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There was an quasi-impromptu jazz concert atop Bernal Heights last week, when a mysterious piano appeared to have been dragged up on the hill. As reported by Mission Mission blog, the organizers of the concert invited people online, only to discover that the original piano had been removed hours before the show. They procured a backup, brought it to the top of the Heights, and performed a delightful piano recital for more than 200 people. YouTube it: “The Great Bernal Heights Renegade Piano Recital.”
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THE SHOW DID GO ON It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July in San Francisco without the venerable San Francisco Mime Troupe debuting its latest subversive political musical in Dolores Park. And it almost wasn’t, due to lost grant money and other funding shortfalls this year. But “Oil & Water” did go on, albeit with a stripped down cast of four actors that were constantly stripping down themselves, to execute rapidfire costume changes throughout the show. And it was a marvelous performance in the end, spotlighting Chevron’s corporate greed and our surreal political system. Head writer Pat Moran told us the take from the hat-passing at show’s end “seems like it was pretty good,” but the show and troupe still need our community’s support. Check out its schedule at www.sfmt.org and give generously.
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THAT VOODOO THAT BREW DO ... Popular local nanobrewery Triple Voodoo announced this week that it’s officially in the process of securing its own brick-and-mortar brewery and taproom in SF. Triple tweeted that it will be open before the end of 2013, adding to the growing local craftbrew landscape, including spots like Cervecería de MateVeza and soon, Magnolia’s Dogpatch brewery. Involved with the San Francisco Homebrewer’s Guild, Triple Voodoo Brewing was established in 2011, and quickly became known for a mix of Belgian and California styles and brews such as Inception Belgian Style Ale and Grand Cru. www.triplevoodoobrewing.com. EDITORIALS
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Two esteemed Guardian alumni have books out right now, and coincidentally their time here happened to overlap during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The first dot-com boom, basically. Gabriel Roth was a reporter, then the city editor (he also wrote a food column for awhile), and now he’s written a novel: The Unknowns, which came out July 2 on Reagan Arthur Books. Though Roth lives in New York City these days, he’ll be at Litquake’s July 18 Epicenter event (7pm, $5-10 suggested donation, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter, SF; www.litquake.org) discussing the book (described as being about “the sentimental education of a nerd”) with National Novel Writing Month founder Chris Baty. Also on shelves is former Guardian culture editor and columnist (now, catch her posts on io9.com) Annalee Newitz’s Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, which came out on Doubleday in May. It’s a fascinating read, and just look at that title: this book might save your life!
AMERICA’S FLOP A race needs more than one contender — right? Sunday was a lessthan-spectacular opening to the 34th America’s Cup as Emirates Team New Zealand’s boat sailed alone in front of a disappointed, confused, and very small crowd, including many refugees from cancelled SFO flights, trying to make the best of two bad situations. The 11-Kiwi crew caught air mere seconds after crossing the start line and still managed to draw gasps and cheers as they dutifully rounded the marks to “win” the first point for the Louis Vuitton Cup. (The winner of the LVC takes on Oracle, who lurk in the wings until then.) The other two races scheduled this week will also be one boat shows as Luna Rossa is boycotting until an international jury hears protests about the new safety recommendations (happening Monday, with a decision due Wednesday) and Artemis, still recovering from the death of Andrew Simpson, want two more weeks to get their rig on straight. Time trials planned for July 5 were also cancelled due to wind. The way things are going, there will be more happening off the water than on, but if ETNZ keep playing the role of good sports they’ll fast become fan favorites — they already got the rowdiest welcome during the opening ceremonies and no doubt earned a few more fans this weekend for at least showing up. THE SELECTOR
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LABORFEST: CCSF’S ACCREDITATION CRISIS City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia, SF. www. saveccsf.org. 6-8pm, free. City College serves about 85,000 students and faces threat of closure in July 2014 if its appeals to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which has threatened to revoke the school’s accreditation in a year, aren’t successful. At this forum, Marty Hittelman, former president of the California Federal of Teachers, will speak on accreditation and the ACCJC. Sponsored by Save CCSF Coalition and AFT 2121.
THURSDAY 11 LABORFEST PANEL: THE PRESS AND THE POWERFUL First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin, SF. www.laborfest. net. 7-9pm, free. Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco, will join Westside Observer publisher George Wooding, former Berkeley Daily Planet reporter Richard Brenneman, and former Guardian reporter Savannah Blackwell for a panel talk on the erosion of investigative journalism in the face of commercialization and monopolization of the media.
PANEL: THE CONTINUING BATTLE FOR FREE EXPRESSION Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission, SF. www.ginsbergfestival. com. 3-5pm, $12. Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem, Howl, represented a landmark in the history of freedom of speech, obscenity issues, and the censorship of literary works. This panel talk, led by Peter Maravelis of City Lights Booksellers with panelists Rebecca Farmer of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Mark Rumold of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and James Wheaton of the First Amendment Project, will focus on the continuing fight against censorship today. Presented in conjunction with the Allen Ginsberg Festival and the exhibition “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
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City College will appeal By John rizzo OPINION City College will appeal last weekâ€™s decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to revoke City Collegeâ€™s accreditation. The reason for the appeal is simple: Most of what ACCJC asked for has been accomplished, and the rest is well on its way towards completion within a year. First, the San Francisco City College district is financially secure. This is not a district that is close to fiscal collapse. This yearâ€™s audit was â€œclean,â€? and the budget is balanced, thanks to multiple cost-saving reorganizations, large spending cuts, reforms in practices, and the passage of Propositions A and 30. City College also has a healthy reserve fund well above that of state requirements. City College is even squirreling away money for a special â€œNinth yearâ€? fund in the event that voters donâ€™t reapprove Prop A when it expires 8 years from now. The City College budget also increases spending in areas that ACCJC wanted: there is nearly $3
million per year for new technology and building maintenance, both long deferred through the years of radical state funding cuts. City College is also paying money towards the unpaid liability in retiree health benefits. The City of San Francisco also has this kind of liability â€” to the tune of $4.4 billion â€” but has so far not come up with a plan to deal with it. City College, on the other hand, has a plan and the funds to enact it. City College has also cut costs by millions of dollars. There have been layoffs and furloughs, and salary cuts. For instance, faculty members are earning 5 percent less than they did in 2007. Department chairs are earning less, and the Board of Trustees just cut administrators salaries. Streamlined operations have resulted in other savings. Governance is another area where City College has made major changes. There have been five major management overhauls to streamline bureaucracy, increase efficiency and speed the carrying out of decisions. And many administrators have been replaced. Any one of these overhauls could ordinarily have taken a year
