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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos What is your Plan to Protect?

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

The San Mateo County Sheriff Employees and their Families. They have a right to know and they have a right to protect themselves if you won’t.

Sheriff Bolanos, What is your plan to protect your Employees?

What is your plan to protect the Inmates in San Mateo County?

How many COVID-19 Test Kits have you had since Jan. 20, 2020 and How many do you have today?

San Mateo County Counsel Attorney for Sheriff, David Silberman

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  • David Silberman <dsilberman@smcgov.org>To: Michael Stogner Tue, Mar 17 at 6:32 PM
  • I am working on a special assignment related to response to Covid-19 and it may take me a longer than usual amount of time to respond.  Please bear with me.

What are you and San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman providing as a Safe Quarantine Location for Deputies who come into contact with potential COVID-19 carriers, or Confirmed people with the virus? Is there a location for them to safely stay away from their families if that is what the Spouses desire.

Has the Jail Population been reduced?

Have you instructed the Patrol Deputies to interact with the public in a different way since Jan. 20, 2020?

San Mateo County Sheriff G. Bolanos has refused to answer that Question?

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To:SHERIFFS_PIO,Carlos BolanosCc:Warren Slocum,Don Horsley,Dave Pine,Dave Canepa,Carole Groomand 3 more…Tue, Mar 17 at 6:32 PM

Hello Rosemerry and Sheriff Carlos Bolanos,
Can you tell me How many Test Kits does the Sheriff’s Office have on hand today, What is the Policy for patrol Deputies interacting with the public and when should they be testing for their safety. Since COVID-19 Positive Results are from people who show no sign of illness, what are you and D.J Wozniak advising the Deputies and Sergeants to do to Protect themselves and their families. Have you provided a safe location for Deputies to self Quarantine away from their families if that is what the spouses request.
Have you had any Deputies or Correctional Officers tested for COVID-19 to date. Have any tested positive? Do you have any staff of Self Quarantine today?

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

COVID-19 Testing is the Most Important action that can take place.

How many Tests Kits do you have Sheriff Bolanos?

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Superior Courts San Mateo County are Open Why? L.A. County are Closed.

As of yesterday afternoon I was unable to tell Liz Valencia the Mother of Vincent Valencia who is scheduled to be sentenced to Prison this morning in Judge Susan Greenberg’s court if the Superior Courts were open or not. I checked the websites and I sent this e-mail to SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe for this information. Liz lives in Fresno a 3 hour drive plus there is a Stay in Place Order in effect. D.A. Wagstaffe did not reply which is unusual for him.

Here is a Letter I sent by Certified Mail to Judge Greenberg regarding Vincent Valencia.

Michael G. Stogner                                                                     Date: March 11, 2020 831-210-8994 michaelgstogner@yahoo.com

Honorable Judge Susan Greenberg

Southern Court 400 County Center

Redwood City, California 94063

Regarding: March 17, 2020 Sentencing

Vincent Valencia 19-SF-003527-A & 19-SF-008911-A

Dear Honorable Judge Susan Greenberg,

I am writing you as a Private Victim’s Advocate who has No relationship or Conflict of Interest with speaking out about Vincent Valencia. I’m very concerned that San Mateo County and the Courts have failed to acknowledge his long history of Mental Health Issues. His Mother Liz Valencia drove up from Fresno to inform the Board of Supervisors recently about his Mental History which goes back to his childhood. She stated he has been arrested more than 100 times in the last 10 years. That all by itself should be the Red Flag that something is very wrong and possibly Not Criminal. You will see from prior court records he pleads often when he is represented by the Private Defender Program. No Jury Trial.

I hope that bringing this to your attention will cause you to ask the appropriate questions, He clearly doesn’t understand this process even though the Court records state Defendant was advised of and understood Charges and Direct Consequences of plea. Jan. 27. 2020

Thank You for being the Safety Net.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Stogner

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To:Steve Wagstaffe Mon, Mar 16 at 5:30 PMHello Steve,
Are the courts still open this week?
Thank You 
Michael

Courts in L.A. will be closed till Friday

By James Queally and Matt Hamilton

All Los Angeles County court proceedings will be suspended for several days as concerns about the spread of the coronavirus continue to mount, court officials announced Monday.

