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HMB Resident Rachel A. Quintana did the right thing. SMCSO Employees Didn’t.

By Michael G. Stogner

In late 2015 Rachel Amanda Quintana did what most of us hope we would have the courage to do. She went to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Sub Station in Half Moon Bay to file an official complaint about Sheriff Deputies abusive interactions involving her two brothers. She should get the Best Sister Award if there is such an award.

What she got instead was arrested at her home a couple of days later. The ARRESTING party was lead by Sergeant Michael E. Otte, and included Deputy Nicholas P. Kostielney and Deputy Jose M. Velasquez. 66.66% of the arresting party lied and made false statements.

San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Kostielney filed A supplemental report after the arrest in which he stated that “no cellular telephones possessed any video footage of the incident.”

What he was declaring was that Sergeant Micheal E. Otte did NOT Video the Arrest with his personal Cellphone which in fact was a lie and he knew it.

It’s one thing to lie in an Official Police Report It’s a whole different ball game to lie under oath on the Witness Stand in Hon. Judge Lisa Novak’s Courtroom which is exactly what Sergeant Michael E. Otte did on January 5, 2017. Who was aware of the Perjury committed by a San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant in a Superior Court in San Mateo County. The list is long, I won’t bother listing all but at the top was Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, County Counsel Attorney David Silberman, Hon. Judge Lisa Novak, Her Bailiff who should be acknowledged for doing what we all expect of our law enforcement employees.

Hon. Judge Lisa Novak & Sgt. Michael Otte Perjury starts on Page 5

What happened to Deputy Nicholas P. Kostielney?

We know what happened to Sergeant Michael E. Otte, Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos gave him a Retirement Party.

Sgt. Michael E. Otte & Sheriff Bolanos

How many more Brave Citizens/Residents of Half Moon Bay came forward to report abusive behavior by the San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies. The City Council should have a data base available to the public to protect the public.

Rachel Amanda Quintana paid the price, years in the criminal justice system, with all charges to be dismissed quietly.

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Barbara Bonilla in Court Today.

By Michael G. Stogner

Barbara Bonilla SAL, Ca.PAL, Nat.PAL Sheriff Bolanos Campaign Manager

Update 11:15AM 12/21/2020 Barbara Bonilla appeared per Zoom, Next Court Date: Jan 21, 2021 1:30 PM SDR and Feb. 4, 2021 Preliminary Hearing.

12/21/2020 9:00 AM Courtroom 4B Arraignment 20SF013661A 

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Michael Wendler

The main Question is What Happened to the Laundering Investigation?

Here are the current charges:

BONILLA, BARBARA

  DescriptionStatuteLevelDate
001PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2017
002PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony09/15/2017
003PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/14/2018
004PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony12/18/2018
005PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony02/15/2019
006PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2019
007PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/21/2019

On February 10, 2020 Barbara Bonilla was escorted from her office of Executive Director of San Mateo County Sheriff Activities League (SAL). The SAL is a division of the Sheriff’s Office. At that time Barbara Bonilla was employed by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Barbra Bonilla is well connected and well known for her Fund Raising abilities. She was also Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos’s Campaign Manager for his 2018 run for Sheriff. April 2017 She donated $1,000 to his campaign. She was on the Boards of National PAL, California PAL, Redwood City Rotary, San Mateo County Parks and Rec Commission.

In May of 2020 she resigned from the Sheriff’s Office. Why? She was not charged with any crime and even if she was it doesn’t mean there is any evidence of a crime. The former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case is a prefect example of that. “Smuggling a Cell Phone and Drugs to a Hells Angel Gang member in SMC Jail.” ZERO evidence to support those charges, they were dismissed.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe referred the Criminal Investigation to the State of California Attorney General because he was a member of the board of SAL. He wanted to avoid the Appearance of a Conflict of Interest. That is always a Good Idea when Public Trust is an issue.

