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San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe hasn’t satisfied Zain Jaffer.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is talking more about the Zain Jaffer former Vungle executive found straddling his 3 year old son while fully naked in the backyard of his Hillsborough home at 4:00AM. Now 17 days after the entire case was dismissed without a preliminary hearing or any witnesses testifying under oath, Mr. Wagstaffe feels he has not done enough to satisfy Mr. Jaffer. Here is his latest PR statement to SFGATE, he did not send this to me co-owner of San Mateo County News. Note: Mr. Wagstaffe has refused to identify the alleged prescription medications that caused Mr. Jaffer to be Not Conscious while assaulting several people, resulting in 7 F’s & 1M charge. The DA’s Office quickly eliminated one felony charge of Attempted Murder.

The Charges that remained up until July 2, 2018:

Charge #1 Attempted Oral Copulation or Sexual Penetration with a Child 10 years of age or younger. PC 664.288.7(b) Felony

Charge #2 Forcible Lewd Act Upon Child, PC288 (b) Felony

Charge #3 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #4 Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, PC 245 (A) Felony

Charge #5 Child Abuse, PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge #6 Child Abuse PC 273 (A) Felony

Charge # 7 Battery Upon a Peace Officer & Designated Person, PC 243 (b) Misdemeanor

SFGATE 7/19/2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: After the publication of this story, officials at the San Mateo County district attorney’s office said they wanted to clarify that “we do not believe that there was any sexual conduct by Mr. Jaffer that evening and for this reason we dismissed the sexual abuse charges. The physical injury charges were separately dismissed because we believe that the injuries were the result of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness caused by prescription medication.”

The FDA should issue a National Warning if the above statement is true.

Question to think about, Why would the District Attorney’s Office feel the need or obligation to clarify anything for Mr. Jaffer? He was facing life in prison if found guilty of the 7 felony counts. Steve Wagstaffe solved that for him.

Question? Steve Wagstaffe says “we do not believe.” That is why we have Juries, what did the evidence prove? If you didn’t believe it why did you charge him in the first place?

What could have possibly happened from October 15, 2017 to July 2, 2018 to cause this entire criminal case to simply disappear? And now 17 days later Steve Wagstaffe feels some pressure to make more public comments. What would cause that?

What about the 2 CHILDREN?

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San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos’s slow response in Angela Hernandez missing person case.

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Update 7/18/18 : Medical Condition Hernandez would later learn from doctors that she was suffering from a brain hemorrhage during the first few days after the crash. She also had four broken ribs, fractures in both of her collarbones, a collapsed lung, ruptured blood vessels in her eyes and extreme sunburn on her hands, feet and face.

Update: Interview of Chad & Chelsea Moore the couple who found Angela Hernandez.

Update: Angela Hernandez has been found alive near Big Sur. A couple walking on the beach reportedly discovered her wrecked Jeep nearly 200 feet down a cliff. Big Sur Fire, the CHP and Monterey County Sheriff responded to the couple’s 911 call.
They say she appeared to have a shoulder injury and was talking and could walk.
She says she has been there since July 6, That is 7 days and nights.

Another Interview of Chad & Chelsea Moore

Update: Angela Hernandez has posted these pictures of the wreck on her Facebook.

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Here are some facts Angela Hernandez was last known to be at the Safeway Store located at 70 N.Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay on the evening of July 5, 2018. She planned to sleep in her 2011 White Jeep Patriot with Oregon Plates 436KSQ. The next morning at 7:54 AM a text was sent from her phone to her sister “about to start driving” her destination was Lancaster California about 6 hours away. About 8 hours later her cell phone pings at 700 Hwy 1 Davenport California. She was not seen in Davenport, She was last seen in San Mateo County. There are news reports of videos showing her vehicle in Monterey County it turns out the “video of a similar car driving by” MCSO doesn’t identify it was her jeep and no evidence of Angela in the similar car that drove by. So Angela could still be in San Mateo County. There was no Amber Alert issued by SMCSO. Cell Phone data should have compared Cell Tower Pings of all cell phones at the same towers at the same time to see if there was a match. It has now been 7 days since Angela has been seen or heard from.

