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What happens if Giselle Hale WINS the Election?

By Michael G. Stogner

Giselle Hale

We teach our children the importance of Keeping Your Word or Keeping Your Promise.

Making San Mateo County Safer has been a project of mine for the last 22 years. I have found only one Elected Official (Politician) who shared that goal.

The question remains unanswered, Will Giselle Hale serve if she is elected in November, or will she refuse to be swore in?

Giselle Hale is the Mayor of Redwood City, To my knowledge she has done NOTHING to eliminate the Redwood City Police Departments TWO sets of Daily Activity Log Records.

“I like to get things done.” That is what Giselle Hale claims.

I personally would like to see her FIX the two sets of Books. That would go along way in Making San Mateo County Safer. San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Colin Smith Arrested TWICE by RWCPD. San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Lou Aquino Arrested for DUI by RWCPD. There is also the RWCPD responding to the Domestic Violence call to San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. Kristina Bell’s home that never made it to either of RWCPD daily records.

Both of those arrests were hidden from the PUBLIC. That is a Very Bad Idea.

That is SOMETHING she could do right this minute, she is the MAYOR. I can’t think of a better example to demonstrate “I like to get things done.”

San Mateo County News.com Article on two log records.

Now that she has officially ended her Campaign. Her name is still on the ballot and people will still vote for her. I think the average San Mateo County Resident would appreciate the stopping of the phone calls, yard signs, door knocking, canvassing asking for Donations, etc. How hard is it for a VOTER to Google Giselle Hale to see if they want to vote for her?

Giselle Hale might also consider resigning from Mayor of Redwood City, and that would give her even more quality time with her children and husband which is what she claims as her reason for ending her campaign.

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San Mateo County PPE Scandal.

By Michael G. Stogner

Photo taken in November 2021

The Five Supervisors of San Mateo County don’t want the residents/voters to know the Truth about the More than $10M of PPE purchased with Federal Grants FEMA according to James Brown President of the Wine Country Marines of Sonoma.

On January 13, 2022 Mike Callagy County Manager and Supervisor David Canepa, Candidate for Congress, both high ranking San Mateo County Government Officials told ABC 7 News Investigative Reporter/Journalist Dan Noyes who broke the story that they didn’t know anything about the More than $10,000,000.00 of PPE that was moved out of the SMC Event Center. They both were QUICK to identify this as a MISTAKE, and they had NO Idea how this happened, “They were calling in the Marines” and an Independent Investigation was going to be ordered to make sure this never happened again. Notice the Investigation was not meant to identify How many San Mateo County Employees knew about this and for how long.

Here is one of Mike Callagy’s employees who knew in September: Iliana Rodriguez,

I offer these 2 e-mails as a start, this is getting close to answer the question, Who Ordered the More than $10M of PPE to be moved from the secure and protected building at San Mateo County Event Center in September 2021?

Iliana Rodriquez works for Mike Callagy

Iliana Rodriquez Deputy County Executive

From: Steve Perich sperich@smcec.co Sent: Monday, September 27, 2021 3:49 PM To: Iliana Rodriguez IRodriguez@smcgov.org Cc: Dana Stoehr dstoehr@smcec.co; Avinesh Pal apal@smcec.co

Subject: PPE Update
Hi Iliana,
As you probably are aware, all PPE has been moved out of Fiesta Hall and is currently stored in a fenced area between Gates 9 & 10.
The Red Cross was only able to take the 10 adjustable hospital beds (MASH type). Their storage area was not large enough to accommodate the remaining five bariatric beds nor the five “home style” hospital beds, all of which are in the outdoor storage area.
The plan is to move as much as possible into Sequoia Hall after the SaaStr Conference, to protect it from the elements. The would require the County to rent Sequoia Hall as it would be filled with PPE.
The following items would be relocated first. If any space remains, we will move the most useful of the remaining into Sequoia. Masks Gloves Beds
All remaining FMS items and empty containers Bleach
Please let me know if you are in agreement with the above.

