Rally at City College of San Francisco Turns Violent; Students Released From Jail

Police and students were involved in a dispute at CCSF following a rally about accreditation issues. Photo: Alex Emslie/KQED
Police and students were involved in a dispute at CCSF following a rally about accreditation issues. (Alex Emslie/KQED)

Update Friday

Two City College of San Francisco students arrested yesterday at a chaotic protest against the state-imposed administration were released from jail this morning.

Labor studies major Otto Pippenger, 20, is charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Members of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 and fellow students raised about $1,600 to post his bail, said Pippenger’s mother, Heidi Alletzhauser.

English major Dimitrious Philliou, 21, was cited and released early this morning for resisting arrest and “returning to school property,” according to the sheriff’s department.

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A moment from the clash between students and police at City College March 13, 2014. (Alex Emslie/KQED)

About 200 students and teachers with the Save CCSF Coalition rallied yesterday afternoon at the school’s main campus demanding the resignation of Special Trustee Robert Agrella, the reinstatement of City College’s elected board of trustees, and an end to a new payment policy requiring class fees to be paid upfront, at the beginning of the semester. Agrella was made a special trustee with broad administrative powers after an accreditation agency ruled it would pull the school’s accreditation. This would render the school ineligible to receive state funding and close the school.

“I think anytime there’s any economic downturn, private forces try to sell our most important institutions for scrap,” Pippenger said after returning home from jail this morning. “I’m committed to try to keep it open in the way that it has been. I’m a dedicated participant in the fight to save City College.”

The two-year battle between City College and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has drawn charges of conflict of interest in the private regulatory body, a state audit of the commission and three lawsuits, including one brought by the city of San Francisco. An injunction granted in that case put the school’s closure on hold indefinitely.

But students and teachers with the Save CCSF Coalition say much of the damage is already done. The school shed more than 5,000 students since last year. Chairs of diversity-related departments, like African American or LGBT studies, say their departments are under siege as programs are being cut. In addition, students who pay nonresident tuition, including noncitizen students, are angry about thousands of dollars in fees now being charged at the beginning of the semester.

“Unfortunately, I was not able to register this semester,” Itzel Calvo said at yesterday’s rally. “I pay out-of-state tuition because I’m undocumented, and so for me that’s about $3,000 for only two classes.” Calvo also said the school’s payment plan requiring 20 percent down is also “completely unaffordable.”

City College Chancellor Arthur Tyler said the college has an obligation to be stricter about collecting fees.

“We’ve instituted a payment plan to try to help students as much as we possibly can, but we’ve also got a fiscal crisis and I have a fiduciary responsibility to the state and to the taxpayers to ensure that we are collecting fees in a timely way.”

Protesters gathered yesterday afternoon and listened to students and teachers decry the policy and other changes imposed by Agrella, who replaced the elected board of trustees last summer by order of state Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Neighborhood Safety and Services Committee is considering a resolution today that would urge Harris to restore the elected Board of Trustees.

“From my perspective the board should have been restored months ago,” Supervisor David Campos said. “I came here as an undocumented student, to the U.S., and I think education is not a privilege, it’s a right. Part of that right is that you’re allowed to have a reasonable way of paying for something as basic as education, and the fact that they’re not giving these students that opportunity is actually shameful.”

Violence erupted yesterday after the crowd tried to get into City College’s main administration building at the Ocean campus in southern San Francisco. The protesters said they wanted to take their demands directly to Agrella and the school’s administration.

Police from the San Francisco and City College campus police departments block the majority of protesters from entering Conlan Hall after a rally calling for the resignation of special trustee Robert Agrella on March 13, 2014. (Alex Emslie/KQED)
Police from the San Francisco and City College campus police departments block the majority of protesters from entering Conlan Hall after a rally calling for the resignation of special trustee Robert Agrella. (Alex Emslie/KQED)

Campus and San Francisco police blocked the entrance, but some students already inside the building opened two sets of doors in the front, and more than a dozen students pushed past campus Police Chief Andre Barnes and other officers. A melee ensued, and Peppinger was thrown to the ground face-down, with officers pulling his wrists behind his back to handcuff him. An SFPD officer punched Peppinger in the back of his head, bouncing his face off the concrete.

