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Mark Church “Severe Understaffing”

 

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“My administration has brought positive change to San Mateo County Elections. We are recognized as a leader in the state and the nation. We pioneered the first countywide consolidated All-Mailed Ballot Election, we’re leading the way in the implementation of the California Voter’s Choice Act and we were first in the state to implement an Accessible Vote by Mail System for visually impaired voters. All of this has been accomplished with an outdated voting system and severe understaffing

That is why the Voters passed Measure A in 2012. Did he ask the SMC Supervisors for additional funding and was denied?

Questions for Mark Church, How many ballots were printed? What are Undervotes? What was the percentage of Undervotes for each date update?

Here is his complete letter.

Political rhetoric undermines integrity of elections

Nov 19, 2018 Updated Nov 20, 201

Editor,

At a time when there is a lot of political rhetoric about elections, words matter. It is particularly troublesome when an elected official makes unfounded accusations and attacks the integrity of the elections process. Responsible elected officials instill confidence in the electoral process, but Mark Olbert’s letter to the editor (“Third-party audit needed of elections office”) published in the Nov. 7 edition of the Daily Journal, did just the opposite.

As policy makers, we must be very careful with the words we choose, and that responsibility rests with every individual from the President on down to local elected officials.

My administration has brought positive change to San Mateo County Elections. We are recognized as a leader in the state and the nation. We pioneered the first countywide consolidated All-Mailed Ballot Election, we’re leading the way in the implementation of the California Voter’s Choice Act and we were first in the state to implement an Accessible Vote by Mail System for visually impaired voters. All of this has been accomplished with an outdated voting system and severe understaffing.

Positive change isn’t always easy, and it’s never problem-free. Issues occur in every election, in every county and in every state. What matters is how these issues are managed so there is minimal or no impact to the voting process.

The issue referenced in Olbert’s letter was quickly addressed and did not affect anyone’s ability to cast their ballot.

My office prides itself in conducting open, transparent and accurate elections. We regularly provide tours to election observers.

Olbert exhibits a profound lack of understanding of the complexity of elections. Had he taken the time to contact me, I would have been happy to educate him.

Mark Church

Chief Elections Officer

San Mateo County

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San Mateo County Elected Official Mark Church just added 3,078 ballots. 19 days after the election.

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November 6, 2018 Election Results Statewide General Election

Total Paper Ballots received as of the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018: 260,002​

This number is a raw count estimate (not tallied) that is determined by our electronic sorter. It is subject to change and updated daily as ballots received by the deadline continue to be processed by the electronic sorter.

The above number does not include Conditional Voter Registration Provisional Ballots and Regular Provisional Ballots which are processed after all regular ballots are processed and tallied.

Total Electronic Ballots cast and tallied on eSlate Voting Machines: 26,210 

 

Vote Center Ballots Cast 29,286 7.3%

Stogner asked Mark Church to resign 2010 to save taxpayers $1.1M

SMC Elections Results

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San Mateo Daily Journal, How hard can it be? It’s simple math. 286,210 Ballots

Vote counters move closer to final tally

Election results largely hold steady, Measure W inches closer to passage

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A little less than 17,300 ballots are left to count at the Elections Office, according to an update Friday afternoon in which results from the last tally largely held steady for some close races.

After holding onto the third of three open seats in the Redwood City Council race in recent updates, Diana Reddy extended her lead over Rick Hunter to 104 votes. The pair have been battling for third place since Election Day.

One of two closely watched tax measures, Measure W, a half-cent sales tax for SamTrans and transportation improvements, inched even closer toward passage, earning 66.55 percent of the vote. Measure V further solidified its position with 67.73 percent of voters in support of the $298 parcel tax for the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District. Both require two-thirds approval, or 66.67 percent of the vote, to pass.

Leads established by Richa Awasthi in her race for the second of two open seats on the Foster City Council and Flor Nicolas in her race for the third of three open seats on the South San Francisco City Council persisted, with South San Francisco Councilman Pradeep Gupta is still appearing to fall short of re-election.

In Redwood City, Giselle Hale, who has 18.2 percent and a total of 11,716 votes, and Diane Howard, who has 17.1 percent and 11,006 total votes, have held onto their shares of the electorate. Reddy has 16.05 percent and 10,332 votes compared to Hunter’s 15.89 percent and 10,228 votes, with 104 votes separating them.