Thanks, Steve

Next day September 28, 2022 e-mail confirms 5 people knew about it

Jas Sandar Linked in page

From: Iliana Rodriguez Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7:59 AM PDTTo: Steve Perich sperich@smcec.coCC: Dana Stoehr dstoehr@smcec.co; Avinesh Pal apal@smcec.co; Jas Sandhar jsandhar@smcgov.org Subject: RE: PPE Update
Hi Steve, I am in agreement.

Thank you much for all your help. Iliana

Iliana Rodriguez Deputy County Manager County Manager’s Office400 County Center, 1st Floor Redwood City, CA 94063 Phone l 650-363-4130Email l irodriguez@smcgov.org

Why didn’t Scott Johnson, Iliana Rodriquez, Jas Sandhar, Dana Stoerh, Steve Perch, Avinesh Pal, come forward on January 13, 2022 and simply tell the truth?

April 19, 2022 BOS Meeting Agenda Item 12: Update Surplus Safety Equipment aka $10,000,000+ PPE at San Mateo County Event Center. The Government provided this Press Release about the meeting.

County of San Mateo Board Meeting Update: April 19, 2022

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  • San Mateo County <sanmateocounty@service.govdelivery.com>To:michaelgstogner@yahoo.comTue, Apr 19 at 2:09 PMActions from today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting.county of san mateo newsThe San Mateo County Board of Supervisors met via videoconference April 19, 2022. Below are the results of selected items on the agenda: HOUSING
    • Adopt a resolution authorizing the County Executive, or Director of Department of Housing as designee, to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between the County of San Mateo and the City of East Palo Alto for due diligence activities regarding a potential real property exchange.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 7, for more information. SHERIFF
    • Introduction of an uncodified ordinance approving a Military Equipment Use Policy for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the introduction of an uncodified ordinance with Supervisor Warren Slocum dissenting. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 8, for more information.TREASURER
    • Adopt a resolution approving the amended 2022 San Mateo County Investment Policy Statement.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to adopt the resolution with Supervisor David Canepa dissenting. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 9, for more information.BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
    • Introduction of an ordinance amending section 3.53.030 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code to add an exception to the prohibition on firearm possession on County Property, permitting a person to possess a firearm for the purpose of immediately turning in that firearm to the San Mateo County Sheriff or any person or persons designated by the Sheriff at a County-sanctioned firearm buyback event taking place on that County Property, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the introduction of an ordinance. See Regular Agenda, Item No. 11, for more information.HOUSING
    • Adopt a resolution:
    • A) Approving and adopting a form resolution from the State Department of Housing and Community Development, authorizing the County’s application to the Homekey Program for funding in a total amount not to exceed $22,074,495 to cover capital and operating expenses for a 53-unit hotel in the City of San Mateo (“Project”); and
    • B) Authorizing an allocation of up to $10,396,410 in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, or other funds as determined by the County Executive, as a match of local funds from the County required by the Homekey Program, in the event the County’s application for funds from the Homekey Program for the Project is approved.
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution. See Consent Agenda, Item No. 32, for more information.
    •  Measure K: Adopt a resolution:
    • A) Authorizing and directing the Director of the Department of Housing, or designee, to execute an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Alta Housing Corporation (“Alta”) to afford the parties sufficient time to negotiate the terms of a Ground Lease Agreement and all documents evidencing and securing a predevelopment loan related to the operation and management of a permanent affordable housing development for homeless individuals and households/families or those who are at risk of homelessness (“project”) on County property located at 1818 EL Camino Real in Redwood City; and
    • B) Authorizing and directing the Director of the Department of Housing, or designee, in consultation with County Attorney, to negotiate and execute a Ground Lease Agreement and all documents evidencing and securing a predevelopment loan, in a total amount not to exceed $1,500,000 in Measure K funds, with Alta housing corporation, to cover costs associated with the operation and management of the subject property; and
    • C) Authorizing the Director of the Department of Housing, or designee, to execute contract amendments, which modify the County’s maximum fiscal obligation by no more than $25,000 (in aggregate).
    The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution. See Consent Agenda, Item No. 33, for more information.Videos are generally made available the same day as the board meeting unless delayed due to technical issues.

