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Healthy Food Incentive Programs Get a Big Boost from Uncle Sam

April 6, 2015 By Eli Zigas, Food and Agriculture Policy Director
The U.S. Department of Agriculture just gave a big shot in the arm to healthy food incentive programs. On April 1, the agency announced $31 million in grants to groups large and small — including three recipients in California — that provide matching dollars to low-income families who use their food assistance benefits to buy fruits and vegetables.

The Long-Awaited Transformation of SF’s Southeast Waterfront

March 25, 2015 By Jennifer Warburg and Benjamin Grant
The Blue Greenway project proposes a 13-mile continuous open space and waterway network along San Francisco's southeastern waterfront. The idea has enormous support, but it has yet to overcome some hurdles, namely a geography that encompasses dozens of sites with dozens of owners. To address these complications, SPUR, the San Francisco Parks Alliance and others partners have kicked off the Blue Greenway Action Plan.

Bay Area Vs. Drought: How Are We Doing?

March 19, 2015 By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
Headlines are sounding the alarm that California might have only one year of water left. How are water suppliers in the Bay Area responding to our state’s worsening drought? This week SPUR invited a few of the region’s principal water managers to share the outlook from their parts of the Bay Area.

2015 Good Government Awards: Jimmy Chiu's SFO Runway Safety Program

March 17, 2015
Jimmy Chiu , Airport Infrastructure Program Director, led both design and construction efforts for the successful implementation of FAA-required runway safety areas at San Francisco International Airport ( SFO ). Chiu worked to build consensus among the FAA, airlines and airport operations staff to ensure the project would be completed by the December 2015 federal deadline.

2015 Good Government Awards: Paula Kehoe's Water Supply Diversification Programs

March 17, 2015
Paula Kehoe oversees pivotal water conservation and water resource diversification programs for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission . With California’s severe drought conditions, the work of the Water Resource Division, led by Kehoe , is particularly critical. Kehoe directed the development of new strategies for water supply diversification through non-potable supplies.

What Does SJ’s City Hall Plaza Need to Become a Great Urban Space?

March 4, 2015 by Alyssa Kies
Building an iconic, future-oriented city hall in downtown San Jose was a leap toward urbanity. But to truly reap the rewards of density will require more work. Gehl Studio and the Tech Museum of Innovation partnered to survey the existing conditions of the plaza, test a series of prototypes and provide recommendations for animating the space.

Prosperity and Opportunity in the Bay Area’s Innovation Economy

March 2, 2015 By Egon Terplan and Kathryn Mullins
The Bay Area’s “innovation economy” — i.e., the high-tech sector — is thriving. Though longtime observers are right to wonder when the next crash will happen, the region’s current boom has some fundamental qualities that hint prosperity will continue. This time of expansion is an opportunity to acknowledge some of the challenges associated with economic growth.

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