San Mateo County Government Change a few words and problem solved. $10M PPE Scandal
Supervisor and Candidate for Congress David Canepa and Kevin Mullin who is also running for Congress. Take care of San Mateo County Business first.
San Mateo County Executive Officer Mike Callagy works for the 5 Supervisors, he is your at will employee.
San Mateo County News.com has 2 E-mails dated January 11, 2022 that show:
10 San Mateo County Employees who knew about the PPE on January 11, 2022
Roberto Manchia, John Nibbelin, Michael Callagy, Peggy Jensen, Justin Mates, Michelle Durand, Daniel Belville, Iliana Rodriquez, Scott Johnson, Kim-Anh Le
On January 13, 2022 two days later the San Mateo County Government lied to the public telling ABC 7 News Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes the County only learned about it because of Mr. Noyes contacting them.
Here are a couple of changes the Government made the next day January 14, 2022 . Changed the first sentence to remove “the County learned” as to not reinforce the idea we knew nothing . Clarified that the investigation is by an external person . Removed reference to FEMA and changed value to app. $7M
November 10, 2021 San Mateo County Risk Manager Scott Johnson stated in letter he sent to Kim-Anh Le “in my professional opinion, it is a total loss.” he’s talking about the PPE moved outside at the San Mateo County Event Center in September 2021.
San Mateo County News.com is also requesting the Partnership Agreement mentioned above.
January 12, 2022 San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management DEM Director Daniel Belville who works directly for Mike Callagy communicated with James Brown President of Wine Country Marines out of Sonoma. The next day January 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM the WCM posted on their Facebook page:
WINECOUNTRYMARINES.ORG Large Donation of PPE The Wine Country Marines are excited to announce a partnership with the San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management. Specifically, the County DEM has graciously donated to the Wine Country Marines a very large supply of excess inventory of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that they were p…
PPE Donation to Community Organizations Time & Location Jan 25, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM San Mateo, California
On January 17, 2022 I requested a copy of the Document for Donation of $10M PPE to Wine Country Marines James Brown.
From: Michael Stogner firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10:55 AM To: Michelle Durand email@example.com Subject: Document for Donation of $10M PPE to Wine Country Marines James Brown 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 Michelle, I hope things are going well for you. Could you please send me a copy of the Donation agreement to Wine County Marines, James Brown mentioned on his Facebook page January 13, 2022 6:00 PM The Wine Country Marines are excited to announce a partnership with the San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management. Specifically, the County DEM has graciously donated to the Wine Country Marines a very large supply of excess inventory of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that they were provided by FEMA, to be shared with the community at large.
Thank You, Stay Safe Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com
Caiti Busch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Michael Stogner
Cc: Jennifer Stalzer
Thu, Apr 14 at 5:02 PM
There was no written agreement between the County and Wine Country Marines that predates the January 27, 2022 agreement I produced to you. There was no written agreement prior to January 13, 2022 at 6PM, and there is no separate Financial Agreement. Because Mr. Brown is not a County employee, I cannot know what he meant in his blog post, but as far as we are aware, he was not referring to a written record.
The reason I asked for this document is simple, every time someone gives me more than $10,000,000 of something I like to have some kind written verification, proof, evidence etc that I in fact do have the authority to distribute this PPE which was paid for with FEMA money.
It took San Mateo County Government 90 days to say the truth.
There was no written agreement between the County and Wine Country Marines on or before January 13, 2022.
$23.5 Million is an update, I’ll give you that. 1:37:18 mark
Agenda Item #5 Update on Event Center Surplus Safety Equipment
This was the title for Agenda Item 5 of the March 22, 2022 Board of Supervisors Meeting. That might explain why there was only ONE public comment on this topic.
The person that put this on the Agenda was San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy, with the approval of County Counsel.
I would say this was more of a regurgitation of the same story that Mr. Callagy has been promoting since January 13, 2022, when he told ABC 7 I-Team Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes that he knew nothing about it.
Red Flag 1:39:00 mark, “The other goods were eventually moved outside for temporary storage and were regrettably ah remained there during the significant storms last fall LEADING TO THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION.” What do you know about this Independent Investigation so far? What is the scope of this Investigation? Is the Investigation about the significant storms? Why was there an update without having this Investigator make a presentation at the BOS meeting?
Red Flag 1:39:11 mark, “We’ve been lucky enough throughout this AFTER ACTION to really partner with Wine Country Marines to continue to work on distributing these surplus equipment. Everybody knows what an AFTER ACTION is, Right?
The residents of San Mateo County remember what the Foster City Gang of 3 did to their City Manager.
Foster City Manager Peter Prinejad was FIRED for ZERO reason. The residents of Los Altos Hills are the winners in that case they now have a Great City Manager.
This is a work in progress, more questions remain.
As it turns out Several San Mateo County Employees knew a lot about that PPE product.
Here are three who knew according to San Mateo County Counsel.
Deputy County Manager Iliana Rodriguez, San Mateo County Chief Financial Officer Roberto Manchia, Department of Emergency Management Director Daniel Belville.
“County Manager Mike Callagy was not involved in these discussions and did not authorize the distribution of equipment to or through Wine Country Marines on or before January 13, 2022, and he did not have contact with Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines on or before that date.”
“San Mateo County was looking to Donate the More than $10M of PPE Prior to September 2021“
This took a little while to get this information from San Mateo County Government. As you will remember on January 13, 2022 at 6:12 PM, ABC News Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes broke the story to the residents of San Mateo County. What we learned from Interviews with County Manager Mike Callagy and Candidate for Congress and former President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors David Canepa, Neither of those two gentleman and the rest of the Board of Supervisors had a clue about the more than $10M of product. They didn’t know it was moved, wet, or about to be DONATED by the Wine Country Marines on January 25, 2022.
