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San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. “We Just Don’t Know”

By Michael G. Stogner

September 15, 2020 City of Half Moon Bay 6 PM Special Meeting by ZOOM.

District Attorney said “We Just don’t Know.”

That was his answer to Who fired first. You would expect he of all people would know EXACTLY who fired first. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and PIO Rosemerry Blankswade and many others have all said Sandra L. Harmon fired her Shotgun at Deputy Dominguez first.

Just because somebody says something is true doesn’t mean that it is.

The Same is true for CAPTIONS, below photo is a perfect example. “Harmon appeared to hold her arms up.” The fact is the photo shows she is Unarmed and her hands a clearly above her Head. It goes on {appeared to extend both middle fingers at involved Deputy Baba. There is ZERO mention of the Five Shots being fired at her at this very moment.

A good question for the City Managers and Council to ask Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, PIO Rosemerry Blankswade, and Captain Saul Lopez is What are the names of every person involved in the Wordcrafting of the Captions in this video.

The footage from deputy Dominguez’s body camera, which was turned off in what was reportedly a moment of oversight. What does that even mean?

The AXON INC. Log records will tell the Public if and when Deputy Dominguez actually turned off his Body Worn Camera. At this moment we only have Words and Captions by Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, his PIO, Steve Wagstaffe etc. No Evidence

This is from the HMBR article September 16, 2020 by Vanessa Ochavillo. “There were three volleys of shots fired, Wagstaffe explained. And while he was fairly confident about the course of events on the second and third volleys, the first remains a mystery. The footage from deputy Dominguez’s body camera, which was turned off in what was reportedly a moment of oversight, could have helped answer the question of who fired first.”

“We just don’t know,” he said.

If you don’t know who fired first, and you don’t know if Sandra L. Harmon fired any shot or shots at all, this has gone from a Shootout to possibly an Execution. Not one Shotgun Pellet recovered for the Crime Scene.The Family and Residents of San Mateo County deserve to know the truth.

That is exactly why the Attorney General of the State of California must Investigate this Homicide.

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Evidence vs. Words/Captions.

By Michael G. Stogner

September 15, 2020 Half Moon Bay City Council voted 5-0 in favor of contacting the Attorney General of the State of California to request an Independent Criminal Investigation in the Sandra L. Harmon In-Custody Death by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe attended the Zoom meeting and explained his findings that the Deputies behavior was lawful.

Just because somebody says something is true doesn’t mean that it is.

The public and especially elected officials want to believe Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos his Public Information Officer Rosemerry Blankeswade, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, and several Attorneys at the SMC County Counsel Office. The idea that they would deliberately mislead the public is just to much for the average citizen/resident to deal with.

I would offer the x San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez criminal case (6 years this November) as a perfect example of what they are capable of doing.

Last night during the public comment time members of the public were able to communicate what they have discovered with their very limited resources. Here are just a few of the take aways.

There is no Evidence of a Shootout.

There is no Evidence the District Attorneys Office has that Sandra L. Harmon fired the Shotgun at all.

Not one Shotgun Pellet was recovered from the Crime Scene the night of May 5, 2020. Thats with over 30 people at the crime scene that night. No damage to the Patrol Vehicle just feet away, or damage anywhere for that matter.

There is no Evidence (yet) that Sheriff Deputy Dominguez turned off his AXON Body Worn Camera. Simply words and captions that he did. The AXON Log File which to this day has not been made available to the public.

Congratulations to the entire Half Moon Bay City Council for last nights vote. This is a Great first step in Oversight of Law Enforcement in San Mateo County. I was Grateful to hear Yanira Serrano-Garcia’s name mentioned last night her case and Sandra Harmon case have many similarities of misleading and false statements by Law Enforcement.

I would recommend the City Council of Millbrae do the same for the Chinedu V. Okobi Homicide by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees October 3, 2018. It’s not to late. Look at what they didn’t do for 9 minutes after they sat him up on El Camino Real.

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Sandra L. Harmon Death by Sheriff Deputy a Homicide.

