Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots – June 2016

Chairperson: Henry Cord

Advocacy met April 26 and discussed high-speed rail, recent policy recommendations to City’s Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department, the Opportunity to Work Initiative and the proposed Measure C ballot initiative. The next meeting is June 28.

Board Organizational Committee
Chairpersons: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques 

Co-chairs Marques and Naran met with staff on May 20 to discuss new member recruitment. The committee also reviewed the Second Tuesday board mixers and provided recommendations on the event. The next meeting is scheduled for June 24.

Downtown Design Committee
Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee did not meet in May.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. We will be reviewing a recently proposed Sheraton Hotel, adjacent to the current Montgomery Hotel.

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.  This group meets on an ad hoc basis, next meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 29.

Downtown Parking Board
Vice-Chair: Nick Nichols

The Downtown Parking Board held its quarterly meeting May 4.  The Board approved its FY 2016-17 budget that included $12.3 million in capital projects including $1 million for temporary parking (260 spaces) near SAP Center, $1 million to begin scoping a new parking facility near SAP Center and $4 million for new garage revenue control equipment.  The Market/San Pedro garage monthly parking rate will increase from $100 to $125/mo. July 1.   Next meeting is August 3.

Finance Committee
Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee met on May 25.  April financial statements were reviewed and discussed.  A final proposed FY 16-17 budget was presented.  Members recommended the budget proposal to be forwarded to the Executive Committee for review and submitted to the Board for approval.  Other matters discussed included 2016 line of credit renewal status.  The next meeting is June 29.

Historic District
Chairperson: Forrest Cerrato

The Historic District met May 10 to public safety in the district, with a representative from SJPD present. Additionally, summer events were discussed, including San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and Post Street Night Market, a new event coming to the neighborhood in June.  The next meeting is July 12.

Marketing Arts & Dining
Chairperson: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

Dine Downtown kicks off on June 10 and runs for 10 days. To date, 18 downtown restaurants are participating. For every prix fixe dinner sold, Sysco, our presenting sponsor, will be donating $1 to Martha’s Kitchen. Media and marketing partners include Metro, Content, El Observador, the Business Journal, SVCN, OpenTable, Team San Jose, Mix, KBAY, KCBS, KOIT and Yelp.  Music in the Park collateral and ads are being designed.

PBID Board of Directors
President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID board convened on April 22 and elected a new board member to fill a vacant seat.  The board approved the FY 2016-17 assessment rates and operating budget.  Staff also provided updates on all PBID programs and services.  The next meeting of the PBID board will be on June 21.

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.  Staff is working with board member Sam Ramirez to re-start a version of the previous Entertainment Committee.

San Jose Downtown Foundation
Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees met on May 10 to discuss the 2016 Downtown Doors reception.  The trustees selected 3 submissions from the following Sister Cities to be included in the 2016 class of Downtown Doors: Okayama, Japan, Tainan, Taiwan and Pune, India. Staff and trustees also discussed programmatic suggestions for the 2017 Downtown Doors program, including submission process and schedule.  Trustees will meet next on July 12.

San Pedro Square Committee
Chairperson: Nick Nichols

The committee did not meet in May however its next meeting is June 16.  Agenda items include an update on the Modera and San Pedro Squared projects as well as the Downtown Farmers’ Market which returned to San Pedro Street on May 6.  The layout of the market will likely have to be adjusted with additional financial resources to manage construction mitigation during the FMKT season.

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

SoFA met April 27 and started developing a strategy to market to new residents set to move into 60 Pierce later this year, and future CORE projects proposed.  A subcommittee update will be provided at the next meeting- rescheduled to June 1 at SoFA Market.  SoFA also started preparations for a busy fall, with Street Market Sept. 2, SoFA Street Fair Sept. 11, Viva Calle SJ Sept. 18, the second Design Crawl Oct. 5 and C2SV Oct. 6-7.

St. James Park
Contact: Blage Zelalich

The second meeting of the St. James Park Advisory Group was held on April 22.  A request for qualifications was released on April 22 seeking recognized landscape design firms to participate in a competition for the redesign of St. James Park, including a Levitt Pavilion with responses due May 23.  The current city schedule has construction of the new design for St. James Park beginning May 2017.  The St. James Park Advisory Committee will next meet on June 10.

(Last update June 2, 2016)