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Flooding Be Careful while driving, 2 people drown in car at a Millbrae, Caltrain Underpass.

By Michael G. Stogner

Millbrae Caltrain Underpass

Yesterday December 23, 2021, at approx. 6:00AM, 2 people died in a car that was submerged under an estimated 10 feet of water in Millbrae. The location was E. Hillcrest and Hemlock Ave. This is the main roadway into Bayside Manor Park. There are only two roads to enter or exit the Residential Neighborhood.

Do NOT drive into standing water.

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Who speaks for the 11 year old female victim?

By Michael G. Stogner

This case was Very Fast from start to finish, How and Why?

Just because somebody says something is true, doesn’t mean that it is.

As it turns out a San Mateo County Resident was arrested and Criminally Charged with three Felony Sexual Assault counts Bail was $500,000 and 47 days later his case is complete all the Sexual Assault charges are dismissed. This would be a good case for an AUDIT to simply find out what really happened. Was a man falsely charged in the first place? There is No Comment from Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos about his Sheriff Investigators and their work on this case. What are their thoughts?

Sean Gallagher and Steve Wagstaffe offered Mr. Banister to reduce this case to 1 count a Misdemeanor, Why? and Why so fast?

San Mateo County Sheriff Office arrested Mr. Banister on August 31, 2021 after Investigating the Sexual Assault allegations. The Investigation started on August 2, 2021, A Judge issued a $500,000 Warrant for his arrest based on the SMCSO work product.

San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges below on November 1, 2021, that’s 2 months after his arrest. So the District Attorney’s Office had two months to review the SMCSO Investigators work and they confirmed the three Felony sexual assault charges on an 11 year old victim.

On November 30, 2021 this offer was read in court, that is 29 days after the charges were approved and filed, What changed? What Happened?

I was not able to report what the District Attorney’s Offer was on November 30, 2021 because I was not sitting in the Courtroom. Also not in the Courtroom that morning was defendant Michael D. Banister and his defense attorney Joseph Goethals. They appeared by zoom or phone.

Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo Presiding Judge Leland Davis III cancelled the Public Access by Telephone on November 22, 2021. He has never explained Why? It can’t be because it’s safe to attend court in person now, So it must be some other really Important reason.

The listen-only public access lines are no longer in effect; proceedings are open to the public to attend in person.

The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office has a Victim’s Advocate. Did the Victim’s Advocate meet with the child and did he/she agree with this offer?

Did the parents of the victim agree with the offer?

Hon Judge Susan Greenberg

Banister, Michael Dennis case number 21SF010162A

001PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A Child288(a)Felony07/24/2021
001PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious Felony1192.7(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
001PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any Felony667.5(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
002PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A Child288(a)Felony07/24/2021
002PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious Felony1192.7(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
002PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any Felony667.5(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
003PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A Child288(a)Felony07/24/2021
003PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious Felony1192.7(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
003PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any Felony667.5(c)Enhancement07/24/2021
004PC647.6(a)(1)-MISD-Child Molesting647.6(a)(1)Misdemeanor07/24/2021
001PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A ChildDismissal: Negotiated Plea
001PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious FelonyStricken
001PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any FelonyStricken
002PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A ChildDismissal: Negotiated Plea
002PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious FelonyStricken
002PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any FelonyStricken
003PC288(a)-FEL-Lewd Act Upon A ChildDismissal: Negotiated Plea
003PC1192.7(c)-ENH-Serious FelonyStricken
003PC667.5(c)-ENH-Special Allegation-Prior-Any FelonyStricken

Judicial Officer
Greenberg, Susan

004PC647.6(a)(1)-MISD-Child MolestingPled Nolo Contendere
December 17, 2021

Sheriff Office Press Release arrest of Michael D. Banister

Does anybody wonder why Sexual Assault Victims don’t want to report the crimes.

Does San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office ever charge somebody with crimes they know they did not commit? Of course they do, look no further than People vs. Juan Pablo Lopez case NF433910A

Is that what happened is this case? I don’t know. Somebody reported a crime, the Sheriff’s Office Investigated and so did the District Attorney’s Office. They called the 11 year old girl a Victim.

