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February 27, 2015

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 15, Issue 8 181 $1.00 February 27, 2015 An edition of the BY JASMINE LEYVA A re there too many restaurants in downtown Campbell? City leaders are asking that ques- tion as restaurants continue to greatly outnum- ber traditional retail shops in the city's wildly popular downtown core. The city council heard a presentations from city staff on Feb. 17 with the thesis that there may be too many restaurants in the downtown area, thus not giv- ing visitors enough of a varied experience. Currently 41 percent of space in downtown Camp- bell has a food or restaurant use. Retail in the down- town area has declined slightly over the years from 29 percent in 2009 to 23 percent, according to city staff. City staff presented the council with other statistics and issues in downtown during a study session that could help explain why restaurants have taken over the city's downtown core. The city above all is looking for ways to add more variety to the area and boost daytime activity, since some restaurants are open for dinner service only. "People may stop coming if they don't have the full downtown experience. There may be some value in shortening the restaurants to our core downtown and extending it to across the tracks into the Pruneyard," said Campbell Vice Mayor Jason Baker, during the study session. Council member Michael Kotowski said the market is driven toward food. "The thing I don't think we should mess with too deeply is the market drive. Don't put a constriction on it," Kotowski said. The beginning of the year saw three retail stores close up shop downtown. Since then Vintage and Vogue's space has been picked up by a boutique, ac- cording to the council. In addition to restaurants, downtown Campbell has become a popular place to grab a drink. There are now a total of 26 approved alcohol-serving establish- ments, but only 1 percent of downtown is devoted bars and clubs, according to the Feb. 17 city staff report. CITY HUNGRY FOR MORE RETAIL IN DOWNTOWN WHERE EATERIES DOMINATE Restaurants make up majority of downtown Electric Art: City wants artists to paint utility boxes around town .......................................... page 5 Soaring Eagles: Local Boy Scouts earn Eagle Scout rank ........................................................ page 6 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Pints for Pups Pints for Pups Pet Project fundraiser mixes craft ales with ceramic art Pet Project fundraiser mixes craft ales with ceramic art page 12 page 12 Jamie Meador, a teacher at Higher Fire, is making 30-40 ceramic pints and a few growlers to sell at the upcoming Pints For Pups, a fundraiser for Silicon Valley Pet Project being held at Strike Brewing on March 7. Management, page 7

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