Friday, September 21, 2018

San Jose Puzzle

Here's a quick brain teaser before the weekend. Where should San Jose go on the list below? Submit your answer over here.

Hat tip to Serhiy Grabarchuck for submitting this.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

New hotel planned for SoFA

San Jose's artsy SoFA District is about to get a much needed new hotel. Downtown San Jose is starving for more rooms with occupancy and room rates hitting astronomical figures--we're talking up to $550 a night (with taxes & fees) for a normal room at the Fairmont in the middle of the week.

Krishna Hotels is planning to build a 106-room, seven-story hotel at the corner of South Second and East Reed. Two stories of parking with 39 spaces would be built underground. While not a huge hotel, every extra room matters at this point. The location is also in an undeserved area close enough for San Jose business travelers but also far enough from the Downtown core that it can add more foot-traffic and vibrancy to SoFA.

The Hotel would be built on what is now and empty parcel. No timeline has been given so far.

Source: SVBJ

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

sjDANCEco Opens Season 16 with “Flying” October 12 and 13 in San Jose

Who: sjDANCEco presents
What: Flying
When: Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 at 8:00pm
Where: California Theatre, 345 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Why: The 16th Anniversary of sjDANCEco is entitled Flying and will feature a collaboration with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Barbara Day Turner.

Tickets: $45 to $70. Visit online at or call 408.520.9854

More: The 2018-19 Fall Season entitled Flying returns the company to the beautiful California Theatre with two public performances, and again this year a free Youth Performance for under-served Title 1 schools. In its 9th year of collaboration with Barbara Day Turner and the San José Chamber Orchestra, the program will feature the Company Premieres of “Corvidae” by Limón Dance Company Artistic Director Colin Connor and “Flying Colors” by sjDANCEco’s Choreographic Advisor/Mentor Fred Mathews. The Program will also include World Premieres by company choreographers Maria Basile and Gabriel Mata as well as excerpts from José Limón “Mazurkas” which premiered in 2014. Saturday night's VIP tickets include entry into our aftershow Gala, with a chance to meet the dancers and choreographers of sjDANCEco. 

Artistic Director, Maria Basile, confronts ‘Parallel Universes’ with her World Premiere for sjDANCEco’s 16th Anniversary Fall Season. An abstract story about two people who have one foot in each reality creating a dynamic field between them. With two working titles…htaPReset or htaPParallel, the work is danced to contemporary composer, David Crowell’s Open Road – played live by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

Gabriel Mata, a company member since 2012, is a dedicated risk-taking choreographer who has been winning accolades across the country. Chosen at last year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival by the Twin Cities Arts Reader as “Best of the Fringe” and this year the “Audience Pick”, his current solo work Dreaming will be a Company Premiere. Reviewer Tim Wick wrote about this year’s sold out Fringe performances: "What I love about Gabriel Mata is his understanding of the ways dance doesn’t always succeed. At it’s worst, dance can be aloof and impersonal. The audience seems almost like an interloper – there to watch but not to interact. Mata breaks down the walls between audience and dancer. He joins them together in an experience that neither could have without the other. This is what binds together all good theater – an interaction between the audience and the performer. When that bridge is not built, the audience is left wondering why they are even there. Mata has a deep respect for what the audience brings to the equation. He wants us to appreciate his work for the story it tells and he takes the time to help us understand the story though movement but also, sometimes, through words. His stories may come from him but he wants to give them to his audience. More than most, he knows how to make that connection."

Gabriel will also present the World Premiere of In This Time which addresses the heteronormativity that is imposed on lgbtq dancers, their personal dreams, and aspirations. Set to Franz Liszt’s - Benedictus und Offertorium aus der ungarischer Krönungsmesse the work explores the idea of what a "perfect dance" would be for the performers, how they would like to perform the work, what roles they would like to take on and the kind of movement quality they would like to dance. Taking the choreography into their own hands, they begin to reset it while discussing their personal views on normalized gender roles.

Choreographic Advisor/Mentor Fred Mathews’ Flying Colors was originally commissioned by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and had it Premiere in 1978. It was a signature work of the Mathews – Masters Dance Company/New York, was the highlight of the company’s tour in France in the 1980’s and has been staged for professional and university Dance companies. 
Set to JS Bach’s Violin Concerto #2, the work has been staged for nine sjDANCEco dancers with Artistic Director Maria Basile in the Solo role.

