KSBY to broadcast Callahan service

August 27, 2010

KSBY-TV is providing live coverage of Fire Chief John Callahan’s memorial service Friday morning.

More than 2000 people are expected to attend the public service Friday morning at the Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly campus. KSBY coverage is scheduled to go from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Meanwhile, city officials announced Thursday that the brand new Emergency Dispatch Center on Broad Street will be named in honor of Callahan who died unexpectedly last week of a heart attack at the age of 61.

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Since John loved baseball with a passion the least the City could of done was use a City site such as Sinsheimer Baseball Park, This was a gross error by the City to show such a display of waste in the face of fiscal challenges. As you preach to the citizens about the financial shortcomings, anger businesses over the need to raise an additional $80,000 in business taxes, and talk about the need to raise additional revenue I just don’t understand how the new management could make this type of decision. What are you thinking? All I could see in the news tonight was about 300/400 uniformed firemen playing their bagpipes, flashing truck lights and putting on a show for your union members at the cost of the taxpayers AGAIN. The City only has about 50 staffers in the whole Fire Department. Who were all those hundreds of firefighters and who was oaying their salaries? This is how you honor a man who gave from the heart and had so much good common sense and community? Not his style…

Disgracefull actions which tarnish the image of a good man.

I seriously doubt that John would have condoned the circus that his untimely death has prompted. Perhaps he would have condoned it if he or another employee had he died while rushing into deadly flames to help a citizen or fellow fighfighter, but not under the events surrounding his tragic death, particularly given the state of the economy and the many average people who are suffering the consequences of greed and govt excess.

These words are from the cities own website …..

City Office Closures

The following City Office’s will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27 in observance of

Fire Chief Callahan’s Memorial Service:

919 Palm St.-Public Works, Planning, Building

990 Palm St.-Administration, City Attorney, City Clerk, & Human Resources

1341 Nipomo-Parks & Recreation

2160 Santa Barbara-Fire Station #1

1042 Walnut-Police Department

The Finance Cashier at 990 Palm St., Utilities Department at 879 Morro, and the Corporation Yard at 25 Prado Rd. will remain open during this time.


Given that the city has about 300 employees the amount of employee time expended has to be in the ballpark of $50,000.00 and this doesnt count the dollars presumably spent in using the Performing Arts Center and Madonna Expo Center.

With all due respect to John’s service and his memory, the City is to be chided for such irresponsible behavior. I know there are plenty other firefighters who will agree wih me as well as the citizenry at large.

I know this wasn’t your style John …and may God bless you.

Today’s Tribune reported the rental of PAC for $5000. Nice!

Spoke too soon, link was on banner ad space, a place which I have subliminally blocked out of my range of perception ever since banner ads became standard fare.

Not streaming from KSBY.com, no reception of KSBY-TV after the digital “upgrade.” Hope the Callahan circus is well attended.