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By Michael G. Stogner
This might just be a First in San Mateo County History. They are Fundraising to find the right Candidate to replace SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe in 2022.
As some of you know on October 3, 2018, Chinedu V. Okobi was killed by Six Sheriff Employees, One Sergeant, 4 Deputies and a Civilian CSO. December 31, 2018 Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz ruled the Manner of Death was a Homicide. There was No 911 call because Chinedu hadn’t committed ANY crime. He was simply walking on a sidewalk while Black.
March 1, 2019 Steve Wagstaffe notified the public that he would Not be filing any Criminal Charges against the Sergeant and four Deputies. He never investigated the sixth Sheriff Employee who was involved in the Homicide.
By Michael G. Stogner
BEACHES CLOSED Stay Home, Wear Masks, Saves Lives
Half Moon Bay Beaches will open 9:00 AM July 6, 2020
July 2 UPDATE – City and State Beaches & Parking Lots in HMB to be Closed for 4th of July Weekend
This updates the previous news release on beach closures. All beaches within the City will be closed Friday – Sunday due to COVID-19 risk. This now includes Half Moon Bay State Beach. These are complete closures and apply to all residents and visitors.
July 2, 2020 – As a temporary public health safety measure to reduce the density of visitors over the 4th of July holiday weekend, all beaches and their parking areas in Half Moon Bay will be closed to everyone, for the weekend. Additionally, a portion of the Coastal Trail between Seymour Bridge and Kelly Avenue will be closed for that same period.
This update of the City’s previous notice of beach closures (below) now includes that beach access for Half Moon Bay State Beach (Francis Campground/Kelly Avenue, Venice Boulevard, and Young Avenue) will be closed as well. Yesterday, we announced the State Beach parking areas will be closed and that all access points to City beaches and their parking lots will also be closed. With today’s addition of access points to the State Beach, these are now full and complete closures of the beaches, and a section of the Coastal Trail, to all residents and visitors.
The closure begins at sunrise on Friday, July 3, and ends at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 6.
The order to close City beaches, parking lots, and a portion of the Coastal Trail was signed by the City Manager under his authority based on the City’s emergency declaration.
This action is being taken to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Spread of the virus is greatly intensified when large crowds gather, especially if face covering and social distancing regulations are not followed.
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputies will be present at closed beaches and coastal trail sections to enforce applicable local ordinances and state laws. City staff will be at beach entrance points to advise visitors of the closures. Changeable electronic message boards will be placed on various roadways to notify motorists of the closures.
By Michael G. Stogner
After it became Public Information that one of San Mateo County Prosecutors had tested Positive for COVID-19 as did her husband. Defense Attorney Chuck Smith who had been in the same Courtroom with the Infected Prosecutor said he was informed FIVE days after the fact. I asked District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe if the County was taking the Temperature of everyone before being allowed to enter the 400 County Center Building in Redwood City. The answer was NO.
COVID-19 is a PANDEMIC-NO TREATMENT-NO CURE-NO VACCINE and very few TESTS.
You might ask who is in the 400 County Center Building?
Office of Emergency Services, San Mateo County Manager, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, All of the Courts, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office with over 200 employees, San Mateo County Counsel, all the Judges, but also all the essential workers & CITIZENS who are there for JURY DUTY.
Lets have the safety standards at least be equal to a Swap Meet.
Close the 400 County Center Building until you can assure the Public Safety.
By Michael G. Stogner
Governor Gavin Newsom announced this morning that all Parking facilities at state beaches on the San Mateo County Coastline will be closed for the July 4 weekend. Local leaders are expected to close all SMC beaches and Gov. Newsom has stated he will close state beaches in Counties closing local beaches.
No Parking equals No Beaches
If you don’t live on the coast Stay Away, Stay Home, Protect the residents that do.
If you see Brent Turner make sure you tell him Thank You. A perfect example of one single person can make a difference.
Same goes for Pacifica Mayor Deidre Martin a true elected Leader.
From County Manager Mike Callagy to me this AM. “So like Dr. Scott Morrow has said, assume everyone you come in contact with and everything you touch outside your home is infected and use the precautions listed to prevent yourself from becoming ill.
By Michael G. Stogner
As we all know by now, Anybody can get COVID-19, There is No Cure, No Vaccine.
San Mateo County Courthouses should be CLOSED. This is not the first time we have said this. Tempetures should be taken outside before people are allowed in. Currently they are NOT, Why?
June 19, 2020 A San Mateo County Prosecutor tested Positive for COVID-19 and she notified San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. According to an article by Aldo Toledo of Bay Area News Group Five days later June 24, 2020 Steve Wagstaffe got around to informing a few people who were exposed.
In response to my question this morning , When did you notify the Sheriff’s Office? D.A. Wagstaffe said “I believe the court, defense attorneys and SO formally learned of the positive result for my staff member two days after we learned of it. When we learned of the positive result two days earlier, we immediately notified County Health who did the contact tracing process to notify anyone who might have been exposed.”
Were all the potential Jurors informed?
Were all the people who entered the 400 County Center Building June 15-19 notified?