Hsiang Hsiu Lin’s new work is inspired by the poem -The Road Not Taken -by Frost Robert. A World Premiere
The Road Not Taken
Dancers: Hsiang-Hsiu Lin, Maria Basile
Choreographer: Hsiang-Hsiu Lin
Hsiang-Hsiu Lin, one of the founding sjDANCEco dancers that is still with sjDANCEco today! He is the Director of Lin HH Dance Company of Taipei.


Fall 2018 Program Repertory
The 16th Anniversary Season entitled Flying will again be in collaboration with the San José Chamber Orchestra under the Direction of Barbara Day Turner.
Guest Choreographer Colin Connor (Artistic Director, Limon Dance Company/NYC)
            Corvidae Company Premiere 6 - 9 dancers – 8 min)
             Music: Phillip Glass (Violin Concerto #1, 1st movement)
Fred Mathews (sjDco Choreographic Advisor)
            Flying Colors (1977)
                         Company Premiere (7 - 8 dancers – 15 min)
                        Music: JS Bach (Violin Concert #2)
Maria Basile (Artistic Director)
            TBA -  World Premiere (duet)
                        Music: David Crowell (Open Road) 
Hsiang Hsiu Lin (Company DanceArtist/Choreographer)
            The Road Not Taken –World Premiere (duet) 
Gabriel Mata (Company Dance Artist) 
            In This Time
                        World Premiere (4 dancers - 16 min)
                        Music: Franz Liszt - (Benedictus und Offertorium aus der ungarischer Krönungsmesse)
Gabriel Mata (Company Dance Artist)  
            Boundless Trajectory (2017)                                                            
           Company Premiere (Solo – 12 min)
                        Music & Text: Gabriel Mata (recorded)
José Limón 
            Suite from Mazurkas (1958)
                        Revival (4 sections - 4 dancers – 10 min)
                        Music: Frederic Chopin

sjDANCEco is a year-round contemporary dance company based in San Jose, California that produces world premieres by its core and guest choreographers, and presents the very best of Contemporary and Classic Modern Dance and Masterpieces of the American Modern Dance Repertory. In addition to a full season of dance concerts, sjDANCEco also is a major participant each Spring in free outdoor dance presentations during National Dance Week, international dance festivals, and has a full schedule of contemporary dance classes for the advanced and professional dancer. sjDANCEco ignites the spirit of dance.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Self-driving grocery deliveries coming to San Jose courtesy of a San Jose startup company

The timeline for self-driving cars has been significantly underestimated. Waymo is already running a limited number of rides to beta customers in Arizona with no safety driver. Tesla is 6 months away from enabling basic self-driving features on over 200,000 consumer cars. And AutoX Inc. just started doing self-driving grocery deliveries late last month.

AutoX is headquartered in North San Jose (off of Trimble) and has two satellite offices in China. They raised $43 million in fundy last year from Danhua Capital, MediaTek Ventures, and SAIC Capital.

Several residents in a geo-fenced area near the headquarters are already eligible for service. Customers can either pick what they want to be delivered from the app or make last minute purchasing decisions when picking up the groceries from the car. You read that correctly... the car itself is a store.

They just have a handful of vehicles today, but are looking to grow to 20 cars very soon and expand the service to Mountain View and Palo Alto. For more info, head over to or watch the video below.

It's great to see a San Jose company both pushing technological boundaries and providing new services to their immediate community!

Source: SVBJ

Thursday, September 13, 2018

San Jose is the 3rd most educated city in the US

It should come as no surprise that a region overflowing with tech talent is also one of the most educated in the country. The San Jose metro ranked third when it comes to education. The study looked at the 150 largest metros and evaluated the number of adults with college degrees as well as the quality of schools in the region. Ann Arbor came in 1st place, followed by the DC area. SF/Oakland came in 5th and New York was 29th.

Source: WalletHub, thanks to Barclay Livker for sending this in!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tea Collection announces first brick-and-mortar location at Santana Row

Santana Row has scored another exclusive retailer. Tea Collection already has a strong online presence as well as partnerships through boutiques and Nordstrom department stores, yet they decided to open their very first physical store on the row. See the press release below for all of the details.

