September 2018

Sep
20
Thu
Oakland

California’s Major EV Investment

12:30 p.m.
Earlier this year, the California Public Utilities Commission approved proposals from California’s three largest utilities that will fast-track the building of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the state. The plans, which amount to nearly $1 billion in investment, will support the statewide shift to EVs in the coming years. Learn more about how this process has unfolded, what’s next for EVs and how they will affect our region. Generously sponsored by PG&E. + Gracie Brown / PG&E + Jimmy...
Sep
20
Thu
San Jose

Getting Local Land Use Approvals Right

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Earlier this year, Berkeley Law released a paper analyzing the approval and permitting processes of five Bay Area cities. Their research shows that these processes vary widely, making development more difficult and uncertain than it needs to be. Though statewide reforms have gotten attention, the inconsistency of local implementation means it’s hard to predict on-the-ground results. Join us to understand more about the paper’s findings and what comes next. + Aaron Aknin / City of Redwood City + Eric Biber...
Sep
25
Tue
San Jose

Drawing the Future of Public Space in San Jose

Special Program 6:00 p.m.
From the High Line in New York City to Las Ramblas in Barcelona, cities are defined by their urban public spaces. But what does it take to create a world-class urban place, and which spaces have the most potential in San Jose? Put ideas to the test in this workshop as we learn about what makes for a successful public space, and then put pen to paper as we rethink the future of three significant public spaces in San Jose:...
Sep
25
Tue
San Francisco

How Can Emerging Mobility Technology Support Public Transit?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
How can new forms of private transportation — car shares, ride shares, scooter shares, e-bikes, autonomous vehicles and things we haven’t thought of yet — support public transit? Hear how design and policy leaders are creating better urban mobility hubs that put transit riders first and combine transit with the growing number of mobility options in a seamless and user-friendly way. Co-presented by SF Transit Riders. + Sahar Shirazi / WSP + Gerry Tierney / Perkins+Will + Danielle Harris /...
Sep
26
Wed
San Jose

Berryessa BART: More Than a Transit Project

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The opening of San Jose’s first BART station is an important moment for the city, and the potential benefits of this extension go far beyond the station itself. Come learn what the city is doing to prepare for the arrival of BART and how it can take advantage of this unique opportunity to create a dynamic urban village around its first station. + Teresa Alvarado / SPUR + Melissa Cerezo / Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) + Councilmember Lan...
Sep
27
Thu
San Jose

Healthier Places for a Healthier Community

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The places we live affect our health in complex ways. In New York, the state health department has partnered with community leaders to explore ground-up ways of creating healthier communities — helping nearly half a million New Yorkers improve their access to healthy food and safe public spaces. Hear how San Jose can apply what New York learned about the critical intersection of community-based health, urban planning and community organizing. Generously sponsored by The Health Trust. + Nupur Chaudhury /...
Sep
27
Thu
Oakland

Shipping Container to Shopping Opportunity

Tour 4:00 p.m.
Repurposed shipping containers have been popping up around the Bay Area at a rapid pace, and though the steel structures can be used for a variety of purposes, including housing, they’ve found a nearly perfect fit as small-scale shops and restaurants. Tour two successful projects in uptown Oakland to hear from the designers and business owners about how this building form has created not just shopping opportunities but micro-communities. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Martha Trela / UrbanBloc +...
Sep
28
Fri
Oakland

Making Modular at Factory_OS

Tour 1:30 p.m.
Modular construction is in the spotlight as a potential savior of the real estate industry. It promises less expensive construction, higher quality and faster timelines, but can it live up to that ideal? Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand new Factory_OS on Vallejo’s Mare Island to understand how modular units are constructed and the benefits that the off-site process offers. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Rick Holliday / Factory_OS + Larry Pace / Factory_OS

October 2018

Oct
2
Tue
San Francisco

Taxes for Transportation

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Senate Bill 1 (SB1) was passed last year to increase funding from the state’s gas tax and offset a decline in revenue due to increased vehicle efficiency. However, its modest gains may be repealed this November when voters are faced with Prop. 6, a measure that would both repeal SB1 and make it harder to increase transportation funding across the state. Learn about what SB1 does for our region, the impacts that Prop. 6 would have and the overall transportation...
Oct
2
Tue
San Francisco

Getting There Together

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Carpooling cuts down on the number of cars on the road, which has the cascading effect of reducing gridlock and air pollution due to auto emissions, leading to shorter commute times, money savings and a cleaner planet. But carpooling is not without its challenges, logistical and otherwise. Come learn about the future of carpooling and the efforts underway to encourage people to get places together. + Charlie Knuth / Scoop + Barbara Laurenson / Bay Area Metro + Ron Drabkin / Miles
Oct
3
Wed
San Jose

