San Jose will create a group tasked with planning a police memorial to commemorate officers killed in the line of duty.
The city's Office of Cultural Affairs would lead the committee, according to a proposal introduced to the Rules and Open Government Committee by Mayor Sam Liccardo and council members Raul Peralez and Don Rocha.
City officials said they would revive a stalled effort to build an "End of Watch" memorial after the shooting of Officer Michael Johnson. On March 24, the 38-year-old's became the 12th police officer killed during active duty in the 166-year history of the San Jose Police Department.
Days after Johnson's memorial, Liccardo and Peralez—an ex-cop and former colleague of Johnson's—vowed to commission a monument to fallen peace officers.
The city's Community and Economic Development Committee approved a memorial in 2008, but funds dried up during the economic recession. Another effort in 2o13 hit a road block, again for a lack of money.
This time, the city will team up with the San Jose Police Foundation, which has pledged funding for the project. Other potential stakeholders include the Police Officers' Association, SJPD, retired police and firefighters, and families of the fallen officers.
Earlier estimates put the cost of the project at about $180,000, some of which would come out of special project budgets from each council district.
Over the coming months, the taskforce will pitch design ideas, a maintenance and fundraising plan and solicit community input—much like the process for other public art projects.
- Of the 80 or so cannabis clubs in San Jose at the outset of its new marijuana ordinance a year ago, only 23 are still vying for the city's blessing. Some deadlines have been pushed back to give the city more time to review and cross-check the applications. A dispensary owner asked the city for a final list of approved clubs, but the city has denied her request because no such tally exists yet.
- The city plans to endorse a state bill—AB 448, introduced by Assemblywoman Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino)—that would reinstate vehicle licensing fee to cities. Proceeds from the fee used to go to municipalities until the state diverted them to pay for law enforcement grants.
WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260