The nation’s largest court system will go dark from March 17 to 19, according to a statement issued by Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile. Court will reopen Friday for “the limited purpose of hearing or handling essential or emergency matters.”

“The Superior Court of Los Angeles County is committed to providing equal access to justice through the fair, timely and efficient resolution of all cases. However, it is imperative that we continue aligning our Court with the most recent directives and guidelines issued by our national, state and local public health officials,” the statement read. “Let me be clear: we will continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable people in Los Angeles County—our children, the elderly, domestic violence victims, people whose life and liberty interests are at stake, and in many other emergent cases as is possible and safe.”

Brazile had previously asked that new criminal and civil trials be put on hold for at least 30 days. The three-day suspension is being carried out with the approval of California’s chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Courts in Orange County also announced late Monday that they were suspending all proceedings until March 27 due to the public health crisis.

Los Angeles County courts are expected to reopen Friday, but a lengthier stalling of judicial proceedings is possible.

Three law enforcement officials told The Times that Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey sent a message to prosecutors over the weekend telling them that a 30-day delay of all active jury trials was likely to be implemented. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter candidly.

The district attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

In his statement Monday, Brazile said he would release additional information in the coming days about further reductions in judicial and court services.

The announcement comes as criminal justice officials in California continue to struggle with how spread of the virus will impact courthouses and jails.

Over the weekend, Los Angeles County court officials announced the suspension of the high-profile murder trial of New York real estate scion Robert Durst.

Judges were also encouraged to shift toward telephonic proceedings to lower traffic in the region’s courthouses.

Statewide, courthouses have taken a patchwork of measures to deal with the threat the virus poses to jurors and staff, ranging from trial delays to temporary building closures to excusing older jurors.

Lou Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney in Century City, applauded Brazile’s decision and said it was a relief for the attorneys and court staff that he knew.

“Many attorneys are really scared to go to work right now. You don’t have effective advocates if they are always living in fear,” Shapiro said.

He said that in the long term, the benefits of temporary closure would be more apparent.

“Because this disease is so contagious, if it does go around the court staff and lawyers, what justice will be served? What kind of advocates can public defenders and criminal defense attorneys be if they are quarantined?” Shapiro asked. “It’s better to sit out a few days or weeks. At the end of it, the defendants’ rights will be better served by taking this short-term break, rather than letting it ride and seeing how it goes.”

Michele Hanisee, president of the union representing deputy district attorneys, said the interruptions could prove significant for active trials, and suggested judges may allow for a review of prior testimony to allow jurors to re-acclimate themselves with evidence in case of prolonged delays.

“This is new, uncharted territory for everyone presently alive. It’s hard to know what’s too little and what’s too much. Everyone is proceeding with caution,” she said.

Nikhil Ramnaney, president of the union representing Los Angeles County public defenders, said he believed the court should have taken action sooner given the ease with which the virus could spread in a courthouse.

“I think now they’re finally taking this seriously … in terms of my membership, in the last 72 hours it’s been insane how many people are very, very scared,” he said. “It’s impossible given the facilities to engage in social distancing.”

Ramnaney also noted that while the shutdown is necessary to prevent spread among lawyers, law enforcement officers and others who move in and out of the county’s sprawling court system, it could also worsen problems for at-risk individuals who are incarcerated.

“During the next three days, what venue do we have to petition for the release of very vulnerable people?” he asked. “That to me is the really difficult one.… How do we strike a balance between our own personal safety, and the safety of our families, and the safety of incarcerated people?”

Before the announcement was made, the county’s top public defender, Ricardo Garcia, told The Times in an interview that any adjustments the court makes must stand up to constitutional muster.

“If there’s any situation where client rights are infringed on, we will object,” Garcia said, noting that keeping defendants out of custody was among his top priorities.

Garcia said that public defenders were confronting difficult dilemmas amid the closures of courthouses, trial delays and a widening public health crisis.

“Right now people are torn: They have two competing interests as attorneys. The first being the desire to protect themselves and their family, the people they love,” Garcia said, “and the second is the people they’ve dedicated their careers to protect: their clients.”

