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City of Half Moon Bay, When to Notice the Public?

By Michael G. Stogner

Tonight June 24, 2021 at 5PM the City of Half Moon Bay’s Public Safety Sub-Committee is holding a public meeting at the Library.

They published the Notice last night at about 4:30 P.M. on the City’s website.

The Notice

As some of you know Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez are doing their best to protect the residents of their community.

They both brought to the attention of SMC the NEED for a Chief of Police in Half Moon Bay. Captain Saul Lopez has that title but it turns out to be a pretend title. The Same is true for San Carlos, Millbrae and every city and town patrolled by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Yanira Serrano Garcia was killed by a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy within 20 seconds of him getting out of his patrol vehicle. He was responding to a Non Emergency 911 call. He tampered with evidence at the scene. There were false statements made by both the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.

If that sounds familiar it should the Homicides of Chinedu Okobi and Sandra Lee Harmon both had the same results. There were false statements made by both the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.

One thing has changed The City of Half Moon Bay asked Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman to provide to the public the AXON LOG RECORDS for the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide to verify the Governments Story that she fired first and Deputy Dominguez did not turn on his Body Worn Camera. That seems like a simple straight forward request. They both declined to do so.

The City of Half Moon Bay then sent a letter to the Attorney General of the State of California requesting an Independent Criminal Investigation of the Investigators.

One good way to reduce the public attendance is to Notice late and put Public Comment at the end of the meeting.

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HMB Council Meeting June 15, 2021, The Jimenez-Rarback Report Item 3A.

By Michael G. Stogner

For meeting of: June 15, 2021

From City Manager Bob Nesbit.

RECOMMENDATION:

Receive a presentation on the report from Councilmembers Jimenez and Rarback, receive public comment, discuss the report, and provide further direction as necessary.

FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no fiscal impact from receiving this presentation. However, the report is comprehensive and would have fiscal impacts on the City if implemented.

STRATEGIC ELEMENT:

This action supports the Healthy Communities and Public Safety elements of the Strategic Plan.

BACKGROUND:

On May 28, 2021, the City Council received a report from resident David Eblovi entitled The Jimenez-Rarback Report on Policing and Public Safety in Half Moon Bay. At its June 1, 2021, Council meeting, Council directed staff to agendize an item for the June 15, 2021 meeting to receive a presentation on the report.

DISCUSSION:

Two guest speakers have been invited by Councilmembers Jimenez and Rarback to discuss the Report and add their voices to the general conversation about public safety in Half Moon Bay. Dr. Greg Woods will focus comments on ethics and accountability in policing, and Sergeant Carl Tennenbaum SFPD (Ret.), will focus comments on the benefits of civilian responders to low-risk calls. Their bios have been provided to the Council under separate cover and are on file with the City Clerk.

At the beginning of the item, staff recommends that the mayor present protocols and an agenda for how the item will go including approximate times for various sections. The item will conclude with Council deliberation and direction.

ATTACHMENT: The Jimenez-Rarback Report on Policing and Public Safety in Half Moon Bay

Thank You Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez for getting this Important Conversation on the Agenda. It should have been on in 2014 when Yanira Serrano Garcia was killed by a San Mateo Cpinty Sheriff Deputy within 20 seconds of him exiting his patrol vehicle. He had ZERO Plan, He Tampered with the Evidence. That is exactly what happened at the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide May 5, 2020, NO PLAN and Tampering with the Evidence.

Two Council Members are finally doing what every Elected Official in SMC should have been doing for years.

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Why would Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos lie about this?

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Here is just one simple example of Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos issuing a False Statement to the Public.

“His identification was unknown until January 2021.” That is a flat out lie. In 2014 he was served by the San Mateo County Sheriff Office at the exact address he was arrested. He was served a Restraining Order from one of his Brave victims.

Why would Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos lie about this. The idea that the SMCSO is investigating the rape of multiple children as young as 13 years old for NINE years is NUTS.

He’s talking about El Granada resident Kaylan Charles Freeman.

Since May 2012, Sheriff’s Office detectives have been investigating a case involving a suspect who sexually assaulted multiple underaged girls. His identification was unknown until January 2021 when detectives received a break in the case from a witness who identified the suspect as 30-year-old Kaylan Freeman from the San Mateo County Coast. Freeman is responsible for multiple acts of forcible rape and various sexual assaults against the victims who were minors at that time.

Summary:

On January 28, 2021, Kaylan Freeman was arrested by detectives in his residence in unincorporated San Mateo County coast side. Detectives believe that there are more victims who have yet to come forward and are encouraging anyone who has information about the suspect, please contact Detective Currie 650-363-4051 or email gcurrie@smcgov.org or Detective Piper 650-363-4062 or email jpiper@smcgov.org

SMCSO PRESS RELEASE

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Jimenez-Rarback Report on Policing and Public Safety in Half Moon Bay.

