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Ohlone, Part II: Dutra, Cox & Brunton

By Matt Artz
Sunday, August 24th, 2008 at 9:30 pm in Uncategorized.

CORRECTION: The commenter is right. Cox works for Lam Research in Fremont. I was wrong.

When I talked to John Dutra last week, I asked why he was supporting Teresa Cox over Bob Brunton. He said nice things about Teresa, who works for Vantec Lam Research, and paid her own way to China this year as part of the city’s trade mission.
As for Brunton, Dutra said the following:

“I think Bob Brunton has done a disservice to that community college. He needs to be replaced. Everyone at the college wants him out.”

About an hour later, Brunton called the paper to let us know his schedule for the campaign season. I told him about Dutra’s quotes. Brunton said Dutra didn’t like him because he cast one of the two decisive votes opposing the Dutras development plans for the Ohlone frontage property.

I wasn’t clear from Brunton if he was saying the Dutras wanted to develop the entire property or just a portion of it. Dutra Enterprises does own property adjacent to the Ohlone parcel.

Brunton, who 2.5 years ago was removed as board president, has had his share of disputes with the board.

Brunton called himself “kind of the stray trustee.” He also said he wasn’t going to get into a pissing match (my words) with anyone during the campaign. “As far as I’m concerned we’re going to talk about positive things and the positive changes we’ve made.”

Cox released a press statement after she got her name on the ballot. Click on to read it.


Teresa Cox to Challenge Incumbent for Ohlone Community College Board

Fremont, Ca – August 8, 2008 – Long time business woman, education advocate, and Democrat, Teresa Cox entered the race for seat 4 of the Ohlone Community College Board. She will be running against controversial incumbent, Robert Brunton in the only competative race for a Board seat.

Teresa Cox has been a community leader, a business leader and a strong advocate for education and youth in the community. She has the knowledge, skills and experience to be an effective board member and will fight to maintain the accreditation of the college, which in recent years has been placed in jeopardy.

The loss of reputation for our Community College is shameful and a disservice to our youth and our community,” stated Mrs. Cox, “I intend to work with the rest of the Board to put it right again.”

In her many years as a business woman, Mrs. Cox has worked on multi-million dollar projects and is no stranger to managing budgets. With California’s budget crisis, this will be a critical asset to the Board. As part of civic organizations, she has been successful in raising funds to provide scholarships, internships, and college preparation classes to help our youth excel in academics.

Teresa is currently the Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Commission for the City of Fremont, has worked in public service from local levels to The White House. She also part of the Fremont delegation to the opening ceremony of Ohlone College in Suzhou, China.

If elected, she would be the only female voice and bring much needed diversity to the board.

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  • Current Ohlone Student

    I’m going to be blunt here. Whoever is on Dutra’s side will not have my support. As far as I know the reason Dutra spoke harshly about Brunton and may about others on the Board is only because they denied his request to develop on the current Frontage property that is left barren.

    I’ll break it down for everyone:

    *The BUSH (bad) Clan of Ohlone College: Dr. Treadway, Ron Travenick, Jim Wright, Leta Stagnaro, Mike Callegari, Debbie Trigg, Garrett Yee, Joann Shultz

    *The Obama (good) Clan of Ohlone College: Sarah Daniels, Mikelyn Stacey, Martha Brown, Jill Rojas, Dennis Keller, Bob Brunton, Nick Nardillo, Bill McMillion and Trisha Tahmasbi.

  • Leon Cohn

    In response to “Current Ohlone Student,” How is Brunton in the “obama” group? He is a socially and fiscally conservative Rep who has been removed TWICE.

  • Leon Cohn

    Actually, I just did a basic search on Teresa and she does NOT work at Vantec, she works at Lam Research Corporation of Fremont, CA.

  • Current Ohlone Student

    His personality fits that group only. You are correct his titles fit that of the “Bush Clan,” he is a Republican Conservative.