San Mateo County Sheriff’Office should have done the same. Why would Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and all Sheriff Employees think they should Investigate Barbara Bonilla at all. If Steve Wagstaffe couldn’t Investigate it for an Appearance of a Conflict of Interest certainly the Sheriff’s Office had more of a Conflict of Interest.

The A.G.’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office worked together in the Criminal Investigation of Embezzlement & Laundering. The DOJ had expected to have Barbara Bonilla Arrested as early as April 2, 2020, but that arrest did not occur. Why?

Laundering Money, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is Prepaid Gift Cash Cards you buy at many Stores. Did this element exist in the SAL Investigation? YES it did.

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos News Release December 4, 2020 Bonilla Arrest

The last sentence in the SMCSO News Release dated December 4, 2010 says: “this investigation is still underway and being handled by an outside agency.” It doesn’t identify that outside agency WHY?

When I asked SMCDA Steve Wagstaffe who’s Criminal Investigation was this he informed me it was the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

December 12, 2020

Good morning Michael,

It was charged by the Attorney General’s Office, so it would be described as a DOJ case.  I believe that is how it would be listed in statewide statistics, since I believe they list the prosecuting agency. But the investigating agency would be the Sheriff’s Office.

Thanks

Steve

At this moment it is still unclear Who the Investigative Agency was and is.

Normally I would attend the Court proceeding, Today I will not, there is a Pandemic. Stay Safe

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Barbara Bonilla x Sheriff Activities League Director Finally Arrested.

By Michael G. Stogner

Barbara Bonilla

Update December 11, 2020: It turns out there is NO EVIDENCE to support Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos News Release of December 4, 2020 “On Friday, December 4, 2020, Bonilla was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on 7 counts of Grand Theft. Bail was set at $70,000.” No booking photo, and no record of her being in Jail or Court until December 9, 2020.

Sheriff Bolanos 12/4/2020 News Release

This case is being Prosecuted by the State of California A.G. Office.

Barbara Bonilla the former Campaign Manager for Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos in 2018, and a former San Mateo County Sheriff Employee until she resigned while being investigated by the State of California Department of Justice since February 10, 2020 when she was escorted from the SAL offices in Redwood City. She was also on the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as on the Boards for State and Federal Police Activity Leagues (PAL) Associations.

She has been charged with 7 felony counts after being Independently Investigated by the A.G.’s Office for Embezzlement and Laundering. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe had to refer the Investigation to the A.G. because he is also on the Sheriff Activity League Board. Her bail was set at $70,000 she should be out by now.

Here is the Short List of people who knew and said nothing.

HMBR August 14, 2020 State Concluded it’s Investigation.

If that were true what took so long to file charges? Thats over 3 months to file charges.

Why would the Police Report be ordered Sealed?

Case Information

20-SF-013661-A | The People of the State of California vs. BARBARA BONILLA 

 Case Number 
20-SF-013661-A Court 
Criminal File Date 
12/04/2020 Case Type 
Complaint Case Status 
Active 

Party

Defendant
BONILLA, BARBARA DOB 
XX/XX/XXXX  

Charge

Charges 
BONILLA, BARBARA

  DescriptionStatuteLevelDate
 001PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2017
 002PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony09/15/2017
 003PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/14/2018
 004PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony12/18/2018
 005PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony02/15/2019
 006PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony03/01/2019
 007PC487(a)-FEL-Grand Theft By Embezzlement487(a)Felony10/21/2019

Bond Settings

 Setting Date
 12/4/2020

Events and Hearings

  • 12/04/2020 New Filed Case 
  • 12/04/2020 Warrant issued 
  • 12/04/2020 Order to seal police report pursuant to PC 964 / local rule  Comment 
    9.8 filed 
  • 12/04/2020 Declaration in support of Criminal Complaint filed 
  • 12/04/2020 Police Report ordered sealed per PC 964 

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Law Enforcement Reform Nathan Ballard Arrested.

