Join Us to Learn How Government Secrecy Can Hurt You

At this upcoming event, journalist Miranda Spivack will discuss the problems with opaque governments.

Local governments are secretly making deals with corporations that can threaten public health and safety, and even democracy.

That’s the focus of our July 11 event, “What You Don’t Know About Local Government Can Hurt You.” San Francisco Public Press Executive Director Lila LaHood will discuss government secrecy with Miranda Spivack, an expert on the topic and longtime investigative reporter and editor, formerly of The Washington Post.

Join us for this eye-opening conversation! Buy tickets here.

Ticket prices:

  • $10 to $35 sliding scale for the main event at 6 p.m.
  • $250 for pre-event fundraiser reception at 5 p.m.

No one will be turned away from the main event for lack of funds. If you’d like to come, but expect to have trouble paying, email us at community@sfpublicpress for a sponsored ticket.

Spivack is the author of the forthcoming book, “Backroom Deals in Our Backyards: How Government Secrecy Harms our Communities — and the Local Heroes Fighting Back,” scheduled to be published in 2025 by New Press.

During and after her 20 years at The Washington Post, Spivack specialized in stories about how government accountability and transparency fall short. Her reporting led to changes in the way that some jurisdictions worked with real estate developers and government contractors. She continues to write about development trends for The New York Times.

Her series “State Secrets,” for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, was honored with the Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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