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San Mateo County Snake Oil, Cures All That Ails You. Come Get Some!

 

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For over a year there was a pattern of police use of force deaths, in San Mateo County. This pattern culminated, in the October 3, 2018 Millbrae death of 36 year old pedestrian Chinedu Okobi.

Despite what would appear to any reasonably objective observer, an escalating body count, Mr Wagstaffe, as District Attorney, did nothing to address / curb the situation. And now, his administration is seemingly poised to render a decision blaming Okobi’s death, on something other than the unnecessary & excessive use of force by officers. This is a familiar pattern with DA Steve Wagstaffe, with his having blamed previous deaths on the decedents -their respective acts & medical conditions.

Most recently, he went on television saying he was not going to speculate on the Okobi case, that he had to get all the facts, before rendering a decision on the matter. Yet, instead of keeping his word, he went on camera and questioned the product liability aspect of Tasers, a device repeatedly used by officers, in their confrontation of Okobi .

Mr. Wagstaffe ignored a year long prologue of police use of force deaths, in his very jurisdiction. And then he told us he was not going to release videos, in his possession, ones which depict exactly what had happened, in the most recent death, that of Mr. Okobi.

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Just as his office had excluded two African American’s from serving on the jury in the Tracey Biletnikoff murder case, a matter in which he had been criticized by the appellate court. This was a Murder Conviction reversed because of Wagstaffe’s behavior. “During jury selection, the prosecutor, Stephen Wagstaffe, peremptorily struck the only two African-American members of the jury pool… We hold that a comparative juror analysis, in combination with other facts in the record, demonstrates that the prosecutor’s purported race-neutral reasons for striking at least one of the jurors were pretexts for racial discrimination.”

He now says he is not going to release the videos and audio recordings of Chinedu’s murder to the public, his employers, so that they can see them.

The People do not need an interpreter, to understand what they are seeing for themselves, Mr. Wagstaffe.

Okobi’s mother and sister were shown the videos and audio recordings, and here is what his sister, Ebele, said about them:

It’s readily apparent you are struggling to shoehorn your narrative of what occurred with the facts and, in so doing, you have passed the rubicon of truthfulness, leaving honesty & integrity behind, and entering a sea of deception -familiar territory for yourself, a directed or desired outcome.

The taint and stench you and your cadre have brought to the office of district attorney is palpable and, I submit, can not be removed, without your & their removal.

Felony fraud resulting in the diversion of over 2 million dollars of public monies being characterized by your office as sloppy accounting practices, at San Mateo County Transit, is but one / just one example of DA Wagstaffe’s aversion to the truth. False debits are not errors or sloppy accounting, Steve, they are intentional criminal acts.

Here is the letter from Albert Serrato falsely declaring that no crimes were committed in the SamTrans fraud brought by 3 whistleblowers, who were accountants and risked and lost their own jobs.

The bias you have demonstrated, when it comes to Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and former Sheriff Greg Munks, excusing their abhorrent behavior & giving them a pass, when they were detained by Las Vegas metropolitan police and the FBI, in a human trafficking investigation, one in which they had gone to a home being used as a whorehouse in a rundown residential neighborhood with Asian indentured sex-slaves, at least one of whom was a minor, and a cache (3,500 tablets) of illegal ecstasy drugs, is reprehensible and not in keeping with the public’s trust, Steve.

In that unguarded moment, in what you thought would be a confidential email to the duo, you expressed your support and consoled the two that the matter would soon pass and become yesterday’s news. This provides a rare glimpse into the flawed (real) character & thinking of who is District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Here are those emails, #ThoseWhoMatter:

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The fact that Okobi’s killers are back at work, armed, with unfeathered contact with the public & custodies alike, is testament to the fact DA Wagstaffe has cleared them and communicated this information to Sheriff Bolanos. Yet he is still massaging his findings to the public, delaying what he has obviously determined -that the officers’ use of force resulting in Okobi’s death was justified (reasonable) and that he and his office are going to do nothing about it, giving them a pass.

You are a snake oil salesman, Steve, selling the public adultered versions of the truth and being a shill for morally corrupt county officials. Release the videos, so we can see just how much!