Globally-Inspired Kids Fashion Brand Announces First Brick and Mortar Location at Santana Row

Tea Collection, the high-quality children’s clothing brand inspired by the beauty of global cultures, is pleased to announce its first brick-and-mortar location at Santana Row in San Jose, California. The Tea-Collection-dedicated retail location opened its doors to little citizens of the world and families alike on August 22.

The Tea Collection store will be a first-of-its-kind shopping experience for the brand, and is designed to further connection between Tea Collection's loyal customer base and its boutique partners. Driven by curiosity, the Tea Collection store will serve as a living classroom to play with new ideas and products, and a chance for the brand to engage one on one with families.

“We see our Santana Row location as a way to spread the love in San Jose. We have many customers there, but not a strong boutique presence. Having our own space provides us an opportunity to meet existing ecommerce customers who don’t have a nearby Tea retailer,” says Emily Meyer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Tea Collection. “We have been so impressed with Santana Row and how they have created a destination and community that draws people in to spend time.”

Santana Row is Silicon Valley's premier destination for shopping, dining and living. The Tea Collection store will serve as the area's exclusive brick-and-mortar provider of Tea Collection goods.

“Opening a Tea Collection shop is a natural evolution for our brand and will make us a better partner with the hundreds of retailers who carry Tea already,” said Leigh Rawdon, Co-Founder and CEO of Tea Collection. “We hope that the announcement will demonstrate to our retail partners that we are committed to being a great brand at retail, and that what we learn in Santana Row will be translated into their stores.”

Tea Collection will be open seven days a week during regular mall operating hours. All are invited to visit Tea Collection at Santana Row, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, California 95128.

For more information, please visit


About Tea Collection
Based in San Francisco, California, Tea Collection makes children's apparel and accessories for ages 0-16 inspired by global travel and the world’s natural beauty. Believing that all cultures deserve to be celebrated, twice a year Tea Collection designers explore a new region of the world and transform their discoveries into a collection of high-quality, modern clothing for children, making the foreign more familiar. Tea Collection clothing is available online, in over 250 boutiques across the U.S. and exclusive Nordstrom locations. For additional information, please or follow our adventures on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

About Santana Row
Offering 1.7 million square feet of retail, office, hotel and residential, Santana Row is located in San Jose, California; the hub for high-tech innovation and development. Featuring 615 luxury rental homes, 219 privately owned condos, 376,000 square feet of office space, over 50 shops, 30 restaurants, a boutique hotel and a movie theatre. Santana Row is a property of (NYSE:FRT), headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, please visit

Monday, September 10, 2018

SJC adding even more gates and flights than expected, including a new international route

Just as San Jose International received approval to build an extra four temporary gates at the end of terminal B, a new proposal comes up to extend that to six. Nine new flights have recently been added and several more are coming before the end of the year. The goal is to keep each airline's gates together as much as possible, which is especially helpful when you have connecting flights.

The revised proposal would still be completed June 2019, but would add two additional parking spots for planes, one of which would have a jet bridge while the other would require using stairs or an elevator (just like the old terminal C days). The passenger waiting room for the new gates would also grow from 8,300 SQFT to 12,500 SQFT. The new plan would still cost around $50 million (and 500 parking spots). Eventually there will be a 10 gate permanent expansion in the same area.

Can SJC justify an extra 6 gates? The answer is absolutely. Not only is it the fastest growing international airport in the country right now based on passenger growth, but new flights are being added left and right. For example...

A new airline called California Pacific is launching a new twice-daily San Jose to Carlsbad route (airport north of San Diego). This will use a 50-seat Embraer ERJ145. This is the first time San Jose would have a direct route to this airport from the commercial terminal.

Volaris is adding their fourth nonstop international destination--to the beautiful city of Leon. The flight starts on November 17th and will use a 174-seat Airbus A320 (all economy). For those counting this is our 12th international route:

  • Asia
    • Tokyo
    • Beijing
    • Shanghai
  • Europe
    • London
    • Frankfurt
  • North America
    • Vancouver
    • Guadalajara (served by three different airlines)
    • Cabo San Lucas
    • Mexico City
    • Morelia
    • Zacatecas
    • Leon

Delta is also adding Detroit (a Delta hub) as a nonstop destination from SJC starting on November 15th. The flight will use a Boeing 737 with 160 seats (16 in first class).

