June 2021
Steve Snider
Downtown Oakland Association

1st Vice President
Emilie Cameron 
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
2nd Vice President
Austin Metoyer
Downtown Long Beach Alliance

Chloe Shipp
San Jose Downtown Association
John Caner
Downtown Berkeley Association
At-Large Directors
Marshall Anderson
Downtown San Diego Partnership

Karin Flood
Union Square Business Improvement District

Kathy Hemmenway
Walnut Creek Downtown
Business Association

Suzanne Holley
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (LA)

Rena Leddy
LA Fashion District
Steve Mulheim
Old Pasadena Management District

Steven Welliver
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

Immediate Past President
Andrew Thomas
Westwood Village Improvement Association 
Arts District Los Angeles BID
BLVD Association
Carmichael Improvement District, Inc.
City of Morgan Hill
City of Ontario
Downtown Alameda Business Association
Downtown Berkeley Association
Downtown Center BID
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
Downtown Modesto Partnership
Downtown Oakland Association/ Lake Merritt Uptown District Association
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown San Diego Partnership
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Downtown Vacaville BID
Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Visalians, Inc.
Figueroa Corridor Partnership
Gilroy Economic Development
Greater Broadway District
Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Kono CBD
LA Downtown Industrial District BID
LA Fashion District BID
Morgan Hill Downtown Association
Old Monterey Business Association
Old Pasadena Management District 
Placerville Downtown Association
Playhouse Village Association
Progressive Urban Management Associates, Inc.
R Street Sacramento Partnership
Riverside Downtown Partnership
San Jose Downtown Association
South Park BID
Telegraph BID
The Unity Council
Tracy City Center Association
Tulare Downtown Association
Union Square BID
Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association
Westwood Village Improvement Association 

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After 16 months of pandemic-related restrictions on nearly all aspects of our daily lives, June 15, 2021, marked that long-awaited moment when California finally reopened. "This means no more physical distancing, no capacity limits, no country tiers, and relaxed masked guidance," says Covid19.CA.gov. Is anyone else feeling confused and conflicted by these new guidelines? We are still in the middle of a global pandemic, aren't we?
Well, I will tell you that I took full advantage of this historic moment and immediately went out to numerous restaurants, bars and concerts with my fully vaccinated friends here in downtown Oakland. I went out on The Town—Oaktown, that is—for 10 straight nights and hugged so many of the friends and business owners I have not seen in person since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed. It felt so good to finally be out of the house again, to support my local community's rebirth, and to fully participate in California's reopening. Our organization also hosted our first outdoor public event just four days after these restrictions were lifted, and I attended a huge indoor dance party for Oakland Black Pride this past weekend. Whew! What a journey this pandemic has been, and what an experience riding the rollercoaster to a healthy and safe recovery!
Though I am still conflicted on many levels, I am trusting our public health officials, and the numbers do not lie. The vaccines are working! We are slowly but surely on our way back to "normal" life with many important lessons learned. Our downtown and commercial corridors are coming back to life, and now, thanks to the pandemic, we have outdoor parklet seating almost everywhere, creating even more vibrant and active neighborhoods. We aren’t entirely through the woods yet, but we can at least breathe a big sigh of relief and enjoy this moment, can't we?
Steve Snider, CDA President
Executive Director
Downtown Oakland Association
Governor and Legislature Agree Budget Plan, Homelessness and Housing Among Key Priorities

This week, Governor Newsom and legislative leaders are set to vote on a record state budget plan that makes major investments to alleviate homelessness, expand affordable housing options and help individuals and businesses recover in the wake of the pandemic. California saw record tax receipts fueled in large part by a $76 billion surplus, thanks to strong investment markets and rising home values. The state benefited from an additional $27 billion in federal stimulus money to assist the state in economic recovery from the pandemic. The 2021-22 state spending plan is pegged at $262.6 billion.

Specific to funding for programs designed to address homelessness and expand affordable housing options, legislative leaders and the governor have agreed to spend $12 billion over the next two years, but left the details on how that money will be spent up to future negotiations. There is agreement on financing to empower cities and counties to combat homelessness, including $1 billion per year for two years, which allows local governments to spend that money as they see fit. However, details on who will receive that money, accountability measures and benchmarks for success will be ironed out in subsequent legislation, likely to be taken up after the legislature reconvenes from summer recess in mid-August.

Regarding affordable housing investments, the budget agreement includes $1.75 billion to construct affordable housing projects specifically aimed at those “shovel ready” projects, which can be built immediately. Additionally, the budget agreement includes $300 million to assist renters by preserving affordable rental units, and an additional $130 million to build affordable farmworker housing options. Of course, the affordable rental housing investment pairs with the Governor’s signature on legislation that would extend the residential rental eviction moratorium through September 30, 2021, for tenants who demonstrate they are unable to pay due to economic impacts of COVID-19.

This week, the legislature is expected to take additional action on the passage of the state budget through a series of votes on “budget trailer bills,” which are budget bills designed to approve subject-matter specific aspects of the budget. Collectively, these “budget trailer bills” reflect implementation of the full 2021-22 spending plan.

Jason Bryant 
Bryant Government Affairs
A Transformation in Pacoima, Los Angeles, Reveals the Potential of the City’s Overlooked Alleys
Metropolis Mag
Led by a group of local organizations and designers, the project replaces a previously hazardous alley with play areas, public art, and native plantings.

Op-ed: Slow Streets & Redefining “Busy”
Streetsblog San Francisco
In a city where over 80 percent of trips are non-car, as San Francisco aspires to be, a busy street should be quiet. It might even, for long minutes at a time, look empty, as if “no one is using it”.

This Sacramento artist is changing our urban landscape one giant mural at a time
Sacramento Bee
Local artist Maren Conrad, who has created murals in Sacramento based on the likeness of celebrities like Mr. T, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and more, describes her work and the vibrant Sacramento public art culture.

How a 'Digital City Hall' helped Santa Monica, California, work through COVID-19
Smart Cities Dive
Once "drowning under paper," CIO Joseph Cevetello said the city government's strategic planning around technology prepared it for the sharp transition to remote work, even with a 30% cut to the workforce.

Pandemic recovery creates unprecedented challenges for San Diego businesses
San Diego Union-Tribune
Once "drowning under paper," CIO Joseph Cevetello said the city government's strategic planning around technology prepared it for the sharp transition to remote work, even with a 30% cut to the workforce.
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