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November 2022 Voter Guide

Our analysis of ballot measures in California, San Francisco, San José and Oakland

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In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Saint-Denis/Oakland

An exhibition focusing on the people who live, work and create our cities

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SF’s Dueling Affordable Housing Measures

What’s the real difference between Prop. D and Prop. E?

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Can the Bay Area Learn from Copenhagen’s 1990s Reinvention?

Reporting back from SPUR's 2022 study trip

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SPUR’s First 10 Years in San José

A retrospective of SPUR's work in the South Bay

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A Parkway for the People

Celebrating the completion of the epic, 31-year Presidio Parkway project

November 2022 Voter Guide

Voter Guide /
SPUR analyzed all local and state measures on the California, San Francisco, San José and Oakland ballots for the November 2022 election. Our analysis includes the background behind the measures, equity impacts, pros and cons, and a recommendation on how to vote.

Three Ways San Francisco, San José and Oakland Can Meet Their Housing Needs

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One of the critical steps in addressing California’s housing crisis is making sure that cities build enough housing to meet the needs of everyone in the community. That’s why the state requires every California city to update the housing element section of its general plan every eight years. The latest cycle is underway, and SPUR has been tracking the housing elements in San Francisco, San José and Oakland. Here’s how much housing the cities will be expected to build in the next cycle and three ideas for how they can get there.

Build More Housing, Faster: Major SPUR-Supported Housing Legislation Becomes Law

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Over the past two weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law seven pro-housing production bills sponsored and supported by SPUR and allied members of our statewide California Home Building Alliance. This capped a very successful year of housing advocacy in the Capitol. We’re thrilled with the results of this legislative session and grateful to our partners in this work.

Big Win! New SPUR-Sponsored Legislation Will Help California Commit to Sustainable Transportation

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Governments, advocates and businesses already face great challenges in transforming California’s car-oriented transportation system to one that is affordable, equitable and consistent with the state’s climate goals. But it’s even harder when state laws consistently undermine our best efforts. Governor Newsom recently signed three SPUR-sponsored transportation bills that will help affordable and sustainable transportation options succeed by stopping policies and practices that have been undermining their success for decades.

Staff Profile: Sarah Karlinsky, 18-Year Spurrito

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This year, SPUR is celebrating staff members — a.k.a. “Spurritos”— who have served the organization for 10 years or more. This month we profile Sarah Karlinsky, SPUR’s senior advisor, who has held five different roles since she first started at the organization in 2005.