Posts Tagged ‘school’

If You Ran a Corrupt Art School/Real Estate/Car Empire, What Would Call Your Sports Teams? ANSWER: Urban Knights

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

“Now, a scathing expose in Forbes by Katia Savchuk is highlighting the plight of AAU’s grads. In her article, Ms. Savchuk describes the 86-year-old for-profit institution as little more than a masterful scam, which sinks prospective arts students into debt and leaves them with few job options and little career guidance. And with federal loans paying lots of the bills, the school’s founders aren’t too concerned about graduates’ ability to pay back their hulking loans.”

As seen in GGP, rather far afield from any Academy of Art locations I’m aware of:

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(As opposed to Country Knights?)

Ah, art school.

Bonus: What would you call the cheerleaders? ANSWER: The KnightinGals? That’s one possibility.

Unused SFFD Ambulance Just Sitting Around at the Former Lowell High School on Grove

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

UPDATE: Oh, CCSF has a paramedic training program here – my bad. See Comments.

Maybe there’s a good reason for this, IDK:

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Grove and Ashbury, John Adams Campus, CCSF.

Not a good look for this department, in particular

The Great Restriping of Oak Street Near Masonic is Now Complete – Let’s Hope for Less Congestion

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015


Here’s how she looks with the new striping:

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The leftmost lane allows drivers to turn left or go straight – this seems like a mistake to me, but, then again, lots of things the SFMTA does seem like a mistake.

To me.

Haight Ashbury’s Urban School Has Done All It Could to Keep Motorists from Parking in This Towaway Zone on Oak

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

That’s the update regarding this sitch on Oak betwixt Masonic and Ashbury.


The big issue was notice, but notice has been achieved.

Three cheers.

Next comes the lane restriping…

Here’s Why the Rich “Urban School” Should Wait Until Monday to Start Towing Cars Off of Oak near Masonic

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Here’s the situation, via Camden Avery of Hoodline.

And here’s how things looked yesterday, with people continuing to park on the north side of Oak between Ashbury and Masonic, right aside the new NO STOPPING ANY TIME towaway signs. At first I thought the whole block was affected, but really it’s only about 75% of the block. This light pole is the demarcation line:

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Boy, I wouldn’t have the stones to park a car right next to these signs. (A ticket and tow from DPT / SFMTA / MUNI / AutoTakeaway AutoReturn will run you something like $700-$1000, depending on how soon you start the process of getting your ride back.)

But also, if I were running the Urban High School (tuition > $40k per year) I would take effort to ensure actual notice to the people who park here. Of course, the new signs give notice, but human nature being what it is, why not do a little more, Urban School?

That would mean, instead of taking action today, waiting a few days and then putting out sawhorses or posts with signs next to Oak Street in the Panhandle, ala the annual Bay to Breakers Community Party and Fun-Run – let’s do that on Sunday night.

And then, after the streetsweepers sweep through as they do almost every Monday morning, you could put a few cones out there, so drivers won’t be able to miss the signage.

So sure, you’ve put notes under windshields, but that doesn’t really cut it. (You gotta assume that the owners of these cars could be ex-cons with addiction issues.)

What’s that Urban School, it’s not you actually towing away cars? Oh yes it is. All this activity from PLANT and SFGov is for your new building, right?

But fine, do what you want, and then your rep in the hood will start approaching that of the SFMTA’s rep, and that’s no place you want to be.

A Real Estate Empire Masquerading as an Art School – It’s AoA’s World, We’re Just Living In It…

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Monet, bo-ney
Croquet, roset
Chimay, Sheneneh
KKK layaway stay away
Patti Mayonnaise, Doug Funnie
Brown bunny, money, money

Pay me, Baby
Thats SCAD its really rad

Whats really rad, who’s really your dad
R-I-S-D, thats RISD

Toss the Frisbee, Cooper Union
Thats what I’m doin’, thats what I’m doin’
Toss the Frisbee, Cooper Union
Thats what I’m doin’, thats what I’m doin’

Pratt, SVA
Fozzie wakka wakka like lady esé
Pratt, Pratt, SVA
Fozzie wakka wakka like lady esé

If You’ve Got $30k for Tuition: San Francisco Day School Open House May 2, 2015 – Oh, Scholarships Available

Friday, May 1st, 2015

One isn’t sure how one wins a scholarship at the young age of four years old, but anyway.

