Category Archives: Letters to Editors
San Mateo Daily Journal Jon Mays refuses to produce “Later Reports Indicated” he declared in Bolanos Endorsement.
By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil
This is the main reason it is so expensive to campaign in County Wide Elections. Advertising Businesses that look like Newspapers are allowed to be distributed to the unsuspecting residents. The County Supervisors and all Elected Officials are responsible for allowing this misinformation to be provided to the public. There should be Fact Checking for Honesty, and if the business does not meet a certain standard they should not be allowed to be distributed.
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Editorial April 13, 2018 Bolanos for Sheriff
Approximately 11 years ago, then undersheriff Carlos Bolanos was detained as part of an FBI investigation into a prostitution ring in Clark County, Nevada. Also detained was then sheriff Greg Munks. Although an initial news report located Bolanos in the brothel with Munks, later reports indicated he was outside the entire time.
In this first paragraph there is no mention of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including Children at the single family residence located at 3474 Eldon St, Las Vegas, Nevada.
No mention of the 3,500 Ecstasy tabs and about $25,000 cash that was seized at the illegal brothel.
They leave out the fact that it was a 2 year multi jurisdictional Sting called Operation Dollhouse in Las Vegas, FBI, Las Vegas Metro Police, Las Vegas Sheriff Office, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and ICE.
An initial news report, That is not even remotely close to the truth. The very first reports and there were several from 2 Las Vegas Metro Police Officers who were working that night. LVMPD Spokesperson Bill Cassell and Lt. Karen Hughes of Vice both separately placed Bolanos inside the residence. They have never changed their statement. The SMDJ specifically Jon Mays has refused to identify his later reports indicated declaration. “outside the entire time.”
Munks maintained that he made a mistake and that he thought it was a legitimate business that provided massage and apologized publicly for his lack of judgment. Bolanos said he was never inside the building.
Every description of the location reveals a horrid situation. It was clearly a brothel, in decrepit condition, and had prostitutes there from other countries. An FBI report on the investigation provided to the Daily Journal reveals there was likely a juvenile involved.
Munks is not running for election. Bolanos is. Anyone who believes that the decision to be at the location, albeit outside, is reason enough to not vote for Bolanos is justified. If anyone chooses not to believe Bolanos, they too are justified.
Bolanos said he was never inside the building. We believe him. We also believe there was a lapse of judgment in agreeing to go with Munks to that location. However, voters face a choice in this election as to who they want to run the Sheriff’s Office and we must weigh all the facts and qualifications to determine our recommendation as to who would do that most effectively.
Running against Bolanos is Mark Melville, a deputy within the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office who has had a long, varied and itinerant career in both law enforcement and city management. He has been city manager of two tiny Central Valley cities — Gustine and Livingston, the latter of which has a current population of 13,000. While Melville has strong positions on what is wrong with the Sheriff’s Office — too much overtime, poor morale — he has very few solid suggestions aside from a full review of every division and to redefine the training and hiring process. While both can yield some positive results, it does not seem to be enough of a solid plan. Melville said he decided to run because he felt voters deserved a choice, and that is to be commended. He also has the requisite experience on paper, but has not managed an organization even close to the size of the Sheriff’s Office. Bolanos currently oversees 800 employees and a $250 million budget — the approximate equivalent of a 100,000 population city.
Bolanos has also proved to be adept at contending with the budget, though the office is currently contending with an understaffing issue similar to many other organizations in this high-cost area. Bolanos is currently mandating one weekly shift of overtime per worker deputy, which is not a long-term solution but reasonable in the short term, while also keeping under budget. This is a skill learned over time managing a large organization both in the Sheriff’s Office as appointed sheriff and undersheriff and as Redwood City police chief before that.
Bolanos has also been a strong advocate for maintaining strong ties to the Latino community in light of concern about the current presidential administration’s policy shift when it comes to immigration and California’s Senate Bill 54. Not only has the Sheriff’s Office provided bridge outreach for immigrants to services but Bolanos has spent countless hours since the 2016 presidential election ameliorating concerns about the office’s policy on how it contends with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests. Bolanos said he maintains the policy that the Sheriff’s Office will not hold inmates after release for ICE agents and actually supported SB 54 as modifications were made in the legislation’s later stages to define the violent and dangerous felonies that would call for ICE contact. Bolanos also uses public safety as a guiding principal and believes the more comfort the populace feels in reporting crimes, the better the overall community is in being safe.
While an organization such as the Sheriff’s Office can always use improvement, we do not believe it would benefit from Melville taking the reins. We do think Melville has brought up some interesting points and Bolanos would benefit from heeding them as he begins his first official term.
And while the incident in Nevada will forever be a mark against the office, Bolanos has proven to be a serious, stable and effective manager when it comes to its primary mission — ensuring the safety of the community. Of the two candidates running, he deserves your vote.
We are not sure that having the Gang Task Force led by a Dishonest Sgt. ensures the safety of anyone.
