CCSF loses class after missing rent

A City College of San Francisco parenting class that habitually defaulted on rent payments is getting booted, and The City will now contract with a private preschool.
The class took place in the Laurel Hill Clubhouse — one of several facilities operated by the college but owned by the Recreation and Park Department — for about 40 years, but rent payments were missed in recent years.

On Thursday, the Recreation and Park Commission awarded a two-year, $1,427-a-month lease to Language in Action, a preschool that teaches students Spanish as a second language.

Negotiations with Language in Action began last year, when the preschool responded to a request for proposals to make fair-market rent payments. Rec and Park officials told CCSF it would have to come up with the funds or be replaced with new tenants.

At the meeting Thursday, advocates on both sides — parents and teachers from the class who were pleading for more time to raise money, and parents whose children are students at Language in Action — fought for the lease.

However, commissioners were under pressure to make the decision immediately to allow either tenant enough time to prepare for September classes. They unanimously voted for Language in Action to lease two clubhouse locations, one in Laurel Hill and the other in Cow Hollow.

These are the first of several clubhouse leases that will be awarded to private organizations willing to pay fair-market prices. Commissioners announced that they are requesting private organizations operate up to 37 of the 48 clubhouses.

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