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San Mateo County’s DDA Melissa McKowan Court Case for Dishonesty is off calendar.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Matter # 13-O-13293

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The trial was set for August 15-18 in San Francisco which was expected to have 3 days of character witnesses telling the Judge what an Honest person Melissa McKowan was/is. The State Bar of California has reached a tentative settlement and therefore removed the trial from the courts calendar.

I have said that Melissa McKowan should not be employed by San Mateo County, She should have been fired back in 2010 when this exact behavior first surfaced.

San Mateo County Supervisor’s have allowed this Dishonest behavior in the District Attorney’s Office for 17 years that we are aware of.

Our fingers are crossed that the settlement includes disbarment.

The Almanac continues to protect the District Attorney’s Office

The above article has closed the comment section. I notified the paper in advance of the April 17, 2017 Hearing they did not write an article about it and refused to allow me to blog about it, I attended the hearing they did not.

The Charges

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San Mateo County’s Superior Court Open Access Data Base Replaced, Why?

Its been almost one year since Open Access data base has been replaced with an indisputable inferior software program. The question is what is the cost of the new software that gave the public less access? And why was open access replaced at all?

Tylertech about Public Access

Tylertech claims

San Mateo Countys Odyssey Portal

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Menlo Park Police don’t know how to make an arrest, according to DA Wagstaffe.

I don’t think for a moment that MPPD made any errors here. The easiest way to comprehend what is going on here is to think of Organized Crime. Those Who Matter control who gets charged.

David Bohannon II was arrested twice by the Menlo Park Police Department. The first time was for Domestic Violence assault and second time was for violation a restraining order.

Mr Bohannon was scheduled to appear in court yesterday at 8:30 AM Instead of a case number and a courtroom to appear in it said he was to report to the clerks office.In the 16 years or reporting about court cases I have never seen that before.  DA Wagstaffe refused to file charges.

San Mateo County might consider Stop granting Restraining Orders all together. It gives a false sense of safety to the Victims and their loved ones. Our DA doesn’t enforce them. Colin T. Smith a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy at the time he was arrested for violating a Restraining Order. Our DA produced a case that caused a conviction to be reversed because of Prosecutorial Misconduct and then refused to retry it. There is NO commitment to enforce Restraining Orders in San Mateo County especially if you are one of the

Those Who Matter people.

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San Mateo County Supervisors are in the Real Estate Lending Business, Why?

$10,000,000 loan of Measure A money to be approved November 15, 2016

If you object to this contact your Supervisor and let them know. Measure A funds for Mid Pen housing (a financial donor for Yes on K) to purchase an apartment complex. Why don’t they just go to a lender. Is it because they get a better deal from our Supervisors.

MidPen Housing Corp 09/20/2016 donated $30,000.00 to the Yes on K Neighbors for Affordability and Quality of Life with Major Funding by Seton Medical Center.

San Mateo County Supervisors 

Agenda Item 34 Measure A: Resolution regarding acquisition of Atherton Court Apartments:

COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

Inter-Departmental Correspondence Department of Housing

Date: Board Meeting Date: Special Notice / Hearing: Vote Required:

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors

October 6, 2016 November 15, 2016 None
Majority

  1. A)  Authorizing a loan to MidPen Housing of $5,883,211 for the acquisition of real property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road, also known as Atherton Court, in Redwood City; and
  2. B)  Authorizing the Director of the Department of Housing, or the Director’s designee, to execute a loan agreement with MidPen Housing for the acquisition of Atherton Court in Redwood City, as approved by County Counsel.

BACKGROUND:

On June 28, 2016 the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to allocate $10 million in Measure A funding to establish a program to fund the acquisition and to preserve the affordability of apartment buildings rented at below-market rents in San Mateo County. The Board of Supervisors established the Affordable Rental Acquisition and Preservation Program (ARAPP) in recognition of the negative effects on low- and moderate-income households when the sale of existing apartment buildings results in rent increases and displacement.

