Ribbon Cutting of WeWork | August 2, 2016
San José: Big City, Small Town

Welcome to the middle of Summer 2016 in San José. It may not be apparent right now, but this could be looked back upon as the Summer that began a dramatic shift for Downtown, and potentially even the year that began our shift from Big City Small Town to just Big City. We currently have the most development we have ever seen at one time, whether underway, in the permitting process or proposed, this is clearly a shift we have been hoping for. Market rate, affordable, supportive, senior and student housing, you name it and we are building it downtown. From office buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars, hair salons and coffee shops, we are now seeing new businesses and jobs making downtown their home. One of the most significant new investments has been from the $16 billion dollar company WeWork, who just held their grand opening today at 75 E. Santa Clara Street. A national leader in co-working space, WeWork draws in waiting lists of start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners in every city they enter. For comparison here are a few other cities WeWork calls home: New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, Sydney, Berlin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, London and Paris. There is one thing in common that stands out immediately to me when I see where they have made investments, each of these cities are easily recognizable destination cities. To WeWork and their investors San José is right up there with all of those cities and they want to be a part of our new growth and development. Additionally, this summer our city has taken a national stage with the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials, MLS All-Star game, and upcoming festivals such as our longtime SJ Jazz Summer Fest and Silicon Valley Pride. San José has also expanded the Viva Parks program to activate public spaces across the city and we will be partaking in our second annual Viva Calle open streets event on September 18th. These are just some of the exciting examples of our city's growth, but there are so many more underway and on the horizon. I am excited myself to be representing our district and our city during this time and I look forward to continue to help shape the growth of this city that I love. 

Woman's Gymnastics Olympic Trials 2016
San José was the final stop on the Road to Rio for our Woman's Gymnastics Olympic Trials 2016. The final five were chosen to represent our country in Rio this month! Thank you for once again choosing our city to be Gymnastics City USA!
Summer Volunteering
On July 12, I had the pleasure of experiencing a day working with  Downtown Streets Team and serving alongside several hardworking homeless community members. I will admit it was tiring and my feet were sore because it was no easy task cleaning up the trash left behind at our homeless encampments along Coyote Creek. I have done creek clean ups before, but never alongside a group of people who do not have a home to go back to. I have a newfound respect for the participants of the Downtown Streets Team program and for all the employees and board members of this amazing program.

On the following day, I was fortunate to be able to shadow the PATH team as they conducted outreach amongst our homeless population downtown. We had some very productive conversations with people on different journeys towards gaining housing. I was even fortunate enough to participate in a Welcome Home celebration for a former homeless resident of St. James Park. PATH helped this man navigate the difficult journey to locate housing and just a couple of weeks ago he became the second person to move in to our brand new affordable housing development at the Donnor Lofts. We celebrated his new apartment and PATH brought him lots of essentials including stemware, a microwave and a chocolate cake with balloons! Thank you to the entire PATH team for all that you do in our community. 

Empowered, Proud & Unafraid
I was proud to support our Latino & LGBTQ communities and remember the victims from  Pulse Orlando  on July 29 at  Splash San José  with  CLUB PAPI . Thank you to all for making this event a success, especially to SJPD for their solidarity.
The Swings Are Coming to  Plaza de César Chávez

The Swings!  is an award-winning, interactive art project combining a physical experience, music and the creative activation of public spaces.  Free and open to the public from August 4 through October 2nd 10AM to 10PM daily!  Swing by the park for the dedication event on Thursday, August 4th, 11 am to 12 noon.

Bay Area Residents Get New Online Tools to Help Shape Future Growth

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have two online tools to make it easier this summer for Bay Area residents to weigh in on the policies and strategies shaping Plan Bay Area 2040, the region's long-range transportation and housing roadmap. Both surveys are available in Spanish and Chinese languages, as well as in English.

The Build a Better Bay Area website is an interactive survey that introduces residents to three alternative scenarios: Main Streets, Connected Neighborhoods, and Big Cities-being considered by MTC and ABAG. 