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each to implement. There were all done in a matter of months. For instance, the job description of every dean’s position was completely rewritten; some posts disappeared, and new ones were created. Every dean had to reapply for a job, and many did not return. The same is true for other management positions. City College also replaced a decades-old department chair structure with a system that costs less and has simpler lines of authority. And last fall, the Board of Trustees acted to completely restructure the Participatory Governance system. This is a state-mandated system of getting
input from faculty and staff into management decisions. Over 40 committees were dissolved and replaced with a more streamlined system. The faculty and staff also worked hard in fixing problems identified by ACCJC, particularly in the areas of planning. One of the most important of these is in the collection of Student Learning Outcome data — a measure of how well students do. Faculty filed thousands of reports in order to fulfill this requirement, a truly enormous amount of work. The collected data will then be used to improve courses next year. This cycle of planning, data collection,
and improvement are the basis of ongoing reform effort that takes a year at minimum to prove that it’s working. There is a lot more work to be done in this area. It will take another year to complete — if City College is given the time. Not everyone at the college agrees with all of the changes that were made. People have the right to express their views, and indeed, we want the internal experts to speak up and give their best advice. And given the speed and monumental
scope of the changes, it is very likely that these changes have flaws and that improvements can be made. But regardless of what people think of the changes that have occurred, these are changes that ACCJC asked for. City College neither ignored nor fought ACCJC’s recommendations, as many people wish we had. City College’s response was to work to enact ACCJC’s will as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the decision to revoke accreditation will harm City
College’s otherwise good financial position by causing a large drop in student enrollment for fall — and the loss of millions of dollars in state funding. Ironically, this will make it more difficult to finish what ACCJC wants done. The best course for students is to let City College retain accreditation while it finishes the job that ACCJC wants done. 2 John Rizzo is president of the City College Board of Trustees
More ill winds EDITORIAL After years of hype, the 34th America’s Cup finally got underway on the San Francisco Bay this past week — with a single boat formally winning in a match against itself, a fitting metaphor for this whole disappointing affair. Emirates Team New Zealand sailed solo while its Italian would-be competitor, Luna Rossa, stayed ashore to protest a rule change on rudder design that had been unilaterally decided by regatta director Iain Murray. The third competitor with Larry Ellison’s Oracle Racing team that is defending the cup and hosting the event, Swedish team Artemis, was still trying to rebuild its vessel after a tragic accident resulted in the death of a renowned sailor in May. It was a lame kickoff. The anticipated hordes of racegoers have yet to materialize, with the once-regal America’s Cup reduced to just another Fisherman’s Wharf tourist trap. In a display that might as well have been used to entice tourists to the Wax Museum, a barker outside the event’s sprawling Pier 27 spectator area fruitlessly tried to lure passersby: “See the fastest boats in the world!” In an interview with ABC7 news, Oracle Racing CEO Russell Coutts declared the Italians to be “acting like a bunch of spoiled babies,” adding that if they didn’t want to race, they should just leave. You could practically hear the event’s corporate sponsors burying their faces in the palms of their hands. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In 2010, when software editorials
tycoon Larry Ellison of the Oracle Racing Team hinted to city officials that he might want to stage the next Cup on the Bay, if not Italy or some other exotic destination, economists with the Bay Area Council trumpeted the economic gain that stood to be reaped if Ellison’s plan was realized. Since a dozen teams competed during the last America’s Cup, the authors of the study reasoned, at least as many could be expected to join this time around. Those initial projections — $1.4 billion in economic activity (like three Super Bowls!, the analysts enthused), thousands of new jobs, a tourism windfall — sounded so rosy in part because 15 syndicates were expected to compete. But in time, this optimism faded and the city is arguably on the hook for millions in racerelated costs. Fortunately, thenDistrict 6 Sup. Chris Daly scuttled an initial plan to cede vast swaths of city-owned waterfront property to Ellison in exchange for the expected economic gain, thus averting an even greater loss. Meanwhile, Oracle is weathering accusations that it cheated by slipping a design change into a list of safety recommendations, conveniently granting itself a competitive edge. An international jury’s decision on whether to honor the rule change was still up in the air at press time. While we at the Guardian find ourselves rooting for the Kiwis, we remind Ellison that it isn’t too late to right this ship — and cutting a check to the city to cover its losses would be a great place to start. 2
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‘EVICTION FREE SUMMER’ HITS THE STREETS Activists from “Eviction Free Summer,” formed to defend tenants facing eviction, gathered July 2 outside landlord Rick Holman’s South Park office building in San Francisco to protest an eviction he’d initiated against a Missionbased activist collective. Organizer Fred SherburnZimmer said it was one of many peaceful protests the housing activists plan to stage against property owners this summer. “We’re taking it to the landlord’s homes and offices,” Sherburn-Zimmer said. “They can’t pretend they’re not ruining people’s lives by displacing them.” This past April, collective members from In The Works, an organization that rents space in what is often called the “17 Reasons” building, at 17th and Mission streets, received an eviction notice from Holman alleging illegal subletting. Holman is a managing partner at Asher Investment Group, and from the perspective of SherburnZimmer and other protesters, his move to evict the collective is helping to propel a trend of gentrification in the Mission. “We need this space, and if the whole neighborhood is high-end realty, then it’s not really helping the community,” Sherburn-Zimmer said. The In The Works Collective bills itself as an anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist arts and events collective, which regularly hosts skillsharing workshops and other activism-oriented events. A collective member who introduced herself as Madeline said Holman has not been the most hospitable landlord. “When he first came to talk to us, he said we had bad posture and body language,” she recounted. 10 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
LENNAR FINALLY BREAKS GROUND AMID CONTROVERSIES More than five years after San Francisco voters approved a massive redevelopment plan for the Hunters Point Shipyard and much the southeast part of the city — giving Lennar Corp., the country’s biggest home builder, the largest tract of open land in the city — that project is now finally, slowly, getting underway. But activists who have been following the project say the city is getting played by Lennar because of an agreement that lacks performance standards and has allowed the company to drag its feet to maximize its profits despite an affordable housing crisis in the city. And some community members say Lennar hasn’t lived up to promises of jobs and other benefits. “The modus operandi of Lennar is bait and switch and delay,” Saul Bloom of Arc Ecology, who consulted on this development deal for the Redevelopment Agency before his contract was dropped in 2010 after publicly raising concerns, told us. Bloom and his firm have decades of experience analyzing complex development deals, and he has been tracking Lennar’s pattern of behavior around the country. Bloom thinks Lennar has intentionally delayed the project to pad its profits. “Their incentive is to wait for the property values to rise,” Bloom said. “Lennar understands how much this land is worth.” Bloom said that when Lennar cut its initial deals with then-Mayor Willie Brown and other local officials in 1997, the company said it