  • The_Real_Truth_Patrol

    Matt Artz, let me take a moment to help you out –

    First, read this editorial by the Tri City Voice:
    http://www.tricityvoice.com/articledisplay.php?a=3426
    ………………….

    Here is the article in it’s entirety:

    March 15, 2005 > Editorial: The Great Ohlone College Land Rush

    Editorial: The Great Ohlone College Land Rush

    Quietly and with little public discussion, Ohlone College is preparing to abandon “surplus property” on its Mission Boulevard frontage and along the college’s southeastern border. In separate memorandums dated March 9, President/Superintendent Douglas Treadway has advised the Board of Trustees to “dispose of” three parcels.

    According to a memorandum relating to Resolution No. 12/04-05, “The President has received a proposal from the adjacent property owner, Dutra Enterprises Inc., to purchase the approximate one-acre parcel at the Anza Street entrance to the college.” The following sentence states, “Representatives of the City of Fremont have indicated to the College staff that Dutra Enterprises must obtain this one-acre parcel in order to develop their adjacent property.”

    Is this the reason that the colorful sign promising commercial development on Dutra’s parcel has been weathering for many months without any indication of progress? Or could it be that the addition of another acre will be much more lucrative for Dutra and that this is a ploy to increase frontage space by dangling cash in front of a desperate and business-challenged group who will present little opposition?

    Does Dr. Treadway really believe that a savvy real estate developer would buy property without the ability to build on it? Did Fremont city staff actually tell Dutra Enterprises that they could not build any commercial structure without acquiring the acre in question? Or, is the real story that Dutra wants more land for a bigger development and Treadway is going along for fast cash?

    The resolution states the Board’s intention “to sell or long term ground lease the Site at fair market value.” Does anyone believe that Dutra wants to long term ground lease this land?

    A second memorandum advises the trustees to “dispose of approximately 18 acres along Mission Boulevard…” Again, valuable frontage is up for grabs. At least in this resolution, the stated intention is to “long term ground lease” rather than sell the site. With this change, the college will no longer have frontage on Mission Boulevard preferring to leave it to commercial developers.

    The final memorandum deals with 17 acres along the southeastern portion of the campus. This will displace some playing fields and will undoubtedly be used for residential development. Here again, the Board has announced its intention to “sell or long term ground lease the Site at fair market value.”

    The bottom line of all these proposals is that the college is looking for quick cash. This may be the act of a struggling operating budget looking for a way out of crisis. On the other hand, when has it made sense to raid a land bank to shore up operations? Once land is sold, it is almost impossible to replace. If the money ends up in a general fund, there is a strong temptation to use it for short term needs. What campus alterations will be necessary if these lands are sold or leased and how much will they cost? Do our public trustees understand that they are serving as guardians for future generations? Are we simply trading long term assets for short term gain? Are there any plans to invest income from sale or lease of these lands for capital projects or property elsewhere?

    The Ohlone College Board of Trustees has been left to its own devices for too long. They and college management need to understand that the word “Trustee” has meaning. The public owns these lands and expects preservation and sound fiscal management from its employees and public guardians. When positions on the board are bequeathed based on name recognition and longevity, with no regard for mental acuity or common sense, the college – and our community – is in trouble.

    If people visit or watch a board meeting on cable TV, they will be in for a shock. It is readily apparent that some board members are unable to comprehend what is going on. When critical decisions are being made by the board, incompetence cannot be tolerated. Trustees who are unable to fulfill their responsibilities should step aside. The public has the duty to protect our schools by electing competent representatives and removing incompetent members when necessary. The Ohlone College Board of Trustees needs to hear from its constituents that selling land is not the answer to its fiscal problems. Long term leases should be carefully weighed in light of the costs of moving facilities and long term gains. Sacrificing capital assets for short term goals is unacceptable.

    Going to a meeting:

    The Ohlone College Board of Trustees meets twice a month (second and fourth Wednesdays) except June, July, August, November and December. Board meetings are usually held at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont.