In the Foster City Council contest, Sanjay Gehani led from the beginning and remains solidly the top vote getter with 26.81 percent and 4,940 total votes. Awasthi’s lead narrowly slightly in the battle for the second open seat with this most recent update. She currently has 19.31 percent of the vote and 3,557 total votes and is followed by Patrick Sullivan, who has 18.29 percent of the vote and 3,369 total votes.

In the South San Francisco City Council race, results largely held from the last update with frontrunner incumbent Mark Addiego remaining the top vote getter, followed by challengers Mark Nagales and Nicolas respectively. Though he narrowed the gap between himself and Nicolas by five votes, incumbent Gupta remained in fourth place with 7,561 votes, behind Nicolas by 143 votes and Nagales by 497 votes.

Known as Measure II, the bond measure designed to finance reconstruction of the Millbrae Recreation Center made a slight gain to earn 62.45 percent of the vote, according to last count. It needs two-thirds approval to pass.

In Half Moon Bay, Robert Brownstone, who has 19.22 percent and 2,383 total votes, already clinched the third open seat over Virginia Turezyn, who has 15.85 percent and 1,965 total votes. Incumbents Deborah Penrose and Debbie Ruddock were the top two vote getters.

More than 260,000 ballots have been received so far. Of the ballots received, 242,722 have been counted. More results are scheduled to come out Saturday, Nov. 24, and on other days if needed.

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District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s findings, in Ramsey Saad Redwood City police use of force death, questioned.

Wait for it….. wait for it!  There it is, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe’s pass for the Redwood City police officers responsible for the August 2018 death of 55 year old Ramsey Saad, the 2nd of three such deaths, under similar circumstances, at the hands of San Mateo County officers, this year.

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Slight of hand

In an apparent slight of hand, Wagstaffe released his decision not to charge the officers involved, by way of a proxy, Redwood City Police Chief Dan Mulholland -with his (Wagstaffe) providing a six-page letter stating no charges would be filled, and Mulholland, in-turn, conveniently passing it on to the press.

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Redwood City Police Chief Mulholland

Chief Mulholland

This letter was given to Mulholland, on the eve of the November 2018 election, immediately before the weekend. Undoubtedly cognizant of press cycles, Wagstaffe had timed the disclosure, to limit media exposure and public attention.

Wagstaffe’s findings can not be relied upon

Wagstaffe’s decision was never in doubt, it was foregone, and only a matter of timing its announcement. The disclosure was artful and designed to provide the appearance of a thoughtful measured process. Bravo, Steve!

Results predictable

The results of Wagstaffe’s review were predictable, could be foreseen, and will most certainly be repeated. From district attorney to the district’s chief enabler, covering for institutional, organizational, and executive misconduct / corruption. Defending the indefensible, the district attorney’s office is clearly open for business, for the politically connected.

No checks & balances

Steve projects confidence, obviously believing he can sell snake oil to anyone or, another analogy, sell ice to eskimos. And he has a right to this belief, to a certain degree, for he has no credible adversaries, no persons to keep him in check. The County has a private defenders program, versus a public defenders office-the only one in the state (of 58 counties).

The significance is the private defenders program, historically, assigns cases through a panel to obedient attorney’s, ones who sell / market pleas to defendants, rarely file opposition motions or take cases to trial, and routinely, with regularity, funnel clients to state prison, county jail, and probation. Just look at the District Attorney’s conviction rate (win-loss record), it’s to die for -is the envy of other bay area counties.

This relationship between prosecution and defense has also dulled the senses and oversight of the County’s judiciary, with judges not being challenged (by the defense, the private defender’s program) to make significant calls on the law.

The relationship between Wagstaffe and county law enforcement executives is mutually beneficial and self serving, he covers for them and, in turn, they return the favor, with their political support & acquiescence.

When officers and public officials who matter commit crimes such as domestic violence, unnecessary and excessive use of force, sex crimes, etc., the results are often managed by county law enforcement executives, with the complicity and aid of Mr. Wagstaffe, resulting in distinctly different outcomes from the general public.

Use of force resulting in death foreseen

In the instant case, officers allegedly responded to a disturbance call involving Saad, a person with known mental health issues. Rather than collaborate with his supervisor and peers and come up with a strategy to address the situation and reduce the possibility of violence / injury, Officer Poveda drove directly to the scene, contacted Saad, and became involved in a physical confrontation with him. Poveda tased Saad, twice, and shocked him multiple times. Officer Poveda, according to Wagstaffe, was eventually able to handcuff Saad and thereupon joined by three other officers (the Calvary).