Posted on Superior Courts Website Today March 17, 2020

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San Mateo County Courts not worried about COVID-19 Open for Justice.

by Michael G. Stogner

These three men in charge have decided it’s business as usual. What do they know that the rest of the world doesn’t? The CDC recommended that “for the next eight weeks,organisers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”

Presiding Judge: Hon. Jonathan E. Karesh

Assistant Presiding Judge: Hon. Leland Davis, III

Court Executive Officer: Neal I Taniguchi

As of this morning no closure of the courts, Why?

Jury Pools are more than 50 people. There are more than 50 people standing or sitting in the halls waiting for the courts everyday.

San Mateo County Court Website Posted March 17, 2020

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San Mateo County Sheriff Office Booking Photo Audit.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Sheriff Office released the Booking photo of Sheriff Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez the day he was arrested which is exactly what the Sheriff Office is expected to do. Booking Photos belong to the Public.

Sheriff Deputy Juan Pablo Lopez was Booked into jail, fingerprinted and photographed. He was charged with Smuggling a Cell-Phone and Drugs into Maguire Jail where he worked and he gave them to a Hells Angel Gang Member according to the Sheriff and District Attorney. That was over 5 years ago, There was never any evidence that those allegations were true or accurate. That is Outrageous Government Conduct, and Prosecutorial Misconduct.

San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Luis Dejesus Aquino was arrested for DUI September 14, 2019 @ 11:30 PM by the Redwood City Police Department on Broadway near the Deputy Sheriff Association building which has a bar in it. He refused both Blood and Breath test which according to DMV website is a Suspension of Drivers License for a 1 year period. The officer is required by law to immediately forward a copy of the completed notice of suspension or revocation form and any driver license taken into possession, with a sworn report to the DMV.

It’s not clear that Redwood City Police Officer’s took his Drivers License away from him or not at this time.

What is clear is that the Sheriff’s Office has refused to provide the Booking Photo.

The Supervisors of San Mateo County are the Oversight for the Residents.

Was Sheriff Sergeant Aquino Under-Charged and given Special treatment?

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  • Dave Pine <dpine@smcgov.org>To:Michael StognerFri, Dec 6, 2019 at 10:41 AM
  • I will get back to you on this.
    Dave Pine

    Sent from my iPhone
    On Dec 6, 2019, at 10:33 AM, Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com> wrote:

    CAUTION: This email originated from outside of San Mateo County. Unless you recognize the sender’s email address and know the content is safe, do not click links, open attachments or reply.
    Dear Supervisors,
    https://www.smcsheriff.com/sites/default/files/articles/19-11427.pdf

    See Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and PIO Rosemerry Blankswade do release the Booking photos of some people arrested in San Mateo County.
    They both are still refusing to release the Booking photo of Sheriff Sergeant Lou Aquino who was arrested September 2019 by the Redwood City Police Department for DUI and refusing both Breath and Blood tests.
    Could you please ask both of them to explain why?
    Thank You 
    Michael G. StognerSan Mateo County News.com

I’m still waiting.

The next Court Date for Sheriff Sergeant Aquino was April 6, 2020 but you can take that off of your calendar The D.A’s Office, Joshua Bentley and the Judge have quietly no reporters completed this DUI case this Wednesday.

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Supervisors approve Funding for Seaton Medical Center Hospital.

By Michael G. Stogner

March 10, 2020 Special Meeting held at 3:00PM the Supervisors voted 4-1 (Supervisor Pine voted No) in favor of providing $20,000,000 at $5,000,000 per year for 4 year term. The actual terms are not made yet and there are many variables that will take more time.

Supervisors Don Horsley and David Canepa had made the only motion/proposal to provide money. At one point Canepa called the $20M a loan. Now a loan is a much different subject and County Counsel John Beiers reminded Canepa that his motion was for a Grant not a loan. That is just one small example of how complicated this subject was.

The below ink is the Supervisor Meeting and Vote it starts at 3:05 mark

Supervisor Meeting Video

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San Mateo County’s Mental Health Reality, Vincent Valencia Case.

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Liz Valencia with son Vincent Valencia

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 17, 2020 8:30 for imposition of sentence.

Vincent Valencia has a Court Date January 27, 2020 8:30 AM in Superior Court in Redwood City California located at 400 County Center Building.

