July 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.
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 Ontario Improvement Association
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown San Diego Partnership
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District
Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Visalians, Inc.
Figueroa Corridor Partnership
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
Paso Robles Main Street 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 Alliance
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Westwood Village Improvement Association

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Now that California has officially been reopened for nearly six weeks, I hope your newfound freedom is contributing to a great start to your summer and that your neighborhoods and commercial districts are seeing the results of the public's increased activity.

California's June 15 reopening coincided nicely with the official start of the season and it could not have come soon enough. We were all certainly deserving of a break from Zoom meetings and pajamas, but for me, emerging from the pandemic-related restrictions and heading straight into summer has not felt much like a break at all, nor has it been particularly relaxing. Yes, there are fewer pajamas and Zoom calls, but it feels more like everything is happening all at once. Californians are making up for lost time and that makes us feel busier than ever. This is certainly true for CDA.

Over the last several years, CDA has become a more sophisticated, mature, and impactful organization. It is clear the needs of the past 18 months have amplified the focus and commitment of our board members as we seek to grow our impact and overcome the many challenges we face. 

The lion's share of our work is in tracking and proactively responding to California legislation that we anticipate could have a positive or negative impact on our work as creative placemakers and urban place managers. This is a daunting task, but under the committed leadership of Emilie Cameron (Downtown Sacramento), the Chair of the CDA Legislative Committee and Jason Bryant with Bryant Government Affairs, CDA has become increasingly more effective in its public policy work in recent years and particularly in 2021.

As Chair of CDA's Homelessness and Mental Health Task Force, John Caner (Downtown Berkeley), continues to be an excellent leader and resource for our board and CDA members on one of the bigger challenges we face as place management organizations.

Additionally, under the leadership of Kathy Hemmenway (Walnut Creek Downtown), Chair of the CDA Membership and Fundraising Committee, CDA has also focused energies on growing our membership and diversifying our fundraising strategies as we enter the second half of 2021.

Lastly, CDA has continued to develop our commitment to providing our members with timely and relevant educational resources to grow your impact as a place management leader. To this end, in partnership with the International Downtown Association, we will be presenting the second installment of our 2021 DEI Summit in September. Yet again, we have confirmed some amazing speakers and facilitators as a follow-up to our very successful DEI Summit in April.

The next few CDA District Digests will lay out the above efforts in more detail and will offer you, as a member, the opportunity to engage more deeply with the important work of the California Downtown Association. As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions or suggestions or would like to further engage with CDA. In the meantime, please continue to safely enjoy your summer with your friends, families, and co-workers.

In Community,
Steve Snider, CDA President
Executive Director
Downtown Oakland Association
Priority Legislation to See Action in the Final Month of 2021 Legislative Session
With the Legislature set to reconvene on August 16, CDA’s government affairs program is preparing for a final push on this year’s major legislative priorities, which focus on economic recovery and revitalization of downtowns. The final month of session takes on a sprint-to-the-finish-line feel as bill authors, staff and advocacy organizations make their final push to advance – or defeat – major legislative proposals before lawmakers adjourn for the year on September 10.

