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x San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez, in Court today.

By Michael G. Stogner

Juan P. Lopez

I can’t think of a more Important Story to write about on this day. Sure there are many other subjects like who is going to be the President of the United States of America. Let me tell you why I choose to write about former Deputy Juan P. Lopez on this day.

For me there is no more Important subject in San Mateo County than Corruption, and Abuse of Authority and Office.

I was on the phone with Juan Lopez when he was Arrested with guns to his head Six Years ago. That’s right I said Six Years ago.

Zain Jaffer

Zain Jaffer was Arrested for Attempted Murder and 6 Felonies. His Criminal case went through the San Mateo County Justice System in less than 9 months, and that included the Preliminary Hearing where all charges were approved by the Evidence and Testimony presented in Court. The Attempted Murder Charge was never charged by the District Attorney’s Office for some reason. Arrested October 15, 2017 DISMISSED July 2,2018.

I was hoping to hear from Zain Jaffer by now to share with him some cases of abuse by the District Attorney’s Office, Wrongfully Charged, Over Charged etc. As he claimed he was interested in helping now that he knew how it felt to be Wrongfully Charged. Per his prepared statement made July 2, 2018. Matthews Craves, Vincent Valencia, and of course Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez are just a few of the many cases I can think of.

SMCSO Sergeant Michael Otte

San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Michael Otte who worked in Half Moon Bay Patrol Committed Perjury in Judge Lisa Novak’s Courtroom, He was on the Witness Stand under oath and he lied about videoing with his cellphone the arrest of a female Half Moon Bay Resident. The Judge, Sheriff Office, District Attorney’s Office, and David Silberman of the San Mateo Counsel were and still are aware of the PERJURY. Sergeant Michael Otte was never charged as a matter of fact Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos not only allowed him to retire he gave him a retirement send off.

SMCSO Sergeant Lou Aguino

San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Louis Aquino Arrested by Redwood City Police Department for DUI. RWCPD has two Daily Activity Log records. His arrest was not made public. I was the first to report it.

Lt. Kristina Bell

San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. Kristina Bell 911 Domestic Violence Call to her residence by her partner, Redwood City Police at her home for hours. No ARREST made. Violation of San Mateo County Domestic Violence Policy. This response by RWCPD was not made public by the Police Department. I was the first to report it.

Barbara Bonilla

San Mateo County Sheriff Employee Barbara Bonilla who was the Executive Director of the Sheriff Activities League was escorted out of her office on Feb. 10, 2020, She has resigned from the Sheriff’s Office which is a Big Deal, She has been removed from the State PAL and Federal PAL Boards. The Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Justice have and are Investigating her for Embezzlement and Laundering of SAL Funds. She has not been charged with any crime yet. That’s 10 months of a “Those Who Matter” person not being charged by the DOJ. That is longer than the Zain Jaffer case from Arrest to DISSMISSAL. I was the first to report it.

The Department of Justice has received a letter from the City of Half Moon Bay requesting an Independent Criminal Investigation of the Sandra L. Harmon Homicide by Sheriff Deputies on May 5, 2020. This is a Historical Request by a City Council and it is Very Healthy to question Authority especially when so many False statements by Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe were made to the Public.

San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Jason Peardon recently received a Distinguished Medal from Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos. I have publicly stated and written about Sergeant Jason Peardon being a Brady Officer. The City of Belmont has finally provided the Court with the documents that Juan Lopez’s attorney had to sue them to provide. He will be on the Witness stand in the Juan P. Lopez Criminal Trial hopefully going before a JURY soon.

Some of you know I have been recommending an AUDIT of the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Coroner’s Office, Private Defender Program etc. Audits are the easiest way to assure honesty in the performance of these offices San Mateo County.

San Mateo County has no Print Media interested in providing this information.

Please follow the Deputy Sheriff Juan P. Lopez case. November 16, 2020 set for Jury Trial, I’ll update. Remember if they can do this to a Sheriff Deputy they can do this to YOU.

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San Mateo County It’s Time.

By Michael G. Stogner

You know it’s time when you see the Captain of the Ship putting on his life vest and sneaking onto the lifeboat, or the Pilot putting on his parachute.

We all know that we are responsible for our own safety, The Cavalry  is not coming.

The Federal, State, and County Government has Failed to provide Testing, Contact Tracing, PPE to all those who need it.

