Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - January 2016

Chairperson: Henry Cord

Advocacy met November 24 to discuss the Downtown Strategy EIR update, specifically minimum densities, the Downtown Activation Initiative (support) and issues related to downtown parking supply. The next meeting is January 26.

Board Organizational Committee
Chairpersons: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques 

The committee held its fourth board mixer on October 13 at The Continental Bar and Lounge in SoFA. It was a joint mixer with the boards of the San Jose Downtown Foundation and the Downtown Property Owners’ Association. The committee completed a 360 review process for SJDA’s Executive and Deputy Directors, interviewing various staff members and community partners, in November and is currently finalizing a board member survey to be distributed in early December and reviewed at the board-only meeting in February.

Downtown Design Committee
Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on December 16 at the offices of Steinberg Architects. Committee members reviewed the recently proposed mixed-use tower for 150 S. Second Street (Sobrato Block 3). The next meeting is scheduled for January 20.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers
Contact: Eric Hon

The commercial property group met on December 9 and received updates on holiday events, Super Bowl 50 and was introduced to the downtown homeless outreach service provider, PATH. The next meeting is March 16.

Downtown Parking Board
Vice-Chair: Nick Nichols

The Downtown Parking Board held its quarterly meeting and board retreat on October 7. The Board welcomed new board members Henry Cord, Daniel Salgvero and Ajay Singh. There is still one spot open on the Board. The Board approved the FY 2014-15 annual financial report which showed a net revenue of $3.4M. The retreat agenda included a presentation on the board’s history and role, parking fund financial stability and a discussion on the priorities and focus of the board in the coming year. Much of this discussion centered on current and future parking availability and ways to maximize use of existing facilities. Next meeting is February 3.

Finance Committee
Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The December Finance Committee meeting was canceled due to the holidays. The next meeting is January 27.

Historic District
Chairperson: Forrest Cerrato

The Historic District met November 10 to discuss strategies for engaging a larger number of businesses in the committee work. Additionally, the committee discussed having a dedicated social media presence for the district. A quick survey was sent to the committee to gauge commitment to the effort, and to find any volunteers willing to create content. The next meeting is January 12.

Marketing Arts & Dining
Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

Downtown arts groups coordinated a 12 days of Arts promotion. From Dec. 8-19, San Jose’s arts community had 12 days of giveaways. People watched for hashtags #12DaysofArts #dtsj on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for a new clue every day. Those first to find the mystery location won free tickets and/or gifts from museums, performing arts groups, Downtown Ice and more. The other participants received goodie bags. The promotion was very successful and may become annual. The Downtown for the Holidays campaign ran through the end of the year. The Downtown Ice ads will run through February 7.

PBID Board of Directors
President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID board convened on December 15 and received updates on PBID services and programs. The FY 2014-15 Financial Report was approved on consent at the December 15 City Council meeting. Board officers for 2016 will be elected at the February 16 meeting.

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee
Contact: Blage Zelalich

The PBID’s enhanced security program continues to provide 50 hours weekly service. 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 Wednesdays from 3 – 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 – 9 p.m. Officers can be contacted by business and property owners via the Groundwerx office at 408-287-1520.

San Jose Downtown Foundation
Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees met on November 17 to receive an update on the “Doorbells” project and a proposal to be the fiscal agent for the Awesome Foundation. Trustees also presented a check to the owner of Barber’s Inc. on 8th and Santa Clara streets for a mural project the Foundation is sponsoring in conjunction with San Jose State University’s African American/Black Task Force for Student Success. The mural will officially be unveiled at the site on December 2 at 2 p.m. Trustees will meet next on January 12.

San Pedro Square Committee
Chairperson: Nick Nichols

The committee met on December 3 at Theatre on San Pedro Square. Agenda items included an update on the neighborhood art crosswalk project, which will be installed by the end of January, as well as discussion about Super Bowl 50 promotions and marketing activities on the street. Neighborhood business and development updates were provided and committee members were invited to attend SJDA’s Year-In-Review meeting on December 11. The committee will meet next on February 18.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee
Chairs: Roger Springall and Sarah Dragovich

SoFA met Dec. 9 and discussed Super Bowl Week activities near SoFA, including the NFL merchandise store at the corner of South First and San Carlos streets, the Winter Market, and Plaza Park activation. The owner of the development at 180 Balbach presented the plans; the committee agreed with the street artwork subcommittee on a design for the San Carlos and William Street intersections of South First; and had a brief discussion about using the #dtsj hashtag to promote downtown on social media. The next meeting is January 27.

St. James Park
Contact: Blage Zelalich

City staff presented its Park Fee Program proposal to the San Jose City Council on November 10 and the proposal passed. Re-named the St. James Park Management District, it is estimated to generate $27.4M in capital revenues (money not dedicated specifically to St. James Park) and $9.2M in activation, operations and maintenance (money solely dedicated to St. James Park) over the next decade. A St. James Park Advisory Group will be assembled in late January to continue work on a plan for the park. SJDA staff has a meeting set-up with PRNS in mid-January to discuss next steps.

(Last update Jan. 7, 2016)