Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - June 2014

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

Held a “meet and greet” for nightlife businesses with City Manager Ed Shikada and new city and police department staff working on downtown on May 19 at SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant. Co-hosted the seventh “Coffee with the Captain” (CWC) on May 21 in the Fairmont Hotel Lobby Lounge where business and property owners discussed quality of life issues with SJPD’s Central Division Captain, Tony Ciaburro and David Lera from the Sheriff’s Department. The PBID’s enhanced security program continues. SEU officers can generally be found on foot (and in the PBID blue golf cart) in the core on Monday and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Officers can be contacted by business and property owners via the Groundwerx office. The June CWC will be held at Specialty’s Cafe.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano

The committee met on May 15. Pulcrano reviewed and discussed the committee’s goals for the year, including creating an identity and downtown brand. Liquid Agency gave a presentation to the group about a new downtown logo, its strategy, objectives and creative. Staff gave updates on SJDA’s summer events as well as the Downtown for the Summer marketing campaign. Downtown’s 6th annual restaurant week, Dine Downtown San Jose, is June 20-29. More than 25 restaurants will be serving specially priced three course dinners.

Historic District

Chairperson: vacant

The Historic District last met on May 21 at Mezcal. Staff from San Jose Jazz discussed the impact to Post Street and Historic District businesses for the upcoming Summer Jazz Fest. Michael Mulhern from Team San Jose discussed upcoming conventions.  The next meeting will be June 10, 4 pm, at Cafe Eden.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, 2014 was canceled. Next meeting will be on June 25, 2014.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee

Chair: Roger Springall

SoFA met May 28 at 360 Residences and talked to residents about SoFA and downtown. Residents are looking for safety, education about events and more downtown marketing/branding. A sub-committee is forming to market the district more fully this summer, which is “people-getting” time. The committee also heard about sidewalk /traffic plans for the The Pierce Apartments construction. SubZero Festival is two days this year – June 6-7. Next meeting is June 25.

Downtown Parking Board/Parking Committee

Chair: Steve Borkenhagen

The parking board met May 7. The board re-elected officers and accepted FY 14-15 budget. Smart meters were installed in March and April. The report to increase the parking fees charged at the new meters August 1, conduct a Pay-by-Cell-Phone pilot project, establish a Convention Center Meter District with expanded hours and new event rates, and evaluate the Community Parking Districts was released as part of budget process. Next meeting is August 6.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Cathy Spielberger Cassetta

The committee did not meet in May however the Downtown Farmers’ Market began on May 2. The Market will occur each Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through November 14 (no Market July 5).

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID annual report which was submitted to the City on May 1, will go to City Council on June 10. The Knight Foundation has awarded SJDA with a $75K grant to fund the hiring of a Street Life Plan Project Manager. Staff is currently reviewing the prospective candidate pool and will begin scheduling interviews by June 1. The next PBID board meeting is scheduled for June 17.

Advocacy

Chairperson: Henry Cord

The Advocacy Committee did not meet in May. Next meeting will be June 24, 9 a.m., at Hoge Fenton.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

The Foundation board met on May 20 to finalize preparation for the 2014 Downtown Doors recognition reception on June 12 at the San Jose Museum of Art. Artwork from 26 youth (five from San Jose’s Sister Cities – Dublin, Okayama, Pune, Tainan and San Jose, Costa Rica) will be unveiled on June 12. A total of 91 installations on utility doors and boxes can be found throughout downtown.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

The committee met on April 30 to begin new board member recruitment for the class of 2015 and to discuss a committee work plan. There are four vacancies on the SJDA board of directors to fill. Potential candidates were identified and outreach will be conducted by committee members. Letters of interest from potential candidates are due by July 31. Aside from board recruitment, the committee will focus its efforts on increased B to B networking opportunities for BID members.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers

Contact: Eric Hon

Staff is finalizing a meeting date and time for the commercial property group. The meeting is tentatively set for June 25 at 2 N. First St.

Downtown Design Committee

Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on May 21. Both the Post and San Pedro Tower project and Park View Towers project were presented to the Committee. Members discussed the committee’s position on the two projects and outlined recommendations for the projects. Next meeting is June 18.

St. James Park

Contact: Blage Zelalich

An update of the work from the exploratory committee determining what factors need to be addressed when considering a Levitt Pavilion in St. James Park was given to the City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee by Jim Reber and Jack Wymberli on May 19. A variety of subcommittees from the City Manager’s Downtown Advisory Group continue to meet to discuss and implement activation, outreach, clean-up and enforcement strategies and tactics that address the larger social service and quality of life issues plaguing the park. A host of activities, including the Juneteenth Festival, outdoor World Cup viewings, outdoor movies, Music in the Park and “Zoo to You” are scheduled to take place in St. James Park over the summer.

(Last update June 5, 2014)