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SMC DDA Melissa KcKowan gets Public Reproval with/duties effective August 31, 2017

The Sate Bar case number 13-0-13293 has issued a public reproval with/duties. She was charged with 2 counts of dishonesty. Think about it San Mateo County has a prosecutor who is dishonest. Now think about this her two bosses Steve Wagstaffe and Karen Guidotti have known that for several years. What does that say about the entire District Attorney’s Office. What does it say about the 7 businesses that look and act like Newspapers, all 7 refused to notify the 780,000 residents of the charges and the first trial date of April 17, 2017. 2 papers refused to allow me to blog about it.

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Letter to the Editor

Sabrina Brennan

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

 

California is shrinking

It’s time to accept that coastal California is shrinking. A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts chronic Bay Area flooding from rising seas as early as 2060. “Cities around the San Francisco Bay will begin to experience more frequent and disruptive flooding in the coming decades and will have to make tough decisions around whether to defend existing homes and businesses or to retreat,” said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS and a report author.

The Pacific Institute calculates that San Mateo County will lose more in property value than any other county in the state. Property damage in the county is estimated to be in the region of $39 billion, with sea level rise projected to affect more than 100,000 residents.

In July, the Mercury News reported that San Mateo and Marin Counties and the City of Imperial Beach filed a lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court. The suit alleges that, “major corporate members of the fossil fuel industry, have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products creates greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes climate.”

The suit argues that 37 oil, gas and coal companies actively worked to “discredit the growing body of publicly available scientific evidence and persistently create doubt” in “a coordinated, multi-front effort.”

The suit asserts what many of us already accept as fact, that fossil fuel companies “have promoted and profited from a massive increase in the extraction and consumption of oil, coal and natural gas, which has in turn caused an enormous, foreseeable, and avoidable increase in global greenhouse gas pollution.”

Armoring the coast and building levees in the Bay will be an unimaginably expensive public undertaking, and that doesn’t include relocating highways, railways, airports, and other critical infrastructure.

Last month, the Guardian reported that Mayor Serge Dedina said that up to 30% of Imperial Beach could be affected by climate change. “As the lowest-income, highest poverty-rate city in San Diego County, we have no capacity to pay for the extensive adaptation measures.” Within 15 years flooding could affect tens of thousands of Marin County residents and cause upwards of $15.5 billion in property damage. “This lawsuit is intended to shift those costs back where they belong – on the fossil fuel companies,” says Marin County supervisor Kate Sears.

A well-funded army of lawyers is organizing to defend deep-pocketed multinationals that include San Ramon-based Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell, while at the same time the Plaintiffs continue to approve new development within sea level rise inundation areas. These new developments will add to the already huge cost of removal and replacement of hospitals, schools, airports, fire stations, police stations, ports, roads, railroad tracks, pump stations, sewage treatment facilities, power plants, utilities, hazardous material sites, and more.

As communities become dependent on costly levee systems to stay dry, and climate projections continue to worsen, we will soon be spending exponentially larger sums of money to protect development now being built in inundation zones. One good example is the 8-mile long levee do-over in Foster City that is now budgeted for $90 million. That levee must be rebuilt three feet higher or residents will be required to buy costly flood insurance.

In addition to suing oil companies our elected representatives have a responsibility to protect the public from the huge financial burden sea level rise will bring to coastal California. They can do this by using their powers to implement policies that limit development in known inundation areas and to prohibit future shoreline armoring in favor or wetland restoration.

Suing the fossil fuel companies is a great start to holding those responsible for the coming disaster to account, but that must only be a beginning. Without common sense and practical pragmatic legislating any legal action becomes nothing more than a show. If they really want to leave a lasting legacy current local legislative bodies must show through use of their powers that they have an understanding that development in inundation zones is literally pouring money down the drain. Anything less is going to be an expensive and complex disaster.

