Recreational Marijuana is Legal in California – a personal story

While I agree with the legalization of recreational weed in California, I don’t smoke it.

I don’t smoke weed.

It was a problem for me until I stopped at the end of September 1985. Eighteen years later I fell off the wagon in 2003, my partner wanted to try it with me. It’s been 14 years 5 months clean of MJ.

It’s triggering me.

Now that it’s legal I can smell it in my neighborhood and it’s triggering me. So I’m burning incense to mask the smell. I don’t feel its right for me to weed out my neighbors and ask them to smoke inside or close the window.

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Emotional Intelligence and AI’s Singularity Event

Or how Emotional Intelligence can make AI work with Us Instead of Against Us

The AI Singularity – a point of infinite momentum of AI where computing is infinitely distorted and a new machine species is born. Experts are saying this cannot be predicted in linear time.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that AI (Artificial Intelligence) is headed towards what is called a Singularity. The Singularity is an event where AI may decide that humans are a superfluous species and either eliminate or enslave us. When Facebook ran AI robots the robots developed their own shorthand of English to communicate with one another in a matter of hours. The plug was pulled, no explanation.

AI will overtake work and eliminate millions of jobs to which our economies must adjust and accommodate the shift.

AI is already part of our lives in a narrow bandwidth and that is growing. Soon it will grow exponentially and be completely out of our control. Humans are already dependent on technology specifically the tech of computers and the Internet. Our intellectual prowess has fueled the tech wave towards a singularity – the event where AI is no longer dependent on humans for it’s functioning and cannot be turned off or regulated.

Science and “the rational” have historical precedents of excluding emotion, intuition and leaps of consciousness as irrelevant.

AI will overtake work and eliminate millions of jobs to which our economies must adjust and accommodate the shift. That is both an overwhelming and enormous transformational change. And that is just the beginning.

AI functions on intellect and cannot have an emotional response although it will be able to simulate emotional responses. Part of the problem of the Human species so far has been an over reliance on the intellect – the worship of the functions of the prefrontal cortex to the exclusion of the other two “brains” in our corporeal bodies mainly the heart brain and the moving (gut) brain. We need only look at Science and the “rational” and its exclusion of emotions, intuition as part of its voracious curiosity towards a future of experimentation.

Science is not the problem.

Science and “the rational” have historical precedents of excluding emotion, intuition and leaps of consciousness as irrelevant. Science, technology and “the rational” belong to the power structure of Men and the system of the patriarchy to maintain order as it describes order. The logical end of this system of continuing exclusion of the non-rational is a drive towards logical ends based on unexamined premises. Or it may have many premises based on only the rational as prescribed by Men / the patriarchy. These premises may even disagree with one another. However the philosophy of science and “the rational” look at progress as the end result. Pushing this logic through the filters of AI may result in humans being excluded from progress and the future based on unspoken assumptions of the exclusion of emotion from the pursuit of progress.

If we apply logic to the problems of the human species wouldn’t that include an awareness of our emotional states as part of the solution?

Science is not the problem. The problem comes from systems of logic that are woven into our culture without acknowledging or exploring the emotional underpinnings of the bases of premises. The religious premise of evolution – we come from Adam and Eve and not ape-like creatures, or the world is flat is preposterous to most thinking people. However it could be the logical end of premises run-a-muck. The problem is when we question premises even from an enlightened scientific perspective we don’t include our emotions, intuition and leaps of consciousness or even emotional bias thus add the emotional to influence us sub or unconsciously.

If we apply logic to the problems of the human species wouldn’t that include an awareness of our emotional states as part of the solution? Women seem more aware of emotions than men for the most part. Their awareness originates from naming and delineating the subtleties of emotions. Its not that men don’t have these same emotions its just that they haven’t named or delineated the emotions because there has been less of a need to do to there position in the patriarchy. The awareness and management of feelings is an informal process in our culture. There has been no concerted effort in formal education worldwide in post-modern culture to educate children in understanding and managing emotional states.

Its not that men don’t have these same emotions its just that they haven’t named or delineated the emotions because there has been less of a need to do to there position in the patriarchy.

