CCSF Needs Students To Keep Funding

first_img Tags: CCSF • City College of San Francisco Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% After CCSF’s accrediting body voted to yank the college’s accreditation in 2013, citing a lack of internal oversight, ineffective administration and student services, and poor fiscal planning, the school entered into extensive negotiations. Though it now has until 2017 to remedy the conditions the accreditation commission pointed out, by late 2013 plummeting enrollment had already cost the school about $14 million since 2011. At this point, CCSF has seen a drop in enrollment of about 9,000 full time students since 2013. Tom Temprano, who is running for CCSF board this year, characterized enrollment as a priority issue. To make his point he’s enrolled in a photoshop class at CCSF. “One of the reasons I’m running is because the current board isn’t talking about it,” he said. Because the state allocates about $5,000 of funding per full time or equivalent student, that drop could cost the school roughly $32 million. The state has allocated interim funds to cover the loss for two years to help enable the college to address the problems identified by the accreditation commission. If the college can’t bring its enrollment back up by then, it will have to make do with a lower funding level.To dodge that outcome, the school has launched a year-long, million-dollar campaign to attract 25,000 new students by promoting new classes like motorcycle maintenance, hacking, and printmaking. Temprano said the outreach needs to be more comprehensive, not just a paid advertising campaign — reaching out to SFUSD students to enroll, for example, or offering recurring training for city workers at CCSF instead of hiring outside contractors like the city does now. So far, the college has seen a jump of between two and five percent since the last school year, which amounts to somewhere between 300 and 600 students campus-wide. 0%center_img The City College of San Francisco’s struggle to retain its accreditation has led to a rapid, roughly 27 percent decline in enrollment that is threatening its state funding.“Students thought, ‘Oh if I go there it might close in the process, or my courses might not be counted’,” said Jeff Hamilton, the school’s press liaison. Hamilton said CCSF has made strides in fixing the problems the accreditation commission identified. Now it just needs its students back. “I think the place has stabilized a lot in the last two years, we’ve fixed about roughly 90 percent of the identified issues, and there’s some significant ones to finish, but we’ve done a lot of work,” he said.last_img read more

