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San Mateo County Residents Cover your Face.

By Michael G. Stogner

For Immediate Release
New Bay Area Public Health Recommendation to Cover the Face

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Bay Area health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home for essential travel such as doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits.

The regional recommendation aligns with new guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again.

Health officials do not recommend that the public use medical masks (N-95 or surgical masks), which are in limited supply and must be preserved for our health care workers and first responders.

Up until now, local officials have not recommended the large-scale use of face coverings, but circumstances have changed.

Covering the nose and mouth with cloth also may be beneficial as a reminder to keep physical distancing. Health officials continue to stress that staying home, frequent hand

County of San Mateo

Joint Information Center Media Line: 650-779-9939 smc_ jic@smcgov.org

April 2, 2020

Cloth face coverings, when combined with physical distancing and hand washing, may prevent transmission of coronavirus to others when leaving the house for essential activities.

Medical masks should be preserved for health care workers and first responders

“In addition to shelter-in-place and social distancing requirements, wearing a mask in public is an important tool to stop the community spread of this disease,” says Scott Morrow, MD, San Mateo County health officer. “People with no or mild symptoms may have coronavirus and not know it. Wearing face coverings helps protect others from exposure.”

washing and physical distancing are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Acceptable face coverings can be made of a variety of cloth materials, be factory-made or hand-sewn, or can be improvised using bandanas, scarves, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.

Face coverings should be washed frequently with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. Ideally, wash your face covering after each use, and have a dedicated laundry bag or bin.

Make sure the covering is comfortable – you don’t want to have to keep adjusting the mask, which means touching your face. Always wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before AND after touching your face or face coverings.

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San Mateo County Elected Officials should be Decent Human Beings, Most are Not.

By Michael G. Stogner

Foster City Councilman Herb Perez is just one example. He will be removed and replaced April 1, 2020 when the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election results are Certified. San Mateo County Election Official Mark Church has stated the results will be certified by April 1, 2020 even though California Governor Gavin Newsom extended that date to April 22, 2020.

The Real Question here is what did every single elected official in San Mateo County do to remove Herb Perez from office as soon as they became aware of his behavior. Did any one of them contact Herb Perez by phone, letter or e-mail and suggest he apologize, provide the Black Belt to Julia Vo, promise to change his behavior etc or even resign to avoid a successful recall? It would be good for the public to know how many elected officials contacted Herb Perez.

What did they do to protect this child and her mother once they came forward with this video.

Video of Julia & Vy Vo

RECALL is the only Real Citizen Oversight it’s that simple.

First SMC Elected Official to respond to Article.

Martin, Deirdre <martind@ci.pacifica.ca.us>

To: Michael Stogner Fri, Mar 27 at 8:24 AM

I contacted Herb Perez about the way he treated Catherine Mahanpour during the nomination period for mayor pro tem in 2018/19.  His response was awful and I wrote him off at that point.

He is full of spit and vinegar.


Deirdre Martin
Mayor, City of Pacifica
170 Santa Maria Ave.
Pacifica, CA  94044
215.806.8217
martind@ci.pacifica.ca.us

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San Mateo County Courts Closed for 60 Days.

By Michael G. Stogner

All courts in the State of California are closed and cases are delayed for 60 days. Better late then never, this was a no-brainer. San Mateo County Supervisors might take this time and finally secure the 400 County Center Building as they should have years ago. People entering the building without going through the metal detectors every single day.

Hon. Judge Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye Order

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said in her order that court facilities were “ill-equipped to effectively allow the social distancing and other public health requirements” that have been imposed across California to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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San Mateo County Election Results Extended 21 Days by Gov. Newsom.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: March 23, 2020 Mark Church says the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be Certified April 1, 2020 barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Public Trust is the Key to Government Functioning. That includes all branches, Sheriff , District Attorney, Judges, Probation, Public Health, County Manager, County Counsel and yes Elections.

Why did Mark Church stop publishing the vote tally? Santa Clara County has continued to update on the schedule they told the public they would.

What difference does it make you might ask? For Foster City Residents it makes a big difference having Herb Perez an elected official recalled remain in office until the vote is certified. For District 13 Senate Race where Sally Lieber is in second place behind Josh Becker in Santa Clara County and she is leading Alexander Glew by 8,499 votes there. This one Senate seat involves both San Mateo County & Santa Clara County. Most of the Political Players in SMC do not want Sally Lieber in the picture. I’ll just give one example the SMDJ with 84,000 viewers wrote an article on Feb. 3, 2020 just in time to influence mail in voters they did not mention Sally Lieber and a few others. They endorsed a candidate who is not in the running. Today Sally Lieber is 1,164 votes out of Second Place where top two vote getters go to the November Election.

The March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election results deadline has been extended 21 Days by Governor Gavin Newsom. So final results will be April 22, 2020. As you know Mark Church has not provided an update since March 13, 2020. He also doesn’t seem to know about this order. It’s not on his website.