    Watching on TV:

    Each Board meeting is televised that same week on Ohlone Network Television (ONTV) Channel 28 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (one day after the meeting) and 10:00 a.m. on Friday (second day after the meeting). ONTV is a cable television channel available to cable customers in the cities of Fremont and Newark.

    On the Web:
    http://www.ohlone.edu/org/board/2005

    To send a message:
    trustees@ohlone.edu

    ………………………………

    I hate to sound combative Matt, but the above article demonstrates what happens when a reporter actually does a little bit of homework.

    Administrators at Ohlone College, led by Treadway, and supported by several incompetent members on the Board of Trustees (with Yee, Nardallilo, and I believe Watters at the forefront) decided that selling the front lawn of their Community College would be in the best long term interest of the college. For this proposal alone, Treadway should have been fired, and the above mentioned board members should have been removed. Shame on all of them.

    Brunton was one of two votes that halted the ill conceived plans of the administration. You better believe the Dutra clan was pissed. Because the proposal to sell would have required a 2/3 vote, 2 members essentially blocked Treadway’s selfish and hasty plans.

    Keep your eyes open, Matt — because there is a movement to reintroduce this proposal as soon as the election passes. If Dutra gets his way, David Sheen and Teresa Cox will be elected in November.

    Since all communications with the press are “apparently” ordered to go through the board chair (otherwise known as the spokesman for the administration), I would suggest giving Garrett Yee a call. He’s working closely with Dutra to get these two elected. And once that happens, the Frontage property will be brought back up for consideration. And the Dutra’s will be ready and waiting.

    I have contacted several members of the board and have even emailed the President asking that the Frontage property be brought up again, or at least an update to the public since we have not heard anything recently. I have sent most of my questions to Yee. He has not responded. I have even contacted the League of Women voters to complain about questionable activity regarding the Frontage property, and the lack of information to the public regarding their plans.

    As of now, McMillin, Tahmasbi, and Brunton oppose selling the land. And might I say, THANK GOD! But the others, oh the others are simply company men. Ready to back the administration and sell the land for short term gain.

    The real losers here are the students, and the public. We have put our trust in these boards and councils for far too long. Let’s just hope the new president can see the benefit of long term planning.

  • Lynn May

    Thanks for pointing M. Artz in the direction of the TCV.

    Investigative reporting – critical thinking – a connection with the facts (and not with the political or economic interests) are (for me) precepts of a “free press”.

  • californiaguy

    Thank You “The_Real_Truth_Patrol ” I have written the Ohlone Trustee’s about a year ago.
    I was shocked that they wanted to pull out the mature Olive Grove , on Mission Blvd, for a strip mall.
    When I voted for the original bond measure and the one that followed I did not vote to have the Ohlone Trustee’s sell of OUR assets, by Ours I mean the tax payers. If they want to do something like that, have it put on the ballot for us to approve or not approve.

    As far as the Argus, they are becoming a very vanilla newspaper, they will soon have the same status as a throw away shopper.

    I read the Tri City Voice for information on local matters. I especially like William Marshaks Editorials, which are very revealing about local politics.

    Under the circumstances Matt Artz is doing the best that He can.
    Remember the owner and staff of Media News are conservative Republicans, I believe. Perhaps that is why they have not done any investigative reporting on you know what and whom.

  • Matt Artz

    California Guy,

    That was a low blow. It’s one thing to rip The Argus, but to praise Marshak’s editorials? Ugh. I might have had more to say, if I wasn’t cutting out of here early today to watch the Super Bowl Champion Giants begin their title defense. Yes to Big Blue!!! In East Rutherford, NJ!!!!

  • bbox231

    Wow, Matt -

    “Ugh?” – I know your just kidding -

    Marshak is a welcome and respected voice of reason in the Tri-City area, except maybe by those which his reporting and opinion expose – but hey, that’s the job of a free-press.