June 16, 2020 the Prosecutor and 15-20 people were in a courtroom for a Preliminary Hearing. Think about who is in a Courtroom, The Judge, Clerk, Court Reporter, Sheriff Deputy Bailiff, Prosecutors, Attorneys for the Defense, Witnesses etc. The Prosecutor moves around the Courtroom and the 400 County Center Building like a butterfly. She also left the courtroom to attend another case in a different courtroom with a new set of people to expose. To get to the other courtroom she passed all the people (Hundreds) in the hall who were there for Jury Selection. She would have also gone to her office before court started where 180 co-workers are based.
Attorney Charles Smith who was one of the many people exposed in that courtroom with the prosecutor that day was informed 5 days after she informed Steve Wagstaffe.
Charles Smith “There is too much secrecy in San Mateo County.” “That’s an issue obviously, considering a lot of us are risking our health going into the Courthouse.”
Everyone who enters the 400 County Center Building is Risking their Health. What is the percentage of air that is recirculating?
By Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County Beaches are like a Magnet, Now is not the time to enjoy them.Protect the residents from Pacifica to Pescadero. Tell everyone to stay home.
Stay Home, Wear a Mask, Protect All County Health Officers, Doctors, Nurses, Medical Staff, Firefighters, Police Officers, Store Clerks. The time to open up is when they say they feel safe and have all the PPE to do their jobs safely. SMC has never been there yet.
San Mateo County has a chance to show the WORLD they know what the word Pandemic means. Show the World that you take your Health and their Health threat seriously. You can’t blame other Countries for considering the Banning of Americans to travel, Who in their right mind would let us in.
(of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
Political Interest have never been the same as Medical Interest. YOU are responsible for your Health and those you Love and Respect.
San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow is the one and only person I recommend you seek medical PANDEMIC advice from.
Here are some comments from Healt Officials from LATIMES article today.
“Every single one of those county health officers faces an impossible set of circumstances,” said David Relman, a Stanford doctor.
“Our professionalism is being exploited.” nurses at one hospital have gone on strike to protest what they say is understaffing and a lack of protective gear.
It has left some medical experts to warn the state is not experiencing a second wave, but a failure to maintain the flattened curve of the first one.
If the spread isn’t stopped soon, they warn, it may become impossible.
“It could get to some point where there literally is just too much disease to manage,” Relman said.
“I’m not sure why everyone is so surprised that we’re surging again. It never went away, and we opened up” while mask wearing was being “politicized,” the physician said, calling it “very frustrating.”
“It leaves us feeling in like we’re not enough,” McIntosh said. “I feel like this is all setting us up to fail.”
San Mateo County Residents show the world that you are Serious Citizens.
Stay Home, Wear Masks.
By Michael G. Stogner
Condemnation Racism And Bigotry
Stephen M. Wagstaffe
The Prosecutor the Judges are talking about below is Stephen M. Wagstaffe “his ulterior motive was race-based.”
 But Jefferson was not the only African-American the prosecutor peremptorily challenged. He also struck the only other African-American potential juror, and, in so doing, pro- vided several pretextual explanations for that strike. In light of this additional strike, the prosecutor’s proffer of two ques- tionable explanations for his strike of Jefferson take on a sig- nificance that they might otherwise lack. See Lewis v. Lewis, 321 F.3d 824, 831 (9th Cir. 2003) (“The proffer of various faulty reasons and only one or two otherwise adequate rea- sons, may undermine the prosecutor’s credibility to such an extent that a court should sustain a Batson challenge.”). At a minimum, these dubious explanations reaffirm our conclusion that the prosecutor’s actual reason for striking M.C. differed from those that he asserted and that his ulterior motive was race-based. See Kesser, 465 F.3d at 369 (“The prosecutor’s willingness to make up nonracial reasons for striking [three minority jurors] makes it even harder to believe that his rea- sons for striking [a fourth juror] were race-neutral.”).
 Taken as a whole, the record compels a finding that the prosecutor’s non-race based reasons for peremptorily striking M.C. were pretexts. The fact that the prosecutor peremptorily struck the only other African-American juror in the jury pool and provided at least two implausible reasons for that challenge reinforces this conclusion. We therefore hold that both the California Court of Appeal and the district court clearly erred when they found that Ali failed to establish pur- poseful discrimination. We further hold that, in light of the overwhelming evidence indicating that the prosecutor in Ali’s case acted with discriminatory intent when he struck M.C., the California appellate court’s finding to the contrary was an unreasonable determination of the facts in light of the evi- dence presented in the state court proceedings. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d)(2). We therefore reverse the judgment of the dis- trict court and remand with directions to issue a conditional writ of habeas corpus requiring Ali’s release from custody, unless the State elects to retry Ali within a reasonable time to be determined by the district court.
REVERSED and REMANDED.
Matthew Graves case in another clear example.
Chinedu Okobi Sheriff In-Custody Death was ruled a Homicide by the Coroner on December 31, 2018 on March 1, 2019 Steve Wagstaffe announced he was not charging any of the SIX County Employees.