He disputes that he assaulted any officers or resisted arrest.

Pippenger’s first appearance in San Francisco Superior Court is scheduled for Wednesday, his mother said.

Pippenger, who said he’s an intern with the AFT 2121,  the local teacher’s union, said he attended the rally for five points of extra credit for a labor studies class. His instructor was one of the people who delivered his bail.

The second arrested student, Dimitrious Philliou, also said he was treated roughly by police.

“They threw me to the ground, choked me, twisted my arm, and maced me,” he said while in custody from the back of an ambulance. “They pepper-sprayed me in the eyes for several seconds. The pain is still excruciating.”

It’s unclear whether Philliou was talking about San Francisco or campus police, which were both on the scene.

Philliou said he wants Agrella to have a face-to-face meeting with students.

City College student and Save CCSF organizer Eric Blanc stayed at a sit-in with about 12 students in the administration building overnight. He said many students cried and were very upset about the violent clash.

“I think it’s shocking that this administration would incite police on peaceful protesters,” he said. “The reason there was violence yesterday was there was a decision to bring in massive amounts of police and lock a public building. It shows that they’re scared, the fact that they had to use excessive force against students, that our two demands are widely shared and this administration is increasingly isolated.”

Chancellor Tyler said campus police had a responsibility to lock down the building to ensure the safety of students and staff inside.

“I’m never happy to see someone get hurt,” he said. “There is always a challenge when people are exercising their rights. The idea of civil discourse starts with being civil.”

Tyler said the inside of the building, Conlan Hall, is not one of the three designated free-speech zones on campus. He didn’t think coming down from his office to address the protesters would have diffused the situation.

“I did have my staff down there talking to the crowd. That didn’t seem to help,” Tyler said. “I did have business that I had to conduct and continued to do so.”

— Alex Emslie

Update: 5 p.m.

The Save CCSF Coalition has issued a statement saying that the students who entered the administrative building at the Ocean campus intend to continue their sit-in until Agrella steps down and the payment policy is reversed.

The statement reads: “The students are demanding that the Special Trustee With Extraordinary Powers (STWEP), Robert Agrella, step down. Ever since the democratically elected Board of Trustees were stripped of their powers students, faculty and staff have endured a series of destructive decisions and policies. One such policy the students are demanding be reversed is the aggressive payment policy that has forced many students out of school.”

Itzel Calvo, an undocumented student, is also quoted in the release explaining how the payment policy was hurtful to low-income and undocumented students. “I was not able to enroll in classes this semester unless I paid thousands of dollars in tuition up front, even before the classes started. I can’t afford that.”

Agrella and other school officials are expected at the Chinatown campus right now for a previously scheduled meeting on the controversial policies.

Update: 3:15 p.m.

Dimitrious Philliou, the student who was pepper-sprayed and arrested, spoke with KQED reporter Alex Emslie as he was in the back of an ambulance. According to Philliou, he was trying to enter the building “that is public for students” when he was stopped by officers during the scrum. After asking why he was being detained, he said that police pushed him to the ground and pepper-sprayed him in the eyes.

 

City College student Otto Pippenger is detained by SFPD officers outside an administration building. (Alex Emslie/KQED)
City College student Otto Pippenger is detained by SFPD officers outside an administration building. (Alex Emslie/KQED)

“It was extremely painful. The pain is still excruciating and they still aren’t giving me a reason for my arrest,” said Philliou, although he was told that he was being held for trespassing and resisting arrest. The officer in the ambulance confirmed that he was under arrest, but couldn’t confirm the charges.

The chief of campus police said it’s too early to know for sure, but it appears two students have been detained.

The students remaining in sit-ins both inside and outside the building have made two demands: the immediate resignation of special trustee Robert Agrella and ending the student payment plan, which requires that out-of-state students pay all tuition upfront at the beginning of the semester. This has been difficult for low-income students and undocumented students, who typically don’t have California residency and are considered out of state.

Haley Garabato, a San Francisco resident and student at CCSF, is one of about 18 students now inside the lobby of the building.

“I pushed my way through,” she said. She also reported seeing students being hit by batons and that officers, at one point, arrived on the scene in full riot gear.

