The San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA)

The SJDA is a non-profit, membership-based organization founded in 1986 to represent business and property owners. We make downtown a better place for business, residents and visitors through events, advocacy, marketing and more.


Activities and Programs

We advocate on issues effecting downtown, market the region, help business navigate city hall, host events including Downtown Ice and Music in the Park and work with downtown’s Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) to keep downtown clean and safe.

San Jose Downtown Association Board of Directors



Next Meeting: Annual Membership Meeting, Business Improvement District (BID) Public Meeting and Property Business Improvement District (PBID) Public Meeting
Friday, October 13, 2017, 8 – 9:30 a.m. at San Jose First United Methodist Church


The Annual Meeting will feature “State of Downtown” address by Scott Knies, BID and PBID financial reports, SJDA Committee “two-minute” drills and election of SJDA and PBID Board members.
Click here to RSVP



Please submit your ballot online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SJDAballot2017 All ballots received by Thursday, October 12 will be eligible for a drawing for one of three prize packages containing a Downtown Ice family 4-pack, and $10 in Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market “Carrot Cash.

Find previous meeting minutes here. Interested in joining the board? Email Scott Knies at sknies@sjdowntown.com


Executive Committee

President: Stan Vuckovich
KBM Workspace

VP of Operations: Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP

VP of Marketing: Alan Marques
Heroes Martial Arts

Treasurer: Liam O’Connor
Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation

Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company

Immediate Past President:
Chris Neale
The Core Companies


Henry Cord
Cord Associates

Adolfo Gomez
Mezcal Restaurant, LLC

Kelly Hattley
Boston Properties

Sarju A. Naran
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.

Sam Ramirez
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio

Geri Wong
Cornish & Carey Commercial
Newmark Knight Frank

Directors

Doug Bartl
Oracle

Brian Bates
San Jose State University

Doug Bentz
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment

David Buchholz
Colliers International

Joshua Burroughs
Barry Swenson Builder

Brian Corbett
Gensler

John Fernandez
Alfa Tech

Joe Horrigan
San Pedro Square Market

Hanif Ismail
Axis HOA and Salesforce


Kristina Kuprina
Sequoia Wealth Advisors & Investment Management, Inc

Michael Lerman
Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown

Julie Riera Matsushima
Downtown Resident

Dalton Osuka
PowerBowl

Stephanie Pence
Iron Construction

Dennis Randall
Insight Realty Company

Tore Saso
Merrill Lynch

Jeanne Serpa
Republic Services

Ryan Summers
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café

Committees


Executive Committee

The President of the Board of Directors chairs this 11-member committee. The immediate past president is ex-officio member. This committee manages the activities and affairs of the association and exercises all powers granted to the Board by the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws. Makes policy, advocacy and program recommendations to the Board. Meets the first Thursday of the month at 8 a.m.

Chair: Stan Vuckovich

Next meeting: October 5, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000 (committee members only)

Advocacy Committee

Represents downtown business and property owner to government and elected officials. Develops recommendations on policies impacting downtown. Supports other committees including parking and BART. Sets SJDA’s positions on specific issues including housing, retail, crime, cleanlinss and shuttles. Meets as needed.

Chair: Henry Cord

Past meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on September 26. The committee discussed elements of the proposed Downtown Sign Intensification program, as well as the boundaries of “Downtown” as defined in the Envision 2040 General Plan.

Next meeting: October 24, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, 14th Floor

Board Organizational Committee

Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.

Chairs: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques

Past meeting: The Committee met on August 18 to review Board support, processes, engagement and recruitment. A Board mixer is planned for October 17.

Next meeting: October 27, 9:15 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, 14th Floor


Downtown Design Committee

Consists of architects, designers, and urbanists advocating for design excellence in the downtown core using. The committee honors outstanding projects with Golden Nail awards.

