SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Dozens of San Francisco City College supporters gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to urge passage of a parcel tax to ward off class closures.

City College students and teachers joined labor, community activists and politicians supporting Proposition A. The $79 parcel tax would be on the books for eight years if approved.

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The school is struggling financially and is having accreditation problems. City College Trustee John Rizzo said he has had to cut more than $50 million from the school’s budget in the past three years.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“This is wrong. It’s harmful to our students; it’s harmful to our economy. We cannot keep going this way,” said Rizzo.

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“City College is the most vital educational institution we have in San Francisco,” said Supervisor John Avalos.

“Yes on City College, Yes on Prop [A]. We love City College,” said Supervisor David Chiu.

City College faces a loss of accreditation for overspending and poor fiscal management. So far there has been little opposition to the tax measure.

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