“The day after we got the three-day notice, the locks were changed.” When the Guardian reached Holman this past May seeking comment for a longer article about widespread evictions, he declined to comment on the matter but emphasized that he planned to keep the building as commercial office space rather than convert it into high-end EDITORIALS
needed no external financing and that it would build housing affordable to Hunters Point residents, including rentals. Since then, the deal has gotten steadily better for the company and worse for San Francisco, and the groundbreaking date has been repeatedly pushed back. “The city was not smart enough to build in liquidated damage and a performance schedule and that kind of thing,” Bloom said. “Lennar tells them what they want and the city tends to roll over, and there’s been no pushback.” When Lennar ended up needing financing after all, the project stood by while a $1.7 billion deal with China Development Bank Corp. was structured in 2012. Despite Mayor Ed Lee personally participating in the quest for capital in China alongside the developer, the deal collapsed earlier this year. Just as we reported this story on SFBG.com last week, the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed a shady way that Lennar and its political partners are helping to fund the project and reap personal profits at the same time. It involves the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center — a for-profit company that is arranging immigration visas for Chinese nationals who invest in the project — which is getting key help from Mayor Ed Lee and members of his staff. The company, which takes a $45,000 commission for every $500,000 investment it attracts, lists a key principal as none other than Willie Brown, who implausibly pleaded igno-
condos, and said his other tenants had expressed no complaints. Like many folks facing eviction from San Francisco rental properties, In The Works may be forced to find another space. Currently, Madeline says the collective is paying 72 cents a square foot for the 5,200 square foot place — and it’s highly unlikely that they’ll find a place FOOD + DRINK
rance when confronted by CIR reporters. Lee did cop to the company’s financial role, although he told CIR, “The ones taking the risk and putting infrastructure into the ground, that’s Lennar. And they’ve been doing a really great job.” Neither Lee’s office nor Lennar officials would return our calls for comment on the situation, but they were all smiles at the officials groundbreaking ceremony on June 27. During the well-attended hilltop ceremony, Lee, Brown, District 10 Sup. Malia Cohen, and Cohen’s predecessor, Sophie Maxwell, joined Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner to speak at the long-anticipated event, at which Lennar unveiled a master plan to convert the land to a brand new mixed-use community complex. The Hunters Point Shipyard occupies roughly 500 acres of southeastern San Francisco and when taken together with neighboring Candlestick Point and parts of Bayview, it is the largest single tract of land in San Francisco designated for redevelopment. Phase 1 of the project will consist of construction of 1,400 new residential units in the shipyard, approximately 30 percent of which will one day be affordable housing. At the ceremony, Brown remarked that “there is no other piece of soil that is as lucrative” as the Bayview Hunters Point peninsula and that it promises to be the “ideal place to live.” But those who live there now worry about displacement and say Lennar hasn’t delivered the jobs it promised. A group of picketers from Aboriginal Blackman United (ABU) at the ceremony was contained by SFPD at the bottom of the hill during the afternoon’s proceedings. As black town cars chauffeured officials to the event site, the protesters’ cries were drowned out by the music of Miles Davis playing from stage speakers. Job creation was trumpeted generally in the afternoon’s speeches, with Sup. Cohen applauding the public-private partnership between Lennar and Bayview organizations and Mayor Lee praising the project for “honoring labor and honoring local residents.” However, ABU’s founder and president, James Richards, said “We’re not getting the jobs or the contracts that the community people are supposed to get and that’s why we’re out here.” With both the jobs and affordable housing units that Lennar promised now years behind schedule, activists say city officials should be applying pressure on Lennar instead of doing pitches to investors on its behalf. “We remain skeptical about their commitment to getting it done,” Bloom said of the affordable housing that Lennar has promised. “What we’d like to see is some real action on the promises that were made to the public.” (Steven T. Jones and Parker Yesko)
in the Mission for a similar price. That’s why they welcomed support from the activists at Eviction-Free Summer. “I totally respect them helping us out,” Madeline said. “It’s important that we stick together. Our place has always been big on solidarity and community building.” Eviction Free Summer hasn’t MUSIC
revealed what other landlords they might target, yet they plan to continue staging protests outside landlords’ homes and offices in coming months. “This is just the beginning of this direct action group,” Sherburn-Zimmer said. “We will do anything to prevent people from losing their homes and spaces.” (Erin Dage)
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By Joe Fitzgerald firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS The day City College of San Francisco heard it would close was the same day, July 3, that 19-yearold Dennis Garcia signed up for his fall classes. With a manila folder tucked under his arm, he turned the corner away from the registration counter and strode by a wall festooned with black and white sketches of every City College chancellor since 1935, including a portrait of bespectacled founder Archibald Cloud. In a meeting room on the other side of that wall, the college’s current administrators were receiving the verdict from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It was their worst fears of the past year realized: City College’s accreditation was being revoked. Accreditation is necessary for the college to receive state funding, for students to get federal loans, and for the degree to be worth more than the paper it’s printed on. Unbeknownst to Garcia, he walked out of the building just as the college received its death sentence, which is scheduled to be carried out next July unless appeals now underway offer a reprieve. In the interim, CCSF will essentially be a ward of the state, stripped of the local control it has enjoyed since Cloud’s days. Just a few blocks down Ocean Avenue is the nerve center of City College’s teachers union. Housed in a flat above a Laundromat, the scent of freshly washed clothes wafted up the staircase to an office that instantly became a flurry of ringing phones and rushed voices. Only an hour later, 10 or so union volunteers were calling their members, contacting nearly 1,600 City College faculty whose responses ranged from sad to furious. The volunteers read them bulleted factoids about accreditation and a call to join an upcoming protest march. But the woes of City College reach deeper than a three line script
Who killed City College? Loss of accreditation tied to federal push for austerity and a curriculum that feeds universities and the economy could ever cover, and can be traced back to the oval office itself, leading to a really odd question: Did President Obama kill City College?
