Category Archives: San Mateo County News

Nine County Vote is pretty Un-Democratic.

If You Ain’t Got the Money, Don’t Cross the Bridge, Honey OR Close Your Eyes and Open Your Wallets

I get it. The more people we have come here the more dollars we need from taxpayers to pay for infrastructure. My issue is this: They told us they were going to build to create affordable housing, but then they need to increase costos and taxes everywhere to pay for the infrastructure. Toll Lanes. Bridge fare increases. All of this equates to gentrification. Even if you were one of the lucky few to obtain one of the few, true, affordable housing units they’re building, where will you find more money merely to exist here on a daily basis?  Kind of kills the thing that housing advocates are advocating for in the first place.

The other scary thing is that they are setting this up for a pretty Un-Democratic win. How? Last year was the very first year that they created a Nine County vote. (This happened to be for measure AA.) You no longer need to get a majority vote per County if you do it this way. You only need to get a majority vote with all nine counties combined. It removes power from the voters. In order to ensure all of this taxation that is coming down the pike, get ready to see Nine County votes on a regular basis.

Removing voter power and continuing new taxation is a win for our politicians. The money spent to sell you on every single tax and measure that comes down the pike is a immense. One gigantic advertisement. Perhaps we should start asking where has the money gone? All of the money we have given already? All of the money you promised would go toward the things you are bringing up new taxes for? I think some are starting to take the blinders off and ask these questions. These Nine County votes are a technique to quiet you.

Two valid concerns they hope you won’t pay attention to. Just close your eyes and open your wallet.

Lisa Taner

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Filed under ABAG, Board of Supervisors, Carole Groom, Dave Canepa, Dave Pine, David Silberman, Don Horsley, Letters to Editors, San Mateo County, San Mateo County News, Tax Payer's Advocate, Those Who Matter, Victim's Advocate, Warren Slocum

Investigative Journalist John Ullom is asking Carlos G. Bolanos.

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To allow his name in the FBI and LVMPD records regarding Operation Dollhouse to be released un-redacted. Bravo Mr. Ullom

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Filed under Board of Supervisors, Carlos G. Bolanos, Carole Groom, Dave Canepa, Dave Pine, David Silberman, Don Horsley, John Beiers, John Maltbie, Prosecutorial Misconduct, San Mateo County, San Mateo County Clerk to Supervisors, San Mateo County Manager, San Mateo County News, San Mateo County Sheriff Department, Uncategorized, Victim's Advocate, Warren Slocum

Are the San Mateo County Election Systems secure ?

The question remains. Are the San Mateo County elections free from potential ” hacks ” or manipulation ?  The scientific answer is “no they are not ” and in fact they suffer from the same vulnerability issues as other less prosperous counties.

San Mateo County enjoys wealth others envy, but our election systems contain the same ” black box” proprietary software  ailments causing security nightmares nationwide. In fact, it’s not about the cost, as more secure systems actually cost less. The issue is one of ” political will ” . Silicon Valley is the cash register for politicians, and wield a heavy stick when it comes to their position of resisting  open source ” free” software
Though we are located in the smartest technology zone we have failed to lead in the area of election system security. We have continued to be cozy with vendors selling over-priced insecure voting equipment based on buggy Microsoft platforms.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey called out Microsoft “and those who bob in their wake ” as threats to the national security in a recent NY Times piece.
San Francisco is moving forward with a project toward public software voting  systems.
The hope is that San Mateo County is brave and bold enough to stand up for the national security by joining San Francisco and New Hampshire. New Hampshire has deployed public systems with great success, increasing security and saving taxpayer money
Let’s encourage our Supervisors to stand up and make sure when you vote for George Washington, it’s not counted for Benedict Arnold.
Brent Turner
Half Moon Bay

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San Mateo County opens new Park.

Friday December 1, 2017 the park opens to the public.

La Honda Creek Park

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San Mateo County Gridlock Conversations.

There are very few places where the residents of SMC can comment on this issue. The Almanac, Half Moon Bay Review and the San Mateo County News.com

Almanac article and comments

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San Mateo County Elections Office is mailing duplicate ballots for Nov. 2017 election.

By Michael Stogner and Sarah Navratil

Several people are reporting on Nextdoor that they have received duplicate ballots in the mail this week. Lets see how this shakes out.

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Hillsbrough resident Zain Jaffer arrested for Child Abuse, including a charge of oral copulation of a person under 10, assault, and attempted murder.

By Michael Stogner & Sarah Navratil

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe recommended bail be $300,000 Why was it set so low? He was arrested October 15, 2017 at 4 AM. The first print media to cover this important story was the SFGate 5 days later. D.A. Steve Wagstaffe has a daily e-mail of what he considers Newsworthy that he sends to his special reporters. This story did not make that list, Why?

He was the CEO of Vungle on October 15, 2017 the day he was arrested. Now he is former CEO of Vungle.

The alleged victim’s were his 1 and 3 year old children. His own father called the police.

The attempted murder charge was dropped before the media even heard about this case, what was the hurry? Charges dropped in a couple of days? I know in the Political Prosecution case of a former Sheriff Deputy Juan Lopez who made a mistake and ran for Sheriff, He has had NO Charges dropped in 4 years, none.

Zain Jaffe’s attorney is Daniel Olmos of Nolan, Barton, Bradford, Olmos LLP of Palo Alto.

 

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