Posts Tagged ‘raise’

Here’s Why MUNI Basing Its Fares on Your Income Will Never Be “Cost Neutral” – Expansionist SFMTA – Through With the Two-Step

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Here’s the news:

“Reiskin said he’d like to develop a fare system that cuts down on the red tape and provides discounts for those who need them, and full-fare rates for those who don’t. Reiskin said the program ideally would be cost-neutral, with prosperous older riders paying increased fares and lower-income adults paying less.”

Now of course MUNI wants more money money money all the time time time.

So of course, you could concoct a scheme that would be cost-neutral, at first, anyway.

But that wouldn’t be the point of the exercise.

The point of the exercise would be to raise revenue for MUNI by subsequently raising fares for the average rider.

So, step one is to change the fare structure to make step two viable.

Step two is to raise fares.

I see what you’re doing there, MUNI.

Well, myself, I’m through with the two-step.

Yet another car on Market Street* delaying MUNI:

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*The only way the driver of the white wagon could have been at fault in this collision was if she had raced passed the orange streetcar by illegally driving the wrong way on the wrong side of Market. 

 

Brace Yourselves: “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” Author Amy Chua to Speak at Commonwealth Club January 12th

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Look out! “Tiger Mother” Amy Chua is coming to town.

Get your tickets right now, as this one will quickly sell out.

“Thu, Jan 12 2012 – 6:00pm - Amy Chua: Tale of a Tiger Mother

Author, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; John M. Duff Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Parenting in public is a gutsy move, and no one knows that better than Chua. The Yale Law School professor’s 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, took an honest and often provocative look at the rewards – and the costs – of raising her children the strict “Chinese” way. Join us as best-selling author Chua talks about the parenting cultural divide, her struggles and aspirations as a parent, and what it really means to be a tiger mother.

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: In association with Ascend”

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All the deets:

“Yale professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua, will discuss the rewards and costs of raising her children with a strict Chinese upbringing.  Chua will highlight the parenting cultural divide, her struggles and aspirations as a parent, and what it really means to be a “tiger mother”.

Chua is also the author of two other books, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers rise to Global Dominance – and Why they Fall and World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability which was a New York Times Bestseller and selected by The Economist as one of the Best Books of 2003. 

Chua’s latest book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has received much coverage for igniting a global debate on parenting with its controversial story of a mother’s strict Chinese parenting techniques. She has been a featured guest on “The Today Show,” “Charlie Rose,” and “The Daily Show with John Stewart.” 

Currently a professor at Yale, Chua has also taught at Duke, Colombia, Stanford, and NYU. Chua received her A.B. from Harvard in 1984 and her J.D. from Harvard in 1987.”

Free Books! Former HEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr Speaks About Kids and Drugs September 27th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Joseph A. Califano, Jr wants to give you a copy of his latest book, How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents.

To get it, all you need to do is register and show up to hear him speak on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El up there at 2 Lake Street.

Easy peasy, right? But act now – you need to be among the first 400 to register to be able to claim your tome gratis

Did you know that JAC is ”now one of only two living former secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare?” Wiki makes mention of this factoid. Srlsy.

All the deets:

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA* Chairman and Founder, in San Francisco to Discuss His Parenting Book, ‘How to Raise A Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents’

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 — Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Founder and Chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, will discuss his new book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.  This is a free community event.  Complimentary books for the first 400 people to register at www.emanuelsf.org/register.

Califano will share almost 20 years worth of insight and research on what really prevents children from using drugs and alcohol and will help parents understand that they have the greatest influence on their children’s decision to use drugs and alcohol.

Califano will offer advice on how to discuss many of the most daunting parenting topics like:

 –  When and how to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol.
 –  How to respond when your kid asks, “Did you ever try drugs?”
 –  How to know when your child is most at risk.
 –  How to prepare your teen for the freedoms and perils of college.

Califano will be introduced by Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, D.D., Ph.D.  Following the presentation will be a Q&A session and book signing.

WHAT: Advice driven presentation based on parenting book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents

 WHO: Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA Founder and Chairman

 WHERE: The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.

 WHEN:        Monday, September 27, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is neither affiliated with, nor sponsored by, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (also known as “CASA”) or any of its member organizations, or any other organizations with the name of “CASA”.

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Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

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RAND Corp: GPS Snitch Units in All Cars Could Enforce New Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Tax

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Oh man, you drivers out there, you’re out on the road more and more every year* but the amount of gasoline and diesel ‘n stuff you buy isn’t keeping pace. So when people like you trade in their big old fuel-guzzling SUVs for Toyota Prius hybrids, the amount of gasoline they buy and the concomitant tax they pay to the Govmint goes down, let’s say by a half or two-thirds.

That’s good for Prius drivers but bad for the govmints. This chart from a big new report (free .pdf) out of California’s own RAND Corportation think tank ‘splains it all. See? You people are out there clogging up the roads and tearing up the streets 100% more than you were in 1980, but you’re only buying 50% more fuel:

You drivers are paying more in tax but not as much as if you would be paying if you were taxed by the mile. (That makes you a deadbeat in the eyes of the Powers That Be.)

And things are only going to get “worse” when Tesla Motors’ mainstream Model S hits the streets in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, “late 2012,” right? Electric car drivers pay no gas tax at all, so how are we going to make sure that they pay their fair share to repave our streets ‘n stuff**?

The RANDian eggheads looked at these issues and, out of 15 ideas, decided that these three would be the most practicable: 

What if the authorities put a GPS unit in your car or motorcycle? Not the regular kind of GPS receiver, the good kind, the ones that use differentials or whatever to pinpoint your whereabouts down to a couple yards on a 24-7 basis. 

You don’t like that? Well how about a cell phone in your car next to the engine that would call the government on a regular basis to rat out how miles you’ve driven the past week?

You don’t like that neither? Well how about a system that ID’s your car when you buy gas and then computes your Miles Driven by looking at your particular model’s EPA rating?

And let’s say this all gets implemented in five years. 

Or instead, our electeds could simply raise gas taxes a bit, but that’s not something that they like talking about doing.

Of course they could make this new VMT proposal “revenue neutral” by getting rid of or lowering per-gallon fuel taxes that you pay today. Once a system like this is in place, taxes would correlate more directly with miles driven – it’s up to you if you like that or not.

Welcome to The Future.

Speaking of 1980:

My uncle has a country place
That no one knows about.
He says it used to be a farm
Before the Motor Law.
And on Sundays I elude the Eyes,
And hop the Turbine Freight
To far outside the Wire
Where my white-haired uncle waits.

See how this libertarian, Canadian Power Rock Trio story ends after the jump.

*Not so much this past year or two, but you’ll be out there in force again soon enough.

**And maybe that’s the way it should be. I know all the arguments you’re thinking about - this is a political question, of course.

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