Here is what is on SMC website March 22, 2020

Important Information about Election Results

The Registration & Elections Division is shifting to minimal staffing for COVID-19 mitigation. In compliance with the order from the County Health Officer, the Elections Division located at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 as a precautionary measure. 

The Registration & Elections Division will continue to process all ballots as normal. The election will be certified no later than April 1, 2020, within the statutory deadline. The next results report will be the official Statement of the Vote.

Vote by Mail Ballots received: 198,265
This information is a raw count estimate as of 5 p.m. March 13, 2020 that is subject to change and updated daily.

There was supposed to be a March 17, 2020 update.

San Mateo County Residents remember the recent Measure W passing in the last two days of Mark Church reporting. It failed every reporting date up to the last two….

Measure W article

Governors Order

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Dr. Scott Morrow COVID-19 "Dire and Catastrophic."

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County Health Dr. Scott Morrow

Wednesday March 18, 2020 Dr. Scott Morrow was on a COVID-19 conference call for San Mateo County.

Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County’s Health Officer, said “the numbers could explode.”

“If I was to describe the condition in San Mateo County right now it would be somewhere between dire and catastrophic,” Morrow said. “It is capable of explosive growth in the population.”

San Mateo County has 80 Cases with one Death. as of today 3/19/20

The United States of America has only tested 1,400 (According to Congresswoman Jackie Speier.) There lies the critical problem.

San Mateo County Health Website

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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos What is your Plan to Protect?

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

The San Mateo County Sheriff Employees and their Families. They have a right to know and they have a right to protect themselves if you won’t.

Sheriff Bolanos, What is your plan to protect your Employees?

What is your plan to protect the Inmates in San Mateo County?

How many COVID-19 Test Kits have you had since Jan. 20, 2020 and How many do you have today?

San Mateo County Counsel Attorney for Sheriff, David Silberman

Yahoo/Inbox

  • David Silberman <dsilberman@smcgov.org>To: Michael Stogner Tue, Mar 17 at 6:32 PM
  • I am working on a special assignment related to response to Covid-19 and it may take me a longer than usual amount of time to respond.  Please bear with me.

What are you and San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman providing as a Safe Quarantine Location for Deputies who come into contact with potential COVID-19 carriers, or Confirmed people with the virus? Is there a location for them to safely stay away from their families if that is what the Spouses desire.

Has the Jail Population been reduced?

Have you instructed the Patrol Deputies to interact with the public in a different way since Jan. 20, 2020?

San Mateo County Sheriff G. Bolanos has refused to answer that Question?

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To:SHERIFFS_PIO,Carlos BolanosCc:Warren Slocum,Don Horsley,Dave Pine,Dave Canepa,Carole Groomand 3 more…Tue, Mar 17 at 6:32 PM

Hello Rosemerry and Sheriff Carlos Bolanos,
Can you tell me How many Test Kits does the Sheriff’s Office have on hand today, What is the Policy for patrol Deputies interacting with the public and when should they be testing for their safety. Since COVID-19 Positive Results are from people who show no sign of illness, what are you and D.J Wozniak advising the Deputies and Sergeants to do to Protect themselves and their families. Have you provided a safe location for Deputies to self Quarantine away from their families if that is what the spouses request.
Have you had any Deputies or Correctional Officers tested for COVID-19 to date. Have any tested positive? Do you have any staff of Self Quarantine today?

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

COVID-19 Testing is the Most Important action that can take place.

How many Tests Kits do you have Sheriff Bolanos?

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Superior Courts San Mateo County are Open Why? L.A. County are Closed.

As of yesterday afternoon I was unable to tell Liz Valencia the Mother of Vincent Valencia who is scheduled to be sentenced to Prison this morning in Judge Susan Greenberg’s court if the Superior Courts were open or not. I checked the websites and I sent this e-mail to SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe for this information. Liz lives in Fresno a 3 hour drive plus there is a Stay in Place Order in effect. D.A. Wagstaffe did not reply which is unusual for him.

Here is a Letter I sent by Certified Mail to Judge Greenberg regarding Vincent Valencia.

Michael G. Stogner                                                                     Date: March 11, 2020 831-210-8994 michaelgstogner@yahoo.com

Honorable Judge Susan Greenberg

Southern Court 400 County Center

Redwood City, California 94063

Regarding: March 17, 2020 Sentencing

Vincent Valencia 19-SF-003527-A & 19-SF-008911-A

Dear Honorable Judge Susan Greenberg,

I am writing you as a Private Victim’s Advocate who has No relationship or Conflict of Interest with speaking out about Vincent Valencia. I’m very concerned that San Mateo County and the Courts have failed to acknowledge his long history of Mental Health Issues. His Mother Liz Valencia drove up from Fresno to inform the Board of Supervisors recently about his Mental History which goes back to his childhood. She stated he has been arrested more than 100 times in the last 10 years. That all by itself should be the Red Flag that something is very wrong and possibly Not Criminal. You will see from prior court records he pleads often when he is represented by the Private Defender Program. No Jury Trial.