In an effort to preserve existing, naturally occurring affordable housing, the San Mateo County Department of Housing has provided loan funds to two projects including a nine- unit project located at 168 Pacific Avenue in Pacifica acquired by MidPen Housing and a sixteen unit project located at 1110 Cypress in the City of San Mateo acquired by HIP Housing.

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In early 2016, MidPen Housing, working in partnership with Abode Services, became aware that Atherton Court, a property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road in Redwood City was being offered for sale. In order to preserve these 55 units of naturally-occurring affordable housing, MidPen Housing submitted an offer to purchase Atherton Court. MidPen Housing has worked closely with the San Mateo County Department of Housing to structure the acquisition and long term operation of Atherton Court to comply with the requirements of the ARAPP loan program.

DISCUSSION:

MidPen Housing applied for funding under ARAPP to support the acquisition of Atherton Court in Redwood City. This property is made up of three buildings with a total of 55 apartments, including 53 studios and two one-bedroom apartments. In negotiating the purchase of this property, MidPen Housing and Abode Services, a service provider working with many of the existing tenants at Atherton Court, became aware of pending offers on the property in which the proposed buyers were seeking to purchase the property fully vacant, which would result in the displacement of 100% of the existing tenants. Because of the need to move quickly to provide funding for the purchase of Atherton Court, the Department of Housing has been working closely with MidPen Housing and has completed underwriting on the project.

Currently at least 47% of the households living at Atherton Court receive some type of rental assistance through either Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, HUD VASH Vouchers, or rental assistance from LifeMoves or from Abode Services. MidPen Housing proposes to acquire Atherton Court and complete all health and safety repairs, rent the current vacant units, and any units that become vacant, to tenants at or below 60% AMI. MidPen has also agreed to accept existing holders of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to fill vacant units. Once MidPen has acquired Atherton Court, it plans to restructure the project financing and apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other permanent affordable housing financing. MidPen intends to conduct a comprehensive property needs assessment to identify all the deferred maintenance and property upgrades needed to create a healthy and safe living environment for the tenants and to extend the useful life of the property. MidPen will maintain a rent schedule that results in long term affordability for tenants at or below 80% AMI, in line with the requirements of the ARAPP. MidPen has agreed to set aside units targeted to households with incomes at or below 30% AMI and to offer housing options to San Mateo County clients including homeless and special needs populations.

As proposed, the acquisition and rehabilitation of Atherton Court meets all of the goals established by the Measure A-funded ARAPP loan program including preservation of naturally affordable rental housing, conversion of unsubsidized rental housing to long term, rent-restricted rental housing serving low, very-low, and special needs populations, and minimizing the displacement and potential homelessness of existing residents. Furthermore this project will improve the quality and condition of 55 units of existing rental housing by addressing deferred maintenance and obsolete systems. The project will also leverage other private and public funding including (a) owner’s equity, (b) other public funds, and (c) private and public debt.

RESOLUTION NO. .
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA

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RESOLUTION: A) AUTHORIZING A LOAN TO MIDPEN HOUSING OF $5,883,211 FOR THE ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 3752-3770 ROLISON ROAD, ALSO KNOWN AS ATHERTON COURT, IN REDWOOD CITY; AND B) AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, OR THE DIRECTOR’S DESIGNEE, TO EXECUTE A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH MIDPEN HOUSING FOR THE ACQUISITION OF ATHERTON COURT IN REDWOOD CITY, AS APPROVED BY COUNTY COUNSEL. ______________________________________________________________

RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the negative effects on low- and moderate- income households caused by the sale of apartments with affordable, below-market rate rents, which can result in rent increases, displacement and potential homelessness; and

WHEREAS, the Board established a program, as part of the Affordable Housing Fund (AHF), to provide funding for the acquisition and preservation of apartment buildings rented at below-market rates in San Mateo County; and

WHEREAS, the Board allocated $10 million in Measure A funds to the Affordable Rental Acquisition and Preservation Program (ARAPP); and

