SF Green Party Community College Board Endorsement Questionnaire 2014
Name: William Walker
Phone: (415) 494-9480
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Campaign Website: http://ccsfwill.blogspot.com or http://www.facebook.com/will.power.sf
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
Campaign Manager: William Walker
Major Endorsements: Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
San Francisco Tenants Union
Central City Democratic Club
Supervisor Jane Kim
Supervisor David Campos
Favorite Incumbent College Board Member: redacted at the request of the candidate
Least favorite: redacted at the request of the candidate
1. Could the current accreditation crisis have been foreseen and
potentially averted: How could the board have done better?
The current accreditation situation was entirely preventable. A board
that was less in touch with each particular interest at the college
and one that could govern more holistically would have likely
prevented this situation from brewing more than thirty years ago. The
board could have done a better job forecasting enrollment, determining
workforce trends, partnered with firms that have regularly occurring
labor shortages (UCSF, retail) or burgeoning long term labor needs
(tech, biotech, health care) and slowly adjusted the curricular
offerings at CCSF to meet these needs. Instead, the board members
brought forth their individual interests and were unable to adjust
when asked to address the Show Cause determination.
2. What is your stance on public and private partnerships within the
Public-private partnerships should be utilized very sparingly. I want
to see partnerships where companies like Google or Twitter develop
some curriculum needs to generate enrollment in programs that can
increase the number of San Francisco Unified School District graduates
in high wage, productive occupations that are atypical for most of our
young adult population. I would not want to see a PepsiCo Rams
Stadium or Genentech Biotechnical Studies Building. I would not be
unilaterally opposed, but being able to attend a school devoid of
branding is something I treasured and is reflected of my “San
Francisco values,” considering I grew up in San Francisco.
3. 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?
City College of San Francisco was free until 1984. Any policy position
must be that we move as closely to free, public education as
possible. My mother paid $5 a unit. I began at $13, saw a drop to $11
and now the system is at $46 per semester unit ($31 per quarter
unit). We must find other ways to fund education than on the backs of
working class students. Additionally, we must find ways to ensure that
we do not fund the college on the backs of non-resident students who
have endured tuition increases the past two of three years.
4. What is your position on getting the CCSF Foundation to divest from
harmful corporate stocks (GMO, tobacco, oil) and into
socially-responsible firms located in San Francisco? How will they
ensure that the Foundation provide transparency concerning their
City College of San Francisco must divest from companies
not reflective of the values of the residents of the City and County
of San Francisco. Socially responsible firms should be sought by the
Foundation. The Foundation has public meetings and as a trustee, I
would seek the Board seat on the Foundation board and ensure that the
Board was responsive to requests that they divest from irresponsible
companies. As student trustee, I attended all but one Foundation Board
5. 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 already policy that requires the first reading of the budget
occur in February. This policy also states that the budget will be
shared with all stakeholder groups prior to the April meeting, that a
second reading of the budget will be reviewed at the May meeting, and
that a final budget is to be approved at the August or September
meeting. This was implemented during the 2012-2013 academic
year. Prior to that year, there was no official budget policy. I would
ensure that this policy is adhered to in future years.
6. How will you work with the state to protect Proposition 98 funds
for community colleges?
I would maintain a relationship with our state delegation of Senate
and Assembly representatives from the Bay Area and lobby at the state
level when necessary to demand that Proposition 98 revenues are not
diverted from education. I am also interested in developing other
means of funding education on a statewide level, such as changes to
Proposition 13 (1978).
7. Do you feel there is enough transparency or public disclosure of
the Board and the college? How would you change things?
I would work to ensure that the Board continue to follow many of the
Sunshine policies adopted by the Board when Trustee Milton Marks
served, from 2000 to 2012. I would ensure that the Participatory
Governance Council, a stakeholder group of the college, continue to
post its agendas and minutes in a timely manner, accessible to the
public so the public has an opportunity to comment on the many changes
occurring at the college post "Show Cause"
determination. Additionally, I already maintain a blog with over
60,000 followers that chronicled much of the change that occurred at
the college during my term. I would continue to announce meetings and
post minutes to this blog.
8. Have you attended the Community College Board meeting? Would you
change public comment policy at the meetings? If so, how?
I have attended over 100 regular meetings of the college board. I also
have attended subcommittees, accreditation task force work groups,
academic senate meetings, classified senate meetings, student council
(senate meetings) and participatory governance council meetings,
subcommittees and workgroups. The public comment policy has already
been changed by the college. I would change it back to allow for one
to two minute comments on each item at the meeting, including
discussion items. The policy is currently to only allow for five
minutes of comment on action items and one general public comment
period. I would ensure that whatever the public comment policy is
that it was mutually agreed upon by stakeholders and enforced in a
fair, respectful manner. Much of the meeting management issues at the
college stemmed from meeting conveners that were not well versed in
effective meeting management practices.
9. How will you improve outreach and increase access to San Francisco
Community College to lowincome people, people of color, people with
disabilities and students with prior drug felony convictions who are
not eligible for financial aid?