Police oversight body makes big recommendations — but will the SFPD listen

first_imgStill, Paul Henderson, the DPA’s director, says the policy recommendations are meant “to raise awareness” about ongoing issues and “spark informed conversation” that could result in policy changes within the police department.“There’s a lot of meat in these policy recommendations,” he said, noting that he narrowed the list to three large issues that the department can concentrate on. “A lot of these things we talk about in our Sparks Report are relevant to things the general public wants to know about.”“If we’re not having a conversation [to improve these policies], it’s like having a car without gas,” he added. “The goal is to spark a next step.” First and foremost on the list is the department’s body-camera policy. Currently, the SFPD policy only requires officers to activate their cameras during detentions, arrests, traffic and pedestrian stops, vehicle pursuits, searches and consensual encounters where an officer believes a person has knowledge of criminal activity.However, the DPA said more than half of its sustained cases in the third quarter of 2018 — nine of 17 — involved violations of the two-year-old policy.Paul Henderson, the director for San Francisco’s Department of Police Accountability. Photo by JoeBill Muñoz.The violations included “several cases” where officers did not activate their body cameras during investigations of violent crimes, as well as an incident where an officer turned on his camera only after shooting a civilian. (DPA officials declined to specify which incident the report was referring to, though officers failed to activate their cameras before shooting Keita O’Neil in December 2017.)“The failure to activate one’s [body camera] or to activate only the last segment of an incident,” the report states, “undermines transparency, accountability, and confidence in the Department.” It also makes it impossible to act on citizen complaints.In that vein, the DPA is now recommending that officers must activate their cameras before “initiating any investigative or enforcement activity involving a member of the public” — essentially anytime an officer receives a call for service. The report notes several times that is the standard used by the Los Angeles Police Department. The report also recommends that the officers must provide a copy of a search warrant before searching someone’s property. SFPD makes this policy clear in writing, but fails to follow through in practice. The SFPD’s “Search Warrant Manual” says that officers should show and provide a copy of the warrant to the person whose property the police are searching. This policy is underscored again in an SFPD brochure informing the public about their rights — specifically, citizens’ rights around warrants, searches, and seizures. It informs the public that when their home is being searched, they should receive a copy of the warrant, an SFPD follow-up form with a report number, and a receipt listing any items that were seized. That did not happen during a recent search, according to the report.While providing a copy of the warrant is not required by state law, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing emphasizes that “People are more likely to obey the law when they believe that those who are enforcing it have legitimate authority to tell them what to do …” In other words, providing a warrant makes things easier for everyone. Last but not least, the DPA offered a raft of recommendations for the SFPD’s system for taking reports from sexual assault victims. Advocates have reported to the DPA that victims — who, in many cases, are reluctant to step into a police station and file a report, are faced with long wait times, have been told to come back later, or are sent to another station. Victims with a limited English proficiency (LEP), furthermore, have reported that they are not provided with an officer that speaks their native language to take their report, and have “repeatedly” said that “many stations are not welcoming or user-friendly, which is further exacerbated when language assistance is not readily provided.” This exact issue was thrust into the spotlight last April during a Board of Supervisors hearing in which around a dozen sexual assault survivors shared their traumatic experiences when reporting their crimes to the police department. The most recent report indicates that little has been addressed since the hearing. It recommends six major changes including: taking reports of victims in a private room; providing reportees with the “Know Your Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Assault” brochure before the interview; allowing an advocate to accompany a victim during an interview; inform a reportee that the report can be taken about the Bay Area Women Against Rape office; providing an LEP officer to take the report of monolingual reportees; and making information regarding sexual assault rights and reporting easily available on its website. Henderson, the DPA director, compared the contents of the DPA’s Sparks Report to that of the SFPD, which primarily includes administrative improvements like “Uniform Inspections and Associated Forms” and “properly titling” body camera footage. “What are police saying they need to work on? How are they not identifying same things?” Henderson asked. “It exacerbates the reason why we have an outside agency making these recommendations — because you cannot police yourself.” The San Francisco Police Department needs to improve its body camera and search warrant policies, as well as its system for taking the reports of sexual assault victims, according to the department responsible for investigating complaints against the police. The Department of Police Accountability (DPA) detailed these three areas for improvement in a report sent to the Police Commission last week. The recommendations in the so-called “Sparks Report” were based on recent citizen complaints filed with the department.As it stands, the SFPD is not required by law to follow the policy suggestions — and a comprehensive 2016 federal Department of Justice assessment of the SFPD found that the department has largely ignored the report’s suggestions. That should not happen, the DOJ said, suggesting the department review such recommendations and “take direct action where appropriate.” The SFPD, however, still has no mechanism for responding these recommendations in a timely manner. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

SET SAIL Boater conditions improve in Carolina Beach Inlet

first_img The Carolina Beach Inlet is in the middle of a three day project, crews are capturing sand and dumping it elsewhere.“This is an important project because this really, the inlets of North Carolina are a life blood to the folks who need those inlets to help support and grow the economies,” project manager Jim Medlock said.The state and county are paying for this $83,000 project.Related Article: Carolina Beach restaurant to raise money for slain UNCC student’s familyRight now, The Carolina Beach inlet is shallow. It needs to be deeper to make it easier for boats to get out to the Atlantic Ocean.“It’s like a vacuum cleaner that sets down on the bottom of the ocean or the inlet and we, like a vacuum does, it sucks up material, comes up through a pipeline and then goes through a bin in the middle of the boat. We’re capturing right now, both water and sand,” Medlock said.The sand from the bottom of the ocean is being moved to make the channel deeper.Which is important for residents and commercial usage.“When you have deep water in the inlet it will break outside of that where the shallow is but, you have a nice channel in the middle where the surf isn’t breaking, no surf zone basically and that’s what you want to have,” Captain Barry Stull said.The sand that is being removed from the channel its being dumped near the Carolina Beach inlet, where it will eventually be used for beach re-nourishment.It has been three months since Carolina Beach’s last dredging project.They hope to make this dredging maintenance happen four times a year, if funding is available. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY)– All day long dredging is underway on the Carolina Beach Inlet.Dredging projects play a major role in maintaining both beaches and inlets.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pedestrian struck by car in downtown Wilmington

