Ten people are hoping to grab one of four open seats on the board of trustees for the Community College of San Francisco in the November election.
Those elected will face numerous challenges, but none more pressing than the college’s efforts to keep its accreditation after a report released by the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges found numerous violations.
The college must file an initial progress report in October. By March, the college administration must submit a “show cause” report as well as a closing report in case accreditation is not renewed and the school must close.
Additionally, City College, along with all California Community Colleges, is facing millions of dollars in budget gaps that could grow larger if tax initiatives on the November ballot are not adopted by voters.
Among the open seats, Trustees Natalie Berg, Chris Jackson and Steve Ngo are seeking to be re-elected. Milton Marks III occupied the fourth seat until his death earlier this month from a brain tumor.
The Mayor’s Office can appoint someone to fill Marks’ seat for the remainder of his term, which ends in January when a new trustee is sworn in. A spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee said he does plan to fill the seat in the interim.
Eight others, however, are hoping to unseat one of these incumbents or fill the vacant spot. The four top vote-getters will each serve four-year terms.
All candidates wishing to run needed to file proper paperwork with the San Francisco County Elections office by Wednesday.
Meet the candidates
- Amy Bacharach
- Natalie Berg*
- Nate Cruz
- Chris Jackson*
- Hanna Leung
- Rafael Mandelman
- Steve Ngo*
- Rodrigo Santos
- George Vazhappally
- William Walker
Source: Department of Elections