Pressure from the top When the president trumpeted education in his 2012 State of the Union speech, he sounded an understandable sentiment. “States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets,” Obama told the nation. “And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down.” But the specifics of how to cut costs were outlined by years of policymaking and a State of the Union supplement sheet given to the press. The president’s statement said that they will determine which colleges receive aid, “either by incorporating measures of value and affordability into the existing accreditation system; or by establishing a new, alternative system of accreditation that would provide pathways for higher education models and colleges to receive federal student aid based on performance and results.” The emphasis is ours, but the translation is very simple: College accreditation agencies can either enforce the administration’s numbers-based plan or be replaced. The president’s college reform is widely known and hotly debated in education circles. Commonly known as the “completion agenda,” with an emphasis on measurable outcomes in job placement, it had its start under President George W. Bush, but Obama carried the torch. The idea is that colleges divest from community-based programs not directly related to job creation or university degrees, and use a data measurement approach to
ensure two-year schools transfer and graduate students in greater numbers. “Community colleges” would quickly become “junior colleges,” accelerating a slow transition that began many years ago. But its critics say completion numbers are screwy: They discount students who are at affordable community colleges just to learn a single skill and students who switch schools, administrator Sanford Shugart of Valencia College in Florida wrote in an essay titled “Moving the Needle on College Completion Thoughtfully.” Funding decisions made from completion numbers affect millions of students nationwide — and CCSF has now become the biggest laboratory rat in this experiment in finding new ways to feed the modern economy. “I think there was a general consensus that the country is in a position that, coming out of the recession, we have diminished resources,” Paul Feist, spokesperson for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, told us. “Completion is important to the nation — if you talk to economic forecasters, there’s a huge demand for educated workers. Completion is not a bad thing.” Like dominoes, the federal agenda and Obama’s controversial Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan tipped the Department of Education, followed by the ACCJC, and now City College — an activist school in an activist city and an institution that openly defied the new austerity regime.
Winning the battle In the ACCJC’s Summer 2006 newsletter, Brice Harris — then an accreditation commissioner, now chancellor of the state community college system — described the conflict that arose when colleges rallied against completion measurements established by the federal government. “In the current climate of increased accountability, our regional accrediting associations find that tight spot to be more like a vice,” Harris wrote. Many of the 14 demands the ACCJC made of City College trace back to the early days of Obama’s administration, when local trustees resisted slashing the curriculum during the Great Recession. “There’s a logic
to saying ‘We don’t want to put students on the street in the middle of a recession,’ ” said Karen Saginor, former City College academic senate president. “If you throw out the students, you can’t put them in the closet for two years and bring them back when you have the money.” And they have a lot of students — more than 85,000. Like all community colleges in California, the price of entry is cheap, at $46 a unit and all welcome to attend. But since 2008, the system was hammered with budget cuts of more than $809 million, or 12 percent of its budget. So programs were cut, including those for seniors, ex-inmates re-entering society, or young people enrolling to learn Photoshop or some other skill without committing to a four-year degree. “As the recession hit, the Legislature instructed the community college system [to] prioritize basic skills, career technical, and transfer,” Feist said. “That’s to a large extent what we did. That was the reshaping of the mission of that whole system.” It’s easy to cast the completion agenda as a shadowy villain in a grand dilemma, but as Feist or anyone on the federal level would note, people were already being pushed out of the system, to the tune of more than 500,000 students since the 2008-09 academic year due to the budget crisis. Course offerings have been slashed by 24 percent, according to the state chancellor’s office. But City College would only go so far. Then-Chancellor Don Q. Griffin raised the battle cry against austerity and the completion agenda at an October 2011 board meeting, his baritone voice sounding one of his fullest furies. “It was obvious to me when I heard Bush ... and then Obama talking about the value of community colleges ... they’re going to push out poor people, people of color, people who cannot afford to go anywhere else except the community college,” he said.
Countdown to crisis July 2006
ACCJC reaffirms CCSF’s accreditation
Recession and first wave of budget cuts hit state community colleges, $809 million lost annually
Obama’s first State of the Union Address pushes for better graduation rates
ACCJC revisits CCSF, finds recommendations not met, places college on sanction
ACCJC revisits CCSF, finds recommendations not met, places college on “show cause” sanction with date set for accreditation loss
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2007 2006 Seven California community colleges are under sanction by ACCJC
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts more than $300 million in categorical funding for community colleges
Then-City College Chancellor Don Q. Griffin makes cuts to administrators, services to preserve breadth of classes
California Federation of Teachers and CCSF American Federation of Teachers local file a nearly 300-page complaint on the ACCJC with the U.S. Department of Education
ACCJC to undergo review by the U.S. Department of Education
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But when it came to paying for that pushback, things got tricky. “No more of this bullshit, that we turn the other way and say it’s fine. We’re going to concentrate the money on the students,” Griffin said at a December 2011 board meeting. “You guys are talking about cutting classes, we don’t believe in that. Cut the other stuff first, cut it until it hurts, and then talk about cutting classes.” So he slashed his own salary and lost staff through attrition and other means. The college had more than 70 administrators before 2008, and it now has fewer than 40. “Since the recession in 2009, we’ve been seen as the rebels,” said Jeffrey Fang, a former student trustee on City College’s board. “When most of the colleges went and made cuts in light of the recession, we decided to find ways to keep everything open while doing what we could to eliminate spending.” But those successes in saving classes put City College on a collision course with its accreditor.
