This is the 60th COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association, dating back to March 12, 2020. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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State’s framework for the Orange Tier and the County’s Risk Reduction Order.

Dear members:  

SJDA’s public meeting last Friday set virtual attendance records for our organizations.  If you weren’t able to join us, our agenda included Google’s presentation and Q&A session on the Downtown West project, as well as a discussion about equity with the Director of the City of San Jose Office of Racial Equity, Zulma Maciel.  You can view the full meeting recording here

Google submitted its Development Agreement with the City of San Jose for Downtown West on April 6.  Google pledges $200 million in community benefits and an additional $250 million in mandated public benefits such as park fees and transportation improvements. Details and visuals can be found on this Google slide deck.

In today’s message: 
State revises and updates Orange Tier guidelines starting today
16-older can schedule vaccines now
Financial opportunities

  • Shuttered Venues update
  • PPP extended to May 31


  • Rebuilding your business
  • Why Cities Matter summit
  • Changes in philanthropy
  • What’s getting in the way of  philanthropy for non-profits
Downtown in the News
COVID-19 Updates

Additional Orange Tier activities starting April 15

The California Department of Public Health recently released updates to the state’s reopening framework, which will allow additional activities to resume with modifications starting April 15. Updates to the Orange Tier (current status of Santa Clara County) include: 

  • Outdoor gathering size increases to 50 people 
  • Indoor gatherings strongly discouraged, will be allowed with modifications (no food/drink except when following the standards in the guidance) 
  • Outdoor private events size increases to 100 people or 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination 
  • Indoor private events will be allowed if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination: maximum 150 people 
  • Indoor seated live events and performances at small venues: Maximum 15% or 200 people; 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination 
  • Indoor seated live events and performances at large venues: Maximum 10% or 2000 people; 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination 
View the updated sector chart to see which activities and businesses are allowed in each tier.

Vaccine update -- 16 and older now eligible
Santa Clara County is opening vaccine eligibility to all individuals age 16 or older who live or work in Santa Clara County effective Tuesday.  Community members should schedule vaccination appointments through the County’s website As it has throughout the vaccine rollout, the County will continue its intensive outreach efforts to ensure that communities most impacted by COVID-19 have ready access to vaccine appointments and information.

In addition, the County will pause Johnson & Johnson vaccines and expects an adequate supply of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.  Here’s the press release.

Testing continues Wednesday-Sunday at the Fairgrounds parking lot.  Info here.

Financial Opportunities

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Portal open - but applications not yet accepted
Shuttered Venue operators need to wait to apply.  Unfortunately, the portal did not work last week and technicians are trying to resolve the issues.  No applications were accepted and nobody received funding. To be prepared for the process when the portal reopens, interested organizations may register for an application account.   

A message from SBA said:  “So many live venues and related businesses have been impacted by this pandemic and we want to ensure relief is delivered as quickly and equitably as possible. We appreciate your patience.”

You can still review the national Shuttered Venue Operators Grant informational webinar on March 30 highlighting the application process for potential eligible entities here

The granters will handle those venues with 90% or greater revenue loss last year; then those with 70% or greater; then those with 25% or more losses.  In each priority area, it’s first come, first serve, so be ready to apply.

For more information about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and to sign up for messages about when the application will be available, visit

PPP Extension Act of 2021 Extended to May 31
On March 30, President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.  Check with your bank or start your application here.

CBS News report on this topic.


Rebuilding Your Business – Getting Your Customers and Employees to Come Back
Thursday, April 15 | 3:30 pm | Free | Hosted by City of San Jose | Register

You are ready to serve your customers and clients – but are they and your employees comfortable with it? A panel of experts will help you stand out from the competition as a safe business in legal and effective ways.  Topics will range from effective messaging, to vaccine passports, to workplace policies on vaccines and beyond. Registration is encouraged.

Why Cities Matter Summit
Friday, April 16 | 9 am | $25-$50 | Hosted by Silicon Valley Leadership Group | Register

"Why Cities Matter" summit is a discussion about housing, infrastructure and placemaking in a post-COVID world. Toni Atkins, President Pro Tempore of the California Senate, will kick it off with an overview of the new California housing package. Joining later in her first major talk with Silicon Valley since being named to the Federal Transit Administration will be Nuria Fernandez. To conclude the program, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, will sit down with Mayor Sam Liccardo for a conversation on infrastructure. Register for this virtual event. 

Click here to watch SJDA Executive Director Scott Knies talk about why cities matter.

Changes in philanthropy resulting from a tough 2020
Tuesday, April 20 | 1-2 pm | Free | Hosted by SV Community Foundation | Register

You are invited to join us for a discussion between SVCF President and CEO Nicole Taylor and The Obama Foundation President Valerie Jarrett

Also joining the conversation:

  • Shari Davis, 2019 The Barack Obama Foundation Fellow and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project
  • Poncho Guevara, Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service, which serves Santa Clara County

Explore how leaders are building on progress made in 2020, and how philanthropy can contribute to the power-building work happening now across the nation.

Moving to Racial Equity: What’s getting in the way
Wednesday, April 21 | 10-11 am | Free | Hosted by SV Community Foundation and Castellano Family Foundation | Register

What will it take for nonprofit leaders to be successful in leveraging greater social investment responsive to our communities’ changing demography and needs? What is getting in the way of real change in forging true partnerships with philanthropic institutions and donors and why has it taken so long?

Arts Advocacy 101
Wednesday, April 21 | 1-2:30 pm | Free ($10 outside Santa Clara County) | Hosted by SV Creates | Register

Learn the basics and essential strategies needed to be an effective advocate, including understanding the basics, developing an advocacy strategy; cultivating relationships with legislators, staff and policy-makers; and communicating with elected officials, the public and the media.  Hosted by Ron Muriera.

Downtown in the News

DTSJ and SJDA in the news
More recent media reports involving Downtown San Jose with commentary or behind-the-scenes input by San Jose Downtown Association. 

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