How is it possible for these charges to be DISMISSED?

Remember a person is innocent until proven Guilty.

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Daly City, Fire City Manager Shawnna Maltbie and Assistant City Manager Stephen Stolte for starters.

By Michael G. Stogner

City Manager Shawanna Maltbie

I say this based on my personal experience of dealing with Half Moon Bay City Manager Bob Nesbit and Deputy City Manager Matthew Chidester in trying to get to the truth of the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies on May 5, 2020. Those two in my opinion did everything possible to obstruct that goal. I even recommended the City Council file a lawsuit against the Sheriff, District Attorney and County Counsel to release the AXON LOG RECORDS, they chose not to. Half Moon Bay City Council was very disturbed by the Homicide and wanted answers, and even went so far as to contact the Attorney General to Criminally Investigate the Sheriff, District Attorney Investigators and the Homicide. Again the City Managers intervened in the creation of the watered down wording of that letter.

One of the main differences I see between the Murder of Roger Allen and Sandra Lee Harmon is Daly City Mayor and the Council Members are fine with the Murder of another Black man in San Mateo County. Just like Millbrae was with Chinedu V. Okobi’s Homicide by six Sheriff Employees. That was not the case in Half Moon Bay ALL Council Members were very upset and they said so.

Everybody knows the names of the 4 Daly City Police Officers should have been made public on April 7, 2021 the same day Roger Allen was killed. That is Transparency. Who is responsible for the behavior of the Daly City Police Chief? If it’s not the City Manager, and it’s not the Mayor, that leaves the silent City Council.

What did San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy (30 year Police Officer) say? Nothing

What did the Board of Supervisor’s say about Roger Allen’s Homicide by DCPD? Nothing

Mark D. Melville candidate for Sheriff of San Mateo County 2022 said “The police department should be conducting their own investigation to ensure all department directives were followed in handling said incident.”  “There is no reason for the PD to withhold the names of all personnel involved in said incident.”  

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told me,

“There are four officers involved in the Daly City shooting.  It is the responsibility of the police chief to disclose the officers’ names, with the proviso that my office will disclose the names at the time of announcing the decision in the case.  So at least for now that inquiry goes to Chief Patrick Hensley at DCPD.”

“Only one officer fired his weapon and he is on administrative leave. “

Than You, Colin Kaepernick.

I recently revisited the 2016 postgame interview when I was first asked about not standing during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” One of the reporters inquired about the reasoning behind my dissent. “There’s a lot of things that need to change,” I replied. “One specifically is police brutality. There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. Cops are getting paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

The unnamed Daly City Police Officer who killed Roger Allen is on paid leave. City Managers, Mayors and City Council are responsible.

The Attorney General of the State of California should by Investigating Roger Allen’s Homicide. Everybody knows that.

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HMB’s Coastside Recovery Initiative Zoom Meeting 2/11/2021 6:00PM

By Michael G. Stogner

The question I ask is why would any City or County think this is the time to discuss or promote Recovery. California is in a raging Global Pandemic, It has never been worse than it is today. It will get better when 70% of Americans are vaccinated that looks like that will happen around August. In the mean time there are not enough ICU Beds and Trained Staff or Vaccine doses to even apply to the 1A group. So who thinks its a great idea to have this Recovery Zoom Meeting with Lenny Mendonca besides the County and the Chamber of Commerce?

The Time for Social and Economic Recovery will be when ALL of the public is Safe, It’s that simple and Now is not that time.

I couldn’t help but notice they fail to mention Lenny Mendonca’s 36 year relationship with McKinsey & Company.

McKinsey & Company Consulted Perdue Pharma and recently agreed to pay $573,000,000.00 in settlement agreement.

McKinsey & Company consulted ICE and Custom and Border Protection.

McKinsey & Company consulted New York City to reduce Jail violence. It increased.

From the City’s website: Join Us for the Launch of the Coastside Recovery Initiative

The City, County and the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce are hosting a virtual open house event on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. We invite you to come and learn about the Coastside Recovery Initiative (CRI), and to contribute your ideas. You’ll hear from Lenny Mendonca, former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom on why the time is now to ramp up plans for social and economic recovery.