By Michael G. Stogner

Why is the Public just now hearing about this arrest that occurred on October 20, 2020 by Napa County Sheriff Office?

Does CPS have the Children?

Was the Child who was allegedly the victim of Attempted Murder a boy or girl?

Why did it take the Napa County Sheriff Office two days to arrest Nathan Ballard?

Did the Napa Sheriff Office make the Arrest Information available in the public daily Log Records?

A major part of Law Enforcement Reform is to have Honesty in Law Enforcement. No Special Treatment for “Those Who Matter.” Domestic Violence Charges are some of the easier cases to simply disappear in the Justice System. The best way to get rid of them is not to arrest the Special Person in the first place. San Mateo County Examples include San Mateo County Sheriff Lt. Kristina Bell Domestic Violence 911 call to the Redwood City Police Department by her partner. After several hours in the home, RWCPD made No Arrest and No Charges were filed even though the District Attorney knew about the 911 call and police response.

RWCPD 911 DV Call for SMCSO Lt. Kristina Bell

The next easiest way to get rid of the Domestic Violence Arrest is to NOT file charges even after that Special Person was arrested twice in 7 days by the Menlo Park Police Department. David Bohannon II arrested twice for D.V. by MPPD. No Charges Filed, No Court Appearance of course, No nothing.

MPPD DV Arrest David Bohannon II twice No Charges

The next easiest way to get rid of Domestic Violence Charges after a 17.5 Hour standoff with two different Swat Teams outside your Redwood City home, before the Redwood City Police arrest you unharmed. The Special Person being a retired Redwood City Police Officer, is to file the charges 30 days after the fact to give plenty of time to communicate with and let the victim see how the system really works. Charges got so diluted and case just disappeared.

James (Jim) McGee DV Swat Standoff RWC

Nate Ballard was Arrested on October 20, 2020 by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Most reasonable people would consider placing a pillow over a Childs face and laying with your full body weight on top of the pillow to be ATTEMPTED MURDER.

Notice the date this occurred and when the public first heard about it. October 17, 2020 and December 3, 2020. This is a good example of the Two Americas that exist in the Law Enforcement and Justice Industry in America. Also known as “Those Who Matter”

On Thursday, Napa County authorities filed two domestic violence charges against veteran political strategist Nathan Ballard, including that he tried to suffocate a child with a pillow at a local resort in October.

Officials with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department say the incident in question occurred on Oct. 17, and involved an unidentified adult victim and two minors.

According to the adult victim’s police statement, Ballard reportedly “had consumed a large amount of alcohol and some marijuana” at the resort before he charged at her and pushed her with both hands into a set of glass doors.

Ballard, a 51-year-old longtime advisor to Governor Newsom, issued a statement in response on Thursday saying, “I’ve spent my career in crisis communications fighting on behalf of the wrongfully accused, and now for the first time I really know what it feels like to be in their shoes. I will be exonerated. I love my children more than anything on earth, and we will be reunited.”

Crisis Communications is the Industry of promoting the rosiest possible fabrication in words and getting that published in as many local and national publications as possible to make sure the Reasonable Residents get completely confused and forget about the ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A CHILD.

Both the Zain Jaffer case and Nathan Ballard case involve Attempted Murder of a Child. Both Involve these men being on top of their children. Zain Jaffer was found by Police and captured on AXON Body Worn Cameras at 4 AM in his backyard completely naked on top of his 3 year son, when ordered off he refused and place his child in a leg lock around his neck. The Police saved the child’s life. Prosecutors initially charged Jaffer with attempted murder but Quickly dropped the charge.

Nathan Ballard was not caught in the act of pillow over his child’s face so there is a difference there.

Here is a PR piece about Nathan Ballard being a Rad Dad.

One way to protect Victim’s of Domestic Violence is to have this information made public ASAP.

That did not happen in the Nathan Ballard DV Arrest? Why?

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Second in Custody Death in November, Sheriff Bolanos is Silent

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

The first in custody death of Julio Boch- Curup, 21 R.I.P. happened on November 11, 2020.

