Posts Tagged ‘cost’

Our SFMTA Gives Itself a Raise: Residential Parking Permits to Cost $127 Per Year, a 14% Increase – Yowzer

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

The higher cost of “free” parking:

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But actually, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying to prevent other people from parking where you want to park…

“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge” – Mijita at the Ferry Building – Our Poor Tourists!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Via Reddit comes news to me:

Can someone please explain to me this SF specific tax?

And here it is:

“A 15% surcharge has been added to your bill to help offset rising employer costs in SF”

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The degredients are listed so it wasn’t hard to see that this is poorly-rated Mijita Cocina Mexicana (1 Ferry Bldg,  Ste 44, San Francisco, CA 94111, Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach) we’re talking about here.

SO, I’m familiar with the high costs of doing business in San Francisco.

AND, I know aboot bogus 4% surcharges already, eh?

But FIFTEEN (15!) PERCENT? That’s beyond the pale.

Now let’s here from the horse’s mouth (or whatever), you know, herself: From Fast Company: Educate customers about cost increases, and find creative ways to pass them on.”

An excerpt:

When the health-care mandate was passed three years ago, Des Jardins was already paying half of her employee’s health care, so as a line on her P&L, the costs were already significant. The change made them “unsustainable,” she says, and even then they didn’t impose cost increases for customers for six months. Today, each bill at Jardiniére comes with a 4% line-item surcharge labeled “Stay healthy, San Francisco.” “We tried to build the cost into [the menu], but you’ve got different trends in what sells and what doesn’t, so it didn’t work to cover the cost,” she says. “It was rough in the beginning, but local people have gotten used to it—they realize that they voted it in. It’s harder for people from out of town, but it’s a lot like staying in a hotel—you get the hotel price, and then 20% later, you’ve paid your bill.”

So, this was back in the day, and at another joint (the not poorly rated Jardinere), but it shows the mindset. Let’s go:

1. So, there are “creative ways” to pass on cost increases and there are HONEST ways, right?

2. It “didn’t work to cover the cost?” What does this mean? Does it mean that you couldn’t simply raise prices? But oh yes you could!

3. “They voted it in?” IDTS! First of all, the “voters” in this case were the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors, not your typical customer of Traci Des Jardins. Second of all, they didn’t vote to impose a surcharge, which is simply something that some local restaurateurs decided to do on their own.

4. And it’s “harder for people from out of town” because, because some of them realize, only too late, that they’ve been led down le chemin de [Traci] Jardin[s], or led down the garden path, right?

Now I’ve seen gas stations do the same thing, do the same kind of pouting, but, similarly, it’s tout a fait inapproprie, amiright?

And, speaking of which, what if a gas station advertised on its big signs the price per gallon BEFORE a random “15% surcharge” gets added in – would we tolerate that?

Oh, and another thing – this, this here is wrong wrong wrong:

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Now what if somebody from our CA State Board of Equalization (The Nation’s Second-Largest Tax Agency, I’m srsly) looked inside the four corners of this receipt. S/he would say, “Oh, the owner of this joint has gone stir crazy and is now charging customers a 23.75% sales tax. Ergo, all this money needs to be remitted to the great State of California.” I’m srsly.

So, what “Celebrity Chef” Tracy Des Jardins should do is raise her prices 15%, or whatever she wants – I don’t care, and then ditch the absurd surcharge, which, you know, should be illegal. (Oh what’s that, you’ll go out of bidness? Fine, who cares. Make room for somebody else at Ferry Building Stall #44.)

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Oh, Rec and Park Raises Prices 14% at Japanese Tea Garden, Coit Tower, Conservatory, and Strybing – Now $8 Each

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Price for admission at all these places was $7 in 2014, but now in 2015 it’s $8? News to me.

I suppose Rec & Park doesn’t make a big deal about raising prices, or maybe they did and I just missed it. IDK.

All the deets:

Japanese Tea Garden

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Strybing Arboretum, aka San Francisco Botanical Garden

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Coit Tower

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Conservatory of Flowers

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What’s This, the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle Costs “Only $3.00?”

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

I could do without the “only” part, frankly.