According to Wagstaffe, Saad [while handcuffed] continued to struggle with the officers who had come to Poveda’s aid. Eventually one officer placed a knee [on Saad’ s back] between his shoulder blades, while the two other officers present controlled his mid-body and legs, according to Wagstaffe.

Saad died and a medical examiner from the San Mateo County coroner’s office determined the cause of death to have been “a cardiac arrest occurring during physical exertion, physical restraint and tasering”, this according to Wagstaffe’s letter.

Wagstaffe anecdotally included Saad’s height and weight, in his letter, apparently to portray him as menacing. Yet he did not include the heights and weights of the four trained Redwood City Police officers who were involved.

In tasing a person multiple times, physically struggling with him, and finally placing a knee on his back, as he lay handcuffed facedown, restricting the movement of his chest, torso and legs, is it possible his breathing had been severely diminished, causing him to die from asphyxia? Just asking, Steve.

Did you present this information to the medical examiner who conducted Saad’s autopsy, Steve? Just asking. And how much did the officer placing a knee and on Saad’s back weigh? Again, just asking.

Aren’t officers specifically trained not to lay a large handcuffed prisoner on his/her stomach, Steve? Could such acts go towards an officer’s intent, Steve? Just asking.

DA Wagstaffe as an enabler

Under the circumstances, couldn’t Saad’s death have been foreseen, Steve?

It appears, I can confidently predict what your conclusion will be, in these situations, why can’t you foresee that your actions or rather lack of action is ensuring such events will continue to occur, in San Mateo County, with, I might add, some regularity, unabated?

I submit, by continuing to give officers a pass, in such instances, DA Wagstaffe is an enabler, significantly contributing to both the cause and tragic outcome of such events.

Not an honest broker

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe holds the public’s trust, he is supposed to be independent and an honest broker, one the public can count on to speak truth to power. Three officer use of force deaths, this year, alone, and counting, ALL involving persons of color, individuals with known mental health problems, multiple applications of a taser, and forceful positional restraint!

Come on, Steve, there’s a problem with the use of force by officers, in San Mateo County! They’re killing persons with regularity, Steve! It’s not a product liability problem, you can’t keep covering up for that which is so obvious.

Call for transparency & full disclosure

In order to establish the truth and garner public trust, I would ask DA Wagstaffe to provide a complete copy of his office’s investigative report into Saad’s death, the autopsy report, the death certificate, the computer aided dispatch (CAD) printout for the event, the involved recorded 9-1-1 call(s) involved, and the recorded Redwood City Police radio communications involved in the event.

It is believed the public’s interest, in this matter, far outweighs that of the decedent, the San Mateo County District Attorney, the Redwood City Police Department, and the San Mateo County Coroners Office. The fact that this is one of three such use of force deaths, in the county, this year, involving persons of color who suffered mental heath issues make such disclosures even more important, if the district attorney wishes to establish transparency and the public’s trust.

By Michael G. Stogner

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Redwood City Council refuses to respond.

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Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>
To:dhoward@redwoodcity.org,Ian Bain,jgee@redwoodcity.org,smasur@redwoodcity.org,jseybert@redwoodcity.organd 2 more…
Nov 14 at 8:37 AM
Good morning Redwood City Elected officials,
I had hoped I would have heard from one of you by now 6 months after writing this story about San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. K. Bell and the Redwood City Police Department ignoring the DV Protocol, after receiving a 9-1-1 DV call. Not Attested and Gun was not removed. A young child was present.
You will notice I was the only reporter to cover the Lt. Bell story.
James McGee 17.5 hour standoff Domestic Violence call. Favorable treatment again by your Police Department.

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SMC and Las Vegas Metro Police “Operation Loose Ends.”

Update: Antonio Pastini R.I.P. was Dennis Hof’s R.I.P. Pilot….Jody L. Williams, Carlos G. Bolanos, Steve Wagstaffe, John Warren, LVMPD Operation Loose Ends.
This is my title, I’m not sure what San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe call it. When I think about “Operation Loose Ends” Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez & Sheriff Deputy Heinz Puschendorf & Jody Williams come to mind. I can confirm the LVMPD caused that damage to that door below on November 12, 2018
Jody L. Williams

Dear Dawn:

