Posts Tagged ‘opt out’

Here’s the Ad that PG&E is Running on YouTube to Oppose a Little Competition – Before Bieber, You Must Watch This

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

So PG&E and former PG&E workers now employed at the CPUC are upset because the paltry $300,000,000 that it’s going to have to “send to Sacramento” as punishment for killing eight people in San Bruno? Well, gee, if I were in charge, it would be $1,000,000,000 and if these interested parties started yammering about “giving” all that money “to the Legislature,” then I’d say fine, just withdraw it in cash, put it in a field and then burn it.

Fine.

Just anything to teach you a lesson, PG&E.

So you have Appointed Mayor Ed Lee in your back pocket, and you have former Mayor Willie Brown acting as one of your lobbyists. Good for you, PG&E! But it doesn’t mean that you’re not the worst large utility in America.

Think on that, you Pigs, Giraffes, and Elephants.

Anywho, before you can see a Justin Bieber video on the YouTube, this is what you have to watch these days. And that’s per some dude on Twitter, so you can bank on it. But I saw it afore some other video so there’s that.

Now officially, this ad is from PG&E’s house union, but we all know it’s from PG&E. (PG&E can’t exactly do this kind of ad itself, it’s not allowed.)

Here it is:

Of course, you’ll have the option of opting out of public power, so what’s the big deal?

On It Goes…

If You Try to “Opt Out” of Useless Telephone Book Delivery, the Horrible YP Yellow Pages People Will Hound You

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

In perpetuity.

Check it:

“A valid telephone number is required in order to process and verify opt-out requests. Incorrect or omitted information may prevent us from honoring your request.”

Why do they say they need your phone number? So they can ask you if you really, really think phonebooks are so useless these days that you don’t want them anymore.

And then, they’ll call you the next year and the next year and the next year. You know, to make sure. Again.

Forever.

So. which is worse? Would you rather get a useless phone book or a useless phone call?

Weeks after delivery, these books are still around:

Via Warzau Wynn – click to expand

YP Yellow Pages Local Search people, nobody in San Francisco wants what you’re selling.

Why don’t you go away?

Attention San Francisco: The Great Phonebook Recycle of 2012 Has Begun – If You See a Big Stack, Recycle Immediately

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Here’s a good dozen what sat in the lobby for twelve long hours.

Guess what? Nobody took even a one.

So these books got hauled off to the big blue bin when I got home last night. Good times.

And best of all,  those The Real Yellow Pages / AT&T / YP books are surprisingly small these days, so you can carry them all in just one trip, you know, before they get all soggy:

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Uh, AT&T, what’s the point of this exercise?

Nobody in San Francisco wants your Yellow Pages.

I know you think that we do, but we don’t.

Does Verizon do this? No

Does Sprint do this? No

Does T-Mobile do this? No

So why do you do it?

I know that you can do it, you know, legally, but I don’t know why you do it.

If you want to get credit for giving minimum wage union members money, why not just give them money and be done with it?

Anyway, if I see any stack of your phonebooks anywhere about town anywhere near a big blue recycling bin or an AT&T store, they’re all going to get together tout de suite.

No charge.

See you in Hell, Yellow Pages people.

NB: Don’t try to “opt out,” San Francisco. All that does is give your contact information to AT&T so that they can ask you, every fucking year, if you still want to opt out. My conclusion: AT&T is a cancer.

Oh No, Once Again Telephone Book Season Comes to San Francisco! Dinosaur Industry Just Won’t Stop

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

I’m at a loss.

But I’ll tell you, if I see one of these paper monsters with “AT&T” on the cover, I’m going to deliver it back to the nearest AT&T store.*

Here’s what San Francisco telephone books look like before they get rained on: 

Via Warzau Wynn – click to expand

In closing, see you in Hell, telephone book industry!

*Unless you all “opt out” first! HAHAHAHA.