Just as his staff was quick to take the life (within 20 seconds of arriving on scene) of Hispanic teenager Yanira Serrano-Garcia, in 2014, San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos is now slow to find another Hispanic girl, 23 year old Angela Hernandez, gone missing in his jurisdiction. Rather than cause an all out search for the missing girl and commit the full resources of his agency, newly elected Sheriff Bolanos seems content to palm the matter off to a neighboring jurisdiction, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, leaving the girl’s relatives to search. In fact, his agency has now announced it ended its search for her, ABC-7 July 11, 2018 9:07AM San Mateo County Sheriff Office “Search Party Cancelled.” The next day the SMCSO put this video up.

Should San Mateo County residents expect more from Sheriff Bolanos, a controversial figure who had previously been detained by the FBI, in 2007, in a Las Vegas human trafficking investigation? After all, the trafficking of women does connote a certain contempt for women, devaluing their individual worth as human beings. Or is this again a case of the missing youth being a person of color (Hispanic) versus a person who mattersjust as in the Yanira case?

Has Sheriff Bolanos mobilized the full resources of his agency to find this woman -brought in additional shifts of personnel; called a Phase Three Tac Alert, bringing in additional personnel from neighboring San Mateo County law enforcement agencies; used his agency’s plane; utilized his search & rescue unit; opened up a coast-side command post; methodically searched all coast-side roads; assigned a ranking member of his agency to run the search and keep the community updated versus one lowly detective; etc.?

Has San Mateo County learned NOTHING from the Richard Moss tragedy?

And what is his agency’s solve rate for major crimes -it seldom arrests & books anyone, in comparison to its peers?

Aside from this, where is San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, the sheriff turned supervisor, whose constituents coast-side residents are? Why hasn’t he weighed in, with a commitment to find the youth to include adding to the reward offered by her relatives? Surely, he sees the need for vision and leadership, in the matter -remember, Sheriff Bolanos left the San Bruno Police Department to coordinate and manage the YouTube facility active shooter, several months ago, while he took a back seat role.

Where was and is the leadership San Mateo County residents should expect of Bolanos with a staff of over 800 and in excess of a 180 million dollar budget?

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San Mateo County Domestic Violence Protocol. Was it followed in the Zain Jaffer Case?

You might recall on July 2, 2018 Hon. Judge Stephanie Garratt (a former prosecutor for Steve Wagstaffe) granted the DA’s motion to dismiss all charges. I don’t think the Hon. Judge Donald Ayoob would have granted that motion.

According to District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, police had originally gone to Jaffer’s residence after his father had told them he (Jaffer) had assaulted him. If the father lived there and the two cohabited, this would also have qualified as an act of domestic violence -triggering police to adhere to the County’s Domestic Violence Investigation Protocol to which Hillsborough PD is a signatory.

While at the residence, police allegedly heard a child screaming in the back yard and found a naked Jaffer straddling the child trying to force his 3-year-old son’s face into his genitals (a sex crime), according to Wagstaffe.

After stopping Jaffer which included using a taser, placing him into custody, making the scene safe, and ensuring the two children and father had been provided immediate medical aid, officers should have frozen the scene [the residence]; caused the child who had been sexually assaulted & his assailant (Jaffer) to be given a sexual assault examination, at the Keller Center; authored an affidavit seeking a search warrant for Jaffer’s residence, person, cellphone, vehicle(s), business office, electronic devices (computers, iPads, etc.), and internet service provider for evidence of the crime, child pornography, and drugs -Wagstaffe said LSD was involved.

Officers should have ensured samples of Jaffer’s blood and urine had been taken and preserved, contemporaneous to the assault, for later examination -addressing any question of whether or not he had drugs onboard, at the time of the described offenses; Wagstaffe indicated LSD had possibly been involved whose clearance half-life averages 3 hours, while its metabolite clearance half-life averages 12 hours.