At this rate, we will need a lot more than six new gates in the near future.

Sources: SVBJ, SVBJ (2), SVBJ (3)SVBJ (4),

Thursday, September 6, 2018

p1440 Announces San Jose Music Lineup

- Foster the People, Grouplove, Daya, Marian Hill and Magic Giant to perform at three-time Olympic gold medalist, Kerri Walsh Jennings’ inaugural p1440 event in San Jose, Sept. 28 – 30, 2018 -

SAN DIEGO (August 16, 2018) – Professional beach volleyball player and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Kerri Walsh Jennings’ event series, p1440, announces its p1440 San Jose weekend music lineup for Sept. 28 – 30, featuring Foster the PeopleGrouploveDayaMarian Hill and Magic Giant. The five music acts will perform at the inaugural p1440 San Jose event at the Avaya Stadium grounds. In addition to the live music performances, the three-day event will also feature a professional beach volleyball tournament with the best athletes from around the world, a health & wellness village and development experiences.

“We are so excited to announce such an extremely talented and fun music lineup for our p1440 San Jose event,” said Walsh Jennings, co-founder of p1440. “The p1440 event series was founded upon four pillars—competition, development, health & wellness and entertainment, and each of these pillars will come to life in a powerful way at each event stop. These music acts are an amazing reflection of our entertainment pillar and will help ensure that our fans and guests have an amazing ending to their days spent with us! It’ll be a weekend full of experiences they will never forget and we hope everyone leaves inspired and equipped to live the p1440 lifestyle beyond the weekend and into their daily lives.” 

The music lineup for p1440 San Jose features:

Foster The People—Founded in 2009, the popular alternative rock band is most well known for its #1 hit single “Pumped Up Kicks,” from its debut album, “Torches,” which was declared “the year’s anthem” in 2011 by SPIN. Foster the People garnered three Grammy nominations for its monumental debut, including Best Alternative Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Pumped Up Kicks” and Best Short Form Music Video for “Houdini.” The band’s current single, “Sit Next To Me,” recently debuted on the Top 40 airplay chart.

Grouplove—The Los Angeles-based band was founded in 2009 and has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. Grouplove’s album, “NEVER TRUST A HAPPY SONG” arrived in 2011, making a stellar chart debut among the Top 5 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” album chart for new and developing acts. “Tongue Tied,” the second single from “NEVER TRUST A HAPPY SONG,” proved an even greater success, earning RIAA platinum certification for sales in excess of one million while spending three consecutive weeks at #1 on the Alternative airplay chart.

Daya—Since making her debut with 2016’s double-platinum “Hide Away,” the 19-year-old singer/songwriter won her first ever Grammy for her smash collaboration with The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down,” released a gold-certified album, and headlined a national tour. In 2017, Daya emerged as the youngest honoree on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 music list. Daya is set to deliver a sophomore album that finally shows the full depth of her talent and scope of her artistry.

Marian Hill—This multi-talented duo, Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, have been collaborating since they were in high school. In 2013, after recording their first EP, “Play,” in a bedroom, Marian Hill amassed millions of plays on various platforms, sold out shows across the country and were featured in high profile commercials. They signed to Republic Records in early 2015 and settled in to write and record their debut album over the course of the following year with a plan to push their unique sound to its fullest potential.

Magic Giant—This Los Angeles-based band released their debut album, “In The Wind,” in 2017 and have since been named one of the “Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone. The trio’s initial single “Set on Fire” broke the Top 25 on Billboard’s U.S. Alternative chart and their second single, “Window” debuted on the Hot AC Top 50. At their live shows, Magic Giant’s upbeat, energetic sound inspires the crowd to get up and dance along to the music.

Daily line-up schedule is below:
Friday, Sept. 28| Grouplove and Daya
Saturday, Sept. 29| Foster the People and Marian Hill
Sunday, Sept. 30| Magic Giant

p1440 San Jose tickets are now on-sale at

Weekend passes start at $80 for adults and $40 for youth under 12 years old. Single day tickets start at $40 for adults and $20 for youth under 12 years old. Kids three years and under are complimentary. Ticket prices will increase as the event approaches. 

