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San Jose, California: Showcase
Reduce Police Budgets and Enhance
Tuesday, May 22 --- Recorded Archive
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Consistently ranked as one of the
safest large cities in the nation, San Jose, California’s
downtown core is a vibrant destination for dining, retail,
nightlife, and entertainment. Primarily catering to the 21- to
25-year old demographic, venues attract crowds that surpass
12,000 people. Learn how the city implemented a variety of
initiatives to improve public safety, alleviate police budgets
and enhance nighttime vibrancy.
Reduced Policing Costs: San
Jose reoriented its policing model to alleviate a safety
budget of $1 million.
New Policing Model: The
city introduced roving foot and bike patrols to
significantly reduce crime, assaults, and gang presence, as
well as increase civility amongst patrons.
Key to the city’s success is collaboration between the
Downtown Association, City Council, businesses, and police.
Learn how the city sustains this partnership.
Live Music on the Streets:
“Left Coast Live”, an annual, all-ages music festival
showcasing national and local acts in the streets of
downtown San Jose, has reinvigorated the live music scene
Silent Disco: Learn how events
such as Left Coast Live incorporate noise reduction
strategies via music played through wireless headsets.
Urban Market Offers Unique Retail:
In the spirit of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the San Pedro
Square Market features farm fresh vegetables and art
showcases amidst daily entertainment, and outdoor dining.
Sidewalk Cafés & Alcohol Service:
Sidewalk cafes can operate during
an entertainment business’s hours of operation or up until
2:00 a.m. Find out how alcohol service is addressed and how
quality of life is maintained.
City of San Jose
San Jose Downtown Association