August 2018
Steven Welliver
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Andrew Thomas
Westwood Village Improvement Association
Vice President
Steve Snider
Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown District Associations
Downtown Association of Santa Cruz
Blage Zelalich
City of San Jose
At-Large Directors
Emilie Cameron 
Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Maggie Campbell
MIG, Inc.

Austin Metoyer
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Steve Mulheim
Old Pasadena Management District
Liz Studebaker
City of San Diego
Immediate Past President
Karin Flood
Union Square BID
Arlington Business Partnership
Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
Carmichael Improvement District, Inc.
Central City Association
City of Citrus Heights 
City of Folsom
City of Glendora
City of Lancaster
City of Los Angeles, Office of the City Clerk
City of Ontario
City of San Diego - Economic Development Dept.
County of Santa Cruz - Office of Economic Development
Dinuba Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Association of Santa Cruz
Downtown Berkeley Association
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Modesto Partnership
Downtown Oakland Association/ Lake Merritt Uptown District Association
Downtown Oxnard Merchants Association
Downtown Pomona Owners Association
Downtown Roseville Partnership
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown San Diego Partnership
Downtown San Mateo Association
Downtown Santa Barbara, Inc.
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown Vacaville BID
Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Visalians, Inc.
Figueroa Corridor Partnership
Gateway to LA Airport Business District
Gilroy Economic Development
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Ironsmith, Inc.
Kono CBD
LA Downtown Industrial District BID
LA Fashion District BID
MJM Management Group
North Park Main Street
North Tahoe Business Association
Old Pasadena Management District 
ParkSmart, Inc.
Paso Robles Main Street Association
Playhouse District Association
Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc.
R Street Sacramento Partnership
Riverside Downtown Partnership
San Jose Downtown Association
San Luis Obispo Downtown Association
South Park BID
Sunnyvale Downtown
Telegraph BID
Temescal Telegraph BID
The Downtown Burbank Partnership
The Placemaking Group
The River District
Tracy City Center Association
Tulare Downtown Association
Union Square BID
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Westwood Village Improvement Association 
Wilshire Center Business Improvement District

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CDA Focused on Final Legislative Priority in Final Weeks of Legislative Session

As the 2018 Legislative Session comes to a close, CDA is ramping up advocacy efforts around one critical bill that would impact our downtowns. 

SB 946 by Sen. Lara (D-Long Beach) would restrict a local jurisdiction’s ability to regulate time, place, manner, and number of permitted sidewalk vendors in responding to directly related health, safety, and welfare concerns.  It is not uncommon for jurisdictions to regulate commercial activity based on factors other than health, safety, and welfare concerns, as many jurisdictions designate areas of a community for specific uses including medical facilities, office buildings, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Under this legislation, sidewalk vendors would be regulated differently and in a manner that lends advantage to their operations over those of other entrepreneurs.

CDA understands the bill’s desire to promote economic activity for those that have had difficulty accessing the formal economy. Achieving a balance between proper appropriate regulation and enforcement of sidewalk vending is important. However, this measure as currently written strictly limits penalties for violating a local sidewalk vending ordinance to administrative fines that start at $100 for the first violation up to $500 for three or more violations in a given year, and permits revocation upon the fourth violation. Also, jurisdictions are prohibited from imposing infraction or misdemeanor penalties regardless of the number of violations. CDA believes the fines established in the legislation are not sufficient to deter unlawful activity.

CDA remains opposed to SB 946 and is coordinating advocacy efforts with our partners at the League of California Cities while the bill is being considered by the Legislature. If the bill gets to the Governor’s desk we will be requesting a veto on the bill.  

“No on Proposition 10” Update 

The CDA Board has taken an “oppose” position on Proposition 10 which would cripple new housing opportunities by allowing cities to adopt strict rent-control policies.  The No on Prop 10 campaign now has over 215 organizations, businesses, elected officials and individuals that have joined as coalition members. To view the online coalition list, or to sign up for yourself, visit . Some of the big endorsements over the last month include: 

  • The National Congress of Racial Equality
  • The San Mateo County Economic Development Association
  • The Associated Builders and Contractors – Northern & Southern California Chapters
  • The Bay Area Council
  • The South Bay Association Chambers of Commerce
  • The Chamber Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties

The No on Prop 10 campaign also announced its aggressive multi-million dollar ethnic community education and outreach effort, targeting African American, Asian and Latino community voters. You can read the press release online here .  

At the end of July, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an editorial on Prop 10 discussing how the measure would translate to millions in tax losses for the state. Although this wasn’t the newspaper’s official editorial on the measure, it provides good insight into their arguments against Prop 10. The press team is in communications with editorial boards throughout the state and coordinating those meetings. 

Jason Bryant 
Bryant Government Affairs
August 2018 Legislative Update 
CDA members have been asking us what BID-Con is, having received a promotional email about a conference advertised by the “National Business Improvement Association.” 
I want our members to be aware CDA had not previously heard of this entity, has no role in their event, does not endorse it and is unfamiliar with its origins. Through initial investigation, we believe this is a newly formed enterprise in Sacramento, California. We have no knowledge of the true viability of this event, and as of today, we are unable to identify any planned content being delivered at this event.  
CDA values the trust and privacy of its members and does not sell or lease their contact information. Our primary purpose is to exchange information pertinent to business districts and to formulate solutions to mutually shared problems. We represent thousands of diversified businesses throughout California within its network of downtown associations, cities, chambers of commerce, business districts, supportive vendors and consultants.

The votes from the last poll are in: What type of residential units are most prominent in your urban place?
For more information about this topic, visit IDA's Top Issues Council report, Living Downtown: The New Residential Paradigm which explores the importance of residential activity in downtowns and urban districts. The report helps define some of the significant issues around downtown residential as it
relates to the place management profession. 
Breakout sessions have been posted for the IDA Annual Conference & Tradeshow taking place October 24-26, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. Sessions including CDA Members are:  

The Art of Leadership featuring Kraig Kojian, President & CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance , Long Beach, CA

BIDs, BIAs 2.0: Collective Learning and Collective Action featuring Elizabeth Studebaker, Neighborhood Investment Manager, Economic Development Department, City of San Diego , CA and Kraig Kojian, President & CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance , Long Beach, CA.

Learn more about sessions and other conference highlights by clicking here
New Name for Old Sacramento: City Reveals New Brand
Old Sacramento has a new look and new name.

Scooters, Speed Limits, and Parking
The California legislative clock is ticking, and all bills must pass both houses or die by August 31, the end of the current...

Pop-up Art Inspires
San Diego Downtown News 
“Innovation lies at the edge of your field. So if you push yourself to get involved in additional projects outside your normal...

Design is the Key to the Self-Driving Challenge
Companies are paying millions of dollars to hire self-driving vehicle engineers.

Oakland A’s Hire Design-Forward Architect to Oversee New Ballpark
The San Francisco Chronicle 
The Oakland A’s have hired the cutting-edge Danish architectural firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to lead the...

Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District hosts annual Salsa, Rib & Chili Cookoff
The Reporter 
The DVBID is fired up to host its 11th Annual Downtown Vacaville.

California Transportation Commission Approves Funding Allocations for Transit, Highways
The mood at California Transportation Commission (CTC) meetings is in stark contrast to what it was two years ago...

Scooter Startup Bird Plans to Fund Protected Bike Lanes
A new transit infrastructure fund and global safety council aim to help scooter riders, cyclists, and pedestrians.

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