By John Davis
Enrollment in credit classes at City College has increased this semester by approximately 4,000 students from spring semester 2001.
According to Robert Balestreri, dean of Admis-sions and Records, there is consistent growth across City College's ten campus sites, with English as a Second Language (ESL) and other non-credit classes showing significant enrollment increases from last year.
Balestreri cites the recession and unemployment as the main reasons for the rise in credit students from spring of 2001 (33,072) to spring of 2002 (37,008).
"When the economy goes down, people (also) need to be retrained and (will take the time) to explore new fields," he said.
According to Balestreri, the Outreach Program, under the direction of Elizabeth Brent, also may have increased student population by marketing an awareness of the college's mission and diversity of programs to area high schools.
Balestreri mentions City College's increased use of technology in the matriculation process as a way to bring enrollment up. Online registration, available through the software package, WebSTARS, is used by 27 percent of students.
"We need to meet the needs of our clients by being competitive (with other schools), and we must be innovative because we're such a large school," he said.
Balestreri said the efforts to move some of the 45,000 students from non-credit into credit classes have probably translated into enrollment increases.
"We're handling the (demands) of the increase well, but some students could not get into classes that they wanted," he said.
Some courses, such as the sciences, math, and English, are in greater demand because they are required classes that transfer to a four-year university.
Balestreri said the college must strike a balance to ensure smaller but valued courses are not eliminated for the sake of some of the larger required classes.
Robert Gabriner, dean of Research and Planning, said student enrollment increases do not always translate into more funding for the college. Although a recession may be responsible for bringing more students into the classrooms, Gabriner said the state's financing is adversely impacted from the recession.
"The budget picture in Sacramento is uncertain and there is (always) a lot of fluidity," he said. "There is (much) that is not really known yet."
9:30 p.m. Feb. 13
A car hit a pedestrian walking in a crosswalk on Phelan Avenue. The woman continued to walk across the street as her friends stopped in the middle of the crosswalk.
She was hit by a red sports car that appeared to a witness to be speeding. The victim was thrown into the air and then hit the pavement. The car immediately pulled to the side as the victim's friends rushed to her aid. No further information is available.
6:25 p.m. Feb. 5
Officers were dispatched to a report of a fire on the third floor of Cloud Hall. Officers found fire and thick smoke in a classroom.
The building was evacuated and the fire was extinguished by the San Fran-cisco Fire Department. It was determined that the fire was arson. According to the San Francisco Com-munity College District Police Department, damage to the room is estimated at nearly $15,000.
4:40 p.m. Feb. 5
A pickpocket incident in the cafeteria was reported to campus police. The victim said she was in line at the lunch counter when someone stole her cellular phone off of her belt.
3:45 p.m. Feb. 5
A theft from a person's vehicle at 1001 Potrero Avenue in San Francisco was reported to campus police.
The victim said she did not realize her car was broken into until she arrived at CCSF. The report was forwarded to SFPD's Mission Station.
1:05 p.m. Feb. 5
An officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for impeding traffic on Phelan Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was driving on a suspended license. The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation and his vehicle was towed.
The California Primary is only a week away, and voters need to be familiar with six propositions on the ballet. The following voter information on the Primary's propositions has been provided by the California Secretary of State:
Prop. 40 -- The Calif-ornia Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Prot-ection Act of 2002: This measure would authorize the state to sell $2.6 billion in general obligation bonds for conservation of natural resources, state and local park acquisition and im-provement, and preservation of historical and cultural resources.
Prop. 41 -- Voting Mod-ernization Bond Act of 2002: This measure would allow the state to sell $200 million in general obligation bonds for updated voting systems.
Legislative Constitut-ional Amendments
Prop. 42 -- Transport-ation Congestion Improve-ment Act: Allocation of existing motor vehicle fuel sales and use of tax revenues for transportation purposes only.
Prop. 43 -- Right to Have Vote Counted: Amends California's Constitution to declare that a voter who casts a vote in an election in accord with the laws of this state shall have that vote counted.
Legislative Initiative Amendment
Prop. 44 -- Chiropractors and Unprofessional Conduct: Amends Chiropractic Act to specify practices constituting unprofessional conduct; require investigation of licensee in certain circumstances and license revocation upon second conviction or multiple convictions of specified insurance fraud offenses.
