Put Down That Coffee Cup And Step AWAY From The Blogsite
This morning I received the following email from Noel King, Department Director, Department of Public Works, SLO County. He said:
Hello Ann,I was just eating my lunch and catching up on some recent days' blogpostings. I am always amazed at some of the misinformation that appears in the various blogs, and the unfortunate fact is that if left unchallenged, many of the readers take the statements as fact. I just saw one post on your blog, dated this morning, July 10, from "conspiracy boy" that I felt the need to comment on. The post states "Did I hear correctly that Carollo got the $190 (million)plus contract for the pipeline imported water project? Hmmmmm. How Cozy!"To set the record straight, Carollo Engineers, the firm doing the preliminary engineering for us on the sewer project, has no involvement with the Nacimiento Pipeline project. The design firm is Black and Veatch, Jacobs is the construction management firm, and the construction work, the work referred to in the incorrect post, is split into five separate contracts, each of which will be awarded to the low bidder, by law. The bid openings have not yet occurred. The County Clerk will open three of the sealed bids on July 16, one on July 19 and one on July 26.Carollo is an engineering firm, not a construction company that bids on construction projects. Even if they were, conspiracy boy should change his blog name to "Carnac" if he knows who the low bidders were before the bids were even submitted. Please clarify for your readers that Carollo Engineering is not involved in the Nacimiento Pipeline project, although they are certainly well qualified to do the related engineering work. Thank you.
To which I replied, in part:
PUBLIC SERIVCE WARNING ANNOUNCEMENT: Eating your lunch and possibly sipping coffee while reading the comment section of my blog is dangerous to one's health. Talk about blowing coffee through one's nose. The possibility of choking and falling over and striking one's head on a sharp desk edge is increased. Do not operate heavy machinery while reading that blogsite comment section. & Etc. The blogsite should only be read after ingesting about 1,000 mg of Valium or a quart of Jack Daniels or both. Wear a football helmet. Thank you.
I haven't checked the comment section today -- which is sort of like a perpetual action machine, all wound up and chugging ahead no matter WHAT the posting; reprint a poem about cows and blam! they're back to screeching at one another about sewers --, BUT I hope you posted your comment?
If not, do you want me to post this email in the main blog section?
To which Noel replied, in part:
Thank you for getting back to me, and starting my day with a little humor.Please feel free to post my entire comment. This whole issue is complicated and sensitive enough without specific misinformation being posted, and it would be good to clear this up and try and keep the conversation focused on the real issues. Thanks again.
To which I need to remind readers, again:
All blog comments posted in the comment section need to be taken with about six thousand pounds of salt. Anonymous posters, even with cute nom-de-plumes are still anonymous posters and nothing they post should be taken as gospel or relating to any real-time fact or event happening on earth even.
The wastewater project Website is: http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/PW/LOWWP.htm There’s a link there with Paavo Ogren, Project Director and Noel King, Department Director. You can also link through to the TAC, send them questions, hopefully get some answers.
All the rest posted in the comment section is opinion, speculation, rumor, gossip, wild silliness, hilarious spoofery, raging nuttiness, in short, the blog comment section must be approached as CAVEAT EMPTOR to the max. So, mind the hot coffee as you read. Thank you.