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Interview: Reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on CCSF trial

Marcy Fraser
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera (seated, foreground) and Deputy City Attorney Sarah Eisenberg (standing)

Yesterday in San Francisco Superior Court, closing arguments were made in a trial that could decide the future of City College of San Francisco. The school’s accreditation has been hanging in the balance since 2012, when the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) gave an unfavorable evaluation and essentially put City College on probation. 

This trial has been brought by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who is asking Judge Curtis Karnow to vacate the accrediting commission’s previous decisions made about City College, and to allow a do-over of the 2012 evaluation. Allegations against the commission include conflicts of interest, unfair application of unclear standards, and targeting City College for political reasons. 

Reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez has been following this story since it began two years ago, first for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and now for the SF Examiner and SF Weekly. He was at the closing arguments yesterday, and spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien earlier today.

At its most basic, the City Attorney's office is alleging that this was an unfair process against City College ... There are a myriad number of complaints, but the basic thing that the City Attorney's office is asking for is for City College to get a second chance and a fairer chance.

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Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.