The public expects when their District Attorney”s Office criminally charges a person that the charges are accurate and truthful. What is the assurance that this is reality. It used to be reporters in the courtroom and producing articles covering the cases. San Mateo County used to have dedicated space in the 400 County Center Building for all the advertising businesses aka Newspapers Reporters to work on their stories. San Mateo County Government closed that and hired most of the reporters.
What if the District Attorney’s Office was used as a Weapon, or a Profit Center? What would it be worth to destroy a political opponent and his close loved ones and associates.
How much could one case possibly be worth to have it simply disappear after it already made its way through a Preliminary Hearing and all charges were confirmed.
What would the ordinary residents of San Mateo County do if they learned that was happening? How would they find out if that was really happening today? Would they look to the Governments website for that information. Would San Mateo County Counsel Attorney David Silberman notify the public if he was personally aware of this happening.
Would San Mateo County Sheriff Detective & Public Information Officer Rosemerry Blankswade notify the public if she had personal knowledge of this happening? Would she respond to all News Media questions or just those approved by Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos.
What would they do if they learned that Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos willfully issued a False News Release as he did on October 3, 2018 regarding the In-Custody Homicide of Chinedu Okobi?
What role do the seven English print media play in informing or not informing the public of Newsworthy events. A most recent example is the Redwood City Police Department September 14, 2019 DUI arrest of Sheriff Sergeant Lou Aquino and for refusing a breathalyzer and blood test which is a 1 year suspension of your Drivers License by DMV for almost all ordinary people. Google it to see how many SMC papers covered that story and what date did they report it.
Yesterday I drove up from Monterey County to attend Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case in SSF. San Mateo County District Attorney Jordan Boyd was to take the witness stand and explain under oath how he interviewed 49 Witnesses in this case and DID NOT RECORD any of them. After an hour delay and a lot of hem hawing the Judge announced that the District Attorney’s Office has made Juan P. Lopez a plea offer, which included NO PRISON TIME and therefore Inspector Jordan Boyd will not be testifying under oath. What a relief for the D.A.’s Office.
For any San Mateo County resident you will recall that Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez was arrested at gun point in front of his son for smuggling a cell phone and drugs to a Hells Angel member inmate at the Redwood City Jail. A reasonable person would assume that there was evidence to support those charges. There was not they were dismissed by Hon. Judge Ayoob.
There is no question that SMCDA Inspector Jordan Boyd is a Brady Officer. That is why the County Government doesn’t want him on the witness stand. Think of the Sunny Day Murder cases he worked on.
I invite any and all concerned people to join me November 6, 2019 at South San Francisco Courthouse when Juan P. Lopez and his attorneys Tony Serra and Maria Belyi announce his decision on the Plea Offer.
Matthew Graves is serving an additional 4 years in prison after he declined the District Attorneys’ plea offer. He made a phone call to a protected person a violation of the Restraining Order. That charge was added after he declined the offer to teach him a lesson. He was represented by the Private Defender Program.
Update 2/25/2019 San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy has informed me that the vehicle will be removed by 2/26/2019. The County will work with the Insurance company for reimbursement. Thank You Mr. Callagy for taking care of this matter in a timely manner.
Yesterday afternoon 2/15/2019 this vehicle was spotted on the beach about 1,000 yards north of Montana Beach. Waiting for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office to identify the vehicle by its VIN number.
Update: “This was a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Hayward. No relation to any missing person cases from our county.” Rosemerry Blankswade SMCSO Public Information Officer.
Photos by Dan Stegink.
Car located where red circle is. Inaccessible area 200 foot cliffs.
I sent an e-mail to the Sheriff’s Public Information OfficerRosemerry Blankswade yesterday 8:10 AM.
She must be busy not to reply. There is a good chance this wreckage is going to go back into the ocean if not removed ASAP.
Real Estate Investor Clyde Berg Supports Silicon Valley Journalism & Media Projects
Handshake Deal Brings Investigative Reporting to Silicon Valley’s Family Courts
CUPERTINO, CA—In a signature handshake deal, driven in part by Santa Clara County’s District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s recent refusal to prosecute another rape case, California real estate investor Clyde Berg has lent support to Bassi Productions for a collaborative project that strives to infuse substantial funding and investment to journalism, local investigative reporting and production projects that seek to bring media attention to Silicon Valley’s most shocking divorce and custody cases.
Historically, the wealth of Clyde Berg, and his activist billionaire brother Carl Berg, has attracted some of Silicon Valley’s most nefarious criminals and scam artists, yet Clyde Berg contends what attorney Bradford Baugh did while representing his former wife in a divorce case was the most elaborate legal scam of all.
As part of an alleged scam, Bradford Baugh partnered with fellow divorce lawyer Sharon Roper, who drafted a bogus post-nuptial agreement that was later determined to have been forged a year before Berg’s wife filed for divorce and made false allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence. Had Berg not challenged the forged agreement and false sexual assault claims during a divorce and related civil case, Ellena may have succeeded in fraudulently obtaining $10 million dollars from Berg’s estate. Ultimately, Clyde was exonerated of all charges and obtained a rarely issued formal “finding of factual innocence”, meaning the crimes Ellena had alleged, and garnered media attention from, never happened, and Clyde, at 73 years of age, should never have been criminally prosecuted based on false claims.
Susan Bassi, a local publisher and court watchdog who experienced her own seven-year divorce case in Santa Clara County, met Clyde Berg on social media after she had facilitated bringing national media attention to the domestic violence and custody case involving Kendra Scott and former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald. Bassi was especially struck by Berg’s compassion to believe women like Kendra and Neha Rastogi, a former Apple manager who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her powerful immigrant CEO husband, Abhishek Gattani during their 10-year marriage.