To purchase tickets and stay up-to-date with p1440 San Jose, visit here.
Following the p1440 San Jose event, the inaugural p1440 season will travel to Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach in 2018 with four additional events in 2019 to round out its inaugural year.

To become a part of the #1440Movement, visit,, or follow p1440 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @platform1440.


About p1440

p1440 was created from the vision of three-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time Olympic bronze medalist, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and husband Casey Jennings’ way of life: to live every minute of the day with purpose—all 1,440 of them. p1440 is an event series encompassing a professional beach volleyball tournament, personal development experiences, live music performances and a health & wellness village, mirrored by a powerful digital community that will provide inspiration and resources to live life fully. It is a movement that goes beyond the lines in the sand, encouraging all to live the p1440 lifestyle regardless of age, gender, profession or geographic location. p1440 was founded upon four pillars: Competition, Development, Health & Wellness and Entertainment. Through the event series and the digital community, p1440 will elevate the sport of beach volleyball, provide a credible platform for aspiring and professional athletes, grow the volleyball audience and become the leading resource for individuals to live a life full of intention. To become a part of the #1440Movement, visit or follow p1440 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @platform1440.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 2018 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The SEPTEMBER 2018 Downtown Dimension is now available at:
  • A resurgence of officers in the Downtown Property Owners' Association Secondary Enforcement Units (SEU) program makes a positive impact on the downtown community.
  • City intends to keep South Hall property for future Convention Center expansion.
  • Jay Paul Co. invests in San Jose.
  • Two new stores opening in MOMENT at San Pedro Squared.
  • Street resurfacing program leads to new downtown bikeways.
  • Artist Brian Brush hired to add illuminated art to the Market - San Pedro Square Garage.
  • SJDA hosts a public meeting at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 14 at the studio at Poor House Bistro, 87 S. Autumn St.  Agenda includes update of the planning for Diridon Area and for the College Football national championship game in January.  
Also available:
  • Live and Local SJ supports live music in the center city.
  • Traffic alerts keep up with lane and road closures and openings.
  • Maps of downtown commercial property availability and development proposals.
  • Boom City: SJDA continues to update the roundup of new downtown building proposals and west side acquisitions.
Downtown Dimension is a leading source for information about downtown San Jose news, events and businesses.  Subscribe with a simple email to, subject line: Subscribe.  

For information about downtown events, also subscribe to Downtowner Online.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

WeWork opens second Downtown San Jose location

The coworking industry is still picking up steam. One of the market leaders, WeWork, already has several spaces in Silicon Valley including a 75,000 SQFT Downtown San Jose location at 75 E. Santa Clara Street. That location already has 1,382 desks, but apparently that is not enough.

By the end of the year WeWork is opening a new 72,167 SQFT location at 333 W. San Carlos Street, also known as Riverpark Towers. The second location will have 1,344 desks across four floors of the building.

Coworking primarily (but not exclusively) benefits small business and entrepreneurs. As these companies grow there will be increased demand for more office space in San Jose, hopefully helping offset our jobs and housing imbalance. A second WeWork location is a very positive sign for our central business district.

Source: SVBJ

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Dunkin' Donuts comes to San Jose

The famous east-coast doughnut chain has finally made its way to San Jose. A former Arby's at 5519 Snell Ave has become the first Dunkin' Donuts in Silicon Valley. I'm sure transplants will appreciate the location, and they might nab a few new converts as well (sorry, my personal favorite is still Psycho Donuts).

This is the first of several new locations. Next up will be a second San Jose shop on Winchester Boulevard towards the end of the year or early 2019. Franchise owners are also scouting Milpitas, Sunnyvale, and other Silicon Valley cities for further expansion.

The San Jose Dunkin' Donuts is now open everyday from 5am to 10pm.

Source: SVBJ

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

3rd annual Sonido Clash Music Fest

Why should downtown have all the fun with music festivals? If you are interested in Latinx alternative music, then head on over to the 3rd annual Sonido Clash Music Fest in East Side San Jose. There will be four stages, art, food, discussions, and workshops for a full day of fun. The event is all ages.

