See if you start noticing a theme here:
They’re calling it The San Francisco Advantage
Here’s the pitch..
…and here’s the story, from a couple years back.
You cannot monetize public assets for individual company gain. Just because an app can be built, doesn’t mean it should be.
I’m a Co-Founder and CEO of a San Francisco based startup called CARMAnation (www.carmanation.com). We look to help solve parking issues via the true intentions of the sharing economy – working with the community to benefit the community. Our users share their PRIVATE available parking spots with one another.
Having tech startups trying to solve the parking problems with their own unique approach means there is a need to disrupt the industry. Technology is a wonderful thing, it can solve/simplify a lot of problems, but it has to be done right, otherwise “Monkey Parking” is what happens.”
I wonder how they’re doing.
Well, here’s what it looks like, you know, before the Vandals get to it:
(And this is what I was referring to: French tourists mugged on S.F.’s Twin Peaks – this kind of thing.)
And here’s the report on Super Bowl 50 already, even before the Big Game (what, the New England Patriots vs. the Carolina Panthers – should I care who wins, like, at all?) kicks off. Wow.
You know, I don’t think the NFL will be coming back to Frisco in 2023 or whatever, or really, anytime soon. This party isn’t good for us, and it’s not good for the NFL, right? Shouldn’t the Super Bowl be held on Eastern Standard Time in Florida in or someplace like that? Or someplace that can use it, like in Detroit? I think so.
So enjoy this corporate party while you can…
Speaking of which, here’s 3 of 10, I think:
Hey, what’s going to happen next, NFL? I’ll bet it isn’t in your playbook, you know, the one with the cheesy black and gold color scheme. Hey NFL, you’re the invading army and the people of Frisco are the Na’vi, with smooth, striped cyan-colored skin, large amber eyes, and long, sweeping tails, so you’re going to have to expect a few of your bulldozers to get burned down over the next few weeks.
And then? Then come these guys with the red paint (and the white pants, you know, for contrast) on Game Day. Enjoy.
[Camera Left] That’s who I am, I’m a god-damned troubadour! (Well, maybe not yet, but that’s who I am inside – that’s the kind of person I am. Man, I gots to get me an axe as soon as I move to Frisco…)
[Camera Right] I’m a City Girl, here’s my Vespa – BEEP BEEP! I’m going to use it to buy a baguette every day, soon as I move to the 415.*
As seen at the horrible, man-made** disaster known as Octavia “Boulevard.”
*NO NO NO NO, I want 415! Area code 628?! WTF.
**Person-made? Is that a phrase? Octavia was supposed to spawn a “boulevard movement” across the country. It didn’t.
IMO, Parkmerced’s #sobestplacetolive rivals NEMA’s nonsensical “AMENITIES, NOT ENEMIES” slogan.
NEMA has many more catchphrases, so Parkmerced will have to do a lot of work to catch up:
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All right, #sobesthaveagoodday.
The News of the Day, re: Argosy University:
“Herrera reaches $4.4 million agreement in dispute over for-profit college’s marketing. California Art Institutes’ ownership to settle for $1.95 million; fund returning student and new student scholarships; and re-calculate graduation and job placement rates
SAN FRANCISCO (June 17, 2014) – City Attorney Dennis Herrera today settled an unlitigated claim against California Art Institutes’ parent company in a consumer protection dispute over marketing tactics that allegedly underestimated program costs for students and inflated job placement figures for graduates.
Under terms of the agreement with Educational Management Corporation, the Pittsburgh-based for-profit educational provider will pay San Francisco $1.95 million to settle the dispute; endow a $1.6 million scholarship fund for non-graduating California Art Institute students who wish to return to finish their studies; and offer $850,000 in general scholarships to new students. The agreement—formally an “Assurance of Voluntary Compliance” that is legally binding and enforceable in court—includes provisions for a sweeping array of reforms to Educational Management Corporation’s marketing and reporting practices. The accord, which avoids litigation, includes no admissions of wrongdoing.
“I hope this agreement is a bellwether for other for-profit colleges, highlighting the need to fully inform students about their education costs and job placement prospects,” said Herrera. “In a workplace where so much depends on education and training, students deserve accurate information about the schools they attend—and that’s exactly what California law requires. I applaud Educational Management Corporation for its industry leadership in working with us cooperatively and productively. They’ve shown a commendable willingness to address concerns about their current and former students, and to avoid similar problems moving forward.”
The $1.6 million Returning Student Scholarship Fund will be distributed to students who withdrew from California Art Institute programs between 2009 and today, and will be available to returning students for five years or until it is exhausted. EDMC and the City Attorney’s Office will work together to publicize the fund to reach out to eligible former students. EDMC has also agreed to new methods of calculating the percentage of enrolling students that graduate with degrees, and the percentages of students that are employed and that are employed within their field of study; and to publicize those recalculated figures in their promotional materials. The school also agreed to train advisors to counsel students on the long term effects of student loan debt and default.
As is common with Assurances of Voluntary Compliance reached outside of litigation, the agreement also includes enforcement provisions that compel EDMC to notify the City Attorney of any breaches of the agreement on its part, and a stipulation that a material violation by EDMC will be considered evidence of an unfair business practice that the City could make the subject of a future lawsuit.”