Chair: Steve Cox

Past meeting: The committee met on September 27 and reviewed project plans for a student housing proposal located at 100 N. Fourth Street, and a high-rise residential development planned for 27 S. First Street. Design comment letters on 600 S. First Street and 199 Bassett Street high rises were distributed September 27.

Downtown Commercial Properties

Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties.  Meets on an ad hoc basis.

Contact: Chloe Verrey

Past Meeting: The committee met on July 20 to discuss ongoing and upcoming construction projects, learn more about VTA’s light rail efficiency pilot program and speak with SJPD. Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.

Next meeting: October 25, 2 p.m., San Jose Downtown Association, 28 N. First Street, Suite 100

Downtown Parking Board

This public-private entity discusses downtown parking issues and budgets.

Vice-Chair: Nick Nichols

Past meeting: The Downtown Parking Board held its quarterly meeting October 4. The board unanimously endorsed a plan to expand Smart Meters at all on-street parking meters and increase parking rate at new meters to $2/hr. Outreach on the new meters would take place into early 2018.

Next meeting: February 1, 2018, 10 a.m., City Hall


Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Liam O’Connor

Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on September 27. Draft financials of the FY 16-17 SJDA audit and PBID annual review were distributed to members for review. Dan Moors, Partner at outside CPA firm Armanino, LLC attended the meeting to present the draft financials and discuss the results of the SJDA audit and PBID annual review. Both SJDA audit and PBID annual review were clean with no required adjustments. August financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with updated budget revisions. Staff provided update on status of ice rink title sponsorship.

Next meeting: October 25, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000

Food and Entertainment Committee

 
Food, nightlife and entertainment-related businesses meet to discuss industry- and downtown-specific topics, such as safety, permitting, business attraction and marketing and promotions.

Chair: Sam Ramirez

Past Meeting:The Food and Entertainment Committee met on April 12. The committee discussed the upcoming Sharks playoff run, upcoming convention schedule and future Music in the Park events. The committee also discussed potential marketing strategies and a possible happy hour event. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed, and the next meeting is to be determined.

Historic District

Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.

Chair: Forrest Cerrato

Past meeting: The Historic District met on June 20 to hear from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) about their proposed pilot project in downtown to improve transit reliability, reduce delays, test innovative safety enhancements and support future increased light rail operating speeds. VTA plans to finalize the proposed project by November 2017. SJDA and VTA intend to conduct additional meetings in August, September and October to obtain feedback from downtown residents and businesses on pilot project parameters.


Marketing Arts & Dining

The committee of arts groups and restaurants works to market downtown as a destination through special offers, events and coordinated marketing and social media.

Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp

Past meeting: The Farmers’ Market and CityDance campaigns continue to run. Development of the Downtown Ice and Downtown for the Holidays campaigns is underway. The committee meets on an as needed basis.

PBID Board of Directors

The directors oversee management and finances of the property-based improvement district. It’s meeting notices, minutes and agendas are on the PBID pages of this website.

President: Chuck Hammers

Past Meeting: The PBID Board met on August 8 and discussed future planning for the PBID, and received updates on the San Pedro Squared project. The Street Life Committee met June 20.

Next Meeting: October 13, 8 a.m., Annual Membership Meeting, SJ First United Methodist Church, 24 N. 5th Street

San Jose Downtown Foundation

The foundation hosts, organizes and fundraises for Downtown Doors and other art projects downtown. Visit the Foundation page on this website to learn more.

Board of Trustee President: Diana Beechie

Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met on September 12 to discuss recruitment efforts, the 2018 Downtown Doors program and possible new programming.

Next Meeting: October 10, Noon, SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000


San Pedro Square Committee

This committee works on marketing, events, safety and other issues in the San Pedro Square neighborhood.

Chair: Nick Nichols

Past meeting: The committee meets every other month and did not meet in September.. Construction updates are sent to the members every couple weeks, or more often if needed.

Next meeting: October 19, 2:30 p.m., The Old Wagon Saloon, 73 N. San Pedro St.

SoFA Leadership Team

This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.

