Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots – November 2013
Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee
Contact: Blage Zelalich
Co-hosted second “Coffee with the Captain” on October 16 at B2 Coffee where business and property owners discussed quality of life issues with SJPD’s Central Division Captain, Tony Ciaburro. This informal get together will be the third Wednesday of the month from 8-9:30 a.m., through the end of the year. Staff participated in the City Manager’s Downtown Advisory Committee (CMDAC) on October 21, as well as in CMDAC subcommittees on Social Services and downtown police resources on October 15 and 17 respectively. The intent of the group comprised of city staff, service providers and business and property owners will be to share ideas and experiences in an effort to identify measures that can be implemented to reduce the crime, enforce the law and help downtown San Jose maintain an upward growth pattern. The PBID’s enhanced security program, utilizing off-duty SEU San Jose Police officers, continues. SEU officers can generally be found on foot in the core on Monday and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 or 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Officers can be contacted by business and property owners via the Groundwerx office.
Marketing Arts & Dining
Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano
The committee did not meet in October. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for December 5. Marketing for Downtown Ice is underway. Collateral will include event, APT, light rail and transit shelter posters, fliers, billboards and bus boards. Staff has secured marketing and advertising partnerships with the Clear Channel Outdoor, VTA, Mercury News, SVCN, El Observador, MIX, KBAY, La Raza, Yelp, Camera Cinemas, Team San Jose and downtown arts groups.
Chairperson: Daniel Luna
The Historic District Committee has not met since May 15. Daniel Luna of Gator Technologies, Inc. has agreed to chair the Historic District. The next meeting is November 20, at 4:00 p.m., at Hopkins & Carley.
Chairperson: Chris Neale
Met October 23 to review September financial statements, FY 2012-13 budget forecast and financial plan overview, chiller repair and ice rink plan for FY 13-14 and status on board give-or-get and upcoming finance committee dates. November 27 meeting has been cancelled. Next meeting will be scheduled for December.
SoFA (South First Area) Committee
Chair: Roger Springall
SoFA cancelled its September and October meetings. The district is still looking into the possibility of starting a Farmers’ Market and preparing a new marketing collateral piece for distribution at the Convention Center and other strategic locations. Next meeting is December 4 at Orchestria Palm Court Café.
Downtown Parking Board/Parking Committee
Chair: Steve Borkenhagen
The parking board meets quarterly and last met October 2. The board approved a proposal to install Smart Meters downtown, increase the parking fees charged at the new meters, conduct a Pay-by-Cell-Phone pilot project, establish a Convention Center Meter District with expanded hours and new event rates.
San Pedro Square Committee
Chairperson: Cathy Spielberger Cassetta
A subcommittee of the neighborhood businesses met on October 16 to discuss neighborhood marketing efforts. Subcommittee members, representing 5 neighborhood businesses as well as the Public Market, decided SPS marketing efforts should focus in three primary areas – social media, a printed rack card and website sanpedrosquare.com. The subcommittee is scheduled to meet at the end of October to review proposals for expansion in each one of the primary focus areas identified.
PBID Board of Directors
President: Chuck Hammers
The PBID board member elections were held and the three incumbent nominees were elected at the October 18 Annual Meeting. The next PBID board meeting will be on November 12. Board members will receive program updates relating to Groundwerx services, the Hwy 87 underpass illumination project, enhanced security and the new beautification strategy plan being drafted by CMG.
Chairperson: Henry Cord
The Advocacy Committee did not meet in October. Some members are involved in a sub-committee that is assisting in the formation of a Community Development Corporation. The CDC ad-hoc Committee is meeting November 6.
Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie
The Foundation Board of Trustees held a half-day organizational retreat on October 4. The board unanimously agreed that the breadth and scope of Foundation projects and programs should be expanded and that the organization’s mission statement and core values should be re-visited. Trustees are currently mapping out the next steps for the process, building on the positive momentum generated at the retreat. A bylaw amendment dealing with the Trustee term limits was discussed and will be brought forward at the November SJDA board-only meeting.
Board Organizational Committee
Chairperson: Tore Saso
Five board candidates recruited by the Board Organizational committee were presented via ballot to the BID membership for election at SJDA’s Annual Meeting on October 18. The membership voted to elect the slate of board members as presented on the ballot. New board members will begin their term on January 1, 2014 and can serve two consecutive three-year terms.
Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers
Contact: Eric Hon
The commercial property group last met on May 9. Next meeting is scheduled for November 14 at 100 W. San Fernando Street at City View Plaza. The group will receive updates on downtown security issues and upcoming downtown events.
Downtown Design Committee
Chairperson: Kent Mather
The Downtown Design Committee met on October 23. Committee voted to award three projects in two Golden Nail award categories – Beautification and Element of Distinction; two will be awarded in December at the SJDA year-end meeting and a third will be awarded at a meeting in 2014. Committee discussed the topic of PBCE Director search and the upcoming Chamber meeting on this topic. Brief discussion of next steps for design review process improvement. Next meeting is November 20 at the San Jose Downtown Association offices.
(Last update November 8, 2013)