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What’s that, it costs $10 to make a Sunday paper and get it to you, the Reader? Yeah, maybe, something like that.

But even so, I could do without the “only” part.

Frankly

One Problem, Just One, With SFGov: Planting Trees Without a Plan to Take Care of Them

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

(There is unrest in the (urban) forest / There is trouble with the trees)

Well, read the news and turn the pages – a good part of San Francisco’s “urban forest” is toppling over this AM because of rain. Not due to wind, just a little rain.

Did former Mayor Gavin Newsom run for CA Governor on the number of trees “he” planted in SF? Yes he did. Is that a good thing? No, it’s not.

Here, take a look at what’s going on down in Los Angeles County these days.

Could it be that local governments want to plant too many trees willy-nilly, the same way an alcoholic wants to drink too much?

A solution for that would be a conscious effort to stop planting trees. And also, getting rid of the policy of keeping trees in places where they don’t belong. This is a money issue, this is safety issue.

Oh, here are some facts:

There is no urban forest. A forest, by definition, can’t be in an urban area. Oh, what’s that , you’re just being aspirational? Oh, you’re just “framing” the issue because you want more trees everywhere and you’ve been able to send the bill to Other People Later On? Oh, okay, well, keep on keeping on then.

San Francisco doesn’t have any kind of “canopy.” Just look up – if you can see the sky or the fog, then there’s no canopy. Oh, what’s that , you’re just being aspirational? Oh, you’re just “framing” the issue because you want more trees everywhere and you’ve been able to send the bill to Other People Later On? Oh, okay, well, keep on keeping on then.

– San Francisco doesn’t have any kind of “cloud forest.” It can’t. We have trees and we have clouds but that’s not enough to have a cloud forest. Of course we have fog and a whole mess of trees from halfway around the world, you know, that don’t really belong here, but that’s not enough.

– Sutro Forest isn’t a “forest.” Do you want to call it a stand or a grove instead? That’d be nice. That’d be accurate too.

Anyway, Supervisor Scott Wiener’s ideas about spreading the cost of tree maintenance over a larger group of tax and fee payers have merit, IMO.

These $80 Brooks Running Shoes from Costco Cost More to Operate Than Your Car? Yep

Friday, September 19th, 2014

You do the math kids, but that’s something like 30 cents per mile, you know, with sales tax ‘n stuff:

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But they feel like they’re already broken in from the get-go, so that’s gotta be worth something…

Oh Look, a New BMW to Laugh At: Presenting the i8 Plug-In Hybrid – A Small, Impractical Two-Seater for Just $136K!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

OMG, $136K for a “distinctly forward-looking and sustainability-focused sports car” that provides a “revolutionary interpretation of BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure.”

Here it is. I suppose it actually has a couple of rear seats in the back but they’re for like your purse or a dog or something. In mitigation, these rides come with gull-wing doors, just like a Mercedes!

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Say, is this ride going to attract a certain “type” of person? You bet, you’ll see.

And say, should the U.S. or CA government subsidize the sale of these cars? Absolutely not.

That is all.

OMG, They’re Here – China’s Terracotta Warriors are at Our Asian Art Museum Until May 27 – A Must See

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

This is it, this is history.

Get your tickets.

Heh:

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Popping Up All Over San Francisco: Do Those New Lower-Case “Clearview” Streets Signs Bother You? – Well, Not Me

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I know these new signs upset some people, but not me.

Anyway, here they are: 

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And they just changed the design not too long ago – here’s something from 2008.

But Matt Fuller seems to like the new lower-case lettering.

Hurray for the new street signs, I guess.

Japanese Tea Garden Tilt-Shift, From a Time When They Really Had Free Admission Hours

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Now, I guess that they still have free admission hours still, but the amount of time is about 90% less than what they had before.

That’s part of the reason why the Tea Garden is FOR TOURISTS ONLY these days.

And oh, admission is $7 a head nowadays. (What? They have a website now? Well, imagine that. They didn’t a few years back…)

You’re going to have to click to expand to see the effect:

Old school 24mm 3.5 – bought it used, played with it, sold it

Will I ever return to this place ever again in my life?

Probably not.