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Nonprofit Law Blog has a great two part article called “Compensation Strategies and Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations.” Part 1 and part 2 are both must reads for all officers and directors of tax-exempt organizations.
More harm caused by Title IX – hundreds of high school soccer players no longer able to play soccer because of a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three girl players. Girls played soccer in the spring and boys played in the fall. The three plaintiffs said that requiring girls high school soccer in the spring discriminated against girls because it harmed their chances of playing college soccer. The reason the boys and girls did not play at the same time is because the schools did not have enough soccer fields for the sexes to play at the same time. The three girls won and now boys and girls must play soccer in the fall. The result is fewer soccer players. See the story in Saving Sports that states:
“boys teams forfeited 84 soccer matches and girls squads forfeited 82 matches a year ago, and 300 fewer girls played soccer after the realignment took effect last fall. Nearly a month into the 2010 season, Sprance has counted 59 girls forfeits and 45 for boys. Two boys programs and two girls programs have already been dropped, and Sprance estimated that more than 500 girls will have stopped playing soccer as a result of the season switch.”
The National Law Review: “Those themes emerged during the two-day FutureEd 2 conference last weekend at Harvard Law School — the second in a series of three conferences sponsored by Harvard and New York Law School devoted to generating ideas and consensus about how to make legal education more relevant in light of the changing legal industry. . . . ‘The good news for change today is that there is a pretty widespread feeling that the old model of legal education is not sustainable,’ said David Wilkins, director of Harvard’s Program on the Legal Profession.”
A story in the Arizona Republic about Phoenix – Tempe – Mesa lite rail officials cracking down on riders who do not purchase a ticket to ride inadvertently revealed more proof that lite rail is a financial money bomb. Here’s some of the revelations contained in the story:
Rather than force riders to buy tickets like DC and Chicago, Metro light rail riders are on the honor system. There are no turnstiles or ticket takers.
If caught riding without a ticket, the fine is $50, but many violators just get a warning.
Metro light rail collects an average of 76 cents per passenger. This is an interesting fact because tickets are $1.75 one way.
Metro light rail spokeswoman Hillary Foose said that the honor system is working because fewer than 1% of riders fail to purchase a ticket. What Hillary forgot to mention is that Metro has no way of determining how many people do not buy tickets because nobody counts the number of riders and runs the numbers against the revenue. Metro just puts its head in the sand and makes up a number that makes its policy look good. The story quotes a frequent rider who said that she sees people boarding without tickets all the time, a statement that conflicts with the 1% guessitmate.
Last year the light rail ticket police nabbed 5,660 perps. If Hillary Foose’s estimate of the percentage of scofflaws were correct, then the number of Metro riders during 2009 should have been 566,000. According to Valley Metro stats, the number of riders during 2009 was 11,348,343. Note that the number of riders was 11,346,343, not 11,346,342 or 11,346,344. Query: How does an outfit that has no way of counting actual riders come up with the monthly and annual number of riders? We know Metro is guessing so why the precise numbers? Why not say 11,300,000 riders? Is Valley Metro pulling down-to-the-gnat’s-ass numbers out of it bureaucratic butt because it wants to fool people into believing Valley Metro actually knows the number of people who ride the rails every month and year?
The ticket police check 12 – 15% of the 1,000,000 boardings per month. Whoa nelly! If there are 1,000,000 boardings a month that means there are approximately 10,000 (1,000,000 x .01) ticket perps a month. That means Metro is losing annual revenue of $210,000 (120,000 x $1.75) if you assume scofflaws only ride one way or $420,000 (120,000 x $1.75 x 2) if you assume they would have bought round trip tickets.
Money starved and broke City of Phoenix is paying scarce taxpayer dollars to have 12 Phoenix cops ride the rails looking for ticket scofflaws. Instead of fighting violent crime and other more important crimes, Phoenix is wasting 12 cops to catch 5,000 – 6, 000 perps a year. Let’s do the math for the Metro and Phoenix big spenders of other people’s money. If the average pay and benefits of 12 cops is $75,000 a year that means Phoenix is spending $900,00 a year to catch 6,000 ticket perps and collect $300,000 ($50 fine x 6,000) in fines. If the money goes to Valley Metro instead of to the Phoenix general fund, then Phoenix is wasting $900,000 a year instead of $600,000.
