Deranged Mind

October 25, 2010

The Hits Keep Coming From Kim-Shree Maufas

Filed under: California,News,Politics,Society — Tags: , — The Deranged One @ 4:11 pm

Well, it’s been just over a year since I wrote about Kim-Shree Maufus and her questionable use of a San Francisco Unified School District credit card. Judging from today’s news, nothing has really changed. While the schools (hey school board – remember that’s supposed to be the main focus of your job) are slashing costs, the board’s annual budget is apparently a mere suggestion.

Over the past four years, the board has increased its budget by 28%. During the 2009-2010 budget, the board spent $492,629, including $22,000 for catered meals prior to board meetings for members and staff; $7,300 for a Portland conference attended by six of seven board members rather than the usual two or three; and $766 in taxis used by one board member during a five-day conference. But more than that, in each of the four years, the board members have spent more than they budgeted to the tune of $58,000 in 2007. Some of the expenses included the following:

  • $766 for 21 taxi rides taken by board member Kim-Shree Maufas during a 2008 conference in Orlando. About $500 of that was submitted for reimbursement last year, 15 months after the conference – even though the district’s policy is that such expenses should be submitted within 15 days. She said the hotel she selected, which cost $12 less per day than those used by other board members, was farther from the conference.
  • $1,500 for six months of babysitting during board meetings for Mendoza’s two children, who are now in seventh and 10th grade. The benefit has been authorized by the school board.
  • $622 for a rental car for Maufas during a five-day conference in 2009 near Allentown, Pa.

Thankfully, my children don’t attend San Francisco schools. But I suspect the parents of those schools are being squeezed just like we are with required “donations” every year at registration time. With this kind of shenanigans, I would definitely think twice before donating one cent to the schools. And why, a year later is Kim-Shree still on the school board? After last year’s revelations, I figured she would quietly resign her position. Imagine my surprise when I read that her lavish spending on the taxpayers’ dime has continued and she’s actually running for re-election this year. Unreal.

October 4, 2009

Kim-Shree Maufas and the School District Credit Card

Filed under: California,News — The Deranged One @ 5:15 pm

On occasion, I like to peruse the San Francisco Chronicle. Being based in San Francisco, it has some of the most entertaining and ludicrous stories. Would you expect any different from a place like San Francisco?

Today’s edition was no exception. The headline story was that Kim-Shree Maufas, the President of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education has a bit of a spending problem. She used her district issued Diners Club credit card for the following:

Board President Kim-Shree Maufas charged $4,300 on the district’s Diners Club card for a wide range of personal purchases. They included more than $2,000 for a cultural exchange trip to China, $196 for tickets to the Florida Epcot theme park, $40 for black Crocs, a $125 car battery and a $162 car windshield, $160 in U.S. passport processing fees, a $37 medical visit in Los Angeles and $3 for Apple iTunes.

In addition, Maufas charged $3,000 on the district’s Diner’s Club for food and beverages to conduct meetings across San Francisco, although the people whom she met and specific district purposes typically were not divulged. The records showed that she was often a big tipper with taxpayer funds. In more than 40 instances, a taxi or restaurant tip exceeded 20 percent of the final bill.

Expenses paid by the district included workday meetings at a Starbucks near her place of employment, charges that at times included only a single beverage and a single pastry or sandwich. Receipts submitted to the district rarely explained the purpose of the meetings or who was present.

Records show Maufas frequently met at Starbucks, with more than $300 spent at the chain for business purposes. Receipts show many of the meetings were conducted at the Divisadero Street Starbucks near UCSF, where she worked at the time. Times of the meetings ranged from early morning to midafternoon and those she met with typically were not identified.

She has since repaid the district (well she didn’t repay the interest) for the charges and in an interview, “There definitely was a misunderstanding about how we use our credit card, but we have had training on that,” she said. “You can rest assured that won’t happen again.”

