Task force will examine fundraising proposals, determine frequency

The next stop for fresh produce or used furniture could be the City College of San Francisco.

Faced with $20 million worth of state budget cuts that resulted in the elimination of 800 classes, the community college responded by putting together a flea market in October. Although proceeds from the parking lot sale only saved two of the cut courses, CCSF’s Board of Trustees is interested in exploring the idea’s full market potential. The classes cost about
$6,000 each.

“I want it to be operating continuously, whether it’s once a week or once a month. I don’t know what makes more sense,” said board President Milton Marks, who launched the flea market idea. “We need to figure out how to select someone who will run the process.”

Organized within a period of about three weeks, the Oct. 24 market attracted about 60 vendors that paid from $35 to $65 for space within the parking lot at the college’s main campus. After the event, vendors and shoppers expressed a desire to see the market become a regular event, CCSF officials said.

The market, however, also depended heavily on volunteers to coordinate the event, collect and sort donated materials and goods, offer them for sale at the event and manage the distribution of items after the sale, according to board documents.

“We only had three weeks to put this thing together,” said CCSF spokeswoman Martha Lucey, adding that only about one-third of the parking was filled that day. “It was a short period of time to organize 60 vendors.”

The board plans to create a task force to look at how to coordinate future markets, including how often it would take place, and possibly if the school should hire a person or group to help coordinate other fundraising events such as a farmers market.

The board is proposing that the task force, which would consist of representatives of the college administration as well as the Associated Students and local neighborhood residents, make recommendations by the end of February.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accomodate everyone living on the street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City would create sites for hundreds of tents under new homeless shelter proposal

Advocates say funding better spent on permanent housing

A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s poor track record on capital projects risks losing ‘public trust’

Supervisors say cost overruns and delays could jeapordize future ballot revenue measures

Roger Marenco, president of operators union TWU Local 250-A, speaks at a news conference outside the Muni Kirkland Yard announcing Muni will not be increasing fares on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s union leader encourages riders to say ‘thank you’ to their Muni operators

A conversation with Roger Marenco, president of Transport Workers Union of America, Local 250A

San Francisco’s live music clubs have been closed for more than a year. (Twitter screenshot)
S.F. venue recovery fund begins accepting grant applications

Entertainment presenters may apply from April 21-May 5

Most Read