1. Case #19-SF-008911-A 212.5(C) Two Felony Counts Robbery, 417(A)(1) misdemeanor brandishing a knife, and 148(A)(1) misdemeanor resisting arrest.  It is a Redwood City Police Department case with an offense date of July 3, 2019.  The case is set on March 17, 2020 8:30 before Judge Greenberg for imposition of sentence.

 

2. Case #19-SF-003527-A Section 69 Felony resisting an executive officer. It is also a Redwood City Police Department case with an offense date of March 7, 2019.  It is also set on March 17, 2020 8:30 for imposition of sentence.

 

On Monday, January 27, 2020 Mr. Valencia pleaded nolo contendere to the charges above on condition a maximum of 5 years, 4 months state prison and the court will consider less at time of sentencing.

Vincent has been arrested more than 100 times in the last 10 years. Think about that.

What could possibly cause that? Mental Heath Issues come to mind.

Liz is a Mother who has exhausted every single avenue available to her and Vincent to assure his safety and well being, to No Avail.

Redwood City Police Department and San Mateo District Attorney Office have chosen to target him as a Soft Target which he is.

Any and all Concerned Citizens please just know about Vincent Valencia before he becomes just another statistic.

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San Mateo County’s Above the Law Gang.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez was ordered to stay home when he was the subject of an Internal Affairs Investigation. That is exactly what happens.

What about SMCSO Sergeant Luis Dejesus Aquino, and SMCDA Inspectors William Massey & John Warren? Were they ordered to stay home?

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>

To:SHERIFFS_PIO.                                                Jan 20 at 7:33 AM

Cc: Warren Slocum, David Canepa, Dave Pine, Don Horsley, Carole Groom and 3 more…

Hello Rosemerry,

As you know it’s important for the Public’s Trust that Nobody is above the law.

Was SMCSO Sergeant Lou Aquino ever placed on Administrative Leave after his September 14, 2019 DUI Arrest.

Who at the Sheriff’s Office conducted the Internal Affairs Investigation that you told the PADP was being conducted? Is it completed?

Please provide San Mateo County News.com with the Booking Photo from the Sheriff’s office as you know I have asked for this several times.

Did DMV suspend his California Drivers License yes or no?

Thank You

Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County News.com

January 7, 2020 San Mateo County Counsel filed a document with the Superior Court claiming the San Mateo County District Attorney Inspectors William Massey and John Warren are the subjects of an Internal Investigation which just recently commenced, is ongoing and will not be completed until the former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez criminal trial is completed. 

Former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez’s criminal case has been going for more than 5 yrs.

It is a Penal Code 115A Felony to file a False Instrument (written document) with the court.

San Mateo County Counsel than asked the court to SEAL their Document. January 9, 2020

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  • John Beiers <jbeiers@smcgov.org>
    To:Michael Stogner
    Cc:Dave Pine,David Canepa,Don Horsley,Carole Groom,Warren Slocumand 1 more…
    Jan 10 at 1:57 PM

    Michael:

    I hope you also had a good holiday season.

    As you may know by now, yesterday the court ordered the Citizen’s Complaint and any information related to it including the DA’s internal investigation, sealed from disclosure as a confidential record.  Therefore, the County is not at liberty to discuss the investigation or answer any questions about it because to do so would violate the court order.

    Best,

    John

    From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com> 

    Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:47 AM
    To: John Beiers <jbeiers@smcgov.org>
    Cc: Dave Pine <dpine@smcgov.org>; David Canepa <dcanepa@smcgov.org>; Don Horsley <dhorsley@smcgov.org>; Carole Groom <cgroom@smcgov.org>; Warren Slocum <WSlocum@smcgov.org>; Michael Callagy <MCallagy@smcgov.org>

    Subject: Investigation of SMCDA Senior Inspector William Massey and Chief Inspector John Warren

    CAUTION: This email originated from outside of San Mateo County. Unless you recognize the sender’s email address and know the content is safe, do not click links, open attachments or reply.


    Hello John.

    I hope you had good Holidays,

    I writing a story on the Investigation of San Mateo County’s District Attorney top two Investigators Massey and Warren.

    Can you tell me what Date that Investigation was opened?

    Also Who is conducting that Investigation.

    Thank You

    Michael G. Stogner

    San Mateo County News.com

    This is just a very Small Current example.

    You can’t possibly manage what you don’t measure.

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