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How the Retirement Wave Will Impact Bay Area Jobs and Workers

January 17, 2019 By Stephen Levy, Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy
As part of the SPUR Regional Strategy, we took a look at job trends and projections to help inform SPUR’s recommendations for creating a more livable, equitable and sustainable future for the Bay Area and Northern California. We reviewed data projections to 2030 to see what types of jobs are growing and how the coming retirement wave will affect job openings.

2018 Was a Big Year for Federal and State Investment in Healthy Food Incentives

January 7, 2019 By Eli Zigas, Food and Agriculture Policy Director
Since 2017, SPUR's Double Up Food Bucks program has helped families eat healthier and stretch their food budgets further while also supporting California farmers. Our program’s success — and that of many others across the country — has garnered the attention and support of elected officials. Policymakers at both the federal and state level dedicated unprecedented amounts of money toward these programs in 2018.

Update: How Did San Francisco Decide to Spend Its Soda Tax Revenue?

January 3, 2019 By Katie Ettman, Food and Agriculture Policy Associate
San Francisco began collecting a soda tax in 2018. While the tax measure didn't allocate revenue to a specific purpose, it did create a process for directing funds to the cause of better public health outcomes. SPUR took a close look at the process and how well it did at achieving the intended aims of the original measure.

Learning to Manage California’s Fire Problem

December 11, 2018 By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
Climate change is here today, and after the devastating fires of 2017 and 2018, Californians know it. In 2019, SPUR will be working on a new policy report on the multiple hazards wrought by climate change, including fires and flooding. We now know that land use, planning, building code, forest management and other recommendations may be needed to improve fire resiliency across the Bay Area.

What Will Diridon Station’s Legacy Be?

December 5, 2018 By Nicole Soultanov and Teresa Alvarado
Last month, SPUR convened national and international experts in San Jose to share best practices for planning and building world-class transit stations and active neighborhoods around stations. City officials, transit agencies and civic groups came together to develop the vision for the future Diridon Station and to consider the legacy that today's decisions will create for the project.

Why San Francisco Should Stop Requiring Parking in New Housing

December 3, 2018 By Adhi Nagraj, San Francisco Director, and Kristy Wang, Community Planning Policy Director
Housing developers in San Francisco are currently required to provide a minimum amount of parking in new buildings. What if we eliminated those requirements? Then we’d see both lowered housing prices and more efficient use of urban land. Requiring parking brings too many new cars into the city, congesting streets, taking up space needed for more housing and harming the environment.

Six Principles for Pricing Driving to Reduce Congestion, Pollution and Crashes

November 29, 2018 By Sarah Jo Szambelan, Research Manager
Cities and states are proposing policies that would discourage driving by charging for some the costs it imposes on others — namely congestion, pollution, heart and respiratory disease, greenhouse gases and deaths from collisions. It won’t be easy to start pricing something that’s been free for so long. To get the benefits without a backlash, SPUR offers six principles for fair and effective transportation pricing.

SPUR Community Shares Its Vision for the Bay Area in 2070

November 19, 2018 By Laura Tolkoff, Regional Strategy Project Director
Earlier this year, SPUR began planning its first ever regional strategy for the Bay Area, an aspirational vision of what the region could be like in the year 2070 and a roadmap for getting there. Here’s what participants in three community workshops shared about their values and vision for the region for the next half century.

2018 Silver SPUR Awards: How Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins Creates a More Just Criminal Justice System

November 12, 2018
2018 Silver SPUR Honoree Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is a social justice advocate, businesswoman and community organizer dedicated to making measurable change. She has lead a number of labor and social justice organizations, such as the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, Working Partnerships USA, Green For All and is a Co-founder of Promise, a de-carceration startup that works with government agencies to keep people out of jail.

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