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CCSF Trustee Alex Randolph attends a news conference at City Hall Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 announcing a deal struck by City College of San Francisco and city officials to make CCSF free for all San Francisco residents. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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City College of San Francisco Trustee Alex Randolph will soon be employed by another famous (infamous?) San Francisco institution: Uber.

Multiple sources confirmed to me on background that Randolph’s new job at the ride-hail giant will involve handling public affairs and government liaison work, though the sources were fuzzy on his exact title at Uber.

But here’s the real question: Will Randolph leave the City College Board of Trustees, so soon after its recent accreditation crisis has quieted? I couldn’t get ahold of Randolph, though when reaching out for a separate story last week he responded, “On vacation this week and just saw this.” So, perhaps he’s traveling.

Thea Selby, president of the CCSF Board of Trustees, said Randolph had not indicated he would leave the board.

“Not to me, anyhow,” she said, “not to the president. I haven’t heard anything.”

Randolph did leave his “day job” at the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department in July, sources said on background, where he was deputy director of government affairs.

Rec and Park officials were not available to confirm that Randolph had left (apparently, some of those media folks are at a conference).

If he stays at City College, don’t accuse Randolph of any double-dipping for the school and Uber. As Randolph wrote in a Facebook post on July 23, “School Board Members in LA now get paid $125k. For full disclosure your elected City College Board of Trustees earn $174 every two weeks.” (For full accuracy, I’ll note he inserted a smiley face at the end, which no, I won’t do here).

On being told of his job jump, Selby simply said, “I wish him the best. I know he was looking for something that could be challenging.”

Selby hit the nail on the head. Between CEO Travis Kalanick stepping down, its self-driving cars sparking conflict with local government and tussling in court with The City over revealing its driver’s traffic data, one thing is true:

At Uber right now, everything is challenging.

On Guard prints the news and raises hell each week. Email Fitz at joe@sfexaminer.com, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @FitztheReporter, and Facebook at facebook.com/FitztheReporter.

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