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How Policymakers Can Keep Food Flowing and on the Table During This Pandemic

April 6, 2020 By Diego Ortiz, Eli Zigas and Katie Ettman
Only a couple of weeks into shelter-in-place orders, COVID-19's impact on the economy is crashing down on us. To keep food flowing and avoid historic levels of hunger, SPUR recommends 14 steps that policymakers at the local, state and federal level can, and should, take immediately.

Bail Out People and the Planet, but Don’t Bail Out Polluters

March 23, 2020 By Nick Josefowitz, Director of Policy
Congress is considering an almost two trillion dollar relief package to help those impacted by COVID-19 and jumpstart the economy. As part of this stimulus package, the Trump Administration is considering a multi-billion dollar bailout for Big Oil and Big Coal. Instead, Congress should use this stimulus to lay the foundations for shared economic prosperity founded in a clean and restorative economy.

The Best Response to COVID-19 Is to Exercise Our Collective Action Muscle

March 23, 2020 By Alicia John-Baptiste, President and CEO
The COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us something extraordinarily important: We are part of a collective whole and our individual actions determine the health of that whole. This is an opportunity to develop our understanding of our interdependence and exercise our collective action muscle. To do this effectively, there are practices we can put in place right now, even before we begin post-pandemic rebuilding.

2020 SPUR Impact Awards: Rebecca Garcia Helps Provide Housing and Shelter for All

March 20, 2020
The 2020 SPUR Impact Awards recognize outstanding job performance by public sector leaders in Santa Clara County. This year’s ceremony recognized Rebecca Garcia for her leadership on issues of affordable housing and homelessness for the City of Morgan Hill. Ms. Garcia built cross-sector partnerships to develop unique solutions to the full spectrum of housing needs.

2020 SPUR Impact Awards: Building Reach Code Team Helps San José Go Carbon Neutral

March 20, 2020
The 2020 SPUR Impact Awards recognize outstanding job performance by public sector leaders in Santa Clara County. The 2020 SPUR Impact Awards recognize outstanding job performance by public sector leaders in Santa Clara County. This year’s ceremony recognized the City of San José’s Building Reach Code team that developed new building requirements to advance the city’s climate action plan and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Physically Distant but Still Together: How Cities in the Bay Area and Beyond Will Survive the Coronavirus

March 18, 2020 By Sarah Karlinsky, Senior Advisor, and Benjamin Grant, Urban Design Policy Director
Thanks to COVID-19, life in the Bay Area is very different than it was only a week ago. Our cities have a lot to learn from the current situation, and a lot to teach as well. The following are some lessons that we at SPUR are taking from the pandemic, which we hope will help guide future thinking and policymaking.

Let’s Fulfill the Vision of High-Speed Rail

March 12, 2020 By Laura Tolkoff, SPUR, and Kelli Fallon, Bay Area Council
California is long overdue for a world-class transportation system that can support a growing economy, help expand economic opportunity to long-underserved areas of the state and support our ambitious carbon reduction priorities. The high-speed rail network currently under construction in the Central Valley can deliver on those bold objectives, but we must remain committed to fully funding its completion.

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