It amazes me how much work you put into campaigns that have zero impact on helping real victims of sex trafficking.  In 2006 I was approached by a group of sheriff’s who were using the sex trafficking movement to traffick women, and make sure they had no escape. Escape I had been providing since 1984. I brought all of the evidence on the operation to the proper authorities,  including Polaris,  and the end result was they cleaned up everything in my file and moved everyone. I went to the state dept., and the salvation army who agreed to fund and create a system to address this group of people that no other cop wanted to prosecute nor a judge prosecute and gave Nevada a million dollars to create atlas with me scheduled to be the director.  We staged our first raid deliberately scheduled to catch two San Mateo Sheriff’s who made a bimonthly drop in April of 2007. Validating what i had been saying, two San Mateo County sheriff’s were caught red handed along with bags of drugs, a juvenile and 24 victims. They were brought to the salvation army where I was supposed to question them during a mandatory 72 hour immigration hold. To my shock, the victims were sent right back to the houses, and the cops released. I was completely shut out of the whole system – replaced by Chris Baughman as a figurehead to fight sex trafficking. The reason this happened is because the Salvation Army sold out the 24 victims of operation dollhouse to metro for $370,000. George Knapp had seen my work and became curious. It took him a while but he uncovered some more misconduct. I knew homeland security and ice had to have been involved to release that hold so I pushed on ICE to investigate.  They uncovered Joohon David Lee and Chris butler.  Lee however was immune from all charges but bribery. I was validated yet again and even more so when Celeste Guap stepped forward in the press. She had no choice because we have no system yet that will take actions on cops unless you go to the press and convince them to write on the subject, and they won’t let you leave sex work for fear you’ll come against them. Because of Chris Baughman,  the fbi did start investigating what was going on. In fear what they would do, a judge, Terri Miller, Dennis Hof and myself were threatened. To protect my life I moved into an rv for 2 years I kept moving weekly. That was after a bomb had been found in my first rv.
Only now FBI Agent Kevin White has gone quiet and my emails were illegally seized by San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe the same man who protected those two San Mateo County Sheriffs April 21, 2007. Daniel Bogden, my only protector was fired.  With him gone, once they got my emails a sealed Search Warrant dated 7/2/2018, they figured out where I lived. The men involved in this trafficking network then bought the motel I live in brought in their own security to cover their ass and then metro came and tried to break my door down without a warrant November 12, 2018 9:20PM.

 

 

I don’t believe they (LVMPD) went to this much trouble to ask me a few questions.
I’ve appealed to Polaris on not only my behalf, but another woman who turned to the antitrafficking groups in Nevada, only to find herself being “recruited” instead of helped to exit sex work.  To date we have nothing. We haven’t even been called by Polaris – let alone protected in any way or anything being done about this. No lawyer will touch this either because they keep disbarring any attorney who steps up and arrests their paralegals.  BUT YOU GOT COSMO OFF THE WALMART AISLE! WOW!  What an achievement ! Only it does nothing to help these victims, and myself,  now in fear for our lives.

 

Jody L. Williams

On Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 2:05 PM Dawn Hawkins, NCOSE <public@ncose.com wrote:

 

Dear Friend,
This Thanksgiving, NCOSE is thankful for all of its dedicated supporters like yourself. With your help this year,  the movement has seen many victories from landmark anti-sex trafficking legislation, FOSTA-SESTA, passing Congress, to Walmart removing Cosmo Magazine from checkout lines, to progress with Google, Comcast, and many more.
We wish you a relaxing Thanksgiving with family (and pie!)!
Thankful to serve with you in this movement,
Dawn Hawkins
Sr. Vice President & Executive Director
National Center on Sexual Exploitation
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San Mateo Daily Journal misleading readers again. Missed all three numbers Why?

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San Mateo Daily Journal misleading the residents/voters again.

“Nearly 260,000 ballots have been received so far. Of the ballots received, 237,000 have been counted. About 23,000 ballots are left to count at the Elections Office

Ballots received is 286,210 not nearly 260,000

Ballots tallied/counted is 265,793 not 237,000

Ballots remaining to be tallied counted is 20,417 not about 23,000

Election update has movement

Measure W close to passing, Reddy extends her lead

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About 23,000 ballots are left to count at the Elections Office, according to an update Wednesday afternoon that showed some changes from the last tally in some close races.

After moving into third place in the Redwood City Council race over Rick Hunter for three open seats, Diana Reddy has grown that lead to 99 votes.

Two closely watched tax measures — Measure W, a half-cent sales tax for SamTrans and transportation improvements, and Measure V, a $298 parcel tax for the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District — moved more in a positive direction, with V solidifying its passage with 67.63 percent. It needs 66.67 percent to pass. Measure W, which also requires two-thirds approval, had its support jump to 66.51 percent of the vote.

