Organizational Issues/Committee snapshots - February 2014
Police/Downtown Entertainment Committee
Contact: Blage Zelalich
Co-hosted third “Coffee with the Captain” on January 15 at La Lune Sucre on the Paseo de San Antonio where business and property owners discussed quality of life issues with SJPD’s Central Division Captain, Tony Ciaburro. This informal get together is held the third Wednesday of the month from 8-9:30 a.m. Staff was notified that the City Manager’s Social Service working group meetings were cancelled until further notice without any explanation. Staff has inquired about an explanation. 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 Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 or 2:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m. Officers can be contacted by business and property owners via the Groundwerx office.
Marketing Arts & Dining
Chairperson: Dan Pulcrano
The committee meets every 2-3 months and did not meet in January. SJDA staff is currently updating the listings in the downtown walking map, and worked with Team San Jose to update the restaurant listings on their downtown dining map. A new branding campaign, ParkSJ, is being developed for the City’s parking program. A new logo has been designed and will be incorporated into signage on garages, pay booths, meters, validation machines, directional and wayfinding signs, the parking website, marketing materials and more.
Chairperson: Tim Gallant
The Historic District Committee last met on December 17 and did not meet in January. The next meeting is February 11, at 4 p.m. at Bella Mia.
Chairperson: Liam O’Connor
￼The Finance Committee met January 22 to review October, November and December 2013 financial ￼statements, FY 13-14 revised budget, ice rink preliminary final position and status on Board give or get.
SoFA (South First Area) Committee
Chair: Roger Springall
SoFA met January 29 at MACLA. The committee is gathering ideas that will take SoFA to the next level as an arts and entertainment district. SoFAC is also planning the second version of the C2SV festival. Metro Newspapers announced it is moving up the street to 380 S. First St. Thang Do announced that tenant improvements are beginning for the new SoFA Market, which so far has two confirmed tenants. MACLA plans to use its NEA grant to create an iconic shade structure that serves as a gateway piece to SoFA and the downtown, as fell as provide functionality for daytime events in the Parque de los Pobladores plaza. The district is also discussing the next iteration of sidewalks and what to do when expensive pavers break or need replacing.
Downtown Parking Board/Parking Committee
Chair: Steve Borkenhagen
The parking board met February 5. The City Council approved a proposal on Feb. 4 to install Smart Meters downtown, increase the parking fees charged at the new meters July 1, conduct a Pay-by-Cell-Phone pilot project, establish a Convention Center Meter District with expanded hours and new event rates, and study further the Community Parking Districts proposal.
San Pedro Square Committee
Chairperson: Cathy Spielberger Cassetta
The neighborhood committee did not meet in January but was invited to the Silvery Towers on Jan. 16.
PBID Board of Directors
President: Chuck Hammers
The PBID board met on January 21 and was presented with the completed Downtown Streetlife Plan. CMG, the landscape architecture firm that produced the plan, discussed the philosophy behind the plan and the process that was used to develop it. The Street Life Plan will be presented to downtown stakeholders starting at the February 14 SJDA meeting. The PBID Beautification Subcommittee will convene on February 11 to prioritize projects for the upcoming year. The next scheduled meeting of the PBID board will be March 18.
Chairperson: Henry Cord
The Advocacy Committee did not meet in January. The next meeting is February 25. Some members are involved in a sub-committee that is assisting in the formation of a Community Development Corporation.
Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie
The Foundation Board of Trustees met on January 14 to finalize the Request for Proposal for consultant services that is the next step in the process of organization’s programatic expansion. The Request for Proposal has been distributed and responses are due by February 14 with the hope of having a consultant on board by March 1. Work on the 2014 Downtown Doors program has begun.
Board Organizational Committee
Chairperson: Sarju Naran
The Board Organizational committee did not meet in January however Sarju Naran volunteered to assume responsibility as the committee’s chairperson. A new board member orientation lunch was held on January 23 with three of five new board members in attendance as well as past-presidents Henry Cord and Dan Pulcrano.
Downtown Large Commercial Property Owners/Managers
Contact: Eric Hon
The commercial property group last met on November 14. The group meets on a quarterly basis and the next meeting is tentatively schedule for February.
Downtown Design Committee
Chairperson: Steve Cox
The Downtown Design Committee met on January 22. Committee members reviewed the committee’s goals and discussed feedback on the Silvery Towers project. Members provided design feedback to project team and City of San Jose in a letter dated Jan. 24. Next meeting is February 19.
(Last update February 5, 2014)