I hope that bringing this to your attention will cause you to ask the appropriate questions, He clearly doesn’t understand this process even though the Court records state Defendant was advised of and understood Charges and Direct Consequences of plea. Jan. 27. 2020

Thank You for being the Safety Net.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Stogner

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To:Steve Wagstaffe Mon, Mar 16 at 5:30 PMHello Steve,
Are the courts still open this week?
Thank You 
Michael

Courts in L.A. will be closed till Friday

By James Queally and Matt Hamilton

All Los Angeles County court proceedings will be suspended for several days as concerns about the spread of the coronavirus continue to mount, court officials announced Monday.

The nation’s largest court system will go dark from March 17 to 19, according to a statement issued by Presiding Judge Kevin Brazile. Court will reopen Friday for “the limited purpose of hearing or handling essential or emergency matters.”

“The Superior Court of Los Angeles County is committed to providing equal access to justice through the fair, timely and efficient resolution of all cases. However, it is imperative that we continue aligning our Court with the most recent directives and guidelines issued by our national, state and local public health officials,” the statement read. “Let me be clear: we will continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable people in Los Angeles County—our children, the elderly, domestic violence victims, people whose life and liberty interests are at stake, and in many other emergent cases as is possible and safe.”

Brazile had previously asked that new criminal and civil trials be put on hold for at least 30 days. The three-day suspension is being carried out with the approval of California’s chief justice, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Courts in Orange County also announced late Monday that they were suspending all proceedings until March 27 due to the public health crisis.

Los Angeles County courts are expected to reopen Friday, but a lengthier stalling of judicial proceedings is possible.

Three law enforcement officials told The Times that Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey sent a message to prosecutors over the weekend telling them that a 30-day delay of all active jury trials was likely to be implemented. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter candidly.

The district attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

In his statement Monday, Brazile said he would release additional information in the coming days about further reductions in judicial and court services.

The announcement comes as criminal justice officials in California continue to struggle with how spread of the virus will impact courthouses and jails.

Over the weekend, Los Angeles County court officials announced the suspension of the high-profile murder trial of New York real estate scion Robert Durst.

Judges were also encouraged to shift toward telephonic proceedings to lower traffic in the region’s courthouses.

Statewide, courthouses have taken a patchwork of measures to deal with the threat the virus poses to jurors and staff, ranging from trial delays to temporary building closures to excusing older jurors.

Lou Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney in Century City, applauded Brazile’s decision and said it was a relief for the attorneys and court staff that he knew.

“Many attorneys are really scared to go to work right now. You don’t have effective advocates if they are always living in fear,” Shapiro said.

He said that in the long term, the benefits of temporary closure would be more apparent.

“Because this disease is so contagious, if it does go around the court staff and lawyers, what justice will be served? What kind of advocates can public defenders and criminal defense attorneys be if they are quarantined?” Shapiro asked. “It’s better to sit out a few days or weeks. At the end of it, the defendants’ rights will be better served by taking this short-term break, rather than letting it ride and seeing how it goes.”

Michele Hanisee, president of the union representing deputy district attorneys, said the interruptions could prove significant for active trials, and suggested judges may allow for a review of prior testimony to allow jurors to re-acclimate themselves with evidence in case of prolonged delays.

“This is new, uncharted territory for everyone presently alive. It’s hard to know what’s too little and what’s too much. Everyone is proceeding with caution,” she said.

Nikhil Ramnaney, president of the union representing Los Angeles County public defenders, said he believed the court should have taken action sooner given the ease with which the virus could spread in a courthouse.

“I think now they’re finally taking this seriously … in terms of my membership, in the last 72 hours it’s been insane how many people are very, very scared,” he said. “It’s impossible given the facilities to engage in social distancing.”

Ramnaney also noted that while the shutdown is necessary to prevent spread among lawyers, law enforcement officers and others who move in and out of the county’s sprawling court system, it could also worsen problems for at-risk individuals who are incarcerated.

“During the next three days, what venue do we have to petition for the release of very vulnerable people?” he asked. “That to me is the really difficult one.… How do we strike a balance between our own personal safety, and the safety of our families, and the safety of incarcerated people?”

Before the announcement was made, the county’s top public defender, Ricardo Garcia, told The Times in an interview that any adjustments the court makes must stand up to constitutional muster.

“If there’s any situation where client rights are infringed on, we will object,” Garcia said, noting that keeping defendants out of custody was among his top priorities.

Garcia said that public defenders were confronting difficult dilemmas amid the closures of courthouses, trial delays and a widening public health crisis.

“Right now people are torn: They have two competing interests as attorneys. The first being the desire to protect themselves and their family, the people they love,” Garcia said, “and the second is the people they’ve dedicated their careers to protect: their clients.”

Posted on Superior Courts Website Today March 17, 2020

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