Here’s Your Chance to Avoid Getting a Monstrous, Phonebook-Like “Voter Information Pamphlet” Before Each Election – Opt Out, Baby!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Enjoy:

“Until recently, state and local laws required that each registered voter be mailed a copy of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot. Recently passed state and municipal laws allow voters to “go green” by opting out of receiving a Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, and accessing it online instead.

How do I change the way I receive my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot?

Use the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form to request that mail delivery of your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot be stopped, OR to resume mail delivery if you previously had it stopped.

Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Online Form

Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form (PDF)

To opt out of receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample ballot by mail for the June 5, 2012 election and all future elections, a completed form must be received by the Department no later than April 16, 2012. If the request is received after this date, the change will take effect for the next election.

If I decide to opt out of receiving my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, where can I find it online?

Approximately 40 days prior to any election, your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot will be available online on the San Francisco Department of Elections website, www.sfelections.com/toolkit. At that time, the Department will send a reminder to the email address you have provided on the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form.

If I opt out of receiving my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, can I request to start receiving it again in the mail?

Yes. You can request to opt back into receiving your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot in the mail by completing theVoter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form at least 50 days prior to an election.

Is the Voter Information Pamphlet available in accessible formats?

Yes. The Voter Information Pamphlet posted on our website, www.sfelections.org/toolkit, is compatible with screen readers. The Department of Elections also offers the Voter Information Pamphlet in audiocassette, audio CD and large-print formats. To request a copy of this pamphlet in an accessible format, please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or byemail.

Will my email address remain confidential?

The Department of Elections will keep your email address confidential. However, California Election Codes section 2194(a)(3) requires the Department to provide your email address “to any candidate for federal, state, or local office, to any committee for or against any initiative or referendum measure for which legal publication is made, and to any person for election, scholarly, journalistic, or political purposes, or for governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State.”

 

“The Department of Elections Encourages Voters to ‘Go Green’”

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, February 15, 2012 -The Department of Elections is encouraging voters to “go green” by opting out of receiving a paper version of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot in the mail, and accessing it online instead on the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org. The online Voter Information Pamphlet is available approximately 40 days prior to every election, and online versions of the pamphlet are also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Until recently, the law required that each registered voter be mailed a copy of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot. With recent changes to state and municipal laws, voters now have a choice in how they receive the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot.

Voters who wish to stop mail delivery of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot may complete the online Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot
Opt Out/Opt In form available on the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org. The request must be submitted at least 50 days prior to an election for it to go into effect for that election.

To opt out of receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail for the June 5, 2012 election and all future elections, a completed form must be received by the Department no later than April 16, 2012. If the request is received after this date, the change will take effect for the next election.

Voters who decide that they prefer to receive a paper version of their Voter Information and Sample Ballot after they have signed up to “go green” can revert to the paper version at any time by using the online form.

For more information, visit the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org.

Wow, Those SmartMeter Crazies Almost Make Me Feel Sorry for PG&E, America’s Worst Big Utility Company – But Opt Out If You Want

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Well, here it is, your brand new PG&E SmartMeter opt-out option.

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David R. Baker was on the scene at the big CPUC meeting yesterday, actually engaging with the crazies, so check that out if you want.

And if you think that a SmartMeter has ANYTHING AT ALL to do with your health (and, oh yes, you yourself are somehow particularly affected by infinitesimal amounts of additional non-ionizing radiation in your life, I hear what you are saying) you’re barking up the wrong tree. People who don’t tell you that are just patronizing you, just saying.

Now here’s what PG&E has to say. Enjoy:

“SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2012 — Residential electric and gas customers who have concerns about wireless technology can now choose either a new SmartMeter(TM) or a traditional analog meter, following the final decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) supports the CPUC’s decision and will respond quickly to customers who opt-out of the utility’s SmartMeter(TM) program.

