JUNE 25, 2020 – RECOMMENDATIONS AGENDIZED FOR FINAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
On Wednesday June 24, San Jose’s Rule & Open Government Committee, chaired by Mayor Liccardo, unanimously agreed to agendize the Greater DTSJ Economic Recovery Initiative for approval at the June 30 City Council Meeting, which will the final meeting of the fiscal year. Click here to watch a recording of the meeting.
JUNE 18, 2020 – GREATER DTSJ ECONOMIC RECOVERY INITIATIVE
Following five weeks of meetings, the Task Force on June 17 approved a list of recommendations to be sent to the San Jose City Council. On June 18, the Task Force sent a letter to Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council outlining those recommendations. Shortly after, Councilmember Peralez submitted a memorandum entitled the “Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Initiative” asking that the recommendations be agendized and discussed as soon as possible. Click here to read both the memo and the task force letter.
JUNE 9, 2020 – COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY RESULTS
The results for the survey is now available here.
JUNE 5, 2020 – LETTER TO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Task Force representatives cosigned a letter with Mayor Sam Liccardo representing the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable and the members of the Health & Racial Equity Task Force. The letter was submitted on June 5 at the County’s Special Hearings and called for better collaboration between the Public Health Department and the community. Read the letter here.
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.
MAY 20, 2020 – PRESS RELEASE
Click here to read the announcement of the Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force.
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.
“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
Meaghan Karabatsos, WESTCA Gym
Takahiro (Taki) Kitamura, State of Grace Tattoo
Laura Chmielewski, Team San José
Blage Zelalich, City of San José
|ARTS & SPECIAL EVENTS||FOOD & BEVERAGE||GENERAL RETAIL & SERVICES||PERSONAL CARE|
|Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, MACLA||Adrian Kalaveshi,|
San José Learning Center
|Alan “Gumby” Marques, |
Heroes Martial Arts
|Bree Von Faith, |
SJ Downtown Assn.
|Cindy Ahola, |
|Amy Mongersun, |
|Chris Esparza, |
|David Mulvehill, Five Point, O’Flaherty’s, Farmer’s Union, Blanco||Heidi Johnson, Needle to the Groove||Kelsi Auday, |
|Dana & Yori Seeger, School of Visual Philosophy||Frank Nguyen,|
|Ivy Vuong, Flowers by Ivy||Khiem Hoang, |
|Daniel Garcia, Content Magazine||Jasmine Rast,|
Roy’s Station Coffee Shop
|Orly Locquiao, |
|*Ramraj Gottiparthy, |
|*Fil Maresca, |
Luna Mexican Kitchen
|Pam Yoshida, |
|Tory Woodward, |
|Jessica Paz-Cedillos, |
School of Arts & Culture
|Roan Victor, The Arsenal|
|Juan Carlos Araujo,|
Empire 7 Studios/Pow Wow SJ
|Miyuki One Bear,|
Enoteca La Storia
Museum of Art
Good Karma/Pizza Flora
SP2 / Temple
|Todd Perreira, Tee Nee Thai|