If you as the reader are asking, “How on Earth is Steve Wagstaffe still the District Attorney of San Mateo County.” You are on the right track. The short answer is that you are responsible for him being there. He can only be recalled or voted. He has full immunity for anything he does.

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“Those Who Matter”against Quality of Life in San Mateo County.

Whenever I see these four people and a small group of their friends and supporters I can’t help but think of my father John Donald Stogner aka Tex. He was an average guy who worked 6 days a week 12 hours a day to support his wife and 4 children. He was in the grocery store business for 38 years. He had no time or interest in politics, he voted every election, my mother worked at the polls every year. Neither one of them suspected that elected officials would spend taxpayer money against them in order to promote or pass a tax measure that would harm them or the business my father earned his living from.

In this video you will see 4 people who were instrumental in the Yes on Measure W campaign, not shown is SamTrans CEO Jim Hartnett husband of Rosanne Faust who claims a victory in getting the message out and beating the opposition which there was none. The opposition would be people like my mother and father hard working people just trying to get by. Rosanne does not mention the $650,000 of taxpayer money her husband spent on Educational Outreach Programs involving 501-C organizations. When you add the $1,100,000 that she raised thats $1,750,000 vs. the $5,700 a few brave individuals put together for the No on W campaign. Note the Yes on W supporters are the people that receive the taxpayer money and the No on W are the people stuck with paying it.

San Mateo County Elected Officials have been misleading the residents for many years. The 2012 SMC Grad Jury warned the residents of it “Inconvenient Truth” They are spending taxpayer money hiring word-crafting consultants, and conspiring to place tax measures on the ballots again using taxpayer money to make sure it will pass if put on the ballots. You will notice the Yes on W Team can’t name one citizen that came before the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and asked Please place another 1/2 cent sales tax on the ballot to make SMC even more expensive to live in.

It will be interesting to see the communications e-mails, memos, letters, between the power players of San Mateo County that caused Measure W to be created in the first place, funded and passed by less than 500 votes in the last 2 days of a long count.

San Mateo County has a new e-mail destruction policy I have written about starting February 1, 2019. I wonder why?

SMCN.com Article County deleting e-mails

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SMC and Las Vegas Metro Police “Operation Loose Ends.”

This is my title, I’m not sure what San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe call it. When I think about “Operation Loose Ends” Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez & Sheriff Deputy Heinz Puschendorf & Jody Williams come to mind. I can confirm the LVMPD caused that damage to that door below on November 12, 2018
Jody L. Williams

Dear Dawn:

It amazes me how much work you put into campaigns that have zero impact on helping real victims of sex trafficking.  In 2006 I was approached by a group of sheriff’s who were using the sex trafficking movement to traffick women, and make sure they had no escape. Escape I had been providing since 1984. I brought all of the evidence on the operation to the proper authorities,  including Polaris,  and the end result was they cleaned up everything in my file and moved everyone. I went to the state dept., and the salvation army who agreed to fund and create a system to address this group of people that no other cop wanted to prosecute nor a judge prosecute and gave Nevada a million dollars to create atlas with me scheduled to be the director.  We staged our first raid deliberately scheduled to catch two San Mateo Sheriff’s who made a bimonthly drop in April of 2007. Validating what i had been saying, two San Mateo County sheriff’s were caught red handed along with bags of drugs, a juvenile and 24 victims. They were brought to the salvation army where I was supposed to question them during a mandatory 72 hour immigration hold. To my shock, the victims were sent right back to the houses, and the cops released. I was completely shut out of the whole system – replaced by Chris Baughman as a figurehead to fight sex trafficking. The reason this happened is because the Salvation Army sold out the 24 victims of operation dollhouse to metro for $370,000. George Knapp had seen my work and became curious. It took him a while but he uncovered some more misconduct. I knew homeland security and ice had to have been involved to release that hold so I pushed on ICE to investigate.  They uncovered Joohon David Lee and Chris butler.  Lee however was immune from all charges but bribery. I was validated yet again and even more so when Celeste Guap stepped forward in the press. She had no choice because we have no system yet that will take actions on cops unless you go to the press and convince them to write on the subject, and they won’t let you leave sex work for fear you’ll come against them. Because of Chris Baughman,  the fbi did start investigating what was going on. In fear what they would do, a judge, Terri Miller, Dennis Hof and myself were threatened. To protect my life I moved into an rv for 2 years I kept moving weekly. That was after a bomb had been found in my first rv.
Only now FBI Agent Kevin White has gone quiet and my emails were illegally seized by San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe the same man who protected those two San Mateo County Sheriffs April 21, 2007. Daniel Bogden, my only protector was fired.  With him gone, once they got my emails a sealed Search Warrant dated 7/2/2018, they figured out where I lived. The men involved in this trafficking network then bought the motel I live in brought in their own security to cover their ass and then metro came and tried to break my door down without a warrant November 12, 2018 9:20PM.

