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SPUR Impact Awards 2019: Consuelo Hernandez Manages Finances to Increase Affordable Housing

March 25, 2019
The 2019 SPUR Impact Awards, held on March 22, recognized outstanding job performance of those serving San Jose and the surrounding communities. The ceremony honored Consuelo Hernandez for building and leading a team that manages funds from the 2016 Measure A Affordable Housing Bond and the state’s No Place Like Home Program to increase supportive and affordable housing units in Santa Clara County.

Six Ways Oakland Should Take the Long View for Its Downtown Plan

March 25, 2019 By Robert Ogilvie, Oakland Director
SPUR has been advocating for comprehensive, visionary and ambitious Downtown Oakland Specific Plan ever since we published our Downtown for Everyone report in 2015. After many years of work, the City of Oakland has released a preliminary draft of that plan. SPUR offers suggestions to help realize a vision and strategy for building a true downtown for everyone.

Good Government Awards 2019: SF Prepared Team Keeps Disaster Support Services Running

March 11, 2019
The 2019 Good Government Awards, held on March 6, recognized outstanding job performance of those serving the City and County of San Francisco. The event honored the SF Prepared team for executing complex but essential finance and administrative projects and a “Disaster Academy” curriculum to prepare city finance and admin staff to respond in an emergency.

Four Goals Cities Should Keep in Mind When Planning for Shared E-Scooters and Bikes

March 7, 2019 By Nicole Soultanov and Michelle Huttenhoff
The success of e-scooters and other micro-mobility vehicles has created challenges over safety and the allocation of street and sidewalk space. As cities look for ways to better balance their rise, new regulations should focus on four objectives that will promote their use while keeping cities safe and welcoming for everyone.

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