By Michael G. Stogner

Sandra Harmon

San Mateo County Coroner’s Office ruled the manner of Death a Homicide.

Sandra L. Harmon was placed in custody (Handcuffed) after she was shot 8 times, 3 Fatal shots to the Back.

Now that the truth has finally surfaced in San Mateo County and it always does one of the main remaining questions is How many people were involved in the cover up.

I have asked the City Manager of Half Moon Bay Bob Nesbit twice to request a state or federal investigation of the Homicide of Sandra Lee Harmon who was shot at 14 times by two San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies on May 5, 2020. I will say right up front that Sheriff Deputy Baba did everything right that night. Sheriff Deputy Dominguez on the other hand fired 11 rounds at Sandra L. Harmon and at least 5 of those rounds were fired at her while she was Unarmed and her hands were above her Head. In order to fire 11 rounds Deputy Dominguez had to reload his Service pistol.

To this day the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office has never provided any evidence that Sandra L. Harmon fired any shots from her Shotgun. I have asked Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and PIO Rosemary Balnkswade to tell me how many Shotgun Pellets were recovered from the Homicide scene on that night May 5, 2020. They told the world there was a Shootout that was started by Harmon, that should be pretty simple to prove and it could have been provided to the public within 24 hours. That never happened.

This is the second Sheriff’s Office in-custody Homicide under the leadership of Carlos G. Bolanos. October 3, 2018 Moorehouse Graduate and Father Chinedu V. Okobi was killed by six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees. San Mateo County Coroner ruled the Manner of Death to be a Homicide.

Last Friday afternoon San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe quietly (no press conference) provided Sheriff Bolanos a 12 page letter explaining how Fearful both Deputies were of being Killed by Sandra Harmon, therefore they acted lawfully case closed.

One Huge question is Why did Sheriff Deputy Dominguez fire at Unarmed Sandra Harmon fatally striking her in the back?

The Family and the residents of San Mateo County deserve to know the truth. How many people were involve in the coverup.

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San Mateo County District Attorney Case Closed. Sandra L. Harmon R.I.P.

By Michael G. Stogner

No surprise here.

Sandra Harmon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2020 Re: Officer Involved Shooting Of Sandra Harmon On May 5, 2020 The District Attorney’s Office has completed its investigation into the shooting of Sandra Harmon on May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay during a confrontation with San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputies David Dominguez and John Baba in the parking lot of the Pasta Moon restaurant at 845 Main Street in Half Moon Bay. After a thorough investigation by Inspector James Haggarty and other inspectors with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe has concluded that while this is a tragic incident with a very sad outcome, there is no legal basis for filing criminal charges against Deputies Dominguez and Baba. District Attorney Wagstaffe has concluded that the use of force by the deputies against Sandra Harmon was legally justifiable self-defense pursuant to California Penal Code section 835a and section 196. Therefore this case is now deemed closed by this office. The letter written by District Attorney Wagstaffe to San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos setting forth the basis for the decision declining to file criminal charges in this case is attached to this e-mail press release. Binders containing all of the reports referred to above are available for public inspection. Anyone seeking to read all or part of the reports should contact Chief Inspector John Warren of the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations at (650) 363-4074

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Coroners Report Complete for Sandra Lee Harmon R.I.P.

By Michael G. Stogner

Sandra Harmon

Sandra Lee Harmon was the Unarmed woman who was shot at and killed by at least one San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy on May 5, 2020 in Half Moon Bay, California. She was shot at by Sheriff Deputy David Dominguez at least 5 times while she was unarmed and had her hands above her head. It’s not clear from the video if any of his shots hit her. Sheriff Deputy John Baba also fired shots at her as she bent down at the shotgun that was on the ground. This you can see in the video Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos released to the public 45 days after the killing.

August 24, 2020 I followed up with the San Mateo County Coroner on my request for a copy of the Official Coroners Report which will have the Manner of Death. The good news is the Report is now complete, and the Coroners Office has acknowledged my official request. The bad news is I was told that San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe would have to approve its release. They want to make sure it doesn’t impact any investigation by the D.A.’s Office. August 26, 2020 District Attorney has informed me the Investigation is complete and he expects to announce the results either tomorrow Friday 8/28/2020 or early next week. As soon as I get the copy I will report the results.