Guiding the Future of San Jose’s Open Spaces

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Originally released in 2009, the Greenprint is a long-term plan that guides San Jose’s future expansion of parks, trails, recreation facilities and community services. After two years of considerable community outreach, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department is gearing up to release a significant new update to the goals and strategies in this important document. Join us to learn more. + Nicolle Burnham / San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department + Yves Zsutty / San Jose...
Oct
3
Wed
San Francisco

Nonprofit Space and Policy Solutions

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps local nonprofits secure new space and facilitate long-term leases. Earlier this year, the initiative hit a major $5 million milestone, enabling more organizations throughout the city to grow and expand arts resources, child care, job training, health care and senior services. Hear from the city, nonprofits and other experts about how nonprofits are connecting the dots between policies and resources. + Brett Andrews / PRC + Lex Leifheit / San Francisco Office of Economic...
Oct
3
Wed
San Francisco

Ballots and Brews

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
On November 6, San Francisco residents will head to the voting booth for the first November election since 2016. Instead of blindly facing complex ballot measures — including several related to taxation — become a smarter voter by joining SPUR policy staff in an annual tradition as they explain the ballot over beers.
Oct
4
Thu
San Francisco

Welcome HOME-SF

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s local density bonus program, also known as HOME-SF, was created to incentivize the building of affordable and family-friendly housing throughout the city. However, since it was signed into law over a year ago, only a few projects have been able to utilize it. Hear about the program’s hopes for the future and how recent amendments are expected to make it more usable. + Kabir Seth / Presidio Bay Ventures + Supervisor Katy Tang / San Francisco Board of...
Oct
5
Fri
San Jose

Regional Strategy Launch and Listen Day

Lunchtime Forum
12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
What will the Bay Area be like in 50 years? How can we shape its future? Join us for an inside look at the making of SPUR’s regional strategy, a civic vision and road map for the Bay Area’s growth over the next half-century. Learn about the research questions and how you can get involved. Then, at 1:30pm, join us to share your voice and your vision for the future in this listening session and interactive workshop. Pre-registration is required...
Oct
9
Tue
San Francisco

More Than a Ticket to Ride

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Fare policy is a powerful tool that impacts all aspects of the transit system: the number of people who ride, boarding times, operating costs, mode choice, customer satisfaction and affordability. Well-designed fare policies can simplify the customer experience, help manage demand and make switching between transit systems simple and hassle-free. Hear about the efforts underway in the Bay Area to restructure fares. + Ryan Greene-Roesel / BART + Arielle Fleisher / SPUR + Priyoti Ahmed / San Francisco County Transportation...
Oct
9
Tue
San Jose

New Updates From High-Speed Rail

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Over the past several months, California’s high-speed rail program has made significant progress in its construction and planning. Hear about new decisions for track alignment between Bay Area stations, and learn how the system is incorporating sustainability into all aspects of the project in an effort to help the state and its cities achieve their long-term environmental goals. + Meg Cederoth / California High-Speed Rail Authority + Boris Lipkin / California High-Speed Rail Authority
Oct
9
Tue
Oakland

Disaster Collectivism

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The disruptive force of environmental disasters is a wake-up call, posing questions about what’s important and how we want to live. This prods us to build resilience and create social cohesion now, without waiting for disasters to strike. Hear how communities are pursuing these goals from a panel that will launch a new documentary podcast series. “Disaster Collectivism,” from Shareable, Upstream Podcast, and the Post Carbon Institute, uncovers our natural tendencies to support our neighbors during crisis. Co-presented by Shareable.
Oct
9
Tue
San Jose

The Color of Law

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The book The Color of Law argues that racially explicit government policies in the mid-20th century purposely created an enduring pattern of residential segregation that characterizes not only the Bay Area but every metropolitan region nationwide. Join author Richard Rothstein to hear how these pervasive policies demand remedies that we haven’t previously considered in a thought-provoking and enlightening discussion. Co-presented by the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at San Jose State University. + Richard Rothstein / author
Oct
11
Thu
San Francisco

A New Strategy for the Excelsior and Outer Mission

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
A little over a year ago, San Francisco launched a visioning process with community members from the Excelsior, the Outer Mission and adjacent neighborhoods. These dialogues asked questions about how these neighborhoods could become an even better place to live and visit and what it might take to make those improvements happen. Learn how the strategy has succeeded from those who have been deeply involved with the process. + Sue Exline / San Francisco Planning Department + Jorge Rivas /...
Oct
11
Thu
San Jose