 

 

I don’t believe they (LVMPD) went to this much trouble to ask me a few questions.
I’ve appealed to Polaris on not only my behalf, but another woman who turned to the antitrafficking groups in Nevada, only to find herself being “recruited” instead of helped to exit sex work.  To date we have nothing. We haven’t even been called by Polaris – let alone protected in any way or anything being done about this. No lawyer will touch this either because they keep disbarring any attorney who steps up and arrests their paralegals.  BUT YOU GOT COSMO OFF THE WALMART AISLE! WOW!  What an achievement ! Only it does nothing to help these victims, and myself,  now in fear for our lives.

 

Jody L. Williams

On Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 2:05 PM Dawn Hawkins, NCOSE <public@ncose.com wrote:

 

Dear Friend,
This Thanksgiving, NCOSE is thankful for all of its dedicated supporters like yourself. With your help this year,  the movement has seen many victories from landmark anti-sex trafficking legislation, FOSTA-SESTA, passing Congress, to Walmart removing Cosmo Magazine from checkout lines, to progress with Google, Comcast, and many more.
We wish you a relaxing Thanksgiving with family (and pie!)!
Thankful to serve with you in this movement,
Dawn Hawkins
Sr. Vice President & Executive Director
National Center on Sexual Exploitation
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Tens of thousands of San Mateo County residents? How many is that? Is this what $650K Taxpayer money used for?

Thank you to the tens of thousands of San Mateo County residents who participated in the Get Us Moving outreach and public engagement process. Your feedback was used to create a plan designed to address traffic congestion throughout San Mateo County. The plan, as approved by the San Mateo County Transit District Board of Directors, is pending approval by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for the November 2018 ballot, and can be found here.

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Measure W Failing. Great news for the taxpayers of San Mateo County.

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Update 11/9/2018 Without knowing how many ballots were mailed it is impossible to have confidence in this election. As of 9:00AM there are at least 146, 378 ballots to be tallied.

The elections office has just posted it’s official update at 4:30PM today. Mark Church is still refusing to say how many ballots were mailed out. He is only saying that he has received 215,480 and counted/tallied only 111,637 that leaves 103,843 ballots remaining to be tallied.

Total Yes Votes 69,132 = 65.65%

Total No Votes 36,173 = 34.35%

The Yes on Measure W Campaign with total reported funding of $1,500,000 of that $650,000 of Taxpayer money used against the Taxpayers.

The No on Measure W Campaign with a reported total funding of $5,700

Thank You to Jack Hickey for warning the public.

More than $1,500,000 of taxpayer money was spent on a campaign run by TBWB Strategies. See: http://www.tbwb.com/approach. The campaign phase of their strategy was step 4 in their strategy. This is “electioneering” and should be a felony misappropriation of public money.

Vote NO on “W”

 

The Elections Office should be Audited.

SMC Grand Jury 2012 warned the residents about the elected officials misleading the voters.

 

By Michael G. Stogner

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Letter to Supervisor David Canepa.

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SMC Supervisor David Canepa

October 16, 2018

To: David Canepa/ District 5 Supervisor

From: Christopher Conway/Constituent – District 2

Re: Seton Medical Center/ Daly City, Ca.

