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This is the 63rd COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association, dating back to March 12, 2020. They are usually sent on Thursdays.
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ORANGE TIER!

State’s framework for the Orange Tier
and the County’s Risk Reduction Order.

Dear members:

In Santa Clara County our vaccine rates are increasing, contributing to the drop in COVID-19 cases. These metrics bring us closer to a less restrictive tier like some other counties in the state. Until we reach the next level, take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Bay Area weather and dine al fresco, shop at the Friday Farmers’ Market, take your pooch to the dog park, or pick up a bike or scooter for a self-guided mural tour.  We have a lot of safe indoor activities, too. Explore what some of the Downtown arts groups are doing to invite you inside now.  

As we all continue to follow safety protocols, and the community works to get as many people vaccinated as possible to reach the next tier, the San Jose Downtown Association is here to support our members, and make plans to invite everyone back to downtown.

In Today's Message

Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market opening in SoFA
Financial opportunities

  • California small business to benefit from $6.2 billion tax cut
  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund
  • Shuttered Venues update
  • PPP extended to May 31

COVID-19 update - No Appointment Necessary Vaccine Clinics Masking
City Budget Preparation
Webinar

  • Business of Arts and Culture panel discussion

Downtown in the News

Farmers' Market Opening

The Farmers' Market is coming back to town for the season and we’ve moved to a new location in SoFA. The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Excite Credit Union in association with Kaiser Permanente, is now located on South First Street between San Salvador and William streets. It's 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. Shoppers can also find fresh-cut flowers, breads, fish and other gourmet foods.

How to get to the Market (besides walking):

  • Parking is free for the first 90 minutes in the Second & San Carlos garage. Check ParkSJ.org for parking information.
  • Ride VTA Light Rail to the Convention Center or Paseo de San Antonio station. Check VTA.org 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

Financial Opportunities
California small business to benefit from $6.2 billion tax cut
On Monday. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will give small businesses hit hardest by this pandemic a $6.2 billion tax cut over the next six years – a critical lifeline that will help get small businesses back on their feet and an important component of California’s economic recovery strategy.

“California’s small businesses have been hampered and hammered by this pandemic, and we are using every tool at our disposal to help them stay afloat,” Newsom said. “Help is on the way in the form of a $6.2 billion tax cut, which will provide support, not to large publicly traded companies, but to the mom-and-pop businesses – the beauty salons, restaurants and dental offices – which have been resilient during this difficult time. This small business tax relief is exactly what is needed to keep businesses open so they can continue paying their employees.”

Under the legislation, AB 80 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood), the forgiven PPP loans that businesses received from the federal government during the pandemic will not be counted as taxable income, and these businesses can also deduct the costs of expenses that those loans paid for. This is additional state tax relief for the small businesses that have been struggling most, and could make a difference in choosing to reopen, stay open, or shut down as they look to the future.

For the full text of the bill, visit here.

Applications Now Open for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund 
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program 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 (nleblanc@sjdowntown.com), 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.

For additional support, the City of San Jose is hosting a Federal Restaurant Revitalization Grant Application workshop. Learn how to apply for the grant at a free, online workshop Thursday, May 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m., presented by the Small Business Administration and the City of San José. Workshops will be provided in the following languages:  English, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Portal open and accepting applications
The application portal has reopened for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant for entertainment venues that continue to suffer from closures. 

  • Use the checklist to make sure you have everything you need to complete your application. Review additional resources at sba.gov/svogrant such as the applicant user guide and FAQ. Keep these resources open throughout the application process.
  • Register or Login and begin the application process on the SVOG portal
  • For technical assistance applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339. The call center is now open 24/7.

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

COVID-19 Update
No Appointment Necessary Vaccine Clinics
Fully vaccinated people are able to enjoy more activities with less risk than unvaccinated people. The County of Santa Clara has added capacity for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The clinic locations listed below do not require advance appointments. Vaccines are free, and no insurance or proof of immigration status is required. Anyone age 16 or older who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Clara County is eligible. Staff are onsite to support language needs and disability access. Individuals seeking vaccination are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before closing time. Additional clinic dates and locations are added frequently, check www.sccfreevax.org for the most up to date information. 

  • Fairgrounds Expo Hall
    2542 Monterey Highway, Gate D, San José, CA 95111
    Thursday, May 6 to Sunday, May 9; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Eastridge Mall (Aloha Roller Rink)
    2190 Eastridge Loop #1402, San José, CA 95122
    Thursday, May 6 to Friday, May 7; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, May 8 to Sunday May 9; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Overfelt High School
    1835 Cunningham Avenue, San José, CA 95122
    Thursday, May 6; 9am to 4 p.m.
    Friday, May 7; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, May 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday, May 9; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mexican Heritage Plaza
    1700 Alum Rock Ave., San José, CA 95116
    Thursday, May 6; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church
    467 North White Road, San José, CA 95127
    Thursday, May 6 to Friday, May 7; 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Valley Health Center (VHC) East Valley
    1993 McKee Road, San José, CA 95127
    Thursday, May 6 to Friday, May 7; 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sherman Oaks Elementary
    1800 Fruitdale Avenue, San José, CA 95128
    Friday, May 7; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Rosemary Elementary School (City of San José and Bay Area Community Health)
    401 W. Hamilton Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
    Saturday, May 8; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Washington Elementary
    100 Oak Street, San José, CA 95110
    Saturday, May 8; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 this month 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.

Webinars

The Business of Arts and Culture panel discussion
Hosted by SVCREATES & the Silicon Valley Business Journal
May 13 | 10am | $25 | Register


Learn how Silicon Valley's arts and cultural sector has evolved, how its business model works, what makes it unique, and how it compares to the rest of our nation.

SVCreates will unveil new local and national research on the sector, and a panel of civic leaders will share their perspectives, priorities and plans for the future of arts and culture in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times President and Publisher Mary Huss will facilitate an online discussion about the report with Nicole Taylor of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, and SVCREATES CEO Connie Martinez.

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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