March 2017

Mar
23
Thu
Oakland

Balancing Power in Oakland's Government

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What does it take to manage and run a big city? In Oakland, the powers held by the mayor are quite different from those in other big cities. How did the city’s particular balance of power develop over the past several decades, and is that balance effective in managing the Oakland of today? Hear from Oakland’s legendary former city manager about what it takes to find the right balance of power between the mayor, the city administrator and the city...
Mar
23
Thu
San Jose

RESCHEDULED: San Jose’s Innovation Roadmap

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Due to the ongoing flood recovery efforts taking place in San Jose and its effect on our speaker's schedule, we've chosen to reschedule this program for Tuesday, May 9. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but look forward to exploring this topic with you at that time. San Jose is taking its title of “the Capital of Silicon Valley” seriously. They’re already implementing the ambitious Smart City Vision, a plan that uses data and tech to promote...
Mar
23
Thu
San Francisco

You've Got a Golden Ticket

Walking Tour 7:00 p.m.
Forget Willy Wonka and join us for a behind-the-scenes look at chocolate making as we walk through each step of Dandelion Chocolate’s bean-to-bar production process in their chocolate factory on Valencia Street. We’ll examine the how and why behind the journey from cacao farm to Dandelion hot chocolate. Along the tour we’ll taste cacao as it is being processed, from cocoa beans to liquid chocolate, and enjoy samples of the final product. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.
Mar
24
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee with a Wonk: Tilly Chang

Special Program 9:00 a.m.
Got ideas or questions about your city? Thoughts on transportation or affordable housing? An interest in zoning or an obsession with BRT? Come to SPUR’s St. Clare café to discuss policy and planning with a crackerjack team of thinkers and planners. In March, join us as we discuss why transit matters with the head of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). + Tilly Chang / SFCTA + Allison Arieff / SPUR
Mar
27
Mon
San Jose

How Ireland's Arts Successes Translate to San Jose

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
As stated on the city of Dublin, Ireland’s website, “The arts are a unique and fundamental part of Dublin’s identity. By leading, developing and working in partnership, we support artists, arts organisations and the city’s communities to deliver quality arts experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life and its reputation as a modern vibrant city, rich in heritage.” This is a message that San Jose, as the 10th largest city and one of the richest in the United States, can...
Mar
29
Wed
San Jose

Shaping San Jose's Protected Bike Network

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Protected bikeways, bike lanes separated from traffic due to built elements or parked cars, are the safest way for cyclists to traverse city streets and the best way to get new riders comfortable with urban biking. After a pilot project downtown, San Jose is looking into implement this infrastructure throughout their bike network. Join us for a workshop on accelerating this process with experts from National Association of Transportation Officials (NACTO), the leader in protected bikeway visioning and implementation. Co-presented...
Mar
29
Wed
San Jose

Next Stop: Diridon (Exhibition Opening)

Exhibition Opening 6:00 p.m.
Diridon Station is on the cusp of becoming one of the most important transportation hubs in the country and one of the region’s best opportunities to channel new growth near transit. Over the next decade, the station and the 240 acres the surround it are planned to undergo a massive transformation. How can we shape this growth so that is benefits residents of San Jose and the greater Bay Area? SPUR San Jose’s latest exhibition looks at best practices and...
Mar
29
Wed
Oakland

Supporting Public Safety in Oakland

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
2017 has brought two major additions in the realm of public safety to Oakland: in January, Oakland-native Venus Johnson was named as the city's new director of public safety, and in February, Anne Kirkpatrick was sworn in as the city's new chief of police. In a city where turnover at the top of the police department has been high and in a department over which federal monitors, the Mayor, the City Manager and the police commission all have oversight, these...
Mar
30
Thu
San Francisco

Data-Driven Approaches to Road Safety

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Though we live in the 21st century, an era supported by data-driven decision-making, we’re too often relying on 20th-century (or even 19th-century) methods to collect, and learn from, transportation data. But if Vision Zero is to truly succeed, these methods need to improve significantly. Come hear about innovative ways to measure and analyze behavior that can be used to forecast risk and prevent traffic deaths, and learn how they can be implemented in our cities. Co-presented by Northern California APA...
Mar
30
Thu
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: Padden Murphy

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Come grab a beer and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s newest Young Urbanist series, we sit down with the head of public affairs for the Americas at WeWork, the shared workspace provider with over 120 locations around the world. Hear about his career path, which included stints at both Getaround and Lyft, his vision for our cities and why the future of work is collaborative. + Padden Murphy / WeWork

