Friday, March 24, 2006


Many Fleming area neighbors have been asking about the status of the Korean Baptist Church project. Thanks for your continued concern! We asked for and received the following update from our councilmember Nora Campos:

In January, the proposed project at the Lord's Baptist Church was deferred for 90-days to allow the developer to address concerns raised by the community and the Planning Commission. Later that month, I met with representatives from the community to discuss their concerns with the project. I presented these concerns to the developer and property owners and asked that they work to address the issues raised by the community. Since that time, the developer has been in conversations with the current property owner to try and reduce the number of proposed units. If an agreement is reached, any revised plan would come back to the Planning Commission for public comment and review. If you have any questions, comments or additional concerns regarding this project, please feel free to contact Todd Rufo of my staff at or 408-535-4948. As reference, agendas for the Planning Commission are available online at:

As an update on our work on Fleming Avenue, I have asked City Staff to study traffic flow and vehicle/pedestrian safety on Fleming Avenue from Alum Rock to Morrie Drive. This includes an analysis of the concerns and recommendations raised in my meeting with the community. Specific areas for review include traffic speeds, vehicle counts, analysis of stop signs / crosswalks, mapping city / county jurisdictions, and evaluating narrow points along Fleming Avenue. Because several sections of Fleming are in the County, City Staff is working with County Staff on similar data in the County sections. This study is an important first step to improving traffic flow and safety on Fleming Avenue. While I will keep you posted as we move forward, if you have any additional questions, again please feel free to contact Todd Rufo in my office.

Councilmember Nora Campos

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


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San Jose Fire Department crews rushed to the scene of a house fire on Fleming Avenue tonight. When fire crews arrived, smoke was rising out of the two-story house at 101 Fleming Ave. Several trucks and fire apparatus blocked off Fleming to fight the blaze. Firefighters used ladders to get to the roof of the home to vent the flames, while others ventured inside the burning home to look for possible victims. Flames and burning debris could be seen dropping around firefighters as they struggled to get the fire under control. This was the second fire on this property in the last few months. The property recently sold and the lot is on the books for a possible subdivision of three homes. Unfortunately, the fire struck at about 6:00 pm, and many Fleming area neighbors were just arriving home, only to find the road blocked off. Traffic was detoured for about two hours after the blaze. The cause of the fire was traced to electrical wiring on the second floor of the home. No one was injured, but three residents were displaced, according to San Jose Fire Department spokesman Alberto Olmos.