The second in custody death happened November 24, 2020. Name not released yet.

That’s 2 In Custody Deaths of San Mateo County Sheriff in 2 weeks.

The obvious question is why are people in San Mateo County Jail during a Pandemic. Are they there because they couldn’t afford bail? Are they the most dangerous to the public?

Is two Inmate deaths in 2 weeks normal for this time of the year?

What do the 5 Supervisors think about this?

Which Law Enforcement Agency is investigating these two In-Custody Deaths?

With what the Residents now know about Yanira Serrano Garcia R.I.P., Errol Chang R.I.P., Chinedu V. Okobi R.I.P. and Sandra L. Harmon R.I.P. all Homicides by Law Enforcement of course Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos would request the Attorney General of the State of California to investigate these two deaths. Right?

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Six Years ago, Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez phone call.

By Michael G. Stogner

Juan P. Lopez

November 14, 2014 Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez and I were talking on the phone. Abruptly Juan said “Got to go.” I said bye and call was ended. A couple of hours later I received a call from Juan’s girlfriend asking if I knew were Juan was I said said no why? She told me that Juan’s son told her he had been arrested at gun point in his front yard. I told her that would have explained the “Got to go” phone call. I asked her which home was he arrested at, she told me and I called Santa Rita Jail and confirmed that they had him in Jail. They couldn’t tell me why he was just in a holding cell not booked.

That was the start of so far a 6 year Journey in the San Mateo County Justice System. You will recall a Press Conference was called and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe informed the World that San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez Smuggled a cellphone and drugs to a Hells Angel Gang Member Inmate. Now if that were TRUE that would be a Bad Thing the good news is just 2.5 years later those completely fabricated charges were DISMISSED.

The Residents of San Mateo County and the Editors/Reporters of the 7 print media didn’t seem bothered that the District Attorney’s Office would have knowingly filed False Charges against a Sheriff Deputy.

San Mateo County District Attorney Inspector William Massey is at the heart of the San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case. That is no secret.

William Massey in the Sandra Lee Harmon Homicide Investigation on May 5, 2020 Half Moon Bay, California. He interviewed San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Goulart. “This interview was not recorded.” Why?

I have a suggestion for Law Enforcement in San Mateo County, RECORD ALL INTERVIEWS.

Back to Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez Criminal case now 6 plus years and counting, through in a PANDEMIC, reduced Courtrooms, Public Access Restricted, and in the heart of Silicon Valley the Superior Courts of San Mateo County are NOT allowing ZOOM. Why?

I have a suggestion for San Mateo County Superior Courts. Have all Court appearances on ZOOM.

You might recall the Zain Jaffer Criminal Case October 15, 2017 He was arrested for Attempted Murder of a Child, and multiple Sexual Assault charges etc. That entire case from start to finish lasted less than 9 months. How is that possible?

I have a suggestion for San Mateo County Residents and all Elected Officials. Audits are normal, Audits are a Good Thing.

AUDIT the Zain Jaffer case and Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez case, Compare the two cases, find out What Worked and What didn’t Work. This would help speed the log jam of court cases in SMC. The Jaffer Case should be taught at all the Universities and Law Schools.

Juan P. Lopez case is scheduled to be in court Monday November 16, 2020 for Jury Trial, several motions need to be heard first, trial is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks. This is going to be an exciting trial.

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San Mateo County’s John Ullom. Thank You

By Michael G. Stogner

I’m sure most of the 760,000 San Mateo County Residents don’t know who John Ullom is or haven’t heard anything about him. If you have read anything about him by Mark Simon, Jon Mays Editor, or Jerry Lee Owner of the San Mateo Daily Journal. You might ask What did John Ullom do to them to cause such a dislike?

John Ullom is Good Human Being an American, He is the guy you want as your neighbor. San Mateo County Supervisors should give him the Citizen of the Decade Award if there is one. They won’t of course.

