San Jose Businesses Speak Out Against Downtown Crime

By George Kiriyama
|  Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 11:55 PM PDT
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A recent string of downtown San Jose crime has businesses concerned. George Kiriyama reports.

A recent string of downtown San Jose crime has businesses concerned. George Kiriyama reports.

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Downtown San Jose businesses are speaking out against a recent string of crime in the area.

Three recent stabbings in the downtown area, two of them fatal, has merchants and business owners concerned.

"We don't want to see this environment over here around our business," said Miguel Garcia, a general manager at Whispers Cafe.

A fight broke out near Garcia's restaurant several days ago.

"We had to call the police officers so they could break the fight because our guests were really concerned," Garcia said.

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The downtown crime hasn't stopped Pete Be from moving his Hawaiian-themed restaurant, Da Kine Island Grill, from Sunnyvale to the area. He and his wife picked a spot they believe would be safe for their 9-year-old daughter and her friends.

"Despite what's going on in the last month or so in our beautiful city, I still feel that downtown is a very safe area to be in," Be said.

That feeling is shared by owners at Nick the Greek, who said they believe they are part of a "restaurant renaissance" -- a group of several restaurants that have or will be opening in the downtown area soon.

The new owners are in support of the city's move to put more officers in downtown.

"I think it's going to clean up the streets a little bit more than they already have," said Komiel Mohsen, Nick the Greek owner.

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