I wrote a story for today’s paper that Ohlone College is considering a new bond initiative in November, 2010; and that a survey it commissioned showed that 58 percent of those queried were likely to support it — more than the 55 percent needed for passage.
That was surprising.
For one, it was only eight years ago that voters approved a $150 million bond for Ohlone, which paid for the new Newark Campus and other projects.
Two, bond measures benefit from a sexy project to sell voters, like a new campus, a seismically safe hospital or new fire stations so men making more than $100k per year don’t suffer the indignity of listening to each other snore in buildings prone to collapsing in earthquakes.
But Ohlone’s bond has no sex appeal. The research firm asked voters to gauge what they’d like to see addressed in a facilities bond. The top item was proper ventilation in science classrooms to allow safe use of chemicals. zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Not exactly the stuff of punchy campaign fliers. Maybe, they’ll have a glossy photo of a kid wearing a lab coat and a gas mask.
Then again Fremont residents, at least, seem to love bond measures almost as much as they hate taxes, so maybe it will pass.