San Jose Mayor Unveils New Proposal To Jumpstart Business

The Mayor of San Jose announced a new proposal Friday to help local businesses with the process of reopening, with more than 80% of businesses in downtown San Jose currently closed.

“It isn’t surprising that we’ve got a lot of pain right now in the small business community,” said Scott Knies with the San Jose Downtown Association.

The proposal being put forth would allow for more al fresco operations.

“We know that we’re going to have spacing requirements and we’re going to have less tables inside,” said Knies, “if we have less tables inside, and we want these businesses to go outside, we’re going to need to go outside.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo echoed the sentiment.

“All of this is in anticipation of protocols that may change, and we expect will change,” said Liccardo, “we simply want to be ready to roll when that light turns green.”

The ordinance will allow for businesses to apply to use streets, public parking lots, and public recreation spaces.