They are asking you to register in advance of the meeting for some reason.

Please click here to register for the virtual open house. We look forward to seeing you.

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Pacifica Beach Yoga Court Ordered Closed

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Finally Enforcing State Orders. Enforcement is the most important part of any Order.

Thursday Jan 21, 2021 Hon. Judge Danny Chou granted the county’s request for a temporary restraining order that Pacifica Beach Yoga immediately shut down

San Mateo County Counsel John Beiers “Our community rightly expects that when its state government imposes shelter-in-place laws, those laws will be enforced justly and equitably to ensure that everyone is playing by the same rules.

Next Court date is Feb, 4, 2021 

Court Case Filing

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Law Enforcement Reform Nathan Ballard Arrested.

By Michael G. Stogner

Why is the Public just now hearing about this arrest that occurred on October 20, 2020 by Napa County Sheriff Office?

Does CPS have the Children?

Was the Child who was allegedly the victim of Attempted Murder a boy or girl?

Why did it take the Napa County Sheriff Office two days to arrest Nathan Ballard?

Did the Napa Sheriff Office make the Arrest Information available in the public daily Log Records?

A major part of Law Enforcement Reform is to have Honesty in Law Enforcement. No Special Treatment for “Those Who Matter.” Domestic Violence Charges are some of the easier cases to simply disappear in the Justice System. The best way to get rid of them is not to arrest the Special Person in the first place. San Mateo County Examples include San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. Kristina Bell Domestic Violence 911 call to the Redwood City Police Department by her partner. After several hours in the home, RWCPD made No Arrest and No Charges were filed even though the District Attorney knew about the 911 call and police response.

RWCPD 911 DV Call for SMCSO Lt. Kristina Bell

The next easiest way to get rid of the Domestic Violence Arrest is to NOT file charges even after that Special Person was arrested twice in 7 days by the Menlo Park Police Department. David Bohannon II arrested twice for D.V. by MPPD. No Charges Filed, No Court Appearance of course, No nothing.

MPPD DV Arrest David Bohannon II twice No Charges

The next easiest way to get rid of Domestic Violence Charges after a 17.5 Hour standoff with two different Swat Teams outside your Redwood City home, before the Redwood City Police arrest you unharmed. The Special Person being a retired Redwood City Police Officer, is to file the charges 30 days after the fact to give plenty of time to communicate with and let the victim see how the system really works. Charges got so diluted and case just disappeared.

James (Jim) McGee DV Swat Standoff RWC

Nate Ballard was Arrested on October 20, 2020 by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Most reasonable people would consider placing a pillow over a Childs face and laying with your full body weight on top of the pillow to be ATTEMPTED MURDER.

Notice the date this occurred and when the public first heard about it. October 17, 2020 and December 3, 2020. This is a good example of the Two Americas that exist in the Law Enforcement and Justice Industry in America. Also known as “Those Who Matter”

On Thursday, Napa County authorities filed two domestic violence charges against veteran political strategist Nathan Ballard, including that he tried to suffocate a child with a pillow at a local resort in October.

Officials with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department say the incident in question occurred on Oct. 17, and involved an unidentified adult victim and two minors.

According to the adult victim’s police statement, Ballard reportedly “had consumed a large amount of alcohol and some marijuana” at the resort before he charged at her and pushed her with both hands into a set of glass doors.

Ballard, a 51-year-old longtime advisor to Governor Newsom, issued a statement in response on Thursday saying, “I’ve spent my career in crisis communications fighting on behalf of the wrongfully accused, and now for the first time I really know what it feels like to be in their shoes. I will be exonerated. I love my children more than anything on earth, and we will be reunited.”

Crisis Communications is the Industry of promoting the rosiest possible fabrication in words and getting that published in as many local and national publications as possible to make sure the Reasonable Residents get completely confused and forget about the ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A CHILD.

