This is the twenty-third COVID-19 update from San Jose Downtown Association. They are sent on Thursdays.
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To our valued members:
This week’s message from Santa Clara County says it bluntly and succinctly:  “Shift your mindset to the long game.  COVID-19 is going to be with us for a long time.  The key is for all of us to reduce our risk.  Think about what you can do every day, every chance you get to reduce transmission.”
The County has created a new, consolidated website that contains guidance, FAQs, and resources for residents who need to isolate or quarantine at Residents can also download a concise PDF informational pamphlet here.
SJDA Virtual Public Meeting
What’s Next for Downtown San Jose?
More than 1,250 people completed the What's Next for Downtown San Jose survey.  The information received helped to shape the Stabilization Plan for the San Jose Downtown Association.  You are invited to a public meeting Friday via Facebook, where the results of the survey will be shared through a detailed presentation of the plan. 
Meeting details:
Friday, Aug. 14
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Facebook Event
City Updates
City expands business uses outdoors in parks, plazas and parking lots
San Jose is expanding the Al Fresco initiative to city-owned properties, including four downtown plazas, city parks, surface parking lots, and street business areas that provide pedestrian-only, outdoor shopping and dining.
  • Surface parking lots located next to adjoining businesses can be used for dining and foodservice, general retail, and personal care services including hair and nail services.
  • Parks of more than one acre are eligible for outdoor business operations.  Downtown, restaurants must be adjacent to the park; other businesses must be within one-fourth mile.  Qualifying fitness businesses may hold classes in the park. 
  • Plazas at Hammer Theatre Center, Fountain Alley, Parque de Pobladores in SoFA and Circle of Palms may host dining and food service, and fitness, exercise and health classes of businesses near them.
Details, applications and emails for questions for each category are here. They are presented in Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Second Al Fresco area opens in SoFA
Downtown’s second Al Fresco area opened last weekend.  This weekend, look for more restaurants to be open along South First Street in SoFA District.
Businesses expected to participate include Blue Chip, Culinary Corner, CubaMex, Miami Beach Club, and SoFA Market vendors: Umi Handroll Bar, Taqueria 3 Hermanos, Habana Cuba, Pizzetta 408, Sticks 'n’ Greens, Vietnoms, Hawaiian Poke Bowl and Vero's Coffee.
The San Pedro Square Al Fresco program has been a success so far.  Wait times to be seated of 35 minutes have been reported.
Parklet resource available: 
Downtown San Jose is good at the concept of turning parking spaces into parklets and has been at it for almost a decade now.  Our experience helped in getting the Al Fresco program up and going simply and quickly in San Pedro Square and now along South First Street in SoFA District.
Parkade, a company that does parklets as a business, sent us a link to their new “Guide to Building Parklets.” It’s a totally free guide that helps restaurants understand what parklets are, the different design options available and provides some basic schematics/plans they can use.  It’s a good resource for local restaurants thinking about adding a parklet now or in the future.

“We’re doing this as a free service for restaurants because we know how dire the situation is,” Parkade said.  “And because — as a company that helps businesses and residences make better use of off-street parking — we love to see on-street parking utilized for better purposes. There’s no better purpose than saving the restaurant industry!”
Financial Opportunity for Microbusinesses
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Microenterprise Grant Program $15,000
The San Jose CDGB Microenterprise Grant Program will accept applications through 11:59 pm, Tuesday, Aug. 18.  The applications opened Wednesday.

This program will provide $15,000 grants to eligible microenterprises (5 employees or less) located in San Jose. Grant proceeds may be used for working capital support including rent, utilities, and payroll. The CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program is anticipated to make a total of 145 grants.

Opportunity Fund, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, will administer the grant fund.

Businesses must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:
  • For-profit business must have five or fewer employees (full-time equivalent).
  • Physically located in the city of San Jose.
  • Business owner must live in Santa Clara County.
  • Priority will be given to an essential business as defined by the Santa Clara County public health order.
  • Business owner’s total household income must be low- or moderate-income.
  • Business must have existed prior to March 1, 2019.
  • Businesses who received financial assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program are NOT eligible to apply.
Applicant must have a DUNS number to receive the grant. Apply here. It’s free but can take up to two days to confirm. Businesses that are franchises, chains, or limited to those with customers over the age of 18 are not eligible.

This is an online application process only. All the info is here.

Please email at if you have additional questions.
County Update
No new orders since July 17:  We’ve gone a month now without any changes regarding who can open inside or outside.
Fire and Power Shutoff Seasons Approach
Public Safety Power Shutoff Season approaching:  To better prepare for an Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event, PG&E will notify its customers and non-customers who have signed up to receive alerts two days before power is turned off. Make sure to have enough supplies that will last a whole week when you receive this alert. Learn more about PSPS events here and start preparing today.

Join a PG&E wildfire safety webinar
PG&E is hosting a series of online webinars for anyone who is interested in learning more about its Community Wildfire Safety Program. These virtual gatherings will allow you to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Toll-Free Attendee Dial-In: 1 (866) 501-6088
  • Conference ID: 3567527
  • Join Webinar
  • Links will work starting 30 minutes before program
Useful Local Resources for Businesses
  • If you are a business or property owner reaching out about vandalism, theft or property damage, you can submit an online police report here.
  • To report graffiti and things that need to be cleaned within the district, use the Groundwerx Everywhere app for iPhones or Android.
  • To report damage, graffiti or things that need to be cleaned in city parks/property or outside the district, use the San Jose 311 app for iPhone, visit or call 311.
  • Businesses who would like a free graffiti removal tool kit can send an email to with their contact information and an address. A kit will be delivered to your place of business.
More COVID-19 Resources
Let us know how else we can help by replying to this email. We’ll have another message next Thursday. We're in this together.
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