    Argus reporters and editors should follow this lead – and maybe new subscriptions might move in a different direction.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    Under Treadway a different kind of leadership was born in the Administration level. I’ve been seeing Board Members not able to act as Trustees for their different constituents, but rather as Trustees for the administration’s interests. The Board has been wrongfully discredited one too many times. Lets turn our eyes to the Administration for once. Hopefully Browning does not carry the current administrations influence heavily upon her decision making.

    I’ve been in several meetings where this topic has been discussed. Trust my word more than anyone on this blog when I say quote the administration is, “Looking to see what builds more revenue fast. We won’t settle for anything that can not give us money to help fix our current buildings. The Board needs to realize the frontage property is a revenue generator for the college.” These individuals are not looking for a long term gain rather short term gains. Truly though, by selling the land what gain does Ohlone and all our constituents gain? Why is it that their minds are focused so heavily on the money factor? Do the students, the underrepresented, staff and faculty not matter anymore?

    Ohlone made one mistake by having a child care center near the college’s parking lot where students become a distraction for those innocent children. Lets avoid from selling our assets and having a Senior Retirement Center in front of Ohlone! No joke the majority of developers calling Ohlone are people interested in building senior housing! According to my sources, that builds a lot of revenue therefore Ohlone’s leaders will not hesitate to take the offer once given.

    Ask for the frontage property to be put onto the agenda and go ask them questions about everything I have stated and watch their faces smolder and eyes turn away from the public.

    NEXT BOARD MEETING SEPTEMBER 10 7:00 P.M. @ OHLONE COLLEGE.

    Attend if you want your voice heard! Attend if you really care what happens to the future of Ohlone College and its future constituents! As tax payers you have the right to demand the correct and full information to be given to the community! Most of all as community members you have a right for the full detailed information to be given!

  • The Real Truth

    Hmmmm. Someone really needs to check their facts. The Board never voted to sell any land, and that has not been discussed since 2005. The current proposals are to develop the frontage property, while the College still maintains ownership. And Nardolillo, Yee and Watters, are not in favor of selling the land. Watters wasn’t even on the board when that vote took place.

    Get a clue, and research recent materials before spreading rumors and lies.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    NEXT BOARD MEETING SEPTEMBER 10 7:00 P.M. @ OHLONE COLLEGE.

    Attend if you want your voice heard! Attend if you really care what happens to the future of Ohlone College and its future constituents! As tax payers you have the right to demand the correct and full information to be given to the community! Most of all as community members you have a right for the full detailed information to be given!

  • Californiaguy

    I would like to thank Matt Artz and the Argus for this blog.
    I have learned a lot about local issue’s, especially Ohlone College and various politicians running for local offices. There is valuable nuggets of information on this blog aboutlocal issue’s.
    Once again thank you Matt.

  • The Real Truth

    I am glad people are paying attention to what is going on, but Matt’s information is from 2005. Wake up! We are in 2008. There are different players at the table; you can’t believe everything Bob Brunton tells you either. Get a clue.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    NEXT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SEPTEMBER 10 7:00 P.M. @ OHLONE COLLEGE.

    (Don’t let the administration and board members make all the decisions without your voice heard, after given the CORRECT FULL DETAILED INFORMATION WE HAVE A RIGHT TO. Ask for Frontage Property to be put back onto the agenda!)

    Attend if you want your voice heard! Attend if you really care what happens to the future of Ohlone College and its future constituents! As tax payers you have the right to demand the correct and full information to be given to the community! Most of all as community members you have a right for the full detailed information to be given!

  • Californiaguy

    “The real truth”, seems to be using the Carl Rove method of repeating BS enough people will think it is the truth. Find out about Who wants to develop the frontage of Ohlone Campus then see who they are backing for the election of Ohlone Trustee’s, it is an attempt to get enough votes from the trustee’s to Develop property that is now part of the Ohlone Campus.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    Californiaguy you should attend this upcoming Board Meeting!
    ________________

    NEXT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SEPTEMBER 10 7:00 P.M. @ OHLONE COLLEGE.

