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Monday, November 16, 2015

City College Debates Whether to Arm Campus Police

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Should campus cops carry guns? That’s the question being debated at City College of San Francisco, where a would-be shooter forced the school library to evacuate last month.
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On Oct. 13, an altercation between three students spilled into the Rosenberg Library, where one student allegedly pulled a handgun. According to college newspaper The Guardsman, students and library staff took cover as campus police arrived.

The problem is that CCSF cops aren’t authorized to carry firearms — only batons and pepper spray. So they essentially waited on the sidelines until the Ingleside police department responded.

“We were there in one minute, Ingleside took eight, and by the time both had arrived the suspects had fled,” college police public information Officer Tiffany Green told The Guardsman.

Some on campus think it’s time to reconsider the no-gun policy.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

New 826 Valencia Writing Lab Opens in Tenderloin

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 4:08 PM

The crowd of 100 or so people at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street at around 2:30 p.m. today was not your typical gathering on Pill Hill in the Tenderloin, where murmurs of "Oxys," "Roxies," “Heroin,” and “Xanax" normally waft in the air like smoke from a crack pipe. This crowd included Mayor Ed Lee, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, author and publisher Dave Eggers, and others, who came out to cut the ribbon on a new 826 Valencia Writing Center.
A crowd gathered in the Tenderloin to celebrate the opening of a new 826 Valencia writing center. - PHOTO BY MARK SEGAL KEMP
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  • A crowd gathered in the Tenderloin to celebrate the opening of a new 826 Valencia writing center.

The new center, formerly a Big Boy Market on what Kim told the gathering was "one of the most problematic corners in the city," will now be a safe spot where neighborhood kids can go and explore their creativity.

Founded in 2002 by Eggers and teacher Nínive Calegari, 826 Valencia offers under-resourced students free workshops, tutoring, and mentoring on writing and editorial projects of all kinds, from essays, research papers, literature, and journalism to cartooning and starting independent 'zines. The workshops are run by volunteers that include published authors, journalists, filmmakers, and teachers. The first lab was located at the center's namesake, 826 Valencia Street in the Mission District, and has expanded to spots in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

"I want education, not indoctrination": Catholic Teachers and Students Protest Archdiocese

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 8:09 PM

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Over 100 Catholic teachers, students, and labor activists rallied outside the San Francisco Archdiocese Chancery this afternoon, in protest of what teachers at Bay Area Catholic schools are calling attacks on their rights as workers. 

The San Francisco Catholic community has been in turmoil since February, when Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone proposed changes to the employee handbook for faculty and staff at four area Catholic high schools, including Archbishop Riordan High School and Sacred Heart Catholic Preparatory in San Francisco. The language condemns homosexuality, same-sex marriage, contraception, and assisted reproductive technology, and calls on staff to affirm that homosexuality, masturbation, and pornography are "gravely evil."  

Students and teachers at the schools have protested the new morality clause, and in April, more than 100 prominent Bay Area Catholics signed a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle calling on Pope Francis to replace Cordileone. The ad cited the "atmosphere of division and intolerance" created by the Archbishop's conservative social views, especially in regard to the proposed language for the school employee handbook, which it criticized for "absolute mean-spiritedness." 

Now organized labor is throwing its support behind the Catholic school teachers, who are represented by AFT Local 2240. Members and leaders of many San Francisco unions, including the public school teachers (UESF), nurses, janitors, Walmart workers, fast food workers, and others rallied to support the Catholic school teachers, who are also embroiled in a contract dispute.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

SF State Graduates to Walk at AT&T Park

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 8:29 AM

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SF State has some high-end spending habits for a university with half-a-century old buildings that need more than a $200 million in repairs.

Last year, for instance, the state school made plans to construct a state-of-the-art science building and to refit the grimy Hunter's Point Shipyard with a sparkly new educational facility. It's also housed some of its college of business in a downtown center, with a luxury address on Market Street.

Although the administration's lavish taste is still apparent in its choice to host its upcoming graduation ceremony at AT&T Park, its proclivity to spend big money is not.

