Greater Downtown San José Economic Recovery Task Force

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Task Force Public Meetings

All at-large task force meetings are open to the public. Please click on the registration link below to register for the meeting. An automated email will be sent to you with login information.

Meeting #1
Wednesday May 20, 2020 // 1pm – 2:30pm  
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #2
Wednesday May 27, 2020 // 1pm – 2:30pm
Meeting Agenda | Draft Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #3
Wednesday June 3, 2020 // 1pm – 2:30pm
Register Now | Meeting Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #4
Wednesday June 10, 2020 // 1pm – 2:30pm
Register Now | Meeting Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #5
Wednesday June 17, 2020 // 1pm -2:30pm
Register Now | Meeting Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Latest Updates

MAY 27, 2020 – TASK FORCE CO-CHAIRS
Following a vote by the Task Force, we are happy to announce the names of Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Wisa Uemura, Executive Director – San Jose Taiko
  • Cache Bouren, Owner – Haberdasher SJ

They will be supported by two alternates:

  • Meaghan Karabatsos, Owner – WESTCA Gym
  • Chris Patterson-Simmons, Owner –Neu2U Thrift Boutique / Urban Kiosk

MAY 20, 2020 – ECONOMIC RECOVERY SURVEY
Tell us what you need! The following 5-minute survey is to collect feedback from small business owners and community organizations in the Greater Downtown area on the ongoing impacts and needs from COVID-19.  Your professional information will be confidential and for internal use only. 

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MAY 20, 2020 – PRESS RELEASE 
Click here to read the announcement of the Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force.


Mission Statement

“To inclusively put forth solutions that will safely revitalize the Greater Downtown San José area by supporting the recovery of businesses and community organizations while fostering interest and confidence in public life in a COVID-19 impacted world.”

Scope & Framework

The proposed scope and framework is intended to layout the work and timeline of the task force.  Click here for the  task force scope and framework.

Task Force Representatives & Committee Co-Chairs

Arts & Special Events
Brendan Rawson, San José Jazz
Wisa Uemura, San José Taiko

Food & Beverage
Fernanda Carreira, Adega / Pasteleria Adega
Cache Bouren, Haberdasher SJ

General Retail & Services
April Gee, Petite Galleria
Chris Patterson-Simmons, Neu2U/Urban Kiosk

Personal Care
Meaghan Karabatsos, WESTCA Gym
Takahiro (Taki) Kitamura, State of Grace Tattoo

At-Large
Laura Chmielewski, Team San José
Blage Zelalich, City of San José

Committees

ARTS & SPECIAL EVENTSFOOD & BEVERAGEGENERAL RETAIL & SERVICESPERSONAL CARE
Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, MACLAAdrian Kalaveshi,
Clandestine Brewery
*Alicia Forbrich
San José Learning Center
Alan “Gumby” Marques,
Heroes Martial Arts
Bree Von Faith,
SJ Downtown Assn.
Dan Phan,
Paper Plane/OGPH/MINIBOSS
Cindy Ahola,
Community Cycles
Amy Mongersun,
Checkmate Boxing
Chris Esparza,
Giant Creative
David Mulvehill, Five Point, O’Flaherty’s, Farmer’s Union, BlancoHeidi Johnson, Needle to the GrooveKelsi Auday,
OrangeTheory Fitness
Dana & Yori  Seeger, School of Visual PhilosophyFrank Nguyen,
Academic Coffee
Ivy Vuong, Flowers by IvyKhiem Hoang,
Umbrella Salon
Daniel Garcia, Content MagazineJasmine Rast,
Roy’s Station Coffee Shop
Orly Locquiao,
Cukui
*Ramraj Gottiparthy,
BISHOPS Salon
*Fil Maresca, 
Filco Events
Jo Lerma-Lopez,
Luna Mexican Kitchen
Pam Yoshida,
Nikkei Traditions
Tory Woodward,
WestCA Gym
Jessica Paz-Cedillos, 
School of Arts & Culture
Jordan Trigg,
Spread/JTown Pizza/Bamboo7/Jack’s
Roan Victor, The Arsenal 
Juan Carlos Araujo,
Empire 7 Studios/Pow Wow SJ
Michael Borkenhagen,
Cafe Stritch
  
Nick Nichols,
SV Symphony
Miyuki One Bear,
Enoteca La Storia
  
Sayre Batton,
Museum of Art
Ryan Summers,
Good Karma/Pizza Flora
  
Trami Cron,
Chopsticks Alley
*Tin Le,
SP2 / Temple 
  
Usha Srinivasan,
Sangam Arts
Todd Perreira, Tee Nee Thai  
*Task Force/Co-Chair Alternates