City College of San Francisco Trustee Rodrigo Santos dropped by the offices of the Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily this week, the paper reported. Appointed in August by Mayor Ed Lee, Santos sought to connect with the city’s sizable Chinese community as he looks to retain his seat come elections in November.
Santos, a structural engineer, told the Sing Tao on Monday that given the school’s dire situation, lay offs, program cuts and the leasing or closure of school properties could not be entirely ruled out. He singled out the campus at Mission and 4th Street as a candidate that could open new revenue streams.
CCSF was threatened with loss of accreditation in July by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which faulted the school for glaring financial and administrative problems. Santos also noted that school administrators had failed to establish an efficient communication channel with City Hall, something he said he would work to address.
A total of ten candidates are vying for four seats that will be up for grabs on the seven-member Board of Trustees in November. The board is responsible for determining how school funds are used.
Santos took over for former Trustee Milton Marks, who died unexpectedly earlier this year.
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