San Mateo County Family Court is stressful enough without the illegal orders from Illegally Appointed Sheriff Carlos Bolanos to have his Deputies interfere with a parent while in the courtroom. I can relate because in 2002 Sherif Don Horsley and UnderSheriff Greg Munks did the exact same thing to me. Had two deputies detain me and force me to leave the Family Law Court where I had a hearing. This is how the Thugs do it. Michael G. Stogner
My name is Heinz Puschendorf- I am a 21-year veteran Deputy Sheriff of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. I was a long time Member and Representative of the San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association- being the last Past- President of the Association 2006-2008.
I am also a write-in candidate for Sheriff of San Mateo County- June 5, 2018 election.
I releasing this information about YET another series of Aggressive Bullying and multiple corrupt actions that I’ve personally experienced, as well as in representing hundreds of past/current Sheriff’s Office Employees (as recent as 2014) and/or even representing myself, which has forced me to whistle-blow Dozens of times in these past years
My message TODAY is very plain and clearly: The San Mateo County Management structure which encompasses, but is not limited to: The Sheriff’s Office, the Human Resources Department, The District Attorney’s Office and the Board of Supervisors have all worked cooperatively to violate their Oaths of Service by harassing, defrauding employees and undermining anybody that would be able to damage the County’s Executive Management structure.
The incident I am describing today is yet another set of deeds that begins from the top (as orders being passed down through the chain of command) with the current Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, down to his Undersheriff Ed Wood, then through all of the Sheriff’s Office Management team (Assistant Sheriff’s, Captains. Lieutenants and usually ending at the rank of sergeant against line level staff. Alas, Frequently, over the past ten years, there has been Questionable Motives imposed by the Deputy Sheriff’s Association Executive Management (Mostly by the Current President) who has fallen directly in line with Carlos Bolanos, which has helped to foster, already Hostile situations, in which they can defame, defraud or embarrass individuals. Those actions have included NOT properly Representing Turmoiled Employees being pressed with arrest and/or threatened with severe punitive actions. I have knowledge of this, because, since 2008 I have assisted in filling that VOID for Employees. The Union is aware of incidents and will also just take a PASSIVE Aggressive approach to “PICK and CHOOSE” who they will defend, with the Current President making outlandish statements in the past that he “IS NOT Accountable as President to ANY Members in the Union Membership,” Although he and the Executive Board (his cronies) live “High on the Hog” from OUR Union Dues.
My current incident This past Friday, May 25, 2018 in which, under orders of Carlos Bolanos and Undersheriff Ed Wood, a Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 2 Deputy Sheriff’s abused their authority, restricted my freedom/ability to voluntarily leave (I was then OFFICIALLY under arrest, not free to leave, which then led to not properly releasing me through legal process), assaulting me, harassing and threatening me, while I was awaiting the beginning of my Family Court case. Then the subsequent series of NON-actions by all of San Mateo County’s pre-ordained utilities to protect employees, whistleblowers and/or individuals who want to report misdeed, misconduct and an overall lack of really trying to find the truth of complaints:
At 900 am, I tried entering the Redwood City Courthouse building through the employee entrance, which is located on the North-side, MAIN Public Entrance, by using my Sheriff’s Office issued access card. I tried at least a dozen times (swiping my card) to enter, BUT I was denied entry. I thought it was strange as I saw others before and after me enter via the same access door (so my card should have worked as it has in my 20+ years of service).
Over the past 4 years I have been working through Disability from an on-Duty injury. And I have always entered through these public access doors. I followed proper protocol and identified myself and advised I DID NOT have any weapons to declare. I spoke to several staff members and a sergeant (later involved in this incident), as I was going to Courtroom C on the 7th Floor, where I sat with my attorney, awaiting the start of my Family Law Court case.
At 10:00 am, a Sergeant (whom I had spoken with earlier in the morning upon entering building) approached me and said I “Should step outside the Courtroom, into the hallway” because he had “something to tell me.” I told the Sergeant My Court case was next and we could speak after I was done. The Sergeant insisted I go out, so I told my Attorney that I would return shortly, after speaking to My Sergeant in the Hallway, so my case wouldn’t get delayed.
I followed my Sergeant out of the courtroom, and as I got through the door and on the railed 3-foot-wide ramp exit (which creates a fenced in feeling from the doorway), I was besieged and surrounded by Sheriff’s armed/uniformed staff (2 sergeants and 2 Deputy Sheriff’s). I immediately became scared and felt threatened since they all in unison began to speak, push and close the space around me.
I asked the Sergeants what was wrong and they said I “illegally entered the building, NOT being an employee” and I “should not have by-passed the security checkpoint”- to which I responded “I’m an employee, although injured and being defrauded of my legal Worker’s comp rights at the Direction and orders of Sheriff Bolanos and Human Resources. BUT I entered and conducted myself legally and appropriately, reminding them ALL I had at one time or another trained each of them, as well as I have been a Sheriff’s Employee longer than ANY of them.
