Posts Tagged ‘bank’

Hurray! Chase Bank Announces it Won’t Charge Customers a Monthly Debit Card Fee – Thanks Chase!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Say what you will about our corporate overlords at Morgan Chase, you can’t deny that they can tell which way the winds are blowing these days.

Proof of that is this announcement, below.

My favorite Chase Bank is the one on Oak and Divisadero. Isn’t it kewl? 

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That’s right, it’s hella cool.

On a somewhat serious note, thanks for Chase Community Giving, Chase. That’s better than spending your money on a Super Bowl commercial or whathaveyou.

(But don’t get on my bad side, Chase, else it will be smashy smashy like what happened to your nearby competitor on Fell a couple Halloweens back.)

Anyway, you all can join the boycott,* I don’t care. As long as the Chase customers can have their bank branch on Oak, that’s fine.

Or take your money to a credit union, I don’t care.

And, oh, goran nasai, Amerika no Ginkoo. Mite, mite:

“Chase Announces it Won’t Charge Customers a Debit Card Fee – Consumers Union Calls On Bank of America to Drop its Plan to Charge a $5 Fee for Debit Card Purchases

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28, 2011 — JP Morgan Chase announced today that it will not charge its customers a $3 monthly debit card fee after testing the charge in Wisconsin and Georgia.  The bank announced that it would drop the idea following negative reaction from its customers.

Consumers Union, the nonprofit advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today commended Chase for its decision and reiterated its call on Bank of America to end its plan to charge a $5 debit card fee beginning in 2012.

“Consumers Union has heard from thousands of consumers across the country who are outraged that Bank of America is instituting the $5 monthly debit card fee,” said Norma Garcia, manager of Consumers Union’s financial services program.  “It’s time for Bank of America to listen to its customers who are saying loud and clear: drop the fee or we’ll drop you.  All banks that are considering debit card fees should ditch those plans.”

SunTrust has also started rolling out a similar debit card fee and Wells Fargo has been testing one in select markets.  Earlier this month, Consumers Union called on Chase, Bank of America and these other banks to abandon plans to charge customers a fee for debit card purchases.

“It’s unfair for banks to stick consumers with a monthly fee just to use their own money,” said Garcia.  “The banks that charge debit card fees risk losing customers who are fed up with financial institutions that got bailed out that are now turning around and hiking fees.”

Consumers Union has published a set of tips for consumers who want to switch banks.

Saturday, November 5, has been dubbed Bank Transfer Day by grassroots activists upset with rising bank fees, including the new $5 debit card fee that Bank of America will start charging its customers in 2012. Consumers are being encouraged by Bank Transfer Day organizers to switch their accounts to credit unions or community banks on that day.

SOURCE  Consumers Union”

Oh, there’s an updated version of this release. See it after the jump.

*Facebook, really? Heh. Home of the ephemeral…

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Supervisor John Avalos To Hold Hearing October 24th on Local Banking Options and Alternatives to National Banks

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Bright and early Monday morning at City Hall:

“Supervisor John Avalos To Hold Hearing on Local Banking Options and Alternatives to Corporate Banks

San Francisco, CA —  Supervisor John Avalos, Chair of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee will hold a hearing on local alternatives to corporate banking institutions.

WHAT: Hearing on Local Banking Options
WHEN: Monday, October 24, 10am
WHERE: City Hall, Board Chamber
WHO:  Committee Members, Treasurer Jose Cisneros, Budget and Legislative Analyst Office, Community groups

“Wall Street speculators and large banks crashed our economy and have done little to nothing to help since we bailed them out,” said Avalos.  “As a city, we need to make sure that we are leveraging all our resources and wealth to support our revitalize our economy by supporting our homeowners, small businesses, and students.”

The hearing will include a presentation from the City’s Office of Budget and Legislative Analyst, who has prepared at report on community supportive banking alternatives at the behest of Supervisor Avalos whose District faces one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the City.

The alternatives outlined in the report range from investing in community development banks to creating a Municipal Bank to serve the City of San Francisco in much the same way the Bank of North Dakota has spurred local development in that state.”

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Yet More Attention for the Mean Streets of the Twitterloin: SFPD Busts Pink Bag Mafia Selling Donated Food in Mid-Market

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Bluoz has the deets on this kind of behavior.

SFPD: “Hello!? Go home!”

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The Case of the Crispy Hexagons: Famous Akit Can’t Abide Food Bank Abuse From Our Determined Senior Citizens

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

So yeah, sometimes our seniors don’t really need to eat the food that they line up for at area food banks and churches and whatnot, but what are you going to do? It’s a lifestyle thing.

Get Famous Akit’s emphatic viewpoint on this issue right here.

Now, here’s the video from KTVU, complete with numerous Crispy Hexagons sightings. (Mmmmm….orthogonal.)

The weekly scene at Willie Brown’s old church in the Western A:

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So sure, some of them start horse-trading immediately (a big no-no near Glide Memorial – they want you to at least cross the street before dickering) and others sell their stuff down at U.N Plaza (that Mistake by the Lake, or fountain, whatever.)

And others, in more suburban areas such as the Western Addition and the West Bay, load their booty into the boots of their aging GS V8 Lexuseses.

But, what can you do?

Oh Noes! It’s Six Six Six at the Foot of Columbus Avenue

Friday, June 24th, 2011

[UPDATE: “That’s a piece called ‘Sixes’ by San Francisco artist Chris Farris, for the Space Between Gallery at 1 Columbus.
The Colombo Building is sporting a number of other mural drawings and paintings from Farris while undergoing historic renovations.” See Comments.]