The Plan Bay Area Open Forum is a virtual open house that offers in-depth information on housing and transportation issues. Those who visit the site can view materials and then share their opinions. Comments are published and publicly accessible on the forum.

Downtown Construction Brief

Check out this month's update on active construction projects in Downtown San José that affect public streets.  Special thanks to the Department of Public Works (DPW) for providing this brief.
Coffee with my Councilmember

D3 residents are invited to join me for my monthly Coffee with my Councilmember on Saturday 8/27 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at  Martin Park Soccer Fields in the McKinley-Bonita and Olinder Neighborhoods at  22nd Street and Forestdale Ave.  Afterwards from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., I will be streaming on Facebook Live on site, taking questions from D3 residents unable to be present.

Can't attend that weekend?  Each month, I'll host a coffee chat at rotating venues throughout the district.  Join me in September on Saturday, 9/17, time and location to be announced.

SanJoseStock is a complete source for stock and custom photography, graphic design, brand development and promotional products, as well as exclusive San Jose souvenir items.  SanJoseStock's products are now available, including their signature San Jose CityBag and T-Shirts, insulated tumblers, mugs, beach towels and more! Free delivery for orders of 10 or more. Wholesale pricing available.
Ludwig's German Table
261 N. 2nd St.

A fresh, new German dining experience set within a wonderful historic building in Downtown San José.  The interior of the original bar has been transformed into a modern day setting with small reminders of traditional Germany while serving delicious food and beverages. 
Wed, Aug 3 - Music in MarketThe E. Santa Clara St. Farmers' Market is celebrating the return of live music. Come check out Music in Market and enjoy the sounds of Coffee Zombie Collective, Santa Cruz's own folk cover group! The market operates from 4PM to 8PM, and music starts at 6:30PM.

Thu, Aug 4 - Refugees TransposedJoin Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) for a deeper look into the impact of xenophobia and the challenges refugees and immigrants are able to overcome.  Priya Murthy, the Policy and Organizing Program Director of Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) will be speaking.

Tue, Aug 9 - Fountain Alley Open Gallery MeetingWhat if we were able to turn Fountain Alley into an arts destination? This alley is in the heart of downtown, yet has not seen its full potential yet. Join Jason Su at this meeting to help transform Fountain Alley.

Wed, Aug 10 - Starlight Cinemas presents Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryThe San Jose Downtown Association, the City of San José and downtown's newest biergarten are bringing family movies back to St. James Park this summer.  All movies are free and begin at dusk in the park.

Aug 12 - 14San Jose Jazz Summer FestivalA showcase for jazz and related genres, SJZ Summer Fest is also nationally recognized as one of the biggest Latin festivals in the country. A standout summer destination for music lovers, concert-goers and families alike, the three-day event features 120+ performances on 12 stages, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to downtown throughout the weekend.  

Sun, Aug 14San José Woman's Club 9th Annual Ice Cream Social - Enjoy make-it-yourself Ice Cream Sundaes, featuring Treat Ice Cream and a decorate-it-yourself Cupcake Bar where you can make a Despicable Me Minion Cupcake, S'more Cupcake, Frozen Cupcake, or design your own!

Sat, Aug 20 - Watson Park 5th Anniversary Celebration - This year, the 5th anniversary of the reopening of Watson Park will be celebrated with a variety of festivities.

Sat, Aug 20 - Grand Opening of San José Public Library Teen HQ - Celebrate Downtown SJ's newest hotspot for teens located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, which will include a gamer lounge, recording studio, maker space and hangout zone.

Sat, Aug 27 - Italian Family Festa San José - Join the Italian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF) as they share their Italian heritage with the community with music, food, cultural, arts, fun and games. 

Sat, Aug 28 - Silicon Valley Pride Parade & Festival - Silicon Valley Pride is an annual event honoring the LGBT community and its allies. 

Wed, Aug 31 - Starlight Cinemas presents Jurassic Park The San Jose Downtown Association, the City of San José and downtown's newest biergarten are bringing family movies back to St. James Park this summer.  All movies are free and begin at dusk in the park.