This is the 64th 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:

Look how far we’ve come in just five months.  Five new COVID cases per day now  announced by our county, low numbers we haven’t seen for more than a year.

The focus remains on vaccinations -- and volunteerism.  Santa Clara County and other providers continue to add vaccine clinic locations that do not require appointments.  Find a drop-in or appointment location near you at, evening and weekend times are included.  As vaccines become more widely available, volunteers are still needed. 

The City of San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and AACI are coordinating a vaccination event this Friday downtown at San Jose City Hall focused at helping our unhoused population stay safe and improve our community health.  The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and volunteers must sign up for a minimum two-hour shift.  Training will be provided.  Fill out the volunteer form at Silicon Valley Strong, scroll down and check the May 14 event box under the “Availability” section. Still need to get vaccinated?  Get your Johnson and Johnson shot while you are there volunteering, no appointment is necessary.

Volunteers are also needed to help nonprofits with general vaccine site facilitation and food distribution.  Again, sign up at SV Strong.

The more people are vaccinated, the quicker we are going to see people returning to our offices, hotels, arts, events and patronizing small businesses.  

In Today's Message

Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market Open in SoFA
Vaccination Update
Financial Opportunities

  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund
  • Shuttered Venues update
  • Golden State Stimulus expansion
  • PPP extended to May 31

City Budget Preparation
Downtown in the News

Farmers' Market Open Every Friday

The Farmers' Market made a big splash last Friday on its Opening Day at new location in SoFA on South First Street between San Salvador and William streets. The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Excite Credit Union in association with Kaiser Permanente will again be open to serve residents and downtown workers this Friday.  Get out for some exercise -- the market is less than a 15-minute walk from just about any point downtown.

The Market will be held every Friday from May 7 - Dec 17 (except July 2 and Nov. 26) from 10 am to 2 pm. Get your weekly pick of fresh fruits and vegetables and browse artisan vendors' handcrafted goods. Check out these photos from our successful grand opening in SoFA and notice there's plenty of room to keep socially distant!

How to get to the Market (besides walking):

  • Parking is free for the first 90 minutes in the Second & San Carlos garage. Check for parking information.
  • Ride VTA Light Rail to the Convention Center or Paseo de San Antonio station. Check for nearby bus stops and schedules. Show your light rail or bus pass for $1 in carrot cash to spend at the Market.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market accepts WIC-FMNP coupons and Cal Fresh-EBT. For more information about the Market, visit our website. To read about PCFMA's COVID-19 safety protocols, click here

COVID / Vaccination Update

Vaccine for 12+ Coming Soon
The Food and Drug Administration this week authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.  In Santa Clara County, the Pfizer vaccine will be available to 12- to 15-year-olds at fixed-vaccination sites and at general community-based mobile sites throughout the County as soon as possible -- possibly this week.

By making vaccines available on evenings and weekends, and hosting special vaccine events focused on teens, the County hopes to get the vaccination numbers as high as possible for these groups in advance of summer activities. 

Today at Levi’s Stadium from 5:30-7:30 p.m., health officials will vaccinate 16-18-year-olds.  The event at the home of the San Francisco 49ers includes tours of a locker room, free swag from the team as long as supplies last, $10 gift cards to Starbucks for the first 100 to be vaccinated, and a socially distant dance party with a DJ and Sourdough Sam.  Here’s the press release.

Special teen events will also be held at Gilroy High School Friday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday May 27, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Financial Opportunities

Apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund 
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.  The SBA is building the application portal.

Downtown food service businesses can email Nate LeBlanc (, SJDA Business Development Manager for personal assistance through the process.  See the graphic above.  

Visit the SBA webpage for a list of entities eligible to apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

WEBINAR: Grants for Food and Beverage Businesses Impacted by Pandemic
May 20 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Register 

Get assistance applying for the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants to help your recovery from losses during COVID-19. The webinar is offered in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.

Shuttered Venue Operators encouraged to apply for grant
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

According to a recent update from Americans for the Arts, early statistics from the SBA show that about 10,000 SVOG applications at all three priority levels were submitted in the first two weeks of the application portal opening on April 26, accounting for $10 billion of the total $16 million in available SVOG funds.

These numbers are a strong indicator that all eligible applicants have a strong chance of being fully funded, and presents the possibility of a second supplemental grant for first quarter 2021 losses.

Local performing arts organizations, venues, museums, movie theater operators, and talent representatives are encouraged to apply for an SVOG grant. There are ample funds still available.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Museum operators
  • Motion picture theater operators (including owners)
  • Talent representatives

Eligible applicants must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. Venues or promoters who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount.

Golden State Stimulus expansion
This week, Gov. Newsom announced plans to expand the Golden State Stimulus package to include families that made less than $75,000.  The proposal still needs to pass Legislature. 

Chief among the new proposals is a major expansion of the Golden State Stimulus, providing additional direct payments to middle-class families that make up to $75,000. Under the plan, two-thirds of Californians will benefit from $600 direct payments. Qualified families with dependents, including undocumented families, will also now be eligible for an additional $500. The plan triples California’s previous investment, reaching more people and giving bigger benefits.

For more, read about this week’s announcement and about the Golden State Stimulus for low-earners and those whose income was devastated by COVID in 2020.

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.

Cross-program eligibility on SBA COVID-19 relief options

City Budget Preparation

Participate in the city’s budgeting process
You can help the city create a balanced budget for fiscal year 2021-22.

The City is holding three community budget meetings starting tonight via Zoom to update San Joseans on the fiscal situation and to receive input on the budget.  

The meeting schedule:

Zoom Thursday, May 13, 6-8pm 
Or Call-in*: (888) 475-4499 Meeting ID: 995 5020 5879

Zoom Saturday, May 15, 10:30am-12:30pm
Or Call-in*: (888) 475-4499 Meeting ID: 922 6828 5140

Zoom Wednesday, May 18, 6-8pm
Or Call-in*: (888) 475-4499 Meeting ID: 979 6815 2312

If you want to skip the meetings and still send in impact, the Rebalancing Tool is for you.   You can help the City balance its budget by showing where to shave off $25 million. Also offered in Spanish and Vietnamese.

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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