Feb/28/2013 Job Developmen​t Specialist II San Mateo County

Posted by cwilliams • February 28th, 2013

Job Development Specialist II (redwood city)

Job Development Specialist II San Mateo County $28.58-$35.73/hour
The Human Services Agency (HSA) of San Mateo County is seeking a Job Development Specialist II to promote and develop employment opportunities for the criminal justice realignment population or those who have extensive criminal backgrounds as well as those with barriers to employment. Will also provide leadership, coordination and support for community based organizations and partners, provide a variety of support services to clients individually and in groups, participate in outreach and recruitment activities by attending job fairs and other networking events, and create partnerships with local employers to build long-term relationships. The Job Development Specialist may also have project lead responsibility.
The ideal candidate will have work experience in job development and placement of the criminal justice realignment population or those with extensive criminal backgrounds as well as other barriers to employment, knowledge of basic principles/practices of marketing and PR as they relate to job development, related professional experience providing a variety of employment services, familiarity with community resources and referral services along with local labor market trends, and competency with MS Office, including Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher. Should also have strong skills in public speaking and be able to engage employers. A typical way to qualify is 2 years of professional experience providing a variety of job development, job placement and support services for job seekers, including first time entrants, the unemployed and dislocated workers.
This is a benefitted position, but temporary (Unclassified), and not covered by the Civil Service rules.
Recruitment closes March 7, 2013
To view the complete job description, recruitment schedule and instructions on how to apply, visit the San Mateo County website at:www.smcgov.org/hr/jobs. Individuals interested in employment must complete and submit San Mateo County’s standard employment application and supplemental questionnaire form. Resumes will not be accepted. EOE

Feb/28/2013 Administra​tive Assistant (East Bay)

Posted by cwilliams • February 28th, 2013

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Employer: Dealey, Renton & Associates Insurance Brokers Position: Administrative Assistant Location: Oakland, CA – Jack London Square
Responsibilities:
  • Answer multi-line phones as a back-up to our regular receptionist.
  • Filing in central file system and attachments to individual files.
  • Scanning incoming mail. Processing outgoing mail.
  • Pick up and delivery of inter-office mail.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.
This position is part of our Administrative Services team which serves an office of 60 people.
Qualifications: Phone experience in a business setting, ability to be on your feet for a good part of the day, experience with filing, ability to lift and carry up to 10 lbs. Team player, highly reliable, good communication skills, and energy. Computer experience with Outlook and ability to learn other systems.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 with one hour for lunch. Pay: $12.00 per hour to start.
This is a temporary-to-regular position. If you are hired as a regular employee, benefits will include health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, excellent retirement plan contributions, paid vacation and sick time, and profitsharing. Dealey, Renton & Associates is an Employee-Owned Company.
HOW TO APPLY: Please email your resume to Jeanine Jensen, Human Resources Manager atjjensen@insdra.com or fax to 510-238-1790. If you do not have access to email or fax, please call 510-465-3590 ext 206.

Feb/27/2013 Western Addition Beacon Center – Black History Month Celebratio​n

Posted by cwilliams • February 27th, 2013

Hello All,
Come join the Western Addition Beacon Center to celebrate Black History Month with a night of legendary performances at John Muir! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see history come to life, with a lineup that can’t be beat:
Otis Redding Carlos Santana Maya Angelou Sammy Davis Jr. Aretha Franklin Etta James Langston Hughes Ike and Tina Turner Sam Cooke and your host Billy Graham!
The show will be in the Auditorium at 4:30 on February 27th.  Don’t miss out on this magical evening!
Join us afterwards for a Soul Food potluck in the Cafeteria.   If you would like to bring a dish please let me know.
Thanks,
Tulsi Pi
Family and Community Outreach Coordinator
WESTERN ADDITION BEACON CENTER
380 Webster St., San Francisco CA 94117

Feb/26/2013 MONS Invites You to a Black History Month Closing Reception | Feb. 26, 2013

Posted by cwilliams • February 26th, 2013

Good Evening Colleagues and Friends,

Please join us for the 2013 Black History Month Closing Ceremony on Tuesday, February 26th at SF City Hall, 4:30pm.

We look forward to your attendance!

