Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots – May 2016

Advocacy
Chairperson: Henry Cord

Advocacy met March 26 and discussed high-speed rail, recent policy recommendations to PBCE, the Opportunity to Work Initiative and the proposed Measure C ballot initiative. The next meeting is May 24.

Board Organizational Committee

Chairpersons: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques 

Co-chairs Marques and Naran and committee member Serpa met with staff on April 22 to discuss new member recruitment. The committee also reviewed the board “Give or Get Policy” and gave recommendations to staff. The next Second Tuesday board mixer will be held on May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at The Continental in SoFA. The next meeting is scheduled for May 20.

Downtown Design Committee
Chairperson: Steve Cox

The Downtown Design Committee met on April 27. There was a presentation for a proposed 708 unit residential high-rise project at the Greyhound Bus Station site. The next meeting is scheduled for May 18.

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 April 27. March financial statements were reviewed and discussed. A preliminary FY 2016-17 budget was presented. Staff provided an update on ice rink performance for FY 2015-16 season. The next meeting is May 25.

Historic District

Chairperson: Forrest Cerrato

The Historic District met March 8 to discuss the progress of the neighborhood Facebook page, titled “Downtown San Jose’s Historic District.” It is maintained by SJDA staff and three Historic District volunteers have helped generate content. An update on VTA’s bus rapid transit upcoming construction project was provided by VTA staff. A community event was held in Fountain Alley during First Friday, April 1. The next meeting is May 10.

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

Farmers’ Market collateral is being produced and distributed. Print ads are running in Metro, El Observador and Content and promo spots are running on MIX, KBAY, NBC Bay Area and Telemundo. Dine Downtown kicks off on June 10. Save the Date postcards are being distributed and restaurants are signing up. The Music in the Park poster design has been finalized.

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 14.

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 Ramirez to re-start a version of the previous Entertainment Committee to include more than just downtown bars and nightclubs. The plan is for committee to meet in May on a date still to be determined.

San Jose Downtown Foundation
Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Foundation trustees met on April 19 to discuss 2016 Downtown Doors project and sponsorship updates and participation in the SV Gives campaign in May. 152 submissions forDowntown Doors submissions were received and 20 winners were selected. Trustees will meet next on May 10.

San Pedro Square Committee
Chairperson: Nick Nichols

The committee met on April 21 at the Farmers Union Restaurant. Agenda items included construction updates on Silvery Towers, San Jose Water Company’s pipeline replacement project and multi-modal, bikeway and pedestrian improvements on St. John Street. Event updates were given on the Downtown Farmers’ Market which opens on Friday, May 6 and Dine Downtown which is June 10-19. Captain Tindall from SJPD addressed members’ questions and concerns.

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 May 25. 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. 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 May 27.

(Last update May 9, 2016)