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Mark D. Melville for Sheriff 2018

It’s Time for Change

Mark Melville is a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy who is running against his boss Carlos Bolanos who was illegally appointed on July 12, 2016 by 3 Supervisors when it wasn’t on the agenda. Had the Supervisors opened the appointment process Mark would have applied in a minute.

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San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan Trial Dates changed to August 15-18, 2017.

The State Bar of California has charged her with 2 counts of Dishonesty. That sounds shocking enough all by itself, This is not the first time the Bar has investigated her for this same behavior. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and Deputy Chief Karen Guidotti have also Investigated her for the same allegations and she was dishonest in her responses to Guidotti.

The Question is How is she still employed by San Mateo County?

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Where does a Senior apply for San Mateo County’s affordable Housing?

According to the Yes on K. Neighbors for Affordability and Quality of Life with major funding by Seton Medical Center and MidPen Housing Corp. FPPC#1387689 flyer.

County of San Mateo Measure K

To ensure San Mateo County Quality of life by retaining/improving critical facilities/services such as: Providing affordable homes for Seniors.

Where do Seniors apply? Not online on the County’s website, Why?

Do you just have to be a Senior?

Who is the contact person responsible for the applications? What is the qualification process?

I asked Supervisor Dave Pine these questions, He referred me to Michelle Durand Chief Spokesperson for San Mateo County, she answered

“The County does not have a waiting list for affordable housing.”

Here is a list of hoops to jump through.

Affordable Senior Housing

How to Find Affordable Senior Housing in San Mateo County

You may be eligible for affordable senior housing if you are at least 62 years old (or almost 62), can live independently, and are on a fixed income or have an annual income that is no more than 80% of the current Area Median Income.

1) Get a Complete List of Affordable Senior Housing

Find the list of “Affordable Rental Housing” from the Department of Housing (DOH) and look for developments that are listed as senior housing. 

2) Expect to Join Waiting Lists

Because there is not enough affordable housing for all the seniors in the County, you may need to join waiting lists instead of finding housing immediately. You may join as many waiting lists as you want, however, the more lists you join, the higher the chance that you will find something sooner rather than later. 

3) Make Lots of Phone Calls
  1. Using the list of affordable housing in the County, call the contacts (usually the property manager) for senior housing developments that you are interested in to find out about their eligibility requirements and waiting lists. 
  2. Call affordable housing developers who have senior developments in San Mateo County. Ask them if they have any open waiting lists at their existing properties; ask if they are building any new projects that will be accepting applications in the future; also ask about joining their “keep informed” list for future projects. 
  3. Call city housing staff to ask if they know of any new senior developments in their city that might be accepting applications in the future; also ask if it is possible to be put on a “keep informed” list for future projects. 
4) Consider other Options
  • ƒHousing Authority Programs – The Department of Housing home page (www.smchousing.org) contains the most up to date information.  Visit often to find out waiting list information or other housing opportunities. 
  • Shared Housing – One of the programs funded by DOH is a home-sharing program through HIP Housing that matches home providers that have an extra room or a separate unit available to a home seeker who is looking for a place to live. Click here for more information on the home sharing program.  

Waiting List Closed

San Mateo County Website

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How is San Mateo County DDA Melissa Renee Anne McKowan still employed by the District Attorney’s Office?

Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti protected Melissa McKowan, They should have fired her, criminally charged her and made sure she never practiced law again.

Sad, San Mateo County Supervisors have failed to address Prosecutorial Misconduct for 17 years. This could have easily been avoided.

She not only lied to a victim’s mother, she lied and supplied a false document to SMCDA Chief Deputy M. Guidotti who was investigating the allegations of her lying. Both are criminal acts. The false document was a copy of letter from Special Deputy Trial Counsel, Robert K. Sall dated July 25, 2011 in which she wrote “Not True” in the margins. She knew it was true.

State Bar Court, Hearing Department- San Francisco

NOTICE OF DISCIPLINARY CHARGES

In the matter of: Melissa, Renee Anne McKowan No. 203031

April 17, 2017 11:00 AM 6th Floor, Courtroom 2  Hon. Judge Lucy Armendariz.

http://members.calbar.ca.gov/courtDocs/13-O-13293.pdf

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San Mateo County Supervisors are in the Real Estate Lending Business, Why?

$10,000,000 loan of Measure A money to be approved November 15, 2016

If you object to this contact your Supervisor and let them know. Measure A funds for Mid Pen housing (a financial donor for Yes on K) to purchase an apartment complex. Why don’t they just go to a lender. Is it because they get a better deal from our Supervisors.

