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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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Sandra Harmon R.I.P. shown with Hands above Head being fired upon by SMC Deputies.

By Michael G. Stogner

At least five shots fired at her while unarmed & hands up. 8:03-8:08 Mark

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos released a Public Relations Video 45 days after Sandra Harmon was killed by Deputies. The original claim made by Sheriff Balanos was She shot first, Newspapers reported a Shootout which requires bullets going both ways. It would be so simple to prove that release Deputy Dominguez’s Body worn video, his MAV audio from the Dashcam which was right there at the scene. It would have recorded the single or double shot allegedly fired from the shotgun that we see on the ground. That would also answer the question How & When did the Shotgun get on the ground. Did she start the shootout and then lay it down only to be shot at while her hands were in the air?

Sheriff Bolanos tells us that things moved so quickly that Deputy Dominguez was unable to activate his Body Worn Video. That’s unfortunate because that would have confirmed Bolanos’s Story.

Deputy Dominguez Body Worn Video was working just fine from the 3:30-6:29 mark. Sheriff Bolanos claims it wasn’t on less then a minute later. So to recap The Sheriff Office has had 45 days to edited and create a shot fired or shootout as they told the residents of San Mateo County.

Instead they provide a video showing NO Shots Fired by Sandra Harmon and show Deputies firing at an unarmed woman with her hands up.

So far this is OK with the 750,000 residents of San Mateo County

Sheriff Bolanos’s Video

What would you do if you were unarmed hands above your head and Deputies are firing at you from close range? I think a reasonable person would try to defend herself even if the shotgun was not loaded. What choice did she have? Follow more legal orders while they reload?

Sherif Carlos G. Bolanos release all video and audio like you should have 45 days ago.

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Chinedu Okobi’s Death was a Homicide. Same as George Floyd.

By Michael G. Stogner

Chinedu Valentine Okobi

March 1, 2019 San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe confirms Chinedu Okobi’s death was a Homicide. 47:30 mark.

A reasonable person would ask why the Six Sheriff Employees were not arrested and charged? In George Floyd’s Homicide all Officers were fired and criminally charged.

I’m not surprised the residents of San Mateo County don’t know this information, Reporter Anna Schuessler sat in front of me at the press conference and heard as we all did it was a Homicide. Her article the next left out the most important word in the story Homicide for some reason. Thats 84,000 readers that were not informed.

Deputies cleared: Taser death decision likely trailed by lawsuit, pledge to use medical equipment

By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff Mar 2, 2019 

The Residents of San Mateo County should get a second opinion from the A.G.

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Lets Compare Medaria Arradondo to Carlos G. Bolanos.

By Michael G. Stogner

Both are leaders of Law Enforcement Agencies. Medaria Arradondo Minneapolis Police Chief, Carlos G. Bolanos Sheriff of San Mateo County.

Both had In-Custody Homicides of citizens of unarmed men.

George Floyd there was a call to police regarding a misdemeanor $20 fraud.

Chinedu V. Okobi No call to police, no crime committed, just walking on sidewalk in Millbrae.

Medaria Arradondo Minneapolis Police Chief fired all four Police Officers within 24 hours.

Carlos G. Bolanos Sheriff of San Mateo County California issued two False News Releases within hours and fired nobody.

Several False statements in this one document.
Sheriff Bolanos knows there is a 6th Employee Involved.

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Sheriff Activities League is a Division of Sheriff’s Office.

By Michael G. Stogner

The Attorney General Embezzlement Investigation of San Mateo County Sheriff Office Division started who knows when. Sheriff Activities League Executive Director Barbara Bonilla was escorted from her office located at 3551 Edison Way, Redwood City, California on February 10, 2020. The Sheriff’s Office has reported she has resigned from the Sheriff’s Office which is unusual since she has not been charged with any crime yet.

Also Sheriff Bolanos daughter Ashley Bolanos was an assistant to the director at the Sheriff’s Activity League for 3 years. She is now a 911 Dispatcher making $155,000 per year.

A reasonable person would expect Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos or Public Information Officer Rosemerry Blankswade to issue a News Release on February 10th or 11th, not the case. You would expect all five SMC Supervisors to express their shock and dismay at this news. Not the case.

I asked Warren Slocum SMC President of the Board of Supervisors for a comment.

