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.
President: Stan Vuckovich
VP of Operations: Michael Rewkiewicz
Frank, Rimerman & Co., LLP
VP of Marketing: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Heroes Martial Arts
Treasurer: Liam O’Connor
Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation
Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company
Ex-Officio: Chris Neale
The Core Companies
Mezcal Restaurant, LLC
Sarju A. Naran
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.
Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio
Cornish & Carey Commercial
Newmark Knight Frank
San Jose State University
San Jose Sharks Sports & Entertainment
Barry Swenson Builder
Sequoia Wealth Advisors & Investment Management, Inc
Julie Riera Matsushima
Insight Realty Company
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.
Chairperson: Stan Vuckovich
Next meeting: November 3, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000 (committee members only)
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.
Chairperson: Henry Cord
Past meeting: The Advocacy Committee met on September 27. The committee discussed SJDA positions on upcoming ballot measures, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Development Services and various updates on current and upcoming Downtown development projects.
Next meeting:October 25, 9 a.m., Hoge Fenton, 60 S. Market Street, 14th Floor
Board Organizational Committee
Organizes recruitment, training and mixers for board members.
Chairpersons: Sarju Naran and Alan Marques
Past meeting: Co-chairs Naran and Marques met with staff on September 16 to discuss new member recruitment and the release of the Board ballot and annual membership survey. Members elected to the 2017 BID Board of Directors will be announced at the October 14 Annual Meeting.
Next meeting: October 28, 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.
Chairperson: Steve Cox
Past meeting: The Downtown Design Committee did not meet in September.
Next meeting: October 26, 3 p.m., Steinberg Architects, 125 S. Market Street, Suite 110
Downtown Commercial Properties
Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.
Contact: Chloe Verrey
Next meeting: October 20, 2 p.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000
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 5. The Board accepted final FY 2015-16 Financial report on the Parking Fund. It received reports on FY 2016-17 Capital projects, St. John Streetscape, Parking marketing and the Diridon Area Master Plan process.
Meets on a quarterly basis.
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chairperson: Liam O’Connor
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on September 28. FY 2015-16 annual review draft financials were distributed to members for review. Roberto Maragoni, Partner, Armanino, LLC attended the meeting to discuss results of FY 2015-16 annual review and draft financials. The annual review was clean with no required adjustments. August financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with updated budget revisions. Staff provided a progress report on preparations for ice rink FY 2016-17 season. Staff informed members the condo mortgage payable will mature on January 20, 2017 with Wells Fargo bank. Members informed staff to proceed with refinancing procedures.
Next meeting: October 26, 9 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000
Deals with concerns regarding events, construction, safety and marketing of this downtown neighborhood.
Chairperson: Forrest Cerrato
Past meeting: The Historic District met July 12 to discuss public safety in the district with a representative from SJPD present. Jason Su from SJDA discussed the upcoming Fountain Gallery Alley project, which will consist of pop-up gallery space in Fountain Alley, and asked for neighborhood input. Erin Salazar from The Exhibition District presented the 100 Block project, 100 4×4 murals to go onto two buildings along Fountain Alley. Construction updates from VTA’s bus rapid transit project and Marshall Squares were given.
Next meeting: November 15, 4 p.m., SJDA, 28 N 1st Street, Suite 1000
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.
Chairperson: Alan “Gumby” Marques
Co-Chair: Lee Kopp
Past meeting: The Marketing Arts & Dining committee held its quarterly meeting September 22. Members shared examples and discussed ways to reach new and younger audiences. Updates were given on the #DTSJ campaign. Music in the Park event attendee surveys and the Arts Marketing Roundtable meetings. The arts groups will be planning the 12 Days of Arts, a scavenger hunt and social media campaign for the holidays. The campaign was very successful last year. Meets on a quarterly 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 30 to receive updates on PBID programs and services. Blage Zelalich was appointed as a new City representative on the board. The board discussed recruitment of new board members to fill two vacancies in 2017. A nominating committee was formed to create a slate of board candidates. The Board received a presentation on downtown pedestrian counts.
Next Meeting: October 11, 8:30 a.m., SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000
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 October 11 to discuss the 2017 Downtown Doors program and trustee recruitment.
Next Meeting: November 8, 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.
Chairperson: Nick Nichols
Past meeting: The committee met on August 18. Construction updates were given on the Modera Project, Silvery Towers and the Julian Alignment. Members were updated on Viva Calle SJ, Music in the Park and Starlight Cinemas, and made aware of Downtown Ice sponsorship opportunities.
Next meeting: October 20, 2:30 p.m., Olla Cocina, 17 N. San Pedro Street
SoFA (South First Area) Committee
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chairs: Roger Springall and Sarah Dragovich
Past meeting: The SoFA Committee did not meet in September.
Next meeting: October 26, 4 p.m., Works Gallery, 365 S. Market Street
St. James Park
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 four finalists selected in the City-led jury design competition to transform St. James Park submitted their plans Oct. 3. The submissions are displayed at the SPUR office Oct. 6 – Nov. 4. The four design firms will present their plans to the public on Oct. 15
Next meeting: October 15, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando Street
Acting Director of Policy and Operations
Corinna M. Dixon
Events and Promotions Manager
San Jose Downtown Association Financials
SJDA receives financial support from private sponsors and contributing members, the Business Improvement District, Knight Foundation and the City of San Jose.