San Mateo County residents will remember that Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos stated early on that there was a shoot-out, She fired her shotgun at Deputy Dominguez first as he was taking cover. Sheriff Bolanos also released a highly edited video 45 days after the killing of Sandra L. Harmon, in that video the viewer can see Ms. Harmon is Unarmed with her hands above her head while Five shots are being fired at her. Sheriff Bolanos has also explained as a matter of fact that both the Body Camera and the MAV Audio of Deputy Dominguez does not exist. Why? How is that possible? That’s two for two recording devices for the benefit of both law enforcement and the public.

Is it really true that both recordings do Not Exist?

Videos should be released ASAP to eliminate any suspicion the public might have about the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office under the leadership of Carlos G. Bolanos.

Sheriff’s Office Video

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X San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League Executive Director Barbara Bonilla, Investigated for Embezzlement & Money Laundering.

By Michael G. Stogner

There is no question Barbara Bonilla stole a lot of money from SAL. The question for San Mateo County Residents is so what, Who is going to do anything about it? You can already tell how this is playing out. Nobody said a word until it was finally written about.

Barbara Bonilla was also the former campaign manager for Carlos G. Bolanos for Sheriff 2018. I first reported that she was on Administrative Leave in an article dated February 28, 2020. Now thanks to another Concerned Citizen named John Ullom we have a much clearer picture of what has been taken place behind the scenes of Law Enforcement in California. Today I have asked the Sheriff of San Mateo County Carlos G. Bolanos if he would answers a few simple questions, He has refused to answer so far, I will publish if and when he responds.

To Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos & PIO Rosemerry Blankswade,              August 14, 2020

Hello Sheriff Bolanos, and Rosemerry Blankswade,
Can you tell me What agency escorted Barbara Bonilla out of her Office at SAL and what date did that action happen?
What date did she resign from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office?
Is the Investigation by Sgt Michael Leishman completed and if so what date was it completed and what was his recommendation?
Has she been arrested or charged yet?
Thank You
Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County News.com
To my knowledge Barbara Bonilla has not been charged with any crime and she has not been arrested, which makes her resigning from the SMC Sheriff’s Office in May even more questionable.
The DOJ has been conducting the criminal Investigation and San Mateo County Sheriff Sgt. Michael Leishman has been conducting some type of Internal Investigation most likely not criminal.
I do know that a Search Warrant and hopefully an arrest was expected on April 2, 2020. As of today there is NO Official Statement from the DOJ. Another interesting point is the Fact that SAL has Never been Audited. That is a terrible idea. Another terrible idea is how many Sheriff Employees were involved in this investigation. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe recused himself and his office because he is on the Board of Directors of SAL.
Now we wait to see what the DOJ is going to do. Remember Barbara Bonilla is not charged with any crime and has not been arrested. It’s been 7 months.

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San Mateo County COVID-19 Data is Flawed.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County was the only County in the entire Bay Area to remain off of the State of California’s Watchlist. Why was that a goal for the Supervisors and County Manager instead of Protecting the Residents of SMC.

San Mateo County News.com has reported for weeks that the data did not add up. We also contacted County Manager Mike Callagy to explain the additional 15 ICU Beds and Staff that were reported on a single day only to disappear the next day.

His response was:

Michael,
I don’t know specifically, but I do know many hospitals now are able to easily convert rooms to ICU… it is not like the ICU wards they use to have.  Most rooms now are set up to convert to ICU.
Mike

Its fair to say that a Shut Down is in order until the real data is available.

Why would anybody believe San Mateo County with SFO and San Jose International Airport to the South not be a natural HotSpot.