Morning Michael.
As this is a personnel matter, it would be inappropriate to comment. But I do appreciate you reaching out.
Warren
Warren Slocum San Mateo County Supervisor Proud to represent District 4@warrenslocum 650.363.4570


From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2020 8:45:07 AM
To: Warren Slocum <WSlocum@smcgov.org>
Subject: Sheriff Activity League, 


Hello Warren,
I know you and you wife are active with SAL.
I writing a story about the removal and replacement its Executive Director Barbara Bonilla, with Retired Assistant Sheriff Jeffrey Kearnan.
Do you have any comment?

Thank You,
Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com

San Mateo County
Sheriff’s Activities League

3151 Edison Way
Redwood City, CA 94063
Office: 650-257-3400

Same address as Community Policing Unit / School Resource Unit listed below.

Division of Sheriff’s Office

Perhaps Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and all Five Supervisors can explain how none of them made the Embezzlement Investigation known to the residents of San Mateo County, the people they work for. While they are at it they can explain how S.A.L is a 501(c)

EIN45-0617342
Name in IRS Master FileSAN MATEO COUNTY SHERIFFS ACTIVITIES LEAGUE
Address400 COUNTY CENTER 1ST FLOOR SRU
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063-1662 
NTEE CodeO50
NTEE ClassificationYouth Development Programs, Other
NTEE TypeYouth Development
ClassificationCharitable Organization
Subsection501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation StatusOrganization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
DeductibilityContributions are deductible
AffiliationIndependent – the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name[Not Applicable]
Ruling DateJune, 2011
Asset Amount$1,323,872
Income Amount$1,850,164
Form 990 Revenue Amount$1,740,104
Latest Form 990 ReturnJune, 2019
Filing Requirement990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year EndJune
IRS Forms 990 
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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San Mateo County News 2/28/2020 article

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No Confidence in SMCDA Chief Inspector John Warren

By. Michael G, Stogner

San Mateo County District Attorney Chief Inspector John Warren

He is in-charge of the Investigation of Sandra Harmon death by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy John Baba and Deputy David Dominguez on May 5, 2020 just off of Main Street Half Moon Bay.

He was also the in-charge of the Yanira Serrano-Garcia death by Deputy Investigation June 3, 2014 also Half Moon Bay.

He was also SMCDA Inspector Jamie Draper’s Supervisor and he approved this Conclusion Summary of the Coroner’s Report in the Chinedu Okobi Death by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018.

He doesn’t mention the word Homicide. Jamie Draper says it should be noted that this information is contrary. NO IT ISN’T Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz is 100% correct.
“I have determined the manner of death to be Homicide.”
“HOMICIDE PROTOCOL” 36-year old male involved in a physical altercation with San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies

Both Inspectors of San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office thought that Omitting the word Homicide and a deliberately misleading statement was fine.

That is why I have No Confidence in either one of them. I also think it is a criminal act to provide a false report in what should have been a Homicide Investigation.

San Mateo County should release the MAV videos and audio recordings of the death of Sandra Harmon, they should have done it the first day.

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Supervisor Don Horsley Embarrassed and Ashamed.Why?

By Michael G. Stogner

Supervisor Don Horsley

San Mateo County Board of Supervisor meeting June 2, 2020 at the 40:10 mark, Supervisor Horsley said “My reaction as somebody who was in Law Enforcement when I saw that Murder of George Floyd I was embarrassed & ashamed.” He went on to say. “I’m not going to bash Law Enforcement.”

BOS meeting June 2, 2020

I have personally asked former School Teacher and Sheriff now Supervisor Don Horsley if he has watched the video of Chinedu V. Okobi’s Homicide by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018. He has refused to answer my question.

Video created by SMC Government made public 5 months after Homicide

You will notice the Government does not mention the word Homicide. They have known it was a Homicide since Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz determined the Manner of Death to be Homicide on December 31, 2018

“HOMICIDE PROTOCOL” 36-year old male involved in a physical altercation with San Mateo County Deputies.

Supervisor Don Horsley has a long history of saying words that are not consistent with the truth/reality. That includes under oath, August 2, 2004 a Federal Hearing held in San Mateo, California.

The residents of San Mateo County should have the Attorney General of California give a second opinion on the Six Sheriff Employees, Homicide of Chinedu Okobi.

