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Nine County Vote is pretty Un-Democratic.

If You Ain’t Got the Money, Don’t Cross the Bridge, Honey OR Close Your Eyes and Open Your Wallets

I get it. The more people we have come here the more dollars we need from taxpayers to pay for infrastructure. My issue is this: They told us they were going to build to create affordable housing, but then they need to increase costos and taxes everywhere to pay for the infrastructure. Toll Lanes. Bridge fare increases. All of this equates to gentrification. Even if you were one of the lucky few to obtain one of the few, true, affordable housing units they’re building, where will you find more money merely to exist here on a daily basis?  Kind of kills the thing that housing advocates are advocating for in the first place.

The other scary thing is that they are setting this up for a pretty Un-Democratic win. How? Last year was the very first year that they created a Nine County vote. (This happened to be for measure AA.) You no longer need to get a majority vote per County if you do it this way. You only need to get a majority vote with all nine counties combined. It removes power from the voters. In order to ensure all of this taxation that is coming down the pike, get ready to see Nine County votes on a regular basis.

Removing voter power and continuing new taxation is a win for our politicians. The money spent to sell you on every single tax and measure that comes down the pike is a immense. One gigantic advertisement. Perhaps we should start asking where has the money gone? All of the money we have given already? All of the money you promised would go toward the things you are bringing up new taxes for? I think some are starting to take the blinders off and ask these questions. These Nine County votes are a technique to quiet you.

Two valid concerns they hope you won’t pay attention to. Just close your eyes and open your wallet.

Lisa Taner

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San Mateo County News.com says Thank You Ronald Pierce for this information.

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Help Dan Moss if you can find the remains of his son Richard who was lost in San Mateo County.

What a year this has been. It became more real during the holidays. You know, when you make all those calls to friends & family. For us this year, there was less family and more friends. We are so grateful to all of our friends, new and old and our wonderful family. We couldn’t have made it this far without you. As most of you know, we are not living in the past. We are moving forward. That doesn’t mean we don’t miss Richard. Everyday something will remind us of him and we will cry for awhile. I’ve never cried so much in my life. We also haven’t stopped looking for him in the ocean.

Realistically, we’re looking at March or April for another major search. After the big ocean search in October revealed a smooth ocean floor and no cars, there should have at least 2 (Richard’s and Rose’s), the following theories are in play. If you have another one, we’d love to hear from you.

The number 1 theory is that the cars are buried in the sand under the ocean floor. We have friends that are going to be using an underwater metal detector to see if there is any metal (car) in the sand. This is time consuming. We are searching for a magnetometer that we could borrow or rent to pull behind a boat in the area. This will cover a larger area much quicker. If you could be of help getting one of these, please let us know.

Another theory is that the cars rolled out farther to sea in the wave activity. We’ve talked to Keith of Bruce’s Legacy about perhaps using him and his ROV to search farther out.

Another theory is that the cars are headed south in the ocean currents. That’s where Richard’s AAA Card and car parts headed as well as others in the past. If we can, we may be able to search the rest of the ocean in front of Montara Beach and maybe south towards the harbor.

I don’t see us stopping the search for Richard’s remains. We realize that he could be considered at peace in the ocean, it’s just that we would have to exhaust all other options before settling on that one.

We’d like to thank the Half Moon Bay Review for their New Years article about Richard and the barrier that was put up so quickly by CalTrans. Thank you again CalTrans. We know that at least 3 vehicles have struck it so far. We don’t know if it saved their lives or not. On the other hand, I have to believe that each driver was grateful that it was there.

Going forward, we’d like to put up a plaque in the area for Richard. CalTrans won’t stand in the way, but we will need a permit. Is there anyone that can help with this? If so, please let me know. I just don’t know how the process works. Also, if any of you have thoughts on what the plaque should look like, please let me know as well. Creating isn’t my forte but I know it is for many of you. We may ask for some donations once we know the details.

We love you all and especially you Richard. God bless you all.

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Investigative Journalist John Ullom is asking Carlos G. Bolanos.

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To allow his name in the FBI and LVMPD records regarding Operation Dollhouse to be released un-redacted. Bravo Mr. Ullom

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Are the San Mateo County Election Systems secure ?

The question remains. Are the San Mateo County elections free from potential ” hacks ” or manipulation ?  The scientific answer is “no they are not ” and in fact they suffer from the same vulnerability issues as other less prosperous counties.

San Mateo County enjoys wealth others envy, but our election systems contain the same ” black box” proprietary software  ailments causing security nightmares nationwide. In fact, it’s not about the cost, as more secure systems actually cost less. The issue is one of ” political will ” . Silicon Valley is the cash register for politicians, and wield a heavy stick when it comes to their position of resisting  open source ” free” software
Though we are located in the smartest technology zone we have failed to lead in the area of election system security. We have continued to be cozy with vendors selling over-priced insecure voting equipment based on buggy Microsoft platforms.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey called out Microsoft “and those who bob in their wake ” as threats to the national security in a recent NY Times piece.
San Francisco is moving forward with a project toward public software voting  systems.
The hope is that San Mateo County is brave and bold enough to stand up for the national security by joining San Francisco and New Hampshire. New Hampshire has deployed public systems with great success, increasing security and saving taxpayer money
Let’s encourage our Supervisors to stand up and make sure when you vote for George Washington, it’s not counted for Benedict Arnold.
Brent Turner
Half Moon Bay

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California State Bar, Dumpster Fire.

The California State Bar just had a Dumpster Fire, What was in it and what caused the fire?

Jane Q and John Q

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San Mateo County Forest Fire

By Michael G. Stogner and Sarah Navratil

Woodside California, Skeggs Fire

A Forest Fire that started 9/11/2017 Monday night by lightning has burned 50 acres and is 10 % contained as of last night. Currently there are 229 Firefighters working on it.

Kings Mountain Road is closed between Highway 35 (Skyline Blvd and Woodside Road.)

This is a Big Deal

Update as of 2:36 PM 9/13/2017 Fire is 30% Contained.

Update as of 6PM 9/15/2017 Fire is 100% Contained.

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