 

SAN MATEO COUNTY HEALTH DATA

A significant unresolved problem with the State of California’s reporting system for communicable diseases (California Reportable Disease Information Exchange [CalREDIE]), has resulted in significant underreporting of COVID-19 testing results to San Mateo County Health and local health departments state-wide. Local health departments are receiving incomplete information regarding laboratory test results, which affects our ability to identify new cases of COVID-19, to accurately report the testing positivity rate in our community, and to identify the number of persons tested for the last few weeks. Without timely reports of all new lab results, it is impossible for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local health officials to identify the extent to which COVID-19 is circulating in the community. It also hinders our ability to conduct effective contact tracing and case investigations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The extent of this issue is currently unknown, and the expected resolution date is also unknown.  San Mateo County Health is in conversations with CDPH, working to rapidly resolve this issue and creating new paths for laboratory results to be reported to our County. In the meantime, we are continuing to report the testing data we do receive and will make clear to the public which data reported on our website are affected by this issue. Data currently affected are in the County Data Dashboard, the Lab Testing Data Dashboard, the Cases by City map, and the Long Term Care Facility Data Dashboard. CDPH has confirmed that although received data are incomplete, the data are valid for those results we are receiving. We expect the testing positivity rate, the daily and cumulative case counts, and other data points on the County’s COVID-19 data dashboards to change as more complete test results are reported to San Mateo County Health.

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SMC COVID-19 Positivity Rate 29.3%

By Michael G. Stogner

This screenshot is from the County Website at 7:45 AM today the data is for July 14, 2020.

Positivity Rate is 29.3% out of 41 Tested. Remember it’s supposed to be 1500 tested per day. I’m sure I could be reading/interpreting the numbers the wrong way.

What do you see?

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The black box from above.

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July 15, 2020 82 new cases.

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Kevin Mullin didn’t say a word about Chinedu Okobi’s Homicide by 6 SMC Employees.

By Michael G. Stogner

Kevin Mullin did not attend or make a public comment at any of the many meetings the Board of Supervisors made available to the public to discuss, Excessive Use of Tasers, Excessive Use of Force, Failure to provide Medical Aid after killing Chinedu Okobi. He did not attend any of the many Concerned Citizens gatherings at the killing site in Millbrae/San Bruno.

Chinedu V. Okobi and George Floyd were both killed by Law Enforcement. Both of the Deaths were ruled a Homicide by the local Coroner. The Four Officers responsible for George Floyd’s Homicide were fired and Criminally Charged. The Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees who are responsible for Chinedu Okobi’s Homicide are all working and None of them have been criminally charged with anything.

Here is Kevin’s PR piece on voting. You will notice he can’t even mention George Floyd’s Name. “most recently the murder of an unarmed black man by law enforcement.” That could be Hundreds of young Black/Brown Men around America.

I can say this as a Private Victim’s Advocate in San Mateo County for the last 22 years Kevin Mullin is the norm for Elected Officials in SMC.

I know of only one San Mateo County Elected Official that Publicly Questioned, was Chinedu V. Okobi Murdered. That should have been the Obvious question every single elected official should want the answer to.

Sabrina Brennan was that Elected Official. She attended meetings and gatherings.

 

America is confronting an unprecedented “trifecta” that is dominating our daily headlines: A COVID-19 pandemic, a deep recession and most recently the murder of an unarmed black man by law enforcement, illustrative of systemic racism and injustice that has spawned a season of multiracial protests and calls for needed social change. Yet, while the nation is reeling from these crises, duplicitous messaging is being deployed by the occupant of the Oval Office to actively undermine the results of this November’s election: that voting by mail can’t be trusted, that widespread voter fraud exists, and that mail balloting is designed specifically to elect his opponent: FALSE.

Since 2000, more than 250 million votes have been cast via mailed ballots, in all 50 states, according to the Vote at Home Institute with only a handful of fraudulent votes cast. Election law expert and U.C. Irvine professor Richard L. Hasen notes, it is still more likely for an American to be struck by lightning than to commit mail-voting fraud. In addition, there is no evidence to suggest that voting by mail benefits any particular political party.

