Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - April 2015

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

“Coffee with the Captain” did not meet in March. 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 CWC will be held on April 15.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

The committee met on March 26. A new design for the Downtown Farmers’ Market was shared. The committee discussed Dine Downtown, Downtown Arts & Dining certificates and the summer events calendar. Team San Jose gave an update on WrestleMania and talked about the Waste No Food program that allows restaurants and caterers with excess food to connect with qualified charities serving the needy. The next MAD meeting will be in June.

Historic District

Chairperson: vacant

The Historic District met March 10 to discuss how to involve business owners in the district. Outreach to businesses will take place to determine the district’s top priorities. These priorities will be aggregated and discussed at the next meeting on May 12.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee agreed in February there would be no meeting in March. The next meeting will be held on April 29.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee

Chair: Roger Springall

SoFA Committee met February 25 to view and discuss CORE Development’s plans for the Enterprise Car lot at South First and Reed Streets. Members also expressed their expectations for SoFA in 2015 and how they can help one another to enliven the SoFA District. The next meeting will be held on April 29.

Downtown Parking Board/Parking Committee

Chair: Steve Borkenhagen

The parking board met February 4 to receive mid-year financial report and detailed report on Smart Meters operation since their installation downtown in April 2014. Staff also presented a report on current and projected parking activity in monthly parking garages and lots. The next quarterly meeting is in May 2015.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Nick Nichols

The committee did not meet in March, however SJDA learned it will be awarded a Knight Cities Challenge grant to transform eight parking spaces in the ground floor of Market/San Pedro Square garage, facing San Pedro street, into four 400 square foot retail kiosks. An announcement celebration was held at 71 St. Peter on March 31. Implementation of the project will be complete in 18 months.

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID board last met on February 10. The PBID’s Street Life Committee (formerly the Beautification subcommittee) convened on March 24 and were provided updates on current projects. The Street Life Committee also selected an artist, Corinne Okada Takara, to design the art crosswalks at the Paseo de San Antonio on South First and South Second streets. Takara will finalize a design by April, which will be presented to the Public Art Committee with a goal of installing in May. The next meeting of the PBID board of directors is currently scheduled for April 21.


Chairperson: Henry Cord

The committee met February 24 to discuss the Parks Management District revised proposal. Various formulas were reviewed for the district. The next meeting will be held on April 28.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees met on March 17 to program logistics and sponsorship outreach for 2015. The 2015 Request for Submissions for Downtown Doors was released to previously participating high schools and middle schools as well as the Santa Clara County Visual Arts Department. Submissions are due April 3-9. 20-25 installations are scheduled for the 2015 program with a cumulative total of 100 Downtown Doors and Utility Boxes. The 2015 Artist/Sponsor Recognition reception will be held at the SJ Museum of Art on June 11.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

The committee met on March 20 to continue discussing recruitment for the Class of 2016, as well as initial planning for a joint membership mixer in June with the Silicon Valley Capital Club. The first “Second Tuesday Board Mixer” will be on April 14 at Mezcal. These gatherings are intended to provide a forum for board members to socialize as well as introduce new downtown business owners or employees to SJDA. In 2015 the committee will focus its efforts on continuous board recruitment, increased B to B networking opportunities for BID members, and performance reviews of certain senior staff. The next committee meeting will be held on April 24.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers

Contact: Eric Hon

The commercial property group last met December 10. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 18 at SJDA.

Downtown Design Committee

Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on March 25 at the SJDA offices. Representatives from the City of San Jose Planning Department presented planned updates and changes to the Architectural Review Committee and the future process of development review in downtown San Jose. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 22.

St. James Park

Contact: Blage Zelalich

The Levitt Pavilion Exploratory report is scheduled for presentation to the City Council on April 7. The monthly meeting with city staff and other community stakeholders regarding park activation and overall conditions was cancelled in March but will resume in April, on April 3.

Street Life Committee

President: Chuck Hammers

The committee and various guests from the Office of Cultural Affairs and SV Creates selected the artist from a final selection of four candidates for the Paseo de San Antonio art crosswalks. The committee reviewed the current trajectory of FY 2014-2015 budgets and street life projects, and brainstormed questions to bring to the upcoming PBID board in April.

(Last update April 06, 2015)