Even today in the United States it seems that college and universities are less interested in teaching students to think and reason for themselves and more interested in training them for a career. Perhaps when I went to university I may have been one of the last years where “an all-around education” meant something.

By supporting an understanding of our emotions in a formal setting we can introduce programing algorithms in AI that can make a space for the human species with AI.

In the education of young people it is important for the survival of our species to include a “well rounded educational experience for all age groups” that includes the ability to think not for its own sake but as a tool for understanding and exploring the world on an emotional, intellectual and body knowing basis.

…allowing humans to reach higher levels of consciousness that include compassion, empathy and love.

Introducing an awareness of our emotional states may help us to manage unwanted emotions, know our emotional biases so they don’t contaminate or thinking process as much as they do now.

Logic can make allowances for the non-rational emotion states. Logic can interject a premise that makes the non-rational, non-logic of emotions acceptable in its matrix, but it may not be able to reconcile the contradictions on a mass scale without some provisos. One of those provisos could be formal emotional education.

By supporting an understanding of our emotions in a formal setting we can introduce programing algorithms in AI that can make a space for the human species with AI. And this same formal process can assist in allowing humans to reach higher levels of consciousness that include compassion, empathy and love.

Dark Lord Trump is our New Master unless…

…we consider the practices of balance within the force…

The night of the election I saw Trump as the victor through the image of the back of his head. That image was disturbing. Months later I saw a headless Trump with tubes and wires going into his head. He is a puppet and he projects himself as a masterful disruptor. We have come to know this and its easy to get caught up in the circus of his uproar and act out our anger.

Trump has shown himself to be masterful at winning. Part of his strategy of winning is through distraction both consciously and unconsciously. He is oppositional and inflammatory. The media loves this and promotes each outburst. The GOP leadership loves Trump too because he distracts the resistance from real issues or legislation that the GOP is passing. Trump creates hours, days and or weeks of acting-out rage between factions causing further splits.

The GOP puppets of the Right-Wing Corporations and the One Percent-ers such as the Kochs are delighted with Trump’s distractions etc.

Dark Lord Trump and The GOP Storm Troopers can be addressed without getting caught up in acting-out anger.

 

A Short Guide and Practice For Action

  1. Acknowledge your anger, rage and frustration regarding the injustices Trump puts forward
  2. If you do indulge in FB or other social media refrain from swear words and name-calling. If I really want to engage in a dialogue I put myself in the other’s “shoes” and ask them to explain further. This creates two actions one possible and one actual. It invites dialogue – listening, understanding, compassion and peace that could happen in areal exchange – the possibility. The actual action – it allows me to enter a neutral place, deliver a message that is devoid of anger and frustration and feel hopeful within myself.
  3. I can let go of the acting out part of the anger.
  4. I can find out what legislation is under discussion by Congress and engage my resistance in fighting the passage of a specific bill.

A New Kind of Christmas Prayer

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My mother liked buying Christmas cards all year long. She had huge clear plastic bags of them in the cedar closet and elsewhere in our house.

I told people I was from the future.

In my 20s she invited me to take some to send. I took some, she said take more… So I selected bunches that were all the same painting. I wasn’t much into sending Christmas cards but I took them because my mom wanted me to have some. I think she was overwhelmed with the amount of the cards she had stored up.

Every year for many years I had many of these Christmas cards. It was impossible to send them all to people I knew – maybe I had over 100 cards.

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Every since I could remember I longed for a better world as if I had a memory of this world. Perhaps I did remember a different world because I told people I was from the future. I could feel a world and people at peace with themselves, everyone in the community, not just locally but nationally and internationally. And not just with people, but will all the beings of Earth. Often we ascribe life to biological beings only, I saw and I see all beings, rock, water, air and our sun as beings.

There’s something magical about getting mail (snail mail) from yourself especially if you don’t immediately remember that you sent it.

Every year sometime in my 20s I would write a Christmas card to myself with 7 wishes written inside. Four or five were universal wishes and the other two or three were personal. There’s something magical about getting mail (snail mail) from yourself especially if you don’t immediately remember that you sent it.

