By Robert Haugh
Jayapriya Cherukuru was appointed to the Planning Commission to fill a vacancy. She was one of the top candidates in April when Nancy Biagini got appointed to the commission.
The Council decided to create an eligibility list that night in case any new openings came up in the next year. That saved a lot of time on Tuesday. Cherukuru was on the list with Megan Swartzwelder and Vandana Upadhyay.
This is the massive development between San Jose’s Avaya Stadium and the Costco at Brokaw and Coleman. The Council first reviewed the project last December.
But they wanted more community outreach and some re-designing of the project. The new proposal includes:
1,600 residential units in two residential high-rise towers, not one.
The 225-room hotel was revised to lower the height to eight stories instead of 13 stories. The proposed Development Agreement now includes a requirement that the hotel be built in the first phase of the project.
The project increases commercial floor area from 15,000 to 25,000 square feet.
Raj Chahal abstained from voting on the project because he said that he previously voted on it as a Planning Commissioner. That’s an interesting reason, especially since the project is in his district.
Because of Chahal, the Council only had six votes and seemed deadlocked about how much retail should be in the project. The issue will be brought back on July 9.
Convention Center and Destination Marketing Organization
In March, Spectra took over the Convention Center from the mismanagement and malfeacance of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. They have transitioned all eligible employees from the Chamber to Spectra. They still have vacant positions in their sales and marketing department.
In a related decision, the Council approved a “Destination Marketing Organization” that will take over the responsibilities that the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau had to promote tourism. Let’s hope they don’t do something dumb like advertise in the Santa Clara Weekly.
Teresa O’Neill was out of town on city business and called into the meeting. But she lost her phone connection late Tuesday night. So there was no action on her “Innovation Zone” proposal.
Vice Mayor Patty Mahan left the meeting early.