    (Don’t let the administration and board members make all the decisions without your voice heard after given the CORRECT FULL DETAILED INFORMATION WE HAVE A RIGHT TO)

    Attend if you want your voice heard! Attend if you really care what happens to the future of Ohlone College and its future constituents! As tax payers you have the right to demand the correct and full information to be given to the community! Most of all as community members you have a right for the full detailed information to be given!

  • Ohlone Constituent

    Plus if any community members do come ask for the Frontage Property to be put on the agenda during Public Comments.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    NEXT BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SEPTEMBER 10 7:00 P.M. @ OHLONE COLLEGE TOMORROW NIGHT! (NEXT TO CHILD CARE CENTER)

    (Don’t let the administration and board members make all the decisions without your voice heard, after given the CORRECT FULL DETAILED INFORMATION WE HAVE A RIGHT TO. ASK FOR FRONTAGE PROPERTY TO BE PUT BACK ONTO THE AGENDA!)

    Attend if you want your voice heard! Attend if you really care what happens to the future of Ohlone College and its future constituents! As tax payers you have the right to demand the correct and full information to be given to the community! Most of all as community members you have a right for the full detailed information to be given!

  • Always Double Check Your Facts

    Just a heads up to all those concerned – the Ohlone Board meeting held tonight is at the Newark Center, NOT the Child Development Center. It is correctly listed at the Board’s website: http://www.ohlone.edu/org/board/

    Thanks!

  • Always Check Your Facts

    For all those interested, the Ohlone Board of Trustees meeting is NOT, as previously mentioned, at the Child Development Center. It will be held at Ohlone’s Newark Center, and the information is posted at their website: http://www.ohlone.edu/org/board.

  • The Bride of Facts

    Thank you “Always Check Your Facts.” Always good to see someone cutting through the fog of this blog.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    Correct.

    TONIGHT’S OHLONE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING IS AT THE NEWARK CAMPUS (110) @ 7:00 P.M.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    “Bride of facts” & “Always Check Your Facts,” take a chill pill. The mistake was only about the location, all other content is true: how administration and board members need to hear from the public before making drastic decisions & give everyone the SAME information (i.e. Frontage Property!)

    Thank you.

    Hope to see you all there tonight!

  • The Bride of Facts

    “Ohlone Constituent” I of course don’t know you, but if you are a fellow member of the public that you champion, we didn’t see you speak at the meeting. No blame meant, but no one else spoke about the Frontage Property. Thank you for the call to arms via this blog, but were you there? Why did no one speak on this issue? I was interested in learning more and listening.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    Where you there “The Bride of Facts” sitting with the administration as your heart beat raced and your hands shake with guilt waiting to see if someone would speak the truth? I plead the 5th (do you know what that means – wikipedia it then you’ll “know”). Unfortunately, I’ll give you this bit of information, my people and I suddenly became busy dealing with our Governor trying to fix problems rather than just crying about them. No one else spoke yet but don’t worry they will speak. I don’t give up this easily, come on I thought you got the point from my hundred posts about the Board Meeting. You should change your alias from “The Bride of Facts” to “Chuckies Bride.”

    How come you haven’t asked one question on these blogs? You go straight to your hebetudinous comment, “Always good to see someone cutting through the fog of this blog.”

    Go back to your office and get some work done for the College as a whole not just your colleagues. Thank you!

  • Bride of (hebtudinous) Facts

    “Ohlone Constituent” As dull as you believe my comments to be, I am merely a “long time listener, first time caller” –so to speak– and was grateful to “Always check your facts” for the mild correction on a minor point. Often these minor errors (such as place and time) lead to people not being present at the meetings.

    If you recall, I thanked you for your rally call on this issue and went to the meeting to learn more. When no one spoke on it, I was disappointed and wondered why? Nothing more.

    If it is your objective to then insult people who are trying to lean about important issues in their community, I suggest you remain silent. Also, if I’m reading between the lines of your ranting text, accusing me of being on (or in cahoots with) Ohlone’s staff is absurd (based on?) and the tone runs counter to your call for the public to attend these meetings. The way you go on about nothing in the above, you sound like Bob Brunton.