“We know personal choice is important to our customers when it comes to the meters on their homes,” said Helen Burt, PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. “This final decision in support of analog meters is a positive step forward for those who have concerns over wireless technology. We understand some customers have been waiting for this decision, and we are actively reaching out to those who have expressed their desire for a SmartMeter(TM) alternative.”

PG&E is installing digital, wireless SmartMeters(TM) throughout its service area in Northern and Central California as part of a statewide effort to help customers save on their bills by offering them more control over their energy usage, improve reliability and customer service, and conserve natural resources to help the environment. As part of a global effort to modernize the energy grid and transform it into a digital network that will deliver more reliable power to homes and businesses, similar metering programs are now underway at utilities throughout the country and around the world. To date, PG&E has installed nearly nine million gas and electric SmartMeters(TM), on its way to about 10 million meters in 2012.

Independent studies repeatedly have affirmed the safety and accuracy of SmartMeters(TM). However, in response to comments from some customers, PG&E in March 2011 proposed offering them a choice to turn off the radios in their SmartMeters(TM), and then provided customers with the option to delay the installation of new SmartMeters(TM) pending the CPUC’s final decision. In December 2011, PG&E asked the CPUC to approve analog meters as another alternative to receiving a SmartMeter(TM), which was the central element of the CPUC’s decision today.

Burt added, “The vast majority of our customers are already seeing the many benefits of SmartMeters(TM). By choosing to stay with our program, our customers will continue having control by seeing where they can save energy throughout the course of the day and making simple but effective changes around the home to save money.”

PG&E customers who want to opt-out of the SmartMeter(TM) program can submit their request online at www.pge.com/smartmeteroptout or call 1-866-743-0263. PG&E plans to remove the gas and electric SmartMeters(TM) from the homes of those opt-out customers who already have SmartMeters(TM); those customers who still have analog meters will be able to keep them.

The CPUC’s final decision requires customers who opt-out of the program to pay a $75 initial setup charge and a $10 monthly charge. This will cover the costs of manual meter-reading and associated operational and billing issues. Income-qualified customers will pay a $10 initial setup charge and $5 a month.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

SOURCE  Pacific Gas and Electric Company”

Crazy State Worker Lady Wants Honda Civic Hybrid Owners to Sue Honda in Small Claims Court Over Low MPG

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how good your odds would be if you sued the maker of your car because you felt it didn’t meet the EPA mileage estimate, but this lady in SoCal appears to have a good shot.

I’ll tell you, Honda Civic Hybrid owners, The System wants you to take some worthless $100 coupon or whatever to compensate you for Honda messing up. The System doesn’t want you opting out of the national class action settlement.

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Choose or lose, Honda owners.

HONDA ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL ON JANUARY 3rd

Normally a small claims case is just that – small – in fact, barely an annoyance to large corporations because damages are limited. However, one small claims case pending in the Los Angeles area is certain to get a lot of attention because it will be going to trial just when approximately 200,000 Honda Civic Hybrid owners are opening their mailboxes to find notices of a proposed class action settlement where the Honda owners would get no more than $200 cash and the lawyers would get $8.474 million!

One disappointed Honda Civic Hybrid owner in California who got wind of the tiny settlement offer in advance chose to opt-out of the class and paid $75 to file a small claims case instead. The trial was set for January 3rd, six weeks before the 200,000 Civic owners are set to decide if they want to stick with the class action or file their own suits which can often be done quickly and cheaply without lawyers. (Think Judge Judy where regular people get up and give a 15 minute version of their complaint in plain English and then get a decision from the court). This case will be one of the first under the new 2012 law allowing individuals to sue for up to $10,000 in small claims court in California.

Honda has attempted four different legal maneuvers to postpone the trial until after the deadline had passed for Hybrid owners to opt-out of the class action, but the Judge said “no” all four times and the trial will proceed as originally scheduled on January 3rd. If the Plaintiff in that case wins and gets awarded thousands of dollars in damages, then Honda will have a lot of explaining to do to justify paying other Hybrid owners just enough to cover a few tanks of gas instead of replacing the defective hybrid batteries at $3,000 a pop – roughly $600,000,000.00!”

