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San Mateo County Community College DistrictCandidato para Síndico, Area de Síndico 4

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Richard Holober

College Board President
23,608 votos (52.14%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Advancing student success, graduation and transfer rates
  • Expanding job training programs for good 21st century careers
  • Focus spending on classrooms and students, cut bureaucratic waste

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Educator and Consumer Advocate
Executive Director, Consumer Federation of California (2001–current)
President, San Mateo County Community College Board — Cargo designado (2017–current)
Trustee, San Mateo County Community College Board — Cargo elegido (1997–current)
Trustee and President, Millbrae School Board — Cargo elegido (1993–1997)

Educación

University of Rochester B.A., History and Psychology (current)

Biografía

Richard Holober is the President of the San Mateo County Community College Board. First elected in 1997, he has served five terms on the Board that governs Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. Richard was elected to the Millbrae School Board in 1993, and served four years, including a term as School Board President.

Richard Holober has championed access to quality, affordable higher education and job training programs.
Richard represented the College Board when the District developed its first strategic plan that set goals and measured progress in improving student retention and success. As the Strategic Plan is continually refined, the results demonstrate noticeable improvements in course completion, degree attainment and transfer rates.

He led the College Board in adopting green building standards that won the District three Sustainable San Mateo County Awards. Richard has helped the College District address the housing affordability crisis by developing states first below market rate rental housing for college faculty and staff.

During the Great Recession that followed the 2008 Wall Street collapse, state funding for Community Colleges was slashed by more than 20%. Facing this crisis head on, Richard led the College Board in scrutinizing programs to make difficult but necessary cuts to undersubscribed programs while ensuring that core academic and vocational course went unscathed. 

During the funding crisis, Richard led the successful effort to win approval with a two-thirds vote of local residents of the first Community College parcel tax in California history. As a result of Richard’s efforts, the college district weathered years of state funding cuts with no layoffs, and no pay or benefit cuts. And when the funding emergency ended, Richard kept his promise to voters, and led the College Board in terminating the parcel tax. 

Richard Holober has served as Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of California for 17 years. In 2002, he co-founded Californians for Privacy Now, which was instrumental in winning the nation's strongest financial privacy law. As a leading consumer advocate, he has worked to expand health care patient rights, to protect the public from defective products and household toxics, for food and drug safety laws, for stronger protections against fraudulent sales practices, and for curbs on predatory lending practices. His work as a consumer advocate has been covered by scores of news media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Forbes, Reuters, AP, Fox News and GQ.

Previously, Richard served as a labor advocate, and helped win passage of the state’s first parental leave act,and  laws protecting women and LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace. In 1996 Richard Holober founded the Liveable Wage Coalition and ran the successful Proposition 210 campaign that raised California’s Minimum Wage by 35%, lifting two million hard working people out of poverty. In the mid-1980's, Richard worked for the United States Senate on the staff of US Senator Alan Cranston.

Richard and his late wife Nadia raised their two sons in San Mateo County where they were active members and officers of the local PTA. Richard is a graduate of the University of Rochester and attended graduate school at Cornell University.

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Featured Endorsements

  • San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers
  • California Nurses Association
  • San Mateo County Firefighters Association

Organizaciónes (20)

  • San Mateo County Community College Federation of Teachers
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California Nurses Association
  • San Mateo County Firefighters Association
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party
  • BAYMEC - Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council
  • Jefferson Elementary School Federation of Teachers Local 3267
  • California School Employees Association Chapter 33
  • San Mateo County Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Operating Engineers Local 3
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7
  • Teamsters Local 856
  • Electrical Workers Local 617
  • UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 467
  • Communications Workers Local 9410
  • Carpenters Local 217
  • AFSCME Local 829
  • United Healthcare Workers- SEIU

Funcionarios electos (31)