Chair: Sieglinde Van Damme

Past meeting: The SoFA Leadership Team met on September 27. The team discussed ideas for physical additions to the district’s landscape and several events coming to SoFA this upcoming year. The SoFA Leadership Team meetings will occur every other month and are open to the public.

Next meeting: November 29, 3:30 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First Street

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.

Chair: Roger Springall

Past meeting: The SoFAC met on August 30. The meeting featured updates about new events coming this fall and a discussion of recent events and their impact within SoFA. The general SoFA Committee Meetings will now occur every other month.

Next meeting: October 25, 4 p.m., Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, 420 S. First Street


 
St. James Park Advisory Committee

This committee deals with issues related to the park and activities in it. It also working with others on redesigning the park.

Contact: Scott Knies

Past meeting: The Advisory Committee met September 22 and received a presentation on revised designs by CMG Landscape Architecture, including design process schedule.

Next meeting: October 27, 9 a.m., City Hall

 

Staff

Executive Director
Scott Knies
Email: sknies@sjdowntown.com

Director of Finance and Administration
Peggy Bradley
Email: pbradley@sjdowntown.com

Office Manager
Corinna M. Dixon
Email: cdixon@sjdowntown.com

Office Assistant
Danielle Ratliff
Email: dratliff@sjdowntown.com

Director of Policy and Operations
Nate Echeverria
Email: necheverria@sjdowntown.com

PBID Operations Manager
Chloe Verrey
Email: cverrey@sjdowntown.com

Street Life Manager
Jason Su
Email: jsu@sjdowntown.com

Business Development Manager
Nate LeBlanc
Email: nleblanc@sjdowntown.com

Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Email: bvonfaith@sjdowntown.com

Communications Director
Rick Jensen
Email: rjensen@sjdowntown.com

Marketing Director
Julie Carlson
Email: jcarlson@sjdowntown.com

Events and Promotions Manager 
Amy Anderson
Email: aanderson@sjdowntown.com

Partnership Manager
Jonathan Borca
Email: jborca@sjdowntown.com

Web Coordinator
Archana Dalgleish
Email: adalgleish@sjdowntown.com

FAQ

BID stands for Business Improvement District. A BID is authorized by state law and created by the city council. Its purpose is to promote and improve a specific area for the benefit of businesses within the area. The BID fee a property assesment that pays for that work. In San Jose, the city assesses all business license holders a BID fee annually.
The San Jose Downtown BID is bounded roughly by Julian Street, Fourth Street and highways 280 and 87, where it jogs west to include the arena and the train station, and Coleman Loop area.
Every year since 1989, the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA), a nonprofit organization, has been selected by the city council to manage the Downtown BID. Every business in the boundaries pays fees and is automatically a member of the Downtown Association. The members elect a board of directors to determine budgets and programs.
No. Since 1989, the BID has been raised three times: in 1994, when the BID boundaries extended to include the Arena area; in 2003 to include San Jose MarketCenter, and a modest rate adjustment in 2011.
BID fees represent about 25 percent of SJDA’s budget. The rest of SJDA revenue comes from earned income through events and sponsorships, plus contracts and fees for services. For every dollar the business community puts into the BID, four more dollars are leveraged by SJDA to improve Downtown. By state law, the BID money can only be used to support general business activities, promote public events, decorate public places and provide music and entertainment in the BID area. The Downtown Association uses its budget to promote downtown through stragetic marketing, by helping businesses navigate city hall and events including Music in the Park.
BID funds are spent on a variety of projects including advertising, marketing brochures, maps, websites, weekly e-letters, holiday lighting and events including the Farmers’ Market, South First Fridays and Downtown Ice, the outdoor skating rink. SJDA advocates on behalf of BID members for a vital and vibrant Downtown for businesses, their clients, customers and employees. Association staff members are available to assist BID businesses and property owners and address their individual concerns. SJDA provides a strong voice for Downtown to the media, government officials and policy makers and manages the Groundwerx clean, safe and beautiful services.