Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - January 2015

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

Co-hosted “Coffee with the Captain” (CWC) on December 17 at Trinity Cathedral where residents, 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 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 next CWC will be held on January 21.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano

The Downtown for the Holidays campaign continues to drive people to the holiday web page: with listings and links for downtown holiday events and activities. Downtown Ice ads (print, cinema, radio, televsion and outdoor) continue to run. A Downtown Ice survey and a Downtown for the Holidays survey were recently conducted. Demographic and economic impact data from the surveys will be used in grant applications. The committee is conducting a review of SJDA event graphics and looking to refresh event brands in 2015.

Historic District

Chairperson: vacant

The Historic District met November 11 at Lincoln Law School. Sgt. Mario Brazil from SJPD updated public safety and security issues in downtown. SJDA staff discussed various Downtown for the Holidays activities, including pop-up retail and Small Business Saturday. Moving forward, the Historic District will meet every other month. Next meeting will be January 13 at 4 p.m at VTA’s Downtown Service Center.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee met on December 17 to review the November 2014 financial statements, updated FY 14-15 budget, and review ice rink capital investment plan for 2014-2015. Next meeting is January 28.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee

Chair: Roger Springall

SoFA met Dec. 10 and heard and discussed a second presentation by artist Teddy Cruz for a permanent open market / shade structure in Gore Park. The new design met general approval of those in attendance. SoFA Committee also learned of Vince DeCarolis’ retirement and the renaming of DeccaDesign. Next meeting will be Jan. 28 at The Continental.

Downtown Parking Board/Parking Committee

Chair: Steve Borkenhagen

The parking board met October 1. The Final Report was accepted. A report on Smart Meters operation since their installation downtown in April revealed a successful rollout. Staff also presented a report on current and projected parking activity in monthly parking garages and lots. Next quarterly meeting is in February 2015.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Currently open

Conducted outreach for a new committee chairperson in December. A new committee chairperson will be finalized in early January and the committee will begin, once again, to meet on a regular basis.

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID Board met on December 16 and elected its officers for 2015. The board agreed to join the City, VTA and the Successor Agency in funding the maintenance of the seven downtown Automated Public Toilets for one calendar year beginning January 2015. The board was also updated on PBID Street Life Projects, including enhanced crosswalks, mural corners and other projects. Pop Up retail has been extended through March and retailers have expressed an interest beyond that. Staff is currently finalizing the 2015 contract adjustments with Block by Block.


Chairperson: Henry Cord

No meeting in December. Advocacy Committee met November 25 to continue its discussions about the city’s proposal to enact a Housing Impact fee of $17/ft. on all rental housing citywide. The committee continues to work on establishing a Community Development Corporation, and continues to review Bus Rapid Transit’s effects on downtown businesses. Next meeting is January 27.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees conducted a nighttime tour of the current Downtown Doors on December 10. The intent of the tour was to begin identifying opportunities for the Foundation’s enhanced programming efforts which will include expanding programming from doors to walls; illuminating or projecting Doors artwork at night; funding small art projects; and creating whimsical pieces in small spaces. Trustee Tina Morrill elected not to renew her second term as a Foundation Trustee, leaving an open seat. Anyone interested in becoming a Foundation trustee should contact president Beechie.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

The committee did not meet in December. In the new year the committee will focus its efforts on board recruitment and increased B to B networking opportunities for BID members.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers

Contact: Eric Hon

The commercial property group will met December 10 at 60 S. Market. The group discussed the need for improved downtown emergency protocols. The gas main rupture in November resulted in a lot of confusion and impacted several of the buildings in the surrounding area. The group also received updates on SJPD’s downtown patrol activities, holiday events and construction mitigation guidelines.

Downtown Design Committee

Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on December 17 at the offices of Steinberg Architects. The project team from BDE Architects and CORE Companies presented their mixed-use development proposed for 598 South First Street in SoFA. The next meeting is scheduled for January 21 at 3 p.m.

St. James Park

Contact: Blage Zelalich

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. Members of the Levitt Pavilion exploratory committee are preparing a report which will be presented to the city council’s Community and Economic Development Committee in February and the City Council in March.

(Last update January 9, 2015)