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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: June 2, 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: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: The Advocacy Committee met April 26.  Staff provided updates on the advocacy of the High Speed Rail, Commercial Linkage Fee, parking board, PBID renewal, CEO search efforts, al fresco, SB1315 and tribal gaming measure.

Next Meeting: June 28, 9 a.m., via 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: July 20, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

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 May 26 and reviewed the 250 Stockton commercial proposal from Imwalle & Steinberg Hart.

Next meeting: TBD

Downtown Commercial Properties

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

Contact: Chloe Shipp

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: June 9, 11 a.m., Business Support Center, 16 N. 3rd Street

Downtown Parking Board

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

Chair:  Charlie Faas

Contact: Nathan Ulsh

Past Meeting: The Downtown Parking Board met April 20 and reviewed recommendations to update the Master Parking Rate Schedule. These updates would introduce a Commercial Real Estate Parking Program (CREPP), delete outdated pricing, update special event rates and introduce global and specific garage permits pricing and options. The Board voted in favor of the recommendations from staff.

Next Meeting: June 15, 10 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Finance Committee

Reviews and approves the SJDA budget.

Chair: Garrett Perez

Contact: Dori Gao

Past Meeting: The Finance Committee met on May 26.  FY 21-22 March financial statements were presented and the FY22-23 budget forwarded to Exec Committee for approval.  

Next Meeting: TBD

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: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met May 26 to provide guidance on metrics and communications opportunities for the PBID’s proposed social impact team, and receive updates on potential advocacy items. 

Next Meeting: June 24, 11 a.m., via Zoom 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 met May 10 with community and city partners to discuss weekend closures of the street.  The main topic of discussion was when the street should be closed along with how Post Street businesses would activate the street. Tentative timeline from the businesses is to start weekend closures spanning from Thursday afternoon with reopening on the street early Monday mornings starting in July. Committee chair Eric Nielsen hosted the meeting and will be working with his neighbors on the street to develop areas of activation.  

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 May 10 and completed a creative brief to be shared at the Board of Directors meeting May 13.  Members provide oversight and make recommendations on SJDA’s long-term and short-term goals involving branding, marketing efforts, and promotions.  The group ensures that a consistent, positive message is being delivered to the public about Downtown San Jose and SJDA. 

Next Meeting: June 7, 4 p.m., Business Support 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 May 10  the PBID Board of Directors met to receive an update on the PBID renewal process, approve FY 22-23 budget, discuss the Downtown Comprehensive Lighting Plan RFP and receive staff reports.

Next Meeting: August 16, 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: Donna Butcher

Past Meeting: Foundation trustees met May 19.  The board voted unanimously to push out the Door reception until September 2022. Updates on submissions for DT Doors (114 from 14 schools).  The trustees worked on the job scope for the new position to be pitched to SJDA.  The trustees and judges are in the process of voting for the 10 Doors winners.     

Next Meeting: June 16, 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: There was a sub-committee meeting on April 21 to discuss the future of the San Pedro Street closure and Councilmember Raul Peralez’s memo recommending the permanent and full closure of the street.  Nearly all stakeholders on the street were present.  The majority were in favor of an improved and permanent street closure with better access to the Market Street parking garage for employees and customers. City partners and SJDA see parking garage access as the most immediate and unified topic to be addressed. 

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 May 19 and was presented an update of the Pacific Motor Inn via Westbank and Path.  Staff gave an update of SoFA planters and the volunteer planter painting day.

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 May 27 to discuss progress on capital/design for park improvements and Levitt Pavilion, safety concerns, feeding, rodent abatement,  activations and maintenance.

Next Meeting: June 24, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Volunteer

SJDA is offering volunteer opportunities for 2022 that focus on street life and beautification. Send a note of your volunteer interests to volunteer@sjdowntown.com.

Trail Clean Up

SJDA is co-hosting a volunteer trail clean up with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy on June 18th from 9-11am. Volunteers will meet at Arena Green Park (West) by the Carousel at 8:45am. To participate, RSVP at tinyurl.com/2s3hu4r8 or scan the QR code in the image. See you out there!

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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