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New CCSF chancellor has steered troubled districts before, but how much authority will he have here?
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Arthur Q. Tyler is City College of San Francisco's new chancellor
SF EXAMINER PHOTO BY MIKE KOOZMIN

"I can tell you I did speak to the law firm," Tyler said when the Guardian asked him about the alleged attempted bribe. "Because that was a violation of trust. Anyone who knows anything about me can confirm that I've been about trusting my own instincts about what's right and what's wrong. It's a keynote of my value set that I will never compromise, now and in the future." But in the same documents that confirmed Tyler talked to attorneys about the alleged bribe, one trustee was concerned enough about Tyler's close relationship with another trustee that Tyler's future authority regarding contracts was limited. And while different news outlets reported that Tyler resigned from Houston Community College, that's not exactly the story the Houston Chronicle told in July. "The trustees agreed Thursday to a settlement with Deputy Chancellor Art Tyler for $600,000, confirmed his attorney, Vidal Martinez. Tyler relinquished all duties Friday," the paper wrote. "Art is part of the old chancellor's team. This was part of finishing the past," Vidal Martinez, Tyler's attorney, told the Houston Chronicle. Ultimately, they reported, the buyouts of the two administrator's contracts cost Houston Community College over a million dollars. Tyler would not return follow-up phone calls on the matter. When asked if he was worried about Tyler's history, CCSF Board President John Rizzo said that none of it came up in the chancellorship interviews — but even if there was truth to it, he wasn't worried. "He's going to have a lot of eyes on him," Rizzo said. "He'll have the state chancellor and special trustee looking over his shoulder, more than a normal chancellor would."

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