SACRAMENTO — The California Senate on Wednesday joined the Assembly in deciding not to return from its summer recess next week, citing the continued spread of the coronavirus, which has now infected several staffers and members in the Legislature.

The decision was announced on the same day that a second Assembly member, Republican Tom Lackey of Palmdale, acknowledged through a spokesman that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

San Mateo County is home to San Francisco International Airport with direct flights from Wuhan. San Jose International Airport also has direct flights from Wuhan.

San Mateo County has Finally reached 0.0 Positivity July 10, 2020 Total Tested 9

San Mateo County has had been told to TEST 1500 people per day. July 8th they tested 141. They have only accomplished that 6 days. All Five County Supervisor are satisfied with those results. It’s Time for the Local Leaders the Mayors to protect the Residents in their Community, Provide Testing in their Cities. Enforce the State and County Health Orders.

July 10, 2020 SMC Tested only 9 People

SMC 0.0% COVID-19 Posiytivity Rate.

This is a PANDEMIC start acting like it.

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Kevin Mullin didn’t say a word about Chinedu Okobi’s Homicide by 6 SMC Employees.

By Michael G. Stogner

Kevin Mullin did not attend or make a public comment at any of the many meetings the Board of Supervisors made available to the public to discuss, Excessive Use of Tasers, Excessive Use of Force, Failure to provide Medical Aid after killing Chinedu Okobi. He did not attend any of the many Concerned Citizens gatherings at the killing site in Millbrae/San Bruno.

Chinedu V. Okobi and George Floyd were both killed by Law Enforcement. Both of the Deaths were ruled a Homicide by the local Coroner. The Four Officers responsible for George Floyd’s Homicide were fired and Criminally Charged. The Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees who are responsible for Chinedu Okobi’s Homicide are all working and None of them have been criminally charged with anything.

Here is Kevin’s PR piece on voting. You will notice he can’t even mention George Floyd’s Name. “most recently the murder of an unarmed black man by law enforcement.” That could be Hundreds of young Black/Brown Men around America.

I can say this as a Private Victim’s Advocate in San Mateo County for the last 22 years Kevin Mullin is the norm for Elected Officials in SMC.

I know of only one San Mateo County Elected Official that Publicly Questioned, was Chinedu V. Okobi Murdered. That should have been the Obvious question every single elected official should want the answer to.

Sabrina Brennan was that Elected Official. She attended meetings and gatherings.

 

America is confronting an unprecedented “trifecta” that is dominating our daily headlines: A COVID-19 pandemic, a deep recession and most recently the murder of an unarmed black man by law enforcement, illustrative of systemic racism and injustice that has spawned a season of multiracial protests and calls for needed social change. Yet, while the nation is reeling from these crises, duplicitous messaging is being deployed by the occupant of the Oval Office to actively undermine the results of this November’s election: that voting by mail can’t be trusted, that widespread voter fraud exists, and that mail balloting is designed specifically to elect his opponent: FALSE.

Since 2000, more than 250 million votes have been cast via mailed ballots, in all 50 states, according to the Vote at Home Institute with only a handful of fraudulent votes cast. Election law expert and U.C. Irvine professor Richard L. Hasen notes, it is still more likely for an American to be struck by lightning than to commit mail-voting fraud. In addition, there is no evidence to suggest that voting by mail benefits any particular political party.

San Mateo County has shown that voting-by-mail works. My legislation to make San Mateo County an all-mail ballot pilot county demonstrated that the participating electorate more closely resembles the public at large in terms of its diversity and representation, with young people, and voters of color in particular more likely to cast ballots. Thanks to my colleague, Assemblyman Marc Berman’s legislation recently signed into law, this November’s election in California will be an all-mailed-ballot election. Every voter automatically will receive a ballot, postage paid, with community-level “vote centers” as back-up. Voting by mail is the most efficient and effective way to conduct an inclusive and participatory election.

So-called “red and blue” states alike have employed voting-by-mail, but the way states have approached elections administration varies greatly. Elections are fundamentally state and locally administered, and recent examples of mismanagement during primary elections in Wisconsin and Georgia remind us of the challenges facing election administrators across the country. This is a highly charged political atmosphere with huge stakes on the line.

