Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - March 2015

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

No “Coffee with the Captain” in February. The PBID’s enhanced security program continues, with a new program coordinator, Lt. Anthony Mata, coming onboard in February. 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 on March 18.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano

Working on design concepts for the Downtown Farmers’ Market, Dine Downtown and Music in the Park event graphics. A mailing for Dine Downtown’s Prix Fixe menu promotion was sent to downtown restaurants. Downtown restaurants and arts groups were invited to participate in a Super Bowl 50 “Surprises and Delights” $50 gift card giveaway campaign on February 25 in San Pedro Square. The next MAD meeting will be held on March 26.

Historic District

Chairperson: vacant

The Historic District met January 13 at SJDA. Kathleen Podrasky and Brent Pearse from VTA discussed upcoming BRT impacts to the district, as well as upcoming community meetings on BART Phase 2. Josue Fuentes from the Office of the District Attorney discussed his role as Community Prosecutor for downtown. Next meeting will be March 10.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee met on February 25 to review the January 2015 financial statements, updated FY 14-15 budget, projected FY 15-16 budget, and review ice rink capital investment plan for permanent structure.  Next meeting is 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. Next meeting will be March 25.

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. Next quarterly meeting is in May 2015.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Nick Nichols

The committee did not meet in February per its decision in January to meet every-other-month. The next San Pedro Square Neighborhood meeting is March 25.

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID Board met on February 10 and had a mid-year budget review. The PBID’s 990 review filing has been completed. Semu One Bear was introduced as the new Groundwerx Program Director, succeeding Rich Mongarro, who transferred to an account in San Francisco. The PBID’s contract with Block by Block was adjusted for 2015 and the board would like to continue the discussion with the City of San Jose on mandated wage requirements. Updates were also provided 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. The next meeting of the PBID board of directors is 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. Next meeting is April 28, 9 a.m., at Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market St. 14th floor.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees met on February 17 to discuss 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.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

The committee met on February 20 to begin discussing recruitment for the Class of 2016. Two current SJDA board members term off at the end of the year. Additionally, the committee decided to host after-work gatherings on the second Tuesday of every other month to provide a forum for board members to socialize as well as introduce new downtown business owners or employees to SJDA. The first gathering will take place in April. 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.

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 February 25 at the SJDA office. The Committee received updates on the following projects: Marshall Squares, Parkview Towers, North San Pedro Tower and Modera. There was also a discussion of several policy and advocacy issues directly related to the DDC. The next meeting is scheduled for March 25.

St. James Park

Contact: Blage Zelalich

Finalized the Levitt Pavilion Exploratory report presented to the Parks, Arts and Historic Landmarks commissions and the city council’s Community and Economic Development committee in February. The report will be presented to the entire City Council in March. Resumed monthly meetings with city staff on activation of the park on February 6. SPUR and MJM Management Group provided a presentation on various potential operational and governance models for the park at this meeting attended by numerous community stakeholders, as well as two SJDA board members. Discussed the concept of a St. James Park Management District with various stakeholders, city staff and city councilmembers.

(Last update March 19, 2015)