This is the 36th Weekly Message to Businesses from San Jose Downtown Association since the end of the COVID-19 "tier" system June 15.
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To our members: 

Wednesday was a busy day for government updates to our collective fight to reduce COVID cases in Santa Clara County.

First, Santa Clara County Public Health officials announced the county still has too many COVID cases and will extend its mandatory mask requirement indoors beyond the state’s Feb. 15 deadline.  The county hopes to lift indoor masking requirements “in a matter of weeks” as case rates continue to decline.

Secondly, Gov. Gavin Newsom extended COVID-19 related paid sick leave benefits to workers employed by businesses with more than 25 employees, effective Feb. 19 and retroactive to Jan. 1, through Sept. 30, 2022 (SB 114).  The benefit gives 40 hours off for employees who were exposed or contracted the virus and provides an additional 40 hours if a positive test is provided.  An additional 24 hours of paid time off is afforded for those taking the vaccine and recovering from vaccine-related symptoms.

Newsom also announced an additional $6.1 billion in tax credits, grants and other relief for small businesses, including nearly $500 million in tax cuts for restaurants and shuttered venues and $5.5 billion in restored tax deductions and tax credits to spur innovation. (SB 113).

Thankfully, we’re seeing more downtown activity the past week.  Hopefully you are, too, and are part of the reason.  Please shop local, eat local, entertain local . . . your money will go further right now than at any time during the pandemic to help sustain our businesses.

In Today's Message
COVID Updates
Santa Clara County local indoor masking requirements remain in place 
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced today that it will not lift local indoor masking requirements when the State lifts its indoor masking requirement on Feb. 16.  Instead, Santa Clara County will continue to base decisions on whether and when to lift indoor masking requirements on the risks posed by COVID-19, using clearly defined metrics related to vaccination, hospitalizations, and COVID-19 case rates.

The County previously announced metrics for lifting local masking requirements in October.  Today, the County Public Health Department announced that it had updated its prior metrics, which were adopted when the Delta variant was circulating in the community, to reflect the fact that the current Omicron variant poses less risk of severe illness and hospitalization than Delta. Specifically, the County’s prior metrics required that the 7-day average of new cases be about 150 or below based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “moderate” criteria.  The updated metrics allow indoor masking requirements to be lifted when the County’s 7-day average of new cases is 550 or below for at least a week.  Read More.

​​Governor signs paid sick leave extension and expanded relief package for small businesses
Governor Newsom signed legislation extending COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for workers, and early budget action to provide an additional $6.1 billion in tax relief, tax credits and direct grants for small businesses hit hard by the pandemic, bolstering the state’s historic COVID relief efforts and investing in California’s iconic entrepreneurial economy.

Employees continue to have access to up to 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave through Sept. 30, 2022, which may be used by employees who have been advised to quarantine, those caring for COVID-impacted family members, attending a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, and more. Small businesses employing 25 or fewer workers are exempt from the legislation, which is retroactive to sick leave taken beginning January 1, 2022.

Building on last year’s support for small businesses impacted by the pandemic — including $6.2 billion in tax relief for small businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans — Governor Newsom today signed SB 113 to provide an additional $6.1 billion in tax relief, tax credits and direct grants to the hardest hit businesses. SB 113 includes provisions that:

  • Provide a nearly $500 million tax cut for restaurants and venues:  By conforming state tax policy for the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund and federal Shuttered Venue Operators grant programs, grants received by such businesses will not be considered taxable by the state – translating into a tax cut totaling nearly $500 million over the coming years.
  • Restore $5.5 billion in tax credits and deductions for California businesses: By restoring business tax credits, including for research and development and the net operating loss deduction for businesses one year early, the near-term benefit for such businesses is estimated to reach $5.5 billion.
  • Invest $150 million in COVID-19 relief grants for California’s small businesses: SB 113 invests an additional $150 million in California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to fund applicants on the waitlist – the program has provided grants of up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. 
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Meetings / Feedback

SJDA:  You can still review the Everything PBID Feb. 10 meeting
San Jose Downtown Association meeting this morning covered “All-things PBID,” studying the Property Based Improvement District's (PBID) once-a-decade renewal.  The meeting goes into depth and answers questions not included in this month’s Downtown Dimension newsletter about current and proposed services, the scope of new social impact teams, and detailing of the boundaries and the process to renew the district for the next 10 years.  The second half of the meeting – the Q&A – takes an even deeper dive into the nuts and bolts of the Groundwerx and PBID programs.

People who missed the live meeting can catch up by watching it on YouTube or on the SJDA Public Meeting page.  Or check the PBID Renewal page on for more general info.