mally respond to all officially filed complaints about ACCJC. But the numbers speak volumes. As an ACCJC newsletter first described federal pressure back in 2006, seven community colleges in California were on probation or warning by the ACCJC. By 2012 that number leapt to 28. But the California Federation of Teachers is fighting back, and recently filed a 280-page complaint about the ACCJC with the
Quick facts What’s changed at City College since being placed on sanction in 2012? Percent wage cuts for faculty and administrators Faculty and staff not rehired for the next semester, including part-time teachers and counselors Campuses closed, Castro/ Valencia and Park Presidio
Losing the War Seven years ago, the ACCJC found six deficiencies that it asked City College to fix, finding it had too many campuses serving too many students, fiscal troubles, and hadn’t enforced measurement standards. Last year, it faulted City College for resisting those changes and tacked on eight additional demands, threatening to revoke its accreditation. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an official who worked closely with ACCJC as a member of one of the visiting accreditation teams told us there was pressure to make an example of City College. “The message they’re hearing from (ACCJC President) Barbara Beno is that Washington is demanding, ‘Why are you not being more strict with institutions with deficiencies that have lasted more than two years [and taking action] to revoke their accreditation?’” the source said. “What’s anomalous about California is we’re getting to where everyone will be in a few years.” The ACCJC’s next evaluation is this December, where it will be reviewed by the Department of Education. It wants to be ready, says Paul Fain, a reporter for Inside Higher Ed, a national trade publication. “Washington writ large ... is pushing very hard on accreditors to drive a harder line,” Fain told us. “There’s a criticism out there that accreditation is weak and toothless.” The U.S. Department of Education declined to comment on the issue, saying only that it will foreditorials
Recommendations from the accrediting commission, essentially requirements the college has to meet to regain accreditation Colleges under sanction by the ACCJC as of 2012 Community colleges in California
Department of Education. The allegations were many: Business conflict of interest from a commission member, failure to adhere to its own policies and bylaws, and even the commission President Beno’s husband having served on City College’s visiting team, which the unions said is a clear conflict of interest. Some people think it’s a waste of time, that City College has already lost. “That process of fighting accreditation won’t succeed, it just forestalls the problem,” said Bill McGinnis, a trustee on Butte College’s board for over 20 years. He’s also served on many ACCJC visiting teams. But the unions are making some headway. The Department of Education wrote a letter to the ACCJC telling them to respond in
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What’s next? In the meantime, City College has exactly one year to reverse its fortunes: The loss of accreditation doesn’t actually kick in until July, 2014. A special trustee appointed by the state will be granted all the powers of the locally elected City College Board of Trustees to get with the federal program. Without voting power, the elected body is effectively castrated. No one knows what that will mean for the college board, not even Mayor Ed Lee, who issued a statement supporting the state takeover and criticizing local trustees for not cutting enough. “The ACCJC is fundamentally hostile to elected boards and they’ve made that clear,” City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman told us. “The Board of Trustees should and may look at all possible legal options around this.” Although officials say classes will proceed as normal for the next year, some aren’t waiting around to see if City College will survive. At its last board meeting, the CCSF Board of Trustees grappled with how to address dwindling enrollment. As news of its accreditation troubles spread, City College has been under-enrolled by thousands of students, exacerbating its problems. Since the state funds colleges based on numbers of students, City College’s funding is plummeting by the millions. A frightening statistic: When Compton College lost its accreditation in 2005 and was subsequently absorbed by a neighboring district, it lost half its student population, according to state records. Even the faculty is having a hard time hanging on, said Alisa Messer, the college’s faculty union president. “People are looking for jobs elsewhere already. Despite everyone’s dedication to see the college through, it has tried everyone and stretched them to the limit,” she told us. The college has two hopes — that the CFT wins its lawsuit and can reverse the ACCJC decision, or that the new special trustee can somehow turn the college around by next July. But either way, something will be lost. “City College is definitely changing,” Saginor said. “What it will change into, and if those changes will be permanent, that I don’t know.” 2 stage
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newS BARt By Steven t. JoneS email@example.com NEWS Last weekâ€™s four-day strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers dominated the news and made headlines around the country, marking the latest battleground in a national war between public employee unions and the austerity agenda pushed by conservatives and neoliberals. Of course, that wasnâ€™t how the conflict was framed by BART, most journalists, or even the two BART unions involved, all of whom dutifully reported the details of each sidesâ€™ offers and counter-offers, the competing â€œsafetyâ€? narratives (new security procedures demands by unions versus spending more on capital improvements than raises), and the strikeâ€™s impact on commuters and the local economy. But once this long-simmering labor standoff seized the attention of a public heavily reliant on BART, fueling the popular anger and resentment increasingly directed at public employee unions in recent years, familiar basic storylines emerged. At that point, the Bay Area could have been placed in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, or Illinois â€” the most recent high-profile labor union
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finally forced to find other ways of getting around, within a transportation system that is already at the breaking point during peak hours thanks to years of austerity budgets and under-investment in basic infrastructure, those seething resentments exploded into outright anger. And those political dynamics could only get worse in a month. The BART strike could resume full strength on a non-holiday workweek if the two sides arenâ€™t able to come to an agreement before the recently extended contract expires.
This is the Bay Areaâ€™s most visible and impactful labor standoff, and it could prove to be a pivotal one for the modern American labor movement.
BART AS BELLWETHER Chris Daly was a clarion voice for progressive values while serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2000-2010. Now, as political director of Service Employee International Union Local 1021, one of the BART unions, he says this standoff is about more than just the issues being discussed
at the bargaining table. â€œThe terms and conditions of workers in the public sector is a buoy for other workers,â€? Daly told us, explaining how everyoneâ€™s wages and benefits tend to follow the gains and setbacks negotiated by unions. â€œThe right understands this, which is why the right has been mercilessly attacking public sector workers.â€? Ken Jacobs, chair of the UC Berkeley Labor Center, confirmed that union contracts affect the overall labor market. â€œWhen unions improve wages and benefits, it does have a ripple effect,â€? Jacobs said. He agreed that the outcome at BART could be a bellwether for the question, â€œAs the economy comes back, how much will workers share in that prosperity?â€? Demonizing public sector workers as greedy or lazy also serves to undercut the entire labor movement, Daly said, considering that public employees make up a far higher percentage of union members than their private sector counterparts. And during election time, it is union money and ground troops that typically contest wealthy individuals and corporationsâ€™ efforts to maintain or expand power. â€œLabor is one of the main checks on unbridled corporate power, and public sector unions are the back-
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bone of labor,” Daly told us. So in that context, BART’s battle is about more than just the wages and benefits of train drivers and station agents, with their average base salary of $62,000, just barely above the area median income, and their demand for raises after accepting wage freezes in recent years. Daly sees this as part of a much broader political standoff, and he said there are indications that BART management also sees it that way, starting with the $399,000 the transit agency is paying its lead negotiator Thomas Hocke, a veteran of union-busting standoffs around the country. “He has a history of bargaining toward strikes, with the goal of breaking unions,” Daly said, noting that Hocke’s opening offer would have taken money from BART employees, with new pension and healthcare contributions outweighing raises. “It was a takeaway proposal when you add it up, while they have a $100 million surplus in their budget and the cost of living in the Bay Area is shooting up.” But BART spokesperson Rick Rice told us that Hocke is simply trying to get the best deal possible for this taxpayer-funded agency, and he denied there is any intention to
break the union or connection to some larger anti-worker agenda. “There is definitely a need to start funding the capital needs of the district,” Rice told us. “I don’t see that we’re pushing an austerity agenda as much as a realistic agenda.”
Austerity And expAnsion But Daly said the very idea that austerity measures are “realistic” excuses the banks and other powerful players whose reckless pursuit of profits caused the financial meltdown of 2008. The underlying expectation is that workers should continue to pay for that debacle, rather than bouncing back with the rebounding economy. “They get in this austerity mindset, and we see it in every contract we’re negotiating,” Daly said, noting that capital needs and benefits have always needed funding, despite their elevation now as immediate imperatives. “You have good people with good intentions like [BART Board President] Tom Radulovich pushing this austerity mindset.” Radulovich, a longtime progressive activist, told us he agrees with some of how Daly is framing the standoff, but not all of it. He said that BART is being squeezed into its position by unique factors.