Richa Awasthi further solidified her standing for the second open seat on the Foster City Council, and South San Francisco Councilman Pradeep Gupta is still appearing to fall short of re-election.

In Redwood City, Giselle Hale, who has 18.2 percent and a total of 11,700 votes, and Diane Howard, who has 17.1 percent and 10,993 total votes, have solidified their leads. Reddy has 16.05 percent and 10,316 votes compared to Hunter’s 15.89 percent and 10,217 votes, with 99 votes separating them. They have received 10,316 and 10,217 total votes respectively.

The Foster City Council contest continues to solidify. Sanjay Gehani led from the beginning and clinched a seat with 26.81 percent and 4,923 total votes, and Awasthi continues to have a more comfortable lead in the battle for the second open seat. She currently has 19.32 percent of the vote and 3,548 total votes and is followed by Patrick Sullivan, who has 18.29 percent of the vote and 3,358 total votes.

In the South San Francisco City Council race, results held from the last update with frontrunner incumbent Mark Addiego remaining the top vote getter, followed by challengers Mark Nagales and Flor Nicolas respectively. Incumbent Gupta still lingers in fourth place, with 7,488 votes, behind Nicolas by 148 votes and Nagales by 483 votes.

The bond measure designed to finance reconstruction of the Millbrae Recreation Center gained a few percentage points, as Measure II is now at 62.21 percent of the vote according to last count. It needs a supermajority to pass.

In Half Moon Bay, Robert Brownstone, who has 19.11 percent and 2,306 total votes, already clinched the third open seat over Virginia Turezyn, who has 16.4 percent and 1,669 total votes. Incumbents Deborah Penrose and Debbie Ruddock were the top two vote getters

Nearly 260,000 ballots have been received so far. Of the ballots received, 237,000 have been counted. More results are scheduled to come out Friday, Nov. 23, and on other days if needed.

 

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San Mateo County’s Measure W Fails.

 

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Based on the information from San Mateo County Election Office there was a total of 286,210 ballots received, of that amount 265,793 ballots tallied a total 249,288 voted either yes or no for Measure W. That also means that 16,605 votes were not tallied or didn’t vote either way for Measure W. = 6.24% of the 265,793.

With a total of 20,417 remaining ballots to be tallied, minus the 6,24% No tally or vote for Measure W average leaves 19,149 votes to be tallied. The Yes on Measure W would have to get 68.7% of the remaining ballots “and they are statistically unlikely to meet the necessary threshold”.

With that information We are calling Measure W Failed.

Total Registered Voters 399,591, 286,210 Voted = 72% Turnout

 

San Mateo County Elections Office should display:

Registered Voters                                                             399,591         100.0%

Total Ballots Received (turn out)                                  286,210           72.0%

               Vote by Mail                                                       260,000           65.1%

               Vote Center                                                           26,210             6.7%

Total Ballots Counted                                                       265,793          53.3%

Ballots received, damaged or challenged                       #####           ##.#%

Ballots received but not counted                                     20,417             5.1%

Credit Thomas Weissmiller

By Michael G. Stogner

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Mark Church, San Mateo County Elections does it again.

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Today November 21, 2018 The elections office shows a new and larger number of mail ballots that were received by 9:00PM November 9, 2018. The new number is 260,000 the previous number was 258,015. That is a 1985 ballot difference.

According to those numbers a total of 286,210 ballots have been received. When you add the 260,000 plus the 26,210 on Election Day . He is reporting that 247,256 ballots have been tallied that leaves 38,966 to be tallied.

The San Mateo Daily Journal which has a readership of 84,000 people per day has reported 12,744 ballots to be counted/tallied. Simply not true or accurate.

Measure W which has been failing consistently so far is now inching closer to pass.

Mark Church should be counting the ballots instead he takes time to write a public relations piece in the SMDJ.

Time for Audit

Mark Church’s PR letter

San Mateo Daily Journal 12,744

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Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, Taser Policy, Shouldn’t all residents be able to read this Policy on County website.

Chinedu Okobi 36 was killed in Millbrae on El Camino Real October 3, 2018. The statements from San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office were lies from the get go. This is very common when law enforcement kills an unarmed civilian. They blame the dead person, they do this because they are confident the residents of San Mateo County will continue to support the killing. So far they are right.

ACLU has demanded this information why isn’t available for all of the residents to see.

ACLU Letter of Demand

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