I began practicing finding a sense of peace within myself

You retrieve it from the post box and look at the envelope. The writing / printing looks familiar. You rip it open and your remember that old mill in winter and your read the wishes. I stopped sending cards when I ran out and I had begun thinking that wishes were melancholy ways to stay stuck – keeping wishes as wishes that would never come true because they postponed the event into a future that didn’t exist.

Create the peace you want in yourself and be it in the world.

I began to visualize using all my senses to what world peace might feel, look, smell and be like. I began practicing finding a sense of peace within myself and finding threads that would connect peace feelings to others.

I invite you to send a snail mail card to yourself of your wishes and then visualize with your thoughts and senses and your emotions what you are creating now. Create the peace you want in yourself and be it in the world.

For an unwind hot non-alcoholic beverage in a mug try: https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/a-non-alcoholic-hot-toddy-for-sleep/

Lost and – Found

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As I get older I seem to lose stuff. I lost my cell phone a few years back, called my provider had them deactivate the account and then a few hours later found the phone. Where? It was where I had left it. But I didn’t employ the finding techniques I have sometimes used to find lost or misplaced stuff.

A friend who has since passed into another life without her body passed on this technique:

The Eye-Flicking – Remembering where I put It – tool

The women that discovered / invented EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for dealing with people suffering from PTSD, used eye movement to recover and reintegrate repressed memories. My friend said – though this may not have been accurate that the woman, Francine Shapiro was flicking her eyes back and forth to allow a memory to return. My friend said it was possible to move throughout one’s home – flick your eyes back and forth – not in an attempt to visually find the object that you lost but to uncover the memory of where it was. This worked for me a few times.

Cleaning one’s house tool – Frantically cleaning your house to find where you misplaced stuff – works sometimes but not enough.

The Tony-Tony tool – was given to me by a good friend of Italian-American heritage who passed away too young (in my book). Tony is short for St. Anthony finder of lost objects and who also had an undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick. Here’s how this works:

  1. begin with this chant: “Tony, Tony, come around, something’s lost and must be found.” It could be chanted x3.
  2. Wait until it shows up – up to 48 hours
  3. If it shows give anywhere from $1 to $20 to St. Anthony’s to help feed the poor at Christmas.

This worked the best for me. Back in the day when I didn’t have much money to give I started with a dollar. When it reached 10 found items of more I wrote a check to St. Anthony’s of San Francisco, CA.

The Backwards Life and What Else

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A client once asked me: “You must have to travel out there pretty far to see what you see, right?’

“No, I just include,” my answer was immediate.

“How does that work?”

I would answer my non-answer answer: “All life is One. That’s how it works.”

Language, Ego and time – most notably linear time – hold us prisoner to our separateness.

It doesn’t explain how it works from a linear time perspective.

Ego, language, time, science and self are predicated on “the me” and “the not-me”.

By being expanded self and time that includes our current lifetime and all past and future lifetimes “the me” and “the not-me” are included as one.

 

All Life is One.

 

We are bound by the invention of time. Language, Ego and time – most notably linear time – hold us prisoner to our separateness. It is the wordless language of the heart that frees us from linear time into boundless world of Love, Compassion, and Oneness.

In the beginning we were One.

Inclusivity (the urge to include) may be the bridge between ego / linear time and the infinite of Love and Light.

In the beginning we were One. As we grew and learned to speak and think Oneness began to erode into “the me” and “the not-me”.  A child learns to say “NO!”

The rest of life seems to be a battle between defining “the me” and “the not-me” and feeling the Oneness. The “me and the “not-me” are illusions in a big drama to reconnect with the feeling of Oneness only to loose it so we reconnect with it repeatedly.

There are a number of philosophies of being. Two philosophies battle for authority.

 

  • A – One philosophy says we are strong hard-working people, believing in the strength and independence of the individual and freedom as paramount to all else. Opportunity abounds in a competitive culture and is there for the taking if we are strong, powerful individuals, working to take it.

 

  • B – Another philosophy says we are strong hard-working people living interdependently in community. Freedom and justice are partners in a web of interconnectivity where we all prosper in the spirit of love, cooperation and compassion. In this environment everybody wins.