It is easy for Politicians to say Nice words, pay attention to their actions,
By Michael G. Stogner
As some of you know I personally requested Carlos G. Bolanos resign from San Mateo County Law Enforcement on May 14, 2007 Certified Mail.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos has a bad habit of lying to the public. He has been doing that for a long, long time. San Mateo County Supervisors Warren Slocum, Don Horsley, Dave Pine, Dave Canepa and Carole Groom, County Counsel John Beiers, David Silberman, County Manager Mike Callagy are all fully aware of this and are not only fine with this fact but endorse this behavior.
Recently Sheriff Bolanos after 45 days released a video presentation of the Execution of Unarmed Sandra Harmon on May 5, 2020 7:25 PM at 845 Main Street Half Moon Bay, California. Sheriff Bolanos was quick to inform the public that she fired her shotgun at Deputy Dominguez who was taking cover behind his SUV Patrol Vehicle which was parked sideways right in front of her about 20 feet away. He reports to his sergeant that she fired two rounds which just happens to be all the shotgun holds which means it is now empty. Threat is diminished substantially. Adding to that threat downgrading is the fact that she no longer is in possession of the shotgun. At the 8:00 mark of the video provided to the pubic by Sheriff Bolanos you can hear Deputy Dominguez yell Put you hands up and see Unarmed Sandra Harmon with hers hands up and above head you can also hear FIVE shots being fired at her by 8:06 mark. Why?
Sheriff Bolanos is a master at misinformation, he and most of the media focus on Sandra Harmon Jay Walking & Reaching for an Empty Gun instead. If that sounds familiar it should Chinedu Okobi killed by 6 Sheriff Employees October 3, 2018. All violated their Oath refused to provide medical aide for more than 8 minutes and Lied about it.
San Mateo County Residents should ask Sheriff Bolanos What is your policy regarding a Deputy shooting at an Unarmed citizen? So far it is Kill Now Lie Later.
Sheriff Bolanos doesn’t mention it at all. He should RESIGN. Sheriff Bolanos tells us that Deputy Dominguez did not turn on his Body Camera for the conversation and shooting of Sandra Harmon. I might point out Deputy Dominguez has not said that. Deputy Dominguez went by himself to the motorhome with no body camera on is the story Carlos Bolanos is pushing. Why would a reasonable person believe that?
The good news is even if that were true, it really doesn’t matter because the In-Car Camera /Audio System will have recorded his conversation and we will be able to clearly hear the Shotgun Blasts. A reasonable person would expect to see damage to the patrol car with 2 rounds fired at a Deputy taking cover behind it less than 20 feet away.
What did Sergeant James E. Goulart recommend? What was the plan if he encountered the woman with a Shotgun, why was he alone?
That is exactly what happened when Yanira Serrano-Garcia was killed by Sheriff Deputy within 20 seconds of exiting his patrol vehicle. He was alone and No Plan. That 911 call was a Non Emergency Medial assistance call.
Chinedu Okobi’s Homicide by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees October 3, 2018 there was NO 911 call. No Plan
The use of Axon II Body Worn Cameras is intended to enhance the mission of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office by capturing contacts between members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the public. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office issues Axon II Body Worn Cameras to members for use during the performance of their duties. Members who are assigned a Axon II Body Worn Camera shall wear the device when working uniformed assignments and will activate the Axon Body II Worn Camera as provided by this policy.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office equips marked patrol vehicles with an Axon in-car camera system. Members will use the Axon In-Car Camera System in conjunction with their Axon Body II Worn Cameras during the performance of their duties. Members who are assigned a marked Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle will use Axon In-Car Camera System as provided by the In-Car Camera System policy.
By Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos released a Public Relations Video 45 days after Sandra Harmon was killed by Deputies. The original claim made by Sheriff Balanos was She shot first, Newspapers reported a Shootout which requires bullets going both ways. It would be so simple to prove that release Deputy Dominguez’s Body worn video, his MAV audio from the Dashcam which was right there at the scene. It would have recorded the single or double shot allegedly fired from the shotgun that we see on the ground. That would also answer the question How & When did the Shotgun get on the ground. Did she start the shootout and then lay it down only to be shot at while her hands were in the air?
Sheriff Bolanos tells us that things moved so quickly that Deputy Dominguez was unable to activate his Body Worn Video. That’s unfortunate because that would have confirmed Bolanos’s Story.
Deputy Dominguez Body Worn Video was working just fine from the 3:30-6:29 mark. Sheriff Bolanos claims it wasn’t on less then a minute later. So to recap The Sheriff Office has had 45 days to edited and create a shot fired or shootout as they told the residents of San Mateo County.
Instead they provide a video showing NO Shots Fired by Sandra Harmon and show Deputies firing at an unarmed woman with her hands up.
So far this is OK with the 750,000 residents of San Mateo County
What would you do if you were unarmed hands above your head and Deputies are firing at you from close range? I think a reasonable person would try to defend herself even if the shotgun was not loaded. What choice did she have? Follow more legal orders while they reload?
Sherif Carlos G. Bolanos release all video and audio like you should have 45 days ago.