Category Archives: SamTrans
Tens of thousands of San Mateo County residents? How many is that? Is this what $650K Taxpayer money used for?
SamTrans, Fraud, Retaliation against Whistleblower Accountants, Mark Simon, Al Serrato, Steve Wagstaffe, Abuse of Authority, Corruption, Conflict of Interest, Service League, Carole Groom, Hanson Bridgett LLP, Lies.
These are just a few of the topics and names I think about when I think of SamTrans.
SamTrans spent $300,000 of Taxpayer money for “Education” Measure W 2018. I think Jim Hartnett and the Board should pay that back. The public never asked to be educated. Same goes for the Supervisors who spent $350,000 of Taxpayers money.
Yes on W San Mateo County Neighbors for Congestion Relief raised $882,369.74 through 10/20/2018. That is all private funding and that is fine.
The No on W raised about $5,700. The measure is failing at this moment.
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.
The Elections Office should be Audited.
By Michael G. Stogner
DA Steve Wagstaffe questions product efficacy versus actions of deputies, in Millbrae Jaywalker in custody death.
Chinedu Okobi R.I.P.
With the repeated application (shocks) of two separate tasers, oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray, and force delivered by five adult males, isn’t it reasonably likely serious injury or death would occur? Couldn’t such an eventuality have been foreseen? The answer to both those questions is quite obvious, of course it is!
And District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe who has yet to conclude his investigation is now publicly questioning the “efficacy” of the taser, really Steve? With its repeated use, in the manner described, the taser is and was a deadly weapon. And for the deputies involved to have used it, in such a manner, is and was, most likely, manslaughter. Just like the misuse of a baton, flashlight, or any other instrument, such actions have consequences. Were the deputies trained to apply a taser, in such a repeated manner? Of course not. Were they trained to apply it repeatedly, in conjunction with oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray, and physical force? Again, no.
The larger issue, now, is whether or not District Attorney Wagstaffe and his office can be relied upon to be objective and render credible findings. His questioning the “efficacy” of the two tasers used, rather than the manner and circumstances under which they were deployed by deputies, should be the real issue. In other words, DA Steve Wagstaffe speaking of product liability versus the actions and respective responsibilities of the deputies involved, before the conclusion of any investigation, speaks volumes about his lack of objectivity in the matter.
Could it be the graphic video which has surfaced, one apparently depicting deputies tasing Chinedu, applying force, and his attempting to flee, motivated Steve to float his product liability theory? Can the public trust the results of an investigation conducted by an individual so biased? The answer is no.
History of bias
In 2007 DA Wagstaffe came to the aid of Bolanos, when he (Bolanos) and his boss, Sheriff Greg Munks, has been detained by the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, at an illegal Las Vegas brothel. The site featured Asian indentured sex slaves, at least one of whom was minor, and a cache of ecstasy drugs. In a sign of solidarity and excusing the duo’s behavior, Wagstaffe wrote them an email expressing his support and characterizing them as persons who mattered. He even renewed his excuse of the two’s behavior, reaffirming his role as both a sycophant & enabler, two years ago, in a televised interview by a local news reporter.
Wagstaffe’s bias has not been limited to shilling for Bolanos. It has extended to other county officials as well. When San Mateo County Transit executives were found to have diverted over two and a half million dollars of public monies through fraud to accounts controlled by themselves, Wagstaffe was quick to attribute the crimes to bad accounting practices. He had one of his deputies, assistant deputy district attorney Al Serrato, a former FBI agent (emphasis former), be the face of such an absurd assertion, that a Criminal conspiracy involving county executives involving multiple counts of fraud (fraudulent debits used to divert millions of dollars of public monies for unintended / unauthorized use) amounted to merely bad accounting practices. Such an absurd assertion by Wagstaffe & Serrato amounted to victimizing the public for a second time -not to mention the insult to our intelligence and violation of the public trust.
Given Wagstaffe’s demonstrated bias towards Bolanos, he should recuse himself, his agency, and refer the matter to the State Attorney General for investigation. He should also immediately release the described video depicting deputies confrontation with Chinedu to the public, in order to be completely transparent. The best thing for this sort of situation is sunlight.
History of untruthfulness
There is NO Statement by Sheriff Carlos Bolanos on the Death of Chinedu Okobi. Why?
In November of 2014, Supervisor Don Horsley told KPIX 5 that Sheriff Greg Munks informed him two department machine-guns had been used for spare parts, the sheriff’s office had quietly told state officials, five months earlier, they had been stolen. I asked Don Horsley what method of communication did Sheriff Munks make that alleged statement. Supervisor Horsley refused to respond to that question.