WHEREAS, MidPen Housing has identified property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road in Redwood City that currently provides fifty-five units of below-market rate rental housing, including housing for a number of tenants that receive rental assistance through Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, HUD VASH Vouchers, and rental assistance from LifeMoves or from Abode Services; and

WHEREAS, the property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road in Redwood City is also known as Atherton Court and was at risk of being sold to a private sector investor, potentially displacing 100% of the existing residents; and

WHEREAS, MidPen Housing has requested $5,883,211 in funding from the San Mateo County ARAPP to acquire and to preserve the affordability of Atherton Court in Redwood City; and

WHEREAS, MidPen Housing will leverage the San Mateo County loan of $5,883,211 with other public and private sector funding for the acquisition of Atherton Court, with a total acquisition price of $17.1 million and will preserve fifty-five units of affordable rental housing in San Mateo County; and

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DETERMINED AND ORDERED that the

Board of Supervisors hereby adopt this Resolution A) authorizing a loan to MidPen Housing of $5,883,211 for the acquisition of real property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road, also known as Atherton Court in Redwood City; and B) authorizing the Director of the Department of Housing, or the Director’s designee, to execute a loan agreement with MidPen Housing for the acquisition of Atherton Court in Redwood City, as approved by County Counsel.

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San Mateo County News.com

Recommends VOTE NO on Measure K  on November 8, 2016 election.

Measure K is a 20 year extension of the 10 year Measure A sales tax. The tax income was expected to be $60,000,000 per year it has exceeded that amount by $20,000,000 each of the 3 years in place. Measure A was a dishonest measure, the Supervisors lied to the public about the County’s financials, they promoted the false story of a Deficit when we had a surplus. The 2012 San Mateo County Grand Jury warned the residents about the dishonest Supervisors.

Inconvenient Truth about SMC’s Structural Deficit, There isn’t one

The easiest way to think about Measure K is that it is brought to you by the same Lying Bastards that brought you Measure A.

Here is a letter to the editor of the SMDJ who declined to publish it.

County Officials would have us believe that somehow the extension of the measure A half cent sales tax passed in 2012 will be used to improve the quality of life in San Mateo County and would be spent on Police, Fire, Emergency Services, and are lately claiming the revenue will be used to help fund our current hot-button issue: Affordable Housing. In keeping with state law, this local sales tax revenue will go to the general fund. Conservatives should reject this out of hand because it’s an additional tax that will hurt local retailers and business owners large and small. Liberals should reject this out of hand because sales tax measures are a disproportionate burden on those least able to afford it. Progressive Voters know that The Measure A deficit was created by the $60 million dollars approval on the new jail, and everybody should reject this out of hand based on the dishonesty. The county budget is over 2 billion and the fact that the poor are being nickel and dimed for problems created by rich, out of town investors and developers is further evidence that we live in an oligarchy rather than a democracy.

Aaron Castle, San Bruno

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San Mateo County Manager and Supervisors response to Grand Jury Report on Inmates and Bail.

SMC Grand Jury Report Bail Practices

Response to Grand Jury

Prosecutorial Misconduct is missing from the response. San Mateo County Leaders have been warned for at least 16 years about Prosecutorial Misconduct and the Deep Level of Corruption in the District Attorney’s Office. This would be the first place to audit, if the DA’s Office is overcharging defendants that impacts the bail amount.

Prosecutorial Misconduct Link

We support a Citizens Oversight Committee.

Social Security Issue is also missing from both the Grand Jury Report and the response. When a person is arrested and placed in our jail the S.S. benefits stop.

Michael Kazarian case a great example Acquitted on all 17 counts, 10 months in jail.

Karen Teichmann case vs. Miguel Cisneros case similar with very different results. Karen all charges dropped Miguel in prison for life. What was the difference?

A new Law AB 1909 thanks to Patty Lopez and Gov. Brown Prosecutors can be charged with a Felony, It’s about time.

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SMDJ Journalist Bill Silverfarb doesn’t take credit for this story, Why?