In Fact, I am still listed as a full-time employee on non-paid status (which actually is a non-existent status), which was just recently published in a local news story in the past week. So, I told them I wanted to go back in to the Court & all (uniform staff mentioned) stopped me by grabbing my clothes and/or physically using their bodies so I could not move or leave and told me “YOU ARE NOT GOING BACK IN.”
During this entire event I was Loud, verbally, had my hands/palms raised and open to show I was not a threat and to be sure I was not misunderstood. BUT this also served as another way for the entire 7th floor to hear, then see and by coming out into the hallway, know what was happening.
I then wanted to know under what authority they were detaining me and they all told me it was a standing order and that if I wasn’t so “mentally unstable and violent” that BECAUSE of their concern for the safety of the judge, the courtroom and the public, I’d be “handcuffed and arrested” forcibly missing Family Court and I “would have lots of other bad things happen… so just relax or else.”
I then said I wanted to speak with the Transportation/Court security Lieutenant, when he spoke up (in plain clothes a few feet away on the other side of the railing, but through staff told Me again I was illegally inside of the building and I was going to be arrested as a danger since I was “unstable.”
I then explained “I am an employee” and they all became more aggressive towards me as the Lt also got in my face, then in a threatening tone said “The Sheriff said it’s a standing order and its posted outside the entrance.” The Lieutenant then told me that if I didn’t comply he’d have me arrested.
We bantered back and forth for another several minutes, when I told all of them that I don’t understand why they’d be picking on me, because I know all the rules we operate under and even at one time or another had trained them all and that they were illegally detaining me.
I then demanded to speak with the Lt’s immediate boss (Captain), but he told me there wasn’t one in. I then demanded to speak with an Assistant Sheriff (one of the 3), But the Lt told they were also not in today.
I was being continuously pushed and prodded by the staff and in an attempt to get me to fight with them several times and all of them continued using their bodies to keep me from leaving, re-entering the courtroom or just being able to leave for a total of at least 15 minutes.
I then specifically asked about Undersheriff Woods and Sheriff Bolanos and the Lt told me don’t worry they’re aware, “BUT you violated the law, because you are NOT an employee to enter that way.”
So, after several more minutes of arguing I then advised them that I would go back to court and we could address their inappropriate actions which are ILEGAL and I was going to file complaints against them: Lt Allen said something to the effect of “Well it won’t go anywhere, except ad for you in all ways so I’m not worried.”
Several more minutes of our arguing and the Staff’s pushing, prodding of me when (someone from inside of Courtroom 7C opened the door so I was then able to scoot past and away from my Aggressors, pushing us out of the way. Although I was told I could not leave or enter my courtroom- I did so in an attempt to get protection.
I was then followed in by one of the Sergeants and he sat behind me in the courtroom as My case was called. After My hearing the Sergeant followed me over the next 30 plus minutes staying near me as I exited the courtroom (with my attorney) and followed (in close proximity behind) me while in the courthouse, until I went down to the 3rd Floor – Sheriff’s Administrative office to report the incident and file complaints.
While at the Sheriff’s Admin Office I WAS again met with and given a cold reception by another Lt (temporary -Services/Internal Affairs commander). This Lt then tried to brush off the incident until I demanded to speak with an Assistant Sheriff (since the previous Lt advised me the Undersheriff & Sheriff were a party directing the actions in this matter).
Unfortunately, this was not the first time I have whistle-blown. And in just a short time this incident was again flowing the same dysfunctional and repetitive path of so many other past cases, which were SQUASHED.
So, I again, filed complaints/crimes and wrongdoing: according to ALL policies, Orders, Contracts and legal processes: going to the Sheriff’s Office, to Human Resources, to the District Attorney’s Office and the Union.
As of Today, the past practices of trying to let a complaint fall dead to the wayside by NON-Action is why I am taking this opportunity to Expose these ILEGAL actions, in hopes that the Media, Other Local/State/Federal Elected Officials, Residents and Voters of San Mateo County will take action, DEMAND the immediate resignation and/or follow up so as to administer Any/All other Appropriate Actions/Punishment which should be taken, to assure this type of Abuse does not happen again and that it IS NOT going to be tolerated.
There is plenty of evidence to Prove ALL my Allegations for this particular incident and My greatest HOPE is that ALL of the PAST and/or Previous Employees and staff that have been wronged will also stand up and speak out!
