Posts Tagged ‘debt’

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Doesn’t Really Care About Your Stolen Bicycle – Here’s Why

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Because the issue doesn’t affect him, that’s why.

What he cares about is raising money for elections past and future. That’s about it. Ask him and he’ll tell you – he complains about having to do it all the time.

But if people said “now what are you going to do about bicycle theft” as they handed him their $500 checks at the private parties that you can’t afford to attend, then maybe Mayor Ed Lee would start to care.

But until then, look forward to more of this:

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Oh well.

 

Oh Snap! Senator Barbara Boxer Goes After Law Schools as If They Were Cooking Schools – “Luring Students In”

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Well this is different. (Actually, it reminds me of the fuss over the California Culinary Academy.)

“Coburn, Boxer Call for Department of Education to Examine Questions of Law School Transparency - In Light of Concerns About Misleading Information, Senators Request Statistics on Six Key Metrics

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) yesterday asked the Department of Education’s Inspector General to provide information about key law school job placement, bar passage and loan debt metrics in light of serious concerns that have been raised about the accuracy and transparency of information being provided to prospective law school students.

This letter follows repeated calls from Senator Boxer to the American Bar Association to provide stronger oversight of reporting by law schools and better access to information for students.

In their letter, the Senators pointed to media reports that raise questions about whether the claims law schools use to lure prospective students are, in fact, accurate. They also cited reporting that questions whether law school tuition and fees are used for legal education or for unrelated purposes.”

Enjoy the whole thing, after the jump

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Attorney General Jerry Browns Allows You to Ban Yourself from CA Card Rooms

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Now, normally, this would be yet another edition of Jerry Brown Throws Down and I’d already be telling you just exactly what he can’t abide. But I don’t know, he’s not really throwing down on this one. 

Anyway, get all the deets of California’s official anti-gambling Self Exclusion Program below. It used to be run old school, but now the joint is going online – that’s the news of the day.

El Protector de los Jugadores, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk 

Brown Introduces State-of-the-Art Technology to Help California Gambling Addicts Help Themselves

SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today unveiled an innovative, web-based computer program for all of California’s licensed cardrooms that is intended to help addicted gamblers break “their spiral of debt and addiction” by allowing them to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling establishments.

“This system serves as a safety net for gambling addicts fighting to end their spiral of debt and addiction,” Brown said. “These are people who have chosen to help themselves, and we’ll assist them in keeping their pledges not to gamble.”

An estimated one million Californians suffer from problem or pathological gambling, and more than 1,000 of them have signed up for the Attorney General’s Self Exclusion Program, which allows problem gamblers to voluntarily exclude themselves from licensed cardrooms. So far, the program applies only to card rooms and not to the California lottery, tribal casinos or horse racing, but if the cardroom program is successful, it can be expanded.

To join the Self Exclusion Program, a problem gambler fills out a form, has it notarized, attaches a photograph and chooses to be excluded for one year, five years or his or her lifetime. The Self Exclusion form can be found at http://ag.ca.gov/gambling/exclusion_self.php

Of the 1,009 gamblers voluntarily on the list, 285 are for one-year terms, 196 are on for five- years, and 528 signed up for lifetime terms. Options are offered because some patrons are trying to learn to gamble responsibly while others are pathological or compulsive gamblers.

All the deets, after the jump.

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Will the “PayDayPlus SF” Program be a Better Place to get a Loan Against Your Paycheck? Yes!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

From Mission Mission, the website so nice they named it twice, comes word of the new PayDayPlus SF program. The upshot: If you ever need money before your paycheck comes, you can get an emergency loan from a San Francisco credit union instead of a regular payday loan place:

“Sold to consumers as short-term relief during a cash crunch, pay day loans carry interest rates of over 400 percent and catch working people with a steady source of income in a long-term debt trap. On December 17th at 11:30am, San Francisco City leaders, in partnership with local credit unions, will help relieve this burden on hardworking San Franciscans by launching PayDayPlus SF, a low cost emergency loan available to City residents at 13 locations.”

Does the Money Mart at 7th and Market actually charge more than 400% interest when it gives you a payday loan? No se, but I’m betting you’ll get much better terms from PDP SF.

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A lively late-night scene in Mid Market.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 17th, 2009 – that’s the day we’ll get all the deets on PayDayPlus San Francisco.

How will it compare with this outfit from down south or the Check-Cashing King of the Mission? Stay tuned….

Springing the Debt Trap — for San Franciscans and Californians

Launch of PayDayPlus SF Followed by a Panel Discussion

Sold to consumers as short-term relief during a cash crunch, pay day loans carry interest rates of over 400 percent and catch working people with a steady source of income in a long-term debt trap.

On December 17th at 11:30am, San Francisco City leaders, in partnership with local credit unions, will help relieve this burden on hardworking San Franciscans by launching PayDayPlus SF, a low cost emergency loan available to City residents at 13 locations. and Mayor Gavin Newsom, stay to participate in a community conversation about PayDayPlus SF and learn how you can spread the word to San Franciscans about this new low cost loan to help weather tough economic times. You will also learn more about the problems caused by conventional pay day loans and how your organization can help push for proposed financial empowerment solutions that are moving forward in Washington, DC and Sacramento.

A community conversation following a joint press conference with City Treasurer José Cisneros

Participants
José Cisneros
City Treasurer of San Francisco

Paul Leonard
California Office Director, Center for Responsible Lending

Luis Granados
Mission Economic Development Association

Olivia Calderon
Legislative Director, California Asset Building Program, New America Foundation

Steven Stapp
President and CEO, San Francisco Federal Credit Union

Anne Stuhldreher
Fellow, California Asset Building Program, New America Foundation