Bill that would protect elected community college trustees awaits governor 

A proposed law that would limit the removal of an elected board of trustees from California's community colleges, such as when City College of San Francisco's board was temporarily replaced by a special trustee in 2013, is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown.

Assembly Bill 2087 would ensure the state Board of Governors doesn't temporarily unseat elected trustees unless certain conditions are met. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, introduced the bill after the Board of Governors appointed a special trustee in place of CCSF's elected trustees following the revocation of the school's accreditation last summer.

"The events surrounding City College made it clear that there aren't sufficient controls on the Board of Governors," Ammiano said in a statement. "Combined with an accreditation process that's questionable, at best, I felt it was time to do something."

The bill would require the Board of Governors to establish an exit plan before it appoints a temporary trustee and ensure the acting trustee consults with the elected board in a meaningful way. Brown has until Sept. 30 to veto the bill or sign it into law. The bill unanimously passed the state Senate and Assembly on Aug. 18-19, respectively.

At its July 7 meeting, the Board of Governors reappointed Special Trustee Robert Agrella to oversee CCSF for another year, but also voted to discuss restoring the school's elected board before the end of the year after nearly two dozen speakers urged local control for CCSF. The Board of Supervisors in March also called for restoration of CCSF's trustees.

CCSF remains open and fully accredited. The school will find out by January whether it qualifies for restoration status, a new policy that would give it two more years to meet accrediting requirements.

Losing accreditation would effectively force CCSF to close.

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Laura Dudnick

Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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