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San Francisco

Libby Schaaf and Sam Liccardo on the Future of the Bay Area

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When Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San José Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015, they knew they would be grappling with issues such as homelessness, a widening income gap, and concerns over gun violence and police reform. They couldn’t have predicted they’d also be dealing with the deadliest pandemic in U.S. history.

As Mayors Schaaf and Liccardo both prepare to leave office, we’ll talk with them about their legacies, the future of Bay Area cities, and how leaders can prepare for the unexpected.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

The Commonwealth Club of California is a nonprofit public forum; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

Attendees subject to search. No large bags.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Mon, Dec 12 / 12:30 pm PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Sam Liccardo

Sam Liccardo

Mayor of San José

Image - Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf

Mayor of Oakland

Image - Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer

Senior Editor for KQED's Politics and Government Desk—Moderator


12 p.m. doors open & check-in
12:30–1:30 p.m. program
(all times PST)


Free for members
$10 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers