The San Jose Downtown Residents Association (SJDRA) is thrilled to announce the launch of our new newsletter!

It may have been a little while since you have heard from us, and we are excited to reconnect.  We have been up to a lot over the past few months. 

Google has made a major announcement with the City of San Jose to potentially move office space and employees to downtown. While thrilling, we must work together to ensure this is a win for everyone. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns in regards to this announcement. We will be working closely with Mayor Liccardo and Councilmember Peralez on this. 

It has been a busy couple of months but your Downtown Residents Association is working hard to create events in downtown. 

First, we will be holding our Evening with Raul Peralez on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6 - 8:30 PM. All are invited! We are gently asking that guests purchase two drinks (soda is included!) to help cover costs. The event is for current members so please renew your membership through Eventbrite if your current membership is expired. Feel free to reach out to me if you are unsure of your status or if you have any questions. Please follow this link for our Evening with Raul Peralez Eventbrite page. 

We have had a tough winter this year. With droughts impacting our neighbors along Coyote Creek, our team wanted to ensure we are connecting you with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation which is collecting donations to provide relief. If you are interested in making a contribution, please click hereand follow the prompts. Every little bit helps so please consider providing a contribution. 

We wish you a season filled with wonder and magic, surrounded by friends and family, as you take in all that Downtown San Jose has to offer this month. 

From Christmas in the Park to Downtown Ice, Winter Wonderland to seasonal displays sparkling through ground floor windows and parties galore, take it all in and enjoy the "Merry" with friends... old and new!

Don't miss out on the benefits offered as a member of the Downtown Resident's Association, including our monthly newsletter. If you haven't renewed in the past year, please do so today so we can continue to offer our newsletter, along with free admission to our monthly mixers, quarterly meetings, Holiday parties and more.

On Friday, August 26, four landscape design teams from across the country set foot in St. James Park for the first time and soon one will be charged with its new transformation.

Picture-perfect San Jose weather and more than 400 downtown residents made the gathering at St James Park for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd one of the best in the city. This year marked the 33rd anniversary of the nation-wide event that is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by local Police Departments. It was an evening that not only promoted neighborhood unity with local law enforcement, but also brought downtown residents together to celebrate community, while enjoying free hot dogs, ice-cream, live music and community resources.

Let's make it perfectly clear; fireworks (of all kinds) are banned in San José and those who sell, use, possess and/or store fireworks will face stiffer penalties than ever before.

With only 35 games against each other since the Sharks’ NHL debut in 1991, the Stanley Cup Final started Monday night against the Penguins at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

On April 8, 2016, our City of San Jose District 3 Council member was the guest of honor at the beautiful Glass House located in downtown San Jose for “An Evening with Raul Peralez,” one that marked his first year in office and the successful right of passage from police officer to City Councilmember.

Do you have your tickets yet for AN EVENING WITH RAUL PERALEZ? This event comes complete with the jazz sounds from a fabulous SJSU quartet. Mingle with local neighbors and business owners. Enjoy great GlassHouse hors d'ouevres and a no-host bar as you Listen to Raul recap on the past year and share what lies ahead...Tickets are free but mandatory for entry to this event so book yours today: Only 67 tickets left as of April 1st so secure yours today!

Last Thursday, the San Jose Downtown Residents Association, in partnership with Rotary San Jose/Silicon Valley, held a meeting to discuss possible alternatives to the fountain located in St James Park.
As it is, the original fountain that can be found in the many historical photos is in storage and the one within the park is being considered for removal by the City of San Jose.Members of the SJDRA and Rotary have instead proposed providing temporary alternatives such as placing a flower bed in the current fountain as a placeholder in an effort to justify returning the historic fountain to the park in the future.

What an exciting time to live in San Jose. The city has opened its arms to the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, who arrived at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Sunday with Super Bowl 50 just a week away.

We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season with family, friends and community. We are looking forward to bring more to you in 2016 as we grow our board and increase our offerings to our members. In the meantime, sit back and get your calendars out. There's so much happening in downtown San Jose!

One of the most attractive aspects of downtown living lies in the ability to walk out your front door and enjoy the energy around you, as long as it doesn’t turn dark and intimidating along the way.

This is not only the month where we gather with family and friends to offer thanks for all of the blessings we've received over the past year, it's also the perfect time to grab a jacket and head on out to experience so many places to go and things to do in downtown San Jose.

Summer may be winding down but things are still heating up downtown, with things to do and places to go for everyone in the family. Join your neighbors and friends for the many happenings around town, including a disaster emergency preparedness fair on the 3rd, a very special meet-n-greet with our new Police Captain on the 14th and our Spooktacular All Hallows Eve Halloween Mixer on the 24th, just to name a few... we look forward to seeing you around!

The major political battle in San Jose appears to be over as the City, along with all of the major unions representing city staff and employees have agreed on contracts. The final union to accept the new contract was the San Jose Police Officers Association. After a long time at the negotiating table, the two sides finally came to an agreement. Over the next couple of years, police officers will receive a 5% retention bonus and an 8% overall raise. Both sides agree that this will begin the rebuilding process of the San Jose Police Department.

What an annual meeting we had last night, with a sell-out crowd of more than 100 RSVPs, all of whom had a wonderful time enjoying food, drinks and great conversation! It was a fitting send off for Captain Tony Ciaburro, especially with Council- member Raul Peralez, Police Chief Larry Esquivel and Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson surrounding him for the presentation of our gift and a commendation from the city. 

Have a SAFE and happy 4th of July. Because of the drought and extreme fire hazard, please go and enjoy the fireworks shows at Discovery Meadow or San Jose Giants Municipal Stadium. Let's leave the fire and sparks up to the pros so we can all return home safe and sound.

Welcome to our June Newsletter. Our goal is to keep you informed on all of the news, policy issues and events coming up that relate to our downtown residents and businesses.

This month, we have a few important items that need immediate action or participation from everyone who wants to keep downtown San Jose on the right track toward making this a great place to live

As you all know, SK Panda resigned as President of the board after accepting a position in Seattle last month. As a result, I have agreed to step back in as interim President until the annual meeting and board elections in July.

One of the first things I would like to do is reinstate the monthly newsletter, albeit on a slightly smaller scale, starting with this month's issue (below).

In addition to upcoming events, policy issues, housing updates, retail updates and public meetings, it is our hope that you will find the information in these newsletters useful.

As we work harder now than ever on growing the Residents Association and its membership we hope that our plans for future monthly mixers and quarterly meetings, along with our two main events (annual meeting in July and holiday mixer in December) meet with your expectations and satisfaction.