Dear Mr. Canepa –

I am a San Mateo County voter and reside in Distict 2. I am writing to you today to express my concern with the situation that is currently happening with Seton Medical Center in Daly City and to a lesser extent with the coastside facility in Moss Beach. My worry is that with Verity Health filing for bankruptcy, there are powers that be starting rumblings of having our county take over or participate in the operation of the hospital and even considering buying it outright. This is a private business whose losses and bad decisions should not be absorbed by your constituents. As a county, we have already pledged or given over $40 million dollars to a hospital that is seismically unfit. This hospital has unfunded pension guarantees that are the responsibility of the employer and should not become the liability of either the county or state. These pensions were part of a private negotiation between employer and employees and the liability must remain with the employer, not the public sector. This hospital is also expected to lose $30 million dollars this year with no hope of profitability in the foreseeable future.

I have written articles on this subject ever since Daughters of Charity put up for sale their network of hospitals. I became interested when Kamala Harris acting as Attorney General for the state of California put onerous conditions on the sale of the hospital to any buyer willing to step up. Verity Health finally did step up but the conditions placed on them by Kamala Harris, public unions and special interests caused them to declare bankruptcy. Current officials have stated that they want to keep these onerous conditions on any new buyer as a non-negotiable item. You and I both know that this will prevent and future private buyer from coming forward. If a private buyer could be found, we all agree that would be terrific. However, if the only buyer becomes our county, speaking on behalf of many voters, we don’t want any part of it.

So, I would like you to answer for me on behalf of county tax payers what your thoughts are on the fate of Seton Medical Center in Daly City and the role the county intends to take. I obviously would like the supervisors to act with transparency and give time for public input. Meetings on the matter should be announced well in advance. I believe this would be a terrible deal for our county and my concern comes primarily from the crumbling infrastructure, the unfunded pension liabilities and the losses that the hospital incurs year in and year out.

Sincerley,

 

Christopher P. Conway

San Mateo

Conway1964@gmail.com

650-759-6899

Note: Supervisor David Canepa has not responded to this letter.

Seaton Medical Center Funded and Staffed the Yes on Measure A Campaign in 2012. How much did they receive for that investment?

The San Mateo County Grand Jury warned the residents about its Elected Officials misleading the voters, in other words lying to them.

SMCGJR An Inconvenient truth about the Deficit there isn’t one

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Time for an Audit. Mark Church always claims all is well at San Mateo County Elections Office.

Mark Churck

Mark Church SMC Elections Officer

I have received word that the SMC Elections office published election results a couple of days ago, which if true is a very bad thing.

Lets see what Mark Church says about this taken from his website several days ago.

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County voter receives two election ballots

Apparent irregularity sparks concern, but top election official claims all is well

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Will Holslinger Former San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner, and attorney received 2 ballots this election.

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William Holsinger received his official ballot in the mail and sent it back to cast his vote, per his usual process as a permanent absentee voter for about the last 10 years.

Then another official ballot arrived in the mail the next day. Caught off guard by the irregularity, Holsinger, who is registered in San Mateo, called county election officials who told him that he could discard the duplicate.

Seeking some peace of mind, Holsinger said his primary interest was receiving a guarantee that being issued a second ballot would not invalidate his initial one.

“I wasn’t planning on voting twice,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure that my first one counted.”

Officials in a phone conversation were initially unable to offer that certainty though, said Holsinger. For his part, Jim Irizarry, the county’s assistant chief elections officer, suggested the second ballot is likely due to the complex nature of operating a countywide election.

“Voters receiving two ballots is a common occurrence due to the complex and fluid nature of voter registration,” he said in an email, suggesting a second ballot can be issued when a voter changes their status with the county. Altering party affiliations, addresses or other details in the county’s record are examples of the type of action which would prompt issuance of a second ballot.

Holsinger though said he had not changed his status with the county recently, making his second ballot all the more perplexing.

“I was a little puzzled,” he said.

To get clarification on whether the ballot was counted, Irizarry said the county offers a service which requires voters to share information such as their name, address and birthday.

“With this information, we can determine the number of ballots issued, when they were issued, what types of ballots were issued, if any ballots were voted or returned,” he said.