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Scott Johnson San Mateo County Chief Risk Manager. SMCEC PPE “It is a Total Loss”

By Michael G. Stogner

Scott Johnson
Photo from Scott Johnson’s letter November 10, 2021

This was two months before San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy said He didn’t know anything about it. Thank goodness Scott Johnson was wrong or was he?

November 10, 2021
To: Kim An Le, Finance Section Chief
From: Scott Johnson Logistics Section Chief Risk Manager, County of San Mateo
RE: Inspection of Damaged PPE at event center
I have examined the store of PPE that was stored at the Event Center. My understanding of the timeline based on interviews with the staff is as follows.
The PPE was stored in an indoor facility. The staff was directed to move the PPE to a fenced area outside to accommodate an event that was to occur at the event center. The PPE was stored without incident using tarps, elevated pallets and plastic wraps. Unfortunately, a rain event called ? River occurred on a few days between October 21st and October 25th with intensity not anticipated. The Bay Area experience up to 10 inches of rain in one day. It was the most rain recorded in the month of October in 173 years of record keeping. At one point it rained for 34 straight hours. Winds averaged 25 mph during the event but gusted as high as 60+ mph. While the PPE had been protected, the protection was easily overcome by wind and rain. There was no time or place to move the substantial amount of PPE to a different location.
I have attached photos and an inventory, but in my professional opinion, it is a total loss. I question the efficacy of PPE meant to keep people safe from Covid-19 given the damage. It is simply not worth the risk to human life.
Should you have any questions, please let me know. I can be reached at extension 4387.

Some follow up questions for Scott Johnson what method did you use to come to the conclusion on NOVEMBER 10, 2021 that all of the PPE that was moved out of San Mateo County Event Center by September 27, 2021 according to Steve Perich of the SMCEC Staff. What are the names of the Staff members that you interviewed per your letter. Where is the Inventory list of all the PPE that you declared a Total Loss?

The obvious question is How did San Mateo County Government Officials go from a “Total Loss” to “We didn’t know anything about it until ABC7 Dan Noyes broke the story on January 13, 2022” To 98% of the PPE is Useable and Undamaged and the Wine Country Marines of Sonoma per President James Brown will be Distributing all of it on January 25, 2022 to whoever he determines is a qualified organization.

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Half Moon Bay Resident David Eblovi Lawsuit for Truth in Sandra Lee Harmon’s Homicide by Sheriff Employee.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: 4:00 PM March 17, 2022 Attorney for San Mateo County Daniel T. McCloskey appeared and informed the Judge that Mr. Eblovi filled a Motion to Dismiss the case 2 weeks ago. The Judge checked his records and said the court has no record of that being filed. Mr. Eblovi did not make an appearance.

Thursday March 17, 2022 at 3:30 PM

Livestream from court

DAVID C. EBLOVI vs. COUNTY OF SAN MATEO – 21CV002208

This is a case to watch, Why would a resident of Half Moon Bay, California be compelled to Sue the Government of San Mateo County over the Homicide of Sandra Lee Harmon R.I.P. by the Sheriff’s Office Employees on May 5, 2020.

Why would David Eblovi file the Lawsuit in Alameda County and not San Mateo County?

Why does San Mateo County Government want this case heard in SMC?

Mr. Eblovi knows the truth about how San Mateo County Government works and it is the Residents who are responsible for the behavior of ALL Government Officials.

San Mateo County News.com Article re: AXON LOG RECORDS

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Hon. Judge Joseph Scott and DDA Kimberly Perrotti don’t want the Jury to know about Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez Smuggling case that was Thrown Out.

By Michael G. Stogner

“Thrown Out” is not a legal term and I would not have used it, if DDA Kimberly Perrotti had not said it in court.

