Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - May 2015

Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee

Contact: Blage Zelalich

“Coffee with the Captain” was held on April 15 at Specialty’s Bakery & Cafe. 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. 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 May 20.

Marketing Arts & Dining

Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

The Downtown Farmers’ Market collateral is on press. Media partners include Metro, VTA, El Observador, NBC Bay Area, Telemundo, MIX, KBAY and KFOX. Restaurants are signing up for downtown’s 7th annual restaurant week, Dine Downtown. New this year, an opportunity for smaller restaurants and cafes to offer restaurant week lunch specials. On June 24, downtown will host the Big Lunch, an outdoor community lunch spanning across the Paseo. Beginning to work on the Music in the Park design. The next quarterly MAD meeting will be in June.

Historic District

Chairperson: vacant

The Historic District met March 10 to discuss how to involve business owners in the district. Outreach to businesses will take place to determine the district’s top priorities. These priorities will be aggregated and discussed at the next meeting on May 12.

Finance Committee

Chairperson: Liam O’Connor

The Finance Committee met April 29. The March financial statements were reviewed and accepted. The FY 15-16 budget proposal had been revised and updated. Members recommended the budget proposal be forwarded to the Board for approval. The next meeting will be held on May 27.

SoFA (South First Area) Committee

Chair: Roger Springall

SoFA Committee met April 29 and celebrated recent successes, such as the openings of the expanded SoFA Market and The Ritz live music night club. The committee also discussed next steps for the district, including a busy slate of summer events and a proposal by the Knight Foundation. Next meeting is May 27.

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. The next quarterly meeting is May 6.

San Pedro Square Committee

Chairperson: Nick Nichols

The committee met on April 29 at the Farmers’ Union. A presentation on the Modera development project, slotted for the surface parking lot between Peggy Sue’s and the Old Spaghetti Factory, was the centerpiece of the meeting, as well as other neighborhood development updates and a proposal for a neighborhood block party. The Downtown Farmers’ Market opens for the season on May 1. The Market runs every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except July 3.

PBID Board of Directors

President: Chuck Hammers

The PBID board met on April 24 and approved the assessment rate and budget for FY 15-16. The board also received updates on PBID/Groundwerx services and business development. Staff announced that SJDA was awarded a grant by the Knight Foundation to activate the bottom floor of the Market St. on San Pedro Street. Staff has also submitted a proposal to Kaiser Permanente to build an exercise loop on Almaden Boulevard. The art crosswalk design was approved by the Public Art on April 21 and will be installed by June 30. The next scheduled meeting of the PBID board of directors is June 16.


Chairperson: Henry Cord

The committee met April 28 to discuss potential conversions of downtown commercial to residential; BART station option preference and supportive housing for the homeless. The next meeting will be May 26.

Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees met on April 28 to discuss 2015 program logistics and prepare for the 2015 artist/sponsor recognition reception on June 11 at the San Jose Museum of Art. 133 submissions from 15 schools in four different school districts were submitted for consideration in the 2015 process. 22 installations are scheduled for May 2015 with a cumulative total of 100 downtown doors and utility boxes.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairperson: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

The committee did not meet in April, but did hold its first “Second Tuesday Board Mixer” on April 14 at Mezcal. Approximately 25 board, staff and potential board members attended. These gatherings are intended to provide a forum for board members to socialize as well as introduce new downtown business owners or employees to SJDA. The second mixer will be held in June at the Capital Club. 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. The next committee meeting will be held May 15.

Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers

Contact: Eric Hon

The next meeting is scheduled for May 20.

Downtown Design Committee

Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on April 29 at Steinberg Architects. Members reviewed the proposal for 170 Park Center Plaza even thought the developer, KT Urban, declined to present their project to the Committee. Members also received an update on the SPUR Zoning Taskforce. The next meeting is scheduled for May 27.

St. James Park

Contact: Blage Zelalich

The Levitt Pavilion Exploratory report was presented to and accepted by the City Council on April 7. Monthly meetings with city staff and community stakeholders regarding park activation and overall conditions resumed on April 3. Met with PRNS staff to begin discussing the details of a parks management district for St. James on April 24.

Street Life Committee

President: Chuck Hammers

The committee and various guests from the Office of Cultural Affairs and SV Creates selected the artist from a final selection of four candidates for the Paseo de San Antonio art crosswalks. The committee reviewed the current trajectory of FY 2014-15 budgets and street life projects, and brainstormed questions to bring to the PBID board in April.

(Last update May 05, 2015)