1. What is your stance on public and private partnerships within the college?
Public and private partnerships are increasing across the country as state and federal funding
for public higher education continues on a downward trend. Not all of these partnerships are
appropriate and I will never condone privatizing any aspect of accessible quality public
education. But, some public private partnerships make sense, for example our partnerships with
local hospitals for nursing students or the partnership with the networking company Cisco that
works with community colleges to create the Cisco Networking Academy which creates trained
workers for in-demand and decently-paid jobs.
2. What is your position on tuition and fees, for in-state students and for international/out-of-state students? Will you actively campaign against tuition increases on the state level?
We no longer have tuition at City College. I recently had the privilege of announcing FREE CITY
for Summer 2019. Shortly after the Board of Supervisors voted to extend FREE CITY,
Supervisor Jane Kim, Trustee Ivy Lee, and myself reached out to the Cantonese and Mandarin
speaking community and we will be doing the same for the Spanish-speaking community in the
weeks ahead. While I am very happy with this result, there is still work to be done. FREE CITY
is a success by any metric and it is in the interest of the City to make this popular program
permanent. We now have a majority of supportive Supervisors and a Mayor with a firm belief
in City College. I not only foresee a permanent FREE CITY, but I hope to expand it to anyone
working in S.F.
3. If elected to the Board, how would you ensure that you and the public would receive the college's
draft budget with a sufficient time to review it thoroughly before adopting it:
There is a study session on the budget in April, which the public is welcome and encouraged to
attend, where we go over the budget line by line. It was just instituted this year, but the board is
in support of doing this every year. Previously, there was a budget committee and that might be
an option to reinstitute, but presently all board members are very keen on understanding the
budget themselves, rather than relying on committee members.
4. What is your position on selling campus properties?
I am against selling any college properties. We need all our properties for the needs of the
5. Do you feel there is enough transparency or public disclosure of the Board and the college? How would you change things?
We have come a long way but can always do better. We are improving our website to make
documents pertaining to board meetings easily downloaded.
6. Have you attended the Community College Board meeting? Would you change public comment policy at the meetings? If so, how?
Yes, and we have changed public comment policy over the last year to increase the scope of public
comment. Our hope with holding public comment before we get to main agenda items is to make
it easier for everyone to provide public comment instead of making the public wait until a
particular agenda item is heard which might be very late and even into the wee hours of the
7. How will you improve outreach and increase access to San Francisco Community College to low- income people, people of color, people with disabilities and students with prior drug felony convictions who are not eligible for financial aid?
8. How would you eliminate the barriers to full access to noncitizens to all classes offered by City College?
CCSF does not collect data on undocumented students for obvious reasons. That said, there is a
gap regarding FREE CITY and those that are considered residents (DACA and green card
holders). Someone that came here after age 20 would not qualify for DACA and may have
problems with correct documentation. This problem is ameliorated somewhat through
targeted scholarships, but the student has to inquire. A student may not want to draw any
attention to their immigration status, given current events. It was a thorny problem already
and now made worse by the Trump Administration. We also have counseling and other
resources for students who do self-identify. I will assume for the purposes of this question that
you are not referring to international students.
9. What is your stance on gender inequity and how would you ensure that transgendered students feel safe and supported on campus? How will you make positive changes to serve this growing community?
These are two very different questions. We recently finalized a preferred name policy that
overrides a given name on an ID for purposes of class rosters. We also have counseling
services to assist transgendered students as much as possible.
Gender inequity is a very complicated issue and I will give two examples of addressing it:
CHILDCARE: it is usually underpaid women who are at the heart of the childcare industry, a decent wage would acknowledge the important role these women play. City College already
has the important infrastructure for childcare programs and training at City College. These
programs would be ideal candidates for expansion into year-round programs culminating in
certificates or articulation agreements with San Francisco State University's related majors.
