PBID Renewal

Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) Renewal

Established in August 2007 and managed by the San Jose Downtown Association, the Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) (map) provides a way to help pay for downtown cleaning and beautification projects. These include popular Groundwerx cleaning and ambassadors programs and lighting up the Circle of Palms and the micro-retail space MOMENT at San Pedro garage.

In 2012, property owners agreed to extend services another 10 years, bringing us to another round of renewal.

Property owners within the district have two opportunities to vote on the proposed services and boundaries, which would start services July 1, 2022.  First, property owners receive a petition and draft management plan that outlines the boundaries, services and costs of the proposed district.  The petition requires a majority vote to proceed to the ballot.  If the petition is successful, ballots are then provided to property owners with anticipated assessment rates for their parcel(s) for the first year of the district.  If the ballot phase of the process receives a majority vote from owners, the City Council can then ratify the district renewal. 

Where we are in the process

The San Jose Downtown Property Owners Association (SJDPOA) is now finalizing the strategic planning phase of the renewal process.  SJDA staff and the SJDPOA Board of Directors are working with Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.), a PBID renewal consultant, on a draft management plan for the district, including potential service additions and amendments as well as boundary expansion. Completion of the management plan is expected in November 2021 and will be publicly available. Outreach to property owners within the district’s boundaries on the management plan and proposed services will also begin in November 2021. 

Current District Services

Groundwerx Clean and Safe Services:

  • Trash and debris removal
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Pressure washing and mechanical cleaning
  • Safety ambassadors
  • Safety escorts within the district
  • Collaboration with downtown homeless service providers

Business development services that help small businesses navigate the City and County permitting processes

Landscaping and enhanced maintenance, including tree trimming and tree care, planters, hanging baskets, removing damaged tree grates

Beautification projects, including murals, decorative lighting and temporary art installations

Off-duty SJPD officers focused on quality-of-life issues and connecting with storefront business owners

Street Life capital projects like the MOMENT retail shops, dog parks and pocket parks

Renewal Steering Committee Members

Jeff Arrillaga, Urban Community
Brian Bates, SJDA Board Member, SJSU
Nicolle Burnham, City of San Jose
Sara de la Riva, Rubicon Point
Sheela Jivan, Google

Ted McMahon, Bayview Development
John Ristow, PBID Board Member, City of San Jose
Emily Ruvalcaba, SJDA Board Member, Bridge Bank
John Tortora, Community Member
Blage Zelalich, PBID Board Member, City of San Jose

PBID Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chris Freise, REDCO Development

Vice President
Blage Zelalich, City of San Jose

Dan Phan, Original GravityPaper Plane and MINIBOSS (tenant representative)


Board Members

Benjamin Egge, Essex Property Trust
Eric Kline, Adobe
Christy Mabry, SWENSON
Ted McMahon, Bayview Development
John Ristow, City of San Jose
Wolfram Schneider, Resident Representative
John Southwell, Marriott San Jose

PBID Renewal Leadership Team