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UncategorizedA huge victory for City College

A huge victory for City College


Flanked by Deputy City Attorneys Sara Eisenberg (left), Yvonne Mere and Tom Lakritz, Dennis Herrera celebrates a major legal victory

By Tim Redmond

When the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges first moved to shut down City College, I talked to Rafael Mandelman, a member of the College Board, about what would happen next. We both agreed: This kangaroo court needed to go before a real court, where a judge could look at the facts and make a determination of whether the ACCJC was even close to in order.

And today, thanks to City Attorney Dennis Herrera (and no thanks to Mayor Ed Lee) Judge Curtis Karnow issued an injunction ordering the accrediting panel to cease any action that could shut down the school until all the facts come out in a full trial.

It was a huge victory for the college, for Herrera, and for the city, and the judge (who is known as a tough but fair jurist) was very clear: Shuttering City College would be “catastrophic. Without accreditation the college would almost certainly close and about 80,000 students would either lose their educational opportunities or hope to transfer elsewhere, and for many of them, the transfer option is not realistic.” (more after the jump)

Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.
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  1. What can we learn from the SF CC victory?

    City by city we can rebuild our democracy.

    “Small groups of activists can save the world from global warming, city by city. Its the only thing that ever has.” — Margret Mead.

    What can we learn from Richmond’s struggle against big oil?
    Besides Richmond, what other examples do we have?

    Lancaster, Cal’s Mayor Rex Parris passed a law requiring all new homes to be solar powered. This will create thousands of new solar jobs.
    When one city passed a plastic bag ban, even tho that goes against the Federal Commerce clause and Preemption, eventually small city actions spread and become state laws, (Pot) and Federal policy.
    Even on huge policy issues like world climate change & Federal energy policy.
    The Feed in tariff policy requiring Utilities to pay home owners $0.49 kwh for feeding solar onto the grid, began in one city, in Germany.
    It is now the energy policy of Germany and 69 other nations, including Japan.
    We must fight the corporations, city by city.
    City by city we can reclaim our democracy.

  2. If I was a praying man, I’d be shouting “Praise God!” In any case, it’s nice to win one.
    I went to city college, my mother went to city college, and there is no reason that todays young people, and their children, should not be able to go to city college.

  3. With a huge sense of relief, CCSF faculty are breathing a little easier today. The accrediting agency ACCJC very last concern has been quality higher education for San Francisco’ 80,000+ students. Their real agenda will become clearer as this case goes forward in court. I will never forget that City Attorney Herrera stepped up, with his excellent team, in CCSF’s defense. Sara Eisenberg argued the case magnificently.

  4. To have let the accreditation committee get this far is criminal. That they knew the value of the buildings could be sold for over $800 million says it all: greed.

  5. Way to go Dennis. And about time to expose this illegal attack on our Community College System. San Francisco stands for a lot of things and diversity is one at the top of the ladder. So is equal opportunity which would be damaged if not for this lawsuit and its successful outcome. Mayor Lee just doesn’t get it even though he once championed the cause of people who attend City College. Too much exposure to folks like Gavin, Willie and Rose.

    Nan McGuire

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