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.
Next meeting: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11, SJDA, 28 N. First Street, Suite 1000.
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: Advocacy Committee did not meet in July.
Next meeting: 9 a.m. Sept. 27, Hoge Fenton,
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 Sept. 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 Oct.14 Annual Meeting.
Next meeting: Oct. 28
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: he Downtown Design Committee did not meet in September.
Next meeting:Oct. 26.
Downtown Large 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 commercial property group met on Dec. 9 and received updates on holiday events, Super Bowl 50 and was introduced to the downtown homeless outreach service provider, PATH.
Next meeting: 2 p.m. June 29, 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 August 24. The Board approved its FY 2016-17 work plan 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 increased from $100 to $125 on July 1. The daily rate at Woz/87 Lot will increase from $5 to $7/day.
Next meeting: Oct. 5
Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.
Chairperson: Liam O’Connor
Past meeting: The Finance Committee met on June 29. May financial statements were reviewed and discussed along with FY 15-16 budget revisions. Preparations for FY 15-16 Annual Review are underway. Staff informed members the annual line of credit for FY 16-17 has been renewed by Wells Fargo Bank.
Next meeting: 9 a.m. Sept. 28. SJDA
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: 4 p.m. Sept. 13. SJDA
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 committee meets quarterly and met on 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.
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: he 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: 8:30 Oct. 11. SJDA
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 July 12 to provide feedback on the 2016 Downtown Doors reception. Trustees also discussed programmatic suggestions for the 2017 Downtown Doors program, including submission process and schedule.
Next Meeting: Noon Sept. 14. SJDA
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 June 16. Presentations/updates were given on Modera, San Pedro Squared, Silvery Towers, Julian Alignment and San Jose Water projects.
Next meeting: 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20
SoFA (South First Area) Committee
This committee deals with neighborhood issues, markets events and more.
Chairs: Roger Springall and Sarah Dragovich
Past meeting:oFA did not meet in September.
Next meeting: , 4 p.m. Oct. 26. The Works, 365 S. Market St.
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 St. James Park Advisory Group met July 22. Four finalists were selected in the City-led design competition. Each will receive $25K to create preliminary designs for St. James Park, due in October. SJDA responded to City request for activation proposals and will produce Starlight Cinema shows this summer, beginning Aug. 10 with Willy Wonka.
Business Development Manager
Events and Promotions Manager
PBID Operations Manager
PBID Street Life Project Manager
PBID Project Coordinator
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.