Clearly, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and others cannot be trusted & relied upon to either tell the truth nor protect the public’s safety -two machineguns in the hands of thieves presents the very real possibility of a mass casualty event.
Possibility of positional asphyxia
In Chinedu’s death, a separate digital image (above) taken by a bystander witness raises the issue of positional asphyxia, at the hands of deputies. It depicts Chinedu face down being restrained prone, on the ground, with, what appears to be, one officer with a knee bearing down on his back while two other offers bear down on his thighs / legs. It also appears to show a collapsible baton laying on the ground just feet from Chinedu. It’s presence raises the possibility Chinedu may have been struck with a baton by deputies, during the event.
One wonders if the medical examiner performing Chinedu’s autopsy has been informed of and shown the described videos and photos, in assessing the manner & cause death? Knowing Steve and his shop, probably not -it would appear inconsistent with the narrative he is obviously trying to present.
By Michael G. Stogner
By Michael G. Stogner
This should be the warning sign as you enter the parking lots and stations. Ride at your own risk, You are responsible for your own Safety.
BART which serves a small part of San Mateo County at Millbrae and SFO International Airport had Three Deaths by Assault in 5 days all on the boarding platforms.
Gerald Bisbee 51 R.I.P 7/18/2018
Don Stevens 47 R.I.P. 7/21/2018
Nia Wilson 18 R.I.P. 7/22/2018
You might recall on July 2, 2018 Hon. Judge Stephanie Garratt (a former prosecutor for Steve Wagstaffe) granted the DA’s motion to dismiss all charges. I don’t think the Hon. Judge Donald Ayoob would have granted that motion.
According to District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, police had originally gone to Jaffer’s residence after his father had told them he (Jaffer) had assaulted him. If the father lived there and the two cohabited, this would also have qualified as an act of domestic violence -triggering police to adhere to the County’s Domestic Violence Investigation Protocol to which Hillsborough PD is a signatory.
While at the residence, police allegedly heard a child screaming in the back yard and found a naked Jaffer straddling the child trying to force his 3-year-old son’s face into his genitals (a sex crime), according to Wagstaffe.
After stopping Jaffer which included using a taser, placing him into custody, making the scene safe, and ensuring the two children and father had been provided immediate medical aid, officers should have frozen the scene [the residence]; caused the child who had been sexually assaulted & his assailant (Jaffer) to be given a sexual assault examination, at the Keller Center; authored an affidavit seeking a search warrant for Jaffer’s residence, person, cellphone, vehicle(s), business office, electronic devices (computers, iPads, etc.), and internet service provider for evidence of the crime, child pornography, and drugs -Wagstaffe said LSD was involved.
Officers should have ensured samples of Jaffer’s blood and urine had been taken and preserved, contemporaneous to the assault, for later examination -addressing any question of whether or not he had drugs onboard, at the time of the described offenses; Wagstaffe indicated LSD had possibly been involved whose clearance half-life averages 3 hours, while its metabolite clearance half-life averages 12 hours.
If Hillsborough PD did not have anyone with the requisite knowledge and or skill set to conduct such an investigation, the agency should have sought assistance from the district attorney’s office who has its own cadre of “top flight” investigators -or so they would have us believe. Certainly, once the case had been submitted to the district attorney for charging, Mr. Wagstaffe should have recognized what investigative tasks were required and ensured they were done -any golden rods Steve?
It would be interesting to learn what direction / guidance, if any, the district attorney had provided to Hillsborough PD to help them or could this be like the fraud which had occurred at the San Mateo County Transit where Wagstaffe’s assistant, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato, characterized false debits (journal entries) and attendant felonious diversion of 2.5 million dollars of public monies as unusual accounting practices -now we know why Al, a former Special Agent, is no longer with the FBI.
The investigating officers should also have summoned the County’s crime lab personnel to examine the victim’s and suspect’ s respective clothing, injuries, and the crime scene.
In short, it appears neither the County’s domestic violence nor sexual assault investigation protocols, respectively, had been followed and, consequently, Mr. Wagstaffe had been afforded and acted upon an excuse to drop all charges for a person that matters. DA Stephen Wagstaffe didn’t even put on a preliminary hearing where a judge could have considered the evidence and decided whether it was sufficient to hold Mr. Jaffer to answer. Why not Steve?
The County’s residents deserve better, a level playing field, professional law enforcement, and justice, not the corrupt facade Mr. Wagstaffe would have you accept.
By Michael G. Stogner