No City Suit Vs. Academy of Art — Yet. School's Critics Look to Plan B.

After huddling yesterday for hours with members of the City Attorney's office, San Francisco's planning commission opted to not file a suit against Academy of Art University at this time, despite the for-profit school's history of code violations and evasion of city rules and laws.

Planning Department sources we spoke with who were in the room didn't say much, but also didn't rule out the possibility of taking legal action sometime down the road. Our calls to the Academy, of late, are not getting returned.

Critics of the school — who characterize it as a thinly veiled real estate scheme that's cannibalizing the city's housing stock — weren't thrilled. But they told SF Weekly that a lawsuit is just one method of getting tough with the Academy — if that's what the city really wants to do.

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