Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - April 2014

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

Co-hosted the fifth “Coffee with the Captain” (CWC) on March 19 at Bel Bacio cafe in Little Italy where business and property owners discussed quality of life issues with SJPD’s Central Division Captain, Tony Ciaburro. 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 – 8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m. Officers can be contacted by business and property owners via the Groundwerx office. Hosted a meeting to introduce the new Downtown Services Unit sergeant, Mario Brasil, to nightlife businesses. Brasil oversees the officers that patrol downtown at nightclub/bar closing time as well as the additional daytime foot patrol units deployed beginning this month. This informal get together is held the third Wednesday of the month from 8-9:30 a.m. The April CWC will be held at B2 in the San Pedro Square Market on April 16.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano

Downtown’s sixth annual restaurant week, Dine Downtown San Jose is taking place June 20-29. A mailing with information about the prix fixe menu promotion was sent to more than 50 downtown restaurants. Sign ups are due by April 18. SJDA’s marketing and membership staff worked with Team San Jose to update their Downtown Dining Guide and Map. SJDA’s downtown walking map is in the process of being updated as well.

Historic District

Chairperson: Tim Gallant

The Historic District met on February 12 at Bella Mia. An update on the Bus Rapid Transit project was provided by Chloe Verrey from SJDA. Members were alerted to a recent group of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits that have been filed in Downtown San Jose and Japantown by a serial litigant. Security and safety in the Historic District, and Downtown as a whole, was discussed as well, with SJDA noting the recent City Council decision to add an additional SJPD presence Downtown. The committee did not meet in March.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee met on March 26 to review the February 2014 financial statements, FY 14-15 proposed budget, and review ice rink capital investment plan for 2014-2015. Next meeting is April 23.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee

Chair: Roger Springall

SoFA did not meet in March and will reconvene April 30 at Studio Climbing. The committee continues to work on next steps for SoFA and a possible Knight Foundation grant in the future. The C2SV festival will now be on the SoFAC agenda each month. SoFA will host a Thai New Year’s festival April 27.

Downtown Parking Board/Parking Committee

Chair: Steve Borkenhagen

The parking board met February 5. The City Council approved a proposal on Feb. 4 to install Smart Meters downtown, increase the parking fees charged at the new meters July 1, conduct a Pay-by-Cell-Phone pilot project, establish a Convention Center Meter District with expanded hours and new event rates, and study further the Community Parking Districts proposal.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Cathy Spielberger Cassetta

The committee did not meet in March.

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID board met on January 21 and was presented with the completed Downtown Streetlife Plan (DSLP). The Beautification Subcommittee met on February 11 and February 28 to discuss the DSLP implementation process. The next scheduled meeting of the PBID board will be April 15. The PBID budget and assessments will be the focus of that meeting.


Chairperson: Henry Cord

The Advocacy Committee met March 25 and discussion SJDA’s reactions to the Diridon Area Plan. PBID Operations Manager Eric Hon gave the committee an update on the condition of pavers and sidewalks along the First and Second street Transit Mall. Deputy Director Blage Zelalich reported on formation of the Community Development Corp. Next meeting is April 29, 9 a.m., at Hoge Fenton.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

The Foundation Board of Trustees met on March 18 and finalized their selection of a consultant for the next step in the Foundation’s programmatic and organizational expansion. The 2014 Request for Submissions for Downtown Doors artwork has been distributed to participating schools and submissions are due April 1 – April 4.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

Co-chairs Sarju Naran and Alan Marques met with staff in March to solidify the committee’s focus for the upcoming year. A committee meeting will be set for the month of April.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers

Contact: Eric Hon

This group meets on a quarterly basis and the next meeting is being scheduled for April. Level 3, a new downtown communications service provider, will be sponsoring the meeting and providing information about their services to the commercial property owners.

Downtown Design Committee

Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on March 19. Representatives from the proposed Marshall Square development team presented their development plans to the Committee. Members discussed the committee’s position on the project and outlined recommendations for the project moving forward. Also discussed were changes to the proposed AC Marriot project and the recently released SPUR Future of Downtown San Jose report. Next meeting is April 23.

St. James Park

Contact: Blage Zelalich

The second and third meetings of an exploratory committee to determine what factors need to be addressed when considering a Levitt Pavilion in St. James Park was convened by committee co-chairs Jim Reber and Jack Wymberli on March 24 and March 31. Concurrently, a variety of subcommittees from the City Manager’s Downtown Advisory Group have met to discuss possible activation, outreach, clean-up and enforcement strategies and tactics that will address the larger social service and quality of life issues plaguing the park.

(Last update April 4, 2014)