City College of San Francisco parcel tax, Proposition A (November 2012)

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A City College of San Francisco parcel tax, Proposition A ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in San Francisco, where it was approved.

Proposition A levied a parcel tax of $79 each year for 8 years. This will raise a total of about $14 million for the college over the life span of the tax.[1]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval. Bay Guardian City Editor Steven Jones has said that Proposition A requires a simple majority vote to pass. This kicked off a dispute with Randy Shaw, the editor of Beyond Chron, who is aware that a 2/3rds supermajority vote is required.[2]

Election results

Measure A
Approveda Yes 242,410 72.90%
Final certified results from the San Francisco County elections office.


A rally in support of Proposition A was held on September 4.[3]

Speakers at the rally included:

  • Community College Board President John Rizzo.[3]
  • Norman Yee, president of the board of education. He said, "If it wasn’t for City College I would have gone down a different path."[3]
  • Alex Tom, Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association. He said supporting the school "is a big issue for Asian Americans. Most people don’t know that half of the population of City College is Asian students."[3]
  • Shanell Williams, president of the Associated Students organization at City College.[3]
  • John Avalos, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors: "If the parcel tax fails, we’ll see a real diminishment of the effectiveness of City College, and that’s something that I think would further deteriorate its ability to get accredited."[3]


Starchild, a Libertarian Party activist, said, "City College is fiscally mismanaged. And that isn't just coming from us, that's coming from the accreditation committee that reviewed City College...They try to make it look like they're getting their house in order, but as long as the taxpayers keep rewarding them with extra money, they don't really have an incentive to change."[1]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Proposition A: "To provide City College of San Francisco with funds the State cannot take away; offset budget cuts; prevent layoffs; provide an affordable, quality education for students; maintain essential courses including, but not limited to, writing, math, science, and other general education; prepare students for four-year universities; provide workforce training including, but not limited to nursing, engineering, technology, and business; and keep college libraries, student support services, and other instructional support open and up-to-date; shall the San Francisco Community College District levy 79 dollars per parcel annually for eight years requiring independent audits and citizen oversight."[4]

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