D3 Councliman Convenes Task Force to Oversee Downtown San Jose’s Economic Recovery

Downtown San Jose’s small businesses have a new stepping stone to get back on their feet as the region gradually eases the pandemic-related shutdown.

Last week, District 3 Councilman Raul Peralez convened the inaugural meeting of the Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force, which was formed as a  resource for businesses located in and around the heart of the city.

“I have seen firsthand the economic struggles that our community is experiencing and we need to be proactive and inclusive in figuring out how to get the heart of San Jose thriving once again,” Peralez said in a statement announcing the coalition.

The team’s mission statement—ratified on May 20 during its first-ever meeting—is “to inclusively put forth solutions that will safely revitalize the Greater Downtown San Jose area by supporting the recovery of businesses and community organizations while fostering interest and confidence in public life in a COVID-19 impacted world.”

So while the dozens and hundreds of small businesses throughout downtown dip their toes into the sea of an unknown economic future, Peralez’s hopes the task force will save as many as possible from drowning.

The task force will host eight 90-minute meetings throughout June.

“Downtown San Jose’s network of public facing small businesses, venues and arts organizations have taken a big hit the past couple of months,” Brendan Rawson, executive director of San Jose Jazz, said in a statement. “I do believe, however, that coming together the way we have is already generating great ideas about how we can safely welcome employees and patrons back and actually create some new ways to continue building a vibrant and interesting downtown.”

Two representatives for each of the five categories of representation within the task force come from different sectors of downtown, including arts and special events, food and beverage, general retail and services, personal care and everything else. Restaurateurs, city employees, fitness professionals and music and culture venue operators are among the sitting representatives and committee members.

Rawson, along with Haberdasher owner Cache Bouren, San Jose Taiko’s Wisa Uemura, WESTCA Gym’s Meaghan Karabatsos and Neu2U Thrift Boutique and Urban Kiosk proprietor Chris Patterson-Simmons have all been nominated as potential co-chair members of task force subcommittees. Two chairs and two alternates will be elected by a formal vote via email by the next meeting.

Peralez said he wanted members to recruit business owners from their respective neighborhoods to avoid having the group made up of political appointees.

“I am honored  to be included in a group of many great businesses and community leaders who care very deeply for this city,” Adega and Pastelaria Adega co-owner Fernanda Carreira said. “I expect that we will come together and make a comprehensive plan to successfully bring our businesses back to a vibrant, confident and safe environment which will ensure our community a much welcomed return.”

The next meeting of the Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force takes place from 1 to 2:30pm on Wednesday. Click here for more info about the group.

13 Comments

  1. Is this the same guy who claimed he was evicted when in reality this was not the case? Can’t trust him.

  2. > Last week, District 3 Councilman Raul Peralez convened the inaugural meeting of the Greater Downtown San Jose Economic Recovery Task Force, which was formed as a resource for businesses located in and around the heart of the city.

    Businesses? Doesn’t that involve capitalism?

    Does Raul Peralez know anything about capitalism?

    And isn’t Donald Trump in favor of capitalism?

    Why is Peralez rowing in the same boat with Trump?

  3. Wait so he’s trying to create a recovery plan for downtown but fails to include the SVO which is based in downtown, and even more shocking, fails to include the SAN JOSE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION?!?!?!? is this task force a notch in his belt to run for mayor or a real attempt to help DTSJ!?

  4. Nobody would need to be saved from drowning if the petty demagogues hadn’t tossed everybody out of the boat. The 98+% number of people who survive COVID without medical help of any kind remains consistent. All the Chicken Littles who said we would be overwhelmed have been dead wrong. Everywhere health care professionals are being added to the unemployment rolls.
    Liccardo and the city council are just like the firefighter who starts a fire so he can put it out and become a hero.

  5. On the positive side, at least our local demagogues didn’t toss everyone who was sick from COVID out of hospitals and into nursing homes like that complete moron Cuomo.

  6. Raul has been the laziest council member ever. D3 flooded, had slave labor, and a rise in homelessness that a blind person could not miss. He is a total mooch and loves free lunch to go with his Cupertino silver spoon. Please help run these clowns out, he is death to San Jose.