SDPD Follow Up

I just want to take a moment to respond to the overwhelming response to my blog post last week asking for prayer for the family of San Diego Police Officer JD De Guzman, as well as prayer for the SDPD and others in the community.  I received hundreds of comments and emails that were very moving, especially those from the many police officers who took time to respond.  Thank you for your kindness and mostly, for praying for all of those involved.

Many people have asked how they can help, and there are many ways to do so.  Soon, I’ll let you know more about some ways to get more personally involved.  For now, please continue to pray for the things I mentioned and consider supporting the family of officer DeGuzman and supporting the recovery needs of Officer Irwin and his family.

You can support the family of Officer De Guzman through the San Diego Police Officers Association’s Widows and Orphans Fund.   You can give online here (make sure to put “Deguzman” in the comment field, or simply by sending a texting “DEGUZMAN” to 41444.

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Officer Irwin and family can be supported by visiting this GoFundMe page:

https://www.gofundme.com/IrwinFamilyFund

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Please note that while Officer Irwin is still employed by the city, this fund is to help cover family expenses and lost income during his recovery.  More information is available at the site.

Again, thank you for your prayers and your kind comments.

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Statement about SDPD

As you may know, two San Diego Police officers in the Gang Suppression Team were shot last night in San Diego.  Officer Jonathan DeGuzman was murdered and Officer Wade Irwin is in serious condition but expected to recover.  There are a few related matters I want to ask you to pray for, and I am writing to share some things you may not know about some of the people involved here which I have been privileged to meet and serve with.

SDPDBadgeFirst and foremost, please pray for the families of the officers who were shot, especially for the family of murdered officer DeGuzman whose wife and kids are without a husband and father today and need our support and prayers.  For officer Irwin, that he would recover fully and that his family would be strengthened and supported as well.  “Finest” is not simply a nice term we use for the police to decorate their vehicles, it is a statement of character and sacrifice and honor that these brave men and women deserve.  And when they are attacked here or elsewhere in the country, it makes everyone less safe.

I simply cannot find the words to express how deeply saddened I am for these officers and their families.  I ask you to pray for Chief Zimmerman and all of the San Diego Police Department and their families.  Especially pray for those in the Gang Unit who are greatly affected by this.

This shooting happened two blocks away from a location where several of these incredible San Diego Police officers in the Gang Unit meet together monthly with officers from other law enforcement agencies, city officials, and a wonderful group of community activists and volunteers who like them are committed to preventing exactly this kind of thing.   This group also organizes regular walks in this very community were these officers were shot.   Uniformed police, detectives, and the sergeants they work with dedicate time going door-to-door along with these community volunteers in order to listen to residents, to better understand their concerns, and to learn how they can better protect the children at the schools along with everyone else who lives in a neighborhood  burdened with strife and violence and hopelessness.  Both the police and community leaders do this at great risk and with great courage, and they are making a difference.  They are committed to knowing and being known by residents personally as this heightens trust and makes everyone safer.

Along with the police, this team includes pastors, some of whom are former gang members themselves.  These pastors work so tightly with the police that when there is a gang related shooting, the police immediately notify them and they come to the scene, or they go to the hospital where a gang member or a police officer is being treated.   These people reach out to gang members and offer hope and a way out of that life.  They work hard with the police, churches and community organizations to prevent kids from joining gangs in the first place.   The meetings are not religious in nature, yet, they often end with a prayer, where police officers, pastors, city leaders, community activists and volunteers, all of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, stand in a big circle holding hands and asking God to bless their work and keep them safe. It’s an incredible sight to see and very emotional to be a part of it in light of the increasing problems our nation is facing.

With the state of our nation being what it is, and the negative and false narratives and politically driven coverage that these shootings so often receive, I want you to know there are people doing great work related to these matters who you never see on television.   They are police officers, teachers, bankers, pastors and more who are not looking for fame, they just want to end the violence and improve life for everyone.  Please pray for the many people here in San Diego and around our country who beneath the smoke of it all are risking life and social standing to save lives and improve communities.  I want you to know that there are incredible people right here in San Diego who do not agree about politics, who do not agree about how to do police work, who do not agree about a great many things, but who get together in a room and spend time listening to each other and working together to make life better and safer for the people they serve.  These people are heroes.  They understand justice and peace. They are grieving because of what happened here.  Please pray for them that they will not lose hope, that they will continue to go the extra mile in serving and protecting our communities.

Additionally, please pray for the shooters involved here, and for the many who are connected to gangs and violent groups in San Diego.  Pray that justice is done and that it is done swiftly, and then pray that whatever the case, like the pastors who are a part of the team I’ve been speaking of, that their hearts would be changed for the rest of their lives.  Pray for the kids today who are being pressured to join a gang, which happens at a very young age, that they would turn away and be safe.  Pray that they would hear the voices of wise mentors above the noise of the foolish tempters.

