City College of San Francisco Students Arrested in City Hall Protest

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013  |  Updated 5:34 PM PDT
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CCSF Students Arrested in City Hall Protest

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About 150 City College of San Francisco students staged a sit-in at city hall Tuesday night, August 20, 2013.

About 150 City College of San Francisco students staged a sit-in at city hall Tuesday night to demand Mayor Ed Lee step in and do something to save the college from being forced to close its doors next year.

Police moved in to clear out the protesters. Twenty-six people were arrested for disturbing a public meeting and trespassing.

The sit-in began around 5 p.m. after one last request to meet with the mayor was denied. Students said they have been trying to make their case to Mayor Lee for over a month.

“It’s unclear to us while the mayor won’t even meet with the students,” CCSF student Eric Blanc said. “Collectively it was decided we would wait, hoping that mayor lee would come and listen to us and meet our demands, but instead of doing that he called the police to arrest us.”

Those demands include lifting all sanctions against the school, especially now that the Department of Education has highlighted problems with the way the school was evaluated.

Last month, a regional agency ruled the college would be stripped of its accreditation unless changes were made to the school's governance structure and finances.

No one was hurt in the protest. It came just one day after college officials submitted a formal request for a review of the agency's decision.

So far, there has been no word from Mayor Lee.

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