The 2018-2019 Executive Board officers of the Downtown Campbell Neighborhood Association are:
Barry Shilman – President
One of my first experiences with the City of Campbell was having my car towed for blocking someone’s driveway at night on a dark street. The police officers I flagged down to report my car as stolen, said “Get in”, and drove four of us to Dick’s Automotive to bail out my car. A couple of years later I moved here.
I have lived in Downtown Campbell since it was nearly a ghost town—no restaurants, no farmers market, no light rail, lots of second-hand stores and bars. In those days, the late 70’s Campbell boasted of having four police officers on duty at all times! Much has changed since then. Our challenges today are different: homelessness, petty crime, increased traffic, and new developments seemingly everywhere.
I became active in DCNA in 2006 when it was in its formative stage, and I have been on the DCNA Board of Directors since then. I believe it is the roll of an active neighborhood association to have a voice in what comes next. DCNA has always sought to channel that collective voice. We value the historic nature of our neighborhood and the downtown commercial district as they evolve into the coming decades. I think DCNA and the City of Campbell are doing about as good as can be expected given these turbulent times, but please don’t block my driveway.
Jim has been a resident of Downtown Campbell for 19 years.
He is currently on the Campbell general plan committee and is active wlaking his dog and doing handyman work in the neighborhood.
Jim manages the relationships with the downtown Campbell business community and is responsible for soliciting the many generous donations that downtown businesses offer to the DCNA to support our efforts.
Maria Contreras – Treasurer
Betsey Sowder – Secretary
Don Barnetson – Technology
I’m new to Campbell, having just moved to Sunnyside Ave in 2018. Together with my wife and our 7 year old daughter, we love the location and amenities and are enjoying developing community in the area.
My wife and I both work in tech and our daughter attends the Harker Lower School just a mile or so west of home. In the mornings you might see us biking to school if the weather, and my legs, hold out.
We’ve just completed a cycle with the planning commission (whew!) and are in he process of building a 2nd home on our parcel on Sunnyside Ave which is fairly all-consuming. If things hold to schedule we’ll move in summer 2020. The home is a modular construction and will be the first net-zero home in Campbell.