The college can utilize Proposition A funds to target scholarships to
students from communities that historically have limited access to
CCSF. The college could also broker with the Bookstore, vending
contracts, and other services directly funded by students to give even
more of their revenue to the Associated Students, which is responsible
for providing bookloans, child care, funding clubs that provide
community events with free food for students, and the student centers
that support a number of at risk communities: Queer Resource Center,
Women’s Resource Center, Guardian Scholars Program for Foster Care
Youth, VIDA (Voices of Immigrant Demonstrating Achievement) Center for
undocumented students and their allies, Homeless At Risk Transitional
Students program and the many retention programs for students of
underrepresented groups on campus.
10. How would you eliminate the barriers to full access to noncitizens
to all classes offered by City College?
Noncitizens who have completed three years of high school in
California are already able to access a free or low-cost education at
CCSF. For noncitizens that did not complete high school here,
continuing to support the noncredit education program is the best way
to ensure that noncitizens can access free classes at all eight campus
sites throughout San Francisco. I would lobby for noncredit funding at
the state level and determine how Proposition A funding could fund a
bare bones noncredit education program should the state stop funding
noncredit education which has been put on the table two of the past
three legislative sessions.
11. What is your position on expanding the Local Activism, Community
Service, Labor, Ethnic, Women's, Disability Rights and GLBT courses
and departments? If supportive, how do you intend to do it?
The multicultural ethnic and interdisciplinary studies program can be
expanded by utilizing a model where the twelve departments and the
retention programs associated with them could be placed under an
ultra-strong Dean. The result would be a true Ethnic Studies school at
City College of San Francisco. I envision this school being based at
the Southeast Campus and having an ambassador program associated with
it that does outreach to local high schools and could expand by
offering online courses which would increase enrollment. Linking each
ethnic studies course at the college to an IGETC or CSU Breadth
requirement would strengthen the ethnic studies courses and make them
more transferrable, thereby increasing enrollment.
12. 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?
As student body vice president of administration in 2001, I worked to
ensure a safe space was provided for the Queer Alliance at a time
where LGBTQIA students experienced a great deal of discrimination and
violence in the Student Union. I am proud to say that ten years later,
I reentered CCSF to find a queer resource center building, albeit
temporary, available for LGBTQIA students and their allies to build
alliances and educate fellow CCSF students on issues related to
acceptance and diversity. The college needs to continue to expand
single stall restrooms for use by all genders and seize upon National
Days of Awareness and Action, such as the November Transgender Day of
Remembrance. Just as Student Learning Outcomes inform how the college
as a whole educates our students, practices such as incorporating the
Day of Remembrance into all part of the college, even science courses,
will help the community become more accepting and make the college
community safe for all groups.
13. How will you increase quality child care at ALL campuses?
Expanding the child development curriculum and adjusting how child
observation hours take place in the classroom could provide the
college the ability to expand child care to any campus that offers
child development courses. The college could also work with the City
and County of San Francisco to determine why City College is
prohibited from receiving Department of Children, Youth and Families
funding to operate child care centers. If the City were to invest in
offering child care at City College as it invests in providing a rainy
day fund for the SFUSD, it would allow a number of SFUSD graduates (or
single mothers who could not graduate) an option to bring their child
to a campus child care center and achieve the degree that one needs to
continue to afford to live in San Francisco and raise a family.
14. How will you create more campus work opportunities for students?
Ensuring that every student complete a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid allows for every application to be considered for a
workstudy award, which in turn creates more job opportunities for
students. The dilemma with creating more student jobs is often the
jobs conflict with the need for creating more classified employment at
the college. The college should fund more student employment and fund
it at the prevailing city minimum wage (not the state minimum wage,
which is currently paid to all student workers). These opportunities
should be posted to the CCSF website and fair hiring practices should
be utilized for student employment. If all hiring is fair, students
will actually realize that there are in fact a great deal of student
worker positions available at the college.
15. What is your position on having the college provide health insurance for students?
The college collects a health fee from students every quarter. If
there is a way to pay an optional fee that is higher that allows for
students to seek services at the campus health center more frequently
and for more substantial health care needs, I would support this. I do
not know that CCSF is able to administer this more affordably than the
City and County of San Francisco through its Healthy San Francisco
program. I am open to this if it does not put the college at financial
risk. 15. What will you do to create more venues for student
activities and community meeting centers on all campuses: I served as student trustee and observed all of the campus activity and community
centers. The Associate Dean of Students is responsible for responding
to student requests for adequate student activity centers. I would
ensure that students are in fact offered a formal process to request
space that would be forwarded to the Participatory Governance Council
for consideration. Associated Students operates with nearly a
three-quarters of a million dollar budget ($750,000) and has the
resources to renovate classroom spaces for student activity centers as
long as the activity function is not detrimental to the educational
mission of the college. The formal process as proposed would take all
these factors into consideration and ensure that the needs of students
at all campuses are met.
16. How will you work to counter and prevent profiling and police
harassment on campus? What is your position on police firearms on campus?
A subcommittee of the Participatory Governance Council should be
created to deal with oversight of the police department. This
committee should be comprised of all four constituent groups and meet
whenever a major incident occurs on campus. This subcommittee should
report to what used to be the Health and Safety subcommittee of the
Shared Governance Council (but has probably since been reconstituted).
