As City College of San Francisco awaits an accreditation review that is expected to highlight its faltering grip on financial solvency, college officials have compiled an austere budget for the 2012-13 school year that has more cutbacks in store if voters do not approve a tax measure in November promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown.
“The college is facing a historic, unprecedented fiscal crisis,” Interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher said in an address to faculty last month. Read More
Governor Jerry Brown heard a clarion call for his party to take on employee pensions in the overwhelming passage last week of retirement reforms by the second and third biggest cities in the state, San Diego and San Jose.
Yet the message did not resonate as strongly in the statehouse where fellow Democrats rule. Read More
With a $16 billion deficit and facing draconian cuts to basic services even if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposal passes, Californians are fearful and angry at our state government.
A recent poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California showed that only 17 percent of likely voters approve of the job being done by the Legislature and 88 percent believe that “some” or “a lot” of the money we give to the state government is wasted. Read More
Orange -- in the form of hats, scarves, clothing, shoes, earrings, sunglasses, nail polish and even lipstick -- was the color of choice worn by many of the 400 guests attending a Golden Gate Bridge ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.
The festivities unveiling new visitor facilities at the bridge also kicked off a weekend of celebrations marking the crossing's 75th anniversary. Read More
It’s a phenomenon some of us have experienced: Loved ones call in the dead of winter saying they need money because their heat is about to be turned off. Of course we agree this cannot happen and set off to wire the money. On the way to the bank we realize that we’re not paying for the heat; we’re really paying for whatever that person bought with the money that was supposed to go toward the heating bill. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown took time off from his busy schedule this weekend to go on the radio and talk about the state’s budget problems. And those are sizeable indeed; although no one has been able to precisely calculate the size of the deficit, it is sure to be considerably larger than $9.2 billion, the number Brown’s office released earlier this year. Read More
Lawyers for 46 minority students and a civil-rights group asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco to allow them to go forward with their challenge to a voter-approved ban on affirmative action in University of California system admissions.“We’re asking that you give the students in this case their day in court,” attorney Shanta Driver on Monday told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More
As many as 390 families might need to make new plans for their 4-year-olds this fall, after San Francisco Unified School District announced Wednesday that it is canceling transitional kindergarten, a program for children whose 5th birthdays come after a new cutoff date for entering school. Read More
‘Soak the rich” has a populist ring that resonates in a period of economic uncertainty, and making the rich pay their “fair share” of taxes has become a rallying cry for those on the political left with no small appeal to those in the middle.California Gov. Jerry Brown hopes to tap into that sentiment with a ballot measure that would increase everyone’s sales taxes a bit while hitting the very affluent with higher income taxes. Read More
The recent closure of Tenderloin Health, which served the neighborhood’s homeless and uninsured population, might only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to free clinics shutting their doors. Read More