City College in the News - Hindsight is 2020

City College is in dire trouble because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many people don't realize that the College has been in trouble (and in the news) for a long time due to poor leadership.

I'm running for the Community College Board because the buck stops with the elected members of the Board of Trustees.

The Trustees oversee the budget and the work of the City College Chancellor and the administration, and they are ultimately responsible for the health of the public institution that is supposed to help so many. 

Here's what's been happening with City College these last two years...

City College announces more class cuts for fall 2020

City College closes Fort Mason Center after 40 years of supporting the arts there

City College cuts 863 classes for the 2019-2020 academic year

City College ends its older adult classes, leaving 2,000 out in the cold

City College cuts diversity classes amidst budget woes

City College cuts over 300 classes for spring and summer 2019 to stave off $13 Million deficit after draining all budget reserves

City College asks for $845 Million bond to make up for years of deferred maintenance and fix dilapidated buildings unsafe for instruction

City College Trustees attempt to quietly raise administrator salaries amidst hundreds of class cuts and the firing of faculty and counselors to close a $32 Million deficit

City College breaks promise to lab aides by not proving pay raises to meet SF's minimum wage and cutting their hours

City College faces another dire budget crisis after spending $22.6 Million more than it collected in FY 2018 alone

Free City program loses $5 Million through 2018

We've been hearing the call to "Save City College" or that someone "Saved City College" while our students continue to suffer. Enough is enough.

It's time to elect leaders with the skills needed to turn City College around:

  • Professional experience as an academic administrator and as a professor
  • Real first-hand understanding of what our students are experiencing
  • Resolve to make the difficult decisions that lie ahead

I hope that you will join me as we fight to remake City College in service of the thousands of students who depend on this pivotal institution to work towards a degree, learn a new skill to better support their families in a post-COVID-19 economy, and take community classes to remain engaged in lifelong education.

Ready to Run (with my Fiancee)

 

There's a tough road ahead, but I'm confident that we can succeed and put City College on the right path together.

Thank you for your love and support,

Victor