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Measure Y PASSED

By Michael G. Stogner

Update November 25, 2020 Measure Y is leading by 43 votes.

As of November 23, 2020 the City of San Mateo Measure Y is leading by 42 votes. That is the biggest lead in the last 4 reporting dates and finally the San Mateo County Elections Office is not reporting remaining ballots to be counted is 200.

Congratulations to all of the residents of San Mateo who had to work so hard to get this Measure on the ballot in the first place.

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City of San Mateo Measure Y is Passing.

By Michael G. Stogner

This is a David and Goliath story for sure. The residents of San Mateo City have to fight the Elected Officials and Developers every so often just to maintain the Neighborhoods and Village atmosphere. The Elected Officials put a competing Measure R on the Ballot instead of supporting the residents Measure Y.

As of today the YES on Y is leading by a grand total of 10 votes.

The SMC Elections Office today is reporting that there are only 200 remaining ballots to be counted in the Entire County. If that is the case it looks like Measure Y has passed.

The question I had is What happens if both Measures fail? It’s my understanding that the Residents have no option but to continue to put the Measure on the ballot as it approaches expiration. That is a lot of work.

Good Luck on Yes Measure Y

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San Mateo Residents, Yes on Y, No on R.

By Michael G. Stogner

Just another example of ‘Those Who Matter” Special treatment for Bohannon is the norm in San Mateo County. Any reasonable person would see the Conflict of Interest here. Bohannon, the main supporter of Measure R and the owner of Hillsdale Shopping Center placing an Early Mobile Vote Center there how convenient. I would think even Mark Church or San Mateo City Council would know this is wrong and a very bad idea.

Welcome to San Mateo County.

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SMC Beaches CLOSED FRIDAY-SUNDAY

By Michael G. Stogner

PSA…San Mateo County Beaches CLOSED

FRIDAY-SUNDAY CLOSED Tell all your family and friends.

The closures begin at SUNRISE TOMORROW July 3. The facilities will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6, officials said. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputies will be stationed at the closed beaches and coastal trail to enforce the order as well as to monitor fireworks activity.

“Half Moon Bay is following the lead of Governor Newsom in closing Poplar Beach and its parking lot. If the potential crowds here are similar to previous holiday crowds we’ve seen, this kind of action is necessary for the protection of public health and safety,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Adam Eisen.

Mayor Deirdre Martin of Pacifica, announced the closing its beaches and parking lots from Sunrise Friday to Sunrise Monday, July 6. The following locations are affected:

  • Pacifica State Beach (Linda Mar Beach) and north and south parking lots,
  • Crespi parking lot in front of the Pacifica Community Center,
  • Rockaway Beach and north and south parking lots,
  • Sharp Park Beach
  • Esplanade Beach and Fisherman’s Lot in the 800 block of Palmetto Avenue

 

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San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals Transparency?

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals last day working for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office was May 1, 2020 according the D.A. Steve Wagstaffe.

RE: Joe Goethals


Stephen Wagstaffe <swagstaffe@smcgov.org>To:
Michael Stogner Tue, Jun 9 at 11:28 AM

Good morning Michael,
 
Joe Goethals is not employed at this office and his last day of employment was on Friday, May 1, 2020.
 
Thank you.
 
Steve
 

From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com

Sent: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:25 AM

To: Stephen Wagstaffe <swagstaffe@smcgov.org>

Subject: Joe Goethals


 
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 Steve,

Can you tell me if Joe Goethals is still employed by your office and if not what was his last date of employment?

Thank You

Michael

San Mateo County News.com

The City website shows he is still prosecutor at the D.A.’s Office.

Mayor Joe Goethals is a life-long resident of San Mateo. Joe was elected in November 2013, was re-elected in 2017 and is currently serving his second term. He works as a prosecutor in the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. Joe served on the Public Works Commission 2010-2013, and was serving as the Chair of the Public Works Commission when he was elected. Joe also has a Master’s degree in Public Health and he served on the Peninsula Health Care District Board prior to being elected to the City Council. 

City of San Mateo website today

The residents of San Mateo have a right to know why he has not disclosed his departure from the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office 45 days ago. Did all the council members know of his status? Is he working for another D.A.’s office? What was the reason he is no longer working there?

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San Mateo’s Peaceful Protest, BLM, George Floyd R.I.P. Chinedu V. Okobi R.I.P.

By Michael G. Stogner

Did anybody mention Chinedu V. Okobi’s name that night? He was killed on El Camino Real, in Millbrae in the middle of the afternoon, by six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018. San Mateo County Coroner ruled the manner of Death a Homicide on December 31, 2018. Chinedu Okobi had committed No Crime, when Sheriff Deputy Wang became interested in him. Yes Chinedu was a Black man walking on the sidewalk.