I observed a few incidents of what could have been construed as an
excessive use of force by members of the CCSFPD, not only at the major
incident that took place during the occupation of Conlan Hall last
school year, but at a few events over my tenure as student trustee. I
addressed these incidents publicly on my blog. I do not believe there
is a need for the force to possess firearms, considering the proximity
of Ingleside Police Station to the campus, but there have been some
incidences of bomb threats and gunmen on campus that have put the
CCSFPD in harm’s way as well. The subcommittee could address those
issues to ensure that CCSFPD officers feel safe to do their job on a
daily basis as well. A safe officer is less likely to use excessive
17. What is your position on allowing noncitizens the right to vote in
College Board and School Board elections?
Noncitizens should be able to vote, especially since noncitizens are
subject to local increases of student tuition.
18. What is your position on giving the student trustee full Board
embership and voice?
I lobbied for the student trustee to serve as a voting member when I
served as a Student Senator for California Community Colleges. I
presented at the Assembly and Senate Committees on Education in
support of this legislation. It was later gutted from the
legislation. I would continue to pursue this legislation if elected to
19. What are your views of transportation and pedestrian safety to,
from and around City College campuses? What, if anything, would you
hange, and how would you go about making those changes?
I served on the Parking and Transportation Subcommittee of the
Participatory (Shared) Governance Council from 2001 to 2003 and 2011
to 2013. I was appointed as a student member to the Balboa Park
Station Community Advisory Committee which advised SFMTA, SFCTA, BART
and Caltrans. I convened those meetings as Chair the entire 2013
calendar year. I was also briefly appointed to the Geneva Harney Bus
Rapid Transit Community Advisory Committee as an Ocean View Merced
Heights Ingleside resident. After resigning from those committees, I
was hired by the SFMTA to design a website that inventoried the
projects underway in the Balboa Park Station area. I also attended
meetings and provided staff support for both the Geneva Harney BRT and
Balboa Park Station area improvement projects. As a lifelong transit
rider, transit activist and Ingleside resident, I understand that my
life is at risk each time I cross Geneva Avenue on foot to take BART,
MUNI or walk to City College. A great deal of traffic calming and
bicycle priority needs to be implemented around the main campus. An
inventory of safety measures needs to be taken at each campus site,
prioritized, and then forwarded to the SFMTA and Board of
Supervisors. Additionally, a student and employee discount for MUNI
and BART needs to be implemented. It should be funded by parking
revenue from students and a new parking fee imposed upon faculty and
staff that would encourage the entire CCSF community to ride
transit. An inventory of bus lines that serve campus sites should also
be reviewed to see if connections between campuses can be strengthened
so employees and students that use more than one campus are not
reliant upon their automobile solely because a bus cannot arrive on
time. Lastly, City Carshare and Zipcar should be considered as a
replacement for the aging automobile fleet at CCSF. These vehicles
could replace dilapidated CCSF vehicles and also be utilized to
transport employees between campuses.
20. How will you ensure that the administration and faculty reflect
the diversity of the San Francisco Community College's student
Programs such as “Grow Your Own,” an internship program that
encourages CCSF alumni to enter faculty positions after finishing
their bachelor’s and master’s degree should be funded by the new
stream of revenue from Proposition A. Additionally, hiring committees
should continue to have equal representation from all stakeholder
groups. A committee that is one quarter students will more than likely
reflect the student diversity at CCSF, which is more than 80 percent
underrepresented students and students of color. Lastly, there is
already an equity plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees that
addresses the lack of diversity at CCSF. This report should be
reviewed, updated, and adhered to until the college demographic makeup
is reflective of its diverse student body.
21. What is your position of recruiting for the military on campus?
Now that the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy of the military has been
repealed, I am open to the military recruiting on campus. But rather
than tabling at fairs, I would prefer that curriculum is developed to
introduce students to careers that do not require a postsecondary
degree. The military is only one of those options. I would also be
open to an introduction to military science being offered, just as
introductions to administration of justice (police officer) and child
development are offered.
22. What criteria will you use in deciding whether new cell phone
antennas will be installed on top of City College buildings?
I am open to suggestions on this, but the primary criterion is the
health of our students, employees and residents adjacent any such
facility. If any impact to these groups is detrimental to their
health, than the installation of any antenna should be prohibited.
23. 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)?
Political decisions in regard to City College of San Francisco should
consider the most significant stakeholder first: students. Once
student concerns are considered, other stakeholders (faculty, staff,
administrators) should be considered, as should future generations of
students, regional employers, San Francisco residents, and other
academic institutions. Beyond that, my experience as a student
trustee, my tenure in San Francisco public schools that extends over
15 years, my ten years of nonprofit board governing experience, and my
more than 30 years of residing in San Francisco give me a gut feeling
when I have served on the college board. Donors and businesses are a
consideration, but not very much so. When one donates to a campaign,
they are donating because they believe in my gut instinct. And I do
not foresee many businesses stepping up to donate to my campaign. I
would never consider a donor before voting on an item at a board