CCSF should just say “NO” to Restoration

It is still unclear whether or not the CCSF Administration will decide to apply to the new status of “restoration” from the ACCJC. Some think it is a trap as reported in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The California Federation of Teachers submitted a comment on the policy to the ACCJC explaining their concerns. 
As the deadline approaches (July 31st) we need to let our administration know what we think about it. In addition to emailing the Chancellor ( or the STWEP ( you can attend the Chancellor’s listening session or make public comment for the next non-board meeting.  (see below)

In the meantime, please write to Congresswoman Jackie Speier, one of our greatest allies, before it’s too late. Thank her for advocating for CCSF as we have struggled to save our college and urge her to tell the City College administration not to fall into the trap of applying for “restoration status.” The ACCJC already has the authority to grant a two-year “good cause” extension and has done this for many other colleges. Under “restoration status” the future of the 80,000 students who depend on CCSF remains in limbo while the ACCJC continues their preposterous bureaucratic brinkmanship. Click here to edit and send your message to Congresswoman Speier: help us prevent our college from falling into the trap of restoration status!

Come to one or both one-hour listening sessions scheduled with Chancellor Art Tyler to discuss any and all issues regarding the changes taking place at City College. Everyone is encouraged to participate – students, classified, faculty, and administrators.
Friday, July 18th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm - Ocean Campus MUB 140
Friday, August 1st, 2:00 – 3:00 pm - Ocean Campus MUB 140
Thursday, July 24th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Ocean Campus MUB 140

The STWEP must GO! Join us at the Board of Governors meeting

resolution to continue the STWEP (Special Trustee with Extraordinary Powers) for another year is on the agenda of the next California Community Colleges Board of Governors meetingWe need to stop it!

Check out the Op Ed in  the Examiner:
City College’s Board of Trustees Should Be Restored  (

Join CCSF Trustee Rafael Mandelman, AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly and many others at the meeting:

July 7th at 12:00 pm
1102 Q Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-8752

During public comment we will demand:

  • that the BOG implement a process to restore our democratically elected BOT.
  • that the BOG remove the ACCJC monopoly for California Community Colleges.
  • that the BOG ensure a fair and transparent accreditation process
AFT 2121 will be organizing car-pools.
Please contact Ona if you need a ride or can give one.
612-210-1056 (cell)
415-585-2121 (office)

ACCJC is a failed institution – Pelosi/Speier/Eshoo call for new leadership

Press Release
For immediate release
For Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wendy Kaufmyn (510) 714-8687
Tarik Farrar (510) 388-1690
In a recent flurry of exchanges between the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Representative Nancy Pelosi, and the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE), the ACCJC has made claims that are at best misleading, and at worst intentionally deceptive. The Save CCSF Coalition supports Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s call that “…new leadership is needed at ACCJC. The Department of Education should also consider whether to recertify ACCJC as an accrediting body.”

Offered here are just a few of the numerous examples of ACCJC’s failed leadership:

  • The ACCJC claims that they “…moved to withdraw CCSF’s accreditation based on wide-ranging, long-term problems identified by peer institution evaluators through the long-recognized and effective process of peer review.”
    What they fail to mention is that they are on their own “show cause” sanction for being out of compliance with four USDoE regulations, one of the four being that they violated this principle of peer review. The ACCJC failed to have a reasonable representation of faculty on the CCSF accreditation evaluation team.
  • ACCJC claims that CCSF had “years of notice (nearly a decade) and failed to take effective action.”
    What they fail to mention is that another one of the four reasons that they are on their own “show cause” with the USDoE is precisely because they did not clearly communicate and identify deficiencies that the institution needed to address in order to come into compliance. Bottom line: the clock did not start in 2006 when ACCJC gave CCSF full accreditation (albeit with some recommendations,) but rather in 2012. The follow-up evaluation team returned in April 2013. So, in fact, ACCJC gave CCSF only 8 months, not 2 years.
  • The ACCJC claims that they cannot give an extension to CCSF; however, recent communications from the USDoE in addition to examination of their own by-laws and USDoE regulations prove otherwise. They can extend the time “for good cause”. What better cause than the 80,000 students who would be denied their right to higher education should CCSF close?
  • ACCJC claims that candidacy status is the only way forward for CCSF; however, they acknowledge that for CCSF to continue to have access to federal resources, the USDoE would need to waive the normal two-year hiatus on eligibility for federal aid. This is by no means a given and is probably one of the many good reasons why CCSF administration has strongly rejected this route. Despite the lack of viability of this option, the ACCJC continues to push for it. Why? To abrogate union contracts?  To avoid the litigation in progress against them?