The Role of Train Stations in the Changing Mobility Ecosystem

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In an era of continuous change in the mobility ecosystem, and with billions of dollars being invested in major transportation projects around the state, how can we plan for building multimodal hubs that are more than just a sum of transportation facilities? What do these types of places look and feel like? Come explore the most successful examples of stations and station areas from around the world, and learn what we should be aspiring to at Diridon Station.
Oct
16
Tue
San Francisco

Taking Sustainability Advice From China

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Sustainable urban design can create social, economic and climate benefits when it is prioritized. California has typically led the world in sustainability policy but has a mixed record in urban form, while China is in the middle of an urban design transition from auto-oriented to people-oriented cities. What lessons can we learn from these two dynamic worlds? Hear how China’s urban growth could help build a sustainable and prosperous California. + Hal Harvey / Energy Innovation + Peter Calthorpe / Calthorpe Associates
Oct
16
Tue
San Jose

The Next Earthquake and the South Bay

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Silicon Valley has long been one of the major drivers of our economy, but what will happen when the region is faced with its next earthquake? The USGS has been preparing the report HayWired, which looks at the impacts that a large quake might have on the Bay Area. Learn about what we can expect, and prepare for, when it comes to the effects on the South Bay’s economy and telecommunications network. Generously sponsored by PG&E and co-presented by Joint...
Oct
17
Wed
San Francisco

How Does the Bay Area Compare Globally?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
By many accounts, the Bay Area is the leading innovation region in the United States, if not the world, but how does it really compare with other major metropolitan areas? What benchmarks can we use to encourage the Bay Area to look for guidance and inspiration from other leading regions, including Shanghai, Singapore and London? + Micah Weinberg / Bay Area Council Economic Institute + Sean Randolph / Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Oct
17
Wed
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: Nuria Fernandez

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
Grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s exciting Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Nuria Fernandez, general manager of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Come learn about her career path, what the arrival of BART means for San Jose, and the future of transportation in Silicon Valley. + Noah Christman / SPUR + Nuria Fernandez / VTA
Oct
18
Thu
Oakland

Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Individuals are often encouraged to vote with their forks to change the food system. Institutional consumers, though, have much bigger forks with which to vote. Explore the recent trends across the country at improving the food system through institutional procurement at hospitals, universities and more and hear from the leaders who make decisions about sustainable, healthy and regional food in their institutions. + Sapna Thottathil / University of California Office of the President + Kathleen Reed / Kaiser Permanente +...
Oct
18
Thu
San Francisco

Membership in Placemaking

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Cities are rapidly undergoing monumental shifts thanks to a range of factors, from the sharing economy to unsustainable climbs in the cost of living. These changes are having a lasting impact on the social meanings of places, and many of the spaces that used to be familiar no longer evoke the same feelings. With everything around us evolving so quickly, what does it take to create a new sense of belonging? Join us for a philosophical conversation about what it...
Oct
19
Fri
San Francisco

Regional Strategy Launch and Listen Day

Lunchtime Forum
12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
What will the Bay Area be like in 50 years? How can we shape its future? Join us for an inside look at the making of SPUR’s regional strategy, a civic vision and road map for the Bay Area’s growth over the next half-century. Learn about the research questions and how you can get involved. Then, at 1:30pm, join us to share your voice and your vision for the future in this listening session and interactive workshop. Pre-registration is required.
Oct
23
Tue
Oakland

New Approaches to Community Engagement

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The community engagement process is critical to the creation of sustainable, successful places, but too often we rely on the same worn tropes and techniques in an attempt to give more people a voice. Hear from leaders across a variety of industries whose everyday work connects them with communities to learn what real, holistic engagement looks like. + Laura Williams / David Baker Architects + Brad Leibin / David Baker Architects + David Fletcher / Fletcher Studio Landscape Architecture +...
Oct
24
Wed
San Jose

Leading the Charge on EV Buses

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Once numerous car models went electric, it was only a matter of time before buses followed suit. Now, public transportation agencies around the Bay Area are taking bold new steps to electrify their fleets, create new systems to manage electric vehicle (EV) charging and make sure that the bus is at the center of our mobility options. Come learn how local agencies are leading the charge for electric buses in the Bay Area. Generously sponsored by PG&E. + Mike Harrigan...
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