February 2017

Feb
28
Tue
San Francisco

Making Mind-Blowing Models

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
A key part of regional planning is putting together sophisticated models about the region that help answer questions such as what cities people are likely to live in, which policy tools will best shape development or what congestion might look like in the future. For years, staff at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) have been running these complex models as part of Plan Bay Area. Come hear about how these models work, what they show and how they can shape...

March 2017

Mar
1
Wed
San Francisco

Housing for Families and the Workforce

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco Supervisor Tang recently introduced legislation that could be a major boon for families and workers seeking housing. The proposal would incentivize real estate developers to include units specifically for families and low- and middle-income San Franciscans and would provide fees for the city’s public schools. Can this change how we build in San Francisco? Bring your questions and hear from the experts. Co-presented by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. + Supervisor Katy Tang / San Francisco Board...
Mar
2
Thu
San Jose

Addressing Homelessness With Homes

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The region’s out-of-control housing market affects everyone, but it impacts those who are currently homeless most of all, and agencies and organizations continue to search for new models to provide a home for everyone. Santa Clara County’s Measure A, which passed in 2016, will allocate funding to help build affordable housing, while other groups are experimenting with solutions like tiny homes and permanent supportive housing. Join us to learn how these groups are working to house the homeless. + Ray...
Mar
7
Tue
Oakland

Why Do Transportation Projects Cost So Much?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
If you think our transportation projects keep getting more and more expensive, you are not alone. Cost overruns seem to be a chronic and growing problem for big transportation projects. How can these costs be reined in? Our experts have looked at best practices from around the world and will share their thoughts about how we can make cost estimates for transportation projects more realistic and more reliable. Co-presented by Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT). + Shannon Peloquin / McKinsey...
Mar
10
Fri
San Jose

Bringing National Recognition to Santa Clara County

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
California is currently home to no National Heritage Areas (NHAs) — places recognized by the National Park Service where “historic, cultural and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes” — but a team of local leaders is organizing a new initiative to convince Congress to declare Santa Clara County as the first NHA in the state. With its rich history, diverse population and natural beauty the county is ripe for acknowledgement. Come hear about what this initiative entails,...
Mar
14
Tue
San Francisco

A New Plan to Spare the Air

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) offers a call to action and spare the air and cool the climate in its new report. The ambitious plan looks at the expected effects of climate change on the Bay Area and lays the groundwork for building a post-carbon economy. It also guides the region toward attaining all mandated air quality standards and seeks to eliminate current health risk disparities that Bay Area communities face from air pollution. Co-presented by Young...
Mar
14
Tue
Oakland

Motivating Movement

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Before he ran Motivate, the company responsible for bike-sharing programs around the country (including here in the Bay Area), Jay Walder ran the subway and urban rail systems of both New York City and Hong Kong and was part of the leadership team at London’s transportation agency. Come hear him speak about the role of bikes, and bike share, in our cities and what he learned while at the helm of some of the world’s biggest transit systems. Co-sponsored by...
Mar
15
Wed
San Francisco

The Bay Area's Greenbelt, At-Risk

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
While the Bay Area has made significant progress in the past couple of decades in stopping sprawl, nearly 300,000 acres across the region remain at risk of development. That’s the conclusion of Greenbelt Alliance’s recently updated report, At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt . We’ve had success in focusing growth into already urbanized areas, but what challenges still exist in protecting our open lands? + Jeremy Madsen / Greenbelt Alliance + Matt Gerhart / California State Coastal Conservancy + Ron...
Mar
15
Wed
Oakland

Safe Spaces: Balancing Arts and Codes

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In the wake of the Ghost Ship fire it became evident that many of Oakland’s arts spaces, while serving as safe havens for the community, require upgrades in order to conform to modern building and fire codes. There are many sociopolitical issues at play that have forced our already struggling arts community to inhabit these spaces. Rather than responding to this tragedy by shutting such spaces down and evicting tenants, we should work together to support our arts community. In...
Mar
21
Tue
San Francisco

Learning From the Netherlands

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With sea level rise threatening our coastal areas, there is much that can be learned from countries that have faced this problem for years. A Bay Area delegation visited the Netherlands recently to study how the Dutch manage their water and plan for economic resiliency. Join us for a visual exploration of the Dutch strategies — and the lessons brought back to the Bay Area. + Cathy Simon / Perkins+Will + Michael Yarne / BUILD + Andrew Wolfram / TEF...
Mar
21
Tue
Oakland

Things Will Be Great When You're Downtown

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Downtowns are important places for cities. They can be centers of commerce and civic life and places for people to work, live and congregate. Plans for downtowns can help to build on many of the assets that these neighborhoods already have — transit is one example — while protecting the things that make downtowns great. Come hear from the planners who have helped to develop and implement plans for three of the Bay Area’s most successful downtowns: Berkeley, Redwood City...
Mar
22
Wed
San Francisco

New Ideas for Housing Our Older Generations

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Over the next 20 years, the population of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to grow by over 60 percent, but many of our current forms of housing aren’t designed for aging residents. What needs to be designed to accommodate this population, and what is being built? Join us as we look at the lessons that can be learned from recently completed senior housing projects across the Bay Area. + Daniel Simons / David Baker Architects + Eve Stewart...
Mar
22
Wed
San Francisco

2017 Good Government Awards

Good Government Awards 5:30 p.m.
For the past 37 years, the Good Government Awards have recognized outstanding performances by managers working for the City and County of San Francisco.  A project of SPUR, these awards represent a unique opportunity to acknowledge San Francisco’s top managers for their leadership, vision and ability to make a difference both within city government and the community at large. Award winners will be recognized at the Good Government Awards in March 2017. We hope you will join us!
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

San Jose’s Innovation Roadmap

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
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 safety, inclusivity and sustainability, but it’s just one of many projects in the extensive plan that will reinforce the city’s reputation as a global leader in civic technology. Join us to hear how San Jose plans to use innovation to chat a roadmap for its future. Co-presented by the Commonwealth...
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
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
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 director of public policy for WeWork, the shared workspace provider with 149 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
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
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
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