Event details below:

There is quite a lineup consisting of artists from San Jose, LA, and more. See their promotional video below to get a sense of what to expect:

Prices go up at the door, so it's recommended that you buy tickets ahead of time here. This is a good chance to support local music and culture.

Monday, August 20, 2018

New Adobe "Super Tower" design unveiled

Adobe has just released a drawing of it's massive 18-story tower dubbed "North Tower." It will eventually house 3,000 additional employees, which is roughly equivalent to the three towers it has today... combined. In other words, it's going to be insanely large.

The super-tower will clock in at 700,000 SQFT, with a retail component and several floors of parking both below and above ground. It will be the largest hi-rise of any kind Downtown. A bridge lined with trees and seating areas will connect the existing towers to North Tower. It also appears that a recreation area with trees will be placed on the roof of the building overlooking the Santa Cruz mountains.

It is fantastic to see Adobe--one of the first tech companies to seriously invest in Downtown--step up and increase their commitment to the city. The design looks eye-catching and contemporary. Yes, I wish this was a normal-width 56-story tall structure instead of effectively being three buildings put together side-by-side, but I have to hand it to Adobe for being creative and working with existing constraints (darn flight path). The expansion will be impossible to miss from the freeway and will forever change the skyline. I hope they will try to include the community as much as possible in the campus. I would love to be able to grab lunch and enjoy it on that bridge.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Downtown Progress Report

The SJ Economy blog has a great synopsis of Downtown's current state. This info and slides are mostly pulled from Downtown Manager Blage Zelalich's presentation to a City Council committee.

There are a lot of interesting statistics in the post. Millennials make up 47% of Downtown San Jose versus the city average of 30% and population. Population growth Downtown is 4.2% versus 1.2% for San Jose as a whole. Education levels are also slightly higher Downtown (66% have bachelor's degrees versus 39%) but household income is under $80k (less than the San Jose median). To net it out, Downtown is growing quickly with a young, well educated, yet not affluent population.

There are a total of 180 tech companies Downtown (up from 100 a few years ago) and 10,000 residents in the core. 505 residential units opened last year with 2,173 currently under construction.

The post also touches on events, culture, and public art. It's a worthwhile read and helps substantiate that Downtown is booming right now. Click here to see the post!

Source: SJ Economy

Monday, August 13, 2018

Content 10.4: Profiles

Content Magazine is launching their latest issues on Tuesday, August 21 at 7-9:30pm. The venue is the Winchester Mystery House and a mini-mansion tour is included for the first 150 guests. Subscribers also get a free drink. For more info, read the event description below or head over here to RSVP.

Join us in the gardens of the Winchester Mystery House for the release of Issue 10.4 Profiles. The issue that features 40-50 influential makers and culture creatives.

Take a walk through this San Jose landmark, hear musical performances by 10.4 featured musicians, and view artwork by our featured artists. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Free entry for all Content Subscribers and 10.4 features and contributors: includes 1 guest, mini-mansion tour, and 1 complimentary drink ticket. $10 general admission at the door for all non-subscribers: includes garden access, participation in exterior activities, and a copy of issue 10.4.

This issue features: Abel Gonzalez, Tamiko Rast, Fanny Retsek, Francisco Ramirez, Vicki Thompson, Sarah Cade, Sam Rodriguez, Jason Adams, Mark Chua, Darius B'Alexander, Kombi Co, Renee Batres, Sarah Chea - Lotus Clothing, 2nd Hand Hustle, Kung Fu Vampire, Chris Landon, Susan Sayre Batton, The Get Down, Ranchezca Vicente “Chez,” Slap Face Coffee & Tea, Red Berry Coffee Bar, Quarry Winery, Rhys Vineyard, Chef Ngoc Bao Ky Vo of Elyse Restaurant, Damian Kelly, Michael Ogilvie, Nicholas Jimenez, and more.

