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Thursday, April 18, 2013

TESTIMONY AT CITY HALL BY FACULTY AND STUDENTS FROM SAN FRANCISCO CITY COLLEGE - SANS SF CITY COLLEGE TRUSTEES.

There was a lot of testimony at the hearing called for by Supervisor Eric Mar - some of the faculty were present  from San Francisco City College; and of course the students.
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Missing for sure and many surprised; but not totally surprised - the San Francisco City College Board of Trustees.
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You would have thought these good for nothing scum bags - would come and speak to the truth -  but; they were no where to be found and seen.
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San Francisco City College is going through some very rough times. That is putting it mildly. The SF City College Board of Trustees - have failed miserably - and the students as usual are the victims.
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One faculty member teaching Arts - spoke about the many adverse impacts that would follow - when a student would not be able to repeat an "Art Class" for example. There are mandatory rules and regulation that prohibit the students from repeating some classes.
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No through evaluation has been done regarding this latest ploy and no one seems to give a damn about the student - and her or his education.
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On the surface this situation seem easy to understand - but, not when the "class" is a basic requirement. Some one has made a decision not to permit student to "repeat" a class - all you get is one time to pass it. Who could these fools be? 
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Further; mostly the minority students - who happen to be poor - and it so happens they also happen to be working two, three - and I was very surprised four jobs.
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Of course those working are working temporary jobs - you get no benefits - and if you make one single mistake - you get shafted.
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The stress is unbearable - but that is the case with most students and they trying their best to survive. But, if no one cares - truly; no one would be bothered about the students per se - to some they are just statistics - to be used - and thrown away - like a dirty, rag.
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The students want to educate themselves - but while they are doing it - they are stressing, themselves to the limit. And as with any other job or project - the more stress there is - the end result will not be encouraging - where the the environment is hostile - progress in on the low end.
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So; whoever the idiots that thought this was a nice way of keep the classes under control - and save some little money - has put the cart before the horse.
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True educators do not believe in this fashion - they would not in the private colleges and universities - those deans, those faulty members work with the students and the student unions - and the end result - is some holistic approach to most issues that need - to be solved. Not so at San Francisco City College - there are few opportunities to adjudicate and less to have a meaningful - dialog.
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This devious method is a good way of keeping those who need help - those that should not be kept apart - those that should be encouraged to learn and educate themselves.
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Some folks with intent are keeping the students down - doing all in their power not to encourage and foster upward mobility.
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The devil always has to have his way. And in this case it comes from the top - mostly people who do not have the best interests of the students. Add to this mix corruption and greed and you have the perfect storm - and as usual got in the middle of this tsunami - the students who want to get an education.
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A counselor from San Francisco City College -  spoke about how the many other counselors have been laid off.
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She is the only one - that has a permanent status - and so she has to work hard - just to keep up - and she does not mind doing the work - because if she does not the students will suffer. Some grant given to SF City College keeps her working - so she said.
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Student after student spoke about San Francisco City College and how City College has helped them. But, now most of them; just when they need San Francisco City College most - find that they are in peril - they find themselves fighting to survive, fighting to get a good education - thrown to wind.
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I know this first hand - from the many students and graduates I have known - over the last forty years. This is the first time so many students that want to learn - find the cannot - and the opportunities are few. The economy is hard on them - and we must not let the students down - not those that have an aptitude to learn and succeed in life.
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So, now Supervisor Eric Mar wants to use Proposition A that was passed by the voters of San Francisco - and infuse some real money into SF City College.
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I doubt there is the backing to do this - but, someone has to begin - somewhere.
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You will get NO backing from say Supervisor Malia Cohen and less from Supervisor Jane Kim. This two are like some sordid wall paper - they want attention - attention to themselves - are are shallow and spineless.
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These two will have nothing much to say - they are NOT for the students and surely they had it good; when they were young and went to college.
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 Never mind - how they used their student loans and other grants - to whore their way up - to where they are now.

Pandering and doing nothing much for the constituents, the tax payers - and for sure NOT the college - students - as I said.
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You cannot get anything holistic when it comes to Supervisor Scott Wiener.
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Scott Wiener is a loser. The same holds good for the other Supervisors - when it comes to our single mothers, our youth, our students who go to high school and to college. These jerks - sit on the fence and see - which side is green.
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I was at a meeting recently and this City of San Francisco employee was openly touting that SF City College - would conduct classes and fulfill the aspirations of those interns - at City College - linked to construction, carpentry, plumping and so on and so forth. Wrong?
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There is no money to conduct such classes.
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At the Southeast Commission Facility at 1800 Oakdale in the Bayview Hunters Point - the Bill Gates Foundation - decided to give the youth and the community an opportunity - to educate the youth. The foundation provided state of the art - computers. This is a off site City College location - that is going to the dogs.
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That program lasted two semesters and it was moved to the Oceanside Campus and was put in the lap of Ingrid Gonzalves.
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We have leaders in the Bayview Hunter Point and other loud mouths just talking and singing the blues. Who permitted this program to go away?
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No one worth the salt is questioning - why was this major project to help our students moved away - in a - clandestine manner?
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The classes held at the Southeast, the Evan Campus also in the Bayview, classes held in the Mission District - classes held in China Town - are all impacted - because of funding and there is poor leadership - coming from the San Francisco City College - Trustees - who are NOT in touch with reality.
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The poor students attending these institutions such at San Francisco City College -  at one time; not long ago - the students got a sound educated - worked hard and contributed to Society.
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At one time many classes were held Downtown where everyone who could go to these satellite college affiliated to San Francisco City College - and did well.
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More the City College classes held Downtown. Most of these classes now have corporate influence - and they are packed as soon as they are announced - but not for those that need it and for sure not those that - are poor.
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So, what really is happening to San Francisco City College?
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What is happening to the accreditation - that was once held in high esteem -  that has now has fallen into a sordid - cesspool.
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A cesspool of someone's creation - could it be the SF City College Board of Trustees - have lost their mind?
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Some one must do something quickly - but not without consulting the students.
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The students must be at the table - and the community at large must be informed - about the shenanigans, the ploys and machinations - taking places at all levels at San Francisco City College - that have been going on for many, years.
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San Francisco City Hall is no better - there is no leadership - the hearing is just the beginning - let the fire works - begin.