The students, who have been inside the building for nearly an hour and a half now, are making posters with slogans on them and snacking on whatever food they have in their bags, said Garabato. There are no serious injuries among the group inside and they intend to stay there “all night if we have to,” she said, until their demands are met.

Original story:

A rally at City College of San Francisco turned violent this afternoon when protesters attempted to enter the school’s administration building, Conlan Hall, to present a petition to special trustee Robert Agrella calling for his resignation.

According to KQED reporter Alex Emslie, who was on campus covering the rally organized by the Save CCSF Coalition, the event became chaotic around 1:30 p.m. when students and teachers tried to enter Conlan Hall. Campus police blocked the entrances to the building, said Emslie, forcing the 250 or so marchers to circle the building looking for an open door. Protesters eventually pushed aside San Francisco Community College Police Chief Andre Barnes and forced their way inside.

At that point, said Emslie, “it was a melee.”

Campus police were promptly joined by officers from the San Francisco Police Department, who attempted to physically stop the protesters from entering the building. According to Emslie, batons were used to push back the crowd, and there was at least one detention of a student. Emslie said that while that student was being held on the ground in the process of being detained, he was hit by an officer, slamming his head into the concrete.

AFT Local 2121 President and CCSF English teacher Alisa Messer also reported a student being pepper-sprayed and receiving medical attention. “This has never happened at City College,” said Messer of the physical altercation with police.

There has been no official word on the number of detainees or any charges that may be brought.

Currently, a relative standoff has been reached, with about a dozen students inside the lobby of the administration building conducting a sit-in and the remainder of the protesters holding a sit-in outside the building. There are approximately 20 officers outside, monitoring the crowd, and about that many inside, said Emslie, but the administration has said it is going to release the SFPD officers and continue to oversee the scene with just CCSF officers.

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, who was scheduled to hold a symposium this evening on the CCSF accreditation issues, arrived after the incident and helped to negotiate with both Barnes and school officials. Campos has introduced a resolution calling for the restoration of the City College Board of Trustees and is holding a hearing on the issue at City Hall on Friday.

The negotiated standoff will allow the students, both inside and outside, to continue their peaceful sit-ins, but no one else will be allowed to enter the building.

The group was protesting the scope of powers of  Agrella, who was appointed after CCSF lost its accreditation last summer. Last July, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors stripped the elected City College Board of Trustees of its powers after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges announced that the school would have its accreditation revoked because of financial and governance issues. The board of governors replaced the trustees with Agrella, who has unilateral power over decisions on the school’s rules and regulations. Many of the changes Agrella has made, particularly salary increases for administration and a student payment plan, have come under criticism by staff and students.

A separate rally had previously been planned for 4:15 p.m. today at City College’s Chinatown campus, followed by a 5 p.m. forum on the school’s master plan for the next five years. It is unclear how those events will continue in light of the afternoon’s demonstration. This story will be updated with more information as it arrives.

  • sonya

    Go CCSF students and faculty! Love and appreciation to you for defending our school, our right to education, and our community resources! Agrella and the ACCJC are profiteers looking to sell the school for parts (worth $900 million in real estate and personal property), and gift their corporate private education backers (like Lumina Foundation) the hard earned tuitions of community college students. We fought hard for education for all, don’t let the 1% take it away! Support our schools!

    • Chris DeLong

      It is an unfortunate irony that students and faculty of CCSF believe unsubstantiated and farcical claims surrounding the academic and fiscal failures of the school (read: board of trustees) itself. This rally and the Save CCSF Coalition are a bane to real progress: reforming the school, gutting the faculty, and setting a sound fiscal path.

      • student

        Reform what? Privatise the school so that students have to pay 50 grand per semesters.

        • Student

          no it was all done to make money. first they scare off a bunch of students with this accrediation problem then cut some classes and sell a building, the fourth and mission campus alone would fetch 30+million.

      • christine

        Gutting the faculty? Academic failure?
        The quality of education at CCSF is excellent and has been acknowledged even by the ACCJC.

    • weilunion

      Right on and duplicate Chile where students are winning!! Google Dailycensored AND Chile for more. We need a nationwide student union willing to fight.

