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April 2021
Steve Snider
Downtown Oakland Association

1st Vice President
Emilie Cameron 
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
2nd Vice President
Austin Metoyer
Downtown Long Beach Alliance

Chloe Shipp
San Jose Downtown Association
John Caner
Downtown Berkeley Association
At-Large Directors
Marshall Anderson
Downtown San Diego Partnership

Karin Flood
Union Square Business Improvement District

Kathy Hemmenway
Walnut Creek Downtown
Business Association

Suzanne Holley
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (LA)

Rena Leddy
LA Fashion District
Steve Mulheim
Old Pasadena Management District

Steven Welliver
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Immediate Past President
Andrew Thomas
Westwood Village Improvement Association 
Arts District Los Angeles BID
BLVD Association
Carmichael Improvement District, Inc.
City of Morgan Hill
City of Ontario
Downtown Alameda Business Association
Downtown Berkeley Association
Downtown Center BID
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Downtown Modesto Partnership
Downtown Oakland Association/ Lake Merritt Uptown District Association
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown San Diego Partnership
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown Vacaville BID
Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Visalians, Inc.
Figueroa Corridor Partnership
Gilroy Economic Development
Greater Broadway District
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Kono CBD
LA Downtown Industrial District BID
LA Fashion District BID
Morgan Hill Downtown Association
Old Monterey Business Association
Old Pasadena Management District 
Placerville Downtown Association
Playhouse Village Association
Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc.
R Street Sacramento Partnership
Riverside Downtown Partnership
San Jose Downtown Association
South Park BID
Telegraph BID
The Unity Council
Tracy City Center Association
Tulare Downtown Association
Union Square BID
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Westwood Village Improvement Association 

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The news of the last month was not just dominated by the Derek Chauvin murder case in Minneapolis but by a series of almost daily police officer-involved shootings of African-Americans in communities across the country. In 2009, nearly one month before we began the operation of the Downtown Oakland Community Benefit District, an unarmed 22-year-old African-American man named Oscar Grant was killed in Oakland at the hands of Johannes Mehserle, a BART Police Officer. Since Oscar Grant's murder, America has witnessed many more high-profile police killings of African-Americans, and it seemed all of America was watching last week when Chauvin was found guilty on all charges. Just a few days ago, amidst growing violence and discrimination against Asian communities, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to strengthen federal efforts to address hate crimes.

The current racial climate in the United States makes it very clear we have much work to do as place management professionals to help create equitable, inclusive, and healthy communities. As part of our commitment to provide educational resources to our members, and address these challenges head-on, the California Downtown Association, in partnership with the International Downtown Association, is hosting the first in a series of webinars featuring experts on the topic of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion beginning this Thursday, April 29th. Please register here to join us for the DEI Summit.

Steve Snider, CDA President
Executive Director
Downtown Oakland Association
CDA Prioritizes Major Issues as the Legislature’s Policymaking Kicks into High Gear

With the California Downtown Association’s policy priorities coming into focus after the April Board of Directors meeting, the organization’s legislative priorities are now seeing major action in the Legislature. Ranging from recovery for restaurant and entertainment venues, to the expansion of supportive services to the homeless population, CDA’s advocacy efforts are focused on ushering in the economic recovery and revitalization of our downtowns in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month is dominated by several important legislative deadlines in the State Capitol. The first, April 30th is the last day for policy committees to hear fiscal bills. May 21st marks the last day for all bills to be passed out of the house they were introduced in. All bills have to clear these legislative hurdles in order for them to continue to move through the process. That means authors and bill sponsors are working feverishly to get their bills heard in both the Assembly and Senate between now and the end of May as deadlines loom.

With legislative activity in full swing, our advocacy efforts are focused on three top public policy priorities this legislative session:

  • Priority #1: Fostering a Safe & Welcoming Environment in our Downtowns
  • Priority #2: Economic Recovery and New Development in our Districts
  • Priority #3: Enhancing and Protecting the Operational Effectiveness of BIDs

Priority #1
AB 331, Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) – extends criminal penalty for organized retail theft – SUPPORT

AB 395, Lackey (R-Palmdale) – helps prosecute vehicle break-in theft – SUPPORT

AB 816, Chiu (D-San Francisco) – establishes a process to require local governments to develop a plan to reduce homelessness – SUPPORT

AB 988, Bauer-Kahan (D-San Ramon) – creates a “988” mental health crisis hotline – SUPPORT

SB 106, Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – frees up Mental Health Services Act dollars for mental health services – SUPPORT

SB 340, Stern (D-Calabasas) – allows a family member to participate in a court preceding for an individual with a mental health condition – SUPPORT

SB 516, Eggman (D-Stockton) – provides additional resources for early intervention for those experiencing mental health condition – SUPPORT

SB 782, Glazer (D-Orinda) – provides outpatient treatment for those exiting conservatorships – SUPPORT

Priority #2
AB 1401, Friedman (D-Glendale) – eliminates minimum parking requirements for residential and commercial building development – SUPPORT

SB 285, McGuire (D-Santa Rosa) – invests $45m to promote the “Calling All Californian’s” tourism campaign to encourage visitors to California – SUPPORT

SB 61, Gabriel (D-Los Angeles) – provides flexibility to restaurants to allow for outdoor dining, take-out and delivery options to serve customers – SUPPORT

SB 314, Wiener (D-San Francisco) – provides flexibility to restaurants and bars to allow for flexible physical service options – SUPPORT

SB 793, Wiener (D-San Francisco) – “Entertainment Recovery Act” which provides relief for venues, restaurants, bars to allow for alcohol and food service in flexible spaces – SUPPORT

AB 255, Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) – would upend existing commercial leases without providing access to federal or state support to those commercial landlords who would be affected by the legislation – OPPOSE

Priority #3
AB 361, Rivas (D-Salinas) – would allow public agencies, like BIDs, to conduct remote meetings during state or local emergencies – SUPPORT

AB 339, Lee (D-San Jose) – imposes a significant unfunded state mandate on public agencies, like BIDs, requiring additional meeting requirements like call-in and internet options as well as required translation service – OPPOSE

Jason Bryant 
Bryant Government Affairs
April 2021 Legislative Update
Judge Hits Pause on Request for LA to Immediately Put Up $1B for Homelessness
Los Angeles Times
A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit over homelessness in Los Angeles says in a new court order that he will give the city 60 days to detail how its planned $1 billion in funding for...

Downtown Sacramento Partnership Calls Out for ReImagine Activation Micro-Grant Applications
Sacramento Press
As part of a new micro-grant program that launched last fall, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership is now accepting applications for an additional round of ReImagine Activation...

Central Valley Cities Approach Downtown Revitalization Their Own Way
The Business Journal
Freeways have dragged business hubs out of the downtowns of cities across the country, but Central Valley cities are taking steps to build a different business community in the historical...

San Jose Receives $1.17M Grant to Support Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Streetsblog California
Small businesses and manufacturers affected by the pandemic in San Jose will soon receive some much-needed support from the city, thanks to a $1.17 million grant from the U.S...
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