Sandra Lee Harmon was Killed by San Mateo County Sheriff Deputies on May 5, 2020 at 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay California. She was shot at 14 times, her body was struck 8 times, 3 of the 8 shots were fatal, all 3 fatal shots were in her back. Ms. Harmon was shot at while her hands were above her head and her back was towards Deputy Dominguez. The unloaded shotgun was on the ground in plain view at that moment.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe attended the HMBCC Special Meeting held September 15, 2020. He stated several times that 11 shots were fired and 11 spent shell casings were recovered.

That’s Simply Impossible. 14 Spent Shell Casings were Recovered.

This is where my favorite saying applies: Just because somebody says something is true doesn’t mean that it is.

Here is just one small example of what John Ullom has done as a CITIZEN.

Sandra Harmon Was Fatally Shot In Her Back While Her Hands Were Above Her Head And The good Old Boys Cover Up

Our District Attorney, Mr. Wagstaffe has offered a “guess” as to how Sandra Harmon received three fatal shots in her back.: —  https://youtu.be/Vmij2TSFfR4

Mr. Wagstaffe’s “guess” is that Sandra was shot during the third volley of shots. Deputy Dominguez testified he thought he shot her during the second volley. Wagstaff ignores the Deputy’s testimony and the video obtained from another Deputy’s body cam. 

In this short clip, you will see Sandra Harmon’s hands above her head and her back to the Deputy who is firing at her. You will see her gun hit the ground. The Deputy who shot her testified that was one of the reasons he thought he had shot Sandra Harmon during the second volley. You will also see at least one shot was fired after Sandra Harmon dropped her shotgun: — https://youtu.be/TT6zIH4PAYg

Here is the video that shows when Mr. Wagstaff “guesses” Sandra Harmon was fatally shot in the back by SMCSO Deputies. Warning, very disturbing: — https://youtu.be/lsk2oORWVH0

Question for SMC Coroner, Mr. Foucrault, do the entry wounds in Sandra Harmon’s back indicate anything about the trajectory of the bullets that hit her? Does the evidence show a near perpendicular trajectory as would be expected if Deputy Dominguez’s testimony is correct?  Or was the angle of entry shallow as would be the case if Mr. Wagstaffe’s “guess” was correct? Do the wounds have abrasion collars that indicate the angle of entry? — https://what-when-how.com/forensic-sciences/evaluation-of-gunshot-wounds/

The body cam video from the Deputy who shot at Sandra Harmon while her hands were in the air and her back to him, is missing. The logs from his body cam are being withheld. No effort to understand how Sandra came to be shot in her back has been undertaken. This is WRONG. Sandra Harmon’s life mattered. And so do the lives of her family who deserve to know the truth.

At everybody on the BCC list. Nobody in charge, other than the City Council of Half Moon Bay, gives a damn about how Sandra Harmon came to be fatally shot in her back while her hands were above her head.  The press is not going to investigate. The ACLU isn’t interested. BLM folks aren’t going to protest. The only hope of the truth being told…..is us.

John Ullom

Fatal shots in the back provoked the LA Coroner to ask for an independent analysis in the interests of transparency. 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/us/andres-guardado-los-angeles-inquest/index.html

We do things differently here in San Mateo County.

If you see John Ullom tell him Thank You.

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Sitrick and Company hired by Zain Jaffer. Why?

By Michael G. Stogner

How many Criminal defendants hire a P.R. Firm to promote the story they wish the world to hear.

Over the last 20 years I have attended many, many criminal cases and trials in San Mateo County, I know of only one case where the defendant hired a professional Crisis Management Public Relations Company to promote a fictional story. That case is the Zain Jaffer Criminal Case.

Some of you know I have recommended San Mateo County Residents Audit the Zainali Jaffer Case and the former San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez Case. One start to finish less than 9 months and the other 6 years in the judicial system and still counting. What are the differences?