Kriztina

 

Join the Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee

Honoring a San Francisco Living Legend

First African American Mayor of San Francisco

First African American Speaker of the California State Assembly

Former Mayor of San Francisco

Willie L Brown, Jr.

Keynote Speaker:

Delroy Lindo (Actor)

RSVP by February 24th http://honorwilliebrown.eventbrite.com

For sponsorship information or questions regarding your RSVP contact D.R. Roberts Events Mgmt 510 654 5335

Feb/26/2013 Administrative Assistant (East Bay)

Posted by cwilliams • February 26th, 2013

 JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Employer:Dealey, Renton & Associates Insurance Brokers
Position: Administrative Assistant
Location: Oakland, CA – Jack London Square
Responsibilities:
* Answer multi-line phones as a back-up to our regular receptionist.
* Filing in central file system and attachments to individual files.
* Scanning incoming mail.
Processing outgoing mail.
* Pick up and delivery of inter-office mail.
* Other administrative duties as assigned.
This position is part of our Administrative Services team which serves an office of 60 people.

Qualifications:Phone experience in a business setting, ability to be on your feet for a good part of the day, experience with filing, ability to lift and carry up to 10 lbs. Team player, highly reliable, good communication skills, and energy. Computer experience with Outlook and ability to learn other systems.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 with one hour for lunch.
Pay: $12.00 per hour to start.

This is a temporary-to-regular position. If you are hired as a regular employee, benefits will include health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance,
excellent retirement plan contributions, paid vacation and sick time, and profitsharing. Dealey, Renton & Associates is an Employee-Owned Company.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please email your resume to Jeanine Jensen, Human Resources Manager at jjensen@insdra.com or fax to 510-238-1790. If you do not have access to email or fax,
please call 510-465-3590 ext 206.

Feb/26/2013 Deputy Sheriff (entry level) Online app only 8 AM Thursday, 2/28 through 5 PM Monday, 3/4

Posted by cwilliams • February 26th, 2013

8302 Deputy Sheriff I (Entry Level)

Recruitment #CCT-8302-060051

Department:
Sheriff – Entrance

Analyst:
Jill Obrochta

Date Opened:
2/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

Filing Deadline:
3/4/2013 5:00:00 PM

Salary:
$28.25 – $36.11/hour; $4,897.00 – $6,260.00/month; $58,760.00 – $75,114.00/year

Job Type:
Continuous CBT

Employment Type:
Full-Time

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INTRODUCTION

For Information Only

Online applications will be accepted for this recruitment only during the following 5-day time period:

8:00 a.m. (PST) Thursday, February 28, 2013 through
5:00 p.m. (PST) Monday, March 4, 2013
A Deputy Sheriff I performs a variety of duties relating to the custody and supervision of inmates in the San Francisco County Jail system, organizing jail work programs and general law enforcement duties. Assignments may be to any one of three divisions: Custody Division, Field & Support Services Division, Administration and Programs Division. Duties may include booking and processing inmates; controlling and supervising the activities of inmates; operating communication equipment; monitoring and controlling movement of all personnel and vehicles entering and exiting facilities; maintaining internal and perimeter jail, court or building security; responding to emergencies; preparing and maintaining records; and performing other duties as required. Shift work, weekend work and overtime may be required.
Appointment to class 8302 Deputy Sheriff I is for a period of eighteen (18) months except as otherwise provided by Civil Service Rules. All appointees must satisfactorily complete the Sheriff’s Department entry-level training program within the time prescribed by the department. Appointees must successfully complete a POST Basic Academy training within eighteen (18) months from the date of appointment, if they have not already completed one or do not have an active POST Certificate.  Failure to successfully complete these requirements or failure to perform satisfactorily on the job will be cause for release from appointment.
Appointees who have successfully served eighteen (18) months in Class 8302 Deputy Sheriff I and who have successfully completed a POST Basic Academy training will advance to Class 8504 Deputy Sheriff pursuant to Civil Service Rule 114, Article VII.  No further probationary period as an 8504 Deputy Sheriff will be required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must meet all of the following Minimum Qualifications listed below by the application filing deadline.  At any time, any applicant found not to meet the minimum qualifications will be disqualified.

