Voters back Prop. A to spend $845M on CCSF facilities upgrades

Measure will allow college district to build new facilities, deal with maintenance backlog

A ballot measure authorizing City College of San Francisco to issue up to $845 million in bonds to pay for improving and renovating its facilities appeared to be approved by voters Tuesday.

Proposition A was supported by more than 71 percent of voters with nearly all precincts reporting, according to the Department of Elections. The measure required a 55 percent majority to pass.

“Thank you to the voters of San Francisco,” Shawn Yee, an administrator with CCSF, wrote on Twitter. “New buildings, updated classrooms, and renovated facilities are just the start. Well deserved changes for our students.”

But the Department of Elections still has tens of thousands more vote-by-mail ballots that need to be counted in the coming days.

Proposed by the CCSF Board of Trustees, the measure would provide funding for the college to repair decaying infrastructure and make buildings more environmentally sustainable.

The Board of Trustees argued that 70 percent of facilities at CCSF’s main campus on Ocean Avenue are in “poor condition and need to be fixed” while infrastructure at other campuses around San Francisco also needs improvements.

Upgrades will include rebuilding a childcare center as well as building a science, technology, arts and math building at the main campus, according to the Board of Trustees.

“City College has only done minor improvements to its main buildings since it was first established in 1935,” the trustees wrote in an argument in favor of the measure. “Prop. A will enable City College to operate as a state of the art community college that meets the scholastic, economic, and social needs of San Franciscans in the new century.”

Detractors argued that the bonds would sink the college further into debt and increase taxes for property owners, who would be taxed an estimated $11 annually for each $100,000 of a property’s assessed valuation.

“Yes, City College should be made safe, but adding another tax to already over burdened property owners will raise rents and the cost of goods and services sold in San Francisco,” the local Republic Party wrote in an argument opposing the measure.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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