You needed to be trained on how to use the card for district expenses? What misunderstanding was there? It’s called embezzlement. But when the heat was turned up by the reporter who wanted to continue the interview, she said she wouldn’t be available for several more months. Wow, must be really busy slashing budgets since the district is losing $51 million over the next two years.

I’m not at all surprised by this. What I found funny was Kim-Shree’s campaign website specifically her “platform.”

3. Responsible Budgeting:
Establish an open budget process that ensures resources meant for the
schools actually reach the classroom.

* Independent Audit of District finances (bi-annually).
* Ensuring that money reaches the classroom.
* Equity for schools with greatest needs.
* Increase fundraising efforts and district support for schools fundraising efforts.
* Advocating for a funding stream for our schools that partners with our citizenry
and electorate along with encouraging philanthropic support.
* Pursing state and federal monies are students are entitled to.
* Sunshine and accurate accounting.
* No more unchecked expense accounts for administration or board members.
* Comply with the law and reduce lawsuits litigation against the district for not
complying with special education requirements.

I wonder why her platform doesn’t apply to her. And I wonder how long that webpage will exist before it vanishes.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a huge amount of money and Kim-Shree has repaid it (well, not the interest.) But it’s wrong to use an employer’s credit card to purchase niceties such as $300 at Starbucks,¬†iTunes and Epcot tickets especially when it’s at taxpayer expense. Thankfully, my children don’t attend the San Francisco Unified School District. However, in our district, they’re hitting me up for pencils, crayons, paper, etc. I imagine the SF schools are doing the same. Yet here is the board president wearing out her credit card to buy coffee. If it were the private sector, she would’ve been fired faster than she knew what hit her. Based on her arrogance and hypocrisy, she needs to do the right thing and resign immediately.

April 24, 2009

There Were No Victims

Filed under: California,News — The Deranged One @ 4:24 pm

Remember the idiot (Dr. Mark Anderson of Woodland, CA) who performed very thorough breast exams while practicing his dentistry? Well, he didn’t help himself when he was filmed on camera saying there were no victims. I guess he’ll have plenty of time to think about his non-victims since he was sentenced today to 6 years in prison. Nice.

April 20, 2009

An Abomination

Filed under: California,Society — The Deranged One @ 6:33 pm

An interesting video of a foreclosed home which turned out at one time to be a senior care home. I’ve been in a few senior care homes while at work. I’ve never seen one quite like this.

For starters, I hope that the owners of said home are living in a cardboard box under a freeway overpass. Even that might be too good for them. Second, where was the state. Are you telling me that the facility was inspected and it passed??? Unreal.

By the way, be sure to watch some of Jim’s other videos. Highly entertaining and insightful.

November 22, 2008

Merry X-mas

Filed under: California,Humor — Tags: , — The Deranged One @ 3:05 am

As I mentioned the night before Election Day (Election Eve?) I saw a Christmas commercial on the television. I’ve always been upset because it seems that the retailers push Christmas earlier and earlier each year. I have nothing against Christmas, I just get sick and tired of the commercials. This year isn’t looking to be any different.
The night following Election Day, I saw two houses in my neighborhood that not only had their Christmas lights up, but turned on as well. That would be November 5th. I felt a little nauseous when I saw them. It got worse. Last week, I was driving through Sacramento and got stuck in a traffic jam on I-80 thanks to a couple of idiots who decided to play bumper cars. They had pulled out of traffic, but that didn’t matter to all the other idiots on the highway who had to slow down for a glimpse and backed up traffic for a good 2 miles. I often wish that the idiots (I refuse to call them rubberneckers -- a stupid term) would get a good look at an eviscerated driver. Not that I wish evisceration on anybody (that I can say out loud,) but I’d like the idiot in front of me who has to slam on the brakes to take a peak at a wreck to have nightmares for weeks.

Anyway, as I was saying, I was sitting in traffic and there wasn’t anything good on the radio. So I started flipping the dial. No, I no longer have a dial I can flip, but that’s what we always called it. The radio stopped on a station proudly and loudly broadcasting Christmas music. I thought it was a fluke and quickly changed to some obscure AM talk show. A few minutes later, I switched back and sure enough, more Christmas music. Hmm, this isn’t looking good.