Both the Zain Jaffer case and Nathan Ballard case involve Attempted Murder of a Child. Both Involve these men being on top of their children. Zain Jaffer was found by Police and captured on AXON Body Worn Cameras at 4 AM in his backyard completely naked on top of his 3 year son, when ordered off he refused and place his child in a leg lock around his neck. The Police saved the child’s life. Prosecutors initially charged Jaffer with attempted murder but Quickly dropped the charge.

Nathan Ballard was not caught in the act of pillow over his child’s face so there is a difference there.

Here is a PR piece about Nathan Ballard being a Rad Dad.

One way to protect Victim’s of Domestic Violence is to have this information made public ASAP.

That did not happen in the Nathan Ballard DV Arrest? Why?

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Governor Newsom is just a Human Being like the rest of us.

By Michael G. Stogner

You and you alone are responsible for Your Health and Safety. I have known since February of 2020 about the Crimson Contagion Exercise by the Trump Administration in 2019. I have known since than that the United States Response or Lack of Response is a Deliberate Act. The outcome we are seeing today in America is the predicted and expected result by the Trump Administration it is that simple.

I am a 70 year old man with 3 out of 4 conditions that place me at high risk if I catch COVID-19, that is why for the last 9 months I personally choose to restrict my behavior and do my best to protect all of the Medical Professionals and Staff who are forced to take care of those sick with COVID-19. They should not have to be working overtime and doing work loads they never sign on to do. Example comfort the dying every single day.

I will not be having Thanksgiving with my son and his family. They know why. This is a Pandemic completely out of control just as Predicted.

Governor Newsom just made a Human Error, Think about YOUR actions.


Newsom on Napa dinner party: My bad
With COVID surging, the governor, his wife and others attended a birthday gathering.
GOV. NEWSOM said: “We should have modeled better behavior.” (Rich Pedroncelli AP)
By Taryn Luna and John Myers

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he should have stayed home and not attended a dinner with other households at an upscale Napa Valley restaurant as COVID-19 cases soar across the state.
“While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” Newsom said in a statement.
Newsom and his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom attended a birthday party for his political advisor Jason Kinney at the French Laundry in Yountville on Nov. 6, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The paper wrote that a total of at least a dozen people from more than three different households attended the gathering.
The governor’s office confirmed Newsom’s participation in the event and said the dinner was held outdoors at the restaurant.
“This was a small, intimate, 12-person dinner held outdoors with family and a few close friends to celebrate a 50th birthday,” said Molly Weedn, a spokeswoman for Kinney. “The restaurant was open for normal dining, consistent with state and county health guidance. All of the restaurant safety protocols were adhered to — and the guests followed those protocols.”
California’s COVID-19 guidelines limit the number of households at a private gathering, but do not explicitly impose those same rules on restaurant patrons.
State guidelines updated in November allow private gatherings of no more than three households in a park or outdoor space. Rules for dining say restaurants should “limit the number of patrons at a single table to a household unit or patrons who have asked to be seated together,” without stating any limits on the number of households that can sit at a table.
The revelation of Newsom’s restaurant outing came at a particularly awkward moment on the same day his administration issued new guidance calling for Californians to limit their exposure to those outside of their immediate family as the state grapples with another surge of the coronavirus. To date, California has reported more than 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18,000 deaths — counts that officials fear could grow rapidly if families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday in two weeks.
Earlier this week, several counties saw their COVID-19 restrictions in their communities increase as they were moved to the state’s “purple” tier, indicating greatest risk of coronavirus spread. One of those counties was Sacramento, where the governor and his family live.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, the governor’s health and human services secretary, declined to specifically address Newsom’s decision to attend the birthday dinner with others on Friday.
“We have the guidance and the tips for a reason,” Ghaly said of the call for fewer and more cautious group gatherings.
“We believe they are the strategies to keep ourselves and our communities safe and we hope, and expect, people to take them seriously.”
The governor’s office did not immediately answer a question regarding Newsom’s plans for Thanksgiving.

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Half Moon Bay Beaches OPEN Labor Day Weekend.

By Michael G. Stogner

Half Moon Bay City Council voted 5-0 last night to keep the Beaches in Half Moon Bay Open while Monterey County, Santa Cruz County and the City of Pacifica have decided to Close Beaches and Parking Lots.