Yesterday was a first for me in 22 years observing and reporting of SMC Courts. San Mateo County District Attorney Deputy Kimberly Perrotti informed the court that she had personally contacted the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s prosecutor who was trying a case that Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez’s Co-Counsel Erica Elizabeth Treeby was the defense attorney in. She reported to Judge Scott that Ms. Treeby would be available on March 17, 2022 in SMC, because of this alleged conversation. She did not identify this person, and this person has not been called to testify about this alleged conversation and there was no declaration filed.

I think it would be great for the public to know about that entire conversation from start to finish.

I would like to know how many times DDA Kimberly Perrotti has checked up on the Defense Attorneys opposing her?

Remember this is a Political Prosecution of Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez it’s that simple. Photo below is from 2014. You do the math for lost wages and cost to Defend against these False Charges, that were “THROWN OUT”

SMCN.com article the Phone call

  • 03/08/2022 Continued Jury Trial Judicial Officer
    Scott, Joseph C. Hearing Time
    8:30 AM
  • Comment
    Motions
  • 03/08/2022 Continued Jury Trial Original Type
    Continued Jury Trial Judicial Officer
    Scott, Joseph C. Hearing Time
    09:30 AM Result
    Held Comment
    Motions Parties Present Defendant: LOPEZ, JUAN PABLO Attorney: SERRA, J. TONY
  • 03/08/2022 Party appeared by audio and/or video
  • 03/08/2022 Motion denied. Comment
    Moving party: People’s Motion title: Additional Motion in Limine #10 – Exclude reference to dismiss counts and charges
  • 03/08/2022 Motion denied Comment
    WITHOUT PREJUDICE Moving party: People’s Motion title: Additional Motion in Limine #11 – Based on the court’s ruling on motion #10 above, refer to the remaining counts submitted to the jury as “first count”, “second count” etc. rather than “count 1”, “count 3”, etc.
  • 03/17/2022 Continued Jury Trial Judicial Officer
    Scott, Joseph C. Hearing Time
    09:30 AM Comment
    Motion to Continue Trial
  • 03/21/2022 Continued Jury Trial Judicial Officer
    Scott, Joseph C. Hearing Time
    09:00 AM Comment
    Jury Selections

This was changed after SMCN.com article was published. This is just one example of the Odyssey Official Records are only as good as the entry from the Court Clerk.

  • 03/08/2022 Minutes corrected as follows: Comment
    Modification: MIL #10 GRANTED By: K. Bihl Today’s Date: 3/9/2022

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Broadmoor Police and a Ghost Employee. “They were lining their pockets for years.”

By Michael G. Stogner

This article below is from the SacBee and it’s mostly about the reporting to CalPERS. Steve Landi also called the San Mateo County Whistleblower Hotline to report this in 2017. Who in San Mateo County handled that complaint? That would be a good question for the 5 Supervisors to answer.

CalPERS double-dip audit came too late

MANNY CRISOSTOMO SPECIAL TO THE BEE

Retired police officer Steve Landi stands in front of the Broadmoor Police Department in Daly City in January. Landi complained to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System in 2016 that Police Chief David Parenti was working full time, earning thousands a month, while illegally collecting retirement benefits. A CalPERS audit team determined that Parenti was one of three police chiefs and a top commander in the department who defrauded the pension system for a decade, together collecting as much as $2 million.

BY RANDY DIAMOND

RDIAMOND@SACBEE.COM

Retired police officer Steve Landi complained to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System back in 2016 that his police chief was working full-time earning thousands a month while illegally collecting retirement benefits.

A CalPERS audit team finally arrived in May 2021. Last month, it said that, sure enough, Landi’s boss, Broodmoor Police Chief David Parenti was one of three police chiefs and a top commander in the department that defrauded the pension system for a decade, together collecting as much as $2 million.

It was one of the largest abuses of retirement benefits in years — so egregious that the local district attorney is considering criminal charges.

It also raises a question for Landi as well as Parenti’s two successors: Why did it take CalPERS so long to figure it out and take action?

