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San Mateo County goes Purple again.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County New Cases Saturday 441 all time record.

As of Sunday November 29, 2020 San Mateo County is Purple again.

The state today announced that, effective tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 29), San Mateo County will move to purple Tier 1, the most restrictive on the state’s four-tier, color-coded COVID-19 reopening plan. A new stay-at-home order — prohibiting residents from leaving their homes to gather with other households from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. — also takes effect at 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.Under purple Tier 1 restrictions, businesses and activities that may have been operating indoors — including places of worship, movie theaters, gyms and museums — must move outdoors or close. Shopping malls and all retail must operate at no more than 25 percent capacity. Indoor gatherings among members of different households are banned and outdoor gatherings can include people from only three households outside of the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. restrictions. During those hours, no gatherings are allowed among households, with certain exemptions.State officials said restrictions are necessary to control a recent surge in coronavirus cases across the Bay Area and state. San Mateo County Health reported an approximately 85 percent spike in new COVID-19 cases from October to November: https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus. The rollback to purple is due to the county’s new adjusted case rate of 7.6 per 100,000 population.“We have not seen numbers like this in quite a while and we really need to reverse this incredibly troubling trend,” County Manager Mike Callagy said. “What’s important to remember is that we can reverse the trend as long as we follow common-sense health and safety practices.”The virus is considered “widespread” in purple Tier 1 in state’s four-tier “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” plan. Callagy added, “We need everyone to do their part to keep our community safe. That’s why we are urging everyone to stay home for the holidays. I know that means a lot of sacrifice, but the best way to show your family that you love them is to stay home and stay safe.”Limited Stay At Home OrderThe new stay at home order, announced by the state Nov. 19, is more limited than the spring “Shelter in Place” order and applies only to counties in the purple Tier 1. It went into effect November 21 and will remain in place until December 21.Residents can still go outside alone or with members of their own household “as long as they do not engage in any interaction” with members of other households or to work at essential jobs, such as in grocery stores. The order requires all nonessential businesses and restaurants – even if operating outdoors – to cease operations by 10 p.m. Holiday TravelCounty Health officials urge residents to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for testing and California Department of Public Health tips for healthier holiday season:· Stay home or in your region and avoid non-essential travel· Do not gather indoors with other households· Contact your healthcare provider if you have a concern about your exposure. “We continue to advise against traveling and want to reinforce that testing provides only a point-in-time result,” said County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow. “A test during the incubation period is too early to detect the virus during the infectious period. So if you test negative before or during a trip, you may still present a risk of exposing others to COVID-19. A negative test does not clear you for visiting relatives.”Morrow advised everyone to wear a face covering, maintain social distance and avoid gatherings even if your test result is negative.Activity and Business Restrictions Under Purple Tier 1Restaurants (Dine In)· Outdoors only with modifications (takeout and delivery open with modifications)Gatherings· Outdoors only with modifications· No more than three households· Prohibited, with certain exemptions, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.Places of Worship· Outdoor only with modificationsMovie Theaters, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Museums, Zoos and Aquariums· Outdoor only with modificationsHair Salons, Barbershops, Personal Care Services· Open indoors with modificationsAll Retail (except stand-alone grocers), Shopping Centers, Malls, Swap Meets· Open indoors with modifications· Maximum 25% capacity· Closed common areas· Closed food courtsSchools· The County’s move to the Purple Tier will have no impact on schools that have already resumed modified in-person instruction. · However, additional restrictions and/or a waiver process will apply to those that have not yet transitioned to in-person instruction.Offices for Non-Essential Workers· Remote onlyOutdoor Playgrounds/Recreational Facilities· Open with modificationsAll businesses are required to follow industry-specific guidance: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance….(What’s open and what’s closed in each tier? Find out on the California Department of Public Health’s website. Look at each county’s tier status here: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.)

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When Mark Melville becomes SMC Sheriff in 2022.

I asked the only Candidate for San Mateo County Sheriff in the 2022 Election a direct question about the Axon Log Records that Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos is refusing to make public in the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide of May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay.

Candidate Mark Melville’s answer:

I can assure you unequivalently, I will release said records…..There is absolutely no reason not to release the records….Transparency…!!!!  

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 7:47 AM Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com> wrote:
Somebody has asked me, to ask you and I think you have already answered but this is a little different.
When you are elected Sheriff of San Mateo County will you release the Axon Log Records in the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide right away.

Thank You
Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com

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Daly City Police Department, No Body Worn Cameras, Why?

By Michael G. Stogner

The David Khan Misdemeanor Case #20-NMOO6433-A is the Perfect example of why the Daly City Police Department should want to use Body-Worn Cameras. I’m listing Items 7&8 only he is demanding the return of.