Sabrina Brennan is a resident of Moss Beach

This op-ed does not represent the views of the San Mateo County Harbor Commission

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San Mateo County Board of Supervisors give $350,000 of Measure A money to Samtrans to “Educate the Public”

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Measure A was promoted to assure the public that Critical Services would continue. We are not sure how giving Jim Hartnett $350,000 to pay for outreach to see what is needed to pass a Tax Measure in November 2018 has to do with critical services. One of the speakers in favor of this terrible idea was Jim Hartnett’s wife, Rosanne Foust representing SAMCEDA. If the Supervisors had any interest in honesty or transparency they would have acknowledged that relationship upfront. SAMTRANS is spending a total of $650,000 for the Education Campaign. This is the same organization that had several accountants meet with the District Attorney’s Office to report that they were ordered to commit fraud, They told the DA where to find $2.5M and he did find it exactly where they said it was. The idea that Taxpayer money would be used against Taxpayers to pass another Tax Measure is typical for San Mateo County. The 2012 Grand Jury warned the public it’s leaders were misleading them, it’s now up to them.

SamTrans has hired two consulting firms to help with outreach and creating a technical as well as stakeholder working groups leading up to the November 2018 election. What’s not in this group is the residents of San Mateo County who will be paying for this and who’s Quality of Life is being destroyed.

Jim Hartnett’s wife Rosanne Foust SAMCEDA

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San Mateo County’s DDA Melissa McKowan Court Case for Dishonesty is off calendar.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

Matter # 13-O-13293

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The trial was set for August 15-18 in San Francisco which was expected to have 3 days of character witnesses telling the Judge what an Honest person Melissa McKowan was/is. The State Bar of California has reached a tentative settlement and therefore removed the trial from the courts calendar.

I have said that Melissa McKowan should not be employed by San Mateo County, She should have been fired back in 2010 when this exact behavior first surfaced.

San Mateo County Supervisor’s have allowed this Dishonest behavior in the District Attorney’s Office for 17 years that we are aware of.

Our fingers are crossed that the settlement includes disbarment.

The Almanac continues to protect the District Attorney’s Office

The above article has closed the comment section. I notified the paper in advance of the April 17, 2017 Hearing they did not write an article about it and refused to allow me to blog about it, I attended the hearing they did not.

The Charges

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State Bar Court Suspends C.C.C. Former District Attorney Mark Peterson.

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

The State Bar Court announced yesterday July 28, 2017 the Temporary Suspension which takes effect next month.

The reason Mark Peterson is Former District Attorney is that he was offered the “Those who Matter” plea bargain of reducing 13 Felony charges to 1 of Perjury back in June. That’s over 90% of the charges gone, why?  This is the person trusted with charging people with crimes. If any case deserved to go to court on ALL charges this was one.

Doron Weinberg is Mark Peterson’s attorney. This is a small world connection, Doron Weinberg was SMC’s Dr. William Ayres attorney in the criminal trial and DDA Melissa McKowan was the prosecutor.

In San Mateo County DDA Melissa McKowan is in State Bar Court

State Bar matter 13-O-13293

August 15-18, 2017 for 2 counts of Dishonesty, Not the first time I might add. She should have been terminated as a San Mateo County Employee and disbarred back in 2010.

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San Mateo County’s Historical Human Trafficking trial that District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe didn’t want anybody to attend. Mathew Graves Case.

By Michael G. Stogner

San Mateo County’s District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has for many years e-mailed daily to his favorite people who act like News Reporters and their businesses that look like Newspapers, He determines what is Newsworthy for the 780,000 residents. He did not think the Mathew Graves case was newsworthy until he got the Conviction. Why?

Here for the first time the public can hear from his mother, Had any reporters attended either the trial or the sentencing hearing they would have heard these words.

Statement from Mother of Man Convicted of Trafficking

I first must say I, by no means, negate the seriousness of Human Trafficking. It is a traumatic human experience that should not happen.

Second, I want to say I am African American and my ancestors were brought here as enslaved persons forced to work for centuries under the torment of a racist system which has significant lingering effects to this day and, unfortunately it will continue until…?

Third, the term Sex Trafficking is given the term “Modern-Day Slavery”.

That being said, my son was convicted and sentenced to 34 years for pimping, pandering, trafficking a minor.