By Michael G. Stogner

Jimenez-Rarback Report

Tonight the City of Half Moon Bay Council voted 4 to 1 to place the Jimenez-Rarback Report on the June 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda. Harvey Rarback said this is a Beginning of a Conversation. Joaquin Jimenez spoke about safety for the residents of Half Moon Bay. He said it perfectly “if you even think about your safety you are not safe.”

Half Moon Bay is a City that is being forced by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office to discuss having a Police Chief or not.

This is a conversation that is taking place all across America, this is the right time for this. Now it is time for the public to get involved.

It should be noted: Mark Melville Candidate for San Mateo County Sheriff 2022 has read the Jimenez-Rarback Report and has no objections to it. That means in 12 months the Residents of SMC can have a different Sheriff and that means Half Moon Bay will not need to create a new position of Police Chief.

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Half Moon Bay Agendize the Jimenez-Rarback Report.

By Michael G. Stogner

Update: 8:08 PM June 1, 2021

The Jimenez-Rarback Report was put on the June 15, 2021 Meetings Agenda 4 yes 1 no vote,

This is a San Mateo County Issue not just a Half Moon Bay Issue. It’s rare when an Elected Official actually does the work on behalf of the residents, Here you have two Elected Officials doing what’s right for all of San Mateo County.

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, San Mateo County Counsel David Silberman, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and even some Half Moon Bay Council members have said that San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy David Dominguez did not turn on his Body Worn Camera when he exited his patrol car and went to the R.V. he expected Sandra Lee Harmon to be in. By the way he went to the R.V. by himself for some reason, He knew Sandra had a Shotgun and a bottle of wine and had mentioned a Race War. He went alone with BWC turned off is the Government’s Official Story. From the first time that story was presented to the public to this day that is exactly what it is a Story Words Spoken by the Top Government Officials. There has not been one piece of Evidence to support that Story.

Just because somebody says something is true, doesn’t mean that it is. Even if it is the Sheriff.

The Axon Log Records which are paid for by the Taxpayers will prove the statement from the Government Officials is True if it is and False if it is a Lie.

The Staff for the City of Half Moon Bay have demonstrated there complete lack of interest in getting to the truth of what happened the night Sandra L. Harmon was shot in the Back three times all Fatal.

2022 Sheriff Candidate Mark Melville has stated that he will release the AXON LOG RECORDS the first day he is sworn in. Now that makes a reasonable person wonder why Bolanos & Silberman are refusing to provide them and also why the City did not sue them to make them public.

Tonights 7PM Meeting Half Moon City

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Half Moon Bay Police Reform Ordinance is Appropriate.

By Michael G. Stogner

City of Half Moon Bay May 18, 2021 Meeting 7:00 PM

Once again the City of Half Moon Bay Council Members are leading San Mateo County Elected Officials & Staff.

The proposed ordinance, which was co-written by councilmembers Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez with the help of resident David Eblovi, states that a law enforcement officer could not stop a car for failing to signal a turn, having expired license tags, or having a defective tail light. In terms of restraining suspects, the ordinance would ban the use of Tasers, chokeholds and prohibit officers from placing people in a prone position while handcuffed. It would require them to be moved on their side immediately if necessary.

The ordinance would also mandate that when dealing with someone who is a threat to themselves or others, officers must wait for backup from another officer or a mental health professional before initiating contact. In addition, officers would also be required to retreat and take cover before firing at an individual. Jimenez noted that public input on this ordinance should be encouraged and that dialogue with law enforcement would be key to making substantial changes happen.

I asked Mark Melville Candidate for Sheriff 2022 for his opinion, here it is.

First and foremost, Mr. Jiminez is correct in that the public and Council need to meet and discuss what is in the best interest of all city residents, inclusive of public safety services.  I read the proposed ordinance and find it appropriate. There is nothing in the ordinance that prevents the Sheriff’s Office from doing their job. The Council is looking for the betterment of how people are treated once they are in contact with law enforcement, nothing wrong with that. I’m not sure where the Sheriff is coming from when he says the ordinance wouldn’t improve public safety..?  I think the ordinance is actually in favor of policing, in the way the City wants to see it done.  In addition, I believe specific deputies should be assigned to the City for a long period of time. This would allow them to become part of the community and they would clearly understand the community’s expectations. In doing this, it would eliminate the Sheriff’s concern of having deputies working in different jurisdictions operating under different operating procedures.

   
The Sheriff’s statement, “It’s my understanding their ordinance will have no legal basis on our services, nor on the contract, it’s basically unenforceable,”  which in my opinion is very condescending.  The Sheriff is saying we are going to provide the service to the City the way we see fit, and there is nothing you can do about it, oh until the contract ends in 2022.  In my opinion, the Sheriff should be at the forefront of drafting said ordinance with the city Council, because it’s for the betterment of the community..!!  I’m wishing the City success in achieving the services they desire for their community.  

Every City and Town that receives it’s Law Enforcement Services from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office should be on this ZOOM Meeting Tonight.

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Half Moon Bay Police Reform Zoom Meeting May 18, 2021 Item 3D

By Michael G. Stogner

Making Half Moon Bay safe for it’s residents.