  • David Canepa, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Juan Raigoza, San Mateo County Controller
  • Sandie Arnott, San Mateo County Treasurer
  • Dave Mandelkern, San Mateo County Community College Trustee
  • Deirdre Martin, Pacifica City Council
  • Claire Mack, San Mateo Mayor (Retired)
  • Deborah Penrose, Mayor, Half Moon Bay
  • Charles Stone, Belmont City Council
  • Warren Lieberman, Belmont City Council
  • Pradeep Gupta, South San Francisco City Council
  • Cecil Owens, Trustee, Bayshore School Board
  • Rob Pappalardo, President, Cabrillo School Board
  • Marie Brizuela, Trustee, Jefferson Elementary School Board
  • Richard Ginn, Trustee, Las Lomitas School Board
  • Frank Barbaro, President, Millbrae School Board
  • Denis Fama, Trustee, Millbrae School Board
  • Don Revelo, Trustee, Millbrae School Board
  • Jesse Levin, Trustee, Pacifica School Board
  • Mark Addiego, South San Francisco City Council
  • Ron Collins, San Carlos City Council
  • Cliff Lentz, Brisbane City Council
  • Glenn Sylvester, Daly City City Council
  • Donna Rutherford, East Palo Alto City Council
  • Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park City Council
  • Debbie Ruddock, Half Moon Bay City Council
  • Reuben Holober, Millbrae City Council
  • Wayne Lee, Millbrae City Council
  • Mike O’Neill Pacifica City Council
  • Sue Digre, Pacifica City Council
  • Michael Salazar, San Bruno City Council
  • Marcelino Lopez, Trustee, Ravenswood City School Board

Individuos (2)

  • Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights and Labor Leader
  • Melody Lew, San Mateo Foster City School Board (Ret)

Creencias poliza

Student Success

Richard Holober represented the College Board when the District developed its strategic plan, which set goals and measured progress in improving student success at Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College.  In the four years since Richard helped craft the plan, significant improvements in course completion, degree attainment and transfer rates have already been achieved. 

From 2014 to 2017 (most recent data available): 

Transfers from our three colleges to University of California campuses increased by 41%. UC admissions are very selective. This increase in transfers reflects improvement in exceptional student performance at our College District.

 

Innovative and Affordable Higher Education

Community colleges are the best bargain in higher education. But they are not free, and even modest cost can deter student attendance. Under Richard’s leadership, our three colleges are now providing free tuition to 1400 first year students, plus up to $750 for textbooks and up to $50 a month for transportation vouchers to our campuses. This First Year Promise Scholarship program includes intensive counseling and a requirement to select a major early, because evidence shows that students who have clear graduation goals are more likely to succeed.  New student shuttles are making it much easier for students who don’t have cars to reach Skyline and Cañada Colleges.

Under Richard’s leadership the College District became the first in the nation to offer a textbook rental program. Textbooks are the biggest cost many student face. Under this innovative program, the cost of a textbook is reduced by 75%. 

Richard also supported establishment of Veterans Resource Centers on all three campuses, to create a welcoming home for students transitioning from military life to college. This spring, 90 military veterans graduated from San Mateo’s community colleges.  

Career Training

Facing a regional shortage of registered nurses, Richard Holober helped lead the College District in increasing nursing enrollments. As an elected Trustee, Richard led in the building of a state of the art Regional Public Safety Training Facility that prepares the police and deputy sheriffs that protect our lives. He has worked to make sure that our Fire Academy provides outstanding training for our county’s firefighters.

Our Community College District just became the first in the state to offer Bachelor’s Degrees in Respiratory Care, a vital health care profession. Other innovative career training programs developed under Richard’s leadership include solar installation, web design and online multimedia design programs.  Richard has made sure that our College District’s 90 career training programs innovate to stay ahead of ever-changing workforce needs.

 

Your Fiscal Watchdog

Richard Holober examines budgets and spending to keep the district’s focus on our classroom and student-support mission.  During the Great Recession that followed the 2008 Wall Street collapse, the state slashed funding for community colleges by more than 20%. Facing this crisis head on, Richard led the College Board in scrutinizing programs to make difficult but necessary cuts to under-enrolled courses while ensuring that core academic and vocational courses went unscathed. 

