Property-Based Improvement District (PBID)

Established in August 2007 and managed by the San Jose Downtown Association, the Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) (map) provides a way to help pay for downtown cleaning and beautification projects. These include lighting up the Circle of Palms and the popular Groundwerx cleaning and ambassadors programs.


The PBID 11-member board represents the approximately 700 property owners in the downtown area and almost 1,800 property sites. They meet every other month.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chuck Hammers, Pizza My Heart (business representative)

Vice President
Doug Bartl, Oracle

Jim Ortbal, City of San Jose

Michael Messinger, Meacham Oppenheimer

Board Members

Chris Freise, Lift Partners
Eric Kline, Adobe
Jeff Lambert, Essex Property Trust
Michael Musarra, Fairmont San Jose
Bill Ryan, Barry Swenson Builder
Wolfram Schneider, Resident Representative
Blage Zelalich, City of San Jose

PBID Financials

In 2007 downtown property owners agreed to pay up to 7.5 cents per square foot to make downtown San Jose sparkle and created the Property-Based Improvement District.

Budget: Almost $2.8 million for 2015, including $1.8 million from property owner assessments, plus $365,000 from the city’s prior baseline services. See annual reviews and balance sheets below: