A young senior commissioner

I can already hear my editor, who’s out this week, pressing me to write about his guy. He’s Arvind Ravichandran, a 2010 Irvington High School graduate, and soon to be one of the newest members of the Senior Citizens Commission.

Sad to say but it looks like outgoing Senior Commissioner Fazlur Khan didn’t get his wish of being replaced with “a black” for the benefit of racial diversity in Fremont.

I got a wee bit excited for Fazlur when I read that the other new appointee to the commission was named Angela Turner. But, alas, she’s Chinese.

Matt Artz


  1. haha I don’t really know anything about Fazlur Kahn but this entry made me laugh 🙂 Angela Turner is Chinese? interesting, not a typical Chinese last name…

  2. The problem with most of our politicians today is that they would not qualify to do anything else. So they turn to politics. I am noticing somewhat of a similar thing happening with our younger generation. It would be advisable for them to take advantage of our President’s initiative to revive education and turn out qualified folks who can maintain our edge in Science and Technology.

    Young folks can take the cue from our President who established for himself a good educational foundation before he “chose” community service over a cushy Wall Street job.

    To the youths of today, I would say make an “informed choice” to get into politics or whatever else you want to do after you acquire all the “information”.

  3. “The problem with most of our politicians today is that they would not qualify to do anything else.”

    Chinmoy, you know better.

  4. Gus, I said “most”. We have Clinton & Obama, and then we have Bush. Besides, politics is played out in DC more than anywhere else. In cities like Fremont, the electeds have a day job. They are professionals who volunteer. It is the Congress and Senate which have a problem since they do not have term limits.

  5. I have to disagree with some of these comments. I’m so encouraged to find someone young *wanting* to get involved in how our city is run. Most young people couldn’t care less, until it affects what they want to do & then they just complain.

    This young man is interested in helping to see that our senior population gets the attention & assistance they need. He *is* involved in technology, and he has been working to assist seniors learn to use technology. He’s also still taking classes, so yes, he’s still working on establishing “a good educational foundation.” Yet he finds the time & energy to get involved with senior needs.

    I’m honestly disappointed to see such disparaging comments about his involvement in this vital group.
    I second Ishan’s comment: “A big congrats to Arvind!”
    I think the Senior Commission is lucky to have him & look forward to his input on the Commission.

  6. I don’t understand why advising our youths to focus on education is considered disparaging. We know well that we have had two great Presidents, one a Rhodes scholar and another a Harvard graduate. They chose public service after they completed their education.

    Ever wonder what India and China are doing with the education of their kids? Ever wonder why there are so few American students enrolled for PhDs and that 80% of the PhD enrollees are foreign students? Ever wonder why an increasing number of Americans think that someone who considers herself to be “Mama Grizzly” is qualified enough to be President? It is all about education; good schools resulting from well funded efforts by the community. Ther is nothing disparaging for making a case for education and schools.

  7. @Chinmoy Roy: Oh, I totally agree with your emphasis on education. Yes, education is the key to one’s successful future, and to the successful future of our country. I’m also delighted to find someone so young who, while still in school, is willing to be involved like this. He’s getting his formal education and some real-life lessons as well.

  8. Oh Pat, don’t worry…Chinmoy is not only singling out this young chap. He’s famous for making many disparaging comments on this blog. If you stick around, you will soon find out. Good luck to the youngest commissioner!

  9. A degree in science or engineering from a top school far from guarantees a good life with great pay and benefits. There just aren’t that many science positions that pay a wage worth the investment to get a PhD or masters.

    The smartest and money-hungriest group of students have been going into finance. The second tier have headed into law. The third tier head for medicine, and fourth for science and engineering. Sure, the most talented engineers can make wonderful money, but most grind away at middling wages, wondering why they worked so hard for so long for so little. Why are companies so hot on getting talent from overseas? They can cherry pick the most talented AND pay lower wages.

  10. Pat, there are many youths who are serving the community and do not aspire to seek appointed and elected positions. School and college is very rough and if it is between choosing to attend a Commission meeting or a workshop or a lecture, then a good student will choose lecture. But then what happens to making the commitment to attend a Commission meeting.

    Commitments are important here and you cannot have a cardiologist who is also a Council member, getting up and leaving a City Council meeting because he gets a call to rush to the aid of one of his/her patients in ER.

    I am glad to learn that you do not consider making a case for education as disparaging. All I am telling the youths is that they do not bite off more than they can chew.

  11. Jon, I agree with what you say about engineering. But not so when it comes to science and technology. The US still maintains its edge in these two areas. But we will soon lose the edge in these areas, if the budget that Obama is asking for R&D is not approved.

  12. If I knew then what I know now, I’d go for an MPA with an emphasis on hospital administration and be set for life.

  13. Gus, only in Fremont(Washington Hospital) would you be set for life as a hospital Administrator. LOL

  14. @Chinmoy
    While I do agree with you in that no one should bite off more than you can chew, but the idea that students should not go into public service is absurd. I personally know many youth that are able to handle school, work, and public service. One example of this is Anish Dave on the Human Relations Commission. Right now, I know he is on the Human Relations Commission and on the Community Advisory Engagement Board for the Family Resource center. On top of this, he works 20 hours a week, is a founder of a National Honors Society, and volunteers his time at the Speech Lab at Ohlone. Oh and by the way, he has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout this time. As Arvind moves on to college, he will have a chance to choose when his classes are and can work around service. I would like to echo Ishan’s comment and congratulate Arvind. I trust that he took this position with his own schedule in mind and will be able to admirably serve the City of Fremont.

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