During the funding crisis, Richard led the successful effort to win approval with a two-thirds vote of local residents of the first community college parcel tax in California history. As a result of Richard’s efforts, the College District weathered years of state funding cuts with no layoffs, and no pay or benefit cuts.

When state funding to community colleges was restored, Richard kept his promise to voters, and led the District in ending the Parcel Tax. Local newspaper editorials heralded the termination of the parcel tax as an uncommon act of elected officials that kept faith with taxpayers.

 

Affordable Housing for Faculty and Staff

Under Richard Holober’s leadership, the Community College District tackled the housing affordability crisis, building 110 units of faculty and staff rental housing at Cañada College and College of San Mateo. A third faculty/staff rental housing development in underway at Skyline College. Rents are about one-half of the market rate. The College District passes along its low construction and maintenance costs to our employees, with no rent subsidy. This first of its kind rental housing makes it easier to attract talented professors and staff to work at our colleges. 

 

Green Building Leadership

When the College District embarked on a program to modernize our three campuses, Richard proposed ambitious Green Building goals for new construction. His proposal was adopted, and the College District has won acclaim for its sustainable building practices, its energy and water conservation success and its elimination of toxic building materials. Richard Holober’s Green Building leadership was recognized when he was awarded the Sustainable San Mateo County award.

Student Success

Summary

Richard Holober has helped lead College District planning that has produced significant improvements in student graduation and transfer rates.

Student Success

Richard Holober represented the College Board when the District developed its strategic plan, which set goals and measured progress in improving student success at Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College.  In the four years since Richard helped craft the plan, significant improvements in course completion, degree attainment and transfer rates have already been achieved.

From 2014 to 2017 (most recent data available): 

Transfers from our three colleges to University of California campuses increased by 41%. UC admissions are very selective. This increase in transfers reflects improvement in exceptional student performance at our College District. 

Innovative and Affordable Higher Education

Summary

RIchard has helped create programs that enable community colleges students to overcome economic, academic and cultural barriers.

Innovative and Affordable Higher Education

Community colleges are the best bargain in higher education. But they are not free, and even modest cost can deter student attendance. Under Richard’s leadership, our three colleges are now providing free tuition to 1400 first year students, plus up to $750 for textbooks and up to $50 a month for transportation vouchers to our campuses. This First Year Promise Scholarship program includes intensive counseling and a requirement to select a major early, because evidence shows that students who have clear graduation goals are more likely to succeed.  New student shuttles are making it much easier for students who don’t have cars to reach Skyline and Cañada Colleges.

Under Richard’s leadership the College District became the first in the nation to offer a textbook rental program. Textbooks are the biggest cost many student face. Under this innovative program, the cost of a textbook is reduced by 75%.

Richard also supported establishment of Veterans Resource Centers on all three campuses, to create a welcoming home for students transitioning from military life to college. This spring, 90 military veterans graduated from San Mateo’s community colleges. 

 

Career Training

Summary

San Mateo County's three community colleges are our premier job training agencies. Richard ensures that career program prepare students for good 21st centruy occupations.

Career Training

Facing a regional shortage of registered nurses, Richard Holober helped lead the College District in increasing nursing enrollments. As an elected Trustee, Richard led in the building of a state of the art Regional Public Safety Training Facility that prepares the police and deputy sheriffs that protect our lives. He has worked to make sure that our Fire Academy provides outstanding training for our county’s firefighters.

Our Community College District just became the first in the state to offer Bachelor’s Degrees in Respiratory Care, a vital health care profession. Other innovative career training programs developed under Richard’s leadership include solar installation, web design and online multimedia design programs.  Richard has made sure that our College District’s 90 career training programs innovate to stay ahead of ever-changing workforce needs.

Información de contacto del candidato

Email richard@holober.com

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