Bassi and Berg are united in their criticism of DA Jeff Rosen. Bassi has publicly argued that Rosen has failed victims and wasted taxpayer money by maliciously prosecuting men like Berg, while giving men including McDonald and Gattani a free pass.
For the past five years, Bassi has been pushing local and national news outlets to cover family court cases, where court files are fraught with horror stories that include shocking details involving domestic violence, tax evasion, sexual assault, child abuse, rape, and fraud , all of which are typically ignored by law enforcement agencies and judges.
Mainstream media outlets historically have steered clear of investigating divorce and family court scandals, as it can be virtually impossible to sort out the “he said, she said” allegations that characterize these cases. The Berg-Bassi collaboration will seek to provide support for local reporting and production projects with added support requested from the 49ers, the Oakland A’s as well as tech and social media companies including; Apple, Google, 23andMe, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Oracle, Facebook, and Netflix where employees, investors and founders have been personally impacted by unethical private and government lawyers seeking to misuse the courts and incite conflict in families for profit.
“We live in Silicon Valley where stories arising from family courts should fill local newspapers and provide production content to an area quickly becoming known as Hollywood North. Silicon Valley has the money, drive and technology to support journalism and investigative reporting to watchdog elected officials and court systems. Justice is never served when the media isn’t watching, ” Bassi stated as the collaborative project was announced.
Berg’s support, combined with the support of other tech and social media companies, will allow Bassi Productions to direct funding to journalism projects, social media storytelling and non-profit organizations committed to social justice and bringing much needed transparency to California’s family courts and law enforcement agencies dealing with intimate partner violence, sexual assault and false claims made during divorce and custody cases.
To share a family court story, apply for grants, or to assist in project funding and support, contact: Bassiproductions.com, P.O. Box 2220 Los Gatos, CA 95031, or (831) 320-6421.
Update August 31, 2018 My comment is now online at SMDJ.
I submitted this comment about 7 AM today. If anyone else is being censored by this advertising business send me you comments and I’ll publish here.
Supervisor David Canepa leaves out some important history about Seton funding and staffing the YES on Measure A campaign back in 2012. The 1/2 cent sales tax estimated to produce $60M per year and last for 10 years. It produced over $80M. That was the measure the Grand Jury reported on stating the County Leaders lied to the voters about a deficit that didn’t exist. https://www.sanmateocourt.org/documents/grand_jury/2012/structural_deficit.pdf
Here is todays opinion by San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa. He should also disclose how much money Seton received since the Measure A campaign 2011-12.
Update since this article first published Defense Attorney Patrick Clancy filed a motion to seal the Preliminary Hearing Transcripts of January 31, 2018 Motion granted by supposedly a SMC Judge. I say that because the DA doesn’t know who signed it.
Please tell me the name of the judge who signed the Seal order. I am unable to recognize it from my copy.
We have compared it to the entire rooster, It would be nice if the name was printed below the signature.
Michael G. Stogner
San Mateo County News.com
Performance Audit conducted in accordance with auditing standards promulgated by the Comptroller General of the United States.
This is not a new idea former Town of Atherton Finance Director John Johns R.I.P. made this recommendation in 2010. It was a good recommendation then and is now.
With the Zain Jaffer x Vungle CEO case 7 felonies including oral copulation of a child and assault of a Hillsborough Police Officer simply disappearing from the legal process after a private meeting between the District Attorney’s Office and Mr. Jaffer’s attorneys. DA Steve Wagstaffe believed he was guilty of these charges from day one for almost 8 months, right up until the private meeting at the District Attorney”s Office which included a presentation of the entire defense. That is what a trial is for.
Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti became the Judge and Jury in the Zain Jaffer case.
How many cases in the last 10 years has a Defense Team made a private presentation at the DA’s office?
How many of those presentations resulted in the District Attorney filing a motion to dismiss the entire case?
Judges are the last layer of Oversight for the People of California. When they see a suspicious or questionable motion from the District Attorney’s Office they should not only deny it, they should report it to the State Bar. This motion by Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti was both suspicious & questionable. Now we just have to find out Why?
Why did Hon. Judge Stephanie Garratt grant the motion to dismiss? There already was a Preliminary Hearing that determined there was enough evidence for every charge to move forward. She could have denied the motion, Wagstaffe could have tested his evidence on the Grand Jury to get an indictment if he thought his case was weak. Instead he choose to dismiss the entire case and Judge Garratt assisted him in that effort.
* Those Who Matter* email from Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, he was noticing the residents of San Mateo County that there is a special group of people above the law.
e-mail sent 4/25/07 10:20 AM
Greg and Carlos
Just a quick word of support from me as you go through a difficult time. To those who matter, your decades of outstanding work in law enforcement are all that count and your integrity is not the slightest marked by the modern media’s efforts to make a story out of a non-story. Hard as it is to think it now, remember it will be yesterday’s news and irrelevant by tomorrow.
My positive thoughts are out there for both of you.
For those readers who don’t know this e-mail was written to San Mateo County Sheriff and UnderSheriff days after they both were caught and detained as Customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including at least one child. April 21, 2007 FBI Sting Operation Dollhouse, Las Vegas Nevada.
The Matthew Graves (also 30 yr. old man) case should be looked at, He was sentenced to 34 years in prison, 4 of those years are for violating a Restraining Order. This should be compared to Mr. David Bohannon being arrested twice by the Menlo Park Police Department. The second time was for violating a Restraining Order, The exact same thing Matthew Graves got 4 years in prison for. The difference is Matthew Graves got charged, tried, convicted and sentenced. Mr. Bohannon no criminal case number filed, no court appearances, no trial, extracted from the legal process.