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Radulovich said that healthcare and pension costs really are rising faster then ever, creating a challenge in maintaining those benefit levels. And he said that Hocke isn’t simply carrying out some larger anti-union agenda. “He’s negotiating what the district wants him to negotiate,” he said. Radulovich said that while BART’s workers may deserve raises, most of BART’s revenues come from fares. “So it’s taking from workers to give to other workers,” Radulovich said. “It’s a little more complicated because it is a public agency and Chris is aware of that.” Yet Radulovich acknowledged that BART has opted to pursue an aggressive expansion policy that is diverting both capital and operating expenditures into new lines — such as the East Contra Costa, Oakland Airport, and Warm Springs extensions now underway — rather than setting some of that money aside for workers. “And for a lot of those, we were being cheered on by the [San Francisco] Labor Council, one of many ironies,” said Radulovich, who favors infill projects over new extensions. “These are some of the conversations I’ve had with labor leaders in ther last few weeks, how we think strategically about these things.”
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But if BART wanted to defeat the union, it may have miscalculated the level of worker discontent with austerity measures. “What they didn’t plan on is some high-level Bay Area political pressure,” Daly said, referring to the local uproar over the strike that led Gov. Jerry Brown to send in the state’s two top mediators, who made progress and created a one month cooling off period before the strike can resume.
retirement security One of the hardest issues to overcome in the court of public opinion may be the fully funded pensions of BART employees. “Times are changing, costs are escalating rapidly, and we’re asking for a modest contribution,” Rice said of BART’s demand that employees help fund their pensions. Daly acknowledges the resentments about the pension issue, even though it was essentially a trap set for public employee unions back in the 1980s, when BART and other public agencies were the ones offering to pay for employee pensions in lieu of raises. But rather than resenting public employees for having pensions, he said the public should be asking why most workers don’t have retirement security and how to fix that problem.
“At what point do we organize and demand retirement security for all workers?” Daly said, noting that SEIU is now leading that fight on behalf of all workers, not just its members. “What we ought to be talking about is how we restore the social contract.” Jacobs confirmed that SEIU has indeed been pushing the retirement security issue at the state and federal levels. And it’s a crucial issue, he said, noting that just 45 percent of workers have pensions and that the average retirement savings is just $12,000. “The retirement problem we have is not the pension crisis, it is the lack of pensions crisis,” Jacobs said. That’s one reason that he said this standoff has implications that extend far beyond the Bay Area. “The fight goes beyond these particular workers,” Jacobs said. “It’s an important set of negotiations and an important strike in terms of looking at what happens in this country as the economy improves.” Daly agrees there’s a lot at stake, for more than just his members. “Losing on this means we’d be hard-pressed to win elsewhere, anytime,” Daly said. “It is important symbolically, and it is important to the strength and morale of the movement.” 2
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YOU GOTTA EAT THIS There is a definite art to the breakfast sandwich: the texture of the eggs, the bread (and how itâ€™s toasted), the meaty and cheesy options, and yes, the price. While the McDonalds Egg McMuffin is a genius pop culture totem, everything inside that muffin is all wrong (donâ€™t make me enumerate why). But Nopa hangout Vinyl Coffee and Wine Bar (359 Divisadero, SF. www.vinylsf.com) makes a rather winning version, and a lot of it is due to the thick, honking, buttery English muffin they use, with a nice crunch of cornmeal. For $3.25, you get a muffin with egg and cheddar, and for just a buck more, you can add bacon or sausage â€” both available as vegetarian faux meat â€” or avocado. Back it up with your pick of a Blue Bottle Coffee item (Iâ€™m a fan of the Gibraltar myself), and â€œgoodâ€? will affix itself to your morning. 2 Marcia Gagliardi is the founder of the weekly tablehopper e-column; subscribe for more at tablehopper.com. Get her app: Tablehopperâ€™s Top Late-Night Eats. On Twitter: @tablehopper.
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UNDEAD AND TWISTED. latest album, Except Sometimes was released earlier this year, and showcases her sultry vocals, along with her love for the classics and a desire to mesh those styles with more contemporary material — such as a jazz rendition of
WEDNESDAY 7/10 BOTANY’S BREATH
Even if you are a plant lover, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park can intimate you. Taking but a few steps from the Highland to the Lowland Tropics, places that on the outside are hundreds of miles apart, is decidedly weird. But choreographer Kim Epifano loves it. Her Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater’s Botany’s Breath is both a tribute to the natural world and a wake-up call to be mindful of our position within in. Joining Epifano’s eight dancers are excellent collaborators Norman Rutherford and Peter Whitehead (music) Allen Willner (lighting design), and Ellen Bromberg and Ben Estabrook (video design). Space is tight so only 40 people at a time can take in the show.(Rita Felciano)
be her last local event, for now — she’s moving to Philadelphia. So it will indeed be your final opportunity (in the foreseeable future) to witness the homespun talent of one of SF’s favorite illustrators. (Savage) Through Sept. 15 Opening tonight, 6-10pm, free Nooworks 395 Valencia, SF www.nooworks.com
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“Don’t You (Forget About Me),” from her film The Breakfast Club. (Sean McCourt)
If there’s anything horror movies of the 1970s taught us, it’s that evil lurks in unexpected places — a comfortable brick manse in Georgetown, or a ballet school in
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The Melodic is like a flavorful snack that hits all the right spots. Pegged as experimental Afrofolk-pop, the London quartet’s delicious harmonies alone are enough to back this, but only one part of its allure — the group is inspired by sounds around the world. While the West African folk is brought by instruments like the Kora, and the Latin influence is evident in the acoustic guitar picking and charango, the songs are also chockfull of poppy melo-
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mighty versatile, dipping between South American and African influences with a pop edge — and how can that not translate into a great live performance? (Hillary Smith) With Song Preservation Society and Dyllan Hersey 8:30pm, $12 Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell, SF
FRIDAY 7/12 “NEW WORKS BY EMILY GLAUBINGER // SEAN NEWPORT” Wilson, and George Alexander, who all overlapped in the group from 1971 through ‘80. That power-pop lineup played a hastily arranged show in SF earlier this year, its first time together since ‘81, but now it’s given you more advance notice. The current crew is rounded out by drummer Victor Penalosa. Don’t miss it again. (Emily Savage)
This in-store exhibit takes the one-dimensional and make it pop in 3-D. It brings together noted
