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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.

Little Rain and Less Certainty for California Agriculture

March 2, 2014 By Eli Zigas, Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager
Despite the inches of rain that fell in February, California’s farmers and ranchers are still facing a severe drought. Mother Jones magazine recently published an infographic that clearly illustrates the link between the lack of rain and the state’s agricultural economy. What it conveys is that this is going to be a hard year for farmers and ranchers in California, with nationwide ripple effects.

Forecasting San Francisco’s Economic Fortunes

February 27, 2014 By Jennifer Warburg, Special Projects Manager
Earlier this month, San Francisco’s leading economists met to predict the future. Each year, SPUR’s Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee brings together city staff and independent economic experts from sectors including real estate, hospitality and retail. This year’s Annual Economic Briefing illuminated several key economic trends impacting the city this year.

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