1. AGE:
Applicant must be at least 20 years old at the time of filing and 21 years old at the time of successful completion of the peace officer training academy.  There is no maximum age limit.

2. CITIZENSHIP:
Applicants must be a United States citizen at the time of application.

3. EDUCATION:
Applicants must possess a U.S. high school diploma or have passed an equivalency test (G.E.D. or California High School Proficiency Examination), or possess a two-year or four-year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

4. EXPERIENCE:
Applicants must have one (1) year (equivalent to 2,080 hours) of any verifiable and satisfactory work experience, or have completed one (1) year of any verifiable course work from an accredited U.S. college or university (30 semester hours/45 quarter units), or an equivalent combination.
5. DRIVING RECORD:
Applicants must possess a valid driver license at the time of application, and have a
current history of careful and responsible motor vehicle operation. Prior negligent
operator probation, license suspension, drunk, reckless, or hit and run driving, or
multiple moving violations may be cause for disqualification, regardless of the state or
country in which they occurred. At the time of application or thereafter, any type of
vehicle-related probation, or driving without a valid license, or driving without insurance
will be disqualified.

6. CRIMINAL RECORD:
Any applicant who has been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state, convicted of an offense that would be a felony if committed in the State of California, or convicted of any misdemeanor which carries a penalty of prohibiting ownership, possession or control or a firearm, will be disqualified. Applicants who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will also be disqualified.
HOW TO APPLY

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted only through an online process starting at 8:00 a.m. (PST) Thursday, February 28, 2013 through 5:00 p.m. (PST) Monday, March 4, 2013.

Select an e-mail address that you will maintain throughout the examination process so that you can receive all official communications. Be sure to use an email address that is unique to you and not used by another applicant. Next, visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

· Select the desired job announcement (Scroll through the list of jobs)
· Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
· Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have
Registered Previously”
· Follow instructions on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Supplemental Questionnaire:

All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire. Applicants will be prompted to respond to Supplemental Questionnaire questions in the online application process.

Upon successful submittal of the application online, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging the receipt of the application. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online or if you have any questions, please contact jill.obrochta@sfgov.org <mailto:jill.obrochta@sfgov.org>   or call 415-557-4882.

SELECTION PROCEDURES

Verification:
Applicants who possess a passing T-score and valid California POST certificate(s) must submit all verification no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) Wednesday, April 3, 2013.  Official T-score verification must include the full name of the applicant, date the PELLETB test was completed and T-score on valid agency letterhead. Only official T-score verification will be accepted.
Please e-mail your verification to jill.obrochta@sfgov.org <mailto:jill.obrochta@sfgov.org>   (Subject line: 8302 Verification), or fax to 415-557-4967 (Attn: Jill).  Verification of certification/experience/education may be required at any point in the selection process. Failure to provide verification, if requested, will result in ineligibility for employment. All statements made on the application or on subsequent documents required under this selection process are subject to verification. Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application will result in disqualification.

Selection Process:
The selection process will be administered in two parts, as described below.  Candidates who fail to attend any of the selection components listed above will be disqualified from the selection process.  There will be no re-scheduling allowed for any testing components.

Written Examination
The California POST Entry-Level Test Battery (PELLETB) written examination was developed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and measures reading comprehension and writing abilities.  No inspection of questions and answers is allowed.  A passing T-score is 46 or higher.

Additional information about the PELLETB and a sample examination may be accessed on the following website:  www.post.ca.gov <http://www.post.ca.gov/>

Exemption from Written Examination:  Applicants who have completed the PELLETB within 1 year prior to April 3, 2013 and achieved a T-Score of 46 or higher, or who possess a California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Academy Certificate of Completion, a California POST Basic Certificate or a California POST Basic Course Waiver Certificate, will be exempt from taking the written exam, provided that all official verification is submitted by the deadline (see Verification section, listed above).

Departmental Selection Process:
In addition to the written examination, the Sheriff’s Department will administer the following selection processes to determine the most suitable candidates from the eligible list.  Candidates must successfully complete all of the components listed below in order to continue in the departmental selection process.