There is a growing recognition that the pandemic must force changes in how elections work, and better ensure more participation moving forward. Attempts to help fund elections with federal dollars have fallen woefully short of what is needed to ensure free and fair elections across America. Since the Bush-Gore contested election in 2000, the efficacy of voting mechanisms and machinery have taken center stage. More recently, we are seeing a coordinated misinformation campaign to attack the integrity of, and undermine the public’s faith in, our elections. False narratives abound, and voter suppression, which disproportionally disenfranchises communities of color, is real and we all suffer the consequences as a result.

While voting-by-mail works, it is not perfect. Signature-matching issues have led to ballots not being counted, a concern that is actively being addressed in California. One other legitimate drawback to voting at home is the time it takes local elections’ officials to count waves of mail ballots and certify the election. The current administration is preemptively trying to undermine faith in the eventual vote count and may try to exploit delays in vote tabulation to question the legitimacy of results, triggering a constitutional crisis. While the long wait for vote-by-mail results is not ideal, it’s in the interest of every vote being counted, which is fundamental to our democracy.

During this tense time when we need leaders who can calm, heal, and build faith, the president has used this period to further divide people and incite violence, all while callously attacking the basic underpinnings of our democracy, like faith in and respect for the work of journalists — essentially a broadside on the First Amendment. The work of journalists and the social media platforms themselves have never been more important in fact checking false claims and advertisements with false information.

Vote as if democracy itself, and its pillars like a free press, the rule of law, and free and fair elections, including the right of every citizen to vote, is on the ballot. Because it is.

 

Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, is speaker pro tempore of the California Assembly and represents San Mateo County’s 22nd Assembly District.

I asked San Mateo County Citizen Advocate Brent Turner for comment on Kevin Mullin Opinion Piece.

Brent Turner

The VOTE BY MAIL  act  is  innocuous to the degree that it reiterates voting by mail procedures. We have used absentee ballots for many years. What is NOT innocuous is the removal of polling places from communities of color. Though Mindy Romero and other experts have declined to state it clearly,  the added travel distance to some of these community residents results in a veritable “poll tax ” and leads to further disenfranchisement, . Subjective signature disqualification also creates opportunity for disenfranchisement and was predicted by election experts

The bill originally emanated from the ” Colorado Model ”  of elections and was  promulgated by Colorado based vendor DOMINION  The act is notorious not for what it mandates but what it ignores. The fact there is ZERO mention of the software used to tabulate the votes creates a severe point of misdirection to the layperson voter.  This is unfortunate as the authors of the bill positioned it as a security measure when this  is not the case. The authors were briefed extensively but chose to omit the work of the open source software security experts.

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Justice for Chinedu is looking for a Candidate for District Attorney 2022

By Michael G. Stogner

This might just be a First in San Mateo County History. They are Fundraising to find the right Candidate to replace SMC District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe in 2022.

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Chinedu Valentine Okobi

As some of you know on October 3, 2018, Chinedu V. Okobi was killed by Six Sheriff Employees, One Sergeant, 4 Deputies and a Civilian CSO. December 31, 2018 Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz ruled the Manner of Death was a Homicide. There was No 911 call because Chinedu hadn’t committed ANY crime. He was simply walking on a sidewalk while Black.

March 1, 2019 Steve Wagstaffe notified the public that he would Not be filing any Criminal Charges against the Sergeant and four Deputies. He never investigated the sixth Sheriff Employee who was involved in the Homicide.

Justice for Chinedu Fundraising

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Sheriff Activities League is a Division of Sheriff’s Office.

By Michael G. Stogner

The Attorney General Embezzlement Investigation of San Mateo County Sheriff Office Division started who knows when. Sheriff Activities League Executive Director Barbara Bonilla was escorted from her office located at 3551 Edison Way, Redwood City, California on February 10, 2020. The Sheriff’s Office has reported she has resigned from the Sheriff’s Office which is unusual since she has not been charged with any crime yet.

Also Sheriff Bolanos daughter Ashley Bolanos was an assistant to the director at the Sheriff’s Activity League for 3 years. She is now a 911 Dispatcher making $155,000 per year.

A reasonable person would expect Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos or Public Information Officer Rosemerry Blankswade to issue a News Release on February 10th or 11th, not the case. You would expect all five SMC Supervisors to express their shock and dismay at this news. Not the case.

I asked Warren Slocum SMC President of the Board of Supervisors for a comment.