Not only that, but last week, we received our first Christmas card of the year. Worse yet, I stopped at a Fry’s store on Monday and they were blasting Christmas music.

What is the world coming to? Pretty soon, are we going to be preparing for Christmas on July 5th? Perhaps the local service clubs can set up a combination fireworks/Christmas tree stand. That would make for some outstanding fires.

As I said, I have nothing against Christmas. If I remember correctly, it’s supposed to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus and not the one working in the kitchen at the local Chinese restaurant. Instead, it’s become a competition to see who can throw the gaudiest looking shit on their house, have the Christmas cards delivered first and sell the most shit that nobody can afford. That’s the real Christmas spirit.

And here’s something that always puts a smile on my face:

November 3, 2008

Proposition 8 Fanatics

Filed under: California,Politics — Tags: , — The Deranged One @ 10:19 pm

I haven’t bitched about anything in a bit so I guess it’s that time. And since it’s the eve of the election, what better thing to bitch about than the election?

Don’t get me wrong, I take voting and our government very, very seriously. However, over the past few weeks, my mailbox has begun to strain from the weight of all the junk being mailed by every damn politician I’ve never heard of, I can’t listen to 5 minutes of the radio without hearing some commercial and now, I can’t drive home without hordes of fanatics jumping in front of my truck to scream at me to vote for their cause.

The sheer volume of junk mail has me thoroughly disgusted. I wish I had set aside a box to throw all of the mailers into so I could weigh it at the end of the election. Some of the candidates are even sending multiple pieces of junk on the same day. Now think how many trees they’ve collectively killed in their quest to live off the public teat. Disgusting, isn’t it?

Next up are all of the commercials. This is probably one of the most annoying ones (thankfully I don’t watch a lot of television, but the audio version is played out on radio.) And since it’s so annoying, I want to share it with you. Replay it about 50 times so you can hear Gavin Newsom over and over and over….

I’ve heard that jackass say “whether you like it or not,” about 500,000 times in the past month. First, Newsom is an idiot. I pray that he never is elected to another public office because he’s the type of jackass who likes to hear himself talk. Doesn’t matter what he’s saying (or even if he has anything to say) he goes on and on. I won’t even start on the stupid things he wastes San Francisco residents’ money on. I digress. I’m not going to go into my beliefs on Proposition 8. Basically, if you vote yes, it outlaws same sex marriage in California. Until the inevitable lawsuits begin. If you vote no, it keeps things status quo. Until the inevitable lawsuits begin. See a common theme?

As I said, my beliefs don’t matter. Look at me as a martian from a 50′s movie who just touched down in the Golden State in the midst of the election. You have signs everywhere. Yes on 8. No on 8. Does anybody really think that if they have 2 more signs than the other side, it’ll convince me to vote one way or the other? Apparently, somebody does.

The other day, I was driving home pulling a large load of wood. It was raining and there was a semi flipped over. Traffic was screwed up for obvious reasons. And just beyond the accident, as traffic started to build up speed again, it ground to a halt as some idiot pulled off the highway to run over and stick their sign on the side of the freeway. Oh if only another semi would’ve flattened the stupid shit.

And apparently both factions have decided that if they steal/deface/burn their opponents signs, it’ll help them win. One of my coworkers chased a carload of kids across town after she caught them stealing her Prop 8 sign from her lawn. There’s a really intelligent move. Never mind that she incorrectly told me that voting yes on Prop 8 meant that you were voting to approve same sex marriage. If you’re too stupid to understand what your cause is all about, you shouldn’t be putting a sign on your lawn and you certainly shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Worse than that, I talked to some guy who is visiting from Utah. He was telling me about a video he saw on YouTube where somebody videotaped somebody else stealing election signs. Yawn. Okay, I guess that might be exciting in Utah. Anyway, he wanted to set up a sting to catch people stealing signs and then wanted to know if you can get into trouble in California for beating somebody up for stealing a sign. It’s a sign, for Christ’s sake. He corrected me and said no, it’s much more than that. Um no. It’s a wooden stake with a piece of paper attached. Are you willing to lose some teeth for a sign that was likely destined for a dumpster after the election? I’m not.