In December 2021, a MassVax employee working at the Event Center suggested to Deputy County Manager Iliana Rodriguez that Wine Country Marines, a non-profit organization, might be a potential recipient organization. Ms. Rodriguez thereafter began vetting Wine Country Marines to determine whether it would be an appropriate recipient.
Question? How many other 501-C’s were vetted?
California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
On January 12, 2022, Mr. Belville spoke to representatives from CalOES, who approved donations to non-profit organizations. Question did they approve THIS donation?
January 12, 2022 Mr. Belville spoke to James Brown of Wine Country Marines, who agreed to help donate and distribute the equipment and PPE to organizations in need.
You might be asking, When was San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management created? The answer is December 6, 2021 by San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy.
On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 12:46:45 PM PDT, Caiti Busch <email@example.com> wrote:
We’ve looked into your request, and, after reasonable inquiry, here are the facts: Prior to September 2021, when certain safety equipment stored at the San Mateo County Event Center was moved outdoors, the County was looking to donate surplus safety equipment and PPE stored there, including equipment and PPE that was never moved outside.
As part of this process, the County was vetting potential organizations to whom it might donate the supplies. In December 2021, a MassVax employee working at the Event Center suggested to Deputy County Manager Iliana Rodriguez that Wine Country Marines, a non-profit organization, might be a potential recipient organization. Ms. Rodriguez thereafter began vetting Wine Country Marines to determine whether it would be an appropriate recipient.
In early January 2022, San Mateo County Chief Financial Officer Roberto Manchia directed Department of Emergency Management Director Daniel Belville to confirm with the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) that supplies could be donated to non-profit organizations. On January 12, 2022, Mr. Belville spoke to representatives from CalOES, who approved donations to non-profit organizations.
That same day, Mr. Belville spoke to James Brown of Wine Country Marines, who agreed to help donate and distribute the equipment and PPE to organizations in need. On January 13, 2022, this arrangement was confirmed, and Mr. Brown posted as much on his blog. No PPE or safety equipment was given to Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines prior to January 13, 2022. We are also not aware of any County employees who communicated with Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines prior to Mr. Belville’s discussion with Mr. Brown on January 12, 2022; as far as we know, the only person related to the County who spoke with Mr. Brown before this date about this issue was the MassVax employee who originally suggested Wine Country Marines to Ms. Rodriguez.
County Manager Mike Callagy was not involved in these discussions and did not authorize the distribution of equipment to or through Wine Country Marines on or before January 13, 2022, and he did not have contact with Mr. Brown or Wine Country Marines on or before that date.
We will continue to investigate your records request, and, as indicated in my March 11, 2022 email, I will provide an update on or before March 24, 2022.
Some San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy quotes from today’s LATIMES Article By Brittny Mejia
The long-term goal, he said, is to see the temporary shelters go away and affordable housing take their place.
The county is using an additional $55.3-million Homekey grant to construct and operate a navigation center with 240 units in Redwood City.
“Our Year of Working Together to End Homelessness.” In it, Callagy called this the highest priority for himself and the Board of Supervisors.
Using federal CARES Act funds and state Homekey money,
“We’re calling this the year to end homelessness in San Mateo County. This is a lofty goal, don’t get me wrong. This is very lofty. But we believe that we can get there,” said Mike Callagy, county manager.“We want to be the first to end homelessness of any county in California.”
This is the same County Manager and the same Five Supervisors that just last January 13, 2022 acknowledged to ABC 7 Investigative Reporter Dan Noyes that they knew Absolutely Nothing about several San Mateo County employees making agreements with James Brown President of Wine Country Marines a 501-c located in Sonoma County, and also President of West Coast Solution Inc, located in San Carlos, to distribute the more than $10,000,000.00 of PPE, on January 25, 2022.
I mention Supervisor David Canepa because he is a Candidate for Congress right this minute. This is what he said about the PPE.
At the 5:04-5:20 mark Dan Noyes reports a source confirmed the cost of all the PPE is more than $10,000,000.00. He also reports from the same source who said that a CONVOY of garbage trucks picked up a bunch of Brand-New PPE and took it to the dumps in the last 2 months.
That is when I had to ask, How many trucks make up a CONVOY? How does anybody know where that CONVOY of Garbage Trucks took the Brand-New PPE in November or December of 2021?
I have Good News to report on that subject. Last night I received a response from Caiti T. Busch of the San Mateo County Counsel Office to my public records request.
“The County has NOT disposed of any of this equipment, but rather has distributed it or continues to store it, so I do not have responsive records with respect to disposal.“
So now the question gets back to the CONVOY of Garbage Trucks full of Brand-New PPE in November or December 2021. Were they simply distributing it?
San Mateo County is at 59 days and the Government has still refused to answer the Simple Question, Who gave James Brown the PPE on or Before January 13, 2022.
Here is the short list of possibilities: Travis Kushman, Dan Belville, Mike Callagy, Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Ret. Lt. John Kovach, SMCSO Captain Christina Corpus.
It’s a SIMPLE Question and the Government has not answered it for 58 days. Why?
It’ really a shame the 5 Supervisors of San Mateo County continue to refuse to do their job. But when you put it in perspective More than $10,000,000.00 of PPE being given to James Brown on or before January 13, 2022 is really nothing compared to what the 5 Supervisors did to San Mateo County Residents on April 21, 2007.
One of the Supervisors is a candidate for Congress, The Voters will decide, Supervisor David Canepa said on January 25, 2022 “I don’t think It’s a San Mateo County Issue.” I’m pretty sure it is.
Here is what I Hand Delivered on March 1, 2022 because the Supervisors refused to do their job.