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CCSF protest

Fight the deep cuts happening at
City College of San Francisco

In the face of five years of program cuts, course cuts, faculty and staff layoffs, all of which have accelerated substantially in the past past few months, activist faculty, staff and friends of CCSF are supporting a November 2022 ballot measure to obtain funds that would restore aspects of CCSF’s course offerings important to the working people of San Francisco and to San Francisco’s economic recovery coming out of the pandemic. Signatures are now being collected to get this on the ballot; we hope to have petitions available at Bird & Beckett soon.

The following is taken from a fact sheet about the ballot measure:

SF WERCS with City College – Reinvesting in our Community’s Success

THE PROBLEM:

City College is Facing Cuts and Layoffs that threaten CCSF’s role as SF’s workforce education engine. In the most expensive city in the Nation, San Francisco’s City College is the largest and most accessible resource for degrees and jobs/skills training in the city. City College serves the most underserved – a population that has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, the housing crisis and rising inequality.

Over five years from 2014-2019, CCSF has had steady enrollment, but in 2019 the college began cutting classes which immediately declined enrollment, and both cuts and declines continued ever since. These cuts deny education to those who need it. We are rapidly losing the ability to provide necessary services and support the City’s economic recovery. As we recover from the pandemic, we must return access to pre-pandemic levels to guarantee San Franciscans are not left behind.

THE SOLUTION:

Invest in City College and the workforce and educational services that meet the recovery needs of our city. To generate this revenue the Revenue Unity Coalition (RUC), a group of labor leaders from SEIU 1021, the SF Building Trades, Stationary Engineers, and AFT 2121 propose a progressive, tiered parcel tax structure that will raise roughly 45 million dollars.

THE DETAILS: 

​​Revenue needed to meet minimum student demand in SF? Roughly 45 million dollars in ongoing funds is needed to meet the minimum community demand for CCSF by serving 22,800 Full Time Equivalent Students with at least 7,732 class sections.

Parcel Tax Rate $150 annually for “Residential” property and $75/unit for buildings with two or more units. For “Non Residential” the tiers are based on the following square footage tiers:

TYPE RATE
Non-Res Over 100K sq ft 4000
Non-Res Over 25K, under 100K 2500
Non Res 5K – 24,999 1250
Non-res under 5K sq. ft. 150

What is a parcel tax? A parcel tax is a tax based on a parcel of land or unit of property. The tax can be based on the type and size of property.

Exemptions? Seniors are exempted from the tax.

What’s the breakdown of funding distribution? The revenue will be distributed evenly between the following four educational priorities: (1) Workforce education and job training such as nursing, construction and EMT  programs, (2) foundational skills such as English as a Second Language and citizenship, (3) wraparound services that support student success and retention such as counseling and the Queer Resource Center, and (4) Social justice and equity programs such as the African American Scholastic Program.

Stand up for our beloved CCSF – for students, faculty, and staff and the San Francisco community – by investing in the long-term health of college services.

Email Contact: [email protected]

www.sfwercs.com

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A few thoughts from the Bird & Beckett perspective:

Faculty at CCSF, tenured and otherwise, are being laid off in droves as so-called budget imperatives are held out as an excuse while gutting this historic and invaluable public institution. No money in San Francisco to support community college for our children, cohorts and seniors? Who are they kidding, one has to wonder.

This city is awash in money. It seems a matter of taxing it and allocating it to uses that are imperative to support the city’s general public, a goodly percentage of it just barely getting by, if that, while working multiple underpaid jobs in a region where housing is scarce and priced to accommodate those with tickets on the gravy train. Something’s got to give, and that something is probably income inequality.

The K-12 public education system is woefully underfunded, resulting in criminally high student-teacher ratios and lack of resources except in those schools where the parents are wealthy enough to buy what their kids’ schools need. Bandaids and band instruments, books and paint brushes. And we’re worried that the school board might on occasion take time to consider whether school names might be inappropriately immortalizing racists and robber barons, or whether merit-based admissions policies might be reinforcing elitism and contributing to the wealth gap as well as attacking the self-esteem of stigmatized groups?

These aren’t crazy concepts, nor are progressive ideas about the school to jail pipeline and jails full of people who need support and resources instead on incarceration.

imho…

/s/ Eric Whittington, prop.., since 1999
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