San Mateo Daily Journal Jon Mays refuses to produce “Later Reports Indicated” he declared in Bolanos Endorsement.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Approximately 11 years ago, then undersheriff Carlos Bolanos was detained as part of an FBI investigation into a prostitution ring in Clark County, Nevada. Also detained was then sheriff Greg Munks. Although an initial news report located Bolanos in the brothel with Munks, later reports indicated he was outside the entire time.

Munks maintained that he made a mistake and that he thought it was a legitimate business that provided massage and apologized publicly for his lack of judgment. Bolanos said he was never inside the building.


Every description of the location reveals a horrid situation. It was clearly a brothel, in decrepit condition, and had prostitutes there from other countries. An FBI report on the investigation provided to the Daily Journal reveals there was likely a juvenile involved.

 Clearly, there was a significant lapse of judgment in both Bolanos and Munks being at the location, with Munks inside during the raid. This was a big mistake.

Munks is not running for election. Bolanos is. Anyone who believes that the decision to be at the location, albeit outside, is reason enough to not vote for Bolanos is justified. If anyone chooses not to believe Bolanos, they too are justified.

Bolanos said he was never inside the building. We believe him. We also believe there was a lapse of judgment in agreeing to go with Munks to that location. However, voters face a choice in this election as to who they want to run the Sheriff’s Office and we must weigh all the facts and qualifications to determine our recommendation as to who would do that most effectively.

Running against Bolanos is Mark Melville, a deputy within the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office who has had a long, varied and itinerant career in both law enforcement and city management. He has been city manager of two tiny Central Valley cities — Gustine and Livingston, the latter of which has a current population of 13,000. While Melville has strong positions on what is wrong with the Sheriff’s Office — too much overtime, poor morale — he has very few solid suggestions aside from a full review of every division and to redefine the training and hiring process. While both can yield some positive results, it does not seem to be enough of a solid plan. Melville said he decided to run because he felt voters deserved a choice, and that is to be commended. He also has the requisite experience on paper, but has not managed an organization even close to the size of the Sheriff’s Office. Bolanos currently oversees 800 employees and a $250 million budget — the approximate equivalent of a 100,000 population city.

Bolanos has also proved to be adept at contending with the budget, though the office is currently contending with an understaffing issue similar to many other organizations in this high-cost area. Bolanos is currently mandating one weekly shift of overtime per worker deputy, which is not a long-term solution but reasonable in the short term, while also keeping under budget. This is a skill learned over time managing a large organization both in the Sheriff’s Office as appointed sheriff and undersheriff and as Redwood City police chief before that.

Bolanos has also emphasized the need for crisis intervention training for patrol, rebuilt the firing range at no cost to the county, and expanded the Sheriff’s Activities League. SAL has proven to be effective in not only keeping youth out of trouble after school but also establishing a connection between them and the deputies serving the communities. It has been particularly effective in the North Fair Oaks community, known for its working class Latino families.

Bolanos has also been a strong advocate for maintaining strong ties to the Latino community in light of concern about the current presidential administration’s policy shift when it comes to immigration and California’s Senate Bill 54. Not only has the Sheriff’s Office provided bridge outreach for immigrants to services but Bolanos has spent countless hours since the 2016 presidential election ameliorating concerns about the office’s policy on how it contends with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests. Bolanos said he maintains the policy that the Sheriff’s Office will not hold inmates after release for ICE agents and actually supported SB 54 as modifications were made in the legislation’s later stages to define the violent and dangerous felonies that would call for ICE contact. Bolanos also uses public safety as a guiding principal and believes the more comfort the populace feels in reporting crimes, the better the overall community is in being safe.

While an organization such as the Sheriff’s Office can always use improvement, we do not believe it would benefit from Melville taking the reins. We do think Melville has brought up some interesting points and Bolanos would benefit from heeding them as he begins his first official term.

And while the incident in Nevada will forever be a mark against the office, Bolanos has proven to be a serious, stable and effective manager when it comes to its primary mission — ensuring the safety of the community. Of the two candidates running, he deserves your vote.

This is my second request of Mr. Mays.
Michael Stogner <>
To:Jon Mays
Apr 23 at 4:21 PM
Hello Jon,
Can you please produce the “later reports indicated he was outside the entire time.” that your paper used to promote this story.
I can tell you I have assisted more than 10 civilians over the last 11 years on this topic and your endorsement was the first any of us have heard that description. I’m aware that Don Horsley recently made a similar statement to a political person. I told him/her it was completely false. I’m waiting to see what your source is.
Thank You
This was my first e-mail to Mr. Mays
Michael Stogner <>
To:Jon Mays
Apr 16 at 8:32 AM
Hello Jon,
In your Endorsement of Carlos Bolanos you state “Although an initial news report located Bolanos in the brothel with Munks, later reports indicated he was outside the entire time.” Could you pease identify these reports by date and author. To my knowledge LVMPD Spokesperson Bill Cassell and Lt. Karen Hughes have never changed their statements placing Bolanos inside.
Thank You
I am not the only person asking the San Mateo Daily Journal to show the 83,500 daily readers their source for this declaration “later reports indicated he was outside the entire time.”
San Mateo County’s Good and Concerned Citizen Mark De Paula has also made 2 requests.
Fw: 2nd request
  • On Friday, April 20, 2018 10:21 PM, mark de paula <> wrote:
    Hello Jon,
    Thanks for removing the block to the SMDJ.
    I am still waiting for you to please furnish me with:
    What new later reports do you have that states Carlos G. Bolanos was outside the brothel the entire time on April 21, 2007,a.k.a. -OPERATION DOLLHOUSE.
    Can you please e-mail them  to me.
    Mark DePaula
    On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:09 PM, mark de paula <> wrote:
    Hello Jon,
    I am being blocked from making posts on the SMDJ, can you correct this?
    What new later reports do you have that states Carlos G. Bolanos was outside the brothel the entire time on April 21, 2007,a.k.a. -OPERATION DOLLHOUSE.
    Can you please e-mail them  to me.
    Mark DePaula
    In the News and Information Business mistakes are made and a public correction is made. It’s one thing to get something wrong, It’s another to promote a lie.
    Is the San Mateo Daily Journal being a good neighbor, a good citizen?
    Please join us in encouraging Jon Mays to identify and produce the “later reports indicated he was outside the entire time.”
    This is not about prostitution, its Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including Children, Carlos Bolanos was detained as a Customer. It’s that simple.
    Terri Miller Quote. The 15 year old trafficked minor was “terrified.”

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Filed under #MeToo, #TimesUp, Adrienne Tissier, Board of Supervisors, Carlos G. Bolanos, Carole Groom, Customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves, Dave Canepa, Dave Pine, Don Horsley, John Beiers, John Maltbie, John Ullom, Letters to Editors, Mark Church, Mark De Paula, Michael G. Stogner, Ron Collins, Sabrina Brennan, San Mateo County Manager, San Mateo County News, San Mateo County Sheriff Office, Senator Jerry Hill, Sexual Harassment, Sheriff Munks, Steve Wagstaffe, Those Who Matter, Victim's Advocate, Warren Slocum

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