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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: May 24, 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 March 16.  Staff shared finances and presented MOMENT updates.  Board discussed the opportunity to provide support to partner SJmade and tenants such as mentorship.  Staff also presented a streetlife lighting project concept for DCDC support.

Next Meeting: May 18, 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 Feb. 3 and reviewed the Botown residential proposal from Westbank at San Salvador and Second Streets.  The next design review meeting will be for 250 Stockton Street, a commercial development from Imwalle and Steinberg Hart.

Next meeting: May 26, 4 p.m.

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 March 18.  FY 21-22 January financial statements were presented. The Finance Committee reviewed updates to the FY 21-22 budget.  

Next Meeting: May 26, 9 a.m., via Zoom Conference Call

Social Impact Committee

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Past Meeting: The committee met March 18 to provide guidance on metrics and communications opportunities for the PBID’s proposed social impact team. 

Next Meeting: May 26, 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: Post Street reopened to vehicle traffic on Jan. 7.  SJDA is currently involved with District 3, Project More and City staff in identifying possible options for the future of Post Street. 

Next Meeting: May 10, 1 p.m., 55 S. First St.

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 is meeting for the second time next week to complete a marketing brief and brainstorm new approaches to bringing people back to downtown.  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: May 10, 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 March 15 the PBID Board of Directors met to receive an update on the PBID renewal process, the proposed Social Impact Team and receive staff reports.

Next Meeting: May 10, 8:30 a.m., Hybrid (In-person and Zoom Conference Call)

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 April 21. The board voted unanimously to allow for a two week extension to allow for more submissions for the 2022 round of Downtown Doors.  The process was started for job scope for a dedicated staff to the Foundation.  An ad-hoc meeting was scheduled for May 5.   

Next Meeting: May 19, 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 a 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 April 13 to discuss SoFA Street Fair, Farmers’ Market and other upcoming events.

Next Meeting: May 19, 4 p.m., 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 April 22 to discuss progress on capital/design for park improvements and Levitt Pavilion, safety concerns, feeding, activations and maintenance.

Next Meeting: May 27, 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.

Street Clean Up

Volunteers will be instructed on litter collection techniques and equipped with the proper cleaning and safety gear. Volunteer coordinators will manage the event onsite. Water and snacks will be provided.

  • May 14, 2022
    • When: 10am-12pm
    • Where: 2nd St and Reed St

Planter Painting

Do you enjoy beautifying the city? SoFA District, Downtown San Jose’s art and creative center, is being replanted with new California native plants and the planters are getting a fresh new coat of paint. Volunteers will be instructed on painting planters and equipped with the proper tools. Volunteer coordinators will manage the event onsite. Water and snacks will be provided.

    • May 21, 2022
      • When: 10am-12pm
      • Where: 1st St and San Carlos St

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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