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Ohlone student parking fees rise: New rates are $35 for cars, $18 for motorcycles

By Todd R. Brown, Staff writer.

Sunday, August 26, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—Students starting classes Monday at Ohlone College will have to shell out some more shekels for parking.

The board of trustees recently chose to boost semester parking permit fees from $26 to $35 and motorcycle fees from $15 to $18. Hourly rates will remain the same.

The decision to raise the prices was not unanimous. Trustee Bob Brunton complained that the college was unfairly piling its revenue woes on students.

"I look at education more as a business sometimes. I look at the students as customers," he said. "You tell employees to park away from the building and let the customers park close. We make students use the spots that are the farthest away and charge them the most."

Trustee Rich Watters shared similar sentiments, saying, "I think $35 is pretty steep."

Student Trustee Ken Steadman said students are willing to pay a little more for parking but feel that the faculty and staff should pitch in as well.

Sarah Zentner, assistant to the college president, said the increase will help offset a loss of revenue from upper parking lots being used instead as a construction staging ground.

A new student services building is going up that will consolidate counseling and a health center, admissions and records, financial aid and other services. It is due to open by spring 2009.

College President Doug Treadway said a proposed parking structure by the Smith Center could be another revenue generator, charging a daily fee for all users regardless of whether they are students or instructors.

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