Monthly Archives: September 2016

San Mateo County uses Stingray and Hailstorm software from Harris Corp. Source D.A. Inspector Jordan Boyd

San Mateo County District Attorney Inspector Jordan Boyd testified 3/29/2016 in the PH of Lopez, Chavez & Odell that he is familiar with the Software named StringRay and he has access to it.

That is going to make the Juan P. Lopez trial very interesting. StingRay is a product of the Harris Corporation. It tricks cell phones, mimics cell towers etc.

The public deserves to know more about StingRay and Hailstorm and its capabilities.

Articles about Stingray and Hailstorm

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Harbor Commissioner Brennan Celebrates Endorsements and Court Victory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact James Lee Han 650.207.7251

REDWOOD CITY – San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner Sabrina Brennan continues to rack up endorsements for her campaign for reelection. Along with her previous endorsements from the Sierra Club and Coastside Democrats, she is pleased to have received the endorsements of State Senator Jerry Hill, the San Mateo County Democratic Party, and the Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association.

Ms. Brennan is also pleased to have successfully represented herself in court and convinced the San Mateo County Superior Court that there were irregularities in the candidate filing process. Due to these irregularities, she won the right to amend her candidate statement not only to the satisfaction of the County but also to highlight the work of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing (CEWS).

“I’m very pleased that the Honorable Judge Miram and Glenn Levy, County Counsel and attorney for the Elections Office, both agreed that there were several irregularities in the candidate filing process. I’m very honored by this victory and now have the opportunity to include the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing in my candidate statement.”

Ms. Brennan is running for reelection to continue her work in bringing fiscal reform, transparency, and environmental responsibility to the Harbor District. She remains the first and only out lesbian elected to a countywide office in San Mateo County.

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San Mateo County Sheriff Appointment of Carlos G. Bolanos July 12, 2016 A COUP, By Elected Officials and Others.

Video July 12, 2016 BOS Meeting Agenda Item 7 2:19:00 mark SMCC John Beiers tells the Supervisors they are there to discuss how to fill the Sheriff position.

The Supervisors were to discuss which PROCESS to use to fill the vacant seat of Sheriff after our former Sheriff Greg Munks received a full medical retirement and he quit. The Grand Jury had already worked on this issue in 2008 and informed the Supervisors that they should not have appointed Carole Groom to fill Jerry Hill’s vacant seat. They even recommended the Supervisors spend $1,600,000 to pay for the election.

San Mateo County Manager’s Office Deletes Document 

2008 Grand Jury Report Appointment vs. Election

The remarks made July 12, 2016 agenda item 7 by Supervisors Don Horsley, Warren Slocum and Adrienne Tissier were impossible to make with any honesty.  Here is why I say that at the BOS meeting of June 2, 2015 14:20 mark I informed them of a criminal complaint I filed with the Attorney Generals Office. I reported the State of California DMV Computer had been hacked in the Deputy Juan Lopez case. Most likely by the SMCSO.

June 2, 2015 BOS Meeting

December 15, 2015 I informed the Board of Supervisors that San Mateo County Sheriff Sqt. Jason E. Peardon was a Brady Officer and I didn’t understand how he was employed as a SMCSO employee. UnderSheriff Carlos G. Bolanos would have known that.

December 15, 2015 BOS Meeting 5:18 mark

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Prosecutorial Misconduct in San Mateo County.

I have requested Warren Slocum, Don Horsley, Dave Pine, Adrienne Tissier, & Carole Grom the Supervisors of San Mateo County to place this subject on the agenda of a Board of Supervisor meeting. I’m asking for a Citizens Committee to be formed to Eliminate Prosecutorial Misconduct in our County.

Prosecutorial Misconduct

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The Almanac Editorial: Supervisors’ bad decision to rush appointment of sheriff

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 “The public was completely removed from this process,” Supervisor Dave Pine told the Almanac last week, referring to the rushed and unexpected appointment of Carlos Bolanos to the office, normally elective, of San Mateo County sheriff. Sadly, Mr. Pine, you are correct. But we’d like to take that statement one step further: Other potential candidates for this key law enforcement position were removed from the process as well, and the three supervisors who pushed this appointment through on July 12 – before longtime sheriff Greg Munks’ resignation, announced July 1, even took effect – have much to answer for.

While Mr. Pine argued for an appointment after seeking and interviewing candidates, and Supervisor Carole Groom said she wanted the voters to choose a new sheriff in November, supervisors Don Horsley, Adrienne Tissier and Warren Slocum displayed stunning arrogance in acting to appoint last week.

They did so under an agenda item that was unclear at best – one had to read through to the second page of a staff report to even realize that an appointment was possible at the July 12 meeting. And they did so despite warnings about a public perception that the process was rigged in the undersheriff’s favor.

That warning came from a letter read before the board, written by two local congresswomen and former county supervisors: Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier. “For a long period of time, there have been rumors that Sheriff Munks would retire early and pave the way for the undersheriff to take this position,” they wrote. “…We believe that our mutual constituents support a decision-making process that is absent a perception of a pre-ordained outcome.”

They noted, as did Mr. Pine, that an election might be problematic, given Mr. Bolanos’ head start in campaigning – he essentially began running for the seat after Mr. Munks announced last year that he wouldn’t seek re-election in November 2018. But the congresswomen urged the board to “conduct an open and transparent search for a successor.”

But ignoring this wise advice, the board majority appointed Mr. Bolanos, who assumed the position on July 16 as Mr. Munks’ resignation took effect. In comments that might make sense only to someone who had fallen down the rabbit hole, Mr. Horsley declared his confidence in the “one candidate,” and added, “there isn’t anybody else.” Does Mr. Horsley have to be reminded that the “one candidate” earned that label only because he was an uncommonly early candidate in a 2018 race for the seat, and that there were no candidates for appointment to the current vacancy because there hadn’t been a call for candidates?

