Both of Joe’s opponents are on the board and voted to put 314 apartments in front of Ohlone.Vote for Joe and only Joe.If this crazy project goes through it will only get Ohlone College 1% - 2% of its yearly budget.
Joe with the 2013-2014 MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary) Chess team. They won the Northern CA scholastic chess championships in K-3 (Kindergarten - Grade 3), K-5, & K-6. They also won the K-3 National Chess Championship. Joe started this team in 1990 and has been head coach since then.
Why is Joe Lonsdale running for the Ohlone Community College Board?
In April of 2014 a friend told me about a plan to build over 300 apartments in front of Ohlone College on Mission Blvd in Fremont.I thought that it was a joke.The local schools are terribly crowded and traffic on Mission barely moves from 3PM to 6 PM every week day.I went to the Ohlone Community College Board meeting just to see if this was real. Unfortunately my friend was 100% right. The Ohlone Community College Board considered two potential plans and selected one plan. About 15 local residents attended and all of them spoke against the development.The terrible traffic situation and the crowding of local schools were mentioned by most of the speakers.There is presently a petition on line with over 1,000 signatures protesting the plan to build these apartments.https://www.change.org/p/fremont-ca-city-council-stop-ohlone-from-building-apartments-near-mission-blvd Please go to this site and add your signature. More importantly vote for Joe Lonsdale for Ohlone Board. Both of my opponents were at that meeting on the board and they (Jan and Garrett) voted to put 314 apartments in front of Ohlone College.
Some of the speakers explained that the amount of money the school was getting compared to the value of the land was very low.I am not an expert in this area, but I have spoken to others about this and have concluded that the $600K/yr. the school would get from this development is very low compared to the value of the land.(In excess of $30 million) I have run some numbers on this.The income to the school is absurdly low.That however is not the point; I would not support this project even if the amount made sense. $2 million/yr would make sense given how high the rents would be due to the Mission Schools. The cost to the community in school crowding and traffic problems is way too high.
A few members of the Ohlone College Community spoke in favor of the plan.Their main point was that the school needed to have a secure source of money not dependent on allocations from the State.What they failed to realize is that unless they can fully fund their operations, funding from the State is likely to decrease by the amount of funding they get from the apartments.
One board member said that they would consider provisions that would prevent residents of the apartments from adding to crowding at local schools.A friend with knowledge in this area has told me that it would be almost impossible to deny residents access to local schools.He actually said that if they were low income residents, as at least 15% of the residents are likely to be, and the issue went to court they would be more likely to get priority at local schools than to be denied access.
Board members were polite, but they were clearly not interested in anything that the attendees opposing this development had to say.
Why would board members elected by the community as a whole vote for a project that is clearly not in the interest of the community?This is a classic case of the directors getting captured by the organization they are supposed to be managing and acting in the interest of the organization (In this case Ohlone Community College) and not in the interest of the general community (Fremont).
I have never sought public office and I do not see this as a stepping stone to other offices.These apartments are bad for Fremont.Hopefully the City Council will stop this development.It is clear that the Ohlone Board is totally out of touch with what is good for Fremont.They need to be replaced.
I have the education and the experience to help oversee the management of Ohlone Community.I have a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.I have an MS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.I have an MBA from Harvard University.I have lived in Fremont since 1980. I have worked in high-tech businesses for more than 40 years.I have served on the board and as board chairperson of the Raychem Employees Federal Credit Union. I helped raise three sons that went through the Mission schools and graduated from Universities in California.(Stanford, UC San Diego, and Loyola Marymount).I was an adjunct professor of finance in the MBA program at Golden Gate University for over 15 years.
I know a lot about education and about being part of a board.I believe I can bring value to the Ohlone board in addition to helping stop the foolish plan to build apartments on Mission Blvd.I hope to institute a program where the students evaluate the instructors and the results are posted on line.This would let the University know which instructors are great and which are not so great.
I am presently 67 years old and I know of no males in my family line that have lived into their 80s.(Not enough time to become president or even governor.)I intend to fully enjoy my remaining years with my family and my chess team.This is not a run for office trying to eventually get a higher office.I saw a serious problem and I hope to help fix it.