November 2019

Nov
12
Tue
San Francisco

NEW DATE: San Francisco’s Energy Destiny

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
From a changing climate to the PG&E bankruptcy, San Francisco is facing a new energy landscape and the city’s elected leaders are considering a shift to public power to stabilize costs, ensure reliability, increase local oversight and expand the city’s use of renewable energy. But can this approach work? What have other cities learned about public power and when should San Francisco take the next step?
Nov
12
Tue
Oakland

Planning New Commercial Development in Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Despite a boom in recent construction, there’s still an array of transit-friendly sites primed for large-scale commercial development in Downtown Oakland. If recent projects are any indication, however, these sites are more likely to become residential towers. What are the challenges to building new office and commercial development in Oakland? Join a conversation between local planners and builders about what needs to happen to ensure that commercial properties can get built.
Nov
12
Tue
San Francisco

The Future of Treasure Island

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In the coming years, new development at Treasure Island is slated to slowly create homes for 8,000 new households, as well as restaurants, retail, entertainment, open space, a marina, new transportation options and more. With the development of San Francisco’s newest neighborhood well underway, come learn how various aspects of these plans are unfolding and what they hold for the future of Treasure Island.
Nov
13
Wed
Oakland

Resilience in Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
From hills prone to wildfire to fault lines primed for seismic activity to a waterfront susceptible to rising seas, Oakland sits at the nexus of potential natural disasters. What is the city doing to minimize the effects that its communities will experience during major shocks, as well as the impact of more continuous stresses like homelessness and economic inequality? Come hear from Oakland’s chief resilience officer about the efforts underway to help the city prepare for, resist and recover from these challenges.
Nov
13
Wed
Oakland

Drinks & Discourse: WeWork's Lindsay Baker

Evening Forum 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 inspiring Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Lindsay Baker, Global Head of Sustainability and Wellbeing at WeWork. Come hear about her career path, the role of large companies in solving environmental challenges, the metrics behind “wellbeing” and much more.
Nov
14
Thu
San Francisco

San Francisco's New Hazards and Climate Resilience Plan

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The City and County of San Francisco is wrapping up a new cross-departmental effort to improve the city’s readiness for disasters such as earthquakes and to bolster its overall resilience in the face of long-term climate change. Learn from the plan’s leaders about how this new initiative will make the city’s residents safer and more prepared for heat, flooding, wildfires, sea level rise and more.
Nov
14
Thu
San Jose

What's Next for SJ's Public Spaces?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With nearly 100 regional and neighborhood parks, as well as over 53 miles of trails, San Jose has developed a robust program for investing in open space and recreation on a citywide scale. How might this program serve as a lesson to other South Bay cities, and how can these types of places catalyze a sense of community in our neighborhoods? Join us to learn about the new projects that are underway for improving our public spaces.
Nov
14
Thu
San Francisco

Economic Inequality and Education

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Part of the belief in American social mobility rests largely upon our faith that opportunity comes through education, and having access to quality primary education is one indicator of future success. How well does the Bay Area provide lower-income residents with access to quality schools? Are we making progress, or are the systems in place propagating the widespread income inequality already seen across the region? In the final part of a three-part series, we’ll discuss whether quality public education can reduce the opportunity and equity gaps and what can be done to turn the tables. Co-presented by KQED.
Nov
18
Mon
Oakland

Imagining More People-First Streets

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
A people-first Market Street is coming to San Francisco. With the recently approved plan to ban cars from much of the downtown artery, the city joins heavyweights like New York, Paris, and Barcelona in opening up more street space for pedestrians, bikes, and public transit and reimagining its streets as safer, greener, and more efficient. Join CityLab and SPUR in conversation with Oakland transportation leaders to discuss what the future of streets could look like in Oakland and the greater...
Nov
19
Tue
Oakland

A Tale of Two Ballparks

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What is now named Oracle Park opened 19 years ago as the new ballpark for the San Francisco Giants. At the time, the surrounding China Basin and South Beach neighborhoods were far different than the vibrant, transit-accessible district we see today. As the A’s plan a move to Oakland’s Howard Terminal, what can the team learn from the Giants’ experience across the bay? Join us to explore what successful neighborhood investment looks like for a sports team.
Nov
19
Tue
San Jose

Planning for San Jose in 2050

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Work on Plan Bay Area 2050, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s long-range trans-portation and land use plan, will begin this fall and offer a roadmap for the future growth of the region. What will this mean for the South Bay, and San Jose in particular? And what bold ideas, from new rail networks to office development caps, should be considered? Join us for an engaging discussion about the future of the South Bay.
Nov
19
Tue
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: The Silicon Valley Organization's Matt Mahood

Evening Forum 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 inspiring Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Matt Mahood, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Organization. Come hear about his career path, what it takes to represent nearly 300,000 employees throughout Silicon Valley, the health and future of the region’s economy and much more.
Nov
20
Wed
Oakland

What’s on the Horizon?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In an era of uncertainty, how do we plan for the future? Developed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Horizon process identified three possible futures for the Bay Area, defined by external forces on the global and national levels. Their Futures Final Report put forward a shortlist of strategies for transportation, housing, the economy and the environment that could position the Bay Area for success in the decades ahead. Come learn about which strategies rose to the top, which didn’t, and what that means for the future of the region.

March 2020

Mar
4
Wed
San Francisco

2020 Good Government Awards

Good Government Awards 5:30 p.m.
For the past 39 years, the Good Government Awards have recognized outstanding job performance for those serving the City and County of San Francisco. This is a unique opportunity to acknowledge the City's top managers for their leadership, vision and ability to make a difference, both within city government and the community at large.    SAVE THE DATE GOOD GOVERNMENT AWARDS 2020 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020
Mar
20
Fri
San Jose

SPUR Impact Awards

SPUR Impact Awards 11:30 a.m.
The SPUR Impact Awards acknowledges outstanding impact by public sector employees in city and county government in Santa Clara County who are making a difference within government and the community at large in the areas of housing, transportation, placemaking and urban design, and sustainability and resilience.
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