Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - June 2015

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

“Coffee with the Captain” was held on May 20 in the Fairmont Hotel Lobby Lounge with 20 members in attendance. 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. 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 next CWC will be held June 17.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

Twenty three restaurants are participating in Dine Downtown. For 10 days, June 19-28, restaurants will be offering three course prix fixe dinners at $20, $30, $40 and up. Menus are posted at dinedowntownsj.com. Music in the Park kicks off in Plaza Park on June 18 with a reggae show, followed by a salsa show on July 17 and Los Lonely Boys on August 28. New event designs were created for Farmers’ Market and Music in the Park. The next quarterly MAD meeting is tentatively planned for June.

Historic District

Chairperson: vacant

The Historic District met May 12 to discuss the district’s top priorities and possible action items. This conversation will continue at the next meeting, as well as a presentation from San Jose Jazz on Summer Fest. The next meeting will be held on July 14.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee met May 27. The April financial statements were reviewed and accepted. Other matters discussed included elevator repair that is currently underway, Board give or get, 2015 line of credit renewal status and FY 14-15 annual review proposals. It was agreed the June meeting will be canceled. The next meeting will be held on July 29.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee

Chair: Roger Springall

Sarah Dragovich of San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has agreed to co-chair the SoFA Committee. SoFA Committee met April 29 and celebrated recent successes, such as the openings of the expanded SoFA Market and The Ritz live music night club. The committee also discussed next steps for the district, including a busy slate of summer events and a proposal by the Knight Foundation. Next meeting is June 29.

Downtown Parking Board/Parking Committee

Chair: Steve Borkenhagen

The parking board met May 6 to approve FY 15-16 Parking Fund operating budget and capital projects. Bob Carlson and Nick Nichols were re-elected as Chair and Vice-Chair. There was a later discussion about the Parking Fund being the source of funding in new City/SAP Center deal. Staff also presented a report on the problems with some Smart Meters resetting themselves prematurely. The next quarterly meeting is August 5.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Nick Nichols

The committee did not meet in May, however the Downtown Farmers’ Market opened for the season on May 1. The Market runs every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except July 3.

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID board met on April 24 and approved the assessment rate and budget for FY 15-16. The next scheduled meeting of the PBID board of directors is June 16.!!The Downtown Street Life subcommittee met on May 19 and received updates on current and upcoming street life projects, the remaining goals of FY 2014-2015, re-evaluation of the FY 15-16 goals, and the status of the budget. The committee decided it is best for the upcoming year to focus on projects currently in the pipeline, and leave the balance for contingency. The next Street Life Committee meeting is tentatively July 21.

Advocacy

Chairperson: Henry Cord

The committee met April 28 to discuss potential conversions of downtown commercial to residential; BART station option preference and supportive housing for the homeless. The next meeting will be June 23.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees met on May 19 to discuss 2015 program logistics and prepare for the 2015 artist/sponsor recognition reception on June 11 at the San Jose Museum of Art. They also received proposals from the Exhibition District and the Axis Homeowners’ Association to partner as a fiscal agent on the projects that each respective group is working on 133 Downtown Doors submissions from 15 schools in four different school districts were submitted for consideration in the 2015 process. 22 installations, representing 11 different schools, are scheduled for the beginning of June with a cumulative total of 100 downtown doors and utility boxes.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

The committee did not meet in May, but planned for its second “Board Mixer” on June 3 at the Capital Club. These gatherings are intended to provide a forum for board members to socialize as well as introduce downtown business owners and employees to SJDA. The next mixer will be held on August 11 at Scott’s Seafood. Recruitment for the class of 2016 is underway with letters of intent due from potential board candidates on July 31.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers

Contact: Eric Hon

The next meeting is scheduled for June 24 at 1 Almaden. The agenda includes PBID updates, downtown development projects and summer events.

Downtown Design Committee

Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on May 27 at Steinberg Architects. Members discussed the upcoming updates to both the General Plan and the Downtown Strategy EIR. Members also received an update on on-going projects and the SPUR Zoning Taskforce. The next meeting is scheduled for June 24.

St. James Park

Contact: Blage Zelalich

SPUR and MJM Management Group provided recommendations on May 29 for the management and governance of St. James Park. The model they propose is one where a city-sanctioned non-profit eventually takes a greater role in the management and programming of the park, with the City still maintaining its role in capital improvements and maintenance. Met with Parks Foundation representatives to review Summer in St. James activities happening in the park, beginning mid-June. Activities include lunchtime yoga, after-work activities and concerts on Tuesday and Thursdays and special events on designated weekends.

(Last update June 17, 2015)