If you won’t go to Marin, Marin will move to you, at the crossroads of Golden Gate and Masonic

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Here’s the copy (that, I’ll tell you, I would have written differently, but anyway):

“Tour our school, learn about our academic program & meet our teachers! Fall 2016 applicants may begin scheduling events in September 2015. This event is intended for, but not limited to, our neighbors and those who are not eligible to join the admission events in the fall.”

I’ll tell you, there are other schools in town [cough, Presidio Knolls*] who’ll look you right in the eye and say, more or less, we don’t want you, we don’t want your kid, and we don’t want your money. Ouch.

(This whole process of getting your kid into a private school after rolling snake-eyes in the SFUSD “lottery” can be like joining a sorority, just saying. Welcome to San Francisco!)

Anyway, there’s an Open House, just saying.

*Located not in the Presidio, but in the flats South of the Slot, oh well. Also, not to be confused with Presidio Hill.

Drip Drip Drip – “SF Archbishop Star of Sea Emotional Abuse Priest Scandal Grows Bigger” – Drip Drip Drip

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Well here it is, a compendium, below.

I’ll tell you, right about now is generally when the board of directors of a typical organization would be holding an emergency meeting to assess, and then take action. But my experience in such matters is limited to non-Catholic orgs. Would these matters indeed go all the way up to the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, Italy? IDK.

On It Goes


More Trouble for Bay Area Catholics – Unearthed Lawsuit Against Father Illo for Infliction of Emotional Distress

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

[UPDATE: Apparently, we’re talking about Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress [NIED] and not Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress [IIED], so I’ve deleted the word “intentional.”

Here’s today’s allegation:

“The facts of the 2005 lawsuit against Father Illo, which required him to pay $14,000 for therapy for the young girl he traumatized, are as follows:

An 11-year-old girl came to Father Illo in confidence to report an incident of sexual abuse by one of the priests in Illo’s parish in Modesto.

Upon listening to the child’s report of abuse, Fr. Illo responded by yelling at the child, calling her a liar and calling the character of the child’s mother into question.

Fr. Illo then invited the offending priest into his office, where the two of them further confronted the child.

It was only after Fr. Illo invited his secretary in the room and she found the child in a hysterical state that she was removed and the mother was called.

Fr. Illo has a sworn duty to immediately report all allegations of abuse to the police.

As part of the case, church documents detailing an internal canonical investigation were subpoenaed. This report raises questions about Fr. Illo’s leadership and referring to his personality as being “dictatorial, manipulative and insensitive.” The report recommended counseling for Fr. Illo. 

Controversy has dogged Father Illo since he was appointed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to Star of the Sea Parish and School in late 2014.  After taking charge of the San Francisco parish he banned altar girls, saying only boys can be altar servers. The move sparked criticism along with his statements to parents that he planned on replacing the school’s teachers with nuns from Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist order the same nuns that walked out on students at Marin Catholic High School last week to protest an event to prevent bullying of LGBT youth.”

I’ll tell you, this school must look like a dream come true to a lot of parents who rolled snake-eyes in SFUSD’s kindergarten “lottery,” but signing your kid up there sure seems like it comes with a lot of baggage…


Monday, March 30th, 2015

You know, back in the aughts, I was thinking that De Avila Elementary / Dudley Stone School was going to keep its name after it reopened to become a Chinese-language immersion school. But no, the name of this place, if you had to say it in just three words, is “CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL.”


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It looks like a private school, non?

Now mostly, they prefer to teach Cantonese, as opposed to Mandarin.

The answer to WHY’S THAT has to do with local politics.

OTOH, if you want to get all nuanced, then:

Why Cantonese First?

I can think of a few other reasons, but anyway…

So there’s your branding, and now I know why nobody understands when I mention the de Avila school…