Former City College of San Francisco Chancellor Philip Day has pleaded guilty to felony charges of misusing public funds, in connection with an investigation into the use of school money to support state and local education bond measures.
Prosecutors had accused Day, 65, of illegally diverting about $100,000 of money to fund political campaigns for measures benefiting community colleges in 2001, 2005 and 2006. He also was accused of maintaining a secret account to pay for parking tickets, alcohol at functions and a membership at an exclusive business club. He had been facing eight felony counts.
On Sept. 19, Day pleaded guilty to three felony counts of the use of public funds to support a political campaign, according to Stephanie Ong Stillman, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office.
In 2001, Day used $50,000 from a Pepsi vending contract with the school to support a local bond measure to raise funds for campus construction projects, prosecutors said. In 2005, $20,000 was diverted from another vendor, the Bean Scene, to a similar local bond measure. And in 2006, $28,000 in Pepsi money was used for a state bond measure to raise funds for the California community college system, according to prosecutors.
As part of the plea deal, Day will pay $30,000 in fines and restitution to the school, in an amount to be determined by a judge at a later hearing, Stillman said. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 1.
Day was chancellor of City College from 1998 to 2008.
Stephen Herman, 63, a former associate vice chancellor at the school, also pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to two felony counts of using public funds to support a political campaign, in connection with the 2001 and 2006 diversions, Stillman said. He has been ordered to pay $20,000 and restitution as well.
Both Day and Herman avoided any jail time.
Another former associate vice chancellor, James Blomquist, 64, still faces one felony count of using public funds to support a political campaign and is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 11, Stillman said.