More than 3,000 students at the City College of San Francisco study Music, Theatre and Dance but lack practice and rehearsal space, a requisite for certificates of study and transfer degrees. The $88 million Performing Arts Education Center (PAEC) was twice voter approved but former Special Trustee Dr. Robert F. Agrella unilaterally cancelled the project on September 17, 2013.
California passed Proposition 39 on November 7, 2000. Proposition 39 amended the California Constitution allowing community college districts to issue bonds for the construction of school facilities. San Francisco voters approved two bond measures in 2001 and 2005 to “prepare students for jobs and transfer… by building art classrooms.”
In 2013 after the ACCJC “show cause” sanction of City College, Brice Harris, the Chancellor for California Community Colleges elevated Dr. Agrella to “Special Trustee with Extraordinary Powers.” Agrella claimed he did “not feel bound by the language of propositions.” On September 6, 2013, Agrella unilaterally declared the project cancelled.
The building was designed to contain cutting edge state of the art technology along with the latest in sustainable features. It is documented as probably passing at a gold-LEED level, which is almost unheard of for a performing arts structure. In addition, the cost of maintaining the building are shared with the MUB (the other CCSF building in the reservoir) and will continue to be quite small due to the geothermal well system already in place to serve both buildings.