Sitrick and Company is one difference.

A Private Meeting with the District Attorney’s TEAM after a Preliminary Hearing is another difference. How many times does that happen? That meeting is where the SMC residents should focus, was it recorded? What was really communicated that afternoon, Think about that. What could possibly have been communicated during that meeting that caused many San Mateo County Employees to forget their Oath?

This is Terry Fahn & Stuart Pfeifer of Sitrick and Company’s Work July 23, 2018 which is 21 days after the Entire case was dismissed.

July 23, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Patrick Clancy, attorney for Zain Jaffer, co-founder and former CEO of video ad company Vungle, today thanked Stephen M. Wagstaffe, District Attorney for the County of San Mateo, for going out of his way to clarify that Mr. Jaffer is completely innocent of any form of sexual misconduct.

“examining the case and recognizing it was not supported by the facts.”

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Mr. Jaffer was arrested in October 2017 after an altercation with family members caused by a dangerous reaction to doctor-prescribed medication. In July, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office dismissed all charges against Mr. Jaffer, a move that could open the door to Mr. Jaffer’s return to Vungle.

In a new statement published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Wagstaffe said: “We do not believe that there was any sexual conduct by Mr. Jaffer that evening and for this reason we dismissed the sexual abuse charges. The physical injury charges were separately dismissed because we believe that the injuries were the result of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness caused by prescription medication.”

Mr. Clancy praised the District Attorney’s office for clarifying the facts and making it clear that Mr. Jaffer is completely innocent of any sexual assault charge.

“Mr. Jaffer did not do anything whatsoever that could be considered sexual. He suffered an adverse reaction to medication and in the process injured some family members. It was accidental and could have happened to anyone,” Mr. Clancy said, “Thankfully, the District Attorney and his staff reviewed all the evidence and made the right decision.”

“The sexual assault charges were dismissed because they never happened. It was only the physical injuries to his family that were dismissed because of Mr. Jaffer being in a state of unconsciousness. Unconsciousness can range anywhere from sleep walking to an epileptic fit. The person has no control over his actions, no awareness of his actions, and no intent to do any of his actions. He is unconscious.”

The San Mateo Daily Journal said Mr. Wagstaffe praised his prosecutors for “examining the case and recognizing it was not supported by the facts.” The D.A. told the Palo Alto Daily Post that they “avoided the possibility that Mr. Jaffer would be wrongfully convicted.”

Mr. Clancy said: “This should put an end to the spread of misinformation and gossip that has prevented Mr. Jaffer from returning to his role at Vungle, the start-up he founded.”

Contacts

Sitrick And Company

Stuart Pfeifer

spfeifer@sitrick.com

or

Terry Fahn

terry_fahn@sitrick.com

(310) 788-2850

Lets just take this one simple sentence by Terry and Stuart “Mr. Jaffer did not do anything whatsoever that could be considered sexual.

How does that statement stack up with this from Steve Wagstaffe on October 17, 2017.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, we filed a felony complaint against defendant Zain Jaffer. We charged him with five felonies and one misdemeanor as follows: 

Count I 664-288.7(B) felony oral copulation on a minor under 10 years old Count II 288(B)(1) felony forcible lewd act on a child
Count III 245(A)(4) felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury Count IV 273(A)(A) felony child abuse 

Count V 273A(A) felony child abuse
Count VI 243(B) misdemeanor battery on a police officer 

On Tuesday afternoon, the defendant was arraigned in RWC Felony Court, Judge Cristina Mazzei. The defendant appeared with retained attorney Daniel Olmos of Palo Alto. The defense motion to continue was granted and no plea was entered. The case was continued to November 1, 2017 1:30 for entry of plea and to set a preliminary hearing date. Bail was set at $300,000. I do not know whether he is still in custody or has been released on bail (you can check with the Sheriff’s Office PIO for that detail). 

The child victim was the defendant’s three year old son. The officer who was the victim of the battery was not seriously hurt. My assistant will email to you a copy of the charging document setting for the charges. 