Tonight, I was driving home from the store. Everywhere I looked, there were election signs. They look like the weeds I fight every spring. On the radio, I got to listen to Mayor Gavin for the umpteenth time blabbing on and on. And as I approached a big intersection, there were 75 fanatics protesting on the sidewalk waving their signs, blowing whistles and generally acting like jackasses. Worse than that, they were jumping in front of traffic as it slowed for the signal. Since they had a bunch of kids with them, I must say they were setting a wonderful example for their kids. Yes, their antics really enticed me to vote for their cause.

Thankfully, tomorrow evening the drama will be over. I will be able to listen to old commercials. I won’t have idiots jumping in front of me in traffic. I’ll be able to relax. Well, maybe not. I just saw my first Christmas commercial of the year -- Hallmark. Fucking bastards.

September 23, 2008

CA Redemption Value

Filed under: California — Tags: , — The Deranged One @ 2:30 am

Back in the days (the 70′s) I used to recycle aluminum cans. Bottles too. Remember the wire carts near the checkout stands where you’d bring your empty coke bottles? Well, as time went on, my garbage company delivered a special can to toss our recyclables into and that’s what we’ve done since.

The kids were asking about the “CA Redemption Value” printed on all the soda cans when we were camping last month. I explained that when we purchase beer, soda, water, or whatever, we pay a deposit and when you return it to one of the recycling centers here in California, you get your deposit back. Well, not quite. If you have to pay sales tax on the beverage you’re buying, you also pay the sales tax on the CRV. Yet when you return the container, you don’t get your tax back. Another sneaky way for the state to milk us dry.

Anyway, the girls thought it was pretty cool so when we got back home, instead of throwing our cans and bottles into the recycle bin, I set up a spare trash can to store them in for a month to see how much we’d collect. The can overflowed in about a week. So I started filling garbage bags.

Now, before you think we’re alcoholics drinking beer like it’s going out of style, worry not. The missus refuses to drink our well water so we go through bottled water like it’s going out of style. And I think the girls decided to see how much soda and juice they could possibly consume. I had to put a stop to the soda. Anyway, we ended up with about 4 or 5 large bags of cans and bottles and today was the end of the 30 day trial period. Actually, yesterday was.

Yesterday, I loaded up all of the cans and bottles into the truck and drove to the local grocery store where I recently saw the recycle container. That’s all they really are here in CA. A fancy conex parked in the corner of the parking lot. I arrived and it wasn’t there anymore. Plus, one of the bags opened up and I had to stop to pick up a couple of the plastic water bottles that blew out. I did my shopping and came back home. And I was a little irritated.

I got on the internet today to figure out where the closest recycling center is. I recognized two of them (the missing one from yesterday was no longer on the list) and off I went. I arrived at the closest one and it’s not there either. What the hell? I head to the second one in the next town over and now I’ve driven 13.1 miles. I pull into the parking lot and I’m a bit surprised to see that it’s there. And it’s open. I unload my junk and drag it over to the container. Two meth addicted dumpster divers rode their bicycles up just as I got there with their bags of cans. So I stood and waited. When it was my turn, the keeper of the bin told me he was going to lunch.

I’m not an expert on customer service, but what the fuck? I was already pissed about driving all over creation trying to find a damn recycling center and now that I’ve unloaded the truck and waited a few minutes, you’re going to tell me to piss off so you can go to lunch? My first instinct was to grab him by the throat and after choking him out, locking him in the container. But that wouldn’t be very Christian, would it? Actually, there were too many soccer moms roaming about the parking lot. I settled for a “fuck you and I hope you choke on your lunch” before loading all of my shit back into the truck and heading off again.