The Yellow Pages Opt-Out Program Simply Doesn’t Work – San Francisco Man Shows How Opt-In is Better than Opt-Out

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

San Francisco resident Jon Sieker has a beef with AT&T.

See?

“You accidentally gave me a White and Yellow pages this year after I signed up to not receive either of them”

Here’s the proof:

Click to expand – via Jon Sieker

And here’s the note he just sent to Ma Bell, cause you see, Jon has Internet access:

“Dear AT&T,

2 years ago I was so disappointed by the waste that the Yellow and White pages caused, caring about my community and environment, I searched online for what I could do to minimize the waste. I was very happy to find your web site that allowed me to opt out and not receive a White Pages and Yellow pages to save on the waste. Thank you for providing this option as I have The Internet and don’t need a physical phone directory. The Internet gives me all of the information I need including your yellow pages site. I felt great to find and fill out the form that allowed me to NOT RECEIVE both yellow and white pages. I felt I was doing something to save the environment. Imagine my surprise when I was accidentally given both the yellow pages and white pages today.

Please let me know what I should do with the unwanted publications. It would be best if you came and picked them up from me and passed them on to some unfortunate soul with no internet.

As a side not, it would be great if your delivery agents didn’t litter my street and community with these unwanted relics from the past. I have photos of the litter if you are interested or don’t believe me. I would be happy to pass these photos on to you or any of the other organizations copied on this email.

Thank you for your help. I look forward to the solution you provide.”

O.K. then.

Now, do you think that the National Opt Out Program would work any better?

I don’t.

Simply, nobody in San Francisco wants telephone books anymore.

So, telephone book industry, why not just tell your Santas to pass over the 415 when you send them out delivering across America this holiday season?

Just asking…

Dear Telephone Book Industry: Nobody in San Francisco Wants Your Product – Opt In Beats Opt Out

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Uh, telephone book industry, what you don’t seem to realize is that the vast majority of your “customers” in the 415 don’t want your product.

That’s why when you deliver them, they end up hanging around exactly where you left them for days or weeks…

…or months. See?

The only people who like telephone books in the bay area are the people who make (not very much) money delivering them:

Now, telephone book industry, wouldn’t you prefer it if your customers actually wanted your product? That’s how opt-in works.

I know you all talk about  opt-out, but what I don’t think you all realize is that most of the books you deliver go into the recycling without ever being opened. (This might not be applicable in Omaha, Neb., but it’s certainly true in the 415.)

And I know the bidnesses what advertise in your books are reassured by all the hullabaloo of delivery, but you’d be better off just delivering your product directly to recycling bins and, letting your true customers just dig them out, you know, if they want.

All right, see you Hell, dinosaur telephone book industry!

Telephone Book Industry Group Changes Name: From “Yellow Pages Assn.” to “Local Search Assn.” – Heh

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Now whatever you do, never “opt out” of useless telephone book delivery. (“It’s a trap!”)

‘Cause that’s just what they want you to do. (Just like ShoppyBag, that scam, which wants you to “opt out” – it wants you to do anything with it except ignore it, which is what everybody should do and then the scam would simply go away. )

No no, just wait for Nature to take its course, just wait for San Francisco’s “opt-in” law to take effect. Easy peasy.

Now check it, Rachel Gordon’s bit today shows us the new name of the phone book industry’s horrible, wasteful, useless, trade group. See? It’s now called the “LOCALSEARCH ASSOCIATION.”

Isn’t that cute? This lobbying group thinks its Google!

(You know, back in the day the buggy whip industry should have changed its product’s name to “horse throttle,” right? The better to compete with the nascent vehicular competition…)

That’s it, keep on making us laugh, Yellow Pages Association.