SRBA General Meeting – August 19, 2015 – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Tacos Al Carbon

1733 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Networking, Lunch not provided
(order ahead (408) 272-3318)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Meeting

Aug 2015 AGENDA

Guest Presentation Santa Clara Valley Water District  – Lower Silver Creek Construction update

Please join us as Jose Villarreal, Program Administrator and Karen Koppett, Senior Water Conservation Specialist will discuss and update everyone on Progress up on the Lower Silver Creek Flood Protection Project and Commercial Rebate Program. Follow the links for more info. Below is a quick summary from the SCVWD website.

(June 2015) – Construction on the Lower Silver Creek Flood Protection Project (click to view project update) takes place this summer at several locations in east San José from Story Road to Cunningham Avenue (see “orange” and “brown” lines on map below). Work includes widening the creek channel and adding floodwalls to accommodate high flows from winter storms. Construction begins in early May and runs through December 2017.

2015 Lower Silver Creek Construction Map

Conservation For Businesses


Starting April 22, 2014, the following commercial rebates were increased:

  • Commercial Clothes Washer rebate is now up to $800.  Click here to find out more.
  • Connectionless Food Steamer rebate is now up to $1,000 per compartment.  Click here to find out more. 
  • Custom or Measured Rebates – for equipment changes that result in water savings. Click here to find out more.
  • Landscape Conversion Rebate Program. Rebates have increased to $2 per square foot for converting high water using landscape to qualifying low water using landscape. For more information, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554. Click here for more information.
  • Landscape Rebate Program. Several irrigation rebates have increased, for dedicated landscape meters, flow sensors and hydrometers, and Weather Based Irrigation Controllers. Click here for more information.

These increases are temporary, through December 31, 2015, and certain restrictions apply.

Future BART Stations – Alum Rock Community Work Group Meetings

Alum Rock Business have not been too happy with the way the Bus Rapid Transit construction is occurring. Many business owners claim they have lost thousands with closing of the streets, construction, dust and other business lost.  If you want to be a part of the solution, please attend a Community Work Group Meeting.  Your input is important and we need to know what our members concerns are for transportation on Story Road.  Stay informed!

In keeping with voter-approved Measure A, VTA is committed to delivering the full 16-mile extension of the BART line to Santa Clara County, known as VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension. Work continues for Phase II of the project, which will include a 5-mile-long subway tunnel through downtown San Jose, will extend the BART system from the planned Berryessa Extension terminus for approximately six miles, ending at-grade in Santa Clara near the Caltrain Station. rock_LETTER.jpg

Alum Rock Station
The Alum Rock Station is planned to be located between US 101 and 28th Street in northeast San Jose. Station features include a ground-level plaza, below-ground concourse and boarding platform, bicycle storage facilities, passenger drop-off/pick-up areas, and integrated parking with development.Site Plan Scoping SEIS/SEIR3pdf

Upcoming Meetings VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension

Downtown/Diridon Community Working Group Meetings
San Jose Chamber of Commerce 101 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

  • August 11, 2015, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • October 13, 2015, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Alum Rock Community Working Group Meetings
Mexican Heritage Plaza 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116

  • August 12, 2015, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • October 14, 2015, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Santa Clara Community Working Group Meetings
Santa Clara Senior Center 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050

  • August 13, 2015, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • October 15, 2015, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


PBID, CBID, BID What does that mean?

A BID would allow improvements like this potential project. As part of the Capitol Expressway Light Rail Transit (LRT) project Biggs Cardosa Associates designed a pedestrian structure. The two-span structure will provide pedestrian access to the aerial LRT station at Story Road. The structure consists of a 45-meter long curved S-shaped steel box superstructure with an overall deck width of approximately 3.5 meters. Special considerations were made in the design to meet the unique aesthetic requirements of the project. Photo courtesy of Poitra.

Since the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agencies in the State of California, business associations like SRBA have had less money to operate.  The budget allowed the agency to beautify, market and overall enhance the shopping, downtown and major corridors of the city.

The Story Road Business Association has requested from the City Council Member of District 5 to assist us in determining which BID is right for SRBA. We were made aware by the office that budget was approved for a consultant and to further research what is best for Story Road Business Association.

Business Improvement Districts (or “BIDs”) are being used increasingly throughout California to finance services that improve the quality of life and economic vitality of downtowns, Main Streets, and commercial corridors. It is estimated that more than 2,000 BIDs now exist in North America and the phenomenon is spreading to Central and South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

A BID is a special benefit assessment district which allows for an assessment on property or business within a defined geographic area. Revenues from this assessment are directed back to the defined area to finance a myriad of enhanced services, including security, maintenance, marketing, economic development, tourism promotion, parking, and special events.

BIDs are formed with the consent of and active participation from property and business owners. The success of BIDs relies on forging public/private partnerships within business districts. Local government can play a key role to encourage the creation of BIDs. Continue Reading the article about BIDS in California. The ABCs of CA BIDS

Member Engagement Poster

Members…members..members.  Without you we can not drive home your needs and interests in improving the district for your benefit.  We encourage you to attend our monthly meetings as well as contact us to voice your concerns, ideas and overall comments on how to make SRBA the best business district in San Jose.  We are also seeking new members that want to be a part of the process.  Please refer to our Membership Page for more info

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