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on May 9, 2014
Thank you to all that have made this happen. This is a wonderful reminder of the good people can do one person at a time.
This adventure is not something the City Council knows anything about. Fix the crime, burglary and criminal activity downtown and on California Street. Stop the frantic building of apartments, condos, hotels and businesses. Do something for the Palo Alto residents instead of a feel-good exercise in stupidity.
This is the craziest thing I have ever heard of, of course it must have come out of the Housing and Urban Development Dept., one of the most corrupt government departments, whose only job seems to be wasting US taxpayers money. It needs to be eliminated, and the City Council needs to stop this nonsense.
Almost half of the funds go to administer the program -- worthy though it is.
Shame on the city. They're more inefficient than the worst of charities and non-profits.
What a great idea! I've always believed that the best means of promoting innovation is through education ("teaching a person to fish" rather than "giving someone a fish"). This seems to be an educational program that recognizes worthwhile individuals, businesses or business concepts with tools and advice from city/business leaders along with a small financial investment boost. Kudos to the city for putting this program together!
I agree w/Nayeli. It's great to read about these ideas, the practical funding and crucial mentoring these people are receiving. I wish all of the participants the solid success with their endeavors.
I would love it if there was a website for this program that featured ways readers could get in touch with participants if we wanted to check out their products or services.
The article names the recipient of the highest grant of $15,000, but does not name the recipient(s) of the personnel costs of $27,000 or the recipient(s) of the portion of the $5,400 that was used for "technical assistance".
The real beneficiaries of this program may just be the unnamed people who received the personnel costs of $27,000 and any personnel costs included in "technical assistance". Are those beneficaries city employees or do they work for the applicant that proposed this program?
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