    I’ll be at he next one, if you’d like to calm down and join me, I welcome a fresh start.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    You did go to the meeting? I had a correspondent there and they said no one should up from the public. Interesting I’ll see the video.

    Bob Brunton is my idle – I have great respect for that man. I hope he wins this upcoming election. When he goes on and on he speaks the whole truth in exact details which irritate the majority of people.

    What is your biggest concern? Your comments dont, “lean about important issues in [the] community.”
    So I would like to know what imortant issue you have concerns on?

  • Bride of Facts

    Now I’m confused (and won’t bother other reader’s with our two person-conversation after this, even if it is informative to me).

    When asked if you were at the meeting, or why you were perhaps not at the meeting, you wrote: “my people and I suddenly became busy dealing with our Governor trying to fix problems rather than just crying about them. No one else spoke yet but don’t worry they will speak.”

    And that’s fine since things often do come up.

    But now you write: “I had a correspondent there and they said no one should up from the public.”

    First, there were people there from the public (a small few at least)… and second when I asked:

    “No blame meant, but no one else spoke about the Frontage Property. Thank you for the call to arms via this blog, but were you there? Why did no one speak on this issue?”

    …I was asking why no one from your group (I assume you have a group, though I may be wrong) brought up these important issues (like the Frontage). If your correspondent was there, as you say, why did he or she remain silent? Others (like myself) would have benefited from listening to a dialogue opened by your group.

    Some of us are simply ignorant of these issues and want to learn more about them. If you send another correspondent to the next meeting, speak up.

    And though we merely disagree on Brunton’s effectiveness, I still value your opinion and your group’s knowledge on the subjects raised. I thank you in advance.

  • Ohlone Constituent

    You didn’t answer my question.

    Correspondent – true. No it’s not a group. More like individuals with the same concern.

    I saw the tape that someone on the Board ask for it (frontage) to be on agenda, thank God. Hopefully they (Garret Yee) actually puts it onto the next agenda. This way we (concerned residents) get information from the Board and Administration then we can have our time to speak up with our questions and concerns in a manner suitable at these Board Meetings.

    If you do attend and want to find out information I’m not the one you should be attacking so respectfully and kindly to speak up it is the Administration and the Board you should go and speak your concerns to so they can put this hot topic onto the agenda. I mean that is all I would do when I attend which is to simply go up and ask for this topic to be put onto the agenda because of all the latest gossip about it and to give out the same information the administration knows of. Also if you read my previous notation in the other Ohlone article I had stated, holding the position I currently do, by some invisible clause restricts me from speaking on topics sensitive to this god forsaken administration. Only an Ohlone staff, faculty or even student would understand this if they are knowledgeable of the governing system and the people running it.

    By the way looking at the video (since you mentioned you attended) I noticed 2 male professors and one young female student. Of which all left immediately. Bride- you must be a female. So who are you really? You’re rhetoric sounds like people I’ve dealt with for a long period of time unfortunately – Ron Travenick? Leta Stagnaro? or Joanne Schultz? Hmm…

    See you around.

    Thank you.

  • Leon Cohn

    I have heard of video footage of crowds of people attending meetings in the past calling for Brunton’s head.

    I have not seen them, but is that true? Are these videos online so anyone can view them?

    Why did they want him out of office so badly?

  • http://www2.ohlone.edu/people2/joconnell/ Jeff O’Connell

    There are a lot of anonymous comments both supporting and criticizing Bob Brunton on these blogs. I did not have anything to do with any of these or the youtube video. I don’t do things anonymously. I wrote the following letter to the editor of the Ohlone Monitor. They sent it to Bob Brunton and both my letter and his response were printed in the October 9th edition.

    My name is Jeff O’Connell. I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Ohlone College. I was hired as a part time instructor in 1995 and was hired full time in 1996. I consider myself to be a very involved faculty member, I have served on many campus committees including Faculty Senate and am currently the co-chair of the Technology Committee.

