Budget Deficit Forces San Jose to Consider Cuts to Public Safety

A new battle might be brewing between San Jose police officers, firefighters, and city hall.

The city says huge budget deficit caused by the pandemic is forcing cuts to public safety.
But police officers say those cuts are not necessary if the city is smart about how it spends federal stimulus funds.

“If we start going back to those days, then we’re going to be concerned and very vocal about it,” San Jose Police Officer Association President Sgt. Paul Kelly said.

Officer Michael Katherman’s 4th
End of Watch Fundraiser
All funds raised will go directly to
San Jose Police Chaplaincy
For Mike’s End of Watch his sons Josh and Jason have created a shirt to sell that honors their dad as a
police officer, as well as the love of basketball they share. The boys will be donating 100% of the proceeds from all shirt sales to an organization their dad not only loved, but also served on the board of, The San Jose Police Chaplaincy Program.

If you can, wear your new Officer Katherman attire on his End of Watch, June 14th

Police Week poem: Hallelujah for a fallen officer

A poem remembering fallen officers sung to the music of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
A number of years ago I was listening for the hundredth time to Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” at bedtime thinking once again how beautiful it was but wishing the words meant a little more to me.

I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night with the poem below in my head. As a writer, stories and articles come to me when I am awake, usually when I am running. Poems, however, always come to me when I am sleeping as if they are a gift. Usually, I have a few lines in my head that I develop, but this one came to me completely and I ran to my desk and wrote it down.

The next day I set about turning the poem into a song and asked Police Chaplain Mark Clements to help me produce the song. He arranged for me to use his set up in his church for the session. I contacted background singer Donna Schildt, a good friend, who had been involved in music for years and she arranged for local noted musician Joe Cody (lead singer and guitar) and another gifted local guitarist Rick Weeth to assist. The three combined and performed it beautifully (which you can listen to below).

This song has served me well for I have played it during every survival and instructor course I have taught since and it has moved many to take their survival and the survival of officers they train very seriously. I hope you like it.


There was the day you pinned on the star
Strapped on your gun, started your car
Pride filled your heart and you felt it course right through ya

You never dreamed it’d be so hard
When playing cops out in the yard
But you never let all the pressure get to ya


You answered every call they gave
Some crimes you solved some lives you saved
Until it seemed everyone in town…they knew ya

You gave your best, you met the worst
You weathered every ugly curse
Some days cold, some so hot nothing could cool ya


Over time it becomes so hard
To maintain an edge, keep up your guard
You only have to let one too close to ya

They strike so hard they strike so fast
You give your all up to the last
Life ebbs as back-up rushes more help to ya


In light of day and dark of night
You were a cop, who stood to fight
Against those who would happily do harm to ya

Each time you faced another foe
You won each battle, but you know
It’s not a sin you met some cur, who outdrew ya


Hundreds come to pray and salute
White gloves and hats and shining boots
Some proudly say they were a cop who knew ya

You couldn’t be here for your spirit soared
To find your place next to the Lord
You gave up the flesh and our savior did renew ya


In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, the White House is illuminated blue tonight. The national day of remembrance honors the men and women who gave their lives while serving and protecting their communities. May they rest in peace, and never be forgotten. 🇺🇸


And Craig C. Clifton has a nifty garden!

Enjoying Life.

Gojiberries Zucchini
More Blueberries

What the heck is a gojiberry???
asking for a friend…

CHEER UP!Liberato Lionetti – Listen HERE – All together now 👍👍

‘Pure chaos’ as goats run wild in San Jose neighborhood
SAN JOSE – Apparently no longer content to shelter-in-place, roughly 200 goats busted out of their enclosure and briefly ran loose through a San Jose neighborhood Tuesday evening.
(this is a funny story. check it out the HERE)
San Francisco Besieged by Homeless Demanding Free Hotel Rooms, Pot, and Booze.
People are showing up in San Francisco from other places and asking where their hotel room is,” Mayor Breed complained.

The San Francisco Health Department claims that handing out drugs and booze to junkies with coronavirus is actually a “harm reduction practice” that has “significant individual and public health benefits”.

That’s a hell of a public health benefit. Hey, if they’re going to get high, let’s help them “manage their addictions” by giving them the stuff.
“It is a mystery why the homeless are coming to San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle wondered.
What’s a mystery is how anyone associated with the paper figures out how to put their pants on, but this correspondent might speculate that it has something to do with the free hotel rooms and booze.


Can this San Jose building be historic if people think it’s ugly?

Preservationists are trying to save the Bank of California building at 170 Park Avenue in San Jose, constructed in 1973 and designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli.




When we have far more miles behind us than ahead of us, this is something we all should consider . .      Dying with Dignity*

I have already informed my family that   I will not be able to afford an expensive  
nursing home which would allow me to
  die poor and very old .

I have therefore moved to Costa Rica so that I can spend my final years enjoying life and dying with Dignity!

*Oh, by the way, Dignity said to say hello!

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May your troubles be less…
May your blessings be more…
May nothing but happiness come through your door

And if it does, make sure it’s wearing a mask!