MidPen Housing Corp 09/20/2016 donated $30,000.00 to the Yes on K Neighbors for Affordability and Quality of Life with Major Funding by Seton Medical Center.

San Mateo County Supervisors 

Agenda Item 34 Measure A: Resolution regarding acquisition of Atherton Court Apartments:

COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

Inter-Departmental Correspondence Department of Housing

Date: Board Meeting Date: Special Notice / Hearing: Vote Required:

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors

October 6, 2016 November 15, 2016 None
Majority

  1. A)  Authorizing a loan to MidPen Housing of $5,883,211 for the acquisition of real property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road, also known as Atherton Court, in Redwood City; and
  2. B)  Authorizing the Director of the Department of Housing, or the Director’s designee, to execute a loan agreement with MidPen Housing for the acquisition of Atherton Court in Redwood City, as approved by County Counsel.

BACKGROUND:

On June 28, 2016 the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to allocate $10 million in Measure A funding to establish a program to fund the acquisition and to preserve the affordability of apartment buildings rented at below-market rents in San Mateo County. The Board of Supervisors established the Affordable Rental Acquisition and Preservation Program (ARAPP) in recognition of the negative effects on low- and moderate-income households when the sale of existing apartment buildings results in rent increases and displacement.

In an effort to preserve existing, naturally occurring affordable housing, the San Mateo County Department of Housing has provided loan funds to two projects including a nine- unit project located at 168 Pacific Avenue in Pacifica acquired by MidPen Housing and a sixteen unit project located at 1110 Cypress in the City of San Mateo acquired by HIP Housing.

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In early 2016, MidPen Housing, working in partnership with Abode Services, became aware that Atherton Court, a property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road in Redwood City was being offered for sale. In order to preserve these 55 units of naturally-occurring affordable housing, MidPen Housing submitted an offer to purchase Atherton Court. MidPen Housing has worked closely with the San Mateo County Department of Housing to structure the acquisition and long term operation of Atherton Court to comply with the requirements of the ARAPP loan program.

DISCUSSION:

MidPen Housing applied for funding under ARAPP to support the acquisition of Atherton Court in Redwood City. This property is made up of three buildings with a total of 55 apartments, including 53 studios and two one-bedroom apartments. In negotiating the purchase of this property, MidPen Housing and Abode Services, a service provider working with many of the existing tenants at Atherton Court, became aware of pending offers on the property in which the proposed buyers were seeking to purchase the property fully vacant, which would result in the displacement of 100% of the existing tenants. Because of the need to move quickly to provide funding for the purchase of Atherton Court, the Department of Housing has been working closely with MidPen Housing and has completed underwriting on the project.

Currently at least 47% of the households living at Atherton Court receive some type of rental assistance through either Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, HUD VASH Vouchers, or rental assistance from LifeMoves or from Abode Services. MidPen Housing proposes to acquire Atherton Court and complete all health and safety repairs, rent the current vacant units, and any units that become vacant, to tenants at or below 60% AMI. MidPen has also agreed to accept existing holders of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to fill vacant units. Once MidPen has acquired Atherton Court, it plans to restructure the project financing and apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other permanent affordable housing financing. MidPen intends to conduct a comprehensive property needs assessment to identify all the deferred maintenance and property upgrades needed to create a healthy and safe living environment for the tenants and to extend the useful life of the property. MidPen will maintain a rent schedule that results in long term affordability for tenants at or below 80% AMI, in line with the requirements of the ARAPP. MidPen has agreed to set aside units targeted to households with incomes at or below 30% AMI and to offer housing options to San Mateo County clients including homeless and special needs populations.

As proposed, the acquisition and rehabilitation of Atherton Court meets all of the goals established by the Measure A-funded ARAPP loan program including preservation of naturally affordable rental housing, conversion of unsubsidized rental housing to long term, rent-restricted rental housing serving low, very-low, and special needs populations, and minimizing the displacement and potential homelessness of existing residents. Furthermore this project will improve the quality and condition of 55 units of existing rental housing by addressing deferred maintenance and obsolete systems. The project will also leverage other private and public funding including (a) owner’s equity, (b) other public funds, and (c) private and public debt.