In addition, affordable, quality childcare allows women to participate in the workforce,
develop in-demand skill sets and obtain degrees, licenses or other certification that assist
them with access to better employment opportunities. There is also a severe shortage of
childcare in San Francisco and this undermines many women's ability to move forward or at
least stabilize financially. In addition to a women's issue it is a basic social investment in the
future. I supported Prop C in June 2018 and want to create partnerships with CCSF
providing a pipeline for childcare workers. As a mother and grandmother, I will never
understand why the workers that take care of what is most precious are the most poorly paid.
BLACK & BROWN MEN: An emerging problem across the country is the waning of men in general in higher education. This cuts across all races and all higher education. it is a
particular problem for black and brown men who have an even lower rate of participation in
higher education. We need to outreach and develop support to counter the isdea that higer
education s not for them.
10. How will you increase quality child-care at ALL campuses?
Yes!!!!! See answer to question #9.
11. How will you create more campus work opportunities for students? What is your position on
having the college provide health insurance for students?
We start student workers the prevailing San Francisco minimum wage although we could use
the lower state minimum wage. We have a commitment to students and social justice,
therefore, paying the state wage would not satisfy either goal. To the extent the budget allows I
am all for creating more student jobs.
Every student is already eligible for health care through Healthy San Francisco, if they are not
covered by their parents insurance as a dependant. I'm in favor of a national single payer plan,
which would also solve the problem of health coverage for students.
12. How will you work to counter and prevent profiling and police harassment on campus? What is
your position on police firearms on campus?
Currently our campus police do not carry firearms and I want to see it remain that way. One of
the issues for our staff is that carrying guns also equals a higher pay step. One way we can deal
with this gap is to make training in de-escalation equal the same step increase. Our
accountability and reporting requirements already make it difficult to create secret profiling
and police harassment.
13. What is your position on allowing noncitizens the right to vote in College Board and School Board
I think it is a great idea and should have been included in Measure E in 2016. No one, however
foresaw the damage that would be wrought on legal immigrants as well as undocumented and
how that would affect
14. What is your position on giving the student trustee full Board Membership and voice?
It doesn't really matter what my position is on this issue because the student trustee vote is
governed by the California Education Code. We have directed our Counsel to determine what
voting rights can be construed and how, if any, other Community Colleges are handling the
student trustee vote. In the event we can offer increased participation without violating the CA
Ed. Code, we will.
15. What are your views of transportation and pedestrian safety to, from and around City College
campuses? What, if anything, would you change, and how would you go about making those changes?
We are developing plans now for that now through our Facilities Management Planning and
because of neighboring developments impact on transportation. First, we need to coordinate
our transit-rich locations to make public transit it as convenient as possible and definitely
more convenient than driving. We can start with coordinating discounted transit passes for
employees and free passes for full-time students. Also, convenient transit stops around
campus and possibly a shuttle or tunnel from BART. We can also encourage our faculty and
staff to lead the way by not driving. Designated covered bike parking in priority parking spots,
and even promotions and raffles work. My day job is teaching at SFSU and I can see how the
activities around Bike-to-Work day have slowly but surely influenced the campus to provide
better bike facilities including a bike barn for repairs. We will still need a garage and I
authored a resolution calling for a flexible and green garage to encourage car shares, house
covered bike parking and convertible to other uses as car commuting wanes
16. What is your position of recruiting for the military on campus?
No military recruiting ever, thank you!
17. What criteria will you use in deciding whether new cell phone antennas will be installed on top of
City College buildings?
I believe this was an issue in the 2000's, but so far it has not reared its ugly head. Before I was
on the board my fellow board member introduced a resolution requiring a number of
administrative steps to solicit as much expert and public input as possible through a hearing
process. I agree with this position and that is what I will enforce.
18. Please describe how you make your political decisions. What is the main basis for your decision
making (e.g., consultation with your constituents, political consultants, colleagues, unions,
businesses, donors, or your gut feelings)?
I try to make evidence-based decisions with the end goal of social justice for the entire college
community in mind. I consult with my colleagues on the board as well as stakeholders in any
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