and Powell Street BART stations, where 1,800 sq ft of elevated habitat will bring each station to life with insects, birds, and our beloved Swallowtails. Join us in BART's 50th anniversary year to learn about the potential opportunities and challenges for this exciting project.
CalTrain Station
Nov
2
Wed
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Bold New Rules to Deliver Transit-Oriented Communities

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Building housing, jobs and services near quality transit can increase the Bay Area's ability to accommodate new residents, improve conditions for vulnerable communities, and support mobility that isn't reliant on a private car—a concept known as a “Transit-Oriented Community” (TOC). In January, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) introduced a proposal for a new regional TOC policy, aiming to support new housing across income levels, add new jobs, and support sustainable transit access and protection from displacement. With MTC's TOC policy expected to be finalized in September, join us to discuss where this effort landed and what it will take for jurisdictions to comply.
mission rock development
Nov
8
Tue

An Untapped Remedy to California's Housing Crisis

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Since 1990, affordable housing projects have been able to use what the Housing Accountability Act calls “builder's remedy” to bypass zoning codes and plans not in compliance with Housing Element Law. However, even with the Housing Element Law recently strengthened by lawmakers in Sacramento, developers are not submitting building remedy projects to bypass local ordinances. Join us as we take a deep dive into Christopher Elmendorf's paper "A Primer on California's 'Builder's Remedy' for Housing-Element Noncompliance" to learn more about builder's remedy, why it's not being used today, and what could enable builders to make use of this tool in the future.
people voting
Nov
9
Wed
San Francisco

About Last Night: A Post-Election Recap

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The November election puts hot-button issues before the voters. What will the results mean for the city? In a much-loved tradition, SPUR and local political analysts provide a witty and incisive post-election recap.
bart train
Nov
10
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

The Future of Rail in the Bay Area

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Transportation leaders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are looking to invest in other modes of transportation, as well as deliver more efficient transportation design, scope and infrastructure. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has been diligently working on a study that examines how rail agencies throughout the region can work collaboratively on larger rail projects and operations. Join us as we discuss the findings from this new Regional Rail Study with Metropolitan Transportation Commission staff and other transportation partners throughout the region, and learn what these findings mean for the future of rail transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Full Parking Lot
Nov
10
Thu
San José

Ending the Road to Nowhere: Parking Innovation in San José [In-Person]

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The City of San José currently has 1.9 million existing parking spaces. With the City on the verge of eliminating minimum parking requirements, new tools can help minimize how much new parking developers will choose to build. How can smart parking technologies such as Parknav and Parkade be deployed to convince developers to build less parking? Join representatives from TransForm, Catalyze SV, the San José Downtown Association and the City of San Jose to learn how technology can help communities better manage and utilize their parking.
Families walking in Union Square, San Francisco
Nov
14
Mon
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

A Stronger Safety Net for California

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The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is crucial to the safety net that supports millions of Californians. Whether it's with CalFresh food assistance, CalWorks cash assistance, or through numerous other programs, the agency serves, aids, and protects needy and vulnerable children and adults throughout the state. In the past few years, CDSS, with the support of the legislature and governor, has taken steps to broaden and deepen its reach, significantly expanding who is eligible for programs and the benefits that people receive once enrolled. Join us for a discussion with the agency's Director, Kim Johnson, about the successes, challenges, and opportunities for making the safety net better for Californians.
If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to publicprograms@spur.org or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.