Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - November 2014

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

Co-hosted “Coffee with the Captain” (CWC) on October 15 at B2 Coffee 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 November 19.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano

The committee met on October 9. The group discussed the next steps for the downtown branding campaign, talked about establishing an Arts & Dining sub-committee and a Marketing & Events sub-committee and reviewed event graphics. Leslie Griffy, SJDA’s new communications manger, was introduced and gave an update on SJDA’s social media efforts.

Historic District

Chairperson: vacant

The Historic District met September 9 at Billy Berk’s. Sgt. Mario Brazil from SJPD updated public safety and security issues in downtown. SJDA staff discussed the new food inspection placarding system the County rolled out on October 1. SJDA staff discussed pop-up retail and vacancies in the Historic District. Moving forward, the Historic District will meet every other month. Next meeting will be November 11 at 4 p.m at Lincoln Law School.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee did not meet in October. Peggy Bradley started as new Accounting Manager October 27. Next Finance meeting is November 19.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee

Chair: Roger Springall

SoFA met October 29 and heard and discussed a presentation by artist Teddy Cruz for a permanent open market / shade structure in Gore Park. SoFA members also discussed an entry into the Knight Cities Challenge, due Nov. 14; opening 3rd Space Fitness; and a possible evening event a year from now when the Quilts and Textiles Museum hosts its peers. Last meeting of the calendar year will be December 10 at 3rdSpace Fitness.

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.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Cathy Spielberger Cassetta

The committee did not meet in October, however the Downtown Farmers’ Market continues on San Pedro Street on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through November 14. The next meeting will be November 12.

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The results of the PBID election were announced at the October 10 annual meeting. The nominating slate was re-elected to a new term beginning January 1, 2015. PBID board officers will be elected at the next meeting which is tentatively scheduled for December 16. The PBID’s new project manager started on October 15.


Chairperson: Henry Cord

Advocacy Committee met October 30 to continue its discussions about the city’s proposal to enact a Housing Impact fee of $17/ft. on all rental housing city wide. Next meeting scheduled for November 25.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

The Foundation board met on October 28 to discuss a three-year plan for the Foundation, revolving from these themes: expanding from doors to walls; illuminating or projecting Doors artwork at night; funding small art projects; and creating whimsical pieces in small spaces. The Board also discussed its entry into the Knight Cities challenge, due November 14. The Foundation’s November/December meeting has not been scheduled.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

Three of the committee’s recommended candidates for election to the SJDA board of directors were approved by BID membership at its Annual Meeting October 10. Two additional candidates will be interviewed by SJDA’s executive committee in November. Aside from board recruitment, the committee will focus its efforts on increased B to B networking opportunities for BID members.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers

Contact: Eric Hon

The commercial property group is an ad hoc committee and last met on June 25 the Tech Museum of Innovation. The next meeting is scheduled for November 20.

Downtown Design Committee

Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on October 22 at the SJDA offices. The committee reviewed nominations for the upcoming Golden Nail Awards and discussed various forms/models for a design competition, potentially for the future master plan of St. James Park. The next meeting is scheduled for November 19 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 finalized in November. A group of graduate students from SJSU will present their concept for an outdoor community cafe in the park on November 20 at 6 p.m.

(Last update November 9, 2014)