Chinedu Okobi and George Floyd were both killed by law enforcement and both deaths ruled a Homicide. The difference is a brave 17 year old girl who videoed the Murder and put it on the internet for the world to see before it could be destroyed or edited.

Police response was at times unnecessarily intimidating,

I knew I wanted to publish this letter as soon as I read it, in my opinion it is addressed to the wrong people, The five Supervisors couldn’t care less what the residents think or feel. It should be addressed to ALL San Mateo County Residents.

Here it is:

Good morning San Mateo City Council Members, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Chief Barberini, and Sheriff Bolanos –

On Wednesday evening, June 3, I attended and spoke at the Black Lives Matter Protest in San Mateo. From the moment I walked up to City Hall, witnessed the speeches, and marched from City Hall to the San Mateo Police Department, I was inspired and proud. That is, until SMPD and related police forces showed up unprovoked in masses in riot gear to greet the peaceful protesters. 

Shortly after 7pm, when the protest was scheduled to end, a group of Sheriff vehicles – marked and unmarked – sped down Franklin Parkway towards the hundreds of individuals, families, and children still standing peacefully in the street. As had been specifically planned in coordination with SMPD, the protest was scheduled to end at the San Mateo Police Department with a time of silence and reflection. Instead, when the riot forces began rushing to the scene, people were forced to quickly make way while at the same time fearing what these forces had come to do. I personally witnessed an older gentleman literally jump out of the way of a sheriff car backing up into the driveway. Children were running into the arms of their parents in tears. This as multiple law enforcement officers jumped out of their cars, either dressed in or grabbing full riot gear to don, displaying batons, bright-colored zip tie restraints, rubber bullet guns, and other riot paraphernalia. This was nothing more than an unprovoked, blatant show of force which negated the otherwise positive nature of the demonstration. 

Three of the people standing on Franklin Parkway were me, my husband Rob, and my daughter Kaiya. Prior to this incident, Kaiya had been jumping up and down on the curb, collecting new rocks, and galloping through the street like a horse without a care in the world. This changed in one moment, when she then dove into my arms in hysterics. There have been very few times where I have been so afraid for my life, and never a time when I have been so afraid for the life of my daughter. There is no way to describe what that moment felt like for me, and my 22 month old daughter doesn’t have the words to describe what it was like for her. I’ll never know how much this first real interaction with law enforcement impacted her. 

San Mateo Police Department released a statement indicating there were “additional challenges” and therefore a “supplemental group was deployed.” SMPD further stated, “Fortunately, at no point did these officers, or any other personnel have to employ any use of force and no arrests were made.” That bare statement reflects a generally negative set of expectations for what everyone agreed would be a civil, peaceful demonstration. No mention of the blatant and unnecessary display of force. No recognition of the impact on the peaceful protesters who lined the streets. Could it have been worse? Absolutely. But should we strive to do better? I thought that was the commitment SMPD made in their letter to the community denouncing George Floyd’s death and that was reiterated during the Town Hall earlier this week. Actions speak much louder than words. 

This is not a situation in which you need to wait for other people to determine what happened and why in order to determine right and wrong, and understand the right thing to do. In this letter and in my prior discussions with many of you, I am describing the actions of our local law enforcement, which are not in dispute, and explaining how they were received by attendees including my own family. This is an example of our system functioning as intended, and of your collective complicity. 

No one on our City Council looks like me. To be honest, not many people in our city look like me. I have shared my perspective, as a black woman in our city, as the ONLY current Black Elected Official in our city, and I have been told – subtly or overtly – what every other black person in our country is told – we don’t believe you, and we need to wait for the white men in power to tell us what really happened. 

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so disappointed. Please know that if you truly stand with Black Lives Matter, actions like these and the insistent failure to acknowledge them directly and seemingly intentionally miss the point. If you believe my life matters, that means you believe me and my experience. You think it is valuable and that my story is ALL you need to denounce these scare tactics, and blatant displays of force.

Councilwoman Lee recently had a rock thrown through her window. She recounted that terrible event from her perspective, she told her story, and action ensued. No one said, we are going to wait until we have all the evidence before we are going to speak out. Why is this experience so different?

I’m asking for two things: 

To the San Mateo City Council and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, I am asking you to take a stand. To publicly address and denounce these scare tactics and blatant displays of force utilized by law enforcement at the end of the evening. 

To Chief Barberini and Sheriff Bolanos, I am asking for ownership. A lot went well, and you have repeatedly shared that. Own what didn’t go well and make reparations.

Shara Watkins

Remember this was a Successful Peaceful Protest in the middle of a Pandemic. Congratulations to all involved.

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