Greater Downtown San José Economic Recovery Task Force

Latest Updates

DECEMBER 2 – FINAL TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS PUBLISHED
Following two and half months of meetings, the Task Force on November 18 approved the final set of task force recommendations and sent it to the following:

For further information, Click here to read the Press Release. The San Jose Rules and Open Government Committee approved Councilmember Peralez’s memo to agendize the City set of recommendations for the December 8th City Council Meeting. More information to come!

Previous Updates

OCTOBER 31, 2020 – DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION BUDGET
Council District 3 has made recommendations to the Office of Economic Development based on a Task Force wide survey on how to allocate the $100,000 Downtown Revitalization Budget set aside in the City’s 2020-2021 FY budget. As the funds are sourced from Coronavirus Relief Funds, these funds must be spent by December 30, 2020.

OCTOBER 30, 2020 – FIRST DRAFT OF TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS
The Task Force was given an opportunity to review the first draft of the Task Force recommendations. Following a discussion, Task Force representatives are to report back to their respective committees and solicit additional feedback. The goal is approve a final package of recommendations by November 18.

OCTOBER 21, 2020 – RESPONSE FROM THE STATE
The Task Force received a response from Chris Dombrowski, Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), to the City and Task Force’s September 17 Letter.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 – ECONOMIC IMPACT 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. 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 – LETTER TO STATE
Per recommendation #8 from the Greater DTSJ Economic Recovery Initiative, and after a follow up meeting on August 19 and September 9, the City of San Jose submitted an advocacy letter on behalf of the Task Force to the State of California. See the letter here.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 – PHASE II COMMENCES
Phase II of the Greater DTSJ Economic Recovery Task Force kicked off on September 9 in response to the continuing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release here

The Phase II Task Force Co-Chairs will be:
Wisa Uemura, Arts & Special Events Co-Chair – San Jose Taiko
Dalia Rawson, Performance & Entertainment Venues Co-Chair – New Ballet

Alternates supporting the Co-Chairs will be:
Alan “Gumby” Marques, Personal Care Co-Chair – Heroes Martial Arts
Jimmy Sarfraz, Hotels & Hospitality Co-Chair – Hilton San Jose

JULY 1, 2020 – CITY COUNCIL ACCEPTS TASK FORCE REPORT & NEXT STEPS
On June 30, the San Jose City Council received the Task Force’s recommendations along with a response from City Staff.  In short,  4 of the 9 recommendations will be implemented.  3 will need further follow up from the Task Force.  The remaining 2 have been recommended to go through the annual Council Priority Setting Session which won’t happen for some time.  Councilmember Peralez in response asked that staff explore other methods to implement Recommendations #1 and #7 rather than going through the annual Priority Setting Session.   Click here to watch the June 30 Council Discussion.

The City Council ultimately accepted both the Task Force’s report and staff’s recommendations, including Councilmember Peralez’s modifications. 

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.

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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.

There are no further meetings for 2020.

Previous Meetings

Meeting #12
Wednesday November 18, 2020 // 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Meeting Agenda | Draft Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #11
Friday October 30, 2020 // 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #10
Wednesday October 22, 2020 // 1:00pm – 3pm
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #9
Wednesday September 30, 2020 // 1:00pm – 3pm
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #8 (Phase II)
Wednesday September 9, 2020 // 1:30pm – 3pm
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #7
Wednesday August 19, 2020 // 1:30pm – 3pm
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #6
Wednesday June 17, 2020 // 1pm -2:30pm
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #5
Friday June 12, 2020 // 9am -10am
Meeting Agenda | Approved Meeting Minutes | Presentation | Recording

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

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

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

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

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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

Learn more about the scope and framework of the Task Force including the schedule.


Task Force Representatives & Committee Members

Arts & Special Events

Brendan Rawson, San José Jazz
Wisa Uemura, San José Taiko

Committee Members
  • Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, MACLA
  • Chris Esparza, GIANT Creative
  • Daniel Garcia, Content Magazine
  • Nathan Svoboda, ProjectMORE
  • Nick Nichols, Symphony Silicon Valley
  • Sayre Batton, Museum of Art
  • Trami Cron, Chopsticks Alley
  • Yori and Dana Seeger, School of Visual Philosophy

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Faith Based & Community Spaces

Gabrielle Antolovich, Billy De Frank Center
Phil Mastrocola, Grace Baptist Church

Committee Members
  • Jill Bourne, MLK Library
  • Milan Balinton, AACSA
  • Rev. Benedict, St. Joseph’s Cathedral
  • Rev. Julia McCray-Goldsmith , Trinity Cathedral
  • Rev. Sakamoto, Betsuin Temple

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Food & Beverage

Fernanda Carreira, Adega / Pasteleria Adega
Adriana Amador, Haberdasher SJ

Committee Members
  • Adrian Kalaveshi, Clandestine Brewery
  • Cache Bouren, Haberdasher SJ
  • Jasmine Rast, Roy’s Station Coffee Shop
  • Jo Lerma-Lopez, Luna Mexican Kitchen
  • Jordan Trigg, Spread/JTown Pizza/Bamboo7
  • Liana Ryan, Devine Wine & Cheese
  • Ryan Summers, Good Karma/Pizza Flora

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General Retail & Services

April Gee, Petite Galleria
Chris Patterson-Simmons, Neu2U/Urban Kiosk

Committee Members

Cindy Ahola, Community Cycles

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Hotels & Hospitality

Enrique Fernandez, Unite Here
Jimmy Sarfraz, Hilton San José

Committee Members
  • Dan McGowan, Fairmont San Jose
  • Henry Phan, Hotel Clariana
  • John Southwell, Marriott Hotel
  • Misoon Kong, Doubletree Hotel
  • Tanya Fleming, Holiday Inn San Jose

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Large Employers & Property Owners

Jeff Arrillaga, Urban Community
Jay Ross, Hopkins & Carley

Committee Members
  • Alicia Forbrich, Forbrich Properties
  • Ann Marie Lang, East Santa Clara Property Owner
  • Dan Gordon, Gordon Biersch
  • Edwin Tan, San José State University
  • Gary Dillabough, Urban Community
  • Judy Ross, San Jose Airport
  • Nathan Ulsh, San José Downtown Association
  • Scott Ekman, Adobe

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Performance & Entertainment Venues

Scott Guggenheim, 3Below Theaters
Dalia Rawson, New Ballet

Committee Members
  • Bill Fairweather, 134 IATSE
  • Cathleen King, San Jose Stage Company
  • Chris Burrill, Hammer Theater
  • Dana Zell, Children’s Musical Theater
  • Javier Macias, Club Caribe/Rodeo Club
  • John Ciulla, Team San José
  • Scott Emmert, SAP Center/SJ Sharks
  • Merilee Jennings, Children’s Discovery Museum
  • Matthew Van Cleave, The Ritz
  • Rob Lindo, Casino M8trix

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Personal Care

Takahiro “Taki” Kitamura, State of Grace Tattoo
Alan “Gumby” Marques, Heroes Martial Arts

At-Large Members

Laura Chmielewski, Team San José
Jonathan Perez, Office of State Senator Jim Beall
Stacie Shih, Office of Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Blage Zelalich, City of San José