The Daily Post archives are now online……As announced in today’s Daily Post!

I’m thinking as I link to their website that it would be fun and interesting looking back at past stories of how Palo Alto has evolved in the news.  Most importantly, I thought it would be free.

The enticing attention grabbing leader….”. Searching is free, unlimited, “. And then the big letdown..

“Searching is free, unlimited, and there is a small fee for viewing the articles retrieved from our archive.

You may purchase individual articles for $2.95 or select a package for multiple articles. View package pricing. The results list for your search will display the headline, the publication date, and the estimated word count for the complete article.

Please note pictures, graphs, or other illustrations are not included in the Archive.

To view the complete article, you must click on the headline in the results list. You will be asked to register as a new user or sign-in as an existing user. Payment is by credit card.”

Bob Besson a regular Daily Post reader said, “Everybody has an angle”.  He’s right. Cash is “King” and bullshit walks……

CA High Speed Rail Industry Forum

Industry Forum: August 14, 2012

CHSRA to highlight Central Valley Construction Packages 2, 3 & 4

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is hosting an Industry Forum on August 14, 2012 at the Save Mart Center on the California State University Fresno campus. The event will provide firms interested in pursuing High-Speed Rail contracts with an overview of the Request for Qualifications, scheduled for release in September.

The general session will be followed by a teaming event, where potential prime contractors will be encouraged to set up an exhibition area in order to provide information to and gather information from Small Businesses, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises who attend the event. As a reminder, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has established an overall Small Business goal of 30%.

For updated event details, visit http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/forum.aspx

ATTENTION POTENTIAL PRIMES: Firms interested in pursuing opportunities as prime contractors, which includes an exhibition area at the CHSRA Industry Forum, please send an email to Mary Ann Costamagna at mcostamagna@hsr.ca.gov . We are extending the deadline to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7th.

Location:

California State University Fresno, Save Mart Center

2650 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710

Complimentary onsite parking will be available.

Agenda:

7:30 am – 8:30 am           Registration

8:30 am – 10:30 am         Program and Presentation

11 am – 1 pm                  Meet-the-Primes Networking

Registration:

The event is free and open to the public. To expedite the registration process in the morning, we highly advise attendees to pre-register for the event. Pre-Registration closes Friday, August 10 at 10:00 am. We ask that businesses please pre-register at http://cahsr.pbcommentsense.com/forum.aspx .

Onsite registration will also be available the day of the event.

Networking Recommendations:

Due to the number of attendees expected, we encourage all attendees to bring handouts highlighting your business. These should detail your interest, your services, any applicable license(s) or certification(s), and your contact information.

If you have questions, please contact SBProgram@hsr.ca.gov.

Any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate may request assistance by contacting the Authority no later than August 9 at SBProgram@hsr.ca.gov.

Thank you for your interest in the high-speed rail project.

We look forward to seeing you on August 14.

Palo Alto can learn from Colorado shooting

The event that transpired this last week in Colorado is a real tragedy. The suspected gunman in the Colorado shooting that killed 12 people, is from an upper middle class community of picturesque hacienda style homes surrounded by hills and canyons in San Diego, California.

It was very interesting to me to recently read some postings on Palo Alto online.  Here are some of the quotes:

“ I sure don’t want any homeless people in my neighborhood” “ I don’t want them around or near my children” “I would not feel comfortable with car dwellers parked anywhere near my residence”

This type of stereotyping of people based upon mere economic factors plays upon ignorance and bigotry. These comments are not based upon any factual evidence but simple “ fear mongering”.

The Colorado gunman would probably be perfectly acceptable in many Palo Alto neighborhoods, yet a homeless person who is not mentally disturbed, using illegal drugs, or exhibiting any violent behavior, would not be accepted simply because of his/her economic condition.

I do not recall in recent history reading any news article about some homeless person committing a violent act to compare with that of the Colorado gunman.

Then why do some Palo Alto property owners fear some homeless fellow that only lost his job due to economic circumstances, outsourcing of labor to China or housing foreclosures. I hope that this event will make us think about our own assumptions toward others who have a difficult road to travel through this life here upon Earth.