“They were lining their pockets for years,” said Landi, who joined the department in 2015 after retiring from the San Francisco Police Department. “It’s corruption at its finest.”

CalPERS is a retirement system like no other in the U.S. It covers state employees but also the workers at some 3,000 municipalities, school districts, authorities and other governmental entities. More than 650,000 retirees and another 1 million or so current employees are covered by CalPERS. 

A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE

Broadmoor was under scrutiny by CalPERS for failing to enroll some officers in the pension fund at the time, but not for the chief’s double dipping. That suggests to former insiders such as J.J. Jelinic that the CalPERS division that monitors employee enrollment issues has little coordination with another unit assigned to examine double-dipping and other violations of state retirement law.

“The right hand doesn’t know know what the left is doing,” said Jelinic, a former CalPERS investment staffer and board member 

Consider this irony: Landi said he and other police officers in Broadmoor were told by Parenti that the small 11-person department, two miles from the San Francisco line, couldn’t afford to enroll them in the CalPERS retirement program.

“He said the police department was going broke and we were encouraged to quit our jobs,” Landi said.

CALPERS RESPONSE

CalPERS officials insist they only learned or the double-dipping last year, but in 2017 they started requiring that Broadmoor enroll Landi and other members of the police force into CalPERS

Landi said in the same November 2016 email that he complained about Parenti. He also detailed how other members of the Broadmoor department were not enrolled in the retirement system.

CalPERS officials say they never received the complaint about Parenti. But they also say the membership division, which receives complaints about members not being enrolled in CalPERS is separate from the audit division, which examines issues like double-dipping — employees illegally receiving retirement benefits and working full-time.

Records show that Broadmoor repaid around $200,000 in back pension contributions to CalPERS for seven Broadmoor employees, including Landi, between 2017 and 2019, who were never enrolled in the pension’s system.

CalPERS spokeswoman Amy Morgan said a CalPERS employee not enrolling its workers in a pension system won’t necessarily automatically trigger an audit.

“The complaint was about membership enrollment issues, while the audit focused on working after retirement,” she said.

Morgan said CalPERS uses its own risk metrics, which she won’t specify, and complaints, to determine which of CalPERS 3,0000 employees to monitor. Around 240 audits are done a year. On that schedule, it would take more than 12 years for every CalPERS agency to be reviewed.

A ‘RED FLAG’ IS MISSED

Former Broadmoor Police Chief Mike Connolly, who was not charged with wrongdoing in connection with the CalPERS audit, said the back retirement payments Broadmoor was forced to make to CalPERS was a sign that there were larger problems.

“It should have been a red flag,” said Connolly, who had served as the third highest ranking police officer in the San Francisco Police Department before retiring and joining Broadmoor in 2019.

CalPERS rules prevent double-dipping at agencies that participate in the retirement program. Once retired, pensioners can only work part-time.

Broadmoor’s current chief Mark Melville is also perplexed on why an audit was not done on the police department earlier since CalPERS became aware of issues back in 2017 with employees not being enrolled in the pension system. 

“They should have done a lot of things back in 2017 that they didn’t do,” he said of CalPERS.

RESULT OF THE AUDIT

The CalPERS audit found that Parenti improperly increased his yearly pension retirement from $93,000 a year to $152,292 a year by coming out of retirement in December 2012, working for 13 months and then retiring again. Even then, the audit said Parenti was never actually retired, continuing to collect more than $6,000 in salary per two week-pay period.

The audit said while continuing to work, Parenti also received a more than $100,000 disability payment from CalPERS, which shielded his retirement income from taxes. The disability payment under state law should have ended his work career at the Broadmoor Police Department.

Parenti joined Broadmoor in 2005 after serving as an investigator for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. One of his assignments was providing security for the then District Attorney Kamala Harris, now the vice president.

The CalPERS audit detailed how Parenti’s predecessor, Chief Greg Love also collected worked full-time while receiving retirement benefits and also received a disability payment of more than $100,000 but continued working.

