Shame on you, San Mateo Daily Journal

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I’m astounded to read that the Daily Journal is endorsing Carlos Bolanos for sheriff (“Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff” in the April 13 edition of the Daily Journal). Are you going to endorse a man that was at the scene of an illegal brothel as a private citizen where FBI sting “Operation Dollhouse” goes down and he says he’s not inside?

Your endorsement article states: “Clearly, there was a significant lapse of judgment.” And somehow you still feel as if you can trust this man’s leadership? Thank you for bringing this issue to light. I was astounded back in 2007 when this incident happened with no repercussions for then-sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos.

Let’s all think about that. The top two law enforcement officials in San Mateo County were both at a private residence outside Las Vegas as private citizens when the “Operation Dollhouse” sting goes down and where federal agents seized 3,500 tablets of ecstasy and $20,000 in cash during the raids. Additionally, seven people were arrested for allegedly operating the brothels, and 25 prostitutes were taken into custody.

And these men are there, why? They didn’t know it was a brothel? Are you kidding me?

I’ve heard of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but sometimes you put yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the man the Board of Supervisors feels is worthy of being the top law enforcement official in the county? Am I missing something here? I’m sorry, but my vote is going to Mark Melville.

Melville has a proven track record and I don’t see any “significant lapse of judgment” in his past. We need a sheriff we can feel confident in their leadership abilities, follows the rule of law and, most importantly, someone we can trust.

Dennis Murphy

San Mateo

CBS 5 Robert Lyles report on Operation Dollhouse


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Filed under #MeToo, #TimesUp, Board of Supervisors, Carlos G. Bolanos, Customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves, Dave Canepa, Don Horsley, John Beiers, John Maltbie, Letters to Editors, Michael G. Stogner, San Mateo County News, San Mateo County Sheriff Office, Senator Jerry Hill, Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Sheriff Munks, Steve Wagstaffe, Those Who Matter, Victim's Advocate, Warren Slocum

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