Video Conference Room
/ Fremont Campus
Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94539
College Council Meeting Minutes
August 8, 2007 ADOPTED
MEMBERS PRESENT: Doug Treadway Mike
Wright Joanne Schultz
Stagnaro Ron Travenick
Helms Dennis Keller
Lambert Stephanie Ramos
Myers Linda Evers
MEMBERS ABSENT: Dave Schurtz Jill
Dameron Jimmy Dempsey
additional student reps)
Council Meeting Minutes
Moved/Myers; Seconded/Roberts; Passed with three
abstentions to approve the 5/21/07 College Council minutes.
Moved/Roberts; Seconded/Myers; Passed with four
abstentions to approve the 6/13/07 College Council minutes.
Council Co-Chair Election
- Dennis Keller nominated by Cheryl Lambert / Leta Stagnaro
seconded. Passed, effective immediately.
- State Assembly passed budget, but not passed by Senate.
Impasse at this point. Ohlone's cash flow in good position with rainy day
reserve and one-time money to help cash flow. Can self-sustain until
October 15 without needing to seek assistance (via loan, etc.).
- Senate’s budget proposal, as it sits now, does not
"dip into" education.
- In order to make payroll, we would have to obtain a loan
after October 15, if state budget is not paid. Many other districts in
much worse shape, so pressure will be applied. It's rare, in fact, that
the state budget is passed on time. Usually passed by end of July, so
this is later than most years.
- CC League sent inquiry to districts to about cash position
just today. Survey to put more heat on legislature via CCLC.
- Frontage: Tonight is (again) decisive vote
regarding Fremont frontage lease to authorize sending out bid requests.
Spent a year negotiating with Sobrato last year, but ended talks six
months ago. Ready at this point to disclose "minimum deal"
district would accept. Continuing interest by many developers. Used past
meetings to thoroughly explain and explore Board concerns. Very important
to show support at tonight's meeting.
- Question: Any sense re Board vote? Reply: We believe at
last month’s meeting, we had the required five votes. McMillin wants to maximize
Board control over stores on the frontage, but most developers would balk
at such control. Most of Board wanting control of funds, not control over
developer. Likely to drive away some proposals, according to District's
attorney. McMillin had proposed "first right of refusal", which
District would have no way of funding. McMillin had previous negative
experience with absent landlord and trying to protect against that for the
- Right of first refusal means that if someone vacates,
Ohlone would have right to purchase a certain property back. McMillin
hoping for more control over who is leasing. College could purchase and
lease out ourselves. However, Ohlone doesn't have funding to support that
- Not really a buy-and-sell. Developer leases the stores.
If abandoned, Ohlone could buy out that piece or we become property
manager. McMillin is hoping for right of refusal if we don't approve of
When construction completed on Fremont campus, return of
temporarily unavailable spaces.
Projecting out six years, Fremont parking capacity, taking into
account if frontage development occurs, soccer field is relocated; Lots O and P
back on line. '07 and '08, estimating 2,500 spaces, which does not include
potential parking structure adjacent to Smith Center (~1,000 spaces,
multi-level) as a lease-leaseback. Would leave land to company and company
designs and constructs structure with structure leased back to the college for
a period of time, after which the college assumes ownership. Lends itself to
main street concept, public-private partnership. If structure occurs when
frontage is also developed, we'd have over 3,000 spaces available. Considering
structure as open to anyone for a fee (faculty, staff, students) revenue going
to the private developer's revenue stream and, eventually, into ours when we
take over. Proposal going to Board tonight.
Question: Have we polled ASOC regarding willingness of students
to pay more for parking? Response: Yes, have been meeting with students. ASOC
supportive of uphill parking and structure. ASOC already supporting parking
fee increase from $26 to $35 with no current changes, hoping we are moving in a
Company, when selected, would develop business plan, survey
students & staff, etc. People aware of parking issues in the Bay Area.