Finally, I ask you to pray for police chaplains, specifically my good friend San Diego Police Chaplain Chuck Price, who knew Officer DeGuzman personally and and often would be found as a ride along with him.   Last night, Chuck left his shift doing a ride along with a Gang Unit officer less than 2 hours before this shooting.  Our police chaplains are often exposed to the violent scenes and the grief that follows and are also unsung heroes to an increasing number of police families who have lost loved ones while they were on duty.  Please pray for Chuck and for the other chaplains and ministers who are tending to many who are affected today.  They have a unique calling to serve those who serve.

Thank you for praying for our great city and the San Diego Police Department, our city’s finest.  Especially, pray again for the families of officer DeGuzman and Irwin.  Please keep these matters in prayer as you pray for our nation and its people.

PSF

Story:  http://www.cbs8.com/story/32569695/two-san-diego-police-officers-shot-one-killed-one-person-in-custody

PRESS RELEASE: FURROW PLAN MAKES NOVEMBER BALLOT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

04/01/2016

Contact:  Louis Friend  – FurrowPlan@gmail.com

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FURROW PLAN FOR SAN DIEGO STADIUM QUALIFIED FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

MAKE SAN DIEGO GREAT AGAIN!

The Furrow Plan is the most exciting option for the future of professional sports in San Diego, and the World.  The “Furrow Plan” will bring the Super Bowl to San Diego every year for the next 30 years.  The Furrow Plan will build a new state of the art football/multi-purpose stadium to Mission Valley located in the location of the current dilapidated Qualcomm Stadium.  “The Super Bowl at Furrow Field” will be the new 8th Wonder of the World and will be surrounded by new shopping malls, hotels, a water park “Oikosland”and 17 new Starbuck’s locations.

The Measure – Proposition “F” – will appear on the November Ballot.

The Furrow Plan requires that the City of San Diego help the San Diego Chargers relocate to Los Angeles or any other city, in exchange for the 8 NFL home games, the NLF has tentatively agreed to host the Super Bowl in San Diego for the next 30 years once the new stadium is built.  The approximate cost of the project is $150 million and will be funded partially by the NFL, San Diego hotel taxes, and tariffs collected on foreign soccer fans attending games to be played during the summer.  Voters Must approve proposition “F” with a simple majority.  Further details will be included in the 2016 Voter Guide.

The Election Campaign for The Furrow Plan will be launched officially soon.  Below is the official campaign logo and various Social Media matters:

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Thanksgiving Posture

Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite holiday.

Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sweet potatoes with an argument about whether they are actually yams. Then there’s the green beans topped with fried onions, cheese and baked in cream of mushroom sauce.  I’m pretty sure this recipe disqualifies the green beans as a vegetable.   Sweet rolls, dinner rolls, and rolling off the couch a few hours later for leftovers. Wait, who won the football game?  I must have dozed off in a turkey coma.   Pass the cranberry sauce please.

But it’s doing all of this with family that is the best.  Some of our most meaningful and most ridiculous discussions have occurred during this annual gathering.   Many times we’ll share something specific that we are thankful for, which is also nice, but Thanksgiving is about much more than that.  It’s actually a reminder about our posture.

When George Washington gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1789, he was instructed to do so by congress in order “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”   This proclamation was not some sort of perfunctory duty of a head of state, it was great leadership.  Washington and the Congress understood that the new nation’s posture must be one of thanksgiving or else the nation would fail.

Thanksgiving is a posture.  It is not merely a list of things we are grateful for, but it is an attitude, a guardrail on the road to success for a nation and also for an individual.  Washington understood this as he continued in his address:

“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.” – George Washington

A posture of thanksgiving is the foundation of these values he envisions for our national character:  humility, empowerment, performance of duty, blessing, consistency, wisdom, justice, discretion, faithfulness, protection, guidance, efficiency, peace and harmony, education, true worship, ingenuity and invention, discovery and prosperity.   Where these are missing, you will find a posture of thanksgiving is missing. Instead, you’ll find a posture of victimhood, cynicism and arrogance.

Lincoln-Thanksgiving-ProcalamtionThe holiday we now celebrate was inaugurated by President Lincoln exactly three score and fourteen years later to the day, October 3, 1863.   He gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation during the height of the Civil War, a few months after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.  After some discussion of the nation’s blessing, Lincoln would write:

“They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” – Abraham Lincoln

Our sins” primarily refers to american slavery, of which we had been unrepentant to God and also unrepentant to our own founding documents and ideals.  But even in the course of civil war and what Lincoln believed was divine punishment and consequence for these national transgressions, he knew how important it was that we maintain a posture of thankfulness, even through the darkest of times.  There could be no union without a thanksgiving posture.

The need for a posture of thanksgiving has not changed.  Today, our nation is slouching more than it has in a long time, and we need to adjust our posture.  Increasingly, we have a posture of victimhood and selfishness.  We are ungrateful and jealous, unrepentant and prideful. This posture is contrary to who we are called to be and it is having an effect.  Just turn on the news and witness the absurdity on all sides.