If Hillsborough PD did not have anyone with the requisite knowledge and or skill set to conduct such an investigation, the agency should have sought assistance from the district attorney’s office who has its own cadre of “top flight” investigators -or so they would have us believe. Certainly, once the case had been submitted to the district attorney for charging, Mr. Wagstaffe should have recognized what investigative tasks were required and ensured they were done -any golden rods Steve?

It would be interesting to learn what direction / guidance, if any, the district attorney had provided to Hillsborough PD to help them or could this be like the fraud which had occurred at the San Mateo County Transit where Wagstaffe’s assistant, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato, characterized false debits (journal entries) and attendant felonious diversion of 2.5 million dollars of public monies as unusual accounting practices -now we know why Al, a former Special Agent, is no longer with the FBI.

The investigating officers should also have summoned the County’s crime lab personnel to examine the victim’s and suspect’ s respective clothing, injuries, and the crime scene.

In short, it appears neither the County’s domestic violence nor sexual assault investigation protocols, respectively, had been followed and, consequently, Mr. Wagstaffe had been afforded and acted upon an excuse to drop all charges for a person that matters. DA Stephen Wagstaffe didn’t even put on a preliminary hearing where a judge could have considered the evidence and decided whether it was sufficient to hold Mr. Jaffer to answer. Why not Steve?

The County’s residents deserve better, a level playing field, professional law enforcement, and justice, not the corrupt facade Mr. Wagstaffe would have you accept.

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San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy.

Yesterday July 5, 2018 the Board of Supervisors announced Mike Callagy is the next County Manager.

Here are his qualifications.

Callagy joined San Mateo County as one of three deputy county managers in 2013 after a 29-year career with the San Mateo Police Department where he ran day-to-day operations and retired as the deputy chief. In 2016, he was named assistant county manager. He holds a law degree from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor of Arts and master’s degree in public administration from the College of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in homeland defense and security from the Naval Postgraduate School.

San Mateo County Leaders always say this: “The Board selected Callagy after a nationwide recruitment and several rounds of interviews.”

John Maltbie’s 2017 pay & benefit total compensation was $597,524.82

You can be sure Mr. Callagy’s will be close to that plus remember he is retired police officer with 29 years so he will be close to $700,000 per year as a double dipper.

San Mateo County Manager Position is a very powerful position (purse strings) and Clerk to the Supervisors (sets the Agenda Items like #7 on July 12, 2016), similar to the Sheriff, and the District Attorney Office. The difference being the public is responsible for voting on the Sheriff and District Attorney.

Mike Callagy “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great organization with a Board of Supervisors that is dedicated to seeing its constituents thrive and that supports our committed County employees who are making positive impacts to all who live, work and visit here,”  That sounds like a Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo Daily Journal motto.

Question for the residents of San Mateo County,

How many of you knew about the Nationwide Recruitment effort to fill the County Manager Position? How many public meetings were held? How many members of the public made comment?

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Results Certified for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election

Mark Church has certified the June 5, 2018 Election results for San Mateo County.

The Sheriff Office race was an exciting one with three candidates. Mark Melville and Heinz Puschendorf both San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies and Carlos Bolanos the illegally appointed Sheriff who started his campaign over three years ago to make sure no deputy would run against him. That didn’t happen. Mark Melville told several editors including Jon Mays of the San Mateo Daily Journal in May that he watched a 3 minute video of Concerned Citizen Mark De Paula’s presentation to the Board of Supervisors on March 13, 2018. He described it as brilliant and clearly stated based on that presentation it proved that Greg Munks and Carlos Bolanos were liars. Heinz Puschendorf was a last minute write in candidate told several reporters including Dave Boyce that in 2007 when he was the President of the Deputy Sheriff Association DSA he was ordered by UnderSheriff Carlos Bolanos not to talk about or mention the FBI Human Trafficking Sting Operation Dollhouse where he was caught and detained as a customer on April 21, 2007.

