Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 2014 Downtown Dimension Highlights

Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension:
  • VTA's focus for the year include providing better service to the Convention Center, SAP Center, and Levi's Stadium, as well as securing funding for Phase II of the Silicon Valley BART expansion and rolling out Bus Rapid Transit.
  • 1,200 smart parking meters have been installed throughout Downtown. They now accept credit and debit cards, but the rate has gone up from $1/hour to $2/hour. The extra revenue (after paying for the meters themselves) will be used for Downtown projects.
  • Dozens of homeless are now working side-by-side with Groundwerx staff to learn skills in cleaning and maintenance to help clean Downtown in exchange for food/basic needs vouchers.
  • The Mercury News is officially coming back Downtown, with offices at 4 N. Second.
  • Spanner design consultants are bringing their studyio to 5,500 SQFT on the second floor above Billy Berks's and Mezcal (15 W. San Fernando).
  • Music in the Park is coming back for two shows this year: The English Beat on July 17th at St. James Park and Pete Escovedo on August 21 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.
  • Based on new regulations approved by the City Council, medical marijuana facilities will be prohibited from remaining Downtown.
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