This year, let us renew our posture of thanksgiving.  When we are thankful, we remember that we are a people called to lead with our freedoms, in humility and truth, with sacrifice and generosity and strength.   When we see or experience injustice, we must not wallow in it or leverage it to our own petty interests or useless ideologies. This is short sighted and the opposite of a thankful posture. Instead, a thankful people work through their differences to solve problems rather than affix blame for a political or financial advantage. A grateful people know they are beneficiaries of life, liberty and renewed opportunities, and that the benefactor of these rights is self-evident.  Only in thankfulness for these things can we be just and faithful and proper in our administration of justice and mercy.

Let us be thankful, for we are not a nation of victims and of the fearful, but we are a nation of helpers and of the brave.  Our desire is to use our liberty to repent of our own injustices, and to shine a light on injustice elsewhere, wherever it may be.  With a foundation of thankfulness, we will have the moral authority to do so, bringing the hope of resolution and reconciliation, of reconstruction and redemption.

Finally, let us be grateful to God that, in spite of our current national sins of which there are many, we are still blessed more than any in history.  Perhaps our apparent decline is a new divine punishment, perhaps it is mere consequence. Regardless, let us fix our posture, being penitent and thankful to the Living God that we still have time to do so.  We have so much to offer a world that still longs to be free, including the Good News that frees us all from tyranny and hate and the sting of death.

I hope you have a happy holiday, and not just one with food and family and friends, but with a renewed sense of purpose that comes from a Thanksgiving posture.

– SCF

The Furrow Plan for the Future of San Diego Football

LA ChargersLet the San Diego Chargers go to Los Angeles.  Let’s face it, every year, the Chargers are almost a good team, but they always disappoint, and that makes them a perfect counterpart for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But even without a team, the City of San Diego should build a state-of-the-art football stadium anyway.  Here’s my proposal, subject to approval by the National Football League.

I propose we destroy Qualcomm in some dramatic fashion, in order to build excitement for what would be not just another football stadium, but the biggest one ever built.  It shall be known as the most magnificent sporting venue in the world, the new Eighth Wonder of the World.  We would build it, not for a replacement or expansion team in the NFL, but for something greater, greater for San Diego, greater for sports fans everywhere.

Our new stadium’s name will not be associated with any bank or other local company.  The name will be simple, straight-forward, and will clearly identify it’s purpose.  The stadium will be built to host only one football game a year, the game and the stadium shall have the same name:  The Super Bowl.

The idea is that all future Super Bowls would be played in San Diego, at The Super Bowl, in exchange for San Diego not having it’s own team.  We would trade eight mediocre games for one spectacular event.  I think that’s a good deal for San Diegans, who aren’t buying Charger tickets anyway.  With the Furrow Plan, we don’t need to buy tickets, instead, the world will be buying tickets from us!

It is clear that San Diego is the best city in the world to host the Super Bowl.  We have the best weather in the country, with very good odds of a spectacular environment for fans, teams, blimps, and more.   There would be no concerns of profit reducing snow or rain or general dreariness.  Fans will also be able to enjoy the sunshine at the beaches, the resorts, and the world famous San Diego Zoo.  Tourists are only a short drive from Legoland and even Disneyland.

Imagine the possibilities.  While many might prefer a downtown stadium for a local team, the Mission Valley location would be ideal for The Super Bowl.   Plenty of room for parking of course, but also, imagine the use of that space for the fan and media experience!  Plus, the complex could contain community sports fields, sports themed restaurants and activities and think of it – The Super Bowl resort and Spa!

A sample of what could be built in Mission Valley

A Sample of what could be built in Mission Valley

How would this all be funded?  You mean how would all those additional tourist tax dollars, media deals, and various fees for this and that pay for it?  I think we just paid for it.  Some naysayers have suggested that the Super Bowl drives away as many tourists and city revenue, as it brings in.  That may be true in other cities, but unlike cities with those ugly domed stadiums, people actually want to visit San Diego, and will even extend their stay for an amazing vacation.  There is more than enough to do and places to stay.  The revenue from all of that makes the Furrow Plan financing scenarios obvious.

An artist concept drawing from a few years ago.

An artist concept drawing from a few years ago.

The Superbowl belongs in San Diego.  Let’s face it, there’s really no point in traveling to arctic places like New York, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chicago or the Northeast and Midwest in general during the winter and no one wants to go to Miami or Phoenix until retirement.  New Orleans can’t keep the lights on, and besides, like Detroit, St. Louis, and Minneapolis, they have that dome problem.   Domes are dumb.   Los Angeles has too much traffic, San Francisco is too liberal, Boston cheats, Seattle and Denver have certain other recreational problems, Baltimore is Baltimore and the other cities are just other cities.  But San Diego is America’s Finest City.

Obviously, this is a win-win for San Diego and the NFL.

I call on Mayor Faulconer and the City of San Diego to create a new commission immediately, one to propose The Furrow Plan to the NFL.  If this deal shows promise, we should simply let the Chargers go to L.A. and shack up with the Raiders.  That sounds like a great relationship.  They can be the Kardashians of football.

Think about it, mayor.  If it works, one day they’ll put a statue of you somewhere near Horton Plaza.

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