This has been yet another series of BULLYING and abuse of Powers that has been commonplace in Our Sheriff’s Office for Years. These actions are just like the other illegal actions by these same parties to falsely harass Juan Lopez in 2014. Juan Lopez was a write in candidate and he was fired, harassed and wrongfully prosecuted for A LONG LIST of Falsified Charges, which now HAS the Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and the District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe liable for their parts in False Charges being presented to the San Mateo Grand Jury. There is A FEDERAL Lawsuit recently filed for these allegations. I am going to be the next case against All of the same people, with an almost exact duplicated set of FALSIFIED Details.
Because I am a Write in candidate for Sheriff and opposing – not Just Carlos Bolanos, but all the other INCUMBENTS who portray the same corrupt, perverted, evil and overall criminal actions by MOST of those he has promoted and surrounded himself with at the Executive Management Administration and are also currently running for Re-election this June 5th.
I have been the whistleblower of several of the most recent incidents that have transpired, as well as many past criminal/illegal activities by Various San Mateo County Officials and Officers/Staff. This has also included my Exposing that (past Sheriff’s) Greg Munks and Don Horsley along with multiple others (including Myself) know that CARLOS BOLANOS and GREG MUNKS have LIED COMPLETELY about the 2007 Las Vegas OPERATION DOLLHOUSE Underaged SEX Slave Brothel Arrest/Detention.
My Criticism has also extended to ALL of San Mateo County:
Ø the Board of Supervisors (From at least 2007 Until and through NOW- Which includes Jerry Hill, Mark Church, Don Horsley and Rich Gordon)
Ø The District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe
Ø The County Managers (Maltbie and Bosch)
Ø Human Resources (Specifically Faiza Steele)
Ø The San Mateo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (Mainly Current President, who was also aware of the Details, Information and evidence I uncovered)
Ø Elected Public Officials (Feinstein, Pelosi, Eshoo, Jerry Hill, Rich Gordon- to name JUST a few)
ALL of these Individuals have Culpability and are Directly connected to working on keeping Me and ANY/ALL others who know what happened (as well as with other violations) to be suppressed, Harassed and Ordered to NEVER Mention the LAS VEGAS Brothel EVER AGAIN!!! OR the Person who does speak out, they would BE DRONED OUT of the Sheriff’s Office and Fired using any and/or ALL Means Necessary to GET RID of THEM!!!
At the end of the Bolanos and the third Sheriff’s Candidate Mark Melville, Debacle – I became infuriated seeing Carlos Bolanos being so smug, with HIS Entire Administration sitting literally in front of Melville (in an intimidating presence), then there were 3 Executive Management Members and Carlos Bolanos himself approached me (spitefully, knowing I was disabled and being defrauded of ALL my Legal Rights), they each asked me HOW MY RETIREMENT WAS…. I was upset and loudly (with several witnesses) told them What Jackelopes they were and THAT I AM STILL BEING DEFRAUDED of my PAY.
Carlos Bolanos then told me he would check on things, BUT HIS understanding was that I ONLY Had to SIGN a PARTICULAR
Piece of PAPER (NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT). I then asked him if he could expedite things so I could retire and get paid, since I have not been paid in OVER A YEAR. Carlos B. said he would and, that he’d call me the next morning. At about 10:00am I had not received a call from Bolanos, so I tried calling him, but he never did. SO, I immediately went to the Elections Office to file my paperwork.
My platform is FOR REFORM, which is Hard enough on its own, BUT with these Historical types of Coercion, My Attempting to reverse all the other Frauds being committed by and for the Sheriff’s Office (Supported by ALL Other County Admin Heads) is insurmountable Alone.
It will take All of San Mateo County (MEDIA, Politicians, Residents and ESPECIALLY VOTERS) to come together and force these individuals out and CHANGE the entire disposition and demeaner of Corrupted individuals and/or system. These Actions in Criminal Investigations would be Cause for INDICTMENTs under the RICO (or Criminal Enterprise/Syndicate) Act. NOT to mention a series of Brown Act Violations as well (for the ELECTED individuals).
I have attempted to CONTACT ALL Sources RECENTLY, BUT Before My Incident. SO, I hope Others (Politicians, Voters, the General Public and/or the FBI) will NOW take serious ACTION.
I live in an extreme state of fear, Just like Many other of the Hundreds to Thousands of Employees/Ex-Employees) awaiting the inevitable FINAL series of predictable Maneuvers or BLOWS by the County/Sheriff’s Office to next destroy an individual’s credibility with pure lies and search warrants, OR as Bolanos supporters have recently done, creating a hostile web-site and using Web to Cell phone technologies to negatively interact and push their PRO-Bolanos tactics, BLASTING ANY/ALL opponents in this Election.
It’s NOT Too Late to FIX, Please #standupspeakout LET Them Know, that this is NOT acceptable behavior and that these evil/criminal processes WON’T be tolerated.
Only YOU can Stop and Fix This.
Thank you respectfully,