I remembered from my internet search that there was an actual honest to god recycle center at the garbage transfer station. Hopefully it’s not another of these fly-by-night container jobs. So off I go. I get there and now I’ve driven 19.5 miles. Not that I’ve driven forever and a day, but with diesel costing over $4 a gallon and adding pollutants to the air, I’m starting to think that I’m defeating the whole purpose of recycling here. Alas, I arrive at the transfer station and there is indeed a recycling center with scales, conveyor belts, the whole 9 yards. And it’s open!

There are 5 people in line ahead of me. I wonder if they’ve had all the same difficulties I’ve experienced. I wasn’t in a chatty mood, so I didn’t bother to ask. I unload the stuff again and put the cans, glass and plastic bottles in various garbage cans then drag them over to the scale. The poor guy working the scale had a horrible wandering eye. Strabismus for you educated folks. He had an equally horrible personality. In any event, he weighed my stuff. Since I had more than 50 containers, they do it by weight. Here was the grand total for the month:

  • 1.2 pounds of aluminum cans = $1.88
  • 15.8 pounds of plastic bottles = $14.54
  • 28.6 pounds of clear glass = $3.00
  • 23.8 pounds of colored glass = $2.50

He had me sign the receipt then directed me to the scale at the entrance for my cash. The jackass at the entrance had an equally bad disposition. I guess smelling trash all day wouldn’t make me bright and sunny though. So I collected my $21.91 and drove home.

I ended up driving 32.4 miles. For simplicity, we’ll say that I averaged 16 miles per gallon at $4.25 a gallon. So my profit is down to $13.41. That doesn’t include my frustration from finding closed and missing recycling centers. And in the end, I had promised the girls whatever money we made from recycling so they got the money. Was it worth it? Undecided. But I want my sales tax back.

September 10, 2008

Dumpster Muffin and Other Idiots

Filed under: California,Humor,News — Tags: — The Deranged One @ 2:13 am

I don’t think I’ve been able to watch the news once in the last year and a half without hearing about the fools in the trees at UC Berkeley. The university wants to build an athletic training center next to Memorial Stadium. In the midst of the planned center is (well, as of this writing, all of the trees except for two have been cut down) a grove of trees; the majority of which were planted as landscaping in 1923 after the stadium was built. In any event, this outraged the dregs of society who apparently don’t have any responsibilities (read jobs) who decided to climb into the trees to save them. There they stayed since December 2006. And occupying my news. Until today.

As most things in Berkeley go, the tree sitting trespassers and their ground-based supporters have provided ample entertainment. Zachary RunningWolf started it all. Though I don’t know him personally and hope that I never do, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that this fucktard will always be a drain on society. Next up is my beloved Dumpster Muffin. With a name like that, how can you not smile? Or snicker? Take a gander and tell me what you think.

If only she would’ve fallen out of the tree. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against a good protest. But when you toss buckets of your piss and shit out of the tree at the police, you don’t have a thing coming except perhaps a boot to the side of the head.

Anyway, after several lawsuits, more inflammatory actions by the delusional Berkeley city council and numerous arrests, the trees were cut down and today, the last of the protesters came out of the trees. I can have my news back. The urchins can crawl back under whatever rock they came from. The university can build their center.

But how am I going to keep up to date on the activities or RunningWolf (I suspect that’s not really his name and I suspect he’s not really Indian)? I had a good laugh when I read on his website that he’s the “leader for the 85,000 Native Americans in the Bay Area, which is the largest native community in the United States except for Oklahoma City.” I invite him to come on back to Din√© with me. There are a few more people than 85,000. What will become of Dumpster Muffin? Will she be deloused, receive electroshock therapy and go to work as, oh maybe an investment banker? Oh the possibilities.