Be afraid.

Be very afraid:

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Dirty Harry at 40, San Francisco Time Capsule from 1971: Who Emptied the Hilton’s Swimming Pool Atop 750 Kearny?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dirty Harry at 40 continues with the case of the pool atop our Financial District / Chinatown Hilton.

Now check it – everybody’s favorite psycho killer hippie Scorpio somehow got on the roof of famously-sawtoothed* 555 California, you know, in order to start the carnage. See?

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Now wouldn’t it be cool to go swimming up there on a dreaded sunny day?

Well, we’ll never know – here’s how it looks these days:

Empty empty empty.

Oh well…

I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

*So every shark laboring at triple-five Cal can have his/her own “corner office,” of sorts, that’s why the BofA Building has that distinctive shape.

Dirty Harry at 40: Using San Francisco’s Favorite Cop Movie as a Time Capsule – Mad Bison at the Buffalo Paddock

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Say what you will about that highly-rated Dirty Harry film, it ably shows you what the 415 looked like back in 1971, back before it became too expensive for Hollywood to do business in San Francisco. This movie is all 100% genuine on-location San Francisco Bay Area (with the exception of the early bank heist shots).

Now these days, the Golden Gate Park’s Buffalo Paddock doesn’t have more than a half-dozen critters. There’s just a handful left, all female (the Golden Girls let’s call them), so unless Ted Turner comes through with his offer of free bison from one of his ranches in Montana or someplace, we’re going to run out of bison.

But check out how things were back in the day. They were all over. See?

You can barely make out the school bus that psychotic hippie Scorpio just hijacked:

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I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

 

ING Smartens Up: Dumps the Bay to Breakers Sponsorship While ING Direct Bank Opens a New Cafe at 101 Post

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: It’s been drawn to my attention that I could have been more careful when discussing all the different names of divisions of ING, aka Internationale Nederlanden Groep, aka International Netherlands Group. Basically, I conflated ING Direct United States with ING Americas, I think. Still a little hazy on all this. Anyway, I think the following version of this post is improved on this score.]

Sarah Duxbury has all the deets on our brand new ING Direct Cafe at the corner of Post and Grant in Union Square.

(Did you miss the site tour yesterday? It was sweet. I entered a drawing to win one of seven schweet, bright orange Marin hybrid bikes. I knows I’m going to win one, I just knows it.* Now, why on Gaia’s Green Earth did ING Americas think it was a smart idea to give money to a Burnsian billionaire** every year to sponsor the Bay to Breakers civic event? Anyway, Big Orange is actually doing something now, down there at 101 Post near Union Square.)

Basically, ING Direct is a bank without branches. Until yesterday, I didn’t know that. Actually, I’m a going to look at their website and maybe become a customer and stuff. Building this cafe or whatever it is is a zillion times better than sponsoring the Bay to Breakers, so thank you, ING Direct.

A mayoral frisson in the lobby:

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All the deets after the jump.

See you there at the “Retail Café Experience!” (Srsly, maybe.)

*Actually, I’ve probably already lost. And actually, the thin aluminum frames and the small tires on these rides would be ill-suited for my beefy frame and the mean Streets of San Francisco. And actually, if I won, I’d tell you about, regardless of the FTC’s ridiculous, never-implemented guidelines. Still can’t believe my crumple-up-the-entry-slip-and-then-smooth-it-out trick didn’t win it for me – it always worked until now…

**This is how I responded to a B2B insider, who went out of his/her way to try to do “outreach” with me a few months back. I didn’t get a response, so that takes care of that little inchoate tête à tête. I’ll note that things have improved recently with the statements coming out of the B2B org. And it looks as if some of the longstanding issues are going to get taken care of for the 100th running. So that’s good.  Anyway, quoting myself here:

“If you want to disabuse me of any of the following notions, then be my guest:

The A in AEG stands for Anschutz.
The A in AEG was a prime mover behind Colorado’s anti-gay Amendment 2.
The A in AEG apparently doesn’t believe in evolution and uses his money to oppose the concept, somewhere up in Washington State, in the Northwest.
The “victimized” woman running BtoB is very fortunate to have her gig, fortunate to have the connections to have gotten that gig.
The “victimized” woman running BtoB doesn’t live here, doesn’t know here, but pretends she does.
The white trash people working for her have made multiple unfortunate, unhelpful remarks over the past years.
BtoB purposefully undersupplies port-a-potties in order to placate the aforementioned whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition.

The whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition represent only themselves, not “the neighborhood.”

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Double Pwnage: NoPA NIMBY “Neighbors” Lose on a Divisadero Bank Branch and Ragazza Pizza’s Backyard

Friday, March 18th, 2011

You can deny the manifest pwnage all you want, but it’s not going to fool anyone.

Case closed yesterday, or near enough.

On to new endeavours, why not? Like that Federal Reserve Bank we have in the Financh – it’s a chain too! OMG! OMG!

Barking at the moon just a few blocks from the Popeye’s chick chick and host of other chain outlets. And when’s that new Target coming to replace the Mervyn’s that replaced that Sears? Oh well:

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And Ragazza Pizzeria will be able to use its backyard, it was decided yesterday as well.

Who says the haterz, the griefers always win?

Then and Now: Governor Brown’s Visit to San Francisco’s Mid-Market Area 45 Years Ago

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Here’s McAllister and Jones today…

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And here it is, via Shorpy, 45 years back, when Governor Brown came to town in his Pontiac Bonneville:

The trolley pole’s been changed to an LED streetlight pole – that’s one difference. Can you spot others?