Much weirdness at the City College Board

John Rizzo re-elected prez; how the hell did that happen?

And you thought the election of the new old Board of Supervisors president was odd. Check out what happened with the Community College Board: After weeks of telling everyone in sight how horrible it would be if any of the three old-timers who helped screw up the school (Natalie Berg, Lawrence Wong and Anita Grier) got elected board prez, current board president John Rizzo won another term -- with the support of Berg, Wong, and Grier. And left some of his progressive allies either scratching their heads or fuming.

The backstory: A couple of weeks ago, Rizzo got word that prog colleague Chris Jackson was considering supporting Grier for the top post. That would have given Grier the four votes she needed, since Berg, Wong and her all vote together most of the time. And it would have screwed the progressives, who managed with considerable effort to hold onto a one-vote majority at a critical time in the board's history, while the college is trying to win reaccreditation. Why bother to win at the polls if you're just going to turn control over to the other side? I mean, the GOP doesn't vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.

So Rizzo asked former sup. Aaron Peskin, who remains one of the town's most savvy political operators, to help out. Peskin put an immense amount of time into working out the details and cutting through the various interest-group problems. (Example: By tradition, the top vote-getter becomes board president. That would be Steve Ngo. But the teacher's union is mad at Ngo because he wants to put more money into the school's reserves even if it means laying off teachers. So Jackson, a longtime labor guy, couldn't vote for him. Jackson had already told Grier he'd vote for her, so he'd have to be convinced to withdraw that promise. And on and on.) In the end, after a lot of wrangling (while trying to avoid the fact that the Brown Act prohibits the four progressives from talking to each other outside of a public meeting) Peskin managed to find a solution: Four people were willing to vote for newcomer Rafael Mandelman. Okay, that works.

The vote was Jan. 10. The night before, Berg called Rizzo to say that she didn't want Mandelman, but would agreed to support ... Rizzo. Presumably (she won't take my phone calls so I don't know for sure) she had already talked to, or was about to talk to, Grier and Wong to seal the deal. That, of course, would be a direct Brown Act problem, but nobody seems to care about the state's landmark open-government law anyway (witness the BOS leadership fight, where everyone was talking to everyone else behind the scenes).

So Rizzo agrees that would be dandy, never tells his colleagues on the left -- and when the vote goes down, he gets nominated by and re-elected with the support of the people he's been bad-mouthing all over town for the past couple of weeks. In the end, the progs saw the handwriting on the wall and went along and made it unanimous.

I called Rizzo after the vote and he told me that he hadn't expected Berg's offer, but that "it avoided a fight at the meeting, and that's a good thing for the state accreditors. It shows the board isn't divided." Actually, the board IS divided, and Rizzo has been part of that divide, and if the special trustee hasn't figured that out yet, he's not terribly observant.

He told me he should have given his allies a heads-up, but "that would have violated the Brown Act." (Clue phone: The whole deal that re-elected him was a blatant violation of the Brown Act.)

Mandelman just joined the board, and wasn't pushing for the top job, although he'd agreed to do it. So he's not that upset. But he was a bit bemused when I talked to him. "To have the two-week shitstorm stirred up by John, who then forms a partnership with the people he’s despising, and not to tell any of us, is wierd," Mandelman said.

Peskin's more direct. "Politics is all about keeping your word," he told me. "This is exactly not how you do politics."




A law forbidding people to tale to each other sounds like a Stalinesque reach to me.

As with Chiu, the incumbent kept his job because the rest were divided. And, since nobody got everything they wanted, it sounds like a good solution regardless of how we got there,

So, nothing has changed. And that's news?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

I mean, the GOP doesn't vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.

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Who was elected VP?

Posted by Parent on Jan. 11, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

Another strange part: Grier is now VP

Posted by tim on Jan. 11, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

We have turned around from there " Even the sound system for the festival's DJs, bands, and speakers was turned around by locals threatening violence, the performers say they were told yesterday."

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Jason Grant Garza ... oh a VIOLATION of the BROWN ACT ... ha,ha,ha. Who will ENFORCE ??? The MINISTRY of SUNSHINE after its 6 month NUCLEAR WINTER ???

This same MINISTRY that ruled HIPPA did not allow me access to my medical records without signature as per DPH's EXPERT and the MINISTRY's counsel advise only to concede and NOT PAY the PRICE nor be ACCOUNTABLE for the FALSE and INCORRECT expert opinion given in SUNSHINE that violated the act and 45 days ???
What was the conserquence???

Is this the same MINISTRY that allowed DPH to NOT provide CORRECT and ACCURATE information as to who ACCREDITS them for the patient/medical side - see case # 11099.

Sunshine, the MINISTRY, CCSF, DPH, BOS and CHIU ... yes, the LIST goes on and the ILLUSION continues and the BAND PLAYED ON ....


Go to YOUTUBE and type ih Jason Garza with 61 videos to see what the MINSTRY, DPH, Sheriff, SF Police, DA can do and GET AWAY with ... what is the CONSEQUENCE ... so when you write about VIOLATIONS ... so WHAT ???

For more on VIOLATIONS, the city, DPH and others go to to see a SIGNED CONFESSION then the INNOCENT VINDICATED VICTIM left for DEAD.

Any more questions as to whether they CARE or NOT? What is the CONSEQUENCE ???

Would it surprise you to LEARN that the SHERIFF does NOT ADVOCATE for the DISABLED ... go to youtube.

Yes, let the GAMES and ILLUSION CONTINUE ... they will retire and live the GOOD LIFE ...