San Mateo County has shown that voting-by-mail works. My legislation to make San Mateo County an all-mail ballot pilot county demonstrated that the participating electorate more closely resembles the public at large in terms of its diversity and representation, with young people, and voters of color in particular more likely to cast ballots. Thanks to my colleague, Assemblyman Marc Berman’s legislation recently signed into law, this November’s election in California will be an all-mailed-ballot election. Every voter automatically will receive a ballot, postage paid, with community-level “vote centers” as back-up. Voting by mail is the most efficient and effective way to conduct an inclusive and participatory election.

So-called “red and blue” states alike have employed voting-by-mail, but the way states have approached elections administration varies greatly. Elections are fundamentally state and locally administered, and recent examples of mismanagement during primary elections in Wisconsin and Georgia remind us of the challenges facing election administrators across the country. This is a highly charged political atmosphere with huge stakes on the line.

There is a growing recognition that the pandemic must force changes in how elections work, and better ensure more participation moving forward. Attempts to help fund elections with federal dollars have fallen woefully short of what is needed to ensure free and fair elections across America. Since the Bush-Gore contested election in 2000, the efficacy of voting mechanisms and machinery have taken center stage. More recently, we are seeing a coordinated misinformation campaign to attack the integrity of, and undermine the public’s faith in, our elections. False narratives abound, and voter suppression, which disproportionally disenfranchises communities of color, is real and we all suffer the consequences as a result.

While voting-by-mail works, it is not perfect. Signature-matching issues have led to ballots not being counted, a concern that is actively being addressed in California. One other legitimate drawback to voting at home is the time it takes local elections’ officials to count waves of mail ballots and certify the election. The current administration is preemptively trying to undermine faith in the eventual vote count and may try to exploit delays in vote tabulation to question the legitimacy of results, triggering a constitutional crisis. While the long wait for vote-by-mail results is not ideal, it’s in the interest of every vote being counted, which is fundamental to our democracy.

During this tense time when we need leaders who can calm, heal, and build faith, the president has used this period to further divide people and incite violence, all while callously attacking the basic underpinnings of our democracy, like faith in and respect for the work of journalists — essentially a broadside on the First Amendment. The work of journalists and the social media platforms themselves have never been more important in fact checking false claims and advertisements with false information.

Vote as if democracy itself, and its pillars like a free press, the rule of law, and free and fair elections, including the right of every citizen to vote, is on the ballot. Because it is.

 

Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, is speaker pro tempore of the California Assembly and represents San Mateo County’s 22nd Assembly District.

I asked San Mateo County Citizen Advocate Brent Turner for comment on Kevin Mullin Opinion Piece.

Brent Turner

The VOTE BY MAIL  act  is  innocuous to the degree that it reiterates voting by mail procedures. We have used absentee ballots for many years. What is NOT innocuous is the removal of polling places from communities of color. Though Mindy Romero and other experts have declined to state it clearly,  the added travel distance to some of these community residents results in a veritable “poll tax ” and leads to further disenfranchisement, . Subjective signature disqualification also creates opportunity for disenfranchisement and was predicted by election experts

The bill originally emanated from the ” Colorado Model ”  of elections and was  promulgated by Colorado based vendor DOMINION  The act is notorious not for what it mandates but what it ignores. The fact there is ZERO mention of the software used to tabulate the votes creates a severe point of misdirection to the layperson voter.  This is unfortunate as the authors of the bill positioned it as a security measure when this  is not the case. The authors were briefed extensively but chose to omit the work of the open source software security experts.

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Justice for Chinedu is looking for a Candidate for District Attorney 2022

By Michael G. Stogner

This might just be a First in San Mateo County History. They are Fundraising to find the right Candidate to replace SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe in 2022.

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Chinedu Valentine Okobi

As some of you know on October 3, 2018, Chinedu V. Okobi was killed by Six Sheriff Employees, One Sergeant, 4 Deputies and a Civilian CSO. December 31, 2018 Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz ruled the Manner of Death was a Homicide. There was No 911 call because Chinedu hadn’t committed ANY crime. He was simply walking on a sidewalk while Black.

March 1, 2019 Steve Wagstaffe notified the public that he would Not be filing any Criminal Charges against the Sergeant and four Deputies. He never investigated the sixth Sheriff Employee who was involved in the Homicide.

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