Morning Michael.
As this is a personnel matter, it would be inappropriate to comment. But I do appreciate you reaching out.
Warren
Warren Slocum San Mateo County Supervisor Proud to represent District 4@warrenslocum 650.363.4570


From: Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2020 8:45:07 AM
To: Warren Slocum <WSlocum@smcgov.org>
Subject: Sheriff Activity League, 


Hello Warren,
I know you and you wife are active with SAL.
I writing a story about the removal and replacement its Executive Director Barbara Bonilla, with Retired Assistant Sheriff Jeffrey Kearnan.
Do you have any comment?

Thank You,
Michael G. Stogner San Mateo County News.com

San Mateo County
Sheriff’s Activities League

3151 Edison Way
Redwood City, CA 94063
Office: 650-257-3400

Same address as Community Policing Unit / School Resource Unit listed below.

Division of Sheriff’s Office

Perhaps Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and all Five Supervisors can explain how none of them made the Embezzlement Investigation known to the residents of San Mateo County, the people they work for. While they are at it they can explain how S.A.L is a 501(c)

EIN45-0617342
Name in IRS Master FileSAN MATEO COUNTY SHERIFFS ACTIVITIES LEAGUE
Address400 COUNTY CENTER 1ST FLOOR SRU
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063-1662 
NTEE CodeO50
NTEE ClassificationYouth Development Programs, Other
NTEE TypeYouth Development
ClassificationCharitable Organization
Subsection501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation StatusOrganization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
DeductibilityContributions are deductible
AffiliationIndependent – the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name[Not Applicable]
Ruling DateJune, 2011
Asset Amount$1,323,872
Income Amount$1,850,164
Form 990 Revenue Amount$1,740,104
Latest Form 990 ReturnJune, 2019
Filing Requirement990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year EndJune
IRS Forms 990 
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)June, 2018June, 2017June, 2016December, 2015December, 2014

San Mateo County News 2/28/2020 article

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Supervisor Don Horsley Embarrassed and Ashamed.Why?

By Michael G. Stogner

Supervisor Don Horsley

San Mateo County Board of Supervisor meeting June 2, 2020 at the 40:10 mark, Supervisor Horsley said “My reaction as somebody who was in Law Enforcement when I saw that Murder of George Floyd I was embarrassed & ashamed.” He went on to say. “I’m not going to bash Law Enforcement.”

BOS meeting June 2, 2020

I have personally asked former School Teacher and Sheriff now Supervisor Don Horsley if he has watched the video of Chinedu V. Okobi’s Homicide by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018. He has refused to answer my question.

Video created by SMC Government made public 5 months after Homicide

You will notice the Government does not mention the word Homicide. They have known it was a Homicide since Deputy Coroner Heather Diaz determined the Manner of Death to be Homicide on December 31, 2018

“HOMICIDE PROTOCOL” 36-year old male involved in a physical altercation with San Mateo County Deputies.

Supervisor Don Horsley has a long history of saying words that are not consistent with the truth/reality. That includes under oath, August 2, 2004 a Federal Hearing held in San Mateo, California.

The residents of San Mateo County should have the Attorney General of California give a second opinion on the Six Sheriff Employees, Homicide of Chinedu Okobi.

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Supervisor Don Horsley is Dishonest. It’s that simple.

By Michael G. Stogner

Supervisor Don Horsley

Think about this when you read the Nice description below about children and San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies, This goes back to when Supervisor Don Horsley was Sheriff of San Mateo County and had a Deputy Mary Koziol R.I.P. who worked as Resource Officer at Garfield Elementary School K-8 in Menlo Park. Her partner reported her sleeping with a female student at that school to SMCSO Sgt. Al Cantera who reported it to Victoria O’Brian who reported it to Sheriff Don Horsley, The results he had a talk with her, she didn’t stop he promoted her to Sgt.

Ask Supervisor Don Horsley what actions he took as Sheriff when he learned she was having sex with one of the female students? Remember K-8

SAL was founded in 1997 by former Sheriff Don Horsley with the purpose of strengthening relationships between youth, deputies, and communities to aid in the intervention and prevention of juvenile delinquency in San Mateo County through positive, dynamic programs. The program was in North Fair Oaks and had a small presence on the coast, serving approximately 1,000 youth per year. In 2009, former Sheriff Greg Munks expanded the SAL program to 12 locations throughout the county, increased deputy support and established a community policing substation that was a permanent home for SAL programs. The program grew to serve approximately 3,500 youth per year.