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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos identifies Deputies in Death of Sandra Lee Harmon.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: Sheriff Video shows Unarmed Sandra Harmon w/Hands above head being shot at. 8:02 mark

San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy John Baba and Deputy David Dominguez are finally identified by the Sheriff Office. Why the delay?

They were dispatched because of a call reporting “Woman with a gun.” walking on Main Street, Half Moon Bay. What was the PLAN? What time was the PERT TEAM dispatched? What time did they arrive? Mental Health Issues, What did the Sergeant on duty recommend as the game plan on how to get this gun away from this woman? Which Deputy arrived first and according to Sheriff Bolanos he was SHOT at. How did the old Shotgun get on the ground? Did Sandra Lee Harmon comply with the orders being shouted at her? Many people with Mental Health Issues DO NOT COMPLY with Law Enforcement Orders. The Sheriff Office Knows that, Everybody Knows that. What was the Plan?

Just the week before Michigan State Capitol had a lot of people walking around with Long Guns. Nobody killed them.

Sheriff Summary: On May 5, 2020, at approximately 7:25 pm, deputies were dispatched to the area of Main Street and Monte Vista Lane in Half Moon Bay on the report of a woman with a gun. The woman, later identified as Sandra Harmon, was described by the caller as white, slender with a striped shirt and skirt, carrying a rifle and alcohol.

Responding deputies located Harmon to the rear of 845 Main Street. Harmon fired at the first deputy on the scene. The second deputy arrived as shots were being fired. Both deputies ordered Harmon to get onto the ground, but she failed to comply. When she reached for the firearm, which was on the ground at that point, the deputies fired at Harmon, striking her.

Now Release the Unedited Video and Audio recordings from the Mobile Audio Video MAV and the Remote Microphones that are manufactured by the Axon Enterprise Inc.

That will show that the Statement by San Mateo County Sheriff Office is the truth. Harmon fired at the first deputy on the scene. Of course if that is true then that outcome is to be expected. Has SMC Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos ever issued a False News Release, You bet he has Several as a matter of fact. October 3, 2018 Chinedu Okobi Homicide by Six Sheriff Employees. Sheriff Bolanos Identified five of the six Sheriff Employees that day October 3, 2018. What was different here?

Some Media in San Mateo County wrote “Shootout” and “Shotgun Wielding” The Videos will show what actually happened. Update:

The video shows NO SHOOTOUT.

Sheriff Office News Release

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Lenny Mendonca quietly resigned on Good Friday.

By Michael G. Stogner

Lenny Mendonca abruptly resigned April 10, 2020. He’s no longer the CA Chief Economic & Business Advisor to Gov Newsom and he’s no longer serving as the Chair for the CA High Speed Rail Authority. 

The California High Speed Rail Authority just had a meeting April 21, 2020. They were forced to disclose an Investigation, They disclosed a watered down version of what is really happening. They reported that the consultant WSP hired their own Attorney to Investigate the Whistleblowers Allegations.

Everybody knows that is not a real Investigation.

The investigation disclosure was made at Tuesday’s board meeting in response to a question raised by board member Martha Escutia, a former state senator and now USC vice president for government relations. Escutia said she raised the matter because it was important to protect the integrity of the project.

Thanks to the LATIMES By RALPH VARTABEDIAN we now know there are two Criminal Investigations. This was not disclosed at the meeting.

The project is being investigated by the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General, and the F.B.I.

As most San Mateo County Residents know Lenny Mendonca is the owner of the Half Moon Bay Review and his Newspaper didn’t see this as a Newsworthy Story.

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San Mateo County Sheriff Video How not to Arrest a Pedestrian.

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By Michael G. Stogner

This Video should be used Nationwide to all Law Enforcement Agencies. The Unarmed Pedestrian was not drunk, had no Drugs in his system and had committed no crime when the SMCSO Deputy first noticed him and made a U turn.

Sheriff’s Office has No Plan on how to detain a large Black man for jaywalking.

Before you start the video notice the Five names listed. CSO Joesph Gonzales not listed. You’ll notice at the 7:18 mark there are SIX SMC Sheriff Employees involved including CSO using O.C. Spray.

Warning to viewer, this video is of the Homicide of Chinedu V. Okobi by SIX Sheriff Employees October 3, 2018 in the middle of the afternoon.

Government Video made public March 1, 2019

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