Rigged is as RIGGED does.

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Jan. 11, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

Not being board president will simply mean he'll need to cool his jets and wait a little while to run when Weiner runs for mayor or the Assembly. He's only on the board because he tried to jump the line in his last run and was coolly reminded there is an order in San Francisco machine politics - and he needed to learn to respect it. BART, SFUSD and CCSF boards in San Francisco are but way stations for the terminally politically ambitious - like our own Asian Tracy Flick - Jane Kim.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Jan. 11, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

Since you're writing about CCSF, please watch your grammar:
"Berg, Wong and SHE all vote together".

Janice Wood

Posted by Guest Janice Wood on Jan. 11, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

The Board is to blame for CCSF's problems.

Wong and all the others thought of it merely as a stepping stong into a political career. They did not understand anything about income/expenditures, assets/liabilities.

Have any of these people ever taken any personal responsibiity for the quagmire?

Posted by Troll the XIV on Jan. 12, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

Jason Grant Garza here ... what personal responsibility from Commissions, Board Members, Politicians. Priests, Doctors, Courts, or Law Enforcement ... what are YOU living in another world ? They will tell the SHEEPLE what the sheeple wan tot hear, promise the world and when it fails ... duck responsibility, blame someone else, spin the TRUTH ... then retire to live the GOOD LIFE.

Interesting story when John was running for SUPERVISOR for district 5 I spoke to him about case# 11048 in sunshine against 4 supervisors for "OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT" since the ROSS witch hunt was proceeding at ETHICS. John did not know anything about it ... so in a race for supervisor these facts went where ? So now as CCSF president ... I expect WHAT ? What will the consequence ? What was the consequence for all the mis-action before ?

Yes, keep drinking the KOOL-AID ...

When the hecklers (those trying to recruit in the underground) ... I asked if they were and intended to be as vocal as to why it was this way and what was the fix and accountability ... I got sidewise stares ...

Yes, another day, more unaccountable BS and they retire to the GOOD LIFE ...
Let the GAMES and ILLUSION continue ....

Will anyone care about case # 11048 in sunshine against the four supervisors found guilty of "OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT"??? Ethics, Morality, Humanity, Common Sense, Fair Play, Good Will ... yes, ANOTHER WORLD.

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Jan. 13, 2013 @ 7:06 am

in that it is an exceptrion to the I-before-e spelling rule.

Just like science, species, seize, vein, foreign, eider, their, feisty, ceiling, decieve, and many others.

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Posted by CJ Roses on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 8:20 am

This is awesome, scare the conservatives into supporting a progressive for CCB president over a progressive because they're scared of electing a progressive CCB president.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 10:54 am

If they close down CCSF, do I get my CCSF parcel taxes back? Much like the City and County of San Francisco, the CCSF seems to have as its mission: employ people rather than provide service.

Posted by The Commish on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 11:04 am

approve closing down CCSF, and itemize the amount of money each SF resident will get back in taxes as a result.

I suspect it will be significant and might even buy you an education that isn't third rate.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 11:24 am

UCB tuition is $12,834. The parcel tax is in the two or three figures. What fourth rate libertarian academy did you go to where in tax whining class they taught you that the concept of the order of magnitude of numbers was irrelevant?

Posted by marcos on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 11:37 am

couldn't do better than CCSF, then doors get slammed in your face.

As such, the 13K is money well spent.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

Idiot Troll. Point being the savings from City College taxes for a homeowner won't buy textbooks at Berkeley for a quarter.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

might be a better deal than throwing a much larger amount at a crap school like CCSF.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

Troll, without the other $12K you're SOL at UC.

Posted by marcos on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

It's completely inappropriate to compare a community college to a four-year university, they are trying to do different things. And it's not a bad school, it's a community college, and great at what it does. I transferred to an ivy league school from CCSF.

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Posted by Guest on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

Try again, elitist commentor.

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that you are bitter, hateful and stupid?

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Posted by Guest on Jan. 16, 2013 @ 10:57 am

This article says that CCSF spent all but 8% of its budget on salaries and benefits. That strikes me as a problem.

This article says that many CCSF employees "receive 23 paid holidays beyond vacation and work less than 40 hours a week." It also says that "City College employs almost twice the tenured faculty per 1,000 students (24) as the two largest comparison colleges." It also says that the number of instructors and employees increased while enrollment went down. It also says that faculty salaries went up 25% while revenues went up less than 10%.

Read more:

This institution sounds like a debacle. I can't believe we have to pay parcel taxes to support this type of failure.

Posted by The Commish on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

people who would be almost unemployable anywhere else.

It's a welfare institution with a little low-grade education attached.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

Have you ever been to CCSF? I have taken several classes there, and they were top notch! The instructors and other employees were great. I learned a lot, and I was happy with the high quality courses I took.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

What a clown show - shut it down.

Start over.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 14, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

Keep in mind that the "product" being provided by CCSF is an EDUCATION. This type of product is provided by people... in front of a room full of students... and behind the scenes, working to advance the students in reaching their educational goals. I'm not surprised there's a large percentage spent on salaries. The employees of CCSF are what keep the school going and provide the education.

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she's been on the board all this time while ccsf has gone down the shitter....get rid of her

Posted by Guest on Mar. 08, 2013 @ 2:53 am

natalie berg is the one who crapped in the upper tank of the toilet and keeps on flushing, complaining about the smell.

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Actually have you seen her picture, it looks like someone took a crap on her face

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Didn't Rizzo use to be a lawyer or something?

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