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Barbara Bonilla in Court Today.

By Michael G. Stogner

Barbara Bonilla SAL, Ca.PAL, Nat.PAL Sheriff Bolanos Campaign Manager

Update 11:15AM 12/21/2020 Barbara Bonilla appeared per Zoom, Next Court Date: Jan 21, 2021 1:30 PM SDR and Feb. 4, 2021 Preliminary Hearing.

12/21/2020 9:00 AM Courtroom 4B Arraignment 20SF013661A 

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Michael Wendler

The main Question is What Happened to the Laundering Investigation?

Here are the current charges:

BONILLA, BARBARA

  DescriptionStatuteLevelDate
001PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2017
002PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony09/15/2017
003PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/14/2018
004PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony12/18/2018
005PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony02/15/2019
006PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2019
007PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/21/2019

On February 10, 2020 Barbara Bonilla was escorted from her office of Executive Director of San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League (SAL). The SAL is a division of the Sheriff’s Office. At that time Barbara Bonilla was employed by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Barbra Bonilla is well connected and well known for her Fund Raising abilities. She was also Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos’s Campaign Manager for his 2018 run for Sheriff. April 2017 She donated $1,000 to his campaign. She was on the Boards of National PAL, California PAL, Redwood City Rotary, San Mateo County Parks and Rec Commission.

In May of 2020 she resigned from the Sheriff’s Office. Why? She was not charged with any crime and even if she was it doesn’t mean there is any evidence of a crime. The former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case is a prefect example of that. “Smuggling a Cell Phone and Drugs to a Hells Angel Gang member in SMC Jail.” ZERO evidence to support those charges, they were dismissed.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe referred the Criminal Investigation to the State of California Attorney General because he was a member of the board of SAL. He wanted to avoid the Appearance of a Conflict of Interest. That is always a Good Idea when Public Trust is an issue.

San Mateo County Sheriff’Office should have done the same. Why would Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and all Sheriff Employees think they should Investigate Barbara Bonilla at all. If Steve Wagstaffe couldn’t Investigate it for an Appearance of a Conflict of Interest certainly the Sheriff’s Office had more of a Conflict of Interest.

The A.G.’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office worked together in the Criminal Investigation of Embezzlement & Laundering. The DOJ had expected to have Barbara Bonilla Arrested as early as April 2, 2020, but that arrest did not occur. Why?

Laundering Money, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is Prepaid Gift Cash Cards you buy at many Stores. Did this element exist in the SAL Investigation? YES it did.

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos News Release December 4, 2020 Bonilla Arrest

The last sentence in the SMCSO News Release dated December 4, 2010 says: “this investigation is still underway and being handled by an outside agency.” It doesn’t identify that outside agency WHY?

When I asked SMCDA Steve Wagstaffe who’s Criminal Investigation was this he informed me it was the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

December 12, 2020

Good morning Michael,

It was charged by the Attorney General’s Office, so it would be described as a DOJ case.  I believe that is how it would be listed in statewide statistics, since I believe they list the prosecuting agency. But the investigating agency would be the Sheriff’s Office.

Thanks

Steve

At this moment it is still unclear Who the Investigative Agency was and is.

Normally I would attend the Court proceeding, Today I will not, there is a Pandemic. Stay Safe

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San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League Executive Director Barbara Bonilla on Administrative Leave.

By Michael G. Stogner

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Update: May 29 2020 Half Moon Bay Review writes article on it.

 

Update May 28, 2020 Barbara Bonilla was escorted out of her office on February 10, 2020 and she has resigned as Executive Director. She as also resigned as a San Mateo County Sheriff Employee. The Website today still shows her as the Executive Director. The criminal Investigation is for Embezzlement & Laundering.

San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League (SAL) Executive Director has been on Administrative Leave for the last 3 weeks.

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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Barbara E. Bonilla was also  Campaign Manager for Carlos G. Bolanos’s for Sheriff 2018

Message about the program from Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

“The Sheriff’s Activities League is an extraordinary program! I have seen the impact and difference that SAL has made for the youth of San Mateo County. The effective approach that SAL provides our youth has been instrumental in keeping the kids in our community safe while building positive relationships between law enforcement and our youth.