We're adding convenience factor, improvement of access, storage for Smith Center, etc.
Question: Solar opportunity? Reply: Not presenting tonight, but
other part of proposal will include "solar farm". Same funding
Lingering thought that we should never have surplussed property
due to "massive growth" and we'll eventually need additional
parking. Will discuss enrollment and parking as related topics.
Fall 7,203 students ('05) / 70% from 8 a.m. - 2:00
Evening not a parking impact. Construction impact = ~200 spots,
using frontage on grass for temporary solution.
2,418 students anticipated for Fall '07
Spring, Newark campus opens and daytime load drops (~2,200),
below two years ago.
Subtracting consortium, high school, on-line. Great growth in
on-line, which has no parking impact. 800 FTES on-line. Growth is relative
and different than it has been in the past.
- Retreat? Self-study of Council, similar to the Board of
- Concrete goals and then measure after a year. Specific
goals for the Council and what this group contributes to the college.
- Looking at the results of the campus-wide survey,
especially from Classified Staff, could be reviewed by Council at retreat,
to demonstrate that we pay attention to employees' perceptions. Real
constraints for participation in shared governance on the part of
classified staff. Not a level playing field in terms of freedom to
participate. Practical barriers. Some classified avoid uncomfortable
situations which drive choice to not participate. Perception that one's
opinion is not respected. Why bother? Review of survey comments could
also be helpful and revealing.
- Board has also suggested wanting more ways to be more
involved with shared governance.
- For Friday's Fixed Flex, President's speech to highlight
annual report of goals/accomplishments. Move to gym for symposium. This
year, hear President's speech and then meet at gym to evaluate eight goals
-- how are we doing? Full-time staff, faculty. Facilitated small groups
at tables. Groups working on each goal will then make connection to
self-study/accreditation process, and offer input regarding activities
connected and progress made. More in-depth look which will be fed back to
the college. Capture input and evaluate.
- With that in mind, do we want to structure Council retreat
to prepare for Fixed Flex activities?
- Last part of Fixed Flex morning would be spent shifting to
location/building where you work, and considering sustainability
practices. Environment Committee will facilitate. Committee will collect
ideas and come back with action plan for college.
- Thoughts of the Council? Flex activity: How likely is it
that we can encourage student participation? Reply: Will have to reach
out quickly and not sure how successful this will be.
- College connection students will be on campus, but they
may not have current experience. Most students on summer break. Consider
athletes and student senators.
- “Plodding and pleading” process. $2.5 challenge grant, still
trying to obtain matching funds.
- Several pending responses and some commitments from new
donors. Working our way up. Many tours and people amazed by what they're
seeing at Newark campus.
- Joanne Schultz, Dave Smith, & Patrice Birkedahl working
with Foundation Board on "Buy a Brick" campaign for Newark. Working on concepts with architects. Gifting bricks at the Newark Campus also an
option. $150 for “basic brick”. Larger size is $250, large brick
$1,000. Front entry area of Newark campus for installation. Timeline -
will be available for purchase “soon”. Can purchase on-line, w/credit
card. Working with ASOC for a section of reduced fee bricks.
- Form feedback loop with Faculty Senate
- Council award for Board member who demonstrates dedication
to the college (called Dan Archer award)
- Consider Pepsi contract (environment committee?). Pepsi money
goes to ASOC, roughly $14,000 to ASOC and $15K donation.
- Ohlone commitment to reduce waste by 15% (President's
climate commitment). 4,100 institutions of higher education nationwide conservatively
producing 3-4% of US pollution. Program will include audit of current
practices, publish Ohlone results along with all other colleges. Looking
for ways for faculty & students to communicate with other colleges
about what others are doing.
- Return to Fall Council schedule – Mondays preceding Board
meetings, as follows:
- 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, (November date tbd, since 11/12
is a holiday)
- NOTE: Fall meeting location changed to Room 1406
ADJOURNED: 5:45 p.m.