Counter-intuitively, the university is saving money by making the switch to host  graduation at the very fancy AT&T Park where the Giants have garnered multiple World Series wins. By not having graduation at Cox Stadium, the small campus arena that has for years hosted very cramped ceremonies, the university is saving $70,000. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oakland Superintendent Calls Parents, Warns That Students Plan to Walk Out of Class Today

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Oakland police wait for the action outside City Hall. - STEVE RHODES
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  • Oakland police wait for the action outside City Hall.
After receiving multiple reports that Oakland students will stage another anti-police brutality walkout today, school superintendent Antwan Wilson tried to preempt the protest by robo-calling their parents.

In a message left on voicemails throughout the district last night, Wilson said that, while the district encourages students to express their opinions on racism and police accountability, they'd do better to air those sentiments in a classroom setting.

"We want students to do this in an environment where they're safe, and where their future prospects aren't compromised," Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says. "That's in school and not on the streets."

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Friday, December 12, 2014

San Francisco Schools Could Lose About $2 Million From "Rain Day" (Update)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Don't celebrate yet, kids.
  • Don't celebrate yet, kids.
Update below.

Kids might have rejoiced over yesterday's school closure in San Francisco — even as their parents scrambled to find child care — but the district itself took a huge financial wallop. 

Per KQED education reporter Ana Tintocalis, closing schools for one day cost San Francisco Unified some $2 million in lost revenue, or about $42 a student. The district hopes to recoup that money from an emergency relief fund distributed by the State Department of Education.

San Francisco Unified certainly qualifies, given the spate of power outages that occurred throughout the city yesterday, district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe told KQED. The resulting shutdown turned the city's downtown corridor into a virtual dead zone, with luxuriantly empty BART trains and unclogged sidewalks.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hey, Kids: Bay Area Schools Will Close Due to Epic Storm (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Update, 2:22 p.m.: San Francisco Unified School District announced this afternoon that indeed, schools will close tomorrow due to rain.

Original story:

After months of protracted summer, followed by months of listless, balmy fall, it's little surprise that Bay Area residents are ill-equipped to handle tomorrow's impending storm of the decade

To prepare, we're shutting things down. Heavyweight hipster eyeware retailer has postponed its opening party in San Francisco.  "Drag Queens on Ice" has scheduled its holiday show in Union Square.

And now, San Francisco and Oakland schools are talking canceling classes. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vietnamese Community Upset Over "Fuck Your Mother" License Plate

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Everyone has those days at work where you're there but not "there." As a result, your work product becomes something like a joke. Or in the DMV's case, a your mom joke. 

Such is the case with the DMV in San Jose, which unwittingly let slip this super offensive Vietnamese phrase onto a San Jose license plate. 

CBS News spotted the nasty plate and using its Vietnamese-speaking reporters learned that the foreign phrase was the forbidden words you'd not want to utter at your friend's Thanksgiving dinner (hint: it has to do with having adult relations with your mother). 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

UC Berkeley Students Occupy Wheeler Hall, Refuse to Leave Until Tuition Vote Is Reversed

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Students held a sleepover at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall, occupy-style to protest the recent vote to increase tuition by 25 percent for the next five years. 

A UC Regents committee yesterday passed a highly controversial measure to increase tuition for students at roughly 5 percent annually for the next five years.  Meanwhile, chancellors have been getting raising. 

Students started their protesting early yesterday morning before the vote in San Francisco; they blocked doors, broke glass and one kid was arrested. And while today is a new day, the anger students feel toward the university isn't going anywhere. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UC Protests Get Heated in San Francisco (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Update 1 p.m.: Uh-oh, the UC Board of regents just approved the new tuition plan, calling for a 25 percent increase in tuition over the next five years. 

Original Story: Things are getting a bit tense over at the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco where students are holding a protest over proposed tuition hikes. According to KCRA TV in Sacramento, one student has been arrested. 

The morning started out with protesters blocking doors to the meeting, as regents debated whether or not to raise tuition by 5 percent for five years (that's 25 percent). The Chron notes that annual tuition for in-state undergraduates is now $12,192. A 5 percent hike would have students paying $12,804. Additional mandatory fees of more than $1,000 would bring the new annual price tag to the $14,000 range next year.

Meanwhile, regents have been giving some chancellors a 20 percent raise, which has clearly angered students. 


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