    The following are documented facts about Bob Brunton, member of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees.

    •Bob Brunton has made remarks during board meetings that made light of the early Ohlone Indians by suggesting that the school put casinos on the college land.

    •Bob Brunton sought personal addresses of Faculty Senate members “in an overt attempt to discredit their opinion, since some may have (moved) outside the voting district.” Quote from an open letter written to the board by fellow board member Garrett Yee on September 23, 2006.

    •In 2002 during a meeting with an Ohlone contingent visiting from China, Bob Brunton served his own financial interests by making a sales pitch for his company. This along with other issues is detailed in an article from the Oakland Tribune on October 15, 2006. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20061015/ai_n16784528

    •The position of board president rotates through members and Bob Brunton is the only board member to be removed from that position by his fellow board members. He has been removed from that position twice, both times he has held the position.

    •The board voted unanimously to have an attorney investigate Bob Brunton for unethical behavior. There were no findings because policy and procedures were not in place at that time. Since then, the board now has policies and procedure on ethics violations.

    •On February 14, 2008, Bob Brunton came to campus to solicit information about the college from students, faculty, and staff. According to Page 166 of the Community College League of California (CCLC) Trustee Handbook for 2008, “A cardinal rule of effective trusteeship is that no individual trustee directs or becomes involved in staff activities…When directly approached by individual staff, boards and trustees listen, but do not take action on employee requests. Employee concerns should be directed to internal lines of authority and should not be addressed by individual trustees or the board.” He has a copy of the trustee handbook, yet his unwillingness to follow it has clearly led to at least one of the four recommendations that the accrediting commission gave Ohlone : The Board of Trustees cease involvement in college and district operations and delegate all non-policy issues and policy implementation at the district level to the president.

    •On February 27, 2002, Bob Brunton voted in favor of giving medical benefits to domestic partners of members of the Board of Trustees. On April 10, 2002 Bob Brunton voted against giving the same benefits to domestic partners of Faculty. He made similar votes against giving these same benefits to the other two employee groups – CSEA on June 26, 2002 and SIEU on September 25, 2002.

    •The Faculty Senate gave Bob Brunton a vote of “no confidence” and asked him to resign after comments he made to the media. These comments were his personal opinion but he made the comments representing the Board of Trustees. See the Oakland Tribune article: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_/ai_n16743751 as well as the Ohlone Monitor article: http://www.ohlone.edu/org/monitor/20062007/20060928/page1.pdf

    On November 4, 2008 Bob Brunton is up for reelection. Is this the type of person you want on the Board of Trustees of Ohlone College?

    Bob Brunton’s response:

    I am Bob Brunton, Ohlone Board of Trustees member. It is an honor to serve you, and to be part of our vibrant college of our community. Ohlone is blessed to have outstanding faculty and staff who love to teach and to provide a supportive and safe environment to our students.

    I am a part-time elected public servant with a full-time love of Ohlone. Assuring student success is my top goal. I have been a consistent advocate for the students (our customers), and taxpayers and citizens of the district (our owners) and the under-represented assets of our college. I make decisions based on the information that I have with the intent of what is in the best long-term interests of the district as a whole. Working with my fellow trustees, I have made a positive difference for Ohlone College.

    I decided to seek re-election because next term Ohlone will be facing its most challenging combination of financial and educational issues in its history. I have the experience, dedication, courage, creativity and connection that will best help Ohlone meet these challenges.

    The Board has taken decisive action in satisfactorily addressing the issues raised in the recent accreditation report. All members of the Board, me included, have gone through additional training and education on the proper roles and effective trusteeship.

    The future has already arrived with the recent hiring of Dr. Gari Browning. The Board and the CEO are committed to working together and communicating effectively. The Board has adopted the Learning Board modes and its focus is on its proper role of policy development compliance and not on narrow issues.

    Bob Brunton Member, Board of Trustees