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San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA)

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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: February 2, 8:30 a.m., Business Support Center, 16 N 3rd St. (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 Oct. 25.  The committee discussed various transportation items and upcoming City Council action items.

Next Meeting: January 23, 9 a.m., hybrid in-person at Business Support Center and Zoom Conference Call

Board Organizational Committee

The Board Organizational Committee looks at all aspects of Board relations, certain organizational process improvements, Board of Directors election process, recruitment and membership for the Board, and enhancing camaraderie for Board and staff.

Marques would like the Committee to also focus on research, such as reviewing the bylaw; writing a CEO job description; creating a recruitment matrix for the Boards (SJDA, Foundation, PBID).

The Committee can be comprised of two co-chairs, and a minimum of 3 at large members.

Contact: Chloe Shipp

Next Meeting: January 18, 11 a.m. 

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 Oct. 14 and observed a presentation on potential future developments at San Jose State University.

Next meeting: TBD, via Zoom Conference Call

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 Sept. 25 to discuss Downtown safety with SJPD. Updates with the newly established 988 crisis hotline were also shared.

Next Meeting: January 25, 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 Nov. 9 and heard about a new feature on the SJDA-managed ParkSJ.org website in which users can see real-time availability in the ParkSJ garages.

Next Meeting: March 8, 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 Sept. 29.  The auditors from Armanino LLP presented the FY 21-22 Draft Financial Statements.  FY 22-23 July financial statements were presented and the FY 22-23 budget discussed.

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: Chris Arkley

Past Meeting: The committee met on December 8, 2022. The committee reviewed recently distributed flyers for warming centers and the TRUST response team. The committee discussed recent SJDA activity in creating an RFP for the Social Impact Team. It is expected the RFP will be posted in January of 2023 concurrently with a re-posting of the Social Impact Team Manager position.

Next Meeting: January 26, 3:00 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: Juan Carlos

Past Meeting: The HDC met on Dec. 13, where SJDA new CEO, Alex Stettinski, was introduced to the HDC members. TRUST, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services gave a presentation on assessing behavioral health services in downtown. The City of San José’s Department of Transportation gave an update on short-term and long-term projects that will affect Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara Street. The committee also reviewed upcoming events in the area.

Next Meeting: February TBD, Fifty Five South, 55 S. 1st Street

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 recently launched a marketing campaign to promote use of the #dtsj hashtag. Creative deliverables include APT posters, in-store displays, coasters, and advertising in performing arts programs, plus traditional print media.  A strong social media component to the campaign emphasizes downtown’s “real and authentic” attributes.  Marketing professionals are urged to join this committee to lend your talents to providing strategic direction to the next campaign.

Next Meeting: TBD

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 Nov. 15 the PBID Board of Directors met to receive an update on the Downtown Comprehensive Lighting Plan RFP, discuss renewal deployment strategies and receive staff reports.

Next Meeting: February 9, 8:30 a.m., Hybrid (In-person and Zoom Conference Call)  Business Support Center, 16 N 3rd St.  (board members only)

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 Nov. 15  meeting, the board debriefed on the SK Roast fund-raiser for the foundation. With the New Year, a new season begins to plan for an in-person reception for the 20th year of the Downtown Doors program, so went over some of the early steps necessary to get the process started.  The Board also discussed its own next steps, including a longer meeting in January to regain momentum.  Board members present met CEO Alex Stettinski virtually.

Next Meeting: January 24, 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 Nov. 10 at the Farmers Union. The San Jose Quakes gave an update on the World Cup viewing parties taking place in San Pedro Square from Nov. 20-Dec. 18, as well as the street closure events on St. John on Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 18. Nanci Williams, SJDA’s Brand Manager, talked about SJDA’s current communication vehicles and proposed changes that will provide members with more timely information. OCA staff talked about event street closures impacting the entrance into the Market/San Pedro Garage. Members were encouraged to send in offers for the Notre Dame and SJSU students.

Next Meeting: January 24, 3 p.m. The Old Spagheti Factory, 51 N. San Pedro St.

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 Nov. 30, where Alex Stettinski, SJDA new CEO,  was introduced to the committee members. Chris Arkley, SJDA Operations Manager gave an update on the PBID expansion going into effect in Jan. 2023. Lauren Nuttall gave a presentation and gathered feedback from the committee members on the Farmers’ Market. TRUST, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services gave a presentation on accessing services downtown. The City of San Jose Housing Department gave an update on Project HomeKey. 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 Dec 9 to discuss progress on capital/design for park improvements and Levitt Pavilion, safety concerns, feeding, rodent abatement, activations and noise levels, and maintenance.

Next Meeting: January 27, 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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