Great work Half Moon Bay City Council and Resident David Eblovi, Thank You for leading the entire County in Law Enforcement reform. If it turns out that the only resistance is from Sheriff Bolanos and San Mateo County Counsel David Silberman don’t worry both of those obstacles can be gone with the election of Mark Melville for Sheriff in 2022. That’s 18 months from now.

“It’s my understanding their ordinance will have no legal basis on our services, nor on the contract,” Bolanos said. “It’s basically unenforceable.”

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos finds those restrictions “problematic” and unenforceable.

Even if the ordinance is approved by the council, it likely wouldn’t have any bearing on the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, said Sheriff Carlos Bolanos. Because of the county’s contract with Half Moon Bay, the city can’t legislate changes until the contract is up for renegotiation, Bolanos said. The Sheriff’s Office’s contract with the city doesn’t expire until July 2022

How difficult could it possibly be, HMB has only 2 Deputies on duty per shift.

The proposed ordinance, which was co-written by councilmembers Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez with the help of resident David Eblovi, states that a law enforcement officer could not stop a car for failing to signal a turn, having expired license tags, or having a defective tail light. In terms of restraining suspects, the ordinance would ban the use of Tasers, chokeholds and prohibit officers from placing people in a prone position while handcuffed. It would require them to be moved on their side immediately if necessary.

The ordinance would also mandate that when dealing with someone who is a threat to themselves or others, officers must wait for backup from another officer or a mental health professional before initiating contact. In addition, officers would also be required to retreat and take cover before firing at an individual. Jimenez noted that public input on this ordinance should be encouraged and that dialogue with law enforcement would be key to making substantial changes happen.

“It’s in our best interest to listen to our community, to see what is going on and if there has to be any kind of changes to make our community safer,” Jimenez said.

While this ordinance would restrict the actions of law enforcement, Rarback believes it would instead give deputies


ORDINANCE NO. C-2021-_______
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HALF MOON BAY

CALIFORNIA AMENDING CHAPTER 2.33, SPECIFIC POLICING POLICIES

THE CITY COUNCIL OF HALF MOON BAY DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Findings: The City Council finds and declares as follows:

(a) The municipal code of the City of Half Moon Bay requires periodic updates to reflect current information and changes in law, to provide clarification to the community, and to provide for improved customer service and administration of City business.

(b) Setting a clear understanding for the behavior of law enforcement and peace officers serving the Half Moon Bay community is critical to building and maintaining trust between the community and the City’s law enforcement providers.

(c) Protecting law enforcement officers and the community from undue risk of harm as a result of unnecessary interactions or escalations between armed officers and the public is critical to protecting the public safety of all of Half Moon Bay’s residents, and especially those who may be at statistically high risk of a negative outcome due to mental illness, substance abuse issues, race, housing status, or immigration status.

(d) There is no statutory requirement that the City of Half Moon Bay enforce California Vehicle Code. Therefore the City may, and should, selectively enforce CA Vehicle Code if it results in less pervasive fear or a better standard of living for its people.

(e) It is in the interests of the City of Half Moon Bay for peace officers to have operable and operating video and sound recording devices at all times that they are in public or are engaging in policing activities.

(f) A significant portion of the at-risk population of Half Moon Bay lives in reasonable fear of encounters with law enforcement providers. These fears are justified by the fact that the current law enforcement agency serving greater Half Moon Bay has had numerous recent fatal encounters with individuals who suffered from mental health issues. Therefore, it is in the interests of the public and the officers who serve here to minimize the number and types of such interactions, and when interactions do occur for the City to insure that the interests of all parties are protected to the extent possible.

Section 2. Municipal Code Update (Specific Policing Policies) including revisions to Chapter 2.33 of the Half Moon Bay Municipal Code is adopted as set forth in Exhibit “A” to this Ordinance shown for introduction as deletions in strike through and additions in underline.

Section 3Severability. If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance. The City Council herby declares that it would have passed this Ordinance and adopted this Ordinance and each section, sentence, clause or phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more section, subsections, sentences, clauses or phrases be declared invalid or unconstitutional.

Section 4Publication. The City Clerk of the City of Half Moon Bay is hereby directed to publish this Ordinance, or the title hereof as a summary, pursuant to Government Code Section 36933, once within fifteen (15) days after its passage in the Half Moon Bay Review, a newspaper of general circulation published in the City of Half Moon Bay.

Section 5Effective date. This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force on the thirtieth (30th) day from and after its final passage.

INTRODUCED at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Half Moon Bay, California,

Held on the 18th day of May, 2021, by the following vote:
Ayes, Councilmembers: __________________________________
Noes, Councilmembers: __________________________________
Absent, Councilmembers: __________________________________
Abstain, Councilmembers: __________________________________
ATTEST:
___________________________ _______________________ Jessica Blair, City Clerk Robert Brownstone, Mayor

City of Half Moon Bay May 18, 2021 Meeting

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