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San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA)

About

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. The best way to get involved is to come to a meeting. Our various committees our summarized below and meet regularly.

Committees

Want to get involved? Email the contact of the committee below you are interested in joining.

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

Chair: Alan “Gumby” Marques

Next Meeting: October 6, 8:30 a.m., Hybrid (In-person and Zoom Conference Call)   (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, cleanliness and shuttles. Meets as needed.

Chair: David Buchholz

Contact: Nate LeBlanc

Past Meeting: The Advocacy Committee met August 23.  Staff introduced recently-hired consultant Victor Gomez of Pinnacle Strategies and facilitated a discussion on committee member priorities moving forward.

Next Meeting: September 27, 9 a.m., hybrid in-person at Business Support Center and Zoom Conference Call

Downtown Community Development Corporation

The mission of this committee is to attract investment to downtown San Jose, facilitate real estate development and investment, support downtown San Jose businesses, contribute to the overall economic health of downtown, and respond to unforeseen development opportunities throughout the downtown core.

Board President:  Henry Cord

Contact: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: The DCDC met on May 18.  SJMade presented updates of MOMENT and future ideas for expanding operations via kiosks.  Staff shared finances, furniture for the parklet. 

Next Meeting: TBD

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: Brian Corbett

Contact: Nate LeBlanc

Past Meeting: The committee met August 25 and reviewed the Valley Title/Orchard commercial proposal from Westbank & WRNS Architects.

Next meeting: TBD

Downtown Commercial Properties

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

Contact: Chris Arkley

Past Meeting: The committee met Feb. 16 to receive an update on the PBID renewal process, debrief Downtown for the Holidays, and share current best practices in property management.

Next Meeting: September 21, 1 p.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Downtown Parking Board

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

Chair:  Charlie Faas

Contact: Rick Jensen

Past Meeting: The Downtown Parking Board met June 15. Henry Cord was elected Chairperson and Charlie Faas was elected Vice Chairperson. DOT presented the draft FY 2022-23 DPB Work Plan, proposed FY 2022-23 Parking Fund and Parking Capital Fund budgets. SJDA provided an update on the SJDA’s FY 2021-22 marketing and promotions work and FY 22-23 marketing and event promotions plan. The following program updates were passed by Council on June 14: Commercial Real Estate parking program; sunsetting of various parking programs after June 30, 2022 including the Clean Air Permit; updating various special event rate ranges; and establishment of global permit options.

Next Meeting: TBD

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Garrett Perez

Contact: Dori Gao

Past Meeting: The Finance Committee met on July 27.  FY 21-22 May financial statements were presented and the FY 21-22 final budget position discussed and the and the committee went into executive session on a personal matter.

Next Meeting: September 28, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Social Impact Committee

The Social Impact Committee’s goals are to use advocacy, education and partnerships to mitigate the impact of homelessness for Downtown business and property owners, residents, visitors and unhoused individuals.

The impacts of homelessness include the overall health and well-being of all San Jose residents, a lack of adequate shelter and services, the overall  cleanliness of public and private spaces, and the perception of safety in downtown.

Contact: Chris Arkley

Past Meeting: The committee met August 18  to discuss CARE Court as well as updates for the new nationwide 988 crysis number. 

Next Meeting: September 22, 2:30 p.m., via Video Conference Call

Historic District

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

Chair:  Eric Nielsen

Contact: Chris Arkley

Past Meeting: The Post Street members of the committee have been meeting regularly to move forward with the pilot street closure. Recent meetings have focused on ADA compliance, permitting, and coordinated activation on the street. Businesses on Post Street are getting their permits finalized allowing them to expand operations into the street during the closure; which is planned to run run 4 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Monday weekly. The pilot closure started in early August. 

Next Meeting: TBD

Marketing

Provides oversight and makes recommendations on SJDA’s long-term and short-term goals involving branding, marketing efforts, and promotions.  Ensures that a consistent, positive message is being delivered to the public about Downtown San Jose and SJDA. Meets as needed.

Chair:  Frank Nguyen

Contact: Nanci Williams

Past Meeting: The committee met Aug. 9 to review its strategic direction for a marketing campaign to bring people back to downtown. Creative deliverables included an emphasis on social media and conveying downtown’s “real and authentic” attributes.

Next Meeting: September 13, 4 p.m., Hybrid – Business Support Center, 16 N. 3rd Street Center, 16 N. 3rd Street

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.

Board President: Chris Freise

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: On August 16 the PBID Board of Directors met to receive an update on the Downtown Comprehensive Lighting Plan RFP, approve a proposed safety pilot and receive staff reports.

Next Meeting: November 15, 8:30 a.m., Business Support Center, 16 N 3rd St.

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.

Contact: Rick Jensen

Past Meeting: At the Aug. 16 meeting, the board went over the working budget for the year, decided on Sept. 29, 6 p.m. for the date and time of the next Downtown Doors reception celebrating 10 pieces of art and their student artists to be posted on downtown’s Doors.  Besides coordinating that event, the Board discussed next steps regarding a maintenance plan for the existing Downtown Doors, and a goal to get the Doors program back on its traditional school year schedule, and want to start discussing an update of the board work plan and strategy documents.

September 29, 6 p.m. – Downtown Doors reception on Zoom

Next Meeting: September 13, 12 p.m., via Zoom Conference Call

San Pedro Square Committee

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

Co- Chair: David Mulvehill and Randy Musterer

Contact: Julie Carlson

Past Meeting: The committee met on August 23 at Olla Cocina. The San Jose Quakes gave a presentation on ideas for creating a downtown hub for World Cup viewing parties from Nov. 20-Dec. 18 and for their 50th anniversary in 2024. Updates were given on the San Pedro Square website, San Pedro Square social media platforms. Members were encouraged to send in offers for the SJSU Offers page and postings for the Who’s Hiring page on SJDA’s website

Next Meeting: TBD

SoFAC (South First Area Committee)

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

Chair: Kevin Wick and Dap Ashaolu

Contact: Chris Arkley

Past Meeting: SoFAC met August 25 and listened to a presentation by SJPD about safety in downtown. The San Jose Quakes gave a presentation on ideas for creating a downtown hub for World Cup viewing parties from Nov. 20-Dec. 18 and for their 50th anniversary in 2024. Members were encouraged to add or update offers for the SJSU Offers page. The committee also reviewed upcoming events in the area.

Next Meeting: TBD, Guildhouse, 420 S. 1st 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: Sarah Billings

Past Meeting: The Advisory Committee met August 26 to discuss progress on capital/design for park improvements and Levitt Pavilion, safety concerns, feeding, rodent abatement, activations and maintenance.

Next Meeting: September 23, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Volunteer

Please let us know if you are interested in helping us with our events, art and street life activations or representing SJDA and downtown businesses at City Council or City Hall meetings.
Send a note with your volunteer interests to volunteer@sjdowntown.com.

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