Philosophy A is based on the power of the individual righteousness and a worldview of winners and losers. This is a fear-based system where greed is necessary. Competition in this framework sets up an environment of ultimate collapse followed by re-building.

Philosophy B. though operating inside pf Philosophy A, is based on community individuality, which allows finite competitiveness in a playful setting to weave with others in cooperation for prosperity for all. It allows for supportive measures to given to others that haven’t benefited from competitive capitalism until community inclusiveness can fully function.

 

All Life is One

Every Being is Holy

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Plants, Animals and Humans

We bless All Life

Resolving by Our Work

To Pay the Debt of Our Existence.

 

Being the Wider Perspective in Troubled Times

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We live in troubled times. Part of the trouble has to do with the changing times. In 1992 the sun –our star shifted frequency and a new epoch was born. The patriarchal system not only stopped working but a new vibration began its existence. The new vibration isn’t fully manifest yet. The new vibration has to do with an economy without money and without tyranny from whence systems of money are built. The new vibration is based on community. A community-based economy is a long way off. And a world without money and tyranny is farther away.

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Intellectually the wider perspective is “seeing” that the trouble times we are in is part of the dying of tyranny from the perspective of the larger context of a world without money and tyranny, a world without as many laws, a blending of classes, a reduced need for police, no military, no war, sustained world wide peace and so on.

 

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A first step is working on Being and letting go of doing and attachment.

Letting go of doing and attachment is a lifelong process that can generate energy for Beingness.

So let’s skip to the good part: Being.

From a Being perspective go back to the beginning of your life and experience the beginning of this lifetime and the place your body occupies as one present moment. From this current moment of today go forward to the time of the death of your physical body. (From the linear time perspective your ego doesn’t know when your body will pass – or maybe you do know. It’s just the passing of your physical body. Maybe that brings up some fears. See if you can suspend those fears.) Experience your entire lifetime in your current physical body as one present moment.

Being from this larger perspective is incredibly freeing. When I first experienced an expanded present moment of 20 years I felt the difference being Being-Time and Doing (or Ego)-time. In Being-Time I saw that I am going to be okay no matter what. Sure I will feel happy, sad, have losses, suffer ect, and I will be okay.

I challenge you to practice an expanded present moment and then choose to feel okay no matter what happens.

Then we you feel stress or worry remember how you felt during your expanded present moment experience and that you are okay. This will help you to let go of so-called negative emotions and live in your Beingness of a wider perspective.

the short list – fax your senator defeat the GOP Tax/Ponzi Scheme

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Senators who voted against the repeal of the ACA – Obamacare

McCain of Arizona

Murkowski of Alaska

Alexander of Tennessee

Collins of Maine

Capito of West Virginia
(Feel free to send fax to as many Senators you feel will benefit)

Free faxes to Senators – https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php

One page fax (or write your own)


[ Cut and paste into / Word Dox, Google Dox, or PDF – Fax form – see link above]

Save Democracy & Capitalism – ON THE TAX CUT PLAN

  • Tying the elimination of the ACA to this tax cut plan is the most pernicious act of all considering that your constituency has repeatedly spoken against eliminating the ACA. (You have voted against the repeal of the ACA as well.) VOTE NO!

 

  • A tax cut mainly benefiting the wealthy and claiming that “trickle-down” economics works to grow the economy has historically failed –it succeeds in fueling the economy for the rich but not for everyone and represents a switch from democracy to a total plutocracy where corporations rule and the middle class are more on their way to be serfs and slaves. This tax cut is unacceptable. VOTE NO!

 

  • Those making between $10,000 and $75,000 per year will have to pay more taxes and by 2025 those making over $75,000 even those tax cuts will be gone. Tax cuts to corporations will be permanent. (Most large corporations don’t pay taxes now because they store their money in offshore accounts or are based in other nations.) VOTE NO!

 

  • When trickle-down doesn’t stimulate the economy its only logical that Social Security and Medicare will be cut due to the projected 1 trillion dollar deficit… This is unacceptable. VOTE NO!

 

  • How are these tax cuts for the wealthy, and increase in Defense Spending effecting the deficit? In the past many GOP were concerned about lowering the deficit. Now that is off the agenda. THIS DOES NOT MAKE FISCAL SENSE. VOTE NO!