Thanks Steve 

Or this Statement from Steve Wagstaffe to a reporter

From: Steve Wagstaffe
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 4:01 PM To: Emily Mibach
Subject: People v. Jaffer 

Hi Emily, 

Here is the description of the testimony by the instructor: 

DEFENSE THEN CALLED MARTIN ROMUALDEZ, D’S JIU-JITSU INSTRUCTOR FOR 6 MTHS PRIOR TO INCIDENT, AND THEN CALLED OFC REY. MR. ROMUALDEZ TESTIFIED THAT WHAT HE OBSERVED ON THE BODY CAM FOOTAGES WAS THE DEF PERFORMING A JIU-JITSU MOVE THAT HE HAD BEEN TRAINED IN (ARM BAR/TRIANGLE). MR. ROMUALDEZ ADMITTED HOWEVER THAT IN THE NUMEROUS PRACTICE SESSIONS WHERE D AND HIS SON JOHN DOE WERE INVOLVED THAT D WAS NEVER NAKED, THAT IT DID NOT RESULT IN ANY SCREAMING ON THE PART OF JOHN DOE, THAT JOHN DOE DID NOT APPEAR TO BE IN PAIN, THAT JOHN DOE WAS NEVER INJURED OR TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. INSTRUCTOR FURTHER ADMITTED THERE IS NO JIU-JITSU MOVE THAT INVOLVES INSERTING FINGERS INTO ONE’S ANUS OR SELF-STIMULATING IN THAT MANNER, AND THAT THE PRACTICE SESSION S WITH D AND HIS SON NEVER INVOLVED ANY KIND OF TRASH TALK OR LANGUAGE SUCH AS “PUSSY.” 

It’s fair to say that Sitrick and Company did not include TRASH TALK- PUSSY while naked straddling a 3 year old child at 4AM in the backyard or INSERTING FINGERS INTO ONE’S ANUS OR SELF-STIMULATING IN THAT MANNER.

Sitrick And Company does not mention the many articles I wrote about this case at San Mateo County News.com and that is understandable they were hired to promote a different story and that they did. The Question I have for Sitrick and Company is Did you ever contact CPS? Were you EVER concerned for the Safety and well-being of a 1 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. I did and I was and still am concerned.

Back to the AUDIT. The day the Jaffer case was dismissed District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe sent this email to his favorite Media. Notice he DOES NOT MENTION HIS MOTION TO DISMISS THE CASE. WHY?

COUNTY OF SAN MATEO INTER-DEPARTMENTAL MEMORANDUM 

TO: MEDIA MEMBERS 

FROM: STEPHEN M. WAGSTAFFE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY 

Media Notes For Monday, July 2, 2018 

CASES OF INTEREST IN COURT TODAY 

July 2, 2018

Peo. v. Zainali Jaffer (2-16-88), Hillsborough Police Department 664- 288.7(B)/288(B)(1)/245(A)(4)/273A(A)-Two Counts/243(B) Misdemeanor October 15, 2017; Defendant Is 29 Year Old Hillsborough Resident And Former CEO Of Mobile Advertising Company “Vungle”; At 3:56AM Sunday Morning Police Were Dispatched To Defendant’s Home In 1000 Block Of Lancaster Road In Hillsborough; They Were Met By Defendant’s Father Who Was Cut And Bleeding In Face From Being Beaten By Defendant; Father Directed Police To Backyard Where Officers Found The Naked Defendant On Top Of And Sexually Assaulting His Three Year Old Son Who Was Screaming; Officers Approached And Defendant Started Choking The Victim With His Legs; The Defendant Ignored Orders To Stop And Kept Choking The Child; Officers Had To Use Taser To Control The Defendant; The Defendant Continued To Resist The Officers And Spat At The Sergeant; The Officers Determined That Defendant Had Also Punched And Struck His One Year Old Daughter As Well As The Three Year Old Son And Beat His Father When The Father Tried To Intervene; 17-NF-012415-A (DDA Sharon K. Cho)
-The case is set at 1:30 in Dept. 9, Criminal Presiding Judge Stephanie G. Garratt, for the pretrial conference. The case is set on August 27, 2018 8:30 for jury trial. This is the third setting of the jury trial date since the superior court arraignment on February 15, 2018. The defendant is out of custody on $300,000 bail bond (posted on October 26, 2017). The defense attorney is Daniel Olmos (retained) and Patrick Clancey (retained).

