Plaza de San Jose
After many years of community outreach and collaboration, Plaza de San José opened in November 2005, reinvigorating the intersection of Story and King Roads, widely-known as the heart of the Latino community in the South Bay Area. After decades of neglect and disinvestment, Councilmember Campos secured over $73 million to revitalize the shopping center and attract major national and Latino retailers to East San José, including Target, Starbucks, Cold Stone Creamery, FAMSA and El Gallo Giro.
Plaza de San Jose has established itself as a dynamic gateway and destination place and serves as a gleaming example of the economic resurgence that Councilmember Campos has generated throughout East San José. Since taking office in 2001, the City of San José has experienced a 105% increase in sales tax revenues along the Story Road Business District, significantly boosting the City’s general fund.
Fire Station 2 Rebuild
Facing fierce opposition from Mayor Chuck Reed, Councilmember Campos secured the necessary funding to rebuild Fire Station 2, the oldest and busiest fire station in the City of San José. Through her strong advocacy, creative funding proposal and collaboration with the community, Councilmember Campos gained the support of the majority of her colleagues to replace the aging, structurally-unsound infrastructure with a new, state-of-the-art facility that serves the entire eastside of San José and the East Foothills.
Scheduled for completion in early 2010, the newly rebuilt fire station will have the capacity to continue providing services to the more than 4,000 calls the station receives annually.
School Safety & Achievement
With the safety of all of our young people in mind, Councilmember Nora Campos led the effort to improve street lighting levels at all public schools in Council District Five. In addition, Councilmember Campos began a volunteer crossing guard pilot program at several District Five public schools. Finally, in order to help all of our children achieve, Councilmember Campos has ensured there is funding for a Homework Center in every public school is East San José.
Stronger Off-Sale Alcohol Ordinance
Led by then Vice-Mayor Cindy Chavez and Councilmember Nora Campos, the San Jose City Council approved a policy that gives San José the tools and punitive authority it previously lacked when dealing with retail establishments selling alcohol. This policy will give the elected and community leaders in San José the ability to deny most new applications to sell alcohol, police existing retailers, and approve the occasional application that improves a neighborhood.
Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Library
Councilmember Campos worked diligently to locate the new Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Library in the heart of the Alum Rock Village, significantly enhancing the vibrant local business district and providing library access for the students of neighboring James Lick High School. Councilmember Campos oversaw the City of San José’s investment of over $16.5 million to locate and construct the 26,000 square-feet library, which has capacity for up to 150,000 books. Some of the state-of-the-art library’s features include an internet and espresso café, teen center, children’s area, community room, and a family learning center.
Hillview Branch Library
In January 2007, Councilmember Campos celebrated the grand opening of the new Hillview Branch Library. Councilmember Campos worked closely with Alum Rock Union School District to negotiate the agreement to develop the state-of-the-art library on the Fischer Middle School campus. The newly expanded library is a 21,035 square-foot facility that includes an internet café, teen center, children’s area, community room, and reading room with fireplace. The library also features public art commemorating the region’s historic agricultural industry.
Alum Rock Youth Center
At 17,300 square feet, the Alum Rock Youth Center is the model for community persistence and involvement. From the design, programs, public art, and naming of the center, nearby residents were involved every step of the way. The youth center features full court basketball, performance stage, dance room, game room, lounge, and community room.
In October 2007, Councilmember Campos announced a program to provide late night hours on Fridays and Saturdays at four of the City’s youth centers, including Alum Rock Youth Center. The program aims to provide youth throughout the city with safe activities on weekends, as well as provide youth with access to gang intervention and prevention services on-site.
Mayfair Community Center and Park
At a cost of over $20 million, the new Mayfair Community Center will feature community meeting rooms, recreation/activity rooms, and classrooms when it is completed in December 2008. In addition, the adjacent park will be redesigned to include a new community swimming pool, spray park and skate park.
Councilmember Campos worked collaboratively with the surrounding community and neighborhood associations to design the project to include residents’ priorities. In addition, the Councilmember held a series of meetings with residents to discuss the future programming at the center to ensure that community needs and desires are met.
Plata Arroyo Skate Park
In 2003, following an extensive community process led by Councilmember Nora Campos, the Gateway East Neighborhood Action Coalition identified a new skate park as one of highest priority neighborhood projects. Councilmember Campos leveraged the community’s support for the project to secure over $600,000 to construct the 9,000 square-foot skate park in the Plata Arroyo Neighborhood, providing local youth with healthy, safe activities that can be enjoyed year-round.
Councilmember Campos also secured additional funding for recent safety enhancements to the park, in addition to sponsoring a collaborative campaign with the Lids for Kids program to provide free helmets to the many youth who enjoy the park.
Lower Silver Creek Trail
While many communities throughout the city have long enjoyed access to trails, East San José had not historically seen its equitable share. For this reason, Councilmember Nora Campos has made the completion of the Lower Silver Creek Trail one of her highest priorities while in office.
Councilmember Campos spearheaded this effort by securing funding and approval for the construction of Dobern Bridge, a project that had been discussed in collaboration with the Santa Clara Valley Water District for over 30 years. With its opening in August 2005, the bridge provides a safe crossing over Lower Silver Creek and a pedestrian link between the Capitol/Goss and Dobern neighborhoods.
Councilmember Campos has since secured millions of dollars in funding for multiple linkages in the future trail system along the Lower Sliver Creek. When completed, the 4.5-mile trail will provide pedestrian access from Coyote Creek to Lake Cunningham Regional Park. In turn, the trail will offer East San José residents access to alternate modes of transportation and greatly enhance pedestrian safety for youth traveling to and from neighboring schools and parks.
Councilmember Campos worked collaboratively with local non-profit Community Housing Developers, the City’s Housing Department and the San Jose Redevelopment Agency to develop the first transit-oriented mixed use development in East San José. Built along the Alum Rock Avenue transit corridor, Tierra Encantada has 94 affordable units for rent and over 10,000 square feet of retail space.
Councilmember Campos successfully worked with the non-profit developer to ensure that the mixed-use project incorporated green building elements, such as solar panels that power the public spaces and are estimated to save about $5,000 in energy costs annually, as well as an architectural style that complemented the nearby Mexican Heritage Plaza.
After an exhaustive effort to attract a financial institution to the development, Councilmember Campos celebrated the grand opening of Washington Mutual in April 2006, paving the way for several other financial institutions to locate branches in East San José. Recently, Councilmember Campos welcomed local retailer Blanco Boutique to Tierra Encantada, demonstrating the increasing vitality of the Alum Rock Business District.
In 2005, Councilmember Campos celebrated the grand opening of Las Mariposas, another affordable housing project along the Alum Rock Avenue transit corridor. This development has added 60 affordable housing units to the City of San José’s housing stock. The nineteen townhomes and forty-seven stacked flats, all with garages and carports, have provided numerous families with an opportunity to purchase their first home.
Public artwork and landscaped walkways connect the houses in the development to Alum Rock Avenue, contributing to Councilmember Campos’ vision of a walkable, liveable community throughout the entire Alum Rock corridor.
Regional Medical Center Expansion
The $145 million hospital expansion will add 108 additional beds and include an expanded emergency room with a rooftop helipad, state of the art operating rooms, and neonatal intensive care unit. An expanded nursery and private rooms will also be added to the labor and delivery unit. Regional Medical Center is currently aggressively pursuing approval of a trauma center.