first_imgPerson was hit by a car in downtown Wilmington on Nov. 13, 2017. (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Emergency officials responded to a call at the intersection of Grace and 3rd streets early this evening after they say a person was hit by a car.The call came in around 5:15 p.m. Monday evening. An officer on site said the person was trying to walk across the street.- Advertisement – There are no major injuries.last_img

Taco Johns chain looks to expand into Wilmington market

first_img In a news release the company says Taco John’s franchisee Superior Taco has partnered with American Development Partners (ADP) to develop restaurants in areas including Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, Augusta, Columbia and Savannah.“Taco John’s has an incredible following and history of success – we continue to be impressed by the brand,” ADP Chief Operating Officer Caleb McMillen said in the release. “We can’t wait to introduce these markets to the iconic, quality food of Taco John’s. We have aggressive development plans for the next 24 to 36 months.”It’s not clear when exactly a Wilmington area location might open, but a company spokeswoman says all the new locations should be open by early 2021.Related Article: NJ company considering Navassa site for 238 jobsTaco John’s, which is based in Cheyenne, WY, is known for its burritos, tacos and Potato Olés. Taco John’s menu items (Photo: Taco John’s/Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another national brand is looking to expand into southeastern North Carolina.Taco John’s, the Mexican fast-food chain that has nearly 400 locations in 23 states, announced plans to expand into the Carolinas and Georgia, including Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

School celebrates Black History Month by highlighting inventors

first_img Everyday after morning announcements he has a student announce on the intercom and highlight a famous black inventor, since Freeman is a STEM school.Faison says highlighting these inventors helps encourage students to try harder and make inventions of their own.“When they see other black people who’ve done amazing things and have impacted the world in such a positive way, it motivates, it inspires and it encourages them to also want to do just as well as the other black people throughout the years have done,” Faison, ISS coordinator, said.Related Article: SummerFest at the Battleship promotes fun and healthy lifestyleSome students have taken the lesson to heart with one group making a table for a classmate in a wheelchair.Faison says this is just the beginning of the school’s black history month activities. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering in Wilmington are getting some extra lessons during Black History Month thanks to a faculty member lending some inspiration.Ernie Faison is the in-school suspension coordinator. He put his figurine collection of famous black people on display but didn’t stop there.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FILL THE BOOT Brunswick Co firefighters to raise money for MDA

first_img The money raised will also help send more than 70 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Victory Junction all at no cost to their families.Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, firefighters will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on:Friday, May 25th from 10:30 am- 3:00 pm at Walgreens on 1138 Sabbath Home Rd, Holden Beach with the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire DepartmentSaturday, May 26th from 10:30 am-3:00pm at the Southport Fire Department on Howe Street and the Wal-Mart intersection in SouthportMonday, May 28th from 10:30 am-3:00 pm at the intersection of Airport and Fish Factory Road in Southport and the Yaupon Beach Fire Station on Caswell Beach RD“The dedication of these firefighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Brunswick County. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Katherine Fullwood. Fill the Boot for MDA in 2016. (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Fire departments in Brunswick County will unite for their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign this weekend to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.Yaupon Beach Fire Department, Southport Fire Department, and Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department are going to raise money that will help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pender County to start accepting Disaster Food Stamp applications

