CCSF faculty grateful for voters’ support

We faculty at City College of San Francisco want to say, “Thank you, San Francisco!”

Thank you for your show of support for City College by approving Proposition A by a resounding 72 percent. Your vote of confidence shows us that City College is valued, vital and essential to our city. Thank you also for approving Proposition 30.

On behalf of the college’s department chairs and the faculty that we represent, we take your message to heart. We are busy preparing for the new semester. As the registration process begins, we encourage you to consider taking a course or two. Make us part of your resolutions for 2013.

As we work to transform and redefine City College, know that it is the goal of department chairs to serve you, our community. We continue to work to support you in making your dreams come true.

Kathleen White, Cynthia Dewar
Department chairs,
City College of San Francisco

 

Micro-apartments aren’t San Francisco's housing answer

Recent weeks have seen numerous comments and blog posts about whether San Francisco wants micro-apartments. With the passage of Proposition C, I thought The City would promote its goal to increase the supply of housing at all income levels while also addressing the soaring cost and lack of affordable housing.

Developer Patrick Kennedy has proposed units of 160 square feet, plus kitchen and bathroom, at Ninth and Mission streets to address the need for affordable housing.

Really? We don’t need to be packed like sardines in order to have affordable housing.

Let’s focus on how to solve the significant gap between current market-rate rents and what low-income households can afford to pay. And how might we help moderate-income households that often earn too much to benefit from affordable-housing programs, yet cannot afford to purchase market-rate units in The City?  

One hopes Supervisor Scott Wiener will reject Kennedy’s ridiculous micro-apartment proposal and instead focus on execution of Prop. C.

Elizabeth Shaughnessy
South San Francisco

GOP disrespecting seniors

House Republicans’ demands to raise the Medicare eligibility age, reduce cost-of-living hikes for Social Security recipients and not raise taxes for the wealthy are unacceptable, and remind us of their persistent disdain for ordinary Americans. Their blatant disregard for American seniors is glaring. Have they no shame or conscience?

Young and old, the American people spoke clearly on Nov. 6 by re-electing President Barack Obama. We may not agree with Obama on every issue or strategy, but his ability to move progressive agendas forward depends, in part, on the American people standing up to the likes of House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell when they try to stonewall the president, as they have tried to do for the past four years.  

Anh Le
San Francisco

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