September 2, 2008

KPFA – The Police State

Filed under: California,Humor,News — Tags: , , — The Deranged One @ 1:02 am

KPFA has been around since 1949. It was started by an anarchist pacifist in our beloved Berkeley, CA. I’m sure you can see where this one’s going. It has a pretty strong signal throughout Northern California, you can listen to it on this newfangled internet and, if some of it’s programming is carried on the Pacifica Network so you can hear the shows which are carried on some of the NPR stations. What does all of this have to do with anything? Not much. Other than the Berkeley angle.

Not much comes out of Berkeley that is relevant to the rest of civilization. Occasionally, I get a chuckle out of their stupidity. I did have a pretty good laugh about the Berkeley city council’s brilliant decision to allow a bunch of out of touch nutjobs with too much time on their hands to completely disrupt a business district whilst protesting in front of a Marine Corp recruiting station. Well, I didn’t laugh at the Marines or the unfortunate business owners who had to endure the drama orchestrated by the treasonous council. I laughed at said traitors who tripped over themselves backpedaling when they realized they how foolish they looked.

But the latest from KPFA puts a smile on my face. There was drama there in the late 1990′s because somebody or other felt that Pacifica and KPFA were becoming too mainstream. Essentially, that’s what it came down to. There were protests, firings, arrests, etc. 10 years later, does anybody remember or care? I don’t. And normally, I don’t pay too much attention to anything related to KPFA until I saw this little tidbit in the paper.

In case you have no desire to read the entire article, allow me to summarize. There was a black woman (that doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the story until “Minister of Information” is quoted as saying, “The station reports on police terrorism. Police should not have been called to deal with a black woman”) who was a volunteer at the station. She wasn’t wanted there anymore and there’s some question as to whether she was told she was unwanted. Either way, management told her to leave. She didn’t. They called the police and when officers arrived, she started acting a fool. When they tried to remove her, she punched and bit the officers. Personally, if you bite me, you’d better have a very good dental plan because I’ll kick your teeth down your throat. Regardless, she went to jail. And now the bellyachers at KPFA are doing their thing. Here are a couple of highlights:

In an e-mail two days after the incident, interim General Manager Lemlem Rigio said Foster had been banned and called a staff meeting to discuss what had happened.

“It is important for you to know that the Berkeley Police acted independent of direction from KPFA,” Rigio wrote. “We are extremely concerned about this incident and are deeply committed to hearing your important comments and feedback.”

I wasn’t aware that KPFA directed the police. You call the police and tell them you want somebody gone, then when they start fighting the officers, you call time out? Right.

Dan Siegel, an attorney for Pacifica Radio, said management felt afraid when Foster refused to leave.

“Everyone is appalled at what occurred, but I’m not sure I would blame the person who called the police,” he said. “Our staff people have the right to work in a safe environment.

“It does seem that the big number of armed police officers could have escalated the situation.”

The police escalated the situation? No, I think the idiot who started punching and biting escalated the situation.

No end in sight to the funny stuff oozing from Berkeley like shit from a broken sewer pipe.

August 23, 2008

Zombies Descend on San Francisco

Filed under: California,Humor — Tags: , , — The Deranged One @ 12:13 am

This one is from left field. It all started with some great photos of the zombies as they descended upon San Francisco this past August. No, not the drug addicted derelicts in the Tenderloin. Real Zombies. In search of brains.

It doesn’t get much better than that. Okay, they didn’t really eat brains. It was all in good fun. And as our good friend, Protest Shooter notes:

Actually for a protest this was wildly successful.

  1. Turnout that beats most actual protests.
  2. Twitter followers twenty times larger than the save the oaks followers.
  3. Raised awareness.
  4. Massive honking, support from surrounding crowds.
  5. Good interactions with police which helps with future protests.
  6. Asserted rights to freedom of speech, freedom to assemble.
  7. Did it without permits.

And this despite bad weather and 30 minute subway delays. It’s pretty ironic that just a group of folks having fun can outdo the protesters with actual organizations and meetings and decades of experience and, oh, an actual cause.

If you interested in future “events,” feel free to drop by the zombies’ website. And before some smartass pipes up, why shouldn’t the zombies be allowed to have a website?

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