COVID-19 Recovery Task Force meeting tonight at 6 p.m.
The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will hold its next meeting tonight (Feb. 10) at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Among the agenda items is to establish committees based on ideas submitted by Task Force members. The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force web page includes a link to the full meeting agenda, the list of Task Force members, meeting materials, and other resources. For more information, contact

Community Budget hearing with Mayor Sam Liccardo also 6 p.m. tonight
From Mayor Liccardo:  “As we await the official release of the City of San José's proposed 2022-2023 Operating Budget, we're reminding our residents and workforce that while many areas of economic activity have recovered since 2020, we aren't out of the woods yet. As a result, we need to make some tough decisions in the weeks ahead to develop a balanced budget that sustains the City's delivery of core services and continues pandemic-era programs that lack ongoing funding.

“So join me on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 pm to engage, provide critical feedback and offer insight into the budget process as we work together to identify community priorities." 
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San Jose City Council meetings virtual for now
The San José City Council meeting will continue to be conducted virtually until further notice. The virtual meetings will start at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Councilmembers and presenters will teleconference from remote locations. The public can watch the meeting on the City’s YouTube Channel. To make public comment during the meeting, email Additional instructions for public comment are posted in the meeting agendas.

Provide feedback through Downtown Transportation Plan online open house
The Downtown Transportation Plan online open house has launched. The downtown business community represents a key stakeholder in downtown transportation planning.

The entire open house has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese

By 2040, Downtown San Jose will welcome 30,000 new residents and 50,000 new workers. New buildings and commercial activity will make the streets buzz with life. But all this new activity can have negative consequences, too, like traffic and dangerous collisions.

The San Jose Downtown Transportation Plan proposes changes to help us go from today’s car-dependent transportation system to a future that is more people-focused. You’re invited to this online open house to learn more about the plan and share your feedback at

Spotlight coverage: City looks for input on transportation plan

Financial Opportunity

Municipal Water Offers Online Registration for Low Income Customers
Customers of San Jose Municipal Water System can now register online for low-income/vulnerable status on their water account to be eligible to receive benefits, including late fee waivers and extended payment plans. Additional low-income benefits may become available in the future. The online registration page is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Feb. 11–27: San Jose Jazz Winter Fest is back and in person, with established stars and exciting new discoveries in jazz, blues, R&B, Latin and Americana.  Centered on its new downtown SJ popup venue and recording studio the SJZ Break Room, the Fest brings you Latin alternative/global music sensation La Santa Cecilia, Marquis Hill New Gospel Revisited, breakout vibraphonist Sasha Berliner, Americana singer/songwriter Chris Pierce, NYC jazz fusion trio Harriet Tubman, post-bop supergroup The Cookers and five more must-see artists. 

Silicon Valley’s Future of Downtown San Jose event changed to Feb. 24 at Marriott San Jose.  Due to COVID omicron variant, an online viewing option is also available.  Tickets here.

Enter your short film to Screen - Short Film Fridays
Screen! Shortfilm Friday’s have been rescheduled to Fridays in May,  This is a program partially funded by the City of San Jose Parks Dept. Abierto program and supported by SJDA.

Filmmakers! Submit your short films by March 1.  Please click here to read the requirements and complete the form. A Screen! representative will reach out to you after receiving the form.

The short films will be shown May 5, 13 and 20 at 3Below. 100 percent of ticket sales will go to the filmmakers.  A wrap party June 3 at StageOne Creative Spaces will include announcements of the audience choice winners and award prizes.

Downtown San Jose and Silicon Valley in the News

Redistricting message from District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez:  As a result of the 2020 U.S. Census and comprehensive input from the Redistricting Commission and community members, City Council voted on updated Council district boundaries, which will go into effect beginning Feb. 11. Our office is working diligently to ensure a smooth transition of these neighborhoods by documenting any ongoing issues or challenges within these neighborhoods so the progress continues uninterrupted under the new Council District offices. District 3’s residential population grew significantly since 2010, resulting in the following redistricting changes:

  • Neighborhoods West of Highway 87 will now join District 6, including Gardner, Delmas Park, Little Italy, the Guadalupe River Park, Coleman, Newhall, the SJC airport, Avaya Stadium, as well as Rosemary Gardens and Rincon South. 
  • El Rancho Verde on the East side of District 3 will join District 5.
  • A commercial neighborhood on the South side of District 3 will join District 7.
  • Residential neighborhoods near the San Jose Municipal Golf Course from District 4, including Townsend Park neighborhood West of Lundy Ave. and the Orchard community East of Oakland Rd, will join District 3.

All residents who have been moved to a new Council District will receive a notice by mail. Please view this interactive District 3 map to determine which Council district you now reside in and how to contact your Council representative. Neighborhoods leaving District 3 are shaded in gray and neighborhoods joining District 3 are shaded in green.

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