Some demonstrators were arrested in San Francisco’s City Hall starting around midnight on August 21.
Chris Filippi, a reporter for KCBS radio, tweeted a picture of people being arrested inside the building. Matt Keller of ABC later said that 20 to 30 people were arrested. Save CCSF said that 26 students were arrested while several hundred attended the sit-in.
Students and supporters staged the sit-in beginning on Tuesday afternoon, asking to meet with Mayor Ed Lee to try to help save the City College of San Francisco from losing its accreditation.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) announced in July that the school’s accreditation will end in July of next year unless changes are made to the school’s governance structure and finances.
The Save CCSF organization wants the mayor to support dropping the need for changes and fire Bob Agrella, a special trustee of the school.
“Despite the fact that the Department of Education has severely criticized the ACCJC and is threatening to pull its accreditation, the mayor has refused to call for the immediate reversal of the ACCJC decision to close the school,” said the organization in a blog post. “The sit-in was prompted by the refusal of Mayor Lee over the past month to meet with students — and during the sit-in the Mayor and his representatives again repeatedly refused to come and meet with the students.”
Mayoral spokeswoman spokesperson Christine Falvey told Joe Vazquez of CBS that the mayor’s staff received the demands from the protesters. “”[The] mayor realizes these are difficult times …” but a focus on true reforms is what will keep CCSF on a path to long term success, he quoted her as saying.
A sheriff’s deputy declared at about 11:30 p.m. PDT that the people in City Hall were engaged in an unlawful assembly. Soon after the arrests started.