    • jabberwolf

      Fought hard? But earned.. nothing…. thus entitled to nothing
      the 54% = are entitled. The rest are leeches.

      • Student

        NO ONE IS ENTITLED TO ANYTHING!

    • Stoked

      If you can’t pay then why do you feel you can benefit?

    • Dustin Leitch

      I think the students are wrong. I think they have a sense of entitlement that they should not have. Why do they think they can break into a building and occupy it? Why do they think they can or should dictate the terms of enrollment. Most of these bums aren’t even citizens. No wonder San Fran is a mess. Bunch of commie, pinko, scum…

  • Chris DeLong

    It is an unfortunate irony that students and faculty of CCSF believe unsubstantiated and farcical claims surrounding the academic and fiscal failures of the school (read: board of trustees) itself. This rally and the Save CCSF Coalition are a bane to real progress: reforming the school, gutting the faculty, and setting a sound fiscal path.

    • weilunion

      Fiscal path? You mean privatizing the college. America does not want its student education they want them obedient.

      • Pragmatist

        The lack of proper grammar and the outlandish claim of privatization in your comment serve as excellent evidence for the assertion made.

    • joizy

      gutting the faculty? who will teach then?

  • Aaron

    I am sorry for the actions and behavior of the CCSF students. I am all for protesting the situation that is going on in my school (i am a current student) and support the request that Agrella step down but the police didn’t just start beating and pepper spraying these students out of no where. I was there. I witnessed these students get put their hands on the police and shot obscenities at them, and when the police tried to detain the student the rest of them jumped in and started fighting with the police and then were quickly taken to the ground. There was NO police brutality or abuse of power. These students who were detained we out of control and in my opinion, looking to start a fight. Again, I am in total support of the students, but I don’t think the reaction of the police were over the line at all.Again, this is coming from a student who was in that crowd.

    • Dahn Shaulis

      Aaron, what’s your last name? Or are you a cop?

      • Student S

        Why do you assume that because he didn’t completely believe the validity of the students’ testimonies that he’s a cop? And why exactly do you need to know his last name?

        There are better ways to have rallies. You don’t force yourself into a building that the police are trying to block off. Even five year olds know that. Have some common sense, people. You think that the police standing there aren’t going to do something if you try to shove your way into a closed off building?

        Don’t dive right into mob mentality. You’re inclined to believe everything the students are saying because you identify with them. Who do you call when there are emergencies? Cops. No matter how much you hate them, you know they’re there solely to do their jobs.

        • Stoked

          Amen

      • smarterthanmost

        moron

      • bill smith

        Dahn Shaulis, You are turn coat and traitor I know of your secret meeting with the board.

  • Educator

    CCSF did not “lose” it’s accreditation last summer. The school is and always has been accredited. Get your facts straight! Stop trying to make CCSF look bad.

    • Chris DeLong

      Actually, on July 3, 2013 the commission voted to revoke CCSF’s accreditation, effective July 31, 2014. So, the statement is valid. The revocation is also implied by facts, CCSF enrollment fell 15% after the vote. Once again, a game of semantics rises and shrouds the real issues.

      • student

        Yeah, isnt there also a case about how the accreditation is false and that its in court right now? Also, do you really think it’s right that students from the chemistry department is using used broken test tubes, while these so called administration is getting a pay increase? Give yourself a reward after you solved the problem, not before it.

      • Former CCSF student

        CCSF has not lost it’s accreditation. A court order has stayed the revoking of the school’s accreditation pending investigation into the conduct of the accrediting agency. Check your facts.

        http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Judge-blocks-stripping-of-CCSF-accreditation-5109507.php

    • weilunion

      See the forest from the trees. The accrediting agencies are like Standard and Poors and Moodys. They work for the one percent. Accreditation was threatened not lost,s but you make it look like everythsing is ok. Go students. This is your only chance

  • weilunion

    Sorry for the actions of students? This is what is needed. Ins your face occupaton. The police are the cavalry fo9r the one percent. Do you think Nancy Pelosi or the corproate demos will help you? Want to petition king obama? My god, wake up! Direct confrontation is necessary. This is how Chile got three 26 year old students elected to Congress. This is why Allende’s daugher is the head of thye Senate in Chile. More student urisings are needed.