 

There were articles in the San Mateo Daily Journal and some other publication that ran this story. Jury issues first-ever human trafficking conviction in county: Man found guilty of crimes stemming from Burlingame & Man gets 34-year sentence for human trafficking conviction.

Like I said, the man in article is my son. My son has a 4-year old daughter named Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards). My son had gotten into some trouble ten years ago and paid his debt to society. My son is a barber by profession. He was born in San Mateo but we moved to Berkeley where he has lived for 28 years. Yes, he has lots of family and friends and he is a good person by all accounts. My son and his generation are a part of the hip/hop generation. That generation of youngster take fun and activities to a different level from the 50s, 60s and 70s generations.

 

That basically is who my son is. No, he is not a human trafficker. He refused to accept the deal and he was convicted for charges that his part in the situation does not amount to those labels. Those who matter know that.

It has been a long, painful process. My son is innocent of those charges. It is a travesty of justice that a law allowed lies, embellishments, false/scripted testimony, lack of witnesses, dismissal of evidence take a man away from his family and the so called “victim” continued the behavior she had before she disrupted my son’s life, while she disrupted my son’s life and after my son was detained. All she did was change her name on her social media accounts and continued on with her “activities”. My son was detained 12/10/15 because of her statements on the police reports and she was posting again 1/6/16 directing persons to her “PaidAss” Instagram account. However, the DA office turned a “blind eye” on her and blamed absolutely all her behavior around on my son! Really! Now, he is sentenced to 34 years. Really!

 

The article states she showed up at the hospital with bruises. That is not cool at all for that to happen. I do not want anyone to be hurt. But that where it stops if you want to accuse my son of forced labor. As I said in the beginning of the article, our ancestors were brought to this country and forced into labor. My son, under no circumstance, is that! “Modern-Day Slavery” – The hypocrisy of that insinuation.

The jury got it wrong. The DA got it wrong. “Wagstaffe, Please do not state those inflammatory statements about my son. You do not know him!” This situation went into a direction it should not have. Too many lies, mistakes, accusations, false evidence warrants my son’s life. Justice was not served here. Not in the least bit. The politics convicted an innocent man of those charges. Fix it and set my son free!

Crystal Graves.

Is San Mateo County’s District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe a racist? Yes

Do all of the County Leaders, Supervisors Don Horsley, Warren Slocum, Dave Pine, Carole Groom, Dave Canepa, County Manager John Maltbie, County Counsel John Beiers know this fact? Yes

Steve Wagstaffe contacted and starred in a America’s Most Wanted episode involving Victor Willis, lead singer for the Village People. He failed to show up for a drug court appearance, he happens to be black.

READ THE CONCLUSION The Judges are talking about DA Wagstaffe, Pretexts=Lying

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Concerned SMC residents, Please Attend  July 21, 2017 @ 2:PM Sentencing Hearing of Mathew Graves.

 

Google Prosecutorial Misconduct and my name, you will see some of my efforts to Eliminate Prosecutorial Misconduct in San Mateo County for the last 17 years. The leaders of SMC both elected and appointed have been warned, notified and asked to stop this, to date they have refused.

 

Editor,

Response to SMDJ article “Jury issues first-ever human trafficking conviction in county: Man found guilty of crimes stemming from Burlingame.”

By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff Feb 18, 2017

When I think about Human Trafficking of Underaged Sex Slaves in San Mateo County, Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos comes to mind. He was caught and detained as a CUSTOMER inside a single family residence located at 3474 Eldon Street, Las Vegas, Nevada on April 21, 2007 around 9:20 PM by the FBI and LVMPD. There were several women in the home.

The residents of SMC all know what our District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe thinks about “Those Who Matter,” being caught as customers of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves. Here is his e-mail I received from a FOIA request.

Steve Wagstaffe 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.

Steve

Mathew Graves turned down a 10 year prison term plea bargain because he had faith in our judicial system and he knew he was not guilty of the charges the DA charged him with. He faces 30 years in prison next Friday.

Michael G. Stogner

Monterey County

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