He added changes to the county record may not be immediately apparent to voters, as activity at the DMV for example may result in prompting a second ballot.

“Voters may not associate a second ballot with a DMV interaction made weeks ago, plus the time for the ballot to reach them,” Irizarry said.

He took time to note though that issuance of a second ballot would not invalidate the first. He said the voting system is designed to flag ballots in the case of potential redundancies, which then requires staffers to check the voter’s record, rather than automatically render it uncountable.

But so long as Holsinger only sent his first ballot, Irizarry confirmed his vote counted.

“If the voter … sent in his first ballot, and only that ballot, it would be counted despite the issuance of a second ballot,” he said.

Irizarry also tamped down concerns raised by those who were alarmed to see mock election results posted on the county elections office website in late October. Some felt the outcomes shown were real and may affect the behavior of those yet to vote.

Irizarry though said the mock results were not actual outcomes, and instead only a standard system testing mechanism commonly used by officials in advance of an election.

“These results are labeled ‘test’ or ‘mock’ to distinguish them from the actual reports released on Election night. Every system tested worked correctly. Once the mock election testing is complete, the numbers on racetracker revert to zero in preparation for Election night reporting,” he said.

The issues raised follow a series of missteps county officials have endured during election season.

First, officials found the county Board of Education race was left off sample ballots, causing elections officials to postpone sending actual ballots one week from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15 while they addressed the error.

Elections officials incorrectly identified the race as a district election, resulting in only those living in District 1 along the coast receiving information about the candidates in their sample ballot. The Board of Education candidates are required to be residents of the district they represent, but members are elected by voters across the county.

Irizarry said the additional information originally intended for the sample material was included with the actual ballot in an addendum which required additional time to craft. Elections officials sent out ballots last month, and voters still received their material within the legal time requirements.

Later, officials found the sample material problems carried over to real ballots, and dozens of overseas voters were sent ballots also omitting the Board of Education race. Officials were forced to scramble and assure those voters were offered ballots including the race.

For Holsinger, he shared fears that his experience could be a byproduct of a potentially dysfunctional system.

“I believe that good process makes for appropriate results. Bad process never has good results. And the ends don’t justify the means,” he said.

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This is a perfect example of why I support elected official Sabrina Brennan she cares. If you know of any other San Mateo County elected official who has publicly commented on this subject let me know.

 

San Mateo County election irregularities:

1.) Why were multiple ballots mailed to individual voters…?2.) On Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018, Race Tracker was published on the San Mateo County Elections website with “mock” results. Voters discovered the Race Tracker results online when they Google searched a candidates name. The word ”mock“ was in fine print giving voters the impression the results were from votes cast in the Nov 2018 election. The “mock” results did not appear to berandomized.
3.) The *countywide* Board of Education election was excluded from the Sample Ballot pamphlet everywhere except the Coastside. Delaying the arrival of ballots by a week or more.
4.) The sample ballot problem carried over to real ballots, and dozens of overseas voters were sent ballots also omitting the Board of Education race.

Third-party audit needed of Elections Office

November 8, 2018

Editor,

I just completed my official San Mateo County vote-by-mail ballot. In addition to a mistake involving a position on the County Board of Education (the correction of which I’ve been told necessitated delaying distribution of the ballots), the provided instructions are incorrect. Specifically, step 3 calls for the voter to “remove the strip to seal the envelope” … when in reality the envelope, or mine at least, is a traditional lick-to-seal one.

Granted, that’s not a big deal. But two mistakes involving a single ballot package? I can’t recall the last time there was any mistake on a ballot, and I’ve voted in every election for the more than 20 years I’ve lived here.

It may be unfair to give voice to this next concern. But it needs to be asked. What else went wrong? It’s the mistakes you don’t see which can cause the biggest problems.

The people of San Mateo County should insist on a thorough, top-to-bottom independent third-party audit of the Elections Office. Our hard-working county employees deserve not to work under a cloud, and county residents deserve a first-class election operation.

Mark Olbert

San Carlos

The letter writer is a member of the San Carlos City Council. The views and opinions expressed here are his own, and do not necessarily represent those of the city of San Carlos or its City Council.

 

By Michael G. Stogner

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