City College of San Francisco parcel tax, Proposition A (November 2012)
If the measure is approved, it will levy a parcel tax of $79 each year for 8 years.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote is 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.
A rally in support of Proposition A was held on September 4.
Speakers at the rally included:
- Community College Board President John Rizzo.
- 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."
- 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."
- Shanell Williams, president of the Associated Students organization at City College.
- 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."