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 Marques
Heroes Martial Arts
Treasurer: Liam O’Connor
Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation
Secretary: Nick Nichols
The Tabard Theatre Company
Immediate Past President:
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
Axis HOA and Salesforce
Sequoia Wealth Advisors & Investment Management, Inc
Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown
Julie Riera Matsushima
Insight Realty Company
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café
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: March 2, 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 January 31. The committee discussed budget impacts of Measure G (business tax), BART design options, high speed rail alignment, OEI and development services proposed fee changes.
Next meeting: February 28, 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: The Committee met on December 16 to review Board support, processes, engagement and recruitment.
Next meeting: March 3, 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 January. Representatives for the City of San Jose will be presenting at the March meeting. Topics will include Downtown planning efforts, updates on the Downtown Strategy EIR, urban design issues and staffing updates.
Next meeting: March 1, 3 p.m., Location: TBD
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: Met on January 18 to discuss ongoing and completed street life projects and receive and update from PATH on homeless outreach in the downtown core. Informational meetings for owners and managers of large downtown commercial properties. Meets on an ad hoc basis.
Next meeting: April 19, 2 p.m., 111 Market Square, 111 N. Market St.
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 February 1. The seven member board has upcoming vacancies for an arts rep, resident rep and downtown parking owner/manager. The FY 2016-17 mid-year financial report was reviewed. Based on trending survey comments, an improvements plan for the Second and San Carlos garage was requested. Meets on a quarterly basis.
Next meeting: May 3, 10 a.m., City Hall
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chairperson: Liam O’Connor
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on January 25. December financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with review of projected FY 16-17 budget. Staff provided an update on ice rink preliminary revenue and expenses for the 16-17 season. Other matters discussed included strategic initiatives for BID and the approved refinance of the office condo mortgage.
Next meeting: February 22, 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.
Chairperson: Sam Ramirez
Past Meeting: The Food and Entertainment Committee met on Wednesday, February 8 at the offices of the SJDA. The group heard a presentation from the United States Bartenders Guild (U.S.B.G.) and toured several vacant properties in the Historic District.
Next Meeting: March 8, 3:30 p.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 December 13 to discuss neighborhood issues and downtown for the Holidays.
Next meeting: March 14, 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: A Downtown for the Holidays campaign ran from November-January. Print ads ran in Metro, Mercury News, San Mateo County Times, El Observador, South County Newspapers, Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, Bay Area Parent, Discover Magazine and the Spartan Daily. More than 250 radio spots ran on 94.5 KBAY and Mix 106.5/KEZR. The print and radio ads included ParkSJ so people knew where to park when coming downtown. The campaign also included screen ads and digital banner ads. All of the ads directed people to sjdowntown.com/holidays to access a comprehensive list of downtown events. The committee meets on a quarterly or 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 January 11 to give a recommendation on the 2017 Block by Block contract, receive updates on the Almaden Exercise Loop and San Pedro Squared street life projects, and received Operations, Street Life and Business Development reports.
Next Meeting: March 15, 8:30 a.m., San Jose Downtown Association, 28 N. 1st 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 January 10 to discuss the 2017 Downtown Doors program. Request for Submissions has been released. Submissions are due on March 24. Award reception will be held on May 4 at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Next Meeting: February 14, 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 January 19. Construction updates were given on the following projects: San Pedro Squared, Modera, Silvery Towers, St. John Streetscape and San Jose Water main replacement. Captain Jason Dwyer introduced as the new captain for the Central Division, and addresses members questions and concerns. Megan Colvard, the director of PATH San Jose talked to members about their coordinated homeless outreach efforts downtown with city departments, SJPD and Groundwerx. Members talked about ideas for a neighborhood promotion for March Madness.
Next meeting: March 16, 2:30 p.m. Location: TBD
SoFAC (South First Area Committee) and SoFA Leadership Team
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chairs: Roger Springall and Sarah Dragovich
Past meeting: SoFAC met January 25 at Cafe Stritch. A new committee structure was proposed to encourage a decision making group of regular members. This “SoFA Leadership Team” was to self-select and a call went out to SoFA community for interest.
Next meeting: February 22, 4:15 p.m., MACLA, 510 S. First Street
February 22 will be the first SoFA Leadership Team meeting. This meeting is open to the public.
The general SoFA Committee Meetings will now occur every other month.
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 City-led jury design competition to transform St. James Park selected one firm but the other finalist protested. A hearing on the protest and appeal period is completed. Award of park design contract to City Council will follow depending on appeal / no appeal.
Next meeting: February 24, 9 a.m., City Hall
Director of Marcom and Events
Bree von Faith
Director of Policy and Operations
Director of Finance and Administration
Corinna M. Dixon
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.