A long, bright future is ahead for City College of San Francisco, but it's going to take a lot of hard work to get there.
That was the message Tuesday from the school's board and interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher, who met in public for the first time since last week's revelation that the 90,000-student school is so poorly run that it could lose its accreditation and close next year.
"City College is not closing. We will not let that happen," Board of Trustees President John Rizzo told the dozens of students, alumni, employees and others who attended the meeting at the main Ocean Avenue campus, one of nine that dot the city.
Each trustee repeated the reassuring message, hoping to calm fears that have spawned a "Save City College" movement in the week since the regional Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges concluded that City College is so badly managed and financially unstable it should shut down if its extensive problems aren't addressed by March 15.