ASU students can purchase an annual light rail pass for $85.
ABC 15: “In the November 2010 election, Arizona voters will decide whether or not to pass Proposition 203 , a proposal to permit the legal use of medical marijuana. The ABC15 investigators have gone undercover in California to explore the reasons why opponents worry it will bring more crime, substance abuse and corruption to our state, and why supporters say many seriously ill people will benefit if the proposition passes.”
East Valley Tribune: “Even before Arizona voters decide whether to legalize medicinal marijuana, Mesa is setting up limits on where dispensaries could set up shop in the city. The City Council will limit the shops to commercial districts and restrict them from being within certain distances of each other, churches, schools, parks and more. . . . The limits will block the shops from opening in vast areas, zoning administrator Gordon Sheffield said.”
Behavior Research Center’s October 13, 2010, Rocky Mountain Poll says “Among voters most likely to go to the polls, the numbers are similar, registering 52 percent for the measure and 33 percent opposed.”
Phoenix New Times: “Chronic headache, heartburn, or painful pimples? Have some pot! This could well be the case after November 2, if Arizona voters approve Proposition 203, the “Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.”
San Francisco has 2,384 retired employees with pensions over $75,000 a year. The top annual payment is $265,000. See the Highest Pensions in S.F. Government. The city is cutting services and laying off employees to pay pensions of people many of whom don’t even live in the city. In five years the city predicts its all pension cost will exceed $500 million a year – money the city does not have.
Boston Herald: “A third-year Boston College Law School student facing dismal job prospects and a mountain of student loan debt has offered the prestigious Hub institution a unique deal: Keep the degree … and give me back my tuition! In an open letter to BC Law’s Interim Dean George Brown posted on EagleiOnline— an online student-run newspaper at BC’s law school — the anonymous dissatisfied customer said soon-to-be grads are about to enter “one of the worst job markets in the history of our profession” and an “overwhelming majority” of them can’t find jobs.”
“my wife is pregnant with our first child. She is due in April. With fatherhood impending, I go to bed every night terrified of the thought of trying to provide for my child AND paying off my J.D, and resentful at the thought that I was convinced to go to law school by empty promises of a fulfilling and remunerative career. . . . there are a lot of us facing similar financial disasters. . . . we have had very little help from career services, who all seem to be as confounded as we are by this job market. . . . everyone else in that office has shrugged their shoulders at us and asked if we have tried using Linkedin.
I’d like to propose a solution to this problem: I am willing to leave law school, without a degree, at the end of this semester. In return, I would like a full refund of the tuition I’ve paid over the last two and a half years.”
If only the school would do the right thing and refund the student’s money. If Boston College did refund the tuition, however, the floodgates would open as many more students would also want a refund.
This is not a joke. An idiot who is also a prosecutor who has convicted all violent criminals in Wayne County, Michigan, and who seeks more preps to send up the river is asking for a law that would make it a crime for parents to miss their parent teacher conference. How about a law that jails the educators responsible for the K-12 school system that is one of the worst in the nation? Next on the agenda – ten years of hard labor for parents who fail to make their kids brush their teeth.
Institute for Justice: “On November 3, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments in the case Garriot v. Winn. Arizona, like many states, offers tax credits to individuals and businesses for donations to fund scholarships for students to attend private schools. The goal of these programs is to give as many students as possible the resources they need to get a good education. The Dennard family has benefited from this program. Hear their story.”
“It’s not unusual to see graduates of top 25 law schools … working as clerks in department stores to make enough money to volunteer at night,” offering their legal services at clinics and other resume-boosting activities, . . . Law school students are at the bottom of everything and impacted by everything.”
The Sacremento Bee: “This April, while hashing out the bill that reconciled differences between the House and Senate versions of health reform, lawmakers tossed in another overhaul as well. They completely remade the student loan industry. As a result, college students will pay more for their school loans.”