    • Pragmatist

      This kind of rhetoric is so vile. You, a product of prosperity unmatched in the history of mankind, looks upon the systems of the world and scoffs. You claim to know better, you must be a remarkable student of history and philosophy. You’re mind and understanding is so small as to be pitied. If this is the product of CCSF, San Franciscans should wish the school be closed.

      • Terri W.

        Pragmatist, I appreciate that you, at least, have your eyes open. I can only hope that others will try to LEARN what is really happening.

      • joizy

        Product of prosperity? For whom? The income gap in the US is growing. Who is prospering? Students are being denied access to education. Corporations are driving the agenda with incessant testing and the takeover of education. Their goal is to privatize public education so that it can be traded on Wall Street and turn profits. They can also control the content. Education will be for the sole purpose of producing a well-behaved, obedient, ignorant workforce.

        • Stoked

          Joizy, who is being denied access to education? Are you suggesting that all are entitled to attend college for free?

        • Dustin Leitch

          Education should be privatized. Education is a priviledge not a right. If you can’t afford it then get a job, be responsible and pay for it! You do not have the right to steal from your neighbor to pay for a good or service. But thats old fashioned isn’t it?

    • jabberwolf

      Um so you are entitled to education … without paying on time… and to ignore the increasing costs. You can CHOOSE to g elsewhere but YOU are the fascist and dictator thinking others should pay for you. That others should only take money from what YOU think YOU should pay. The 54% are the ones paying taxes for schools like this but these schools also need to make money to pay their teachers and facilities.
      Very important lesson: YOU ARE ENTITLED TO NOTHING IF YOU GIVE NOTHING !!!
      When you learn to work for yourself and pay for yourself, then you are entitled to the benefits of your own effort, nothing more. You want direct confrontation? You get the results of police arresting and confronting back. So don’t complain – you are entitled to exactly what you give. You give force, you are ENTITLED to it to be used back against you.

      • Stoked

        Thank you jabberwolf! The idea that one is entitled to this education without even putting down 20% on the payment plan is still crazy to some of us. I understand education is expensive. I’m still paying mine off years later and my children’s at the same time. It’s not easy, but I chose education and therefore I foot the bill. It is not up to others to pay for what I want in life. It’s an investment of time, effort and money.

        • Terri W.

          And thank YOU, Stoked!
          No one is denying anyone access to education and the truth is that the students do NOT have to come up with the money before they take classes. They can choose to participate in a payment plan – making payments over the course of the semester. Some students who truly cannot afford the fees (and can prove it) have the fees waived. If a student has financial aid coming, the fees can be deferred.
          And once again, it was NOT Bob Agrella who instituted this payment policy. The elected Board of Trustees (who were stripped of their power for good reason) were the ones who voted to enforce the payment policy; unfortunately for Dr. Agrella, it started during his tenure as Special Trustee… which he was appointed to by the State Chancellor’s Office.
          It is unfortunate for all of us that some people are unable or unwilling to learn the truth, and that their actions reflect so badly on what is an incredible institution.

  • Terri W.

    I think it’s important for all to realize that the college chose to participate in the accreditation process to begin with. Granted, some might argue that the college doesn’t have much choice – but all of us have retain certain standards, and answer to somebody – the boss, mom, or God…
    The accreditation process is repeated every six years, and until the ACCJC recently threatened the college with the loss of its accreditation, everything was “hunky-dory”. Now the ACCJC are the Evil Empire? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with the actions the ACCJC did, but the fact remains that on the previous visit, the ACCJC noted that the school needed to make some improvements. The college agreed. On the next visit, the ACCJC noted that the college hadn’t done anything, and in fact, was worse off than before. It’s a shame that some choose to throw a tantrum instead of taking care of business.
    As for the whole argument about the payment plan – it sucks. But instead of trying to blame Dr. Agrella, one should probably look to the students who chose to take classes and then skipped without paying, and the administration that was supposedly running the college who let them get away with it. The payment plan was proposed before Agrella became the Special Trustee, It was implemented under his watch.
    It’s unfortunate that so many are being misled by incorrect information, whether it’s from the newspaper or by members of the college community. I owe a lot to City College. It’s not perfect and needs improvement. But attack mode is not going to get us there.