RESOLUTION NO. .
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA

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RESOLUTION: A) AUTHORIZING A LOAN TO MIDPEN HOUSING OF $5,883,211 FOR THE ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 3752-3770 ROLISON ROAD, ALSO KNOWN AS ATHERTON COURT, IN REDWOOD CITY; AND B) AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, OR THE DIRECTOR’S DESIGNEE, TO EXECUTE A LOAN AGREEMENT WITH MIDPEN HOUSING FOR THE ACQUISITION OF ATHERTON COURT IN REDWOOD CITY, AS APPROVED BY COUNTY COUNSEL. ______________________________________________________________

RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that

WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the negative effects on low- and moderate- income households caused by the sale of apartments with affordable, below-market rate rents, which can result in rent increases, displacement and potential homelessness; and

WHEREAS, the Board established a program, as part of the Affordable Housing Fund (AHF), to provide funding for the acquisition and preservation of apartment buildings rented at below-market rates in San Mateo County; and

WHEREAS, the Board allocated $10 million in Measure A funds to the Affordable Rental Acquisition and Preservation Program (ARAPP); and

WHEREAS, MidPen Housing has identified property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road in Redwood City that currently provides fifty-five units of below-market rate rental housing, including housing for a number of tenants that receive rental assistance through Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, HUD VASH Vouchers, and rental assistance from LifeMoves or from Abode Services; and

WHEREAS, the property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road in Redwood City is also known as Atherton Court and was at risk of being sold to a private sector investor, potentially displacing 100% of the existing residents; and

WHEREAS, MidPen Housing has requested $5,883,211 in funding from the San Mateo County ARAPP to acquire and to preserve the affordability of Atherton Court in Redwood City; and

WHEREAS, MidPen Housing will leverage the San Mateo County loan of $5,883,211 with other public and private sector funding for the acquisition of Atherton Court, with a total acquisition price of $17.1 million and will preserve fifty-five units of affordable rental housing in San Mateo County; and

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DETERMINED AND ORDERED that the

Board of Supervisors hereby adopt this Resolution A) authorizing a loan to MidPen Housing of $5,883,211 for the acquisition of real property located at 3752-3770 Rolison Road, also known as Atherton Court in Redwood City; and B) authorizing the Director of the Department of Housing, or the Director’s designee, to execute a loan agreement with MidPen Housing for the acquisition of Atherton Court in Redwood City, as approved by County Counsel.

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San Mateo County News.com

Recommends VOTE NO on Measure K  on November 8, 2016 election.

Measure K is a 20 year extension of the 10 year Measure A sales tax. The tax income was expected to be $60,000,000 per year it has exceeded that amount by $20,000,000 each of the 3 years in place. Measure A was a dishonest measure, the Supervisors lied to the public about the County’s financials, they promoted the false story of a Deficit when we had a surplus. The 2012 San Mateo County Grand Jury warned the residents about the dishonest Supervisors.

Inconvenient Truth about SMC’s Structural Deficit, There isn’t one

The easiest way to think about Measure K is that it is brought to you by the same Lying Bastards that brought you Measure A.

Here is a letter to the editor of the SMDJ who declined to publish it.

County Officials would have us believe that somehow the extension of the measure A half cent sales tax passed in 2012 will be used to improve the quality of life in San Mateo County and would be spent on Police, Fire, Emergency Services, and are lately claiming the revenue will be used to help fund our current hot-button issue: Affordable Housing. In keeping with state law, this local sales tax revenue will go to the general fund. Conservatives should reject this out of hand because it’s an additional tax that will hurt local retailers and business owners large and small. Liberals should reject this out of hand because sales tax measures are a disproportionate burden on those least able to afford it. Progressive Voters know that The Measure A deficit was created by the $60 million dollars approval on the new jail, and everybody should reject this out of hand based on the dishonesty. The county budget is over 2 billion and the fact that the poor are being nickel and dimed for problems created by rich, out of town investors and developers is further evidence that we live in an oligarchy rather than a democracy.

Aaron Castle, San Bruno

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The YES on Measure K Mailer.

Measure K is a 20 year extension of Measure A which the leaders of San Mateo County misled the voters according to the San Mateo County Grand Jury.

San Mateo County Grad Jury Report

Says: Continuing to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.

That sounds very noble and the right thing to do.

When any elected official or resident of San Mateo County hears about Human Trafficking they all think about San Mateo County Undersheriff Carlos G. Bolanos being detained as a CUSTOMER of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves on April 21, 2007, in a single family residence located at 3474 Eldon Street, Las Vegas, Nevada in a 2 year multi jurisdictional Sting called Operation Dollhouse lead by the FBI. Everyone knows that Carlos Bolanos has refused to comment about it.

San Mateo County Managers Office has invested a lot of money to set up a website to assure the residents that the Measure A money is being spent properly. What are some examples to back up the statement about combating Human Trafficking and the exploitation of children. What did we get for the $140,000 Measure A investment for the contract with former Deputy Chief of SSF Police Mike Brosnan. He was hired as San Mateo County’s Human Trafficking Coordinator. His new 1 year contract has just been approved at $280,000 of Measure A money.

Try to find it yourself.

San Mateo County Measure A Dashboard

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