POSSIBLE CRIMINAL CHARGES

San Mateo County District Attorney Steven Wagstaffe said he has launched a criminal probe that is examining whether Parenti and Love should be charged criminally.

Broadmoor is the last police department of its kind in California. It’s formally called the Broadmoor Police District. There is no Broadmoor City Hall. The police district taxes the approximate 4,000 residents of the unincorporated area of San Mateo County, covering an area of about 1.8 square miles, to fund its approximate $2 million budget.

It is surrounded by Daly City — population 107,000 — on three sides, and Colma — population, 1,500 — on another.

Connolly was present when the audit team arrived on May 10, 2021 at Broadmoor. He was eager to provide some new information about a Broadmoor “ghost employee” who was receiving CalPERS benefits.

“They said that’s for another day, they weren’t looking at those issues,” Connolly said.

The police chief said he also tried to tell the audit team that up to another 20 former Broadmoor employees dating back two decades had worked at Broodmoor , some for as little as a few months, and might be eligible for CalPERS benefits. Connolly said audit team members said that was an issue for the another team, the membership team. 

A ‘GHOST EMPLOYEE’?

Connolly and Broadmoor’s current chief Mark Melville both say that the “ghost employee,” police officer Alan Johnson, never worked for the department, though police department records have him on the payroll from around 2003 to 2005.

Johnson had worked at the San Mateo County Sheriffs Office and other police agencies before his name started appearing on the Broadmoor payroll. 

Melville said some records are missing but it’s likely that Johnson was loaned to a federal drug task force with Broadmoor footing the bill.

Yet, he said it would be “very unusual” for a small 11-person department, the size of Broadmoor, to be loaning an officer to another police agency.

“You wouldn’t see a department that small doing that,” he said.

Johnson has been receiving a monthly CalPERS retirement benefit of $4,538.16 a month for his reported Broadmoor work and from time at two other agencies that pay CalPERS benefits, show pension system records. 

CalPERS spokeswoman Amy Morgan said CalPERS doesn’t plan a review of Johnson pension because a former Broadmoor employer, commander Ralph Cole, certified that Johnson had worked for and retired from the police agency back in 2005.

“If there is any other information that we should look at that says otherwise, please provide and we will review,” Morgan said.

Cole and Johnson were unable to be reached for comment.

The 2021 audit review came after the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office forwarded an anonymous 2021 letter to the pension plan, citing the double-dipping at the police district. CalPERS officials also said they were planning the audit because of other information, which they won’t disclose.

CalPERS officials said its membership division, which handles complaints about workers not being enrolled in the retirement system, is separate from the audit division.

It is that separation and the resulting lack of communication that concerns Jelincic, the former CalPERS board member.

Jelincic said the problem is especially troubling with CalPERS underfunded by tens of billions of dollars, and more than 2 million people dependent on the pension system for the retirement,

“How many other employers are defrauding the system?” he asked.

CalPERS officials deny and say while audits can discover errors in pay classifications and other matters affecting retirement benefits, most aren’t intentional and are resolved.

Love also continued in his chief’s job after receiving his CalPERS pension and also received a disability award of more than $100,000 but that did not stop his Broadmoor paychecks.

CalPERs General Counsel Matt Jacobs rejects the assertions that it took CalPERS too many years to do the audit of Broadmoor. 

“The claims by Broadmoor officials are like the criminals saying we should have caught them sooner,” he said in a statement. 

A VOW TO DO THINGS PROPERLY

Melville who became Broadmoor police chief on Dec. 14, had worked for several California police agencies and was retired receiving CalPERS benefits.

He said he came out of retirement to fully comply with California law while working at Broadmoor and plans to make sure that everything is done properly at the police department.

“Broadmoor was mismanaged in the past,” he said 

He said he also welcomes a late December CalPERS request for the payroll records of all current 11 employees saying the police department wants to follow all pension system rules.

Randy Diamond: 916-321-1145

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