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School board recall effort begins gathering signatures - The San Francisco Examiner

School board recall effort begins gathering signatures - The San Francisco Examiner

Organizers seeking to recall three San Francisco school board members have been cleared to begin gathering signatures, with hopes of bringing the issue to voters in a special election.The couple behind the effort, Autumn Looijen and Siva Raj, is expected to kick off the signature drive Thursday to recall Board of Education President Gabriela Lopez and members Faauuga Moliga and Alison Collins after receiving clearance from the Department of Elections earlier in the week.While Looijen and Raj would like to unseat the entire school board over its inability to quickly reopen schools during the...

Apr 1
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School board members move to strip Alison Collins of titles, committee positions - The San Francisco Examiner

School board members move to strip Alison Collins of titles, committee positions - The San Francisco Examiner

Two San Francisco Unified School District board members will introduce a resolution on Thursday calling for fellow member Alison Collins to be removed as vice president and stripped of all of her committee assignments.School board members Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam, who have both joined in widespread calls by elected officials for Collins to resign, will introduce the resolution at Thursday’s special meeting, Moliga said in a tweet on Tuesday. Collins has not indicated she has any plans to resign.“I am not alone when I say I don’t have confidence in Commissioner Collins to govern,” Lam...

Mar 23
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San Francisco civil rights icon Rev. Amos Brown turns 80 - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco civil rights icon Rev. Amos Brown turns 80 - The San Francisco Examiner

To understand why Rev. Amos Brown brings history into just about every breath he takes, look to the Sankofa bird.It’s a mystic symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, depicting a bird looking back with an egg in its mouth to symbolize a bright future and better days, the Third Baptist Church pastor told the Examiner.“You can’t go forward, you can’t have a brighter day unless you know your history and human history,” said Brown, president of San Francisco’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter. “If you don’t, you will repeat the mistakes of history. That’s why...

Feb 21
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School district could increase portion of budget dedicated to classrooms - The San Francisco Examiner

School district could increase portion of budget dedicated to classrooms - The San Francisco Examiner

School board members will introduce a resolution on Tuesday to increase the proportion of the San Francisco Unified School District’s budget focused on classroom spending.SFUSD ranks last in California’s largest 10 districts when it comes to the percentage spent on classroom instruction, at least as of the 2018-2019 school year. Sacramento, Long Beach and Riverside’s school districts each spend 66 percent of their budget on classrooms while San Francisco spends 54 percent, below Fresno and Los Angeles at 59 percent, according to the resolution.The resolution, put forward by school board...

Feb 9
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Sunset District affordable housing discussion flooded with ‘scare tactics and hysteria’ - The San Francisco Examiner

Sunset District affordable housing discussion flooded with ‘scare tactics and hysteria’ - The San Francisco Examiner

Protesters rally at the site of a proposed affordable housing project at 2550 Irving St. in the Sunset District on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)The community battle over the Sunset’s first 100 percent affordable housing project overwhelmed an online town hall meeting Saturday morning.As Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation staff outlined the housing development at 2550 Irving St. over Zoom, hundreds of messages flooded the chat, with proponents arguing the project was critically needed and some opponents portraying it as a harbinger of drug-filled destruction...

Jan 23
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City lacks the power to enforce deal with UCSF over Parnassus campus expansion - The San Francisco Examiner

City lacks the power to enforce deal with UCSF over Parnassus campus expansion - The San Francisco Examiner

City officials have touted an agreement with UC San Francisco to provide a package of community benefits as part of its planned Parnassus Heights campus expansion.But as city supervisors pointed out on Monday, that agreement isn’t binding.Supervisors at the Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting Monday afternoon called for more time to negotiate stronger community benefit commitments from UCSF, seeking a delay before the project is approved by the University of California Board of Regents. They also sought a legally enforceable agreement, which would require review and approval from...

Jan 12
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City schools losing students - The San Francisco Examiner

City schools losing students - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Unified School District saw a 2 percent drop in student enrollment between fall 2019 and fall 2020, the biggest year-to-year difference in a decade.The change means SFUSD has lost 1,036 students, according to the district. In the fall 2020 semester the district counted 51,898 students across K-12, excluding charter schools, the Examiner has learned.Transitional kindergarten, the youngest grade SFUSD serves, declined from 424 in 2019 to 386 in 2020. When combined with grades K-5, it makes for a 2.14 percent drop. Grades 6-8 saw a 2.31 percent decrease and grades 9-12...

Jan 7
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Preston calls for hearing on UCSF Inner Sunset expansion - The San Francisco Examiner

Preston calls for hearing on UCSF Inner Sunset expansion - The San Francisco Examiner

Supervisor Dean Preston on Tuesday called for a hearing on the planned University of San Francisco expansion in the Inner Sunset.UCSF has plans to add another 1.5 million square feet to its Parnassus Heights campus, reaching more than 5 million square feet total. The expansion will bring nearly 1,000 units of housing, offices, and research facilities, and a new hospital expected to open in 2030 to increase patient capacity at the foot of Mount Sutro south of Golden Gate Park.The plan may be approved as soon as Jan. 20 by the University of California Board of Regents, which has the final...

Dec 23
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Affordable housing project planned for Sunset District families - The San Francisco Examiner

Affordable housing project planned for Sunset District families - The San Francisco Examiner

The Sunset District could get a 100 percent affordable housing project with up to 100 units, many of them targeting families — the first project of its kind in the neighborhood, according to Supervisor Gordon Mar.The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation plans to build a low-income housing development at 2550 Irving St. near 26th Avenue, one block from Golden Gate Park.The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development has committed $15 million from the 2019 voter-approved affordable housing bond, spokesperson Max Barnes said Monday.“It’s the first affordable housing project...

Dec 22
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San Francisco school board commits to full in-person education in fall - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco school board commits to full in-person education in fall - The San Francisco Examiner

The San Francisco school board on Tuesday unanimously voted to commit to a full in-person schedule for all students in the fall as uneasy parents pressed for answers.Board member Jenny Lam and was approved on Tuesday. The vote comes as San Francisco Unified School District is less than a week from welcoming back its first students to in-person learning after more than a year of distance learning.Families have sought assurances that schools will be back to normal by the fall. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that California is planning for a full reopening of state businesses and activities by...

Apr 7
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