Blue Blight Update: Largest CA College to Close?
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  • Anthony

    Today is not that day…soon we hope soon…

  • TycheSD

    Mead says: “America’s cities are often run by center-left or in some cases frankly-left politicians in hock to powerful urban machines.”

    Except when they’re not run, especially in California, by politicians of both parties who sell their cities to wealthy developers.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “America’s cities are often run by center-left or in some cases frankly-left politicians in hock to powerful urban machines. Compassion for the poor and social justice are the chief rhetorical mainstays of their political discourse. But too many of the institutions they actually run — public housing projects, school systems, welfare bureaucracies — devastate the poor because of bad management, crony appointments and corrupt practices.”

    If you pay money to poor people for being poor, you will get more poor people. It seems to me that a solution to the problem of poor people lies in the other direction. The truism “you get less of what you tax” applies here. If taxes on the poor end of the scale decreased quickly as their income increased, the poor would have a powerful incentive to work harder, get better jobs, and take second and third jobs.

    In any case there would be less poor people if it wasn’t possible to sit in front of the TV drinking beer all day, with a roof over your head and food in the refrigerator. Most of the people in the third world would kill to live as princely as the American poor. In America 99.6% of all those considered poor have a Refrigerator, figures like this can be found at the following link:

  • Maid Abusing Socialist

    Maybe they can just sell off that nice Diego Rivera mural they have on campus…

  • JKB

    That’s dreaming. The prosecutors are part of the machine. I have a friend who went from an urban police force to the state bureau of investigation. He knew of illegal activity in the urban police but couldn’t investigate because the DA wouldn’t authorize it. He ended up being forced out because one of his investigations intersected with an FBI investigation that resulted in quite a few state legislators doing the perp walk. He had to sandbag his internal reports (authorized by alternate channels) because his direct boss was a crony of one of the legislators. It was all good, the boss wasn’t implicated but he held a grudge.

  • Retail Lawyer

    The local PBS affiliate covered this story yesterday, see it at

    Apparently the Directors of CCSF just cared too much about those people they served to, you know, prioritize stuff and do their job. It’s someone else’s fault!

    Bonus: The art of Occupy Oakland

    Extra Bonus: decent (no, really) coverage of the high speed rail fiasco.

    It can’t go on. It will end. But how will it end? With the most victims? This is not a victimless crime.

    We are so clueless out here! God help us all.

  • “It appears that both the administration and the board were incompetent and out of their depth; there are reports that board members (who get paid) were often no-shows at meetings.”

    So is this a story about the failure of the blue model or a story about corruption and incompetence?

  • “But CCSF’s problems point to an important local failure: deep blue San Francisco is not doing a good job at helping low income people.”

    Face it. San Francisco is not an affordable place where low income people can live. The economy runs on trust funds. What does it have to do with the blue model.

  • dearieme

    “How exactly the school got itself into so much trouble is hard to figure out.” I’m slowly learning how much of American conversation is in code.

  • JJ

    Prof. Mead has some good comments about higher education, but the following makes me wonder

    ” As a junior college, CCSF is part of the healthiest and most cost-efficient sector in the higher ed system. (Community or junior colleges tend to have lower costs and less overhead than research universities.)”

    The Research University system plays many roles besides delivering courses at a low cost. For one thing almost all scientific research in the United States takes place in this system, at a much lower cost and higher quality than at the National Labs. (Industrial Labs such as the old Bell Labs no longer exist on anything like the scale they used to.)

    There are currently 140,000 Chinese undergraduates in the United States, paying full tuition. I doubt any of them have anything to do with the “healthiest” segment consisting of the Community Colleges.

  • thibaud

    “Community Colleges are the healthiest segment of our higher ed system.”


    Perhaps the professor could enlighten us as to why he chooses not to teach at a community college?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if a second-tier, rich kids’ private college is less than “healthy” in some ways, but does the author really believe that the world’s greatest concentration of world-class research institutions is less vigorous or robust than our network of remedial High School / Mulligan institutions?

    Mr Hyde-Mead’s reflexive sneers and snarls at anything he can connect to liberal elites – including our great research universities – leads him into some really embarrassing blind alleys.

  • Jim.

    @Luke Lea:

    The San Fransisco / Berkeley axis spins out most of the Blue Model’s biggest (and worst) ideas. Listen to 740 KCBS (San Fransisco) or read some Berkeley campus publications sometime for a sample.

    Blue is about spending massive amounts of public money on pet causes. That’s what San Fransisco politics are all about, and the educational system is a big part of that (as Mead pointed out in his pieces about the Teachers’ Union.)

  • Pete

    Nowhere does the CCSF accreditation report say that personnel costs are wasteful, but only the ratio of 92% was higher than most. that is because CCSF lost 15 administrators to retirement, and the chancellor and board chose to save classes for students rather than replace administrators. Hence, the number of faculty is proportionately higher. The college lost $17 million in state funding just this last year, and this year will lose another14-25 million. The entire comm. college system in CA has lost $805 million since 2009. Revenue is down, and yes, the college needs to make severe cuts to bring the budget into line, but The report lauded the excellent faculty and had no complaints about instruction, which is what the school is all about, after all. Former students have said the instruction they received at CCSF was better than that at UC Berkeley or Yale. Your condemnation is way over the line. Why don’t you read the report before you start throwing around comments about the “inmates taking over the asylum.” That is ridiculous and trite and shows you know nothing about CCSF. The school is not closing. The SF Chronicle’s Nanette Asimov constantly overstates the negative and disregards the facts–“if it bleeds, it leads” holds true for her educational reporting.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “Nowhere does the CCSF accreditation report say that personnel costs are wasteful, but only the ratio of 92% was higher than most. that is because CCSF lost 15 administrators to retirement … Hence, the number of faculty is proportionately higher”

    Unless personnel costs do not include administrators, that is a complete non-sequitur.

    “Why don’t you read the report before you start throwing around comments about the ‘inmates taking over the asylum.'”

    Commissioners also noted that City College does not have enough administrators for a school of its size, with only 39 administrative positions. Many of those positions, including the chancellor’s post, are filled by temporary employees who lack “the appropriate administrative structure and authority to provide oversight and leadership.”

    In other words, the Accrediting Commission pointed out (agree with them or not) that California’s largest college had poor administration, and that the faculty employees were running things haphazardly. Or as the original post provocatively put it: the inmates took over the asylum. So, which one of you hasn’t read the report?

    By the way: choosing to get rid of administrators rather than faculty can be attributed to a high-minded concern for students. It could also conceivably be attributed to a desire by faculty not to have anyone supervising them. But only aggressive nekulturny would consider the latter.

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