Below is an overview of some of the key priority bills for the California Downtown Association in the 2021 legislative session.
AB 61 (Gabriel, D-Los Angeles) – SUPPORT
As small restaurants across the state struggle to stay open, action is needed to help facilitate more outdoor dining and expanded take-out and delivery options. This bill would empower local jurisdictions and the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) to provide much-needed regulatory flexibility to support struggling restaurants. This bill builds on initiatives restaurants and local governments took at the outset of the pandemic to expand critical outdoor dining spaces. These partnerships resulted in reinvented outdoor dining spaces and expansions in city after city, and streamlined requirements and approvals for outdoor dining on sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. Many local governments eased the process for restaurants to set up tents outside, to build parklets, and to increase the number of sidewalk tables. These local programs have been a tremendous success and have proven incredibly valuable for so many community restaurants throughout the state.
Bill is in the Senate Appropriations Committee awaiting a hearing in August.
SB 314 (Wiener, D-San Francisco) – SUPPORT
This bill will help the hospitality industry bounce back from the devastating impacts of the pandemic, enacting common-sense reforms, restructuring outdated laws, and allowing businesses more opportunities to recover. This legislation will help California’s events, restaurants, and bars recover economically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating more flexibility in how they can serve alcohol, including where they can serve alcohol, how they can share spaces with other businesses, and how frequently a catering permit can be used. The bill also implements a one-year grace period after the emergency order is lifted for businesses to continue expanded outdoor dining operations on their premises that locals have enjoyed throughout the pandemic.
Bill is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee awaiting a hearing in August.
SB 389 (Dodd, D-Napa) – SUPPORT
The ability to include alcoholic drinks with to-go orders has been helpful for many restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as the state opens up, there are still many consumers who prefer to have their mixed drink delivered rather than having to gather in an enclosed space. SB 389 establishes the consumer delivery service permit, which would require third-party delivery companies that deliver alcoholic beverages to obtain a permit from the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) in order to deliver alcoholic beverages to consumers. This bill would allow the holder of a retail on-sale license or a licensed beer manufacturer, licensed wine manufacturer, or craft distiller that operates a bonafide public eating place to sell alcoholic beverages for off-sale consumption for which their license permits on-sale consumption.
Bill is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee awaiting a hearing in August.
AB 361 (Rivas, D-Salinas) – SUPPORT
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, local agency boards struggled to conduct their meetings in compliance with the Brown Act’s requirements while still abiding by stay-at-home orders. As a result, Governor Newsom issued an executive order (EO) to grant local agencies the flexibility to meet remotely during the pandemic. However, once the Governor’s EO expires, these flexibilities will not apply to future emergencies like wildfires, floods, toxic leaks, or other events that make in-person gatherings dangerous. Local agencies will again struggle to provide essential services like water, power, and fire protection at a time when constituents will need those services the most. AB 361 will guarantee that local boards do not have to rely on an executive order from the Governor to serve their communities remotely during future emergencies. This bill will also provide the opportunity for the public to join via telephone or video conference to ensure that all members of the public can participate safely
This bill is intended to create a statutory regime for when and how local legislative bodies may suspend certain Brown Act teleconferencing requirements during a proclaimed state of emergency so local legislative bodies can act quickly rather than having to wait for an executive order. Specifically, the bill will allow local legislative bodies to conduct meetings via teleconferencing without (1) providing a teleconferencing location accessible to the public, (2) having at least a quorum of members participating within the jurisdiction, and (3) providing an opportunity for the public to address the legislative body at each teleconference location (e.g., the locations from which the members are calling in). These emergency provisions will apply when a legislative body holds a meeting during a proclaimed state of emergency in which certain officials have determined that an in-person meeting would be detrimental to public health or safety.

Bill is on the Senate Floor awaiting a vote of Senate when the Legislature reconvenes on August 14. 

Jason Bryant 
Bryant Government Affairs
San Diego County tackles housing shortage with general plan changes
San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took steps to resolve regional housing shortages Wednesday by approving amendments to the housing and safety elements of the county’s general plan and by adding a new environmental justice element to it.

How does downtown S.F. rebound? This 29-year-old has some ideas.
San Francisco Business Times
"We're trying to bring back life and establish public spaces, creating mini-destinations within our district," said Robbie Silver, who was named the Downtown Community Business District executive director.

City Of Sacramento, Downtown Partnership Offering Return-To-Work Incentives
CBS13 Sacramento
“Employees are the heart and soul of this district,” said Michael Ault, with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “It’s easy to say ‘Hey, stay working from home,’ but we want people to know we miss you.”

Why are key California affordable housing bills bottled up?
The Orange County Register
Advocates are asking why bills supported by state Senate leader Toni Atkins are stuck in the Assembly.

A Look Back — and Ahead — as the LA Convention Center Turns 50
Los Angeles Business Journal
As L.A. boosters gear up to mark the convention center’s golden anniversary with a celebration planned for July 29, plans are also moving ahead on a $1.2 billion expansion designed to secure the venue’s future in an increasingly competitive convention market.
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