That same day Zain Jaffer read a prepared Statement, Who wrote that prepared Statement? How many defendants go to a court hearing for a Pretrial Hearing with a written prepared Statement Thanking the District Attorney for Dismissing all of Your Charges. I know of NONE.

“I was incredibly fortunate that I was able to defend myself through the legal system, but I am aware that many others are not. Moving forward, I plan on examining ways that I can help others who are innocent and are seeking to obtain justice.”  

— Zain Jaffer

Message to Zain Jaffer Former San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez is a perfect case for you to pay attention to. You will remember he was arrested 6 years ago. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe held a press conferences told the World Deputy Sheriff Lopez Smuggled a Cellphone and Drugs to a Gang Member Inmate. It turns out those Charges were completely Fabricated Who Cares?

Next Court Date for Lopez is November 16, 2020.

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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.

Thank You

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Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos couldn’t say Chinedu V. Okobi’s name.

By Michael G. Stogner

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Chinedu V. Okobi is San Mateo County’s George Floyd.

October 19, 2020 there was a Zoom Meeting that was hosted by two Councilmembers of the Town of Portola Valley.

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos was just one of the panelists.

Most of the panelists mentioned George Floyd’s name who I think any reasonable person who watched the video of him being murdered by a Police Officer would want that to stop. But most did not mention San Mateo County’s Chinedu V. Okobi who was killed by Six San Mateo County Sheriff Employees on October 3, 2018 on El Camino Real, Millbrae/San Bruno.

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos mentioned George Floyd Tragedy, not Homicide by police. He then mentioned “A Tragic Incident in Millbrae. Tasers ” No mention of Chinedu V. Okobi the 36 year old Father of a daughter, A Moorehouse Graduate, minding his own business simply walking while black on the sidewalk at 1PM in the afternoon. No 911 call, No Crime committed, No Guns, No Drugs etc. He was Tased 7 times, struct with extended baton, dogpiled by Six Sheriff Employees and finally sprayed in the face with O.C. Spray by the CSO Employee who was left out of the Sheriff’s and District Attorneys Press Release.

No mention of CSO Joesph Gonzales
Multiple False Statements
by Sheriff Carlos Bolanos

Sheriff Bolanos went on to say “I don’t believe that individual was killed by Taser.” That individuals name he is referring to is Chinedu V. Okobi, he can’t say it. He doesn’t mention the O.C. Spray to the face at close range after being tased 7 times, and dogpiled by Six.

Sheriff Bolanos went on to say that “AED’s are now in all Sheriff Patrol Vehicles.” I say so what, if you don’t use the AED what difference does it make how many you have. Sheriff Bolanos knows that his Six Employees didn’t provide any life saving measures for the next 8 minutes to Chinedu V. Okobi after he was handcuffed and sat up with his head slumped forward assuring his death. An AED was ONSCENE and not used.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe provided a highly edited and captioned video 5 months after the Homicide, which provides NO Evidence of Life Saving Measures being provided to Chinedu Okobi. When the EMT finally got to Okobi he was flatlined, they provided Chest compressions for another 8 minutes while he was handcuffed behind his back, they only took off handcuffs to put his dead body on the gurney. Sheriff Bolanos knows all of this.

Here is the Video you will notice no mention of the SIXTH Sheriff Employee. Remember “Just because somebody says something is true doesn’t mean that it is.”

SMCDA Video

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