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Bringing Water Consumption Down as the Drought Heats Up

April 22, 2014 By Keith Tanner
As California grapples with one of its worst droughts in recorded history, many in the Bay Area are wondering what should be done to ensure that we have sufficient water. Luckily, water agencies in our region are already leading the way on innovative approaches to reduce demand by fostering water conservation and efficiency. Here's what's working.

Diridon Station: Big Investments, Big Opportunities

April 9, 2014 By Julia Chang and Alyssa Kies
Regional transit projects planned for San Jose's Diridon Station could make it one of the Bay Area’s most important transit and development hubs — if the area around it is planned well. The city has released a draft version of its Diridon Station Area Plan, which will shape the future of the area. SPUR has reviewed the plan and made a number of important recommendations.

VTA Breaks Ground on the Bay Area’s First Bus Rapid Transit Line

April 7, 2014 By María Gabriela Huertas Díaz
After years of planning, the Santa Clara–Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project broke ground on Friday, March 21. This is the first of three BRT lines that the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is developing in the South Bay — and the first BRT line in the Bay Area, pulling ahead of planned projects in San Francisco and the East Bay.

How Did Your State Reps Vote on Food and Ag Bills?

April 7, 2014 By Eli Zigas, Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager
Across California, communities have started food policy councils so that local advocates for food producers and consumers can work together to improve the food system. Earlier this year, a coalition of these groups published an analysis of legislators’ voting records on 10 different food and agriculture bills.

Devil's Slide Coastal Trail: An Inspiration for Ocean Beach

April 1, 2014 Maria Bakali, Ocean Beach Project Intern
After a 20-year public process, a project to convert a landslide-prone portion of Highway 1 into a multi-use coastal trail is finally complete. The new Devil's Slide Trail welcomes hikers, cyclists, horse riders and dog walkers. With its similarities to erosion-damaged sections of the Great Highway, Devil's Slide offers a model for implementing some of the recommendations in SPUR’s Ocean Beach Master Plan.

2014 Good Government Awards: How Zoon Nguyen United 500 Couples in One Weekend

March 19, 2014
SPUR’s 34th annual Good Government Awards recognized Zoon Nguyen for rolling out the San Francisco assessor-recorder’s electronic system, increasing regular assessments and helping the city issue 500 marriage licenses in one weekend after the federal court announced the resumption of same-sex marriages.

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