Today, under the leadership of Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, the SAL program continues to thrive and is serving over 11,000 youth per year in programs, presentations and special events throughout San Mateo County. In light of events in 2015, President Obama called for law enforcements agencies to engage in community policing to build relationships with their communities. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to our leadership, has been engaged in community policing practices for over 20 years and continues to be a progression organization that adapts to the needs of our communities.

Now S.A.L. is in the News again this time for Embezzlement of $500K-$800K. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos says he expects the Attorney General of California to finish it’s Investigation within 3 weeks. When did the A.G. Office open it’s investigation?

The former Executive Director Barbara Bonilla was Escorted out of her office February 10, 2020 and placed on Administrative Leave. I wrote an article about it on February 28, 2020. She also was a top official with California PAL and National PAL.

Michael Stogner <michaelgstogner@yahoo.com>To: Don Horsley Cc: Chris Hunter Thu, May 28 at 6:16 PM

Hello Don,
I’m doing an update of my S.A.L Executive Director Barbara Bonilla being on Administrative Leave Story, that I wrote Feb 28, 2020. I was the only SMC Media to report it, Now I am updating it to include Embezzlement Allegations and others involved. I know you have known about this for almost 5 months.
Would you like to make any comment at this time, When did you first became aware of it, did you report it to the A.G.? 
Are you aware of the Sheriff’s Office doing an internal Investigation? Do you think that is appropriate considering who is involved?
Can you tell me what date Barbara Bonilla resigned? Her name is still on the website.


Thank You
Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County News.com

Don Horsley chose not to answer any of my questions, He did make comments to HMBR reporter Libby Leyden, Horsley said “he was only aware that Bonilla was on administrative leave.”

I had to laugh when I read that because I would not have been able to write my article February 28, 2020 if it had not been for Supervisor Don Horsley talking about Embezzlement by Barbara Bonilla, and another individual that Don named which I will not name at this time.

The real story here is the hiding from the 750,000 SMC residents for 5 months an Embezzlement case. One of the main reasons to hide it is to make sure the guilty people are never charged. The coverup how many great corporations are involved with Sheriff Activities League. The money is stolen from the kids, how many prominent leaders in SMC knew for 5 months about the embezzlement and kept their mouths shout.

That is a Great Lesson to teach our children of San Mateo County.

October 18, 2019 Article about Chinedu Okobi Homicide by six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees. In response to questions about Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos issuing 3 News Releases 2 on October 3, 2018 and 1 on March 1, 2019 all containing False statements.

Supervisor Don Horsley said that he thinks that the sheriff’s office has been transparent through the investigation and was unconcerned that it took five months for the inaccurate information to be corrected.

“I think it was good of them to correct the statement,” he said.

The reality is Don Horsley was ok with the lies for 5 months and then He lied about them being corrected. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos NEVER corrected the False statements he just Deleted it.

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San Mateo County Elected Officials should be Decent Human Beings, Most are Not.

By Michael G. Stogner

Foster City Councilman Herb Perez is just one example. He will be removed and replaced April 1, 2020 when the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election results are Certified. San Mateo County Election Official Mark Church has stated the results will be certified by April 1, 2020 even though California Governor Gavin Newsom extended that date to April 22, 2020.

The Real Question here is what did every single elected official in San Mateo County do to remove Herb Perez from office as soon as they became aware of his behavior. Did any one of them contact Herb Perez by phone, letter or e-mail and suggest he apologize, provide the Black Belt to Julia Vo, promise to change his behavior etc or even resign to avoid a successful recall? It would be good for the public to know how many elected officials contacted Herb Perez.

What did they do to protect this child and her mother once they came forward with this video.

Video of Julia & Vy Vo

RECALL is the only Real Citizen Oversight it’s that simple.

First SMC Elected Official to respond to Article.

Martin, Deirdre <martind@ci.pacifica.ca.us>

To: Michael Stogner Fri, Mar 27 at 8:24 AM

I contacted Herb Perez about the way he treated Catherine Mahanpour during the nomination period for mayor pro tem in 2018/19.  His response was awful and I wrote him off at that point.

He is full of spit and vinegar.


Deirdre Martin
Mayor, City of Pacifica
170 Santa Maria Ave.
Pacifica, CA  94044
215.806.8217
martind@ci.pacifica.ca.us

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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 in early February and she has resigned as Executive Director. The Website today still shows her as the Executive Director. The subject matter is Embezzlement.

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.

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 Sgt. Mary Koziol R.I.P. Garfield School 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.

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