Bolanos named sheriff: Board of Supervisors appoints undersheriff to replace Munks
July 13, 2016, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report no mention of Bill Silverfarb attending that meeting.
Carlos Bolanos

On a split vote, Carlos Bolanos was appointed sheriff by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to fill out the term of Greg Munks, who is retiring because of health reasons.

Bolanos, the current undersheriff, takes over the sheriff’s job July 17.

The board was faced with either appointing a replacement for Munks or calling an election for this November’s ballot to give the public a chance to choose the county’s next top cop.

Before the vote, however, officials with the offices of U.S. reps. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, read a letter to the board urging a more transparent process.

The letter spoke of rumors about Munks retiring early so that Bolanos could be swept into the office.

Munks announced last year that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and Bolanos announced his candidacy for the position shortly after.

A November election, according to Speier and Eshoo, would also not be fair to other potential candidates since it is only 109 days away.

They urged the board to interview many candidates for the job before naming a replacement to show an “absence of a pre-ordained outcome.”

The board voted 3-2 in support of Bolanos with supervisors Carole Groom and Dave Pine voting against his appointment.

“An election is a better choice to go. It creates a sense of legitimacy,” Groom said.

Pine leaned toward also letting other candidates apply for the job as the congresswomen suggested and said an election would be the best route to go typically.

He said the board could call a special election in March to give other candidates more time to prepare brisk campaigns. That would come at a cost of about $500,000, however.

But there are currently no other candidates seeking to run for sheriff. San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer expressed an early interest but announced recently she would not run for the job.

Supervisors Slocum, Tissier and Horsley all enthusiastically supported the appointment of Bolanos.

Horsley, former sheriff himself, said it was unnecessary to conduct a nationwide search to find a new sheriff.

“Carlos has done an outstanding job,” Horsley said.

The Sheriff’s Office has done well in recent years in recruiting more women and minorities to the force and in providing community policing in Millbrae, San Carlos and Half Moon Bay, Horsley said.

Tissier said appointing Bolanos to the position brings immediate stability to the department.

Board President Slocum said Bolanos has a proven commitment to community policing as the Sheriff’s Office also patrols North Fair Oaks and other unincorporated areas of the county.

“We know what we are getting with Bolanos,” Slocum said.

In a prepared statement, Bolanos said he was honored by the appointment and thanked the board for their trust.

“I will continue to ensure that we have a safe county for residents and visitors, and that the Sheriff’s Office not only maintains — but strives to improve — the outstanding relationships we have with the communities we serve,” Bolanos said.

Horsley also praised Munks for his work as sheriff and wished him good health. The two worked alongside each other for more than 13 years.

Munks is currently on medical leave. He had a third heart procedure Monday.

He said when he announced his retirement two weeks ago that the condition is not life-threatening but has affected his work duties.

Munks was elected sheriff in June 2006 after serving nearly 14 years as undersheriff. Voters re-elected Munks twice. Bolanos has served as undersheriff for nine years and was the chief of police in Redwood City for 12 years prior to that.

In 2007, Munks ran into some controversy after he was briefly detained at a massage parlor, with Bolanos outside, during a Las Vegas police sting labeled “Operation Dollhouse.” Neither were ever charged and Munks later admitted though he thought it was a legitimate business, it was not.

It wasn’t a massage parlor and Bolanos was NOT outside. Bill Silverfarb knows that.

Bill Silverfarb was at the July 12, 2016 Board of Supervisor Meeting. He also failed to mention that Carole Groom and Don Horsley were both asked to recuse themselves from agenda item 7.

The Supervisors were faced with DISCUSSING the appointment process vs. the election process. They were misguided by John Maltbie the Clerk of the Supervisors who did not mention the 2012 Grand Jury Report Appointment vs. Election involving the appointment of Carole Groom to fill the vacant seat caused by Jerry Hill.

SMCGJ Report 2008 APPOINTMENT vs. ELECTION

SMDJ Article plus comments

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