    • pj

      Thank you for an excellent explanation and post.

  • Fifi susi

    I could not enroll in school because the high tuition fee and the physical education department is not allowing students to repeat a course. If it’s physical education is understandable should be a way to continue but CCSF stop it. No the right

    desicion.

    • catherine L

      It’s the state which is limiting repeats, not CCSF.

  • Jeffry Helms

    Yep, CCSF wanted extra monies from me also–I had thought it was a mistake, and did not enroll. I guess it was a tuition hike—but I thought it was a mistake?

  • Dahn Shaulis

    Those who are protesting need to know their history and sociology. There have been other movements before them, that have been successful to a point, but crumbled. The Black Panthers, for example, were dogged by the US government through COINTELPRO. These students also need to know that higher education has often worked to undermine and indoctrinate and separate the working class. Just the fact that most teachers and students see themselves as “middle-class” shows how deluded people are are. It’s sad to see that the teachers unions and public employees unions are not showing much solidarity.

    • N. Employee

      Just an FYI—there is solidarity between faculty and the public employees (staff) at CCSF. The schism is between the faculty perpetrating the lies that caused the violence on Thursday, and the rational, reasonable people who are trying to get CCSF back on track.

  • Jimmy Gray

    when everything has a price nothing is sacred…

  • Student

    The accreditation issue was created by the administration with one single intent, get less students to enroll. Then by jacking up the tuition for out of state students, requiring more down, and cutting classes they now have 25-30 thousand students less. Now the privatized aministration can sell just an empty building. Just the campus at 4th and market is worth 30 million or more.

  • Matt

    This kid now has an arrest record. That will help him get a job. As for LGBT, Women, and African American studies….that won’t buy you a cup of coffee. Collecting tuition up front…Sounds about right. These brats want “Community College of Santa Claus,” not San Francisco.. Those days are over.

  • Jonathan Farrell

    As a City College alum, this entire situation makes me very sad. All of the confusion and back and forth between the College and the Accreditation Board should have been resolved along time ago. What is at risk is the future of our democracy. We need an educated population in order to have a fully functioning democracy that strives for equality and justice, while pursuing our freedoms. When I heard about this riot a bit ago via text message from a fellow CCSF alum, I was stunned. This must stop and order and civility must be restored. And, most of all, the students, who are the future, our future must be able to go back to class, complete their educational goals and get on with their lives.

    • Jan Kroes

      Are you saying skilled labor trained as apprentices or other forms of training are somehow not valuable because they do not provide a “liberal arts” kind of education? Apprenticeships, technical & vocational schools often do not provide “liberal arts education”, but they do provide the skills that society needs! It’s very sad that so many Americans assume “liberal arts education” or “university” is the only valid form of education. Many of my very skilled Dutch family members and relatives never went to “university” or had a “liberal arts education”, but learned their skills under masters and vocational-like schools that taught them very valuable skills, and despite that they are very functioning members of the democratic process!!! Democracy depends on people able to think and being able to see through the “liberal” and “conservative” rhetoric! Instead, we have liberals and Democrats on one side of the political spectrum swallowing and regurgitating liberal and Democratic political ideology without actually questioning the dogma, and on the other side we have people swallowing and regurgitating conservative and Republican political ideology without questioning the dogma. Where does the education help them when they mindlessly follow Democratic or Republican dogma??? The US political system has created masses who blindlessly accept what their preferred political doctrine espouses. To illistrate this point, this article and the comments posted show how enough students at CCSF mindlessly follow rather radical Democratic/liberal dogma, even to the point where they suspiciously condemn anything they disagree with as agents of the 1% or enemies of democracy! Those are words of blind dogma, not educated, rational adults trying to find a solution. That is not how informed, curious, and informed voters respond. That’s mere rhetoric!

