Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

It's a trap

City College's accreditors offer the school a way out, but their past actions raise doubts whether they can be trusted

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As City College of San Francisco struggles to loosen the noose around its neck, this week its accreditors are slated to offer the college a new way out. But some skeptics are sounding the alarm: it's a trap.

The Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges is scheduled to vote on and announce a newly revised version of its "restoration policy," which some journalists have called City College's salvation.Read more »

Painting with more colors

Study finds city arts funding disproportionately goes to arts created by and attended by white people

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Not many plays feature an all-Latino cast, let alone all El Salvadoran. But Paul Flores' Placas placed brown actors and a brown experience center stage. The 2012 production explored a father and ex-gang member's struggle, leading his son out of a hard life of drugs, violence, and perhaps death.

The play garnered favorable but mixed reviews from critics, but among Salvadorans, it was a huge hit.Read more »

Net neutrality advocates arrested at Google HQ, call for national day of action

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Last night [Tues/24], a small group of protesters fighting for free speech on the Internet were arrested at Google's Mountain View campus. The group is calling for a nation Internet blackout campaign on July 15 to demand the Federal Communications Commission solidify net neutrality. Read more »

Pride and prejudice

How the attack on teacher tenure echoes through the movement for LGBT rights

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As Pride celebrations across the country unfurl their rainbow flags this month, teacher tenure in California suffered a stunning blow from a Los Angeles Superior Court, undermining protections that have shielded the LGBT community from discrimination.Read more »

SF school board to consider minimum wage proposal tonight amid union battles UPDATED

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Update [6/25]: The minimum wage proposal won, and is now part of SFUSD's approved budget. "There will be a larger conversation in August when I introduce the new minimum wage policy," Matt Haney, of the Board of Education said. Read the article to get some context on SFUSD's minimum wage struggles.Read more »

Sufi community to protest designer of outrageously horrible 80s pants

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As if designer Roberto Cavalli hadn't committed enough fashion atrocities, now he's pissed off an entire religious community.

Tomorrow a gathering of Sufi students will protest the Just Cavalli line at Union Square, alleging the famous fashion designer used a sacred religious symbol in his clothing and perfume product lines.Read more »

As Ellis Act reform bill faced death, where was Ron Conway?

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One week and one day -- that's how long Sen. Mark Leno has to push his Ellis Act reform bill through two committees in order for it to go before to the assembly floor, making its prospects for passage this year look dim.

The push would have been easier if it hadn't lost yesterday's vote, 3-4, in the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development. Now the bill's passage is a herculean task that even Leno admits is a tough slog. 

"I'd say it's challenging," Leno told us yesterday. San Franciscans have been displaced by real estate speculators, a dozen or more of whom are regularly "flipping" homes for profit and using the Ellis Act to clean out longtime renters. If passed, the bill would restrict the use of the Ellis Act to those who've owned their homes for five years or longer, allowing property owners to eventually get out of the rental business, as supporters of the Ellis Act say it was intended for. 

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Free Sunday meters challenge rejected, SFMTA board's independence questioned

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to reject an environmental appeal of the decision to repeal paying for parking meters on Sundays, which was voted on by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in April as part of the agency's annual budget approval.Read more »

Board of Supervisors considers environmental appeal of paid Sunday meters

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The Board of Supervisors is now hearing an environmental appeal of the SFMTA's proposed budget, specifically over the decision to make Sunday parking meters free once againThe move by the SFMTA to repeal paid parking meters deprived the agency of $11 million annually. Read more »

Disrupting the classroom

Tech companies teach city kids programming skills

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Programmers-in-training line the work tables at HackReactor, a software engineering boot camp many in the tech community call a "university disruptor" due to its speed in training coders. Those hunched over computers are typing their way toward a goal: joining the ranks of the 12-week course's alumni, now employed at tech companies like Adobe, Beats Audio, Pandora, and Hipmunk. But walk past the rows of intensely driven (yet casually dressed) engineers and you'll also encounter the program's unlikely new trainees: San Francisco high school students.Read more »