And perhaps we should mention the elephant in the board room that the supervisors failed to acknowledge last week during their praise fest for Mr. Bolanos: When in 2007 then-sheriff Munks was detained in Las Vegas in an illegal brothel, during a prostitution sting operation, his undersheriff, Mr. Bolanos, was detained right along with him. There was a loud call for the resignation of both men at the time. Neither resigned; neither would provide satisfactory explanations to the public. Apparently, supervisors Horsley, Slocum and Tissier don’t want to talk about it either.

We expected more of our elected county leaders, and we thank supervisors Pine and Groom for opposing this disappointing action. The three supervisors who successfully pushed for this rushed appointment let residents of San Mateo County down. As Rep. Eshoo noted, we deserved better.

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Homicide in San Mateo County.

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Tuesday September 6, 2016, 9:23 PM

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Advisory: Homicide Investigation in the area of 36th Ave. & Colegrove St. and Related Pursuit – This Case Remains Active – Isolated Incident

Dear Michael Stogner,

MEDIA RELEASE – COMMUNITY ALERT
City of San Mateo Police Department
http://www.cityofsanmateo.org

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Tonight at just before 7pm SMPD officers were advised of a shooting incident to the rear of the 3500 block of South El Camino Real, in a parking lot. Officers quickly arrived and located a 31 year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical aid was immediately started, however despite lifesaving efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crime scene remains active as detectives and officers develop additional information.

With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, a possible suspect vehicle was pursued at high speeds North on 280 to 380, and then North on 101 to San Francisco. Officers were able to stop and safely detain two subjects (driver and passenger) near Market St. and Octavia in San Francisco. SMPD can confirm that the pursuit is related to this investigation, as involved officers and detectives continue to pursue leads, assisted by local agencies.

This appears to have been an isolated incident, and not a random act. SMPD officers and detectives continue to pursue leads. This is an active investigation, and there is no further available information at this time. SMPD will provide an update as soon as we are able.

Anyone who may have information that may help in this case is asked to please contact Detective Nick Ryan at (650) 522-7670 or call the SMPD Secret Witness Line at (650)522-7676. Anonymous online tips in this or any San Mateo Police Department investigation can be done at: http://tinyurl.com/SMPDTips

MEDIA FOLLOW-UP
Media Point-of-contact for this case is PIO Sergeant Rick Decker – he is best reached at decker@cityofsanmateo.org

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San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Gerald Bushwald’s ruling is Wiped Out.

Supreme Court swipes away Martins Beach opinion

Surfers Tony Rose, left, 41, of Pacifica, and Jesse Quay, 38, of Oakland, go surfing at Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. San Mateo County Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered Silicon Valley mogul Vinod Khosla to reopen the road leading to the popular Martins Beach.(John Green/ Bay Area News Group)

A little-noticed decision by the California Supreme Court in a lawsuit involving Martins Beach could make life more difficult for the property owner, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, in his long-running legal battle to keep the public off his coastal land.

And it delivers the latest repudiation to San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Gerald Buchwald, whose head-scratching 2014 ruling in the suit, brought by group of surfers calling themselves Friends of Martins Beach, now essentially has been wiped from the face of the Earth.

On July 20, the state high court ordered the depublication of an April ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco in the Friends case, meaning the opinion will not appear in the appellate court’s official reports and may no longer be cited as precedent in other cases. The arcane judicial decree came without explanation.

That’s unfortunate for Khosla’s legal team, which had cited Buchwald’s ruling with fervor in a second, higher-profile lawsuit brought by the Surfrider Foundation, a case that is now awaiting a hearing before the same San Francisco appellate court. Both the Friends and Surfrider cases seek to restore public access to Martins Beach, but make different legal arguments.

The dispute over the picturesque San Mateo County beach began in 2010, when Khosla ended a decades-long practice under previous owners of allowing visitors onto the property, which is private except for the tidal zone, in exchange for a parking fee.

In his 2014 ruling, Buchwald decided that, because the ownership of Martins Beach dated back to a Mexican land grant in the 19th century, Khosla’s private property rights superceded the state’s authority to grant a right of way across his land.

“It’s a devastating blow no matter how you cut it,” Mark Massara, an attorney for Surfrider, said last week of the order to depublish. “His team relied heavily on that decision as a preemptive and overriding factor, and all of that is now legally inappropriate.”

An attorney for Khosla did not respond to a request for comment.

According to a 1993 article by the late UC Berkeley professor emeritus Stephen R. Barnett, the state high court typically depublishes an opinion when justices perceive it contains a fundamental flaw.

The appeals court opinion and the Supreme Court’s dropkick into oblivion combine to form a cascade of embarrassment for Buchwald, who plainly relished his involvement in the intricate case.

The oddest thing about Buchwald’s ruling was his still unexplained decision to grant Khosla ownership of the tidelands and submerged lands west of Martins Beach, land that generally belongs to the state, even though Khosla’s attorneys had not asked for title to the underwater realm.

The appellate court wiped away that mistake in April, upheld another part of Buchwald’s decision and reversed a third part, sending it back to Superior Court for trial. Now the whole thing must be tried again.

Friends attorney Gary Redenbacher said last week he was pleased with the decision to depublish. And he defended Buchwald. Despite their legal disagreements, he said, the judge was a gentleman.

“I wish more judges had his demeanor,” Redenbacher said in an email. “He clearly cared deeply about the issue, but as can be seen from the unanimous appellate decision, other judges did not agree with his analysis.”

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