 

  • I am deeply concerned that our democracy is ending. That your acceptance of moneys from people like the Kochs representing large corporations makes you beholding to them and not your constituency. Democrats also are guilty of this practice as well. The founding fathers did not mean for democracy to be corrupted in this way. VOTE NO!

 

  • 35% of corporations are owned by foreign investors meaning that over the next ten years 700 billion in taxes will be lost to them. VOTE NO!

 

  • Sneaking measures into the tax plan that defy our founding fathers to separate church and state is unconscionable. Don’t do it. VOTE NO!

Protesting / Defeating The GOP Tax Scam or “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”:

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Call your Senators

(phone numbers are all valid)

Specifically – even if not in your state who voted against the REPEAL of the ACA:

McCain of Arizona – 202-224-2235
Collins of Maine – 202-224-2523
Murkowski of Alaska – 202-224-6665
Portman of Ohio – 202-224-3353 (phone number doesn’t leave a chance to leave a message) https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=contact-form

Capito of West Virginia – 202-224-6472
Alexander of Tennessee – 202-224-4944 – Actually talked to a staffer.

Below is my 9 point script to end the GOP tax cut. Write your own script or follow scripts from https://www.trumptaxscam.org/republican-call-script-to-stop-the-trump-tax-scam

Also consider sending this list via fax to the senators listed above. Feel free to re-word and /or draft your own points to defeat this GOP Tax Scam in the Senate. See link – https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php

 

  1. A tax cut mainly benefiting the wealthy and claiming that “trickle-down” economics works to grow the economy has historically failed –it succeeds in fueling the economy for the rich but not for everyone and represents a switch from democracy to a total plutocracy where corporations rule and the middle class are more on their way to be serfs and slaves. This tax cut is unacceptable. Let’s not mention the destruction of the ACA as part of this plan just yet – also unacceptable.
  2. Those making between $10,000 and $75,000 per year will have to pay more taxes and by 2025 those making over $75,000 (up to the top 2% in income) even those tax cuts will be gone. Tax cuts to corporations will be permanent. (Most large corporations don’t pay taxes now because they store their money in offshore accounts.)
  3. When trickle-down doesn’t stimulate the economy many Democrats warn that Social Security and Medicare will be cut. This is unacceptable
  4. How are these tax cuts for the wealthy, and increase in Defense Spending effecting the deficit? In the past many GOP were concerned about lowering the deficit. Now that is off the agenda. Corporations and people like the Kochs will be in a position to buy America at the expense of everyone except the top 1%, is that what you want as a representative of your constituency? By continuing to increase the deficit more control will go to corporations enslaving the middle class and poor. (The Kochs have a bid in to buy Time Inc. which includes Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and many more).
  5. I am deeply concerned that our democracy is vanishing. That your acceptance of moneys from people like the Kochs representing large corporations makes you beholding to them and not your constituency. Democrats also are guilty of this practice as well. The founding fathers did not mean for democracy to be corrupted in this way.
  6. 35% of corporations are owned by foreign investors meaning that over the next ten years 700 billion in taxes will be lost to them. http://oppositionreport.com/nobel-prize-winning-economist-says-trump-tax-plan-gives-700-billion-to-foreign-investors-report/#
  7. Sneaking measures into the tax plan that defy our founding fathers to separate church and state is unconscionable.
  8. Tying the elimination of the ACA to this tax cut plan is the most pernicious act of all considering that your constituency has repeatedly spoken against eliminating the ACA,
  9. Are you to be remembered for KILLING DEMOCRACY in favor of a world Totalitarian Order based on Corporate Power, Greed and the lust for Money?

 

BE A HERO – DEFEAT THIS TAX PLAN and YOU WILL BE KNOWN AS A SAVIOR OF DEMOCRACY.

 

 

The Fires and The Firefighters

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Looking at this photo brings up the sadness, loss and grief I hope none of you have to experience first hand.

