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San Francisco Baking Institute Cease and Desist

Melanie Wong Dec 27, 2012 12:35 PM

Last night the news started to trickle into my various inboxes. This morning unleashed a torrent of appeals to sign the petition of support to stay open . But few details about the actual issue.

So far I've found this message from Michel Suas

Any more facts out there?



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  1. smatbrat RE: Melanie Wong Dec 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    someone posted it on CH this morning. I dont see it now, might have been flagged.
    Something about permits not being filed on time?

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    1. re: smatbrat
      juuuliette RE: smatbrat Dec 27, 2012 12:57 PM

      Yes, that was me, I have no idea why it got removed and Cnet's office was closed when I tried to call. Anyways, see my reply above (or below?), hopefully this illuminates the situation slightly.
      Thanks so much,
      Juliette Lelchuk, baking instructor at SFBI

      1. re: juuuliette
        Robert Lauriston RE: juuuliette Dec 27, 2012 12:59 PM

        Read the posting guidelines, they're pretty clear about the limited things businesses can post about.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 28, 2012 01:47 PM

          Per the Chron, "Much ado about nothing." SBAI dropped a $19,000, 18-week baking course in favor of two-week courses that cost under $2500, making the school eligible for an exemption.


    2. Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Dec 27, 2012 12:50 PM

      Maybe they somehow missed the creation of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in 2010 and didn't get their paperwork in? The site shows 15 other schools that offer baking programs.


      1. juuuliette RE: Melanie Wong Dec 27, 2012 12:52 PM

        Hello all,
        My name is Juliette Lelchuk and I have been a teacher at SFBI for almost 4 years.

        The overview of the situation is that all we're trying to do is renew a previously existing license, and yet we received an order to halt all operations while the application is pending. We've been actively trying to comply with the law since at least January '12, and we have documentation of that. We've paid the fees, etc. We are making all efforts to be in compliance with all laws governing small business, educational institutions, and so forth.

        The support has been pouring in over the last 24 hours, and we are continuing to reach out to everyone possible, including forums, blogs, FB, local media affiliates, and our district assembly person for the CA government.

        That's the scoop from here at SFBI, thanks for posting here on Chowhound. Every bit of publicity will help us!

        Juliette and the rest of the SFBI Team

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        1. re: juuuliette
          Robert Lauriston RE: juuuliette Dec 27, 2012 01:01 PM

          Who are you accredited by? I can't find anything on your web site about accreditation.

          1. re: juuuliette
            smatbrat RE: juuuliette Dec 27, 2012 02:05 PM

            And what licence are you trying to renew?

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            boris_qd RE: Melanie Wong Dec 28, 2012 08:14 AM

            Does this mean Thorough Bread Cafe might close? That's one of my favorite bakeries.

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              elise h RE: Melanie Wong Jan 4, 2013 12:51 PM

              They are temporarily closed through 1/7

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              1. re: elise h
                Cynsa RE: elise h Jan 4, 2013 04:33 PM


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