There is a Worldwide PANDEMIC, No Cure, No Treatment, No Vaccine but that has never been a concern for San Mateo County Leadership. They have consistently been dedicated to Staying off of the States Watchlist, or Getting Off of the States Watchlist. That might be why they have made so many changes to the Data Base, None of it matches.

Back to the Beaches of Half Moon Bay you can’t blame the elected officials in this case, so many moving parts and they don’t get paid for this. The City Manager, Assistant Manager, Sheriff, Chief of Police they do, the Chief who by the way said he would make some calls to see if he could get some extra staff to enforce the closure of Beaches if they voted to close. Think about that, He didn’t say Of Course I will get the extra staff I need to enforce your decision. This is San Mateo County, now known as Silicon Valley and the Police Chief says its going to be tough to enforce it. All five council members were OK with his response.

Even from a simple Math point of view, This is a very bad idea. Half Moon Bay and the SMC Coast experience Gridlock on normal weekends, watch what happens now. This is an invitation to the world the Party is in Half Moon Bay this Labor Day Weekend.

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San Mateo County COVID-19 Data is Flawed.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County was the only County in the entire Bay Area to remain off of the State of California’s Watchlist. Why was that a goal for the Supervisors and County Manager instead of Protecting the Residents of SMC.

San Mateo County has reported for weeks that the data did not add up. We also contacted County Manager Mike Callagy to explain the additional 15 ICU Beds and Staff that were reported on a single day only to disappear the next day.

His response was:

I don’t know specifically, but I do know many hospitals now are able to easily convert rooms to ICU… it is not like the ICU wards they use to have.  Most rooms now are set up to convert to ICU.

Its fair to say that a Shut Down is in order until the real data is available.

Why would anybody believe San Mateo County with SFO and San Jose International Airport to the South not be a natural HotSpot.



A significant unresolved problem with the State of California’s reporting system for communicable diseases (California Reportable Disease Information Exchange [CalREDIE]), has resulted in significant underreporting of COVID-19 testing results to San Mateo County Health and local health departments state-wide. Local health departments are receiving incomplete information regarding laboratory test results, which affects our ability to identify new cases of COVID-19, to accurately report the testing positivity rate in our community, and to identify the number of persons tested for the last few weeks. Without timely reports of all new lab results, it is impossible for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local health officials to identify the extent to which COVID-19 is circulating in the community. It also hinders our ability to conduct effective contact tracing and case investigations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The extent of this issue is currently unknown, and the expected resolution date is also unknown.  San Mateo County Health is in conversations with CDPH, working to rapidly resolve this issue and creating new paths for laboratory results to be reported to our County. In the meantime, we are continuing to report the testing data we do receive and will make clear to the public which data reported on our website are affected by this issue. Data currently affected are in the County Data Dashboard, the Lab Testing Data Dashboard, the Cases by City map, and the Long Term Care Facility Data Dashboard. CDPH has confirmed that although received data are incomplete, the data are valid for those results we are receiving. We expect the testing positivity rate, the daily and cumulative case counts, and other data points on the County’s COVID-19 data dashboards to change as more complete test results are reported to San Mateo County Health.

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31 Costco Employees Positive for COVID-19 at 4 Silicon Valley locations.

By Michael G. Stogner

I asked San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy How many San Mateo County Costco Employees have tested positive? His response was “Michael I do not have that information.” That would be good for the Residents of SMC to know.

The cases were reported to the county by Costco after workers reported their diagnoses to the company. 

Where were they tested and by who?

The LATIMES reported today that 31 employees from four locations in Santa Clara County have tested positive for COVID-19.

The largest cluster of coronavirus cases among workers of the warehouse chain’s stores in Santa Clara County — Northern California’s most populous — is the Costco in Sunnyvale, where 13 cases were reported between July 23 and 26.

Cases were also reported at Costco locations in San Jose on Senter Road, southeast of downtown, with eight cases between July 17 and 22; Gilroy, with six cases between July 24 and 30; and Mountain View, with four cases between July 15 and 29.

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