      • Jonathan Farrell

        Thanks for responding to my comments. Yet I think your reaction to what I said is taken a bit too far out of context. I don’t understand how what was said can be described as “elite minded.” I said nothing of the types of programs or liberals or conservatives or political parties. I merely said that I hope that the situation at City College gets resolved. Because, public education is vital to our American way of life. It allows EVERYONE to participate. And, by having an education, be it in whatever form or style a person wants, allows a person to participate and pursue their dreams. I think what might have sparked your reaction was either the words “educated population” or “democracy.” If those words sounded “elitist” they are not. You are right, education comes in many styles and forms, vocational and skilled labor is part of education. Keep in mind, City College of SF offers those types of programs. I want City College to continue because I do know how important all of the programs the college offers is to everyone. Please look at my comment again and then read first sentence and paragraph of your reaction.

  • FatimaSF

    Students are protesting for the wrong reasons.

    Everyone should have to pay the tuition up front, set up a payment plan, or take out a loan. That’s what I had to do when I went to college.

    The school is in financial troubles because the faculty, staff, and administration get paid too much money and get really great benefits. I am not saying that people do not deserve a good salary, but 50% of the employees at City College DO NOT work while they are getting paid to work and they are completely useless.

    Why aren’t your protesting this:
    As per Huffington Post article last year, 92% of the CCSF budget goes to salary and benefits.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/city-college-of-san-francisco_n_1745775.html

    CCSF will never change as long as the union has control over its employees.
    The only way to make it right is to shut it down and restart it under different management.

  • ROB HFFMN

    protesting and words……no matter what they are do not give the pigs the right to do as they do and protecting a fellow student from over zealous cops still isn’t good enough for me. I thank all the students who protested to support OUR SCHOOL.

  • guest

    undocumented = illegal = no rights to in state tuition = get out

  • Pappy Beagles

    Have a solution for the illegals upset over having to pay “non resident” tuition. Take your @ss back to your country, get a job there, and apply for citizenship. While waiting for your turn in the line, instead of jumping the line in front of people who are trying to become citizens legally, save the money that you make. Once your name comes up and you get citizenship, then legally move to SF(god knows no other city would want you), register as a legal resident, and wa-la, you are now paying resident tuition. I know, its such a simple solution to a simple problem, but it will still fly over the heads of the majority going to school there. Only in SF would a illegal alien demand that its their right to have a USA college education.

  • bob

    ALL liberals love to claim that everyone but themselves are lemmings and follow the 1%. These college kids were most likely coaxed into this by their libtard professors who still have fantasies of being in the 60’s riots. Liberals think they are enlightened and more intelligent than everyone but they are the most closed minded ignorant people on the planet. Who else could prescribe to an ideology that has destroyed or damaged every civilization it has infected? Who else can look at the greatest country this world has ever seen and say it’s sucks and we need to make it like other crapy countries? I’ll tell you who… liberals. They have serious problem with any kind of authority most likely because they had overbearing fathers. They are jealous of any success other than their own . That is why they ignore their idol’s success such as most of Hollywood and George Soros and the like. They are nothing but hypocrites with zero standards for anything. Liberals are garbage and scum and will be the death of this country. Everyone of these idiot kids in this video is a liberal because every college is an indoctrination facility for liberals.

  • bob

    Anyone who wants to give amnesty to illegal aliens and wants our borders open should be forced to have to provide room and board to any person wishing to enter this country. The non resident should be allowed to have full access to your car, house, bank account and anything else you own or have a right to.

  • Dennis Richardson

    I am not in favor of these students. Community Colleges exist because tax payers are taxed. There is no such a thing as a right to an education when people are illegal and tax payers subsidize it. Despite some non-citizens do pay some taxes, the criteria of citizenship and county residence must be respected. There is no such a thing as a right to take what you want from your neighbor (a tax) with no legal limitations. Non-citizens have no rights, deport them all. Another example of the Idolatry that dominates peoples thinking today. I believe in community colleges but that may end soon due to abuses.

  • catherine L

    Great reporting!

  • bill smith

    California is such a disgrace.

  • Jan Kroes

    They just need to finally shut down CCSF, the joke of Bay Area education, and put a stop to our tax money funding the mess they call CCSF. If students love CCSF so much, then they can cough up the money themselves to pay for ALL of it and spare the rest of us the tax burden! They need to put the funding of CCSF back on the ballot! Let the voter decide if they want to continue to fund CCSF! That’s the democratic way, something CCSF students surely can agree on!

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