The relationship and interaction that a law enforcement agency has with the community is vital to maintaining public safety in building a strong community. SAL is a key program that provides our youth with the necessary skills for success. I am passionate about investing in our youth because they are the future of our community.”

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos has not made one public comment about this NEWS.

Board of Supervisors President Warren Slocum told me today “As this is a personnel matter, it would be inappropriate to comment.”

Barbara Bonilla is a current Director for Redwood City Rotary Club. A Commissioner for San Mateo County Parks & Rec. California PAL, National PAL.

Sheriff’s SAL Website

California PAL Vice President Barbara Bonilla

National PAL Chairman Barbara Bonilla

This is a developing story I’ll post as I get it. When you see how many people are on the Board of Directors you can imagine how many have known this information for at least 3 weeks. No other News Media has provided the residents with this story.

Update March 12, 2020 LATIMES, Barbara Bonilla is Vice President of California PAL. The similarities with San Mateo County The failure to take action. This goes back to when Supervisor Don Horsley was Sheriff of San Mateo County and San Mateo County Sheriff Sgt. Mary Koziol R.I.P. was a Resource Officer at Garfield School in Redwood City.

Santa Monica to settle child sex abuse cases

City Council approves $42.6-million payout in suits alleging lewd acts with teenage boys by a police volunteer.

ERIC ULLER killed himself after molestation charges were filed. (L.A. County Sheriff’s Department) 

By Richard Winton

For decades, Eric Uller served as the Santa Monica Police Department’s technology wizard, overseeing street cameras, creating crime maps and advancing its computers. But many knew him better as an ever-present volunteer in the Police Activities League beginning in the 1980s, helping young boys in the predominantly Latino Pico area. He would give kids rides in his unmarked police car.

But two years ago, Los Angeles County Special Victims Unit detectives arrested Uller on suspicion of lewd acts with teenage boys. Uller died by suicide in November 2018 after being charged with molesting four boys. More victims came forward and the number rose to 23, with cases dating from 1989.

On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council agreed to pay those victims $42.6 million to resolve the ensuing sexual abuse lawsuits that were filed against the city. The settlement also resolves a claim by a woman that she was abused by another PAL volunteer.

A judge will decide how much each of Uller’s alleged victims will receive.

“These are lifelong neighbors and dear friends. To these men, thank you for being brave and coming forward, not only for yourself but for standing up for others,” Councilwoman Ana Maria Jara said after the vote. “Our community and this council walks with you on this journey toward healing and justice. Please know that your community will continue to grow stronger and bind us together with the purpose of ensuring this never happens again.”

Uller’s position with the city and his role as a volunteer with the PAL — a nonprofit operated by the city — gave him access to teenage boys. Authorities allege he molested them in his car, and sometimes under the guise of taking them for medical exams at his father’s medical office. He sexually assaulted one boy for years in the 1980s and 1990s, authorities alleged.

“The Police Department and city had repeated warnings and reports of his horrendous behavior,” said David Ring, one of several attorneys representing the victims. “Uller as authority figure preyed on the most vulnerable young Latino boys.”

Several former city employees told Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives investigating the allegations that they reported Uller’s misconduct to their bosses, and one even described him as being able to use a police car with the knowledge of top officials.

Uller’s former boss, retired Lt. Greg Slaughter, told detectives he witnessed Uller driving young boys “all over town” and reported it to his bosses. Slaughter also told detectives that an investigation launched after child pornography was found on a Police Department communications center screen “led to Eric Uller,” the report said.

The failure to take action against Uller earlier has spurred outrage in the community.

The investigation has also renewed an enduring question over how Santa Monica, a liberal bastion of wealth, treats its less-privileged residents.

School board member Oscar de la Torre, in an opinion piece in the Santa Monica Daily Press, accused the city of ignoring reports and rumors about Uller for years.

That is exactly what Don Horsley did. Don Horsley was Sheriff of San Mateo County and San Mateo County Sheriff Sgt. Mary Koziol R.I.P. was a Resource Officer at Garfield School in Redwood City.

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