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dies and whimsical lyrics. Just as readily though, the group cranks out a song like “Ode to Victor Jara,” with such a heavy tone and earnest lyrics, you’d swear you’re hearing some kind of beautiful eulogy. The point is, the band is 18 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
Influential 1960s rockers the Flamin’ Groovies — who delivered wailing cult classics like “Slow Death,” “You Tore Me Down,” and “Shake Some Action” (you know this last one from its resurrection in the film Clueless) — have gone through some serious band changes over the past four decades, with more than 15 members rotating through the legendary group and some legendary rifts in the mix as well. Roy Loney has moved on to Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers. This current lineup is a circle back to Cyril Jordan, Chris EDITORIALS
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THURSDAY 7/11 MOLLY RINGWALD
While Molly Ringwald might be best known for her acting career, having starred in several 1980s hit movies, she has recently returned to her first love, singing. She started performing with her father, a jazz pianist, when she was just a few years old, and recorded and released several songs before turning her attention to acting. Her FOOD + DRINK
local graphic designer/jewelrymaker Emily Glaubinger’s colorful illustrations of bold patterns and textiles and Sean Newport’s carefully crafted sculptures, “turning her intricate illustrations into 3-D pieces of art.” The “New Works by Emily Glaubinger // Sean Newport” opening event at Mission apparel store Nooworks includes live musical performances by Wild Hum and Philip Manley Life Coach (Glaubinger created the eye-popping album cover for Life Coach’s newest record, Alphawaves). As Glaubinger mentions in the invite, this will MUSIC
Germany, for example. Tonight, immerse yourself in a doublefeature that presents two of the decade’s spookiest standouts. First up is the 1973 film that launched Catholic nightmares galore (and probably just as many head-rotation jokes): William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, presented in director’s-cut form for maximum Captain Howdy thrills. It’s paired with Italian genre master Dario Argento’s 1977 Suspiria, which is still crazy after all these years — and is the perfect flick to get you pumped for soundtrack artist Goblin’s October tour stop in San Francisco. (Cheryl Eddy) The Exorcist, 7pm; Suspiria, 9:30pm, $8.50–$11 Castro Theatre 429 Castro, SF www.castrotheatre.com
“DAVID KING’S ODD ALCOVE” Iconography and graphic design have long been integral to the ethos of punk. For a certain sect, there’s no stronger symbol than the iconic, anarcho-punk Crass
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logo (once explained by the designer David King as “a cross and a diagonal, negating serpent, formed into a circle.” This week, Needles and Pens will present “David King’s Odd Alcove,” a solo show and book release for The Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol, which will include Crass graphics, photographs, wood constructions, “hi-art, lo-art, and more.” King, who grew up in London, met Crass’ Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher in art school, lived with
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MONDAY 7/15 LANGHORNE SLIM AND THE LAW Langhorne Slim and the Law is jumpy, chipper, and a whole lot of fun on stage — which is par for the course because it doesn’t need any of that. The group’s raw energy and commitment to its songs is seen in the stand-up bassist’s wriggly plucking, in the way Sean Scolnick approaches the mic like he’s communicating an urgent truth, and in the obvious connection they all share on stage. The group’s acoustic sound jumps
the band at Dial House, created illustrations for Crass and other acts, formed his own bands, and migrated to San Francisco during the early 1980s punk explosion. He’s remained here ever since, and now brings an assortment of personal treasures for this show. (Savage)
rock’n’roll. The group’s songs work on low frequencies, never using volume as a crutch to get listeners pumped. Instead, it employs eloquent yet accessible lyrics, smooth vocals, and tight rhythms to draw a crowd. (Smith)
something else entirely. At this debut three+ hour set, I expect to see at least few cell phones on the dance floor, Shazam-ing to keep up. (Ryan Prendiville) With Eduardo Castillo (Crosstown Rebels/Voodoo),
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Punk bands, Bjork productions, hip-hop projects, an ambient album on Nicolas Jaar’s label, mixes for Crosstown Rebels: Martin Gretschmann has many musical roles and aliases. In DJ mode as Acid Pauli, the guy sends me Googling every time, re-energizing my excitement for new sounds. Half the time it’s something I’ve never heard like the wonky jazz romp of Der Dritte Raum’s “Swing Bop,” or tectonically teutonic deep house of Gunther Lause’s “Mountain.” (Where the school children astral pop on Jan Turkenburg’s “In My Spaceship” came from I. Just. Don’t. Know.) Even when it’s as familiar as Nancy Sinatra or Johnny Cash, Gretschmann reworkings are
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TUESDAY 7/16 THE JAZZ COFFIN EMERGENCY ENSEMBLE If the free jazz sets on Wednesdays at Amnesia have taught us anything, it’s that hipsters can A) swing dance surprisingly well and B) appreciate music un-ironically when it comes without a price tag. The Jazz Coffin Emergency Ensemble promises standards from the 1950s and ‘60s, a period when jazz was really evolving its own sub-genres. The band describes its set as verging on funk and march/ dirge-heavy. This is the group’s second concert at El Rio and the price is certainly right. Hell, if that’s not enticing enough, for just $4 at 6:30pm before the show, Science, Neat, a monthly science happy hour that pairs short talks with live demos, will be on the patio with this month’s theme “Brains! Brains! Brains?” It’s the perfect opportunity to get your mind blown during a bustling happy hour at a colorful bar before enjoying some old favorites and a cheap buzz. (Ilan Moskowitz) With Science, Neat (6:30 p.m. on the patio, $4 donation) 8pm, free El Rio 3158 Mission, SF
as easily into foot-stomping folk as it does to soul and dirty rock. And Scolnick’s dynamic vocals thread it all together. One thing you can be sure of is there will never be a lack of energy or zeal at a Langhorne show. And with Easy Leaves on the bill, this show might just have double. (Smith) With Easy Leaves Independent 8pm, $20 628 Divisadero, SF
Keeping the tradition of the oldschool local late-night horror host TV show alive and well — or perhaps undead and twisted would be better terms — the ghouls, er, guys behind “Creepy KOFY Movie Time” are getting out of their cave/studio and hosting a special party at one of the oldest theaters in the city. Featuring a screening of the classic 1920 horror flick The Golem (with new music by Hob Goblin) co-hosts Balrok, Webberly, and Slob will be on hand for the festivities that will also include live music from their house band the Deadlies, a STAGE