December 15, 2015 Board of Supervisor meeting Michael Stogner a private victim’s advocate informs Supervisors in public about a dishonest San Mateo County Sheriff Office employee Sgt. Jason Peardon, Carlos Bolanos knew he was dishonest. This man produced a fraudulent I.A. Investigation against former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez 5:18 mark of the video.
Carlos Bolanos caught and detained as a customer of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves.
The 15 year old trafficked minor was “Terrified” Terri Miller.
Melissa Renee Anne McKowan is no longer employed by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil
According to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe she is no longer employed by his office and she now works as an attorney for the Private Defender Program. She left the DA’s office about 2 months ago.
Some readers might recall we wrote about her 2nd State Bar Court appearance in April 2017 for 2 counts of dishonesty. We also notified the 7 advertising businesses and attempted to post blogs on The Almanac and Half Moon Bay Review but we were blocked.
I had asked the question how could San Mateo County employ a dishonest prosecutor?How was she still employed by the DA’s Office?
I’m astounded to read that the Daily Journal is endorsing Carlos Bolanos for sheriff (“Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff” in the April 13 edition of the Daily Journal). Are you going to endorse a man that was at the scene of an illegal brothel as a private citizen where FBI sting “Operation Dollhouse” goes down and he says he’s not inside?
Your endorsement article states: “Clearly, there was a significant lapse of judgment.” And somehow you still feel as if you can trust this man’s leadership? Thank you for bringing this issue to light. I was astounded back in 2007 when this incident happened with no repercussions for then-sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos.
And these men are there, why? They didn’t know it was a brothel? Are you kidding me?
I’ve heard of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but sometimes you put yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is the man the Board of Supervisors feels is worthy of being the top law enforcement official in the county? Am I missing something here? I’m sorry, but my vote is going to Mark Melville.
Melville has a proven track record and I don’t see any “significant lapse of judgment” in his past. We need a sheriff we can feel confident in their leadership abilities, follows the rule of law and, most importantly, someone we can trust.
CBS 5 Robert Lyles report on Operation Dollhouse
The Almanac closed public comments on article that showed appointed Sheriff Carlos Bolanos refused to answer reporter David Boyce’s question.
By Michael G. Stogner
We are making this story public on our site to further the public comments from the concerned residents of San Mateo County. Please feel free to add all your comments here to continue this dialogue. They will not be edited or removed as long as they are appropriate.
Link to the Almanac’s article:
Subject: Board of Supervisors’ moral responsibiltyDate: February 24, 2018 at 1:17:47 PM PST
Dear San Mateo Board of Supervisors,Please, it is not necessary to respond to my email.Supervisor Dave Pine said in the Daily Journal:
“I don’t foresee the Board of Supervisors intervening in the dispute between the two commissioners,” he said, while noting he had not yet seen the report.This is not a dispute; it is a matter of facts. There is proof. There is admission.Here is the problem. What if everyone felt that way? Let’s not intervene with school shootings, let’s not intervene with anything unpleasant. The Board of Supervisors has a moral responsibility to intervene on the part of Sabrina Brennan’s issues.Mattusch did something immoral and by the Board doing nothing but letting it pass by, they are part of the problem and more elected officials will be doing the same thing by not interfering and we are back to square one.Whether it meets some standard of serious harassment or not, it is the principle: What Mattusch did is an serious embarrassment for all the elected officials of San Mateo County and for that reason alone the Board of Supervisors should stand up and be counted.Thank you for reading this,Coralin Feierbach3206 East Laurel Creek RoadBelmont CA 94002650-593-3550
If You Ain’t Got the Money, Don’t Cross the Bridge, Honey OR Close Your Eyes and Open Your Wallets
I get it. The more people we have come here the more dollars we need from taxpayers to pay for infrastructure. My issue is this: They told us they were going to build to create affordable housing, but then they need to increase costos and taxes everywhere to pay for the infrastructure. Toll Lanes. Bridge fare increases. All of this equates to gentrification. Even if you were one of the lucky few to obtain one of the few, true, affordable housing units they’re building, where will you find more money merely to exist here on a daily basis? Kind of kills the thing that housing advocates are advocating for in the first place.
The other scary thing is that they are setting this up for a pretty Un-Democratic win. How? Last year was the very first year that they created a Nine County vote. (This happened to be for measure AA.) You no longer need to get a majority vote per County if you do it this way. You only need to get a majority vote with all nine counties combined. It removes power from the voters. In order to ensure all of this taxation that is coming down the pike, get ready to see Nine County votes on a regular basis.
Removing voter power and continuing new taxation is a win for our politicians. The money spent to sell you on every single tax and measure that comes down the pike is a immense. One gigantic advertisement. Perhaps we should start asking where has the money gone? All of the money we have given already? All of the money you promised would go toward the things you are bringing up new taxes for? I think some are starting to take the blinders off and ask these questions. These Nine County votes are a technique to quiet you.
Two valid concerns they hope you won’t pay attention to. Just close your eyes and open your wallet.