Petition to Save the Berryessa Flea Market and Hundreds of Small Businesses from Displacem

Petition to Save the Berryessa Flea Market and Hundreds of Small Businesses from Displacem

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Berryessa Flea Market Vendors Association started this petition to Mayor Sam liccardo and

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Background: The Berryessa Flea Market is the largest market of its kind in the nation, a business incubator, a cherished community resource, and a vibrant multicultural destination; however, the City of San Jose and the landowners of the flea market are proposing development plans for high-density development without fully assessing and addressing the cultural, historical, economic, and social equity impacts of their actions. 

We, the vendors and workers at the Berryessa Flea Market and concerned community members, object to development that treats people like disposable products and bulldozes vital community resources and small businesses in the name of progress. The City of San Jose’s Berryessa Urban Village Plan and Flea Market Planned Development Rezoning Project are prime examples of the kind of planning practices that have contributed to racial and economic disparities in San Jose and cities across the nation.

Petition: We demand meaningful action by City staff and appointed and elected officials to continue the 60-year-old tradition of the flea market in San Jose and to protect the hundreds of small businesses and thousands of jobs that depend on the market. Specifically, we urge the City of San Jose Planning Commission and City Council to reject the proposed Berryessa Urban Village Plan and San Jose Flea Market Planned Development Rezoning Project and direct staff to do the necessary engagement, analysis, and planning to return with better plans that can ensure equitable development without displacement. 

The following are a menu of actions the City could take to create a win-win for developers and the community:

Deeply engage the merchants in the process as a key stakeholder, not an afterthought as has been the case in the past. A City committee should be established with merchant representation to work towards solutions.
Commission a robust economic analysis to adequately assess the impacts of the closure of the flea market with a methodology agreed upon by merchant representatives. The analysis should also assess the viability of various different market formats, including a more urban, multi-level marketplace, helping scope out a path forward for the continuation of the market.  
Incorporate policies and conditions of approval into the Urban Village Plan and the rezoning proposal to ensure the continuation of the market, whether it be incorporated within the development and/or relocation nearby within the Urban Village Plan area.
Adopt one-for-one incorporation and first right of return policy to ensure all existing businesses at the market have the opportunity to continue their businesses within future retail opportunities in the area.
Establish an economic assistance package for flea market merchants between the closure of the market and when a new market begins operations.
Develop a community benefits agreement to ensure the economic fruits of development are broadened beyond the privileged few. Tremendous taxpayer resources have gone into the BART extension to San Jose that has stimulated public and private plans for the property that are now creating windfall economic rewards for the owners of the flea market. The public is entitled to a return on its investment in the form of incorporation or relocation of the market.

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