Melville and Heinz were very brave to offer their services to the residents of San Mateo County. Look no further than the last write in candidate former deputy Juan P. Lopez.

Imagine what the outcome of this election would have been had Jon Mays printed the brave statement Mark Melville made in May. He and Jerry Lee didn’t think it was newsworthy, 83,500 readers didn’t know about a candidate deputy calling his boss a liar.

That is a big deal. Another big deal is that 100 voters spelled Heinz Puschendorf correctly.

To the 52,996 voters for Mark Melville, I recommend you send him your e-mail addresses so that he can keep you informed if anything bad should happen to him. Same for Mr. Puschendorf. Note Mark Melville has not conceded yet, with close to 30,000 votes in Carlos Bolanos favor 81,032.

In another race between Nancy Magee and Gary Waddell for Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Waddell conceded right away with less than 1% difference.

Magee 65,683 Waddell 64,485

For the record I believe SMC Sheriff Deputies Heinz Puschendorf and Mark Melville.

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A Those Who Matter case. Zain Jaffer all charges dismissed by District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Why?

This would be a perfect case to be reviewed by a Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

What did CPS do to protect those two children? Though District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said the children — who suffered cuts and bruises but no fractures — were allegedly taken into custody by Child Protective Services immediately after the incident, he said their current location is not known by his office.

San Mateo County has a Domestic Violence Protocol signed by all Police Departments was it followed?

Zainali Jaffer case 17NF012415A was arrested in the backyard of his home in Hillsborough October 15, 2017 at 4AM. Police found him fully naked straddling his 3 year old son pressing his face into his genitals. He was charged with a lewd act ( oral copulation) on one of his children, child abuse and battery on a police officer and emergency personnel. His who was also assaulted father called the police.

Yesterday at the request of Steve Wagstaffe San Mateo County’s District Attorney, Hon. Judge Stephanie Garrett (a former SMCDA prosecutor) granted the motion to dismiss all charges. I don’t think the Hon. Judge Donald Ayoob would have granted this motion.

DDA Sharon K. Cho 229296 scho@smcgov.org told the court.

“The acts that were charged we would say occurred.” “But that sort of misses the point.” “Because legally we have to ask ourselves what was it that caused those acts, given the information given to us? “We just can’t prove that what resulted was voluntary intoxication versus this was someone suffering from a mental breakdown and some kind of psychosis.”

Is that really true? What were the results from the blood test that morning?

What happened? The DA had the evidence in October 2017 to charge Mr. Jaffer. What changed from that day to yesterday?

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors should verify that the public’s interest was served in this case especially since it is closed.

How did all of those charges simply get dismissed? The answer is simple for “Those Who Matter”. The Legal Process was abused, skipped, non existent. Who did this, Steve Wagstaffe and his TEAM. They became the Judge and Jury in this case.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said a team from his office met with Jaffer’s defense counsel for several hours to hear the evidence they planned to use in his defense. Though prosecutors initially thought Jaffer may have been under the influence of LSD, they learned an analysis of the combined effects of medications he was on had not been done and had resulted in behavior of which he was not conscious. Says who?

Wagstaffe said prosecutors including Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti, reviewed the evidence in the case, including that presented by police, and decided to dismiss all charges. If this were True it seems like a National Warning would be in order.

Mr. Jaffer was arrested on Oct. 15 at 4AM after his father called police and told them that Jaffer was in the backyard of their home on the 1000 block of Lancaster Road in Hillsborough, abusing his 3-year-old son.

Police found Jaffer in the backyard completely naked, straddling his son, who was crying, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The DA said that when police arrived, they saw him touching the child inappropriately. Police commanded Jaffer to stop assaulting his child, but he didn’t, and instead began choking the child with his legs around the child’s neck, according to Wagstaffe.

