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."
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."|
- Beyond Chron, "Bay Guardian’s Dangerous Falsehood About City College Tax Measure", August 24, 2012
- San Francisco Bay Guardian, "Yes on Prop. A rally urges support for City College parcel tax measure", September 5, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.