first_img Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The exact amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $192, a family of four would receive $640 and larger families would receive more.To be eligible, a person must:• Live in one of 27 counties: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson.• Have suffered losses/damages related to Hurricane Florence, such as damage to property, loss of income or food loss.• Have proof of identity and proof of residency (if available).• Have income and resources below certain levels.• Not currently be receiving help buying food through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. People receiving FNS can also get extra help buying food, but do not need to fill out a D-SNAP application. They can get more information about how to get the extra help here.Pender County residents who want to apply for help buying food related to Hurricane Florence can only do so in person at Pender County’s designated application site:Related Article: Food, water being flown in to Brunswick CountyPender County Department of Social Services will accept applications on the following dates at the Pender County Agricultural Building, 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw:• Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Saturday, Sept. 29 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Monday, Oct. 1 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Tuesday, Oct. 2 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Wednesday, Oct. 3 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Thursday, Oct. 4 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Friday, Oct. 5 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Saturday, Oct. 6 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.While Pender County residents are encouraged to apply at the application site listed above, they can also apply in person in any of the 27 eligible counties. As all application sites are finalized, DHHS will post information on locations and hours of the sites in each county on its website, People can also dial 211 for information on application sites in their county.The state Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to complete their application ahead of time and bring it with them by downloading the form in English HERE or in Spanish HERE.People who may have a disability or are physically unable to go in-person to apply for help can complete this form and send an authorized representative in their place.Wait times should be anticipated due to the volume of people expected to apply. County officials will do everything they can to process applications as quickly as possible. Food Stamps (Photo: MGN Online) BURGAW, NC (News Release) — Governor Roy Cooper announced that residents in Pender County will be able to apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP,” beginning Friday.“Residents can begin signing up for assistance starting this week,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Fishing team tags tiger shark in Brunswick County

first_imgOCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — For the past four or five years, members of a local fishing team have been helping scientists track sharks off our coast. They say sometimes people get the wrong idea about what it is that they do, and they want to clear that up.“People think if you’re shark fishing, because of the movie Jaws, that we’re just out there dumping 55 gallons drums of blood in the water,” said Will Starr, founding member of Team Hitman Shark Fishing. “And it couldn’t be further from the truth.”- Advertisement – The team isn’t fishing for food. Instead, they fit each shark with a tag and re-release them back into the ocean.“Pretty quick after we started shark fishing, we wanted to see if there was a way that we could get more involved in the preservation of the sharks,” Starr said. “So we got involved in the tagging process.”The Cooperative Shark Tagging Program is run by a division of NOAA. According to their website, the program has been around since 1962.Related Article: Forecasters unveil weather outlook for winter“It comes in on a postcard, you just fill out your location, whether it was a male or female, the species, the size, all that good stuff. The condition of the fish, notice if it has any injuries,” said founding member A.J. Woodard.The data helps scientists track migration patterns, age and growth, and more. Woodard and Starr say safety is their top priority.“We strive to have the fish back in the water in less than three minutes but sometimes it’ll balance out to four minutes or five minutes,” Starr said. “We really do emphasize, we’ve missed pictures on some of the bigger sharks that we’ve caught, just so we could get the fish back in the water.They say there are a variety of sharks off our coast, including hammerheads, bulls, lemons, makos, and of course tiger sharks, like the nine footer they caught the other day.“My wife actually caught it, and she said it was a pretty good fight. It took her a little over 20 minutes to get it in,” Woodard said.“That’s the biggest shark we’ve caught on our team, so it’s become kind of a running joke that she came out and showed the boys up,” Starr said.While anyone with a fishing license can sign up for the NOAA tagging program, Woodard and Starr stress that without the proper equipment, it can be dangerous for both you and the shark.last_img read more

MIA launches special guide for autistic passengers

first_imgMalta International Airport is launching a special visual guide for autistic passengers.The guide is understood to include a series of pictures, simple step by step instructions and directions which will help autistic passengers preparing for their airport experience before their trip.This is an extension of the existing Journey Facilitation Programme which MIA launched last year to assist autistic passengers navigate through the airport. A special representative is also on hand to assist and guide them through the airport with little disturbance as possible.The process can booked 48 hours in advance by filling in the form here.This initiative is part of MIA’s awareness of World Autism Awareness Day and will see the terminal facade lit in a blue colour.Head of Customer Services and Traffic Development Alex Cardona said, ‘This past year, the Journey Facilitation Programme has been availed of more than 180 times, and the feedback received has served to highlight what a big difference this special service has made to users, encouraging us to explore new ways of turning a potentially stressful experience into a more pleasant one.’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more