 22 Ounces of gold bullion and small pieces of gold.

 Cash approximately $80,000 (Eighty Thousand) or more.

Does the Daly City Police have the above Items? if so when will they be returning them to Mr. Khan?

In 2015-16 the San Mateo County Grand Jury Investigated the Law Enforcement Agencies using Body-Worn Cameras.

2015-16 Grand Jury Report: Body Cameras the Real Truth

Based on it’s investigation, the Grand Jury concludes that the body-worn cameras would be advantageous for all San Mateo County law enforcement agencies as well as the individuals they encounter.

The behavior of both Residents and Police Officers improves when their actions are being recorded on video.

The Body-Worn Videos must be made available to the Public before they are edited/captioned like the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide in Half Moon Bay May 5. 2020. San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos refuses to make the AXON LOG RECORDS available to the Public.

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Second in Custody Death in November, Sheriff Bolanos is Silent

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

The first in custody death of Julio Boch- Curup, 21 R.I.P. happened on November 11, 2020.

The second in custody death happened November 24, 2020. Name not released yet.

That’s 2 In Custody Deaths of San Mateo County Sheriff in 2 weeks.

The obvious question is why are people in San Mateo County Jail during a Pandemic. Are they there because they couldn’t afford bail? Are they the most dangerous to the public?

Is two Inmate deaths in 2 weeks normal for this time of the year?

What do the 5 Supervisors think about this?

Which Law Enforcement Agency is investigating these two In-Custody Deaths?

With what the Residents now know about Yanira Serrano Garcia R.I.P., Errol Chang R.I.P., Chinedu V. Okobi R.I.P. and Sandra L. Harmon R.I.P. all Homicides by Law Enforcement of course Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos would request the Attorney General of the State of California to investigate these two deaths. Right?

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An open letter to San Mateo County Sheriff Bolanos

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Every Resident of San Mateo County should be asking the same Question.

This Open Letter was published today in the Half Moon Bay Review.

Nov 25, 2020 

Dear San Mateo County Sheriff Bolanos,

As you are well aware, your deputies wear a Body Worn Camera system whenever they are on patrol. The taxpayers of San Mateo County bought these camera systems for your deputies so that in the case of contentious incidents, like one here in Half Moon Bay on May 5, we would be able to review for ourselves what actually happened; this as opposed to simply being given a narrative from your office with no way to validate its authenticity.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any video for the May 5 shooting of Sandra Harmon from the deputy who initiated the encounter and who fired the bulk (11 out of 14) of shots at Harmon, including the fatal shot to her back. Your office says this is because he turned off his camera before approaching the RV behind Pasta Moon (against procedure) and, oops, we’re sorry about that. You haven’t even bothered to give us a reason his mobile camera and audio was “off” as well.

I’d like to believe you. I’d like to believe the deputy’s version of events. But as someone famous once said: Trust, but verify. As it turns out we actually can verify at least one part of your story — whether the BWC was in fact turned off by the deputy prior to the encounter. The company that makes the cameras and hosts the video files also keeps a log file for every camera, basically forever, allowing a review of the status of any given camera at any given time.

Thus we, the public and your employers, can know if the statement that the cameras were off is in fact true or false, and your office has control of the file that will enlighten us.

Yet you refuse to do so. Not less than four Public Records Act requests, including one from the city of Half Moon Bay itself, have been rebuffed by your attorneys. Most curiously, if the video confirms your version of events, then it would seem to be in your interest to release it to the public at the earliest possible opportunity. Yet you have not done this.

Which makes most people wonder what you are hiding?

I’m not writing to ask you for the log file again. You’ve already refused quite stridently in previous requests. Instead, I’m writing this letter to ask you firmly but respectfully to provide the entire community, here in the Opinion page of the Review, an answer as to why you won’t release the log files.

Please don’t say they are confidential. They are not. On footage from other BWC in use that day you released the actual video. If the video the cameras record isn’t confidential, then how can you possibly argue that a simple file with numbers and times that indicate the status of the cameras at any time is confidential?

Please don’t say you don’t want to set a bad precedent. That would be an insult to the communities you serve.

Please just tell us the truth and tell us why you won’t release the log file to the public.

Thank you in advance for your prompt response to this message.

David Eblovi lives in Half Moon Bay.

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Dr. Scott Morrow “It’s in Your Hands.”

By Michael G. Stogner

Dr. Scott Morrow

That simple statement is refreshing. It has always been in Your Hands. Nobody likes being told what to do. I’m one of those people, if you tell me not to do something it makes me want to do it, even if I didn’t want to do it in the first place.

I first had to look up the word Pandemic, I didn’t know what it meant, I thought I did but I wanted to check, it turns out I didn’t.