Zain Jaffer’s attorneys are Daniel Olmos of Nolan, Barton, Bradford, Olmos LLP of Palo Alto, and Patrick E. Clancy of Pleasant Hill.

The Savage Nation Podcast 17:45 mark 

S.F. Chronicle 7/19/2018

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San Mateo County’s 2018-19 Property Assessment Roll Reaches Record High after Seventh Consecutive Year of Growth

Roll Value Increases by 8% to $222.5 billion

(Redwood City, CA) San Mateo County Assessor Mark Church today announced the county’s Property Assessment Roll increased year-over-year by $16.5 billion, or 8.03%, to a record high of over $222.5 billion in assessed value, again setting a new milestone for the county.

“2017 marked another year of substantial roll growth for San Mateo County,” said Church.  “The combined assessment roll has increased nearly 60% in the last eight years alone.  This is the seventh consecutive year in which a new historical high has been set.”

“Commercial construction, major property transfers, and a continued strong residential market have all contributed to the roll’s significant increase,” Church added.  “With the lowest unemployment rate in the state and continued growth of the labor force, San Mateo County’s local economy is amongst the strongest in the nation.”

San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the fourth consecutive year, at 1.9%, according to the California Employment Development Department.

“Our strong job market and economic growth continue to push the demand higher for housing and commercial space,” said Church.  “As has been the case for several years now, the high demand and the inventory shortage in every sector of real estate, are the driving forces behind escalating real estate values and rents throughout the county, resulting in another record-breaking assessment roll for the county.”

The 2018-19 Property Assessment Roll reflects consistent growth throughout the County.  Total assessed values increased in all 20 cities and unincorporated areas, with increases ranging from 3.98% to as high as 11.4%.  The County’s unincorporated areas, which include San Francisco International Airport (SFO), experienced a growth rate of 6.06%.

 

The top 5 cities in percentage growth are:

·       East Palo Alto (+11.40%)

·       Daly City (+11.33%)

·       South San Francisco (+11.13%)

·       Menlo Park (+11.06%)

·       Brisbane (+10.78%)

The shared property tax funding base is approximately 1% of the county’s Property Assessment Roll and will thus increase to $2.22 billion.  Approximately 45% of revenue is allocated to schools within the county, 25% to the County, 18% to cities, 10% to special districts, and 2% to former redevelopment agencies.  “The county’s share will be 25%, or approximately $556 million, an increase of $41 million over last year,” noted Church.

The Property Assessment Roll is the assessed value of all properties as of January 1 each year, and reflects changes in ownership, new construction, value declines, and value restorations from the previous January 1.  The Property Assessment Roll is composed of two sections, the Secured Roll and the Unsecured Roll.  When combined, the two sections are referred to as the Combined Roll.

 

SECURED ROLL

The Secured Roll represents nearly 95% of the total Assessment Roll and includes 221,355 commercial and residential real properties.  This year, the Secured Roll increased to $211 billion, an increase of over $16 billion, or 8.2% more than 2017-18, reflecting continued economic growth in the county.

The growth of the San Mateo County Secured Roll is primarily due to the following factors:

·       Increased Values in the Local Real Estate Market.  Sales and changes in ownership totaled $7.2 billion, which is 45% of this year’s Secured Roll increase.

The median price of an existing single-family home in San Mateo County was $1,770,000 as of April 2018, according to the California Association of Realtors.  This is the highest median home price in the state and is an increase of 18% over the previous year, topping San Francisco County for the second consecutive year.

·       New Commercial Development.  Major commercial projects in the county, consisting of 80,000 square feet or more, accounted for more than 1.1 million square feet of new development coming to market in fiscal year 2017- 2018.  Another 18.7 million square feet are under construction, 9.4 million square feet have planning approval, and 28.8 million square feet are under review.  In all, 56.9 million square feet of new construction remain to be built.  Approximately 5.5 million square feet of new construction have been completed in the last three years.

