Archive for August, 2009

The City of Campbell Winchester Boulevard Master Plan

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The City of Campbell has started the planning stage for a makeover of Winchester Boulevard. This project — Winchester Boulevard Master Plan — stretches from Camden Avenue in the south to Rosemary Avenue to the north. According to Tim Haley, Planner at the City of Campbell, the City has decided to update the zoning and land use guidelines so as to give developers guidance on what new development is appropriate.

Boundaries of the Winchester Boulevard Master Plan

Boundaries of the Winchester Boulevard Master Plan

One new development in the planning stage is Merrill Gardens. Merrill Gardens would be a assisted living and independent living senior housing complex, located on the corner of Rincon and Winchester. This development will replace the existing Teen Challenge building, as well and several storefront buildings to the north and a large commercial building behind the storefronts.

This will require new sidewalks, traffic lights and other improvements. Also, with the project located near downtown Campbell, the City will want the project to be pedestrian friendly, which will require ‘corner bulb-outs,’ cross walks and landscaping. The Winchester Master Plan has been updated to encourage pedestrian friendly designs.

The Master Plan has overall guidelines such as street trees, pedestrian-oriented lighting, corner bulb-outs, and underground utilities. The Master Plan divides this area into three sections, with each section having it’s own guidelines as to building height, building setbacks, frontage, landscaping and other details. The associated image shows the overall project.

More information about the master plan can be found here.

New Traffic Signals Turned On at Winchester & Williams

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The new traffic signals at the intersection that have been erected for the last few weeks have been turned on today, and the old traffic lights removed.

The new traffic lights for Williams Road drivers

The new traffic lights for Williams Road drivers

Amy Olay, Senior Civil Engineer with the City of San Jose Department of Transportation, tells the South Winchester News that the new traffic signals will offer a dedicated left turn signal from Williams Road onto Winchester Boulevard. The scope includes upgrade of all traffic signal equipment to current standards.

New traffic signals for Winchester drivers

New traffic signals for Winchester drivers

The new street signage includes street address numbers.

Olay also described changes to the southeast corner. Sidewalk, curb, and gutters will be constructed including necessary drainage improvements. All non signal equipment related work such as the civil improvements are scheduled for completion by end of October 2009.

Psycho Donuts Changes

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Psycho Donuts, located at 2006 South Winchester Boulevard in Campbell, has undergone some changes. Jordan Zweigoron is now the sole owner, having bought out his former partner, Kipp Berdiansky.

Nurse Dylan posing with the Fender guitar in Psycho's Recording Studio

Nurse Dylan posing with the Fender guitar in Psycho's Recording Studio

A few of the changes at Psycho Donuts include longer hours, a new web site, and new recipes. The store has added music to its existing theme; there is a “Psycho Music Studio” complete with a Fender guitar and amp available for customer use; The “Psycho Pspeaker” where a visitor can hook up one’s iPod in and share music. Several of the donuts have been renamed in honor of the Fender Guitar in store. For example, the Super Glazed donut has been renamed, “Glazed and Confused.”

The hours have been extended. They are now open until 5 pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 8 pm on Friday and Saturday.

All donuts are now cooked (“bathed” in Psycho lingo) in trans-fat free oil. A new vegan donut, called “We Been Vegan” has been added to the menu. Also unnamed source reports that a new Secret Menu will be starting soon!

Winchester Enhancement Strategy Report Public Meeting

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

There will be a public meeting to discuss the Winchester Enhancement Strategy Report this Wednesday, August 19, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Winchester Mystery House. This will be the final public meeting about the report that will be presented to the City of San Jose Council this fall.

Prepared by design consultants Field Paoli for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the report describes the visioning exercise for the neighborhood area along a 1.5 mile stretch of Winchester Boulevard between Stevens Creek Boulevard and the border with the City of Campbell at Impala Drive. The purpose of the study is to generate urban design and streetscape ideas for the improvement of Winchester Boulevard.

The draft report is available for download here.


Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Just around the corner from Santana Row you’ll find one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants.


Why do I love Chevy’s? Two reasons: The Sweet Corn Tamalito side dish and their salsa.


The interior of the restaurant is fun and festive with plenty of seating so that you never have to wait too long for a table. There is also dining in the bar and an outdoor patio.


The salsa is always excellent! It’s unusual in that it has a smoky flavor to it. It even looks different then fresh raw salsa because their salsa is “fire roasted.” It has a little bite to it and is nice and chunky so you can really scoop it up on the chips while you wait for your meal. Let’s put it this way, at Chevy’s the chips and salsa hit your table within minutes of your being seated, they are delicious and are complimentary. At other restaurants I’ve paid for chips and salsa that weren’t even half as good.


This night I tried to expand my horizons for your benefit by trying a fancier dish then what I typically order. This was their Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas with Rice, a scoop of Sweet Corn Tamalito and Pinto Beans. The side dishes are always good. In fact one of the things I enjoy most about Chevy’s is that their food and service are always consistent.

Often when I go to Chevy’s I order two sides of Sweet Corn Tamalito, a side of beans and a side of guacamole (they make it fresh right at your table) as my entire meal. But that seemed like a weird food review to write so I wanted to order something more mainstream.


I also thought I’d order a Virgin Margarita because this picture looked so good. I don’t drink alcohol but I’ve ordered my fair share of Virgin Daiquiris and Margaritas in my day.  So imagine my surprise when they brought me this! *See below*

Um what am I? Ten years old? I ordered a Virgin Margarita not a Shirley Temple Slushie. I have to admit it kind of took the fun out of my “drink” order that night.

This is the fresh tortilla maker. It’s a pretty cool contraption. I enjoy sitting within view of it watching the fresh tortillas moving up the conveyor belt one by one.

Chevys Fresh Mex
550 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128 

(408) 241-0158

Orale Mex-Grill replaces Ricardo’s Mexican Fast Food

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Ricardo’s Mexican Fast Food at 1750 Winchester Boulevard has closed and been replaced with Orale Mex-Grill.

Orale Mex-Grill

Orale Mex-Grill

Open since July 5, 2009, Orale offers a variety of mexican dishes: tostadas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas. Their specialty is seafood, offering shrimp, octopus, oysters, clams, mussels, crab, tilapia, salmon, red snapper, ahi-tuna, halibut, and scallops. A full menu is available from their web site.

Located just south of Hamilton Avenue, the interior of the restaurant has been extensively renovated. Both the kitchen and the dining area has been redone with new flooring, new furniture, and new paint.

Co-owners Marvin Castro and Hector Plascencia

Co-owners Marvin Castro and Hector Plascencia

Co-owner Hector Plascencia tells the South Winchester News that customers have been very receptive to the new restaurant. “People are happy. They keep coming back. We have a lot of regulars. We’re happy to be in Campbell.” Reviews on Internet review site Yelp have been quite positive.