Initiative Constitut-ional Amendment
Prop. 45 -- Legislative Term Limits and Local Voter Petitions: Allows voters to submit petition signatures to permit their incumbent legislator to run for re-election(s) and serve a maximum of four years beyond terms provided for in California's Constitution, if the majority of voters approve.
More information on the Primary Election can be found at the California Secretary of State website at www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections.htm.
Polls are open Tuesday, Mar. 5 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find your polling place from the League of Women Voters of California's website at www.smartvoter.org.
By Deeann Mathews
Irresponsible motorists appear to be the greatest risk to student safety, according to information from both the San Francisco Community College Police Log and SFPD traffic division statistics.
City College police cited 222 incidents from the Phelan Campus between
March 2001 and January 2002 in the Community College Police Log.
Of the 222 incidents in this synopsis, 44 of these are traffic infractions. Of the 44, 31 are moving violations -- running of stop signs and red lights, speeding, illegal turns and similar infractions that put pedestrians in harm's way. Seven of the remaining incidents were collisions between cars, and one was a collision with a pedestrian.
A more accurate number of actual collisions in a year's time can be drawn from statistics provided by the SFPD Traffic Division.
According to those, 11 collisions, eight with cars and three with pedestrians, occurred between January and June, 2001 (the remainder of the year is not yet available). These incidents occurred on Judson Street from Foerster Street to Phelan Avenue, on Phelan from Judson to Ocean Avenue, and to Ocean Avenue at Howth Street. The seriousness of these incidents range from sideswiping cars to severely injuring pedestrians.
Phelan Campus Police Sgt. Michael J. Seligsohn said that an influx of night students on campus roadways at the same time may be the reason most traffic incidents have occurred between 6-7 p.m.
"You get this incredible influx and incredible exodus," he said, comparing the high traffic concentration at 6-7 p.m. to the steady flow of traffic during the day.
The SFCCPD log shows that August 2001 had 12 of the 44 traffic incidents recorded between March 2001 and January 2002, whereas July and September 2001 each had only three incidents.
January 2002 shows a similar if milder trend, with five traffic incidents compared to only one incident in December 2001 and two in November.
Officer Christian Smith, also of the Phelan Campus SFCCPD, explained that the beginnings of semesters always have an upswing in traffic incidents, as new students learn the interior roadways and avenues around City College.
Smith said many of the problems and incidents between drivers and pedestrians may be the fault of motorists.
"Most of the problems we see are caused by aggressive drivers," said Smith.
By Daniel Jenkins
A much anticipated community campus is ready to come out.
The new $15.3 million Charles M. Holmes Campus of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center will hold opening ceremonies Mar. 2 through Mar. 10.
The center, located at 1800 Market St., is named for the late Chuck Holmes, an advocate for gay rights and former board member of the Human Rights Campaign.
The 40,000-square-foot building is among the largest LGBT centers in the country. There are 142 LGBT community centers nationwide, but San Francisco's is the first to be built from the ground up.
The goal of the center is to bring together various organizations in a space that allows them to work together for the greater good of the community. All individuals are welcome to participate in center activities regardless of age, race, gender, socio-economic status or sexual orientation.
The center hosts 23 non-profit organizations holding office space in the building. Tenants cater to a wide variety of causes, including legal referrals for persons living with AIDS, youth issues and services for deaf or hard-of-hearing LGBT people.
Barry Saiff, President of BiNet USA, a national organization working within the larger LGBT support network, is gratified to see plans for bisexual inclusion in the center coming to fruition.
"The office will make our operations run much smoother," he said. "Just having a central place where people can come and find out what the bi community is up to will be a great help."
Educational space has been provided through a collaboration with City College, the Harvey Milk Institute and the San Francisco Public Library.
City College classes began meeting in the center at the beginning of the spring 2002 term. Classes are held on the third floor and provide a daytime extension to the Castro/Valencia schedule.
Matthew Kennedy, a City College faculty member who teaches Anthropology of Homosexualities, said the center's location is key to its curriculum.
"The Center is extremely convenient for many and it's centrally located," said Kennedy.
Opening events include a Gala Opening Party on Mar. 2, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house the next day.
Opening events conclude with a lesbian and gay family day on Mar. 10.