Top 5 Cities for New Commercial Development

 

The following cities have the greatest amount of square footage of new commercial development, consisting of projects that are 80,000 square feet or more, that are either pending, approved, or under construction:

·       Redwood City – 12.9 million square feet

·       Menlo Park –  9.7 million square feet

·       South San Francisco –  8.8 million square feet

·       Brisbane –  8 million square feet

·       San Mateo – 5 million square feet

Growth in the technology and life science sectors continues to drive the demand in office, housing, hotel and retail.  Completed projects include the Marriot Springhill Suites in Belmont, Serramonte Center Phase I in Daly City, Gellert Market Place in Daly City, Belle Haven affordable housing and Greystar Haven apartments in Menlo Park, One Marina Hotel in Foster City, The Cove Hotel Marriot in South San Francisco, and Bay Meadows Station 4 in San Mateo.

Office development owned and leased by Facebook was the largest driver of increased assessment in Menlo Park, accounting for over $700 Million of new construction. These and other projects and transfers helped drive a significant increase in the combined roll value in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

In the north-county areas, South San Francisco, Brisbane, and Daly City have all seen substantial increases due, in part, to construction of life science projects such as The Cove, and expansions by Genentech and Prologis.

·       Restoration of Assessed Value: Proposition 8/Decline in Value Program.  The Proposition 8/Decline in Value Program provides property tax relief to property owners when the market value of a property falls below its assessed value.  The number of residential properties qualifying for the Proposition 8/Decline in Value Program has dropped significantly from 34,700 properties in FY 2011-12 to 488 properties in FY 2017-18.  On the commercial side, only 53 properties remain in the program from a high of 604 properties in FY 2012-13.

Over the next few days, approximately 2,088 property owners enrolled in the program will be mailed their 2018-19 Assessed Value Notices, with about 787 being fully restored to their factored base-year (Prop 13) values.

·       Annual Inflation Factor.  Proposition 13, which governs property taxation in California, ties the annual inflation factor to the California Consumer Price Index (CCPI) issued by the California Industrial Relations Board and limits annual inflation increases to no more than 2%.  This year an annual inflation factor of 2% was applied to the 2017-18 assessed value of all real property that did not have a change in ownership or any new construction during 2017.

 

Foreclosures

There were 55 Trustee’s Deeds recorded in calendar year 2017, a 36% decrease from the 86 recorded in 2016.  Notice of Defaults decreased 11% from 524 in 2016 to 465 in 2017, continuing the downward trend in defaults since the high of 5,058 in 2009.

“Foreclosure activities continued to decline, another important indicator of the strength of the current market,” said Church.

 

UNSECURED ROLL

The Unsecured Roll comprises approximately 5% of the Property Assessment Roll and includes the valuations of business/personal property and possessory interests (leased government property).  This year, the Unsecured Roll increased to $11.4 billion in assessed value, an increase of more than $546 million or 5.05% more than 2016-17.  Most of the Unsecured Roll is personal property, which typically depreciates and is not limited to an inflationary value increase, as is real property on the Secured Roll.

PROPOSITION 13 – 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Church noted that 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.  Proposition 13 changed California real property assessment from a system based on “current fair market value” to one based on “transaction value,” factored annually for inflation.  It was a reaction, in part, to the perception that elderly people were losing their homes due to rapidly increasing property taxes.

“Prop 13 is still controversial after 40 years and has seen many challenges, including recent proposals to split the roll and assess commercial and residential properties differently,” said Church.  “Despite the growth limitations embodied in Prop 13, it is interesting to note that this year’s roll increase of $16.5 billion is larger than the entire assessment roll of $14.8 billion in 1978 when Prop 13 was passed,” he added.

Addenda:

 

Local Combined Roll – Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Local Secured Roll – Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Local Unsecured Roll – Fiscal Year 2018-2019

2018 Residential Decline in Value Summary

Graph of Historical Combined Property Assessment Roll Values, 2008 through 2018

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MARK CHURCH

Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

& Chief Elections Officer

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Redwood City, CA 94063

650.363.4988

650.363.1903 fax

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