Not so Fast, Chancellor Griffin

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on June 22, 2009 with 2 Comments

City College of San Francisco Chancellor Don Griffin.

By Luke Thomas

June 22, 2009

A proposal by Chancellor Don Griffin to sell the naming rights of classes offered at City College of San Francisco has come under fire, Fog City Journal has learned.

According to an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, Griffin is hawking the naming rights to each of the 800 classes for $6,000 to help offset $25 million in State budget cuts.

Not so fast, says Board Trustee John Rizzo.

“The Board of Trustees never approved this, and was not even informed that this was an idea in the works,” Rizzo told Fog City Journal. “We’ve had many hours of discussions regarding the $25 million budget deficit at Board meetings and committee hearings. We were never informed.”

“I have serious concerns about this,” Rizzo said, “and have asked the Chancellor to agendize this for our Thursday Board of Trustees meeting. I don’t even know if it is legal under the California Education Code.”

“There are also ethical questions. Who will be allowed to put their name on a public educational course? Will courses be named after sweatshop owners, tobacco companies, the liquor industry, anti-labor factions?”

“This should have been discussed in public with the governing board of City College. This lack of transparency comes at a time when the progressives on the Board are fighting to get a Sunshine Policy adopted to institute open governance.”

Rizzo said he will be asking the Board’s attorney to look into the legality of Griffin’s proposal.

The Chancellor’s office has not returned requests for comment as of time of publishing. We’ll update this post if a comment is forthcoming.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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  1. Yeah,

    I like that one, Ant. Fail the course and you go to Hell.


  2. I like the idea. Fundamentalists could buy the rights to evolutionary biology and name it “You’re going to Hell if you believe evolutionary biology”, etc. It would be funny.