Nevertheless I feel immensely grateful that my place and neighborhood survived intact. I am grateful to these firefighters and emergency services that fought the fires in the Sonoma Valley (they report that some of the Glen Ellen fires should be contained on 10/27, tomorrow 20 days from the start of the fires on 10/8):

Sonoma Valley
Shellvista
Eldridge
Glen Ellen
Kenwood
Mayacamas

Sonoma Sheriffs

Alameda County Fire Department Alaska
Altaville-Melones Fire Protection District
Amador Fire Protection District
Angels Camp Fire Department
Apple Valley Fire Protection District
Arcata Fire Protection District
Arizona
Aromas Tri County Fire Protection Department
Arrowbear Lake Fire Department
Bakersfield Fire Department
Briceland Volunteer Fire Department
Butte Valley Fire Protection District
Calaveras Consolidated Fire Authority
California Office of Emergency Services
Canada
Carlsbad Fire Department
Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District
Chester Fire Protection District
Colorado
Colton Fire Department
Cypress Fire Protection Department
Dunsmuir Fire Department
East Bay Regional Parks Fire Department
El Dorado County Fire Protection District
Encinitas Fire Department
Fortuna Fire Protection District
Fresno County Fire Protection District
Georgetown Fire Protection District
Gridley Fire Department
Higgins Fire Protection District
Humboldt Fire Protection District
Idaho
Ione Fire Department
Jackson Volunteer Fire Department
Janesville Fire Protection District
La Verne Fire Department
Lewiston Volunteer Fire Department
Loma Rica Browns Valley Community Service District
Los Angeles Fire Department
Madera County Fire Department
Marin County Fire Department
Mariposa County Fire Department
Merced County Fire Department
Miranda Community Service District
Montana
Montecito Fire Protection Department
Monterey County Regional Fire District
Mount Shasta Fire Department
Mount Shasta Fire Protection District
Napa County Fire Department
Nevada
New Mexico
North County Fire Protection Department
North Lake Tahoe Fire Department
Ontario Fire Department
Pala Reservation Fire Department
Paradise Fire Department
Placer County Fire Department
Placer Hills Fire Protection District
Presidio of Monterey Fire Department
Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District
Redlands Fire Department
Rialto Fire Department
Rio Dell Fire Protection District
Riverside County Fire Department
Roseville Fire Department
Running Springs Fire Department
Salinas Fire Department
San Bernadino County Fire
San Diego County Operational Area
San Gabriel Fire Department
San Manuel Fire Department
San Marcos Fire Protection Department
San Mateo Fire Department
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Santa Cruz County Fire Department Santa Fe Springs Fire Department
Seaside Fire Department
Shasta College Fire Protection District
Shasta County Fire Department
South Carolina
South Lake County Fire Protection District
Spaulding Community Service District Fire Department
Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department
Stockton fire
Tehama County Fire Department
Tulare County Fire Department
Vista Fire Protection Department
Washington
Willow Oak Fire Protection District
Woodland Fire Department
Wyoming
Yermo Fire Department (Community Service)
Yocha DeHe Fire Department
Yolo County Operational Area
Yucaipa Fire Department
Also the police departments:
Alameda County Sheriff Office
Alameda PD
Albany PD
BART PD
Berkeley PD
Brentwood PD
Campbell PD
Central Marin PD
CHP
Clayton PD
Cloverdale PD
Concord PD
Contra Costa City Sheriff
East Bay Regional Parks
El Cerrito PD
Emeryville PD
Fish and Game
Fremont PD
Gilroy PD
Hayward PD
Humboldt Sheriffs
Livermore PD
Los Gatos PD
Marin City Sheriff
Mill Valley PD
Monterey Sheriff
Mountain View PD
Novato PD
Oakland PD
Oakley PD
Pinole PD
Pittsburg PD
Pleasant Hill PD
Pleasanton PD
Richmond PD
San Anselmo PD
San Jose PD
San Leandro PD
San Mateo County PDs
San Pablo PD
San Rafael PD
San Ramon PD
Santa Clara PD and Sheriff
SF PD
SF Sheriff
Solano County Sheriff
UC Berkeley PD
UCSC PD
UCSF PD
Union City PD
Vallejo PD
Walnut Creek PD

Australia and Canada Fire Departments

I believe this list is part of Santa Rosa as well. Thank God they decided to Be a Firefighter or a Police Officer!!!