Oh, and parents, please “expect a five percent tuition increase per year,” ’cause, you know, what’s another ten thou, right? C’mon, that’s chicken feed!
Back last year, people’d be stapling the ads for Fixed onto official SFMTA parking tickets.
I don’t know if they’ve given up on stapling altogether, but this paper clip is an encouraging sign
Actually, I’d recommend that the profit-driven Fixed people not even touch an official SFMTA notice, but baby steps, baby steps.
Those who’d like to yammer about this project are welcome to waste their time come January 22, 2015.
(Man, that Urban School has some expensive tuition.)
Laptop Fee $620
Total Charges $38,720
In budgeting for four years of an Urban education, parents can expect annual tuition increases. The average tuition increase has been 4.2% per year, over the last five years.
For many families, the cost of an independent secondary education may seem overwhelming at first. To assist families in making this important investment in their child’s future, Urban has developed several payment options, including monthly payments, a loan program, and a financial aid program:
Plan 1: Tuition is paid in two installments: Payment 1 by July 1 ($25,260) and Payment 2 by January 1 ($9,650).
Plan 2: Tuition is paid in 10 installments, May to February ($3,491).
Loan Program: A family may borrow up to the total cost of an Urban education, less any financial aid received. The repayment period extends from 24-84 months, and there are no prepayment penalties.”
Well here’s the official notice, seen in the Western Addition just north of the Panhandle and, I might add, just after election time:
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Mind you, these aren’t big big city blocks the likes of which you’ll find in SoMA or out in the Avenues. These are small blocks chock-a-block full of bus stops. Check it, and remember that Ashbury used to have stops as well.
So hurrah for the SFMTA.
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“Please no shopping into your reusable bags?” Oh, I’ve done that. Didn’t know the term for it. I suppose you’re halfway to being a shoplifter once you start doing that, in the opinion of the (quite large) Whole Foods Security Squadron.
What else, oh, follow the rules or you might get banned from the store for five years, or something.
Read the whole list. I’ve never seen a lengthy ToS like this for a store…
That is, if I’m reading this right:
“Probation Violation – Fulton/Masonic – 10/02/2014 4:25PM
Captain of Park Station who was on routine patrol is approached by a loss prevention agent. The agent states a theft had just occurred at Lucky’s supermarket and the suspect was still in sight. Captain observed the subject walking away and immediately ordered the thief to stop, which the thief was reluctant to do. The Captain was able to catch up to the thief and attempt to take him into custody. The thief would not go down without a fight. After a brief struggle, the Captain was able to overpower the thief and take him into custody. The thief was on felony probation for the transportation of drugs.”
PARK STATION, COMPANY F, WHERE THE SUMMER OF LOVE NEVER ENDS:
Well the slides at the Panhandle Playground have been replaced after three months of absence.
1. Perhaps the RPD spokesmodel meant that the entire slide complex was being repaired, as opposed to the $2000 plastic slide itself. I don’t think it would have made sense to repair the slide itself, due to liability issues for starters. This is a brand-new slide, one that’s similar enough to the original.
2. So some wealthy, non-profit people came by with clipboards to say that this particular playground currently earns a “D” grade? Well, OK fine, but if you talk to the people who actually use the place, they, more or less, give it an “A” grade, you know, except for the slide that wasn’t there all summer long. Mmmmm… What’s up with that?
3. Supervisor London Breed’s office was unresponsive to the email contact sent by a group of concerned parents, apparently. So she gets an “F,” or an Incomplete perhaps. (I’ve worked at two similar offices, with about ten or one hundred times as many constituents, and if the elected in charge found out about something like this then there’d be a 20-minute yell-fest and/or a passive aggressive note sent to a (lower-case “s”) supervisor to “fix this.”) So, obvs, a “communication issue” occurred, I just don’t know how common this is with her office.
4. RPD has a policy to not repair anything in a playground if it’s due to be revamped in the next two years? That’s my understanding. Does that mean that this playground won’t get revamped anytime soon? That’s my understanding. Why’s that? Read on, Gentle Reader.
5. What RPD really wants is area parents to get together to raise something on the order of [bites right pinkie finger] one million dollars, you know, the way they do things in rich areas of SF, like Sea Cliff (ala the new Mountain Lake) and Presidio Heights. Only then will RPD put your playground at the top of the fix-it list? OK fine. The funny thing is that most of the money that gets used to refurbish existing playgrounds is paid for by the non-rich, from some bond. But all this doesn’t matter for the playground at hand, because:
6. The slide vandalized in May 2014 has been replaced in September 2014 and the users are now satisfied. No $5,000,000 modernization from the RPD is needed, frankly. [Oh what’s that, RPD – this old-school playground costs you a lot of coin to maintain? Well, then why don’t you fix it up, RPD, you know, using the money we give you?]
And that’s the end of this story.
[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of ValleyWag has more on this topic. And yeah, at first I thought the the company was offering to pay the ticket out of its own pocket, but I don’t think that’s the case – it’s just an ad. Anyway, I’ll see if I can find another one of these ads to check all what it says. IMO, the first step after you get a ticket is figuring whether you deserved it or not. Well, were you blocking the street sweeper or not? Oh, you were? So why try to get the ticket “fixed?”]
Here’s how I found things on Ashbury, in situ, with this fresh ticket from area bureaucrat Ed Reiskin sitting on the street:
So I’ll explain this company’s bidness model: You give it your SFMTA citation information and it’ll try to “fix” your ticket the way the SFPD famously fixes tickets for ineffectual Mayor Ed Lee.
But how did this ticket end up on the ground? Perhaps the owner thought s/he would simply pay online and then tossed the ticket? Or maybe the owner thought this windshield flier was just another windshield flier and so just tossed it on the ground? Or perhaps the Fixed person didn’t take care when trying to put the ticket back after stapling it to the ad?
I’ll tell you, I don’t think you’re supposed to be taking tickets off of cars, as they are required to be there before the SFMTA can take your money to keep for itself. (Of course sometimes a citation might fall off of a car on its own, but all the SFMTA is required to do is to try to notify the driver, and this effort is followed up by mail.)
What’ll be next to be stapled to your parking tickets – restaurant menus?
And what does this mean?
“Up to 50% of tickets are dismissed when challenged.”
I’ll tell you, up to 50% of the gold medals handed out in the most recent Olympics were awarded to me!
Yeah, that’s the ticket…
In conclusion, I cry foul over this ham-fisted marketing effort.