Thanks to City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the ACCJC’s actions at this point are moot. A court injunction prevents them from revoking CCSF’s accreditation until the conclusion of the trial which will occur this fall. Herrera claims in his suit that the ACCJC is motivated by a political agenda. They seem hell-bent on proving him right.




On Thursday, March 13 City College students calling for the resignation of Bob Agrella and the reversal of the new tuition policy were beaten and pepper-sprayed by the police. Yet the CCSF administration is now claiming that it was the students who were violent.

What are the facts?

For months Special Trustee Agrella has refused to meet with student representatives, leaving them no option but peaceful protest to make their voices heard. On Thursday, the Agrella administration continued to shut out students and provoked police violence through two unprecedented decisions:

  1. It closed Conlan Hall, a school building open to the public in which many past demonstrations have been allowed, and
  2. Rather than rely on campus police, it brought in dozens of San Francisco City Police, who escalated the situation.

In response, students attempted to open the doors to hold their planned peaceful sit-in. Allegations that students struck or assaulted officers in this process are completely unfounded: video footage clearly shows that all physical assaults were by police against students — not the other way around. Did students such as Otto Pippenger and Dimitrious Philliou deserve to be met with police batons, punches, and pepper-spray for simply trying to enter Conlan Hall to defend their right to an education?

The next day, members of the SF Board of Supervisors and State Assembly denounced the police violence, and are putting forth a resolution calling for the removal of the STWEP and the return of the duly elected CCSF Board of Trustees at the Tuesday, March 25th Board of Supervisors meeting. 

CCSF students remain committed to non-violent protest to demand the resignation of Agrella and the cancellation of the tuition payment policy. Join us this Thursday, March 20th at 2pm in front of Conlan Hall for a peaceful vigil against police violence, to collectively reaffirm why we love our school and why we never want the police violence of last week to occur again.

– Save CCSF Student Committee
Please watch and share the following video which shows the facts about Thursday’s protest:

Constituents Denied Their Legal Right to Public Comment for CCSF Board Meeting

Chief Barnes refusing entry of faculty to Administration Bldg
Chief Barnes refusing entry of faculty to Administration Bldg

Video of Event:
Attempt to give public comment – Part I
Attempt to give public comment – Part II
Attempt to give public comment – Part III
Attempt to give public comment – Part IV

About a dozen police officers locked out a crowd of constituents who showed up at the administration building of City College of San Francisco in an effort to reclaim their legal right to public comment on crucial decisions affecting the college.

Last summer the State Chancellor of California Community Colleges dismissed the democratically elected Board of Trustees and appointed the Special Trustee With Extraordinary Powers, (STWEP) Robert Agrella to have sole decision making power for the college. Although required by law (Education Code 72121) and board policy (B.P. 1.10) to hold public meetings and provide the public opportunities to participate at these meetings, since coming to power the STWEP has not allowed this.  A board “meeting” is the STWEP meeting with himself.

A number of particularly controversial resolutions were scheduled for the Thursday, February 27, 2014 board agenda relating to inflated administrator salaries. Resolution 55 (  stated that it will “memorialize” salaries that were “previously approved” and Resolution 54 ( ) authorized top administrative salaries to “be independently adjusted based on market variations.”

Constituents, in an effort to reclaim their legal right to public comment asked the STWEP, or a designee to hear their comments. When they arrived at the administration building they were locked out by police officers guarding the doors. Eventually, Jeffrey Hamilton, recently hired administrative assistant to the Chancellor, came outside and announced his willingness to receive written comments only.

Had she been given the chance, Alisa Messer, English instructor and president of the faculty union was prepared to read from a letter ( that included calling “on the District to immediately and retroactively rescind these unlawful payments of excessive salaries to top administrators and pay these administrators in accord with the established schedule.

“Such egregious violations would not likely have occurred if this District were operating with open Board meetings and under the watch of its publicly elected Board of Trustees. Restore the voice of San Francisco voters and bring democratic decision-making, transparency, and public accountability back to CCSF by restoring the duly elected Board of Trustees.

“Faculty made the difficult choice to ratify a contract with a significant cut in pay last fall at the same moment the College hid these unprecedented increases in administrator salaries.”