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Ohlone College finds inventive use for city redevelopment funds

By Matt Artz
Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 12:57 pm in Uncategorized.

CORRECTION: DARN IT, MORRISON WAS RIGHT. THE NUMBERS WERE FLIPPED. OHLONE SPENT 20K TO SEND OUT 55,000 MAILERS. IT DOESN’T SEEM MEANT TO BE WITH ME AND OHLONE. I’M HOPING TO TRADE THE BEAT THIS FALL TO AN INCOMING ARGUS REPORTER IN RETURN FOR THE SEWER DISTRICT, NEW HAVEN UNIFIED AND PERPETUAL  RIGHTS TO ALL TRAIN AND MOVIE BUFF STORIES COMING OUT OF NILES.

For more than six months, Ohlone College has been preparing to put a facilities bond on the November ballot to juice up the Fremont Campus.

The college’s Board of Trustees is scheduled later this month to officially put a bond on the ballot. When that happens, the college will have to create a campaign apparatus that raises money for campaign mailers.

But until the measure is on the ballot, Ohlone can use taxpayer money to sell taxpayers on the value of taxing themselves further to improve the Fremont campus. And that’s exactly what the college did earlier this month.

Ohlone spent $55,000 to send out 20,000 mailers (seen below), one of which went to my parsimonious editor.

Turns out the money came from funds passed through Fremont’s Redevelopment Agency. The college is supposed to use that money for facilities projects, and a informational mailer on the state of the Fremont campus is an appropriate expenditure, a college official said.  Look below for the flier:

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  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    “Use taxpayer money to sell taxpayers on the value of taxing themselves”

    I love this part. It could be part of a job description for a Democratic state legislator:

    WANTED: State Legislator, Democratic Party.

    All applicants should possess the following:

    *Exceptional verbal communication skills in Spanish.

    *Proficiency using taxpayer money to sell taxpayers on the value of taxing themselves.

    *Must believe the bane of our existence is the ratio of 2 over 3.

    All applicants should submit their resume to the SEIU, CTA or their local CSEA representative.

  • VOR

    Parsimonious – good word Martz. I like it. Definitely my word for the day.

  • Gus Morrison

    Is that the whole document? It says nothing and costs $2.75 each ($55000/20000). At that rate, Wieckowski/Yee would have spent millions on their mail program.

    Ohlone gets pass through money from RD to assuage their problems with RD collecting the tax increment. It is discretionary funding for them once it is in their hands. State law permits an agency to print and mail informational stuff, by not advocacy stuff. Sometimes the borders get smudged, but not this time. As I said, this flyer says little, if anything.

  • Andrew Cavette

    Gus Morrison,

    It is clear from the scanned images that this is NOT the whole document. The two half-circle, sticker, mailing closers stand out against the front image. There is, in fact, more inside.

    You ask a question, but then rush to judgment…

    “As I said, this flyer (sic) says little, if anything.”

    …before getting the answer or finding out yourself.

    This seems unfair at best.

  • Larry Wilson

    I went to a Muscle car show at Ohlone College about a month ago. I was shock to see what bad shape the campus was in. It looked like it was abandoned and was over-run by ground squirrels. It used to look sharp but now is completly run down. Why?

  • Gus Morrison

    Andrew, I asked if this was the whole document in my first line. Even so, at $2.75 each, even if it is fourpages, it is far too expensive. Matt might have had the distribution number wrong. I can’t figure out what a universe of 20K is in the Fremont/Newark area, so it probably is wrong. I hope it is. I do, in fact, support the facility upgrade project.

  • http://www.ohlone.edu/org/needs Patrice Birkedahl

    Matt:

    Matt: You mixed up the facts. The College sent out 55,000 documents at total cost of $20,000 for a total cost of $.36 per item. We sent out four different mailers. what you posted here was the fourth mailer. All of the mailers (and all of the pages of each mailer) can be viewed on the Ohlone web page discussing facility needs, ohlone.edu/org/needs. Would you please fix the error in the blog posting above? I don’t want to count on people reading all the comments to find out that you had mixed up the numbers.

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    “Dumb Tuchas”

  • sunny smiles

    Morrison’s right.

  • http://yahoo Jack Gayle

    What a disgusting Catholic relic in your recent article.