April 2017

Apr
4
Tue
San Jose

What’s Next for Vision Zero in San Jose?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Since adopting Vision Zero in 2015, San Jose has been working to fully eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities from its streets. What will it take for San Jose to accomplish that goal? As the city enters the third year of its Vision Zero commitment, come learn about what it has done, and what it intends to do, to make its streets safer for biking, walking and driving. + Jaime Fearer / California Walks + Colin Heyne / Silicon Valley Bicycle...
Apr
4
Tue
San Francisco

Drinks and Discourse: Tiffany Chu

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
Come grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s newest Young Urbanist series, we sit down with the co-founder of Remix, a company that is building software to help local governments plan better public transit. Hear about her career path, how technology can improve our cities and what it takes to bring better transportation to the places we live and work. + Tiffany Chu / Remix
Apr
5
Wed
San Jose

How Tech is Engaging on Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Some of the region's largest tech employers have begun to focus more of their community engagement efforts and investments in housing, whether for their employees or for the communities impacted by the Bay Area’s rapid growth. How can this form of intervention help with the region’s housing shortage, and how successful has it been? Join us for a discussion with some of the partners who are working on these issues. Co-presented by SV@Home . + Tameeka Bennett / Youth United...
Apr
5
Wed
San Jose

Equity, Growth and Community: Discussing a Path Forward for Silicon Valley

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
Our country is increasingly characterized by growing inequality, economic insecurity, and partisanship exacerbated by fragmented information sources in our increasingly narrow-cast media landscape. Research shows that this inequity is bad for economic growth, and that a fundamental building block for bringing equity and growth together is the creation of a diverse community in which regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides. Over the last 20 years, Silicon Valley has faced many of these same challenges, with dramatically...
Apr
5
Wed
Oakland

Fixing the Bay Area’s Growth Politics

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Though residents of the Bay Area are overwhelmingly aligned on broader political issues, including environmental quality and social justice, divergences happen when we’re asked to weigh in on local issues. But the future of the region depends on finding ways to overcome our internal differences and build a better Bay Area. How can we bridge the political divide that affects policies around growth and development? Hear from our panel, then join in the discussion with your own ideas. Co-presented by...
Apr
6
Thu
Oakland

The State of the Delta

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is a rich and complex place studded by islands and utilized for shipping, agriculture, recreation, housing and more. Together, these uses contribute billions of dollars to the state’s economy. The waterway has also proven to be highly controversial, with groups continuously arguing over how it should and shouldn’t be used. Come hear about the ongoing debates surrounding the policy and planning process for the delta, as well as an outlook for the future. + Caitrin Phillips...
Apr
6
Thu
San Francisco

Business on the Bay

Special Program
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco's southeast waterfront is rapidly changing, driven by new developments at Mission Rock, Mission Bay, Hunters Point and Treasure Island. These projects are poised to deliver thousands of new, much-needed, housing units to the city, as well as retail, services, jobs, public space and other amenities. Join us for a waterfront tour, led by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors and FivePoint, to see these projects from a new...
Apr
11
Tue
Oakland

Exit Interview: Jeff Tumlin

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Since July 2016, Jeff Tumlin has served as the interim director of Oakland’s new Department of Transportation. In the short time that he’s been on the job, he’s helped shape and form the department, giving it the structure it needs to succeed while helping it pass key initial projects and policies. As his tenure comes to an end, come hear him reflect on what it’s meant to be the department’s first director, what he hopes for his successor and where...
Apr
12
Wed
San Jose

Food Works for Economic Development

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Jose’s food industry contributes $2.9 billion annually to the city’s economy while helping shape its identity and vitality. Yet many food businesses face challenges: distributors and processors are squeezed for space and new businesses need more incubation opportunities. Join us as we discuss the additional policies and investments that are needed to ensure that food sector businesses start, stay and grow in San Jose. + Dan Bassian / Bassian Farms, Inc. + Lee Bassian / Bassian Farms, Inc. +...
Apr
12
Wed
San Francisco

Ready or Not: Renewables are Coming to Commercial Buildings

Evening Forum
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How can commercial building owners in dense urban environments navigate on-site constraints for solar and other “green” energy, to achieve state-wide Zero Net Energy goals and legislated Clean Energy goals? There are a host of data sources confirming that market-based forces, like LEED and Energy Star certification, are causing owners to shift toward green building strategies. And though owners have been hesitant to pursue full Zero Net Energy buildings, signs of changing building strategies and lower implementation barriers are evident,...
Apr
13
Thu
San Jose