Then add No Symptoms, Airborne, No Cure, No Treatment, No Vaccine,

Then add The Trump Administration conducted the Crimson Contagion Exercise from Jan. though Sept, 2019. Google it.

You are responsible for Your Health and Safety everything you do has risks.

Best of Health, Stay Safe, Wear a Mask

Article It’s up to You, Figure it out.

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Measure Y PASSED

By Michael G. Stogner

Update November 30, 2020 Measure Y Won by 42 Votes.

Update November 25, 2020 Measure Y is leading by 43 votes.

As of November 23, 2020 the City of San Mateo Measure Y is leading by 42 votes. That is the biggest lead in the last 4 reporting dates and finally the San Mateo County Elections Office is not reporting remaining ballots to be counted is 200.

Congratulations to all of the residents of San Mateo who had to work so hard to get this Measure on the ballot in the first place.

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It’s up to You, figure it out.

By Michael G. Stogner

The coronavirus is now infecting more Californians daily than at any previous point in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let that statement sink in just a little bit.

From January 21 through February 23, 2020, public health agencies detected 14 U.S. cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

That’s 14 cases in all of America in 33 days. Yesterday total cases were 141,648, That’s in one day.

2019 the Trump Administration held the Crimson Contagion Exercise.

You figure it out, It’s up to You to protect yourself, Do not rely on the Government. Protect Yourself and Protect all Hospital Staff and Employees who must work with the sickest among us.

This is a Pandemic it is that simple.

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PERT should Audit Okobi and Harmon Homicides by Sheriff Employees.

By Michael G. Stogner

The reason I suggest this is Chinedu V. Okobi Homicide there was NO 911 call. The Sandra L. Harmon Homicide there was a 911 call by a non relative and she wasn’t even sure she should have called 911. Also there was plenty of time to bring the PERT TEAM into the Harmon call, 23 minutes before she was contacted and killed.

I observed the NAMI meeting this week and heard a pretty profound statement about what people who are calling 911 should state to the Dispatcher. If you call 911 for a mental health issue You are supposed to know somehow to state You would like a CIT Trained Officer to respond. Nobody knows that in the first place and in the second place the Dispatchers are the front line and They should know how to determine if that is necessary.

This should have been the policy since Yanira Serrano Garcia Homicide when her brother called 911 to simply request an ambulance to the family’s home to assist his sister take her new medication. He told the dispatcher this is a Non Emergency, She was killed by a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy within 20 seconds of existing his patrol car.

Another element that should be audited is the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, Current example is the City of Half Moon Bay on September 15, 2020 voted unanimously to ask the Attorney General for an Independent Criminal Investigation of the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Investigation of the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide.

If the PERT program is valuable have it be County Wide include all Police Departments.

Dispatchers should make the call on PERT TEAM being notified.

San Mateo County needs to review and possibly change the agreement between law enforcement and first responders, Currently Law Enforcement has to secure the scene before AMR can arrive. They are stuck just down the street at a staging area waiting for the Scene Secured.

I would also suggest the Errol Chang Homicide in Pacifica as a case to be audited 911 call definitely a mental health call, home surrounded by Swat TEAM. Looks like impatience of commander who ordered his men to enter the home. Total time on scene a few hours, Compare that to Redwood City Police 17.5 hour standoff with a Domestic Violence man. He refused to follow/comply with legal orders, Result nobody killed or hurt. The difference the man was a retired Redwood City Police Officer.

NAMI and PERT Information

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San Mateo County Election Office. 200 Ballots Really?

By Michael G. Stogner

On November 17, 2020 based on the information provided to the public on the Election Office Website Measure Y was leading by 10 votes. The Yes vote had 22,892 vs No vote of 22,882 .

Here is what the Website said about REMAINING BALLOTS on 11/16/2020.

Estimated Number of Ballots left to Process as of November 16, 2020: 200

That means 200 Ballots for the ENTIRE COUNTY left to be counted 200.

Based on that information and knowing that San Mateo County has 20 Cities and Towns I estimated of the 200 Ballots remaining Measure Y would receive about 40 additional votes based on that I said Measure Y Passed. Remember Measure Y is a City Measure not a Countywide Measure.

To my surprise Measure Y received 92 additional votes out of the 200 Remaining Ballots. Measure Y is now leading by 34 votes. You would think that raps it up and Measure Y has Passed as I stated when the Yes was leading by 10 votes.

Not so fast, this is San Mateo County. Remember Measure W awhile back.

Estimated Number of Ballots left to Process as of November 18, 2020: 200

Estimated Number of Ballots left to Process as of November 20, 2020: 200

The YES on Y is still Leading by 35 Votes and yes you guessed it there are still 200 Ballots to be counted.

This doesn’t help with the confidence Americans have with our Elections Process.

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