Event sponsors: Winchester Mystery HouseSan Jose JazzSer WineryGenARTS Silicon Valley

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Study Finds San Jose Police Unlikely to Respond to Home Alarms

When people buy home security systems, there’s a belief that it will help ensure a swift police response in the event of a break-in or other incident.
But that is a myth.
In a press release announced by Pleasanton-based Deep Sentinel, the study looks at police responses to home security alarms and finds that a large number of these calls go unanswered. In fact, due to the high number of false alarms, dozens of cities have adopted non-response policies.
Notably, San Jose, San Francisco, Fremont and Las Vegas are among the 26 cities with a combined population of a combined population of 7,218,593 categorically that will NOT respond to alarm calls.

Deep Sentinel Dispels Myth That Police Respond to All Home Alarm Calls

New study from Deep Sentinel Labs finds overabundance of false alarms has contributed to dozens of cities adopting non-response policies

PLEASANTON, Calif. – August 8, 2018 – Deep Sentinel, a pioneer in AI-powered home protection, today released findings that dispute a widespread notion that police respond to all home alarms. The study conducted by Deep Sentinel Labs, the research arm of Deep Sentinel, looked at all the 765 U.S. cities with a population of around 50,000 or more (according to the US Census Bureau) and examined policies surrounding home security systems and subsequent police response, as well as the impact of false alarms. Among the key findings:

      For more than 40 percent of residents living in U.S. cities with a population of around 50,000 or more, police will not respond or will not guarantee that they will respond to residential alarm calls.

      In America’s most populous cities with one million or more residents, nearly 80 percent have no guaranteed police coverage for their alarms. Police in these cities, ranging from New York City to San Jose, say they will not respond or cannot guarantee they will respond to these calls.

      26 cities with a combined population of a combined population of 7,218,593 categorically will NOT respond to alarm calls. This represents 6 percent of the total 126 million people covered by the study.

10 Top No Alarm Response Cities

NO Response City
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Detroit, MI
Las Vegas, NV
Milwaukee, WI
Fremont, CA
Modesto, CA
Fontana, CA
Salt Lake City, UT

      Police response to home alarm calls varies across states. In the image below, states with lighter colors are more likely to respond to an event than those in deep red, where cities surveyed within that state will not respond or do not guarantee a response. To find out if police respond to alarm calls in your city, search the Deep Sentinel False Alarm database.

These findings dispel the myth that police rush to the scene when alarms sound from alarm companies such as ADT, Vivint, Protect America, SimpliSafe and others. This is in sharp contrast to focus groups and various consumer panelist surveys from Deep Sentinel that indicate that almost all consumers who have installed an alarm system believe that police will respond.


A key reason for the lack of police response to home security calls is due to false alarms. According to data from the Center from Problem Oriented Policing, police respond to more than 36 million alarm activations every year in the U.S., which costs an estimated $1.8 billion. Most of these calls are false. Additional law enforcement agency research from Deep Sentinel Labs underscores this study, revealing that law enforcement agencies across the country say that 95 percent of alarm calls are false. As a result, they have stopped responding to alarms from alarm companies, finding them very costly and a drain on agency resources that could otherwise be used to address real offenses.

“After conducting preliminary surveys with law enforcement officers, agencies and consumers, we learned that police view alarm companies like most people view car alarms: they overwhelmingly believe that a majority of alarm calls they get will be bogus, with only one percent being the real deal,” said David Selinger, CEO and Founder of Deep Sentinel. “We chose to dig a little deeper to get a broader view of the problem across America. Our data offers a better understanding of how false alarms affect homeowners who have installed alarm systems. They are living with a false sense of security in thinking that installing an alarm means that police will respond.”


For the purposes of this study, Deep Sentinel Labs analyzed all U.S. cities with a population over 50,000 according to the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau. The populations of these cities range from 50,000 to 8.6 million, a study covering a total population of 126,000,000. The analysis performed analyzed all city and local laws and policies governing how law enforcement responds to residential home alarm calls: local civic codes, city’s ordinances. Further, these legal restrictions were validated by contacting local police departments by phone. The result of this primary research was then tabulated and analyzed.

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Deep Sentinel is a pioneer in AI-based home protection. The company’s intelligent crime prevention transforms home security from false alarms and ineffective after-the-fact crime alerts to real-time crime prediction and prevention. With Deep Sentinel, Americans can gain a reliable, cost-effective way to protect their homes and stop a burglary, mail theft or driveway break-in before it happens – and feel dramatically safer at home, at work and on vacation.