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BY EMILY SAVAGE firstname.lastname@example.org TOFU AND WHISKEY In these past three years, Phono Del Sol has built itself up into a tastemaker midsummer’s indie music fest — and it’s one to watch. It makes sense: the one-day fest is curated by on-thepulse local blog, the Bay Bridged. And beyond the interesting (and mostly local) band choices — the first year featured Aesop Rock and Mirah, last year the Fresh and Onlys and Mwahaha, and this year Thee Oh Sees, YACHT, Bleached, and K. Flay will headline — there’s something about the approach and atmosphere that calms the nerves. It’s in the Mission’s Potrero Del Sol park, a hilly, grassy area bordered by an active skate park. During the fest, skaters whizz by near the bands, and street food vendors offer salty snacks on the other side of the stage. The event tends to inhabit a particular San Francisco garage scene vibe of yesteryear, apart from current complications brewing in the nearby neighborhood between the old and new, the tech workers and SF lifers. One of the newest bands on this year’s bill fits this feeling as well, the young garage pop fourpiece Cool Ghouls. The psychinflected group is relaxed and gracious, perhaps not yet jaded by the outlying music community or industry. And they’ll be bringing a horn section to Phono Del Sol this year. (Sat/13, 11:30am-7pm, $20. Potrero Del Sol Park, 25th Street at Utah, SF. www.phonodelsol.com). Cool Ghouls, named after a phrase George Clinton used in a Parliament Funkadelic concert film, are a bit giggly during our conversation from lead guitarist Ryan Wong’s Duboce Park area apartment. They seem new to this whole recognition thing, and thusly, speak candidly, and nearly in circles. Singer Pat McDonald, bassist Pat Thomas, and Wong all grew up in the Bay Area, attending high school in Benicia together, and met up again in San Francisco after college. Alex Fleshman met the others when he went to San Francisco State University. They formed in early 2011 and began playing shows almost immediately — in early spring of that year, showing up at brick-and-mortar spots, house shows, even Serra Bowl before it closed, and at Noise Pop. That’s where they first crossed my path, as they began popping up 20 SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
Summer ghouls at shows on a frequent basis. “Now, we’re being asked to play more local shows then we can play,” Thomas says. “Pat McDonald seems to know a lot of people somehow, maybe it’s his hair? Or he’s just like, really nice.” Their self-titled debut fulllength, recorded by Tim Cohen of Fresh and Onlys and Magic Trick, saw release this April on Empty Cellar Records. “We thought we could record a whole album by ourselves, so we recorded 90 percent of it on an eight-track recorder,” Wong says. “We showed Arvel [Hernandez], who runs Empty Cellar Records...he told us ‘the songs are really good but the recording is just shitty.’” He enlisted Cohen to record it, and said he’d release it on Empty Cellar. They were ecstatic with the revelation, and excited to work with the talented Cohen. They spent a few days in his Western Addition home, rerecording the full album while crammed in Cohen’s bedroom at the top of a towering Victorian near Alamo Square. Cohen’s since become a de facto advocate for the band, writing a glowing press release about Cool Ghouls and the album, in which he defiantly explains “First things first: Cool Ghouls are not a retro act... Truth be told, this being their first EDITORIALS
official release, they may even be a bit naïve in their dogged pursuit of the true-blue, home-spun, rock and roll lifestyle.” Though he later concedes, “If one were to ascribe to them a ‘60sreverent description, as one often does in the case of San Francisco bands, one would most likely find an artistic kinship with some of the most inimitable, idiosyncratic, yet unmistakably influential bands of the retro-fitting oeuvre. The Troggs, The Monks, Sir Douglas Quintet come to mind immediately. (Save your Kinks and Rolling Stones references.) Like the aforementioned, the Ghouls are natural heirs to the folkloric lineage which precedes them, adding dashes of weirdness where needed.” The group laughs when I bring up the Cohen praise, “it’s so funny things people take away from press releases...but he did a really good job of writing that, I didn’t even know he understood us that well,” Thomas says. “He doesn’t give you that much in person, he’s a pretty stoic guy, so it’s been really cool to see that through all of that, he was digging us.” “We were all kind of intimidated, then that came out, and I didn’t have any idea he was even writing anything,” Wong adds. The Ghouls are democratic, and FOOD + DRINK
all are multi-instrumentalists, with each group member writing songs and bringing the skeletons to the group to flesh out. And many of the tracks on the album do evoke that garage pop weirdness Cohen identified, and also a casual self-awareness. Thomas wrote joyful first single “Natural Life” quickly and brought it to the band. The perfectly corresponding video by his film student brother Rob Thomas features the band frolicking in the Marin Headlands and Sutro Baths. “That whole organic approach, natural approach, putting your pieces in place and then just winging it, is something that we generally do — it keeps it collaborative,” Thomas says. Another standout, is mid-tempo “Witches Game,” which singer McDonald wrote, starting with the fuzzy guitar riff that rides strong through the track. Woozy, surfy “Grace” was one of the first songs they ever played together, and usually closes out their live sets. And they agree that jangly psych-pop “Queen Sophie” was one of the more collaborative songs. There’ll be a proper video for that one out soon too. “The whole album was a group effort. I think of it as a specific piece of where we were at when we recorded it,” Wong says. The album artwork is worth notMUSIC
ing as well, a collage-painting made by Thomas with a big glittery sun, swirly watercolor images of clouds, snowy mountaintops, red-yellow fire, and a colorful rooster. The images weren’t meant necessarily to reflect the songs on the album, but ended up having some meaning after the fact. “I was just trying to represent what I lean toward anyway, like if it’s a painting I make, it’ll probably evoke the music I make, just because I’m making both of them,” Thomas says. “But liked the rooster image because I was thinking about the way roosters strut, and this is our first album.” Wong pipes up, “I feel the way the album is with these songs, [it’s about] the morning, and the ideas of the natural life. It’s appropriate because it’s our first album, but maybe I’m looking too much into it?” Cool Ghouls will move on soon anyway — they’re currently prepping new songs and plan to record a second album this August.
DAVINCI Fillmore District-raised emcee DaVinci plays this free show alongside fellow burgeoning local rap duo Main Attrakionz, Young Gully, Shady Blaze, Ammbush, and Sayknowledge. DaVinci has been releasing tracks for a few years, in late 2012 dropping full-length The MOEna Lisa with an ode to SF in track “In My City” with the telling lyric, “Trying to push us out of the city/but we ain’t leaving,” in a hoarse whisper, but also referencing favorite spots like the waffle house at Fillmore and Eddy (Gussies). Wed/10, 9pm, free. Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission, SF; www.brickandmortarmusic.com.
JAPONIZE ELEPHANTS The elegant yet spooky old-worldcarnival act Japonize Elephants — noted for drawing sounds from eclectic styles like gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and klezmer — will celebrate the vinyl release party for newest album Mélodie fantastique, this week at Amnesia. Go, and witness all the instrumentation you can handle (fiddle, banjo, glockenspiel, vibraphone, accordion, percussion, surf guitar), along with four-part vocal harmonies. A group of waltzing ghosts, like the ones you find on the Haunted Mansion ride, wouldn’t seem out of place here. Thu/11, 9:30pm, $7–$10. Amnesia, 853 Valencia, SF. www.amnesiathebar. com. 2
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