City College of San Francisco trustees regularly collect their monthly stipend whether they show up to board meetings or not - a practice legal experts say violates state law.
One longtime trustee has missed a third of all board meetings since July 2010, college attendance records show. Another veteran was gone four months in a row. Of the last 24 meetings, there have been only five at which all seven elected trustees were present.
On several occasions, the records show, the elected body has barely made the quorum it needs to hold votes.
"It's gotten to the point where the chancellor has his assistants call us up before every meeting to make sure board members are coming to the one meeting we have per month," said Trustee Steve Ngo, who has missed two meetings in the past year and a half.