Tracking Silicon Valley’s Ups and Downs

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Since 1995, Joint Venture Silicon Valley has released its annual Silicon Valley Index , a report series that has tracked Silicon Valley's ups and downs throughout booms and busts. At the beginning of a new year, what trends are emerging and what social and economic challenges are most critical to tackle? Come hear about how the Valley's economy is faring amidst another economic boom. Co-presented by the Commonwealth Club. + Russ Hancock / Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Apr
13
Thu
San Francisco

Zoning at 100: Reactions and Thoughts

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Zoning, the often-derided tool of planners everywhere, has had 100 years to evolve. Has it? What did zoning get right, what did it get wrong and where can it go from here? Join us as a stellar slate of speakers address this thorny topic. Will they air their qualms or argue their defense? Either way, they’re operating under the constraints of the rapid-fire Pecha Kucha style — 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide — to deliver their point.
Apr
17
Mon
San Francisco

Who Should Make Land Use Decisions?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Recent land use decisions around the Bay Area have raised questions about how our region can achieve its desired outcomes, particularly on housing production. Localities say that they know what’s best for their community, but others argue for a means to override the choices of “bad actors.” How can local communities make the best decisions to meet regional and local needs? Join us for a nuanced discussion about how we can resolve these tensions and build the best Bay Area...
Apr
18
Tue
San Francisco

Accessing Tech Jobs in SF

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The tech sector is booming, but how can people without expert skills or robust networks access employment in that industry? One key answer is TechSF, San Francisco’s workforce development system that provides job placement assistance, boot camps, skill development and more. Come learn how the program is faring and what jobs its participants are getting. + Patrick Mitchell / San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development + Michael Carr / San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development + Andrew Lindsay / Jawbone
Apr
18
Tue
Oakland

Building Better Schools

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Our schools are critical pieces of social infrastructure, and last November voters approved a $9 billion statewide bond, as well as many local bonds, to invest in the improvement and construction of schools and community colleges. With chronic underinvestment exposing millions of students to substandard buildings and health and safety risks, this funding is vital for our education system. Learn how the funding will improve our state’s schools and which investments local districts are planning next. + Jeff Vincent /...
Apr
18
Tue
San Jose

San Jose is For Everyone

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Immigrants have been the backbone of our nation since its beginning, but recent federal actions put that at risk. Local cities, however, are reacting with their own plans. San Jose, a city where immigrants comprise 38% of the population, recently released a three-year plan to encourage immigrant integration and build upon that community’s strengths and contributions. Come hear more about the plan and the city’s efforts to welcome everyone to San Jose. + Zulma Maciel / San Jose Office of...
Apr
18
Tue
San Francisco

Same Neighborhoods, More Homes: Bring on the Accessory Dwelling Units

Evening Forum
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
An anticipated new study about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is being released by UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Titled Unblocking the Market for Accessory Dwelling Units: Lessons Learned from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, the study examines the impact of various policy reforms and programs on expanding the production of accessory dwelling units. Using Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia as case studies, the report examines why some reforms have spurred more ADU construction than others while...
Apr
19
Wed
San Jose

What's Going Up Downtown?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Is downtown San Jose benefitting from the growing trend of living and working in urban centers? What new real estate development projects are being proposed or constructed? What's changed in the last few years, and what might it mean for downtown and for making the most of BART? + Scott Knies / San Jose Downtown Association + Laura Tolkoff / SPUR + Geri Wong / Newmark Cornish & Carey
Apr
21
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee With a Wonk: Emma Stewart

Special Program 9:00 a.m.
Got ideas or questions about your city? Thoughts on transportation or affordable housing? An interest in zoning or an obsession with BRT? Come to SPUR’s St. Clare café to discuss policy and planning with a crackerjack team of thinkers and planners. In April, join us as we talk about the intersection between architecture, technology and sustainability with the chief business development officer at Impact Infrastructure. + Emma Stewart / Impact Infrastructure + Allison Arieff / SPUR
Apr
25
Tue
San Jose

Touring the South Bay’s Salt Ponds

Walking Tour 12:00 p.m.
The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the largest project of its kind on the West Coast and is in the process of restoring over 15,000 acres of formerly diked area to tidal action, while managing for sensitive species and sea level rise. Get an up-close look at the restored tidal marsh, managed ponds and historic salt works as we take a two-mile tour with the project's director. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + John Bourgeois / South Bay...
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