Personal History Questionnaire
Candidates must complete a Personnel History Questionnaire (PHQ), a multiple-choice survey designed to solicit information regarding the candidate’s background and criminal history. This questionnaire identifies candidates who appear most likely to pass the full background investigation process.  The PHQ is pass/fail and there is no inspection allowed for questions, answers or results.

Physical Ability Test
Candidates will be required to pass a physical ability test (PAT) based on the physical requirements for the Deputy Sheriff I position.  Applicants who have completed a California POST Basic Academy within the last six months from the date of the scheduled physical ability testing will be waived from taking the PAT.  The PAT is pass/fail.
Oral Interview
Candidate will be interviewed to evaluate their interpersonal effectiveness, oral communication and information processing abilities.  The oral interview will be rated by subject matter experts, who will make recommendations as to which candidates should proceed in the selection process.  Those who are not recommended to continue in the process may not reapply for class 8302 Deputy Sheriff I until their period of eligibility has expired.

Background Investigation
Candidates must complete and pass an employment, character and background investigation to determine fitness for employment as a Deputy Sheriff. A comprehensive personal history statement must be completed and all statements by the candidates are subject to verification. Candidates will be required to participate in a polygraph, a drug testing process and a psychological screening.  A review of judicial and driving records will be conducted. Any indication of criminal history, repeated or serious unlawful behavior, use of controlled substances, poor credit, unsatisfactory job performance, inability to deal with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, negative employment or personal references or other relevant factors will result in disqualification.

Medical Examination
Prior to appointment, candidates must be determined by a licensed physician to be free
from any physical condition that would adversely affect the ability to perform the duties of a Peace Officer. Candidates must pass a medical examination by a designated City physician and must meet minimum standards for hearing, color vision, visual acuity and other prescribed physical standards.

Re-Testing Restrictions:
Candidates (previous and current) who do not pass one or more of the exam components may be restricted from re-testing within a specific period of time, as follows:

Test Component
Restriction for retesting
Length of time passing score remains valid

PELLETB (POST written exam)

Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)
30 days calendar days from
date last taken at any agency

1 year from the date of a fail
Passing score valid for 1 year prior to April 3, 2013

Passing score valid for 1 year from date of test

Drug Test

1 year from the date of a fail

Must retest each time

Physical Ability Test (PAT)
No restriction
Passing score valid for 1 year

Background Investigation

1 year from the date of a fail

Valid for initial job only. Continued validity is at the discretion of the Sheriff.
ELIGIBLE LIST

Candidates who achieve a T-Score of 46 or higher will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their scores.  Exempt candidates will be awarded a score of 100.  Candidates who are on the eligible list may not reapply for class 8302 Deputy Sheriff I until their period of eligibility has expired.

All candidates will be placed under administrative waiver on the eligible list until they successfully complete the Departmental Selection Process as described above.

The Certification Rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of the List. The duration of the candidates’ eligibility on the list resulting from this examination process will be 24 months. The expiration date may be extended by the Appointing Officer with the approval of the Human Resources Director. The number of refusals allowed is zero.

Placement on the eligible list does not guarantee nor imply that you will be offered employment.  The City & County of San Francisco reserves the right to hire only the most suitably qualified candidates for this important position.

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals) as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.
DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS
DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
CONCLUSION

Requests:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job
announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities
Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the first testing component date.
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.
Veterans Preference:
To be eligible for Veterans Preference, an applicant must have served on active duty (non-reserve) and been released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable.  Applicants wishing to receive Veterans Preference credit must notify the DHR exam analyst of his/her veterans status at the time he/she submits the online application form, by the exam filing deadline. All such claims or withdrawals of claims must be made prior to participation in the first part of the test to be administered.  For additional information regarding Veterans Preference, please go to http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20
Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf <http://www.jobaps.com/sf>
Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.
Exam Type: Continuous
Issued: February 19, 2013
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID No.: CCT-8302-060051
Public Safety Team/JO/415-557-4882

Feb/26/2013 ‘Less Miserable’ parody video showcases payday lender Check ‘n Go refund drive

Posted by cwilliams • February 26th, 2013

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Dear Community Partners:

We are delighted to share with you our new YouTube public service announcement, “Less Miserable” to raise awareness of the March 28th deadline for online borrowers to file a refund claim against payday lender Check ‘n Go.
Over the next 30 days, we ask that you share the video on your social media pages and email blast it to your networks and embed it into your electronic newsletters to your constituencies.
We have created a “How To Help” page on the www.CALoanRefund.org website with several ways that you can help us spread the word.
As always, feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or need anything to aide communicating about this settlement.

KEVIN L. EASTON
Coordinator, Community Relations
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OFFICE OF CITY ATTORNEY DENNIS HERRERA
San Francisco City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California 94102-4682

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/sfcityattorney

Less Miserable (Les Misérables Movie Trailer Parody)
Univision 14 Miles de dólares esperando que los reclame tras demanda

‘Less Miserable’ parody video showcases S.F. City Attorney’s Check ‘n Go refund drive

Viral video strategy pays homage to Oscar®-nominated film, hopes to reach California borrowers eligible for restitution of up to $4.3 million

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2013) — A viral video parody of the trailer for the Oscar®-nominated film “Les Misérables” premiered at a film industry screening theater here today, representing the latest tactic in an innovative social media campaign to identify and educate online Check ‘n Go borrowers who may be entitled to significant refunds for interest, fees and finance charges.
Less Miserable Movie PosterThe three-month outreach program is among the settlement terms San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera negotiated to resolve his consumer protection lawsuit against Cincinnati-based payday lender Check ‘n Go, which agreed to commit up to $4.3 million in restitution to California borrowers who obtained online loans between Nov. 2006 and June 2008.  Next week, the outreach program enters its final 30-days for eligible borrowers to mail their claims for refunds before the March 28 deadline.  Refunds are expected to range from under $100 to more than $4,600 for eligible claimants.
The parody video produced by Herrera’s office is entitled “Less Miserable,” and is available online at: http://www.caloanrefund.org.
It draws parallels between travails of the 19th Century French working class famously depicted in the original novel, stage and film versions of “Les Misérables” with modern day financial challenges like unexpected medical bills and auto repairs, which can force today’s consumers to turn to online and storefront lenders with exorbitant (and even illegal) interest rates.  The indignities and injustices of post-revolutionary France are updated to reflect contemporary predatory lending practices, and iconic “Les Misérables” characters like Fantine, Cosette, Marius and Jean Valjean find their 21st Century counterparts as consumers whom cruel fate has pushed into crushing debt.  Redemption — the dominant theme of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel and its subsequent adaptations — is offered in the form of a web address: www.caloanrefund.org.  There, Check ‘n Go borrowers can watch and share the online parody video, learn more about their eligibility for refunds, download claim forms, and get instructions to file claims in advance of the March 28 deadline.
Herrera hopes that refunds resulting from his lawsuit and subsequent outreach program will allow eligible claimants to be “Less Miserable.”
“We’re taking a creative approach to spread the word through social media channels like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter,” said Herrera.  “Because Check ‘n Go’s online loans were the subject of my lawsuit, it makes sense for us to focus our outreach to potential beneficiaries online, too.  Check ‘n Go agreed to commit $4.3 million in refunds for eligible borrowers, and we’re working hard to maximize restitution for all the Californians who deserve it.  We know it can take innovative approaches to successfully locate and educate eligible borrowers who may have moved, or who may ignore legal notices from the claims administrator.  We hope this viral video matches the success we saw with our Money Mart/Loan Mart refund drive last year.”
A prior three-month outreach push that targeted Money Mart and Loan Mart borrowers last year employed a highly successful satirical viral video whose “Pay Me Maybe” lyrics were set to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy hit song, “Call Me Maybe.”  That online video offered a clever send-up of one of last year’s most ubiquitous Internet memes, while effectively spreading the message about a similar consumer loan refund program for borrowers who were overcharged on loan interest rates. The Money Mart/Loan Mart effort netted more than $5.5 million for more than 8,100 eligible claimants statewide, with restitution payments averaging nearly $700.
Both the Check ‘n Go and Money Mart/Loan Mart efforts arose out of litigation that Herrera’s Consumer Protection Unit filed on April 26, 2007.  Herrera alleged in his complaint that Check ‘n Go engaged in an illicit “rent-a-bank” scheme to skirt the California law limiting allowable annual interest rates for those types of loan to no more than 36 percent.  According to records Herrera’s office obtained before and during the course of litigation, Check ‘n Go made online installment loans to California consumers with interest rates as high as 400 percent — far in excess of what state law allows — as late as June 2008. Check ‘n Go denied wrongdoing in agreeing to settle the case.
Check ‘n Go claimants may be qualified for restitution if they obtained a four-month installment loan online between Nov. 2006 and June 2008 through the websites: checkngo.com, ilp.fbdel.com, and commandloans.com. To be eligible for repayment, borrowers must mail a claim form and a copy of the required form of identification to the settlement administrator, postmarked by March 28, 2013.  Herrera is urging potential claimants who think they may be qualified for restitution to visit, email or call for more information:
www.caloanrefund.org CALoanRefund@sfgov.org (Toll Free) 1-855-581-2350
The litigation involving the Check ‘n Go loan settlement is: People of the State of California ex rel. Dennis Herrera v. Check N’ Go of California, Inc., et al. (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-07-462779).

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Feb/25/2013 Cost-Free Training Opportunit​y – Embracing the Power of Data

Posted by cwilliams • February 25th, 2013

Embracing the Power of Data
How to Effectively Use Data to Build, Fund, and Sustain Programs and Services
When                     Monday February 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PST Add to Calendar
Where

The California Endowment                     1111 Broadway 7th Floor Oakland, CA 94607 Driving Directions

♦ COST FREE ♦ 6 Hours of Continuing Education Provided ♦
You’re invited to attend our upcoming COST FREE training conference.  Learn how to generate and utilize data to elevate your programs and services, while increasing funding opportunities!
Click on the link below to register or RSVP.
Thank you for your attention and response.  We look forward to seeing you at the training!
Sincerely,
Joseph Terry
ONTRACK  Program Resources

Feb/25/2013 ‘Less Miserable’ parody video showcases payday lender Check ‘n Go refund drive

Posted by cwilliams • February 25th, 2013

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Dear Community Partners:

We are delighted to share with you our new YouTube public service announcement, “Less Miserable” to raise awareness of the March 28th deadline for online borrowers to file a refund claim against payday lender Check ‘n Go.
Over the next 30 days, we ask that you share the video on your social media pages and email blast it to your networks and embed it into your electronic newsletters to your constituencies.
We have created a “How To Help” page on the www.CALoanRefund.org website with several ways that you can help us spread the word.
As always, feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or need anything to aide communicating about this settlement.

KEVIN L. EASTON
Coordinator, Community Relations
————————————————————-
OFFICE OF CITY ATTORNEY DENNIS HERRERA
San Francisco City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California 94102-4682

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/sfcityattorney

Less Miserable (Les Misérables Movie Trailer Parody)
Univision 14 Miles de dólares esperando que los reclame tras demanda

‘Less Miserable’ parody video showcases S.F. City Attorney’s Check ‘n Go refund drive

Viral video strategy pays homage to Oscar®-nominated film, hopes to reach California borrowers eligible for restitution of up to $4.3 million

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2013) — A viral video parody of the trailer for the Oscar®-nominated film “Les Misérables” premiered at a film industry screening theater here today, representing the latest tactic in an innovative social media campaign to identify and educate online Check ‘n Go borrowers who may be entitled to significant refunds for interest, fees and finance charges.
Less Miserable Movie PosterThe three-month outreach program is among the settlement terms San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera negotiated to resolve his consumer protection lawsuit against Cincinnati-based payday lender Check ‘n Go, which agreed to commit up to $4.3 million in restitution to California borrowers who obtained online loans between Nov. 2006 and June 2008.  Next week, the outreach program enters its final 30-days for eligible borrowers to mail their claims for refunds before the March 28 deadline.  Refunds are expected to range from under $100 to more than $4,600 for eligible claimants.
The parody video produced by Herrera’s office is entitled “Less Miserable,” and is available online at: http://www.caloanrefund.org.
It draws parallels between travails of the 19th Century French working class famously depicted in the original novel, stage and film versions of “Les Misérables” with modern day financial challenges like unexpected medical bills and auto repairs, which can force today’s consumers to turn to online and storefront lenders with exorbitant (and even illegal) interest rates.  The indignities and injustices of post-revolutionary France are updated to reflect contemporary predatory lending practices, and iconic “Les Misérables” characters like Fantine, Cosette, Marius and Jean Valjean find their 21st Century counterparts as consumers whom cruel fate has pushed into crushing debt.  Redemption — the dominant theme of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel and its subsequent adaptations — is offered in the form of a web address: www.caloanrefund.org.  There, Check ‘n Go borrowers can watch and share the online parody video, learn more about their eligibility for refunds, download claim forms, and get instructions to file claims in advance of the March 28 deadline.
Herrera hopes that refunds resulting from his lawsuit and subsequent outreach program will allow eligible claimants to be “Less Miserable.”
“We’re taking a creative approach to spread the word through social media channels like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter,” said Herrera.  “Because Check ‘n Go’s online loans were the subject of my lawsuit, it makes sense for us to focus our outreach to potential beneficiaries online, too.  Check ‘n Go agreed to commit $4.3 million in refunds for eligible borrowers, and we’re working hard to maximize restitution for all the Californians who deserve it.  We know it can take innovative approaches to successfully locate and educate eligible borrowers who may have moved, or who may ignore legal notices from the claims administrator.  We hope this viral video matches the success we saw with our Money Mart/Loan Mart refund drive last year.”
A prior three-month outreach push that targeted Money Mart and Loan Mart borrowers last year employed a highly successful satirical viral video whose “Pay Me Maybe” lyrics were set to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy hit song, “Call Me Maybe.”  That online video offered a clever send-up of one of last year’s most ubiquitous Internet memes, while effectively spreading the message about a similar consumer loan refund program for borrowers who were overcharged on loan interest rates. The Money Mart/Loan Mart effort netted more than $5.5 million for more than 8,100 eligible claimants statewide, with restitution payments averaging nearly $700.
Both the Check ‘n Go and Money Mart/Loan Mart efforts arose out of litigation that Herrera’s Consumer Protection Unit filed on April 26, 2007.  Herrera alleged in his complaint that Check ‘n Go engaged in an illicit “rent-a-bank” scheme to skirt the California law limiting allowable annual interest rates for those types of loan to no more than 36 percent.  According to records Herrera’s office obtained before and during the course of litigation, Check ‘n Go made online installment loans to California consumers with interest rates as high as 400 percent — far in excess of what state law allows — as late as June 2008. Check ‘n Go denied wrongdoing in agreeing to settle the case.
Check ‘n Go claimants may be qualified for restitution if they obtained a four-month installment loan online between Nov. 2006 and June 2008 through the websites: checkngo.com, ilp.fbdel.com, and commandloans.com. To be eligible for repayment, borrowers must mail a claim form and a copy of the required form of identification to the settlement administrator, postmarked by March 28, 2013.  Herrera is urging potential claimants who think they may be qualified for restitution to visit, email or call for more information:
www.caloanrefund.org CALoanRefund@sfgov.org (Toll Free) 1-855-581-2350
The litigation involving the Check ‘n Go loan settlement is: People of the State of California ex rel. Dennis Herrera v. Check N’ Go of California, Inc., et al. (San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-07-462779).

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Feb/25/2013 Project Coordinato​r position open

Posted by cwilliams • February 25th, 2013

Hello Bay Area colleagues,

Brothers on the Rise search for a Program Coordinator continues – if you have any folks you think would be good for the position, please forward them this e-mail and this link: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/npo/3626303449.html.  I will also attach the description to this e-mail.  Also, please post to any lists you manage or are a part of if you think it would be of interest and generate good applicants.

The position is 30 hours a week during regular M-F business hours at $20/hr starting asap, with the hours increasing to 40 hours a week starting July 1, 2013.  There are full health benefits provided.  This is an employee position, not a contract position.  The duties include direct service with young men as part of our career development program; coordination of our boys direct service program; and coordination of our inaugural 3 day training institute/1 year